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An Appreciation of Martin Luther: On Why Many Denominations Do Not Destroy the Unity of the Church

An Appreciation of Martin Luther: On Why Many Denominations Do Not Destroy the Unity of the Church

I was raised in the 1950s, in the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, and was taught that Martin Luther led the “Protestant Revolt” against the Catholic Church. Worse, he was largely responsible for “rending the unity” of the Universal Church. Even today, when Catholics no longer attack Luther directly, they often slyly point out how many […]

Antipas Harris talks hope and unity

Antipas Harris talks hope and unity

Urban ministries expert, Antipas Harris talks about hope and unity on 700 Club Interactive TV Show, Thursday morning, September 29th. What can Christians do to bring racial unity in their communities? Added October 3, 2016: “Here is a clip from my interview about the recent race related community factions concerning police killings in America with […]

Preserving Evangelical Unity

Preserving Evangelical Unity

Michael L. Meiring, ed., Preserving Evangelical Unity: Welcoming Diversity in Non-Essentials (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009). In Preserving Evangelical Unity, editor Michael L. Meiring brings together a variety of voices from within the Evangelical community to discuss an assortment of theological issues for which there is no uniformity in belief. He maintains that the […]

Groundbreaking Consultation explores the meaning and practice of "believers baptism" for the future unity of the church

Groundbreaking Consultation explores the meaning and practice of “believers baptism” for the future unity of the church

Groundbreaking Consultation explores the meaning and practice of “believers baptism” for the future unity of the church January 10, 2015 (Kingston, Jamaica) — A three-day consultation took place involving representatives from six different “believers baptism” church traditions to share their understandings and practices of baptism and to explore how their thinking has changed in light […]

Pentecostalism and Christian Unity 2

Pentecostalism and Christian Unity 2, reviewed by Jim Purves

From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. Wolfgang Vondey, ed., Pentecostalism and Christian Unity, Volume 2 (Pickwick Publications, 2013), 301 pages, ISBN 9781620327180. It can be a terrible thing when we believe that we ourselves are right and all others are wrong. Terrible, because it can reinforce an arrogance caused by insecurity, causing us to be unwilling […]

The Prayer of Jesus: Our call to unity, by John P. Lathrop

The Prayer of Jesus: Our call to unity, by John P. Lathrop

This chapter is from John P. Lathrop’s book Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity. The Prayer of Jesus In John 17 we find the longest recorded prayer of Jesus; the apostle John, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, included it in his gospel. In fact, it is preserved for us […]

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

  From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2011 issue.   A Reader writes about a review that appeared in the Winter 2011 issue: In his review of Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Brazos, 2009), Wolfgang Vondey writes, “At least in their understanding of […]

Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostalism and Christian Unity

Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostalism and Christian Unity

Wolfgang Vondey, ed., Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010), 277 pages, ISBN 9781608990771. This book is a collection of critical essays that addresses issues of ecumenism from a variety of Pentecostal perspectives. It is primarily the outcome of papers contributed to meetings for the ecumenism interest groups of […]

James Edwards: A Unity Not of Our Making

James Edwards: A Unity Not of Our Making

  James R. Edwards, “A Unity Not of Our Making” Christianity Today (Vol 45, No 10, August 6, 2001), pp. 48-50. “Unity in Diversity” has become one of the most popular ecumenical catchphrases. Especially among Pentecostal churches, the phrase seems to open up ways to engage in ecumenical dialogue without threatening the ecclesial independence or […]

God's Heart for Unity

God’s Heart for Unity

From the Worship Leader series. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity (Psalm 133:1). When my teenage daughter walks out the door, and I say, “Drive safely” she looks at me and says, “Absolutely, Dad.” I reassure myself that I have really communicated. I assume she understands “Drive safely,” the […]

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