First Great Awakening As part of my orientation into the Baptist Church, I started doing some research on the early Baptists in Canada and rediscovered the importance of spiritual revivals. Though Baptists had an even earlier history in Europe, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many early Baptists in Canada and the American colonies… Read More Who was Henry Alline?
If you’re an Evangelical, have you ever wondered how a traditional-orthodox Lutheran might feel about him or herself? Or how a traditional Lutheran pastor might feel about Evangelicals? I just came across an interview posted at The Gospel Coalition blog titled “Those Dern Lutherans“. Blogger and Reformed pastor, Rev. Kevin DeYoung (RCA), interviewed Rev. Paul T.… Read More What’s a Lutheran? Let a traditional Lutheran explain it
In Scot McKnight’s article in the December issue of Christianity Today [ HatTip: TC ] I think he is really onto something big here. He is bringing up an issue that is just on the cusp of really becoming a major issue within evangelical Christianity, especially amongst younger evangelicals. People are finding that they can resonate more… Read More Evangelical disconnect between Jesus and Paul
Leaving Church series: Intro 1, Intro 2, Part 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5, Pt 6, Pt 7. Author and journalist, Julia Duin, says that people are leaving church in record numbers. I believe this is true, especially in North America, and it has been happening for decades in Europe already. Duin,… Read More Christians are leaving church in record numbers
I was just reading a very interesting blog post on Parchment and Pen (HT: TC & Joel) posted by Daniel Wallace (a dispensationalist at Dallas Theological Seminary) where there’s an excellent exchange of ideas and views. Wallace’s beef is with liberal theologians who regard themselves as open-minded but their behavior is less than open-minded when… Read More What if Prof. Bart Ehrman hadn’t gone to Princeton?
In the November 2009 edition of First Things, a Roman Catholic journal on religion, culture, and public life, the Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) article: “Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life” addressed the issue of Mary, which is an important to our Roman Catholic brothers… Read More Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Mary and the evangelical mind
In the earliest days, St. John the Baptist and the early martyrs were honoured by a special day. The earliest day was traced back to Sunday after Pentecost. During the persecution under Diocletian’s rule there were a great number of Christians martyred so this common day was appointed by theRoman Catholic Church (RCC). Gradually, more… Read More All Saints Day: any saints today deserving of recognition?
I’ve been blogging about the evangelical church recently. Here’s a related post. Tim Challies recently commented on the new book (see his post here): A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church. It might be a good book we should pay more attention to because it offers constructive criticism and advice for those who have been… Read More New book: “A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church”
In mainline Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian churches, we are seeing a constant and continual drop in church attendance. Something has got to change! But when we look at evangelical churches, attendance tend either remain stable or are flourishing. What is the difference? What are evangelical churches doing that is different? In relation to my previous… Read More The evangelical church in the UK is on the rise
Phil Johnson at the Pyromaniacs blog has a recent post called Whither Evangelicals. He says that: “The average evangelical today couldn’t even tell you what the original doctrinal distinctives of classic evangelicalism were. In fact, post-modern evangelicals don’t really have any clear doctrinal identity.” I would agree with this. But this is so because it… Read More Will evangelicalism decline or continue to expand?