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China Tells Christianity To Be More Chinese

The headlines out of China last week sounded ominous. In strident language not heard in a long time, the head of China’s Protestant church gave a speech supporting the government’s policy of reducing Western influence on religion and making it “more Chinese,” a process dubbed sinicization in English. Is the …

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Religious Freedom Isn’t Just for Christians

Had Domineque Ray been a Christian, he’d have been executed with a chaplain kneeling by his side, praying with him. But Domineque Ray was not a Christian, and he did not want a Christian chaplain. He wanted his imam present in the execution chamber instead. At a January 23 meeting, …

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Five Churches that Shouldn’t Reproduce

There is a growing awakening to the need of a multiplying church movement within North America, as the best—and likely only—means to bring the gospel within proximity to those who desperately long for good news. As an advocate of this for many years, both as a church planter and as …

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Should We Rethink the 30-minute Sermon Lecture?

Recently, a group of pastors asked me this question: “Should we rethink the 30-minute sermon lecture in light of the many different ways classroom teaching is currently conducted?” They are part of a year-long initiative by the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Seminary to strengthen the quality of …

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ECFA Suspends Harvest Bible Chapel’s Accreditation

Harvest Bible Chapel had its accreditation suspended this week by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), after “new information” led to concerns that spending under former senior pastor James MacDonald was in “serious violation” of 4 of the agency’s 7 standards for biblical and ethical financial stewardship. “During the …

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The Anvil of the Evangelical Mind

Historian Mark Noll’s prophetic call in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind launched a thousand more laments about the shallowness of evangelical scholarship and thinking. The judgment remains accurate as far as it goes. American evangelical Christians are American Christians, and Americans have never valued the life of the mind …

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