Evangelism, Missions, and Calvinism
The name John Calvin is a controversial one that evokes a broad range of reactions from different people around the world. To some, he is the tireless, larger-than-life, second-generation French reformer who changed the world forever with his Reformation ministry in Geneva. To others, he is the ruthless dictator of Geneva responsible for the deaths of men like Michael Servetus. Even though he was not the first to teach and write about it,
To Speak or Not to Speak, Part 2
We continue this week on our theme: To Speak or Not to Speak, in dealing with the whole matter of how the church should, or perhaps should not, speak into present political, social and cultural issues. The principle that we established is that there is a profound difference between what individual Christians are free to say- that this is our Father’s world and therefore Christians ought to feel free to think, speak and comment about anything in it.
To Speak or Not to Speak, Part 1
To speak or not to speak, that is the question. I am referring specifically to the challenges churches face when it comes to speaking to cultural, social and political issues. Now these challenges are always before the church, but they become particularly acute every four years when the country is faced with a presidential election and even folks who don’t tend to pay that much attention to political issues under normal circumstances can become passionate advocates of particular candidates.
How to Read Psalm 80
How should we read a Psalm? When we read the Psalms, we need to remember that we are reading poetry. The psalms contain true doctrine but they are not intended to be repositories for doctrinal exposition. Rather they appeal to our emotions through the use of strongly charged imagery and beautiful structure.Read More
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? Part 3
We now turn our attention once again to an element in our evening service that we are calling, “Window on the World.” The purpose of this “window” is to briefly consider an event or issue that is occupying interest in our culture at large, and to try and provide some succinct reflection on the matter in a way that will strengthen and aid our ability to think about our world from a Biblical perspective.Listen / Download Audio Read More
Book Review: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer
J.I. Packer seeks to provide us with a better understanding of evangelism in relation to the sovereignty of God. Packer begins his book by claiming that all Christians believe in the sovereignty of God, some just are not aware of it. For when we pray to God, when we thank Him for our salvation, and when we pray for salvation for others, we acknowledge His sovereignty. For none of us come before God and say that we ought to get some credit too for our salvation. So the belief in God's sovereignty should not be in doubt for any Christian.Read More
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? Part 2
For those of you who weren’t here last week, we are introducing a new occasional element in our evening service that we are calling, “Window on the World.” The purpose of this “window,” is to briefly consider an event or issue that is occupying a prominent place in our culture. The goal is to try and provide some succinct reflection on a contemporary issue in a way that will strengthen and aid our ability to think about our world from a Biblical perspective.Listen / Download Audio Read More
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? Part 1
Tonight, for our first Window on the World, I would like to take up the matter of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. As some of you may know, this question has been in the limelight over the past couple of months as a result of a controversy that centers on former Wheaton College Professor, Larycia Hawkins. Hawkins was a political science professor at Wheaton up until the announcement of their mutual parting this weekend. She set off a firestorm of controversy when she posted on her Facebook page that, in solidarity with Muslim women, she would be wearing the hijab over the course of Advent. It was a shocking move to some, but the real controversy was stirred up because she supported and defended this move with the claim that Christians and Muslims are both “people of the book,” and, with the claim, quoting the Pope, that “we both worship the same God.”Listen / Download Audio Read More
Book Review: Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul
In this book, R.C. Sproul sets out to convince us that studying the Bible is not only necessary but profitable for every Christian. He believes that the Bible is the inerant, inspired Word of God. It's message is clear and can be understood by everyone. It is neither dull nor boring. And why should we study it? The simple answer is that it is the Christian duty.Read More
Many of the pieces here are transcripts with audio from a portion of our evening worship service entitled Window on the World in which an event or issue that is occupying a prominent place in our culture is briefly considered.
Topics here may be political, theological, or social in nature with the goal of providing some reflection in a way that will strengthen and aid our ability to think about our world from a Biblical perspective, and to stimulate helpful and edifying conversation and reflection throughout our church body.
Included too are book reviews and essays by interns, staff and members of Westminster.
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