The Future of World Christianity Is African

Aug 12, 2020 by

by Philip Jenkins, The Gospel Coalition: Stories published in the sober British medical journal The Lancet don’t normally inspire sensational headlines. But one recent piece on current and future trends in global fertility has called forth some stunned and stunning reactions. The article describes what the BBC terms a ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Global Crash in Children Being Born, as most areas of the world move toward what we thought of (until recently!) as very low Danish-style fertility rates. In the...

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Burning Bibles in Portland and what every American needs to hear

Aug 9, 2020 by

by Jim Denison, Christian Post: Activists burned a stack of Bibles in front of the federal courthouse in Portland Friday night. A statue of Jesus was beheaded recently at a Miami church. A recent faculty survey at Harvard University found that 79.7 percent consider themselves “very liberal” or “liberal”; 18.9 percent say they are “moderate”; only 1.46 percent call themselves “conservative” or “very conservative.” Unsurprisingly, 67 percent of white evangelical Protestants believe...

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Taking a stand on bowing the knee

Aug 8, 2020 by

by Ben John, Christian Concern: Why might someone not say ‘Black Lives Matter’? Or why might someone choose not to ‘take the knee’? Must it be because they are racist? We must surely all agree that ‘black lives matter’? Surely we all want to highlight racial injustice? In the last two weeks there has been a storm when two sportsmen, NBA star Jonathan Isaac and Rugby League player Israel Folau, as well as several Formula 1 drivers, chose to remain standing during the national anthem. Isaac...

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The Gathering Storm in the Church

Aug 7, 2020 by

by R Albert Mohler: By the end of the twentieth century, the impact of theological liberalism was seen in almost every denomination. The demands for an updated theology and morality—for Christianity to be redefined for a secular age—were reshaping seminaries, congregations, Christian schools, and denominations. Most of the old mainline denominations had capitulated by the 1970s. Tellingly, even as the prophets of theological liberalism had promised that liberalism would save their churches, it...

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Alister Magrath’s Obituary of The Rev Professor JI Packer

Jul 31, 2020 by

Dr Magrath, J.I. Packer’s biographer, writes: When seen alongside the deaths of John Stott in 2011 and Michael Green in 2019, Packer’s may well mark the end of an important era in Evangelical Anglicanism. It remains to be seen where it goes next. J. I. Packer in a photo from the official congress brochure of the first National Evangelical Anglican Congress, held at Keele University, Staffordshire, in 1967 The Revd Professor Alister McGrath writes: J. I. (“JIM”) PACKER was one of the most...

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Catholics fear hate crime law will criminalise the Bible

Jul 31, 2020 by

by Marc Horne, The Times: Christians risk being criminalised for quoting passages of the Bible if new proposed hate crime legislation is passed, the Scottish Catholic Church has warned. New legislation which is making its way through Holyrood would make “stirring up hatred” against certain groups a criminal offence. The proposals have provoked a backlash amid fears they could lead to people being charged over comments perceived to be offensive even if that was not the intention. Anthony Horan,...

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