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Relationship vs. Purpose: How the Church Destroys the Christian Family

Years ago, an American Reformed missionary in Europe complained to me that in the church he had planted, there was only one family. “Well,” I said, “why don’t you encourage the single ones to marry.” “It wouldn’t work,” he replied grimly, “they are mostly women. They don’t need my encouragement. But there are no men […]

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Teaching the Whole Counsel of God

Throughout the centuries, the church has always faced the problem of the quality of its members – and when I say quality, I mean the sanctification, the spiritual maturity, and the practical wisdom of its members. The constant battle against sin (sanctification) and for the expanding the Kingdom of God (wisdom) has always placed high […]

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The Empty Rhetoric of “Making Disciples”

“This is because the missionaries did the wrong thing. They were only making converts while the mission of the church is to make disciples.” I met the man who said this at a mission conference recently; he was a committed Reformed Christian, a supporter of several missions around the world. I was sharing about my […]

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Missionaries of the Ax

Located in the very heart of modern-day Germany, in the province of Hesse, is a small humble town of only 15,000 inhabitants. In the middle of that town stands an imposing old cathedral built in the 12th-14th centuries of reddish stone. Situated in front of that cathedral is the statue of a man in a […]

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Isidore of Seville and the Birth of Europe as the Regnum Christi

In 1997, Pope John Paul II declared that the Internet needed a patron saint. He chose St. Isidore of Seville. The reaction of the majority of Roman Catholics – and not only Roman Catholics – around the world was, “Huh? Who’s that?” Not much is known about Isidore of Seville. And yet, he is one […]

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“I’m Not a Social Reformer, I’m Here to Preach the Gospel”

Suppose you are a member of the Mission Committee of your church, and there are a number of missionaries that you support around the world. There is a missionary who you specifically are very fond of, a bright, committed and active guy in the jungles of the Amazon, working among the indigenous tribes there. He […]

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