Christians at Daimler-Benz in Germany Show Us the Way Christians in Europe are forming small associations for the purpose of following the way of the Lord. The Christian way of living is praying always , self-denial , obedience, forgiving one another , thanksgiving , healing...Read more
Dozens of New Christian Communities are Forming in the Arts and in the Marketplace. Is Christianity on the Rise in Europe? Dear Readers, thank you for sending examples of Christian communities that you admire or that you have joined. God has placed in our hearts...Read more
(Did I Say Ten Exemplary Christian Communities??? I am Going to Need Your Help to Find Five of Them). What is the Christian way of living? To answer this, we must study the Bible, especially the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Christian way...Read more
Ralph D. Winter wrote on the topic “Three Church Problems: Unity, Renewal and Mission.” Winter introduced the topic in this way: As a fairly narrow Presbyterian seminary student, one of the first shocks the writer experienced was to encounter Baptist Kenneth Scott Latourette’s statement that,...Read more
Protestant churches have weathered many hardships over the 500 years since the Reformation. And, despite recent handwringing about their predicted demise, there are still 300,000 organized Protestant churches in America, or 24 churches for every Starbucks. (Interestingly, there are ten churches for the combined total...Read more
Studying the Bible, Making a Tremendous Discovery. The Ephesus Church in 62 AD, and in 92 AD and 132 AD.
Paul established a church in the great city of Ephesus and taught there for two years. (It was a coastal city back then, not abandoned until the fourth century when its port silted over.) Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesians in about 62 AD,...Read more
Eckhard J. Schnabel, professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Seminary, meticulously describes Ralph D. Winter’s “two structures” theory (which we are promoting in this blog). Schnabel writes: Eckhard J. Schnabel Ralph Winter argues that the church always has two structures that are legitimate and that...Read more
In Galatians chapter 3 Paul assures the reader that Abraham was the first man to hear the gospel and the first to realize that the gospel is a missionary calling to bless the nations. Here is what Paul writes: The Scripture foresaw that God would justify...Read more
Studying the Bible. Making a Tremendous Discovery. Romans 1:1-6 and 16:25-26: How the book of Romans begins and ends.
Paul’s use of a phrase at the beginning and end of his letter to the Romans, should help the reader understand the main topic of Paul's entire letter. (You can read Paul’s opening and closing of his letter to the Romans here.) Nowhere else in...Read more
In this passage two missionary problems assert themselves. First, Christians from the home church (in Jerusalem) hear worrisome news about the missionaries (in Antioch): “We came to make our grievance known; the Antioch church is a ‘Torah-free zone.’ We regret the need to interfere, but...Read more
Pharisees Formed “Great Commission” Brotherhoods. These Apparently Had a Positive Influence on Paul. Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of...Read more