Category Archives: Unity of the Church

Why Love is Vital to Unity in Christ’s Mission

This week I posted some of the content that I have written for my forthcoming book: Our Love Is Too Small. I have no idea when this book will be completed so I cannot promise a completion date, though I am … Continue reading

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Our Lord’s Prayer for Unity in Triune Love

Jesus begins his prayer in John 17 by asking the Father to glorify him so that he could glorify the Father. These words (“glorify”) are too easily passed over. When the Bible speaks of glory it uses the word doxa, … Continue reading

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How My Life Journey Took an Unexpected Turn

It was May of 1992, my last Sunday as the pastor of a congregation I had served for sixteen years. I loved the pastoral ministry, at least on most days. But I had undergone a unique call to embark upon … Continue reading

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The Sudden Passing of Ecumenist Tony Palmer

Many of you know by now of the sudden death of Bishop Tony Palmer last Sunday (July 20). This news was stunning to so many of us who knew a little about this wonderful, Spirit-filled, man. I had just begun … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty-Two)

In this my final post in this series I wish to note that the way forward is for Protestants and Catholics to get to know one another much better. Out of dialogue we can learn to say very simple things … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty)

I want to conclude this series with three posts that will, I sincerely hope, summarize some important observations that I’ve made over recent weeks. First, the Bible plainly teaches that God alone saves human persons therefore God alone gets the “credit” … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue (Nineteen)

We’ve looked at the Council of Trent in several comments I’ve made in this series of blogs. More particularly we’ve looked at what the Council said about justification by faith alone. Now I would like to come to the simple and … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Eighteen)

In my opinion what the Council of Trent anathematized was (ultimately) a caricature of the robust and clear evangelical view of justification. Who is to blame for this problem? Honestly, both sides bear fault in my estimation. The Reformers were … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twelve)

The various comments that were made on the iMonk site (April 24) – the post where Michael Mercer responded to Tim Challies’ negative post on Pope Francis – the most substantive concern expressed  was about the Council of Trent (1545-1563). It … Continue reading

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The Luminosa Award for Unity

I announced, several weeks ago, that I would be in Hyde Park, New York, on June 21-22, to take part in the annual Luminosa Award weekend. The Luminosa Award recognizes persons, or associations, whose life and work have given a … Continue reading

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