Category Archives: Missional-Ecumenism

Salvation and the Christian Life – Doing Theology in the Era of Global Ecumenism, Part 4

Sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers stressed that we are justified while still in our sins. I believe they were right. We are, as they put it, simultaneously justified and still sinful. The Reformers, including the Augustinian Martin Luther, were zealous for the sovereignty … Continue reading

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Salvation and the Christian Life – Doing Theology in the Era of Global Ecumenism, Part 2

When the Holy Spirit revealed to me the truth of John 17:21 I felt I had no choice but to commit the rest of my days to humbly learning from other Christian traditions and teachers. Both my theology and practice … Continue reading

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Salvation and the Christian Life – Doing Theology in the Era of Global Ecumenism, Part 1

We live in the era of global ecumenism. The word ecumenism is actually derived from the Greek oikoumene, which literally means “the whole inhabited world.” It was originally used with reference to the whole of the Roman Empire. In the … Continue reading

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What Can Be Done to Seek Unity Between Catholics and Evangelicals?

It is no secret that I am an evangelical Protestant. (I do not think the word “evangelical” makes for a good noun thus I use it here intentionally as an adjective.) I was originally ordained in an evangelical Protestant context (Southern … Continue reading

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A Unique Opportunity for Serving Christ in Ecumenism

Next Tuesday, April 8, the Semi-Annual meeting of the Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops takes place near O’Hare Airport in Chicago. To my pleasant surprise I have been afforded the opportunity … Continue reading

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The Pope’s Tears of Love

Several years ago I had the distinct joy of meting Dr. Hans Boersma, J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia. This friendship connection came about when I invited Hans to present a paper in response to … Continue reading

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Missional-Ecumenism in Early 20th Century India

Bishop Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah (August 17, 1874 – January 1, 1945), simply known as V. S. Azariah, was an Indian Anglican bishop. He was also a very important pioneer of Christian ecumenism in India. Azariah became the first Indian bishop … Continue reading

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Bishop Tony Palmer and Pope Francis on Christian Unity

The recent informal video of Pope Francis, made on a smartphone by the British charismatic Anglican bishop Tony Palmer, has now become a viral phenomenon. The seven-minute greeting by Pope Francis, seen by millions of viewers, called upon all Christians … Continue reading

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God Has Loved Me to the End of My Sinfulness, Pride and Self-Interest

Friends who read my posts and emails (you can subscribe to the emails at www.act3network.com to the ACT3 Weekly and receive a free pdf copy of my small book The Unity Factor ) know that I wrote a major book titled Your … Continue reading

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“This Blows Me Away”

There are times in our lives when something happens that, as we like to say, “Blows us away.” This American slang expression is a popular way of saying, “I am speechless. I am deeply moved. I cannot explain how I … Continue reading

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