Justice in the Kingdom: Nonviolence, the State and Human Trafficking | Off-script with Joash Thomas

What does justice mean in the Kingdom of God? When faced with dire situations like enslavement and violence, how do we involve state authorities as Christians? Is there a temptation for Christians to seek power for ourselves in seeking justice for the oppressed? Today, Joash Thomas, National Director of Mobilization and Advocacy with IJM Canada, joins Derek (Fourth Way Podcast), Titus (That Jesus Podcast) and Rebekah for a conversation about justice, the…

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God’s Loving Care and Human Suffering by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This little-known sermon by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a poignant take on human suffering and what God's love means to us and to others. It was preached at a Harvest Festival in Berlin on October 4, 1931. “Your steadfast love is better than life” (Psalm 63:3) Two and a half millennia have passed since that ancient Jewish saint, far from Jerusalem and his homeland, devoured by misery in body and soul, surrounded by…

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“Kingship “- Sermon by George MacDonald

"Kingship", a sermon by George MacDonald, was first published in 1867. The entire e-book is available on Project Gutenberg. As part of our "classics" series, we have shared excerpts of writings such as by Pilgram Marpeck and Janneken Muntsdorp. A reader recently recommended we share some of George MacDonald's writings as well - do send us your recommendations for resources and writings that focus on Christ's Kingdom! Art thou a king then?…

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Is “Critical Theory” against the gospel?

It's particularly interesting when Christian and academic worlds intersect, particularly on a current socio-political issue like "critical race theory". Across the Christian world, we see a lot of debate about what this really means and how it affects us as Christians. In fact, we hear a lot of allegations that it's fundamentally "anti-gospel". One particular resource I would like to recommend is the recent series by Asher Witmer on "Critical Race Theory".…

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Discipleship and Submission in the Church

When Jesus gathered His disciples to Him soon before the ascension, He said, “go and make disciples of all nations”. He didn’t say, “go and build churches” or even “go and establish My reign” - not that we are not to do these things, but we are to first and foremost make disciples and teach them, and thus establish the reign of God. Today's article is a bit of a word study…

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Christian Nonviolence Q&R (feat. Jon Carlson)

https://youtu.be/2qaYeSqbORQ If your family was attacked, what would you do to protect your children and spouse? Is there a difference between state-sanctioned and personal violence? Does nonviolence mean doing nothing in the face of terrible evil? Pastor Jon Carlson created a Question and Response series on Christian Nonviolence looking at ten weighty questions. The full playlist is available Facebook here. 00:01 Isn't nonviolence hypocritical?01:25 Does non-resistance require neutrality?03:07 If your family was…

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A Mother’s Farewell: Letter by Janneken Muntsdorp, Martyred in 1573

…This was first put into execution on Hans van Munstdorp, who, about the month of September of the aforesaid year, was taken out of the fold, away from the other four, as a sheep for the slaughter, and; according to the sentence passed, put to death with a huge fire, which severe and grievous death he steadfastly endured, with a heart full of good cheer:The reason why the other four persons were…

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