Obey them that have rule over you? Giving account for our use of Hebrews 13:7

“Of all the verses in the New Testament that exhort Christians to honor their spiritual leaders, perhaps the strongest is this verse in Hebrews 13. No other verse, after all, uses the word “obey” to describe the relationship of Christians toward their church leaders… What kind of relationship does this verse depict between leadership and the rest of the church? What kind of authority does this verse give to local church leaders?…

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Is the Gospel Enough? Contemplating Social Justice

In the light of the public outcry against racial injustice and violence in 2020, Derek Kreider contemplates the Christian response. Is it enough to "just preach the gospel"? What is a holistic Kingdom-of-God approach to justice in the world today?

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Nonviolence At Home

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:43-45, NIV). Nonviolence in the face of evil is often understood in…

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(VIDEO) Why Christians Should Be Against Violence and War

https://youtu.be/I2DLnRZAAiA TRANSCRIPT: Jesus of Nazareth calls all Christians to love their enemies, and this means Christians, in following Jesus, must reject violence, coercion and war.  People have called this position pacifism, nonviolence, nonresistance or enemy love.  Jesus taught many things that fly in the face of our natural inclinations. He brought an upside-down kingdom with a value system that is diametrically opposed to the world’s way of doing things. One of his…

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Jesus is King – Why This Matters, What This Means

Who is Jesus to us?  What did He come to earth to do? What does being saved by Jesus mean?  For starters, His name, “Jesus Christ”, stands for a lot more than we realize. “Jesus” means “Yahweh is Salvation”. “Christ” comes from the word “Messiah”, or “Anointed One”, which before the time of Jesus referred to the roles of prophet, priest and king that God designated among His people.  “Jesus Christ” ,therefore,…

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