In honor of Reformation Day on October 31, we reflect on the importance of a good, patient and persistent mentor, like Martin Luther's mentor, Johann von Staupitz.
Sometimes, asking a basic question can lead down some surprising paths--questions that lead to more questions and even more questions, after that. Here is one such question: Why do the gospels in the New Testament only have one name attached?
To what extent is it helpful for twenty-first century Reformed Christians to endorse a theology of election? Is predestination simply a “horrible decree”? Or is it potentially a doctrine of hope?
Many of us can easily be convicted to be compassionate in these ways; to give food, money, clothing and even our time. We know that we are doing what God calls us to. But is this all that God is calling us to in our response to the poor and vulnerable?
What training or teaching can be provided for emerging leaders in the role of elder and deacon in the church?
It may be more or less socially acceptable for us to express our feelings, or to let it be known that we have feelings, depending on our gender, age, social position and the like, but this doesn’t negate the creational reality: we are created with emotions.