First Reformed is set in and around the longest continuously operated church in the United States and focuses attention on its pastor Ernst Toller played masterfully by Ethan Hawke.
Immigrant Neighbors Among Us does not provide any easy answers to this contentious public debate, but rather, it aims to equip Christian clergy, educators, and lay leaders with the knowledge of how to engage the conversation within a biblical and theological framework.
The Protestant reformers’ almost frenetic attention to THE Word has left a powerful legacy. This power lies not in a onetime, long gone Reformation, but an ongoing process of continual reassessment and development of new biblical criticisms, new ways of reading the texts.
The Reformation remains relevant to the twenty-first century Church because it is a persistent call to continuous, Spirit-led change through the Word.
Like many of the writers in the collection, it took leaving the church I grew up in to find my way to a new understanding of God. But in fact, this “faith journey” was a kind of return—to something my childhood church community had once known, but forgotten.
A significant challenge in the coming decade is to continue to claim with confidence and boldness the Lordship of Christ in all things.