In statu confessionis

The Christian Church is at a crossroads.  We stand “in statu confessionis”–a time when we must confess God’s truth in the face of the world’s opposition.  We must confess God’s sovereignty over all political powers, earthly agendas, and religious claims.  We must confess his universal rule and love against all nationalism and racism. We must confess…

What Is Ministry?

What did Jesus tell ministers to do? Here is a list of items that constitute a minister’s job description. It isn’t long, and it isn’t complicated. (The part about “raising the dead” might be a little more difficult, so I’ve left that off for simplicity’s sake) Luke 9:2, 6. Preach the Gospel, that is, proclaim the kingdom…

Thoughts on “Silence”

During travels yesterday I finished reading Shūsaku Endō’s book, “Silence.” It’s a fascinating story, based in history, of two Portuguese Jesuits who travel to Japan in 1639 to find out about rumors that a fellow Jesuit had apostatized under torture. The time frame is similar to the events of the “North American Martyrs,” Jesuit missionaries in…