The church has a significant, but not ultimate, role to play in the life of the believer, in the culture, and in the Kingdom of God.
The articles in this issue of Jubilee represent some of the most pressing and high-profile theological controversies that Western Christians are facing today. As the authors show, the errors found in these doctrines are not new, but are rather updated expressions of old heresies.
Our understanding of the first chapters of Genesis has implications for the way we understand the rest of Scripture. And very real, practical matters are caught up in how we answer this question. What is a human being? What is God? How should we think about caring for the natural world? How should we treat our neighbour? How should we treat our dinner? Our starting point has a great deal to say about where we end up.
As Christians we believe in the Lordship of Christ over all of history – including the history of communications – that God is working in and through historical events and persons to accomplish his eternal purposes which can never be thwarted (Job 42:2).
Our worldview has deep, far-reaching meaning for the things we do every day, for the kind of person we become, and the kind of world we create. An idolatrous worldview will lead to further idolatry, while submission to the Word of God as the source of the one true and faithful worldview will mean light and life and flourishing.
Protestants around the world have been observing, celebrating and reflecting on five hundred years of the Reformation, in the lead up to the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the chapel door of Wittenberg Castle on October 31, 1517.
A godly, rightly-ordered sense of patriotism is one mark of rightly-ordered affections. As Canadians celebrate our sesquicentennial, let us do so in a spirit of full and everlasting joy, knowing that Canada, like all nations and kingdoms, is under the righteous rule of King Jesus.
The stories, testimonies and profiles of our godly forebears are a powerful and direct link to the past, allowing us to see major historical events and eras through the eyes of those who lived through and participated in them. Such a unique perspective serves not only to enlarge our understanding of history, it also provides insight into the character of these men and women we study. It is instructive for us to consider particularly the impact of some of those saints of old who were concerned with building a godly social order. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the lives of these trailblazing figures.
God in His Word has much to say about money and economic issues, and the ways that we produce and use it. There are many perspectives among Christians concerning this issue. What is the biblical way to think about money on a personal and societal level? How should we understand money in light of the kingdom of God? What does a responsible, godly attitude towards wealth look like?
Islam has positioned itself as a correction and completion of Judaism and Christianity. However, Islam and the Quran are incompatible with Christian doctrine and the text of Scripture. The church must take the growth of Islam seriously; it is a movement and a worldview that is as political as it is religious, with significant implications for culture and society. As heralds of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are entrusted with delivering the good news of the gospel to Muslims, to declare freedom in Christ from slavery to sin, and to present Christ, not sinful man, as the sovereign King who rules justly and righteously.