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Reformation in context (book reviews)

The Reformation is a hot topic with the likes of the New Calvinists.  How should we approach the Reformation today?  The two textbooks for our study tour have a lot to teach us. Bernd Moeller, Imperial Cities and the Reformation: Three Essays (Durham: Labyrinth Press, 1982) Steven E. Ozment, The Reformation […]

Proud Edwards

Yesterday, Ridley launched its Jonathan Edwards Center. It was a great evening, paying tribute to a man who is regarded as “one of the greatest minds in North American history, and has had an enduring legacy in theology, philosophy, politics and social engagement” to quote the founder of the center […]

How did the early church grow? Part 2

These two posts (here’s part 1) cover 10 factors behind the remarkable growth of the Christian church in its first 500 years and beyond. Each factor has important implications for how we think about mission and the church today. It’s part history and part sociology. The material comes from a […]

How did the early church grow? Part 1

These two posts cover 10 factors behind the remarkable growth of the Christian church in its first 500 years and beyond. (Part 2 is here.) Each factor has important implications for how we think about mission and the church today. It’s part history and part sociology, and the material comes […]

Dodgy Cranmer

From current day reforming groups (complete with a Facebook page!) to my former pastor who had his picture on his study door, Thomas Cranmer is a bit of a favourite with Anglicans. After all, he was the architect of the beloved Anglican prayer book and has been credited with the […]

Gnostic Gospels

This year at college I wrote an essay for Church History on the Gnostic and canonical Gospels. While it’s an interest area for me, I continue to be amazed by how often it comes up in pop culture and general conversations with all kinds of people. So I thought maybe […]