Charles Chao—Translator and Refugee
Chao's travels introduced the world to Reformation Translation Fellowship (RTF).
Chao is mostly remembered for his role in RFT, which, in the words of Bruce P. Baugus, editor of China’s Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom, “helped form a new generation of Reformed leadership within China and throughout the global Chinese church.” From the earliest days of Protestant missions, foreign... Continue Reading
God Never Makes a Mistake
My suffering had meaning. All of it. I was living God’s plan A.
My suffering had meaning. All of it. I was living God’s plan A. Embracing and understanding her words changed my perspective on life, giving me strength to press on through the darkest trials, looking for God’s hand, grateful that my pain had a divine purpose. God never makes a mistake. The phrase has shaped and reshaped... Continue Reading
Authentic Ministry: Servanthood, Tears, and Temptations
The Lord calls pastors to do His will with lowliness of mind and heart, compassion, and faithfulness.
The Lord calls pastors to do His will with lowliness of mind, compassion, and faithfulness. He calls us to serve the Lord in humility, tears, and temptations. That is what we learn from Paul’s words in Acts 20:19. We have this calling from a glorious Lord, who is worthy of our faith and of such faithful... Continue Reading
For Better, For Worse…
Marriage is meant to be a picture of Christ’s one hundred percent, all-in, committed love for his people.
Jean-Pierre Adams was a French footballer in the 1970s and 80s, and he passed away on the 6th September, aged 73. But what makes this story remarkable is that for the past 39 years he has been in a coma, looked after tirelessly by his wife. In 1982 he went for routine knee surgery. The... Continue Reading
On “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill”—Surveying Our Souls
The podcast chronicles the rise of Driscoll and his church’s influence and the patterns of unhealthy leadership and resulting diminishment of Driscoll’s credibility and the dissolution of the church.
There is nothing godly or unifying about ignoring character flaws and dismissing complaints from people wounded within toxic leadership environments as “distractions.” If the example of Mars Hill has taught us anything, it’s that we need more conversations about good and bad leadership, not less. Today, I’m kicking off a series of articles on the extraordinarily... Continue Reading
Gi Pung Yi – First Korean Martyr
He was the first Korean Protestant missionary and the first Korean martyr, often remembered as the father of the Korean Protestant church.
Yi was baptized in 1896, and worked with Swallen to establish a church in Wonsan. Yi’s dream and his conversion from bully to evangelist led some to nickname him “the Apostle Paul of Korea.” Yi helped to spread the gospel in Wonsan and surrounding region by distributing Bibles and gospel literature (as a colporteur or,... Continue Reading
Praying for the Nations in Reformation Europe
Vermigli’s most popular works is his Sacred Prayers from the Psalms of David, which provide a unique window into his theological heart.
Vermigli was an influential theologian, preacher, and abbot in Roman Catholic Italy. He came to embrace Protestant theology in the 1530s and began a reformation in the northern Italian city of Lucca. In 1542, finding himself too well known, Vermigli evaded arrest and inquisitorial trial by fleeing to the relative safety of the Protestant north.... Continue Reading
Catherine Willoughby – An Outspoken Reformer
Catherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in 1533, she became one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in England.
Catherine was frustrated with the new queen’s compromises in the matter of religion. She supported preachers such as John Hooper, John A Lasko, John Field, opening to them the parish of the Holy Trinity Minories in London, which was under her jurisdiction. In her home, she employed as preacher and tutor for her children Miles... Continue Reading
Bringing the Gospel to Bucharest
In Romania, Reformed doctrines are often seen as suspicious. Most people are simply nominal Christians.
Some people attend the Evangelical Reformed Church in Bucharest for curiosity, but stay for its message. Corcea thinks that Reformed churches have an advantage over Eastern Orthodox because both the liturgy and the Scriptures are intelligible. Besides, the congregation can sit down, while in Eastern Orthodox churches they stand the whole time. At the same time,... Continue Reading
More on Bunyan’s Pastoral Heart
God indeed does not call the equipped, but rather equips the called.
God’s people, notice that what makes John Bunyan so attractive as a minister is his love for the Lord and his love for fellow brothers and sisters. Make certain that your affections are set on Christ. Love the people of your local church too, knowing that the Lord is producing within you all an eternal... Continue Reading