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The Significance of Ernst Lohmeyer for Christian Witness

A Chance Encounter I had never heard of Ernst Lohmeyer until I was in my late twenties. I came across his name in the same way I came across many names at the time,...

The Juvenilization of American Christianity

“Governed by elders,” Presbyterians are those who, by definition, place a premium on mature leadership. Yet maturity is not valued as highly among Christians in America today as it once was, either as...

Ministry During a Time of Great Change

Our lives will bear signs of the new COVID realities for some time. Since this is so for all, not least pastors, lay leaders, and church members, we are asking one another important...

The Holy Spirit and Presbyterians

The history of Presbyterianism is more but not less than a history of the interpretation of the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a history of actions and reactions, movements and countermovements...

Theological Mystery of Words

Once upon a time, when I was only fifteen years old, I boarded a weather-beaten old passenger liner and sailed out from the New York harbor. I was on my way, by a...

What Have We Learned During the COVID Crisis?

Read about the experiences of 10 Presbyterian Ministers as they reflect on a year of COVID's impact on their churches.

Two Views of Mortality

Sometimes death strikes down the living abruptly through a heart attack, a suicide, a car accident, a drowning. Loved ones can be left feeling stranded, breathless, and unprepared. In contrast, many forms of...

Is Authentic Christian Community Even Possible?

Where does authentic Christian community come from, what holds it together, and what keeps it going?

The Feast of Many Memories

If you keep an eye on the market for home improvement supplies, you are seeing some healthy indications. Even the sales of tools are up. A do-it-yourself, fix-it-up mood has caught the attention...

Calvin Meets Voltaire – An Interview with Jennifer Powell McNutt

Editor’s note: Since we are not the first Christians or congregational leaders in the Reformed tradition to swim against strong cultural and intellectual currents, what can we learn from those who have tried...

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My Body, Broken for Zoom?

The internet remains an individual and isolated experience even when we must attempt online worship.

John Calvin on Death and Grief

It is difficult for many of us to imagine John Calvin doing something so human and vulnerable as grieving. Nor is it any easier...

Jesus Christ is the Life – Part 1

Jesus offers us life, true life, life that endures, eternal life. And Jesus himself is nothing less than the life.

No Substitute for the Word

The word proclaimed is central to Reformed worship. If and when it is neglected the body can no longer stand with any real integrity...

Jesus Christ is the Truth – Part 2

Confessing Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life means he is not merely one truth among others. He is the truth by which all others are measured.

A Theology of the Ordinary

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life––your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life––and place it...

“All The Ministers Shall Meet Together”

When Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on true repentance at the Wittenberg Castle church in 1517, John Calvin was an eight-year-old French schoolboy. He was first...

Two Views of Mortality

Sometimes death strikes down the living abruptly through a heart attack, a suicide, a car accident, a drowning. Loved ones can be left feeling...