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New Government in Myanmar (Burma) In the April 4 issue of Time we read, On April 1, Burma, a nation under military dictatorship for nearly five decades, will have a new government headed by the democratic opposition. The triumph of the National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, was a victory for democracy in the face of repression (13). This is striking. But what does it mean? Is the door of mission work in Myanmar finally opening wide? Will the PRCA, who have had close contact with Rev. Titus and the PRC...

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Dan Walker, Creationism, and the BBC The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is prob­ably one of the best-known broadcasters in the world. It is also one of the world’s most liberal media outlets. That is why the story of Dan Walker is so surprising. Dan Walker is a Christian, the son of a Baptist preacher. And he is a BBC employee. It is, perhaps, not unusual to find a Christian working in the BBC. We could imagine him as a gardener, or a cleaner, or an office worker. According to Wikipedia, the BBC employs just over 35,400 people. Surely there are...

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Brief Highlights from the CRCNA’s 2016 Agenda for Synod The Christian Reformed Church in America’s 669-page agenda has been posted on the Internet. Below are some of the interesting items on the 2016 Synod’s agenda. The Synod will receive recommendations from the Board of Trustees to adopt “Research Methodology Guidelines for Synodical Committees and Task Forces.” The paragraph that introduces the “Methodology Guidelines” is a noteworthy and candid admission that the CRC does not use Scripture alone as the foundation for its faith and life. It reads, Nearly every year synod appoints study committees and task forces. In the past,...

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“Devout Christian NHS Worker Launches Appeal After Being Suspended for Inviting A Muslim Colleague to Church” (Daily Mail, April 5, 2015). “NHS Worker Who Gave Muslim Colleague Christian Book Loses Appeal Against Suspension” (Independent, April 8, 2016).1 The case of Victoria Wasteney, a Christian NHS (National Health Service) worker in London, England, made the headlines recently. If you are like me, you are tempted to have an emotional reaction to such headlines. Online articles often have comments submitted by readers. The comments in this case were predictable. Many complained that if the situation had been reversed (if a Muslim had...

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Islamophobia: How Offensive is “Grossly” Offensive? On January 5, 2016, District Judge McNally of Belfast Crown Court, Northern Ireland, delivered his judgment on the now famous (or infamous) Islamophobia case. In a victory for free speech and freedom of religion, Pastor James McConnell who, in a sermon on May 18, 2014 preached that “Islam is heathen, Islam is Satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell,” was acquitted of the charge of “sending or causing to be sent by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that was grossly offensive, contrary to section 127(1)(a) of...

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Gender Confusion In Mark 10:16 Jesus says, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” Because our society rejects the authority of Scripture, it is utterly confused about how to identify people. World magazine reports on the consequences of this confusion: At the end of 2015, two human rights commissions over 2,800 miles apart enacted new rules that could be precedent-setting for the gender battle across the nation, including giving people the right to use whichever locker rooms and bathrooms they choose. The New York City Commission on Human Rights issued guidelines Dec. 21 to...

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Two Kingdoms Conference On the cover of the November 18 issue of Christian Renewal was a photo of Dr. David VanDrunen and Dr. Cornelis Venema and the words “Two Kingdoms, Two Views.” VanDrunen is professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary in California and a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Venema is President of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Indiana. The debate took place last October at Preakness Valley URC in New Jersey prior to the meeting of Classis Eastern U.S. of the URC. VanDrunen defended his view, known as “Two Kingdoms (2K) Theology.” Venema gave his...

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‘Do you believe Jesus died for your sins?’ “With grace I replied, no, no, no, no…that’s ghastly theology…you don’t want to go there.” Those are the words of Rev. Scott McKenna, the minister of Mayfield Salisbury Church of Scotland (CofS) in Edinburgh, Scotland. The CofS is the national church in Scotland, a Presbyterian denomination dating back to the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. If John Knox (1513-1572) knew the state of the CofS today, he would turn in his grave! Rev. David Robertson, the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland (FCofS) responded to McKenna’s gospel-denying heresy on his blog, prompting...

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John Piper Stirs Up the “Sanctification Debate” John Piper is a well-known pastor (now retired) and widely thought of as a leader in Reformed circles. Thus, any subtle errors that he teaches are all the more dangerous and in need of exposure. This is even more so when his errors contradict justification by faith alone, one of the cardinal doctrines of Scripture. Those who seek to learn from Piper must be aware that Piper subtly denies the doctrine of justification by faith alone in a way that aligns him with the hardly mentioned but still dangerous heresy of the Federal...

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