New religious movements, New Age, Neo-Pagan, and minor non-Christian spiritual movements are a global phenomenon, and for over one hundredContinue reading The Study of New Religious Movements
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Two recent studies about the state of the church in the US have further demonstrated the tenuous situation of AmericanContinue reading The Looming Crisis in American Christianity
As Carson, Moo, and Morris point out (1992), nowhere in the New Testament are the first four books referred toContinue reading The Missionary Nature of the Gospels
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During my doctoral studies in the early 2000s, Paul Hiebert shared a story that I have never forgotten. Dr. Hiebert wasContinue reading The Monkey and the Fish