Pierre Viret's vision, as derived from his Christian Instruction and faithful to the spirit of the Reformation, was to recover biblical foundations for our time, to help further the church in its task of advancing God's kingdom on earth and proclaiming the total sovereignty of God's Word.
The Reformation was a developing movement that strove to be faithful to the constant touchpoint of Scripture, in our own time we should be mindful of the constant need to submit our doctrines, beliefs, and experiences to the inspired, authoritative Word of God, and to interpret all of life and history in light of that Word.
We are pleased to introduce the two newest members of our Fellows program: André Schutten and Dr. Ted Fenske.
As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture - the church in our time needs to return to a robust gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it.
In a truly scriptural theology of mission, the church as God's kingdom people must not only be concerned with personal salvation, or institutional church affairs, but with the reign of Christ over all things. God's people re-present the exalted Christ to the entire creation order.
We are pleased to announce the addition of two new scholars to the Ezra Institutes Fellows program: D.F.M. (Danie) Strauss and Willem J. Ouweneel.
At root, the Two Kingdoms controversy is a question of how we ought to live in a world that refuses to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. In The World is Christ's, Willem J. Ouweneel details a number of historical, logical, and exegetical considerations surrounding this question, and helps readers understand that everything we do is an act of worship - the issue is whether our worship is directed towards God or away from him.
Includes study questions for personal or group discussion.
John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), has written about the resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrats, arguing that Christians should "advocate for a truly plural society" and be "willing to permit sexual freedom to others." Joe Boot critiques this pluralistic vision, arguing that Stevens hasn't differentiated between a crime and a sin. We should apply the Bible to all areas, not capitulate to pluralism.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published for a UK-based audience, but the implications are universally applicable and highly constructive for Christians everywhere.
The goal of Gods grace is a right-living people. It is a grace that transforms a rebel into an obedient child and situates him on the path of righteousness.
How do we understand our present cultural moment? What is our relationship to the culture surrounding us? And what hope does Scripture offer our culture? In the first of a series of Cornerstones lectures, Dr. Joe Boot introduces us to the biblical concept of gospel culture.
Christianity advocates a structural pluralism which maintains the creational distinctions between spheres of life, but it does not advocate a directional pluralism; in fact, what it presupposes is a clear directional principle toward honoring the Lordship of Christ and God's sovereignty over creation.
For most of Western history, the law of God has occupied a critical and central place in the life of the family, church, and society. It has been recognized by many as God's charter for sanctification, justice, liberty and life.
The family is a covenant institution and relationship which requires faithfulness. If we are to have any impact on the world around us, the first thing that must be transformed in our hearts and lives is our immediate relationships with our family.
The significance of the resurrection is more than a historical fact, though it certainly is that. It means that Christ is now glorified, reigning over all the world as the righteous king. Learn about the implications of the reign of Christ for daily life.
Let us celebrate our sesquicentennial in a spirit of full and everlasting joy, knowing that Canada, like all nations and kingdoms, is under the righteous reign of Christ; and let us labour to instruct our neighbours and countrymen in everything he has commanded.
A godly, rightly-ordered sense of patriotism is one mark of rightly-ordered affections. As Canadians celebrate our sesquicentennial, let us do so in a spirit of full and everlasting joy, knowing that Canada, like all nations and kingdoms, is under the righteous rule of King Jesus.
Canadian Christians cannot accommodate the government's new speech codes recently made law; we must confront these man-made delusions with the truth and beauty of Jesus and humble ourselves under His righteous rule.
Since the beginning, man was called to cultivate God's creation into a godly civilization, this involved work, and only work done in obedience to God can bring blessing, while work done in rebellion reaps futility and frustration.
How do we faithfully witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in an age that seems to have abandoned any real notion of truth? Joe Boot demonstrates how to effectively present the gospel without compromising on its essential truths, and examines some of the prevailing worldviews that we must understand and contend with in such a post-truth context.
In commemoration of the Reformation's 500th Anniversary, Willem J. Ouweneel offers a few words on Sola Scriptura from his upcoming book, The World is Christ's.
More than a house of worship, the mosque has a critical and authoritative role in the cultural and political life of Muslims, with immediate social implications.
In a time of increasing hostility towards the truth, we are not to take flight but fight in prayer for the courage we need to speak the truth with boldness.
Updates and reflections from the Christian Legal Institute of 2017.
Large numbers of people within the church are abandoning the plain teaching of Scripture in the realm of sexual ethics, and symptomatic of a broader rejection of the authority of God and his Word for all of life. Mainstream Christianity may be on the decline, but faithful, Bible-believing churches are growing larger and stronger.
Updates and reflections from Joe Boot's recent UK visit
Virtual Reality technology is positioning itself as the next frontier in technology, across a range of industries. How do we understand this technology as a cultural product, with its attendant risks and advantages?
Important information and dates regarding the Wilberforce Academy, September 2017.
The power of God on display in the resurrection is a word of grace and life for the disciples and for us.
Several Greeks witnessed Jesus' triumphal entry and desired to see Him. This event leading up to the Lord's crucifixion parallels the Eastern magi coming to the manger at His birth, fulfilling Jesus' words that many will come to Him from the East and the West.
The stories, testimonies and profiles of our godly forebears are a powerful and direct link to the past, allowing us to see major historical events and eras through the eyes of those who lived through and participated in them. Such a unique perspective serves not only to enlarge our understanding of history, it also provides insight into the character of these men and women we study. It is instructive for us to consider particularly the impact of some of those saints of old who were concerned with building a godly social order. There are valuable lessons to be learned from the lives of these trailblazing figures.
The recent anti-Islamophobia motion sets a dangerous precedent for free speech, however this should not surprise us. Learn how the very nature of Islam and doctrine of Allah tends to the use of pure force, without a natural place for reason or grace.
The deep-seated crookedness of the human heart due to sin means that the problem of wisdom, truth and justice for the social order cannot be solved by man's efforts to forcibly rearrange society.
In answering the disciples' question about the destruction of the temple, Jesus foretells signs of an imminent temporal event which will take place in the lifetime of his audience. Instead of end times speculation, the church needs to be busy with gospel proclamation and mission.
The biblical context of marriage, affirmed and reinforced by Jesus Christ, is the original divine ordinance, and the foundation on which any functional civilization is to be built.
We have received a kingdom and an inheritance, but woe to us if we now take offence at God's Word. The Lord will crush those who deny Him the fruit of His vineyard.
Note: the video is missing the first two minutes of this sermon but it is available on the audio-only file via the "Listen" link.
Human beings are inherently sexual creatures, created male and female, in the image of God. It should not surprise us, then, that revolt against God is expressed in decidedly sexual ways.
The Canadian House of Commons recently gave unanimous approval to an anti-Islamophobia Motion. What does this mean for freedom, justice and society?
Christians called to public office have a responsibility to be true salt and light in their position; social policy is reflective of social norms, and if we will not uphold a biblical standard for a just society, we will inevitably uphold an anti-biblical standard.
|The Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a joint statement urging repentance for the Reformation's "lasting damage." However, this exhortation is unclear and focuses on all the wrong things.|
As we enter a New Year, let us decide whether we will be led by the Word of God revealed in Christ Jesus, or by a substitute word of man's own design.
When Jesus visits the region of Tyre and Sidon in Mark 7 and 8 he goes from being in the midst of the Jews to being in the midst of the Gentiles. This is the foreshadowing of the future mission to the Gentiles and the anticipated renewal of Creation subject to our Lord Jesus Christ.