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The Wingfeather Saga: A Review

There is a feeling I get when I finish a truly special book. It is the sense that I’ve been granted a rare glimpse of something beautiful and good, a sense of gratitude and satisfaction, like when you come to the end of a great vacation. I don’t imagine I’m the only one. And this is exactly how I felt as I closed the back cover of book 4 in the Wingfeather Saga. I soaked in that quiet moment even as my shirt soaked up the tears that the final pages had elicited. What is the Wingfeather Saga? It is...

How Thomas Cranmer Helped Shape Particular Baptist Piety

As a Calvinistic Baptist I owe a significant debt to early Anglicanism. My seventeenth-century forebears learned much of their Reformed theology from Reformed ministers in the Church of England and it was in the heart of that body that they were nurtured on the spirituality of the Reformation. And in the earliest days of that state Church no figure exercised as great an influence as Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), the first Reformed Archbishop of Canterbury.[1] Kenneth Brownell, an American who is pastoring in London, England, has argued that Thomas Cranmer’s influence on the English-speaking Protestant world has been greater than any...

“Blessed liberty”

The tradition of Baptist political theology is usually taken to originate with A Short Declaration of the Mystery of Iniquity (1612) by the English General Baptist Thomas Helwys (ca.1550–ca.1616). Along with John Smyth (ca.1570–1612), Helwys had established a congregation in the town of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, that was not part of the state church, namely, the Church of England. They refused to accept anyone into the membership of the church unless that person could give a credible testimony of saving faith. Their congregation was part of a number of churches, now known as Separatists, who were seeking to return to a...

Unbelievable: Netflix and the Gospel

The relationship evangelical Christians have with Netflix is strained at best. The decision of the content platform and production company to offer Cuties (2020), a French film portraying young children in a hyper-sexualized way, was reasonable grounds for many to cancel their subscriptions. My own incredulity about Netflix producing something worthwhile was recently shattered by watching the 2019 miniseries, Unbelievable Spoiler alert! As a fictionalized account of a true crime story, Unbelievable (2019) is clearly intended for a mature adult audience only. Over eight episodes, two stories are told side-by-side until they converge at the end: one is about a...

Bill C-6 and Religious Freedom

Pastors and churches cannot give close attention to every new piece of legislation that is before Parliament nor engage with every public justice issue confronting our nation. After all, we want to keep our eye on the ball with evangelism and discipleship. That is our great passion and central calling. However, I believe Bill C-6 merits our special attention and concern. It is probably the first federal bill that could (if passed) criminalize teaching certain aspects of biblical truth and place faithful pastors, counsellors, and Christian parents at risk of prosecution. Bill C-6 may well have escaped your notice in...

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