A Call to Spiritual Reformation


A Call to Spiritual Reformation



At the tomb of Lazarus, after the stone has been removed, Jesus looks to heaven and prays, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me” (John 11:41-42). Here, then is a prayer of Jesus himself that is shaped in... View Quote

[The church] is made up of people who are as varied as can be: rich and poor, learned and unlearned, practical and impractical, sophisticated and unsophisticated, aristocratic and plebian, disciplined and flighty, intense and carefree, extrovert and introvert—and everything in between. The only thing that hold such people together is ... View Quote

Christians are being transformed “from glory to glory”. It is as if the most monumental cultural shock, that entailed by the jump from this world to the next, is being reduced by the preparation of those who will make the leap.

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In some mysterious way, and without being tainted with evil himself, God stands behind unintentional manslaughter (Exod. 21:13), family misfortune (Ruth 1:13), national disaster (Isa. 45:6–7), personal grief (Lam. 3:32–33, 37–38), even sin (2 Sam. 24:1; 1 Kings 22:21ff). In none of these cases, however, is human responsibility diminis... View Quote