The Strange Unity of the Church

January 2020 Pulse The Bible underscores the need for unity among believers. We are exhorted to live in harmony with one another (Rom 12:16, NIV). We are many parts that form one “body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:27). In his book on the Orthodox Church, the Russian...

Discipling the City

December 2019 Pulse In a recent report on urbanisation trends, the World Health Organization predicted that by 2030, six out of every 10 people in the world would be city dwellers. This means that virtually every global growth over the next 30 to 40 years will take...

On Welcoming the Other

December 2019 Pulse In her book, Making Room, Christine Pohl said something that is immutably true about the relationship between Christianity and the practice of hospitality. “Hospitality,” she wrote nearly 20 years ago, “is a way of life fundamental to Christian...

Bonhoeffer on Church and State (Part 4)

November 2019 Pulse In the remaining pages of his chapter on ‘State and Church’, Bonhoeffer further develops his understanding of the relationship between these two institutions, which, as we have repeatedly seen, are ordained by the one God. The headings of the...

Bonhoeffer on Church and State (Part 3)

November 2019 Pulse The Church’s Claim on the Government Having examined what Bonhoeffer has to say about the claims that the government has on the Church, we now ask if the Church also has the right to exert its claims on the government. Bonhoeffer discusses this...

Bonhoeffer on Church and State (Part 2)

October 2019 Pulse In the previous article, we examined Bonhoeffer’s understanding of the government. We saw that his theology of the state is in harmony with Romans 13 and consistent with the best intuitions of the 16th century Protestant Reformers. Bonhoeffer...