The homegoing of William Franklin Graham spells the end of an era. Not of modern American Evangelicalism, of which he was a key architect, but of his style of mass evangelism. As an evangelist he stood in a line that went back to 18th-century preachers to mass audiences like George Whitefield and Daniel Rowland. In some ways, of all of these preachers Graham was the greatest: he was heard by far more people than any of these remarkable preachers. Between 1947 to 2005, some 214 million heard his stentorian voice proclaim the simple gospel message that Jesus Christ saves sinners. While he was not a doctrinal preacher like Whitefield—historian Grant Wacker once said Graham had but one message, namely John 3:16—his life and witness were ones of remarkable integrity and oneness of purpose.
Katharina, Katharina, by Christine Farenhorst. Reviewed by Helen Tangelder, Strathroy, Ontario
The Christian church has celebrated its 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. Katharina, Katharina is very timely written as the story of Katharina Schutz which took place in the 1490’s in Strasbourg, Germany. The family coped with the challenges of the strong power and the hold the papacy and the local priests had on family life, including the dominating forces of the buying indulgences. Christine Farenhorst makes church history come alive and credible in her descriptive details of family and church life. She also includes the rampant diseases of that time – syphilis, St Vitus Dance and how home remedies were used. Katharina was the first woman to marry a priest, Matthius Zell. The printing press was started, the local people began to see the Light. Zell broke away from the long church traditions and preached the gospel. The poor and the ill were cared for in their own needs. Katharina kept her faith focussed on God and carried it through into her marriage to Zell. This couple was a strong influence in the part and parcel of the beginning of the Reformation and active ministry.
Christine Farenhorst researched extensively into the heart and life of family and church at the time of the Reformation. Recommended reading.
Dr. R.C. Sproul
February 13, 1939 – December 14, 2017
A Personal Reflection
Heinz G. Dschankilic
The year was 1986. In the Autumn of that year, scarcely 12 months after the Lord graciously saved me, I was invited to attend a weekly Bible Study at Mount Pleasant Road Baptist Church. The study series was six weeks in length and consisted of 6-23 minute taped video sessions on VHS followed by discussion questions and coffee. The series was The Holiness of God and the speaker obviously was R.C. Sproul.
It is with extreme sadness that we report the passing of Dr. R. C. Sproul. He has not been well these past two weeks and this afternoon at 3 PM his Lord lovingly called him home. We will be remembering him over the next few days. But in the meantime our prayers are being lifted up for the family and our hearts grieve for our brothers and sisters at Ligonier. Below is the link to the announcement at Ligonier.
I just off the phone with a new constituent who called us to order some magazines and resources. During the course of the conversation he relayed part of his personal story of what is happening to Evangelical Christians within our own country.
We are looking forward to visiting the West Coast on October 30, 2017 for the regional conference hosted by Cloverdale Baptist Church in conjunction with The Gospel Coalition. This year’s event is called Hope on the Edge of a Precipice and the link for details are below:
Papal Indulgences/Indulgences for the Dead
Arguably the practice of granting Indulgences traces its roots to the earliest centuries of the Christian era. It is part of the elaborate and often complicated Roman Catholic system of penance. The Catholic Catechism describes it as, “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints” .
As you all know 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We thought we would start celebrating a little early at the close of 2016 by inviting our good friend, Carl Trueman, to join in Vancouver, British Columbia.
We have just released our latest book by Dr. Jerry Bergman entitled How Darwinism Corrodes Morality: Darwinism, Immorality, Abortion and the Sexual Revolution.
VCY America invited Dr. Bergman to appear on television to discuss the book. To see the interview click the link above the cover graphic.
Above is the cover of our latest book by Dr. Jerry Bergman, How Darwinism corrodes morality. This book looks at how Darwinism has adversely affected morality in Western culture, not only sexual morals but also the mistreatment of minority races, the killing of the sick and diseased and the rise of the abortion movement. Key figures of the twentieth century are considered: Havelock Ellis, Margaret Sanger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Benjamin Spock, Karl Pearson, Anders Behring, Breivik and others.