Pauline Fathme, Christian Rufo and the Early Missions to the Oromo
The news of Fathme’s baptism traveled fast, because she was the first known Oromo convert.
The missionaries Friedrich Spittler, Johann Ludwig Krapf, and Martin Flad were particularly interested in her story. Krapf and Flad had in fact traveled to Ethiopia and Splitter was at that time planning to send missionaries there. In his brief contacts with the Oromos, Kraft had become impressed by their intelligence and was convinced they would... Continue Reading
The Precedent of a Persian King
We can all, like human princes, be pretentious in flaunting the assumed importance and extravagance of our own kingdom-building.
With the unnamed author of Esther, we laugh in line with heaven at the pretensions of human princes. There is beyond the facade and the farce another kind of kingdom. For that, we look not to the country between the Tigris and Euphrates, or even the land ensconced between the Atlantic and Pacific, but to... Continue Reading
Liang Fa—The First Ordained Chinese Pastor
He was particularly fierce in his condemnation of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and all forms of idolatry.
At times, Liang was discouraged by what he considered a slow progress of the gospel in his country. After his death, however, the number of Christians in China, largely influenced by both his writings and his example, continued to multiply. In 1804, fifteen-year-old Liang Fa moved to the big city of Guangzhou (then known... Continue Reading
The Secret of Good vs. Better
Paul saw the life of the believer as ultimately consisting of two options: good and better.
What’s better? Not just believing in Christ, but suffering for Him. Far from seeing his imprisonment as an obstacle to God’s mission, Paul trusted that God’s plan for his life was working to further God’s kingdom and build up His church. Because salvation for our sins came through the redemptive suffering of Jesus, Paul knew... Continue Reading
Jiří Třanovský – A Singer of Comfort
"Up, weak knees and spirit bowed in sorrow! No tomorrow shall arise to beat you down..."
Like the German Paul Gerhardt (and King David in the Psalms), Třanovský can communicate the anguish of human suffering as only those who have descended into their depths can do. In this, he put into words the feelings of most men and women of his time. But he also lifted them up to grasp the... Continue Reading
Covenant Theological Seminary Announces Its Sixth President
Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Gibbs will become the sixth President of Covenant Seminary beginning July 1, 2021
Dr. Gibbs brings a great love for the Bible and pastoral ministry, having served as a pastor for 24 years. After graduating from Covenant Seminary in 1997, he started a new Reformed University Fellowship chapter at Baylor University, which continues to this day. He then planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, Texas, in 2002... Continue Reading
Donald Trump Is Not the Lord Jesus Christ. Got It? Are You Sure?
A burden on my heart to share: Donald Trump is not our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, he is just a man — all man, not God at all.
Trump’s not even a deeply religious person, but a kind of lapsed Presbyterian. His marriage to Melania isn’t recognized by her own Catholic Church. So he’s not even a prophet. We have no way of knowing if he is (in Protestant terms) “saved,” or (using Catholic language) in a “state of grace.” He’s just a... Continue Reading
Jaroslav Jan Vajda – Singing the Language of Today’s Hearts
“Now the Silence” – which, he said, “came out of nowhere,” was different from anything he had done before.
Today, Vajda is one of the most respected hymn writers. The complete collection of his hymns, Sing Peace, Sing Gift of Peace, was published by Concordia Publishing House in 2003. His hymns, carols, and translations (more than 200) can also be found in the hymnals of many Christian denominations throughout the world and have been... Continue Reading
William Carey’s Ministry a Story of Desire, Opportunity, and Gifting
Carey desired to see the nations reached with the gospel. His gifts were clear from an early age, and his opportunity came in time.
Carey became a member of the first team sent out by the new Society he inspired and established with a group of faithful friends. For the next several decades, this Society funded Carey’s work. All of these opportunities—and countless more—came about because of the sovereign hand of the Lord. Once again, we see the triad... Continue Reading
The Death of My Son and the Birth of My Savior
The birth of my Savior has everything to do with the death of my son, for it is only because of Christ’s birth that I can have hope in Nick’s death.
The birth of my Savior has everything to do with the death of my son, for it is only because of Christ’s birth that I can have hope in Nick’s death. Because Jesus lived and lives, I can have confidence that Nick lives and will live. Christmas does not take away all my pain, but... Continue Reading