Blast From The Past

Carpe Polycarp

This week I began a Sunday School series at our congregation called Heroes of the Faith. My objective is to familiarize our people with the history of the Church through the lives of the great men who helped shape it. (we started with Polycarp, hence the title of this post.) In the course of my…

Blast From The Past

Speaking Their Language

“What language do they speak in church? I don’t understand it?” The preceding question was posed one morning to my wife by one of the young boys who studies English with her. To understand the question one has to grasp the complete dominance of “sign gift” theology here in Brazil. Most certainly he has been…

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Seraph Seal

An alternative title for this review could very well be “Left Behind for Amillennialists”. The Seraph Seal is a apocalyptic literature sans rapture, tribulation and millennium. It does have an antichrist, of sorts–and prophecies galore, from the Maya to Jeremiah. The authors make use of a technique called engaged fiction, for which there is a…

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The Tyranny of “Almost There”

Several months ago I wrote a piece about the Succeed in Life Church located in Houston, TX. This church is actually a part of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, a Brazilian “prosperity cult”. It is pastored by Renato Cardoso, son-in-law to IURD founder Edir Macedo. The post I wrote about them has…

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Baby Jonah with Jesus

For several months we have been following the Silverberg family, fellow BMM missionaries serving in the Bronx, NY, as they fight for the life of their newborn son, Jonah. Last Wednesday, little Jonah lost his battle and entered the presence of Jesus. Having two young sons of my own, I cannot imagine the devastation felt…

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Introducing Acampamento Elim

And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. Exodus 15:27 Ever since before we arrived Brazil, we have been aware of the great need of our churches in São Luís for a camp. As it stands right now, when…