The Global Witness of the Reformed Faith

Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015


EDITORIAL: WINNING BY LOSING

PAUL WELLS - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
As I write and as you read this first editorial for Unio cum Christo, Christians are being persecuted or even tortured because they have not hidden their faith but have let their light shine in the world. This is hard to take for those of us who are sitting comfortably, not only because of our feelings, but because it seems to contradict what we believe about the Lordship of Christ. Is Christ living and reigning, are all things under his control, and does he care for his people? How can we harmo

MARTYREō AND COGNATES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: SOME NOTES

DONALD A. CARSON - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
This Study Of Martyreō And Its Cognates Begins With Observations On The Distribution In The New Testament And Continues With Earlier Usages In Greek Literature And The Septuagint.

WITNESS IN THE THEOLOGY OF HEBREWS

DAVID G. PETERSON - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
In The Pages Of Scripture, God Bears Witness To The Person And Work Of His Son, And Testifies To The Faith Of Key Biblical Characters.

THE MARTYRDOM OF POLYCARP

GERALD BRAY - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
The Story Of Polycarp Presents The Challenge Of Steering A Via Media Between Hagiographical And Demythologizing Interpretations.

JAN HUS: A REFORMATION BEFORE THE REFORMATION

DANIEL BERGÈSE - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
John Hus, His Life, Work, And Conflicts Are Recounted In This Article, With The Circumstances That Lead Him To Martyrdom At The Stake On July 6, 1415, Six Centuries Ago.

THE FORERUNNERS OF THE REFORMATION

PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
The Plague, Abuses In The Church, And Mysticism Constitute The Background For Considering Forerunners Of The Reformation.

PIERRE VIRET’S CONSOLATION FOR THE PERSECUTED HUGUENOTS

REBEKAH A. SHEATS - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
This Article Examines The Consolation That The Swiss Reformer Pierre Viret Offered To The Persecuted Huguenots From 1530 To The 1550s.

A TEACHABLE DEATH: DOCTRINE AND DEATH IN MARTEN MICRON’S MARTYROLOGY

HERMAN J. SELDERHUIS - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
In The Context Of Renewed Interest In Sixteenth-century Martyrologies, This Article Considers A Lesser Known Dutch Work, The True Story Of Hostes Van Der Katlyne, By Marten Micron.

THE GUANABARA CONFESSION OF FAITH

Alderi S. Matos - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
The Guanabara Confession, an early statement of the Reformed faith, was written in “Antarctic France,” a sixteenth-century French colony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After the discovery of Brazil in 1500, Portugal was slow to protect and settle its new territory. Only in 1549 did the Portuguese crown take direct control of its South American domains by appointing the first governor general. For decades other European nations had set their eyes upon the new land and its natural resources.

THE CAPTIVITY EPISTLES OF THE ENGLISH REFORMATION

PHILIP E. HUGHES - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
“The Captivity Epistles Of The English Reformation” Was Originally Part Of Philip E. Hughes’s Book, Theology Of The English Reformers, A Selection Of Texts With Commentaries By Sixteenth-century English Reformers.

WITNESS IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE

JAMES W. SKILLEN - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
This Article Aims To Encourage Christians To Respond With Vigor To Christ’s Call To Follow Him In Whole-life Discipleship. Life In The Public Square, Which Includes The Responsibilities Of Citizenship And Government, Is One Of The Arenas In Which Our Love Of God And Love Of Neighbors Must Be Exhibited.

POST-CHRISTIAN CONFESSION IN SECULAR CONTEXT

LEONARDO DE CHIRICO - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Discussions Of The “post-Christian” Age Are Wide-spread And Also Bring An Element Of Anxiety As The Western Church Confronts Present-day Challenges.

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS TODAY

THOMAS SCHIRRMACHER - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
The Majority Of Christians Live In A Situation Of Religious Freedom In Democracies. Has Christianity Become A Major Focus Of Persecution?

WITNESSING IN WORD AND DEED IN THE CONTEXT OF RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

PHILIP TACHIN - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Witnessing In Word And Deed In The Context Of Religious Persecution Is A Challenge.

“WITH HEART AND HANDS AND VOICES”: INTEGRAL MINISTRY OF WORD AND DEED FROM A MISSIO DEI PERSPECTIVE

PHILLIPUS J. (FLIP) BUYS AND ANDRÉ JANSEN - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Missiological Reflection Indicates That Mission Organizations And Churches Worldwide Are Reconsidering The Biblical Foundations Of Integrating Word And Deed In Proclaiming The Gospel.

THE MINISTRY OF RELIGION AND THE RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY: THE WITNESS OF PROTESTANT CHRISTIANITY IN INDONESIA

BENYAMIN F. INTAN - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
The Practices Of The Ministry Of Religion In Indonesia That Discriminates Against And Disregards The Freedom And Rights Of The Minority Are Contradictory To The Aspirations Of The Founding Fathers Of The Nation As Declared In The Indonesian Constitution.

THE CHURCH IN KOREA: PERSECUTION AND SUBSEQUENT GROWTH

SANG GYOO LEE - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Persecution Of Christians In Korea, Like That Of Christians In Ancient Rome, Reveals That Christian Teaching Clashes With Surrounding Cultures.

INTERVIEW OF DR. STEPHEN TONG

PETER A. LILLBACK - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Father, We Ask That You May Bless Us And Give Us Wisdom In Discussing The Things You Want Us To Say For Your Church And Your Kingdom. Amen.

WILLIAM HORBURY AND BRIAN MCNEIL, EDS. SUFFERING AND MARTYRDOM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT: STUDIES PRESENTED TO G. M. STYLER BY THE CAMBRIDGE NEW TESTAMENT SEMINAR

BRANDON D. CROWE - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Book Review: William Horbury And Brian McNeil, Eds. Suffering And Martyrdom In The New Testament: Studies Presented To G. M. Styler By The Cambridge New Testament Seminar

SHELLY MATTHEWS. PERFECT MARTYR: THE STONING OF STEPHEN AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF CHRISTIAN IDENTITY. BRYAN M. LITFIN. EARLY CHRISTIAN MARTYR STORIES

BERNARD AUBERT - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Book Review: Shelly Matthews. Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Pp. viii + 226. Bryan M. Litfin. Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014. Pp. vii +180.

ROBERT BARTLETT. WHY CAN THE DEAD DO SUCH GREAT THINGS? SAINTS AND WORSHIPPERS FROM THE MARTYRS TO THE REFORMATION.

PAUL WELLS - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Book Review: Robert Bartlett. Why Can The Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints And Worshippers From The Martyrs To The Reformation.

MARTIN I. KLAUBER, ED. THE THEOLOGY OF THE FRENCH REFORMED CHURCHES: FROM HENRI IV TO THE REVOCATION OF THE EDICT OF NANTES. REFORMATION HISTORICAL-THEOLOGICAL STUDIES.

PAUL WELLS - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Book Review: Martin I. Klauber, Ed. The Theology Of The French Reformed Churches: From Henri IV To The Revocation Of The Edict Of Nantes. Reformation Historical-Theological Studies

ADRIAN CHASTAIN WEIMER. MARTYRS’ MIRROR: PERSECUTION AND HOLINESS IN EARLY NEW ENGLAND.

JEFFREY K. JUE - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Book Review: Adrian Chastain Weimer. Martyrs’ Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England.

ERIC METAXAS. BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY: A RIGHTEOUS GENTILE VS. THE THIRD REICH. NASHVILLE: NELSON, 2010.

WILLIAM EDGAR - in Vol. 1 No. 1-2 / Fall 2015
Book Review: Eric Metaxas. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich. Nashville: Nelson, 2010.