Category Archives: Spiritual warfare

“We Only Have God”: Learning about the Hell-Storming Power of Prayer from the Church in China (Reformission Monday)

The following post is excerpted from David Wang, “Lessons from the Prayer Habits of the Church in China,” in Teach Us To Pray, ed. D.A. Carson (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002), 247-254. The phenomenal growth of the church in China … Continue reading

Posted in Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Spiritual warfare, Suffering

“Strive Together With Me”: The Central Role of Prayer in the Apostolic Mission of Paul (Reformission Monday)

To build on last week’s post on the central role of prayer in driving forward the mission of Christ and the church throughout the narratives of Luke and Acts, I commend to you the following excerpt from David G. Peterson’s excellent … Continue reading

Posted in Apostle Paul, Gospel, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Sovereignty of God, Spiritual warfare

The Urgent Task of Waiting: Blumhardt and Barth on the World-Shaking Power of Patient Expectancy (Reformission Monday)

Reformission Monday is the time when I pause from writing in reformission to reflect on reformission itself. Reformission aims at fulfilling the church’s commission through reformation and renewal, bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on every sphere of human thought, … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Karl Barth, Kingdom of God, Missiology, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Reformission, Spiritual warfare

Between God and the Devil: Martin Luther on Waging Spiritual War in the Ministry of the Gospel

In a post entitled “Reformation as War” in which I discussed spiritual warfare as a somewhat neglected aspect of Reformation history, I included a brief reference taken from another source to Heiko Oberman and his portrayal of Luther as spiritual warrior in … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Gospel, Martin Luther, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Preaching, Reformation, Reformission, Sin and evil, Spiritual warfare

Reformation As War: The Story of One Man’s Awakening to the Reality of Spiritual Opposition (Reformission Monday)

I recently finished reading a challenging, disturbing, but ultimately rewarding book appropriately entitled The Awakening. I say “appropriately entitled” for two reasons. First, it recounts the story of Johann Christoph Blumhardt, a nineteenth-century German pastor, and his “awakening” to the spiritual war … Continue reading

Posted in Church history, Kingdom of God, Martin Luther, Mission & evangelism, Prayer, Preaching, Reformation, Reformission, Spiritual warfare | 3 Comments

The Mystery of Iniquity (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 13)

Revelation 13:1, 5-10 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads … And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Eschatology, Kingdom of God, Preaching, Prophets & prophecy, Revelation, Sin and evil, Sovereignty of God, Spiritual warfare, T.F. Torrance | 3 Comments

The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence (T.F. Torrance on Revelation 12)

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was … Continue reading

Posted in Devotional, Eschatology, Judgment of God, Kingdom of God, Revelation, Sin and evil, Spiritual warfare, Suffering, T.F. Torrance, Word of God | 2 Comments