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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Gospel

The Good News of the Father’s Conditional Love for the Son

I assume it’s a foregone conclusion among many—maybe most?—evangelical Christians that the greatest love in all the universe is God’s unconditional love.

And it’s not just evangelicals, but Americans generally. Just last Sunday the preacher pulled out these Katy Perry lyrics:

I will love you unconditionally,

There is no fear now,

Come just as you are to me.

Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly

When I read about prosperity-preaching churches, my response is: “If I were not on the inside of Christianity, I wouldn’t want in.” In other words, if this is the message of Jesus, no thank you.

Book Review: Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, by T.D. Jakes

“As a general rule, whoever describes the person best wins the person—and whoever wins the person—gets the opportunity to impact the person.” Ed Welch said that a few months ago on CCEF’s blog.[1] It makes sense. It’s a compelling concept. But it’s also an alarming concept. What if someone with bad ideas is really good at describing people—their struggles, fears, and desires?

How God's Wrath Equals and Reveals God's Worth

 

The "penal" in the doctrine of penal substitution, being tied to God's wrath, has long been a source of controversy inside the church and out. It's criticized as overly "legal" or "forensic." People want to look to the cross and talk about Christ's love, not his enduring the divine penalty.

What Faith Isn’t and Is

When people pursue faith in an unbiblical way, false converts are made, and the world is misled about what it means to follow Jesus. Pastors, therefore, need to keep an eye out for false faith, that they might separate the false from the true:

1. True faith is not deedless, but shows itself in deeds.

Gospel-Centrality: A Warning and a Recommendation

How do you move beyond the gospel without moving on from the gospel? On the other hand, if the gospel is so all-important, do we need to “move beyond” the gospel in any sense at all?

Those are two of the questions which are raised by this increasingly audible gospel-centrality movement among evangelicals.

Last week I looked at one possible objection to this movement. In this post I’ll tackle these two questions. One yields a recommendation, the other a warning.

TODAY -- Michael Lawrence Interviewed on The Albert Mohler Radio Program

Michael Lawrence is being interviewed on the Albert Mohler Radio Program today about his new book "Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church".

Tune in here.