Are the original languages really that important?
Rick Warren’s brief address and Juan Sanchez’s convention sermon at the SBC annual meeting represent two different, competing visions of ministry and the local church.
Passing the faith from generation to generation is both simpler and more difficult than revivalists prophesy.
These men, though imperfect, were above reproach. I knew that. And now they were unified in confronting me for my foolish pride.
Book Review: The Heart of the Gospel: A.B. Simpson, the Fourfold Gospel, and Late Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Theology, by Bernie A. Van De WalleBy Kevin Niebuhr | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022
While I’m not an admirer of all the positions and practices Simpson had throughout his lifetime, I am grateful for Van De Walle’s scholarly work.
Does Paul’s requirement that an elder be “above reproach” act as its own qualification, or does Paul mean for it to qualify all the other qualifications?
To illustrate our problem, in 2018, one beloved historic Southern Baptist Church whose name most Baptists would recognize claimed 30,000 members and an average of 6,801 attending.
Book Review: Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, 1750-1858, by Iain MurrayBy Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022
I commend Iain Murray’s classic book to all present and aspiring church leaders, and to any Christian who likes to ask, “How did we get here?”
In the church of Jesus Christ, character matters for leadership. No character, no qualification to lead.
By God’s grace, you want shepherds who live with such obvious Spirit-dependence and fruit that false accusations fall flat.
To be above reproach is, arguably, the most general of all the elder qualifications, so it has to be defined more generally.
God has a big plan for his whole world, and God will accomplish his work in the world. Sometimes he may do that through us. Sometimes he may do it through the church down the street.
If you drape your vine over a simple trellis with structural integrity, then its fruit is far more likely to mature without bruising.
We must labor to excel in establishing the necessary conditions for revival, all while remembering that our triune God has predetermined the sufficient conditions for revival in eternity past.
How many non-Christians sit in your pews every Sunday, hardened in their unbelief because they’ve been given false assurance?