Our love for the gospel is most clear when we delight to see it prosper . . . when other people will be viewed as the human agents of its success.
One must differentiate between fundamentalism as an idea and fundamentalism as a movement.
Salvation is of grace, from beginning to end.
Behind the centrality of expositional preaching is the assumption of the authority and truthfulness of God’s Word.
So what do we make of narrative preaching?
Those who preach should preach their Bibles.
I want to approach the topic of application slightly differently: not only are there different kinds of hearers, there are also different kinds of application.
My greatest fear for the removal of authoritative preaching from the congregation is that the Scriptures themselves will cease to be treated as authoritative.
I am convinced that the complementarian position will strengthen the church in her God given-role to proclaim and protect the gospel.
It’s always better to address potential problems than actual ones, and it’s better to be proactive than reactive.
If you neglect to teach your people biblical application you have failed to shepherd the flock adequately.
“What will your wife do if you become our pastor?”
By updating your governing documents with these kinds of provisions, you can strengthen your ability to obey God’s command to restore straying sheep.
Discipline is possible, on a congregational and on a denomination-wide level. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. But it is rare and difficult.