We are justified by faith alone, but a justifying faith produces Christians who look more and more like the God they worship.
The quest for unity around personalities and preachers . . . is never lasting, although it may seem to have short-lived success.
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.
I am convinced that the complementarian position will strengthen the church in her God given-role to proclaim and protect the gospel.
A pastor should know his congregation, and a Christian should know his non-Christian friend, so they both can exercise wisdom and sensitivity in communicating the gospel.
We need to remember that we are bound by the Word of God to speak the truth in love. Some of us are so wired to “speak the truth” that we fail to do it in love.
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Pastor, God has called you to more than just the people in your church. He wants to mobilize you and your people to reach another people.
In this new gospel, the great “evils” to be redressed do not call for any fundamental change of direction in the human heart.
From the perspective of the Fall, we understand better not only what it means that we have all truly left home, but also how we can make it back again.
So essential is the gospel to the Christian life that we need to be saturated in it in order to be healthy church members.
For all his off-the-cuff casualness, McLaren is nothing if not deliberate. He has an agenda, and it’s to reset altogether the church’s understanding of the gospel.
A note from Mark Dever: “This past August, Matt shared an hour with us to talk about his ministry. In light of what has happened to Matt in recent days (cancer diagnosis), we contacted him about publishing this interview. He said he was very happy for us to present it, and that he was continuing to trust in God for the future. As you listen to this interview, thank God for our brother and pray for him.”
Are “Christian” and “rap” mutually exclusive? Hardly. Shai Linne and Voice explain hip hop culture, rap music’s potential for the gospel, and why rap can’t replace preaching.