Famously known as “the man of granite with the heart of a child,” JC Ryle stands out as a towering example of Christian fortitude and pastoral excellence.
The good news of the gospel is that we have a neighbor who loved us and laid down his life for us. And this neighbor didn’t lay down his life for his friends, but for his enemies. We can enjoy God’s blessing and know his grace because our Savior obeyed the first and second great commandments for us.
The world doesn’t have the tools to offer the kind of redemption the #MeToo movement calls for. But thankfully, the church does.
We serve America best when we don’t serve her first.
Where do we first beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? Where should love of enemy first dissolve a nation’s tribalism? Where should Lincoln’s “just and lasting peace” first take root and grow?
Civil religion, when it remains unevaluated and unchecked by the Word of God, can easily run amok. It can present the nation as God, as the savior of the world, as the last best hope on earth.
Our gospel, the gospel of justification by faith alone, is profoundly political. It creates a new body politic, one where there’s no boasting. And it sends us as ambassadors with a message of peace for all who would look to King Jesus and live.
The prophetic nature of the church is to live and speak as a people unembarrassed by the power of the gospel.
Don’t put too much hope in government. But don’t give up on it either. Churches need good governments.
Too many believers feel too often as though we’re living life on trial before God, uncertain of his verdict on us. This book should help Christians realize that’s not the case.
Christian, you have an assigned task from Jesus and it involves at least two things: helping fellow church members make it to heaven and getting the gospel into the next generation.
When pastoring the suffering and depressed, Spurgeon seemed most often to have focused people on Christ crucified as the Man of Sorrows.
Is “mere Christianity”—the conviction that we should focus on only what’s essential to being a Christian—really the path toward true Christian unity? Does it guard the gospel over time?
Pastors in particular will benefit from Edwards, as they gain a clearer view of God, settle into a particular and important historical milieu, and consider his wisdom on a vast number of subjects.
— What should a church include in its Statement of Faith? For example, should a SoF be explicitly Calvinistic? — How should a church handle a situation when it’s been determined an elder isn’t “apt to teach”?