The growth of the evangelical church has been ocean-wide, but often puddle-deep. Why so shallow?
Six years ago, in Christianity Today magazine, John Stott was asked for his assessment of the growth of the evangelical church. This was his reply:
“The Puritans insisted that the ultimate effectiveness of preaching is out of man’s hands. Man’s task is simply to be faithful in teaching the Word; it is God’s work to convince of its truth and write it in the heart.
In trying to commend Christ to our non-Christian friends, should we be trying to be more like him, or more like them?
An extract from J. I. Packer’s superlative Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God: “We need to bring under review all our evangelistic plans and practices–our missions, rallies, and campaigns; our sermons, talks, and testimonies
Should we always try to write – or edit our writing – with the aim of making everything understandable by everyone?
“The gospel is integrally tied to the Bible’s story-line. Indeed, it is incomprehensible without understanding that story-line. God is the sovereign, transcendent and personal God who has made the universe, including us, his image-bearers. Our misery lies in our rebellion, our alienation from God, which, despite his forbearance, attracts his implacable wrath.
As we were developing the new edition of Christianity Explored, we decided we wanted to launch a website that would mirror the course – a website that assumed no prior knowledge of the Bible, aimed to answer tough questions, walk people through Mark’s Gospel, and let Jesus do as much of the talking (and get […]