The Protestant Reformation was really a struggle for the recovery of biblical assurance. The Reformers — especially Martin Luther — recognized a disparity between the church’s practices and the Bible’s words. The truth of the gospel didn’t leave room for indulgences or for the shaky grounds of purgatory. The facts of the gospel are salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. This is what the Reformation found anew. And, I do believe, looking at modern evangelicalism, we need to find it again.

Recently, I was able to sit down and talk with Byron Yawn. I’ve only recently become familiar with Byron and his teachings and views on Reformed Theology, but I am so thankful for him and his continued ministry to me, personally. It was a great privilege, then, to have him visit Ministry Minded. In this conversation, Byron provides a clear and informed perspective on the “edifice” of Reformed Theology. And as one who transitioned from the Fundamentalist camp into Calvinism, he provides a unique outlook and insight into both perspectives. We also talk about the crucial distinction between the biblical notions of faith and faithfulness, and the fallacy of getting stuck in one room of theology.

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Byron is the senior pastor of Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives and serves with his wife and family. He’s also the host of Theocast, a podcast full of brief musings on eternal matters . . . and food. He’s the author of a few books, an ardent apologist for Reformed thought, and writer for the Theocast blog. You can follow him on Twitter, @byronyawn.


Suburbianity: What Have We Done to the Gospel? Can We Find Our Way Back to Biblical Christianity?, Byron Yawn
Gospel Wakefulness, Jared C. Wilson
Fundamentalism and American Culture, George Marsden
Revival and Revivalism, Iain Murray
Recovering the Reformed Confession, R. Scott Clark
Christianity and Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen
Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Michael Horton
Grace: So Much More Than You Know & So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Photo via Ben White / Unsplash


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