Perhaps the most sinister issue with modern Christianity is the absence of purity in the pulpit. I'm not talking about the purity of the preacher but the purity of his message. We've forgotten what the pulpit is for and bastardized it with perplexing epigrams and pithy sayings that dilute the message of the gospel.
ho would've thought that one of the greatest teachers of 2017 would've been the ghost of a pointy-eared little green alien. I highly doubt that when Rian Johnson was writing the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he wasn't thinking about how to turn Yoda into a preacher.
English minister and writer Abraham Booth is most likely not very well-known amongst the average reader. Active in ministry and authorship during the 1700s, Booth became known as a Baptist apologist for his defense, examination, and explanation of many of the Baptist distinctives called into question during his day. His numerous works were considered among the Baptists to be a complete and incontrovertible attestation to their doctrines.
When I set out to read J. A. Medders’ Gospel Formed, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I was embarking into uncharted waters. I wasn’t familiar with Medders’ ministry, neither had I been acquainted with his writing. Gospel Formed was my very first introduction to him of any kind.
One of the longest standing debates among evangelicals remains that over the so-called “social gospel.” That is, the largely Protestant movement that sought to apply biblical principles and ethics in order to solve the world’s gravest of social scandals, such as race, poverty, alcoholism, education, and environmental issues, to name a few.
I usually chuckle when preachers begin their sermons with the sentiment that their selected text is their “favorite” in the whole Bible. I chuckle because not only do I do the same thing but I also know that this is usually just a quick way to introduce the text without really introducing it. But I have to say that when it comes to the Book of Romans, it really is my favorite.
Perhaps the most overused word in all the English language is the word “awesome.” We call people, places, and moments awesome without any real regard for the true meaning of the term. In fact, the word is so colloquial that it’s almost a slang word now. It’s lost its meaning. In the same way, we’ve lost our awe.
It’s now 2017–2016 has come and gone. I can’t believe I’m even writing that sentence, yet here we are. What a rollercoaster it was. An election year, one in which the media cycle was more annoying than in recent memory. But despite the controversies and scandals and stories, my continued recourse was always reading.
October has come and gone, but the bustling and buzz of the Protestant Reformation can still be seen and felt. The pulse of evangelicalism is louder than usual about the Reformation because we’re coming up on the 500 year anniversary of that fateful day in 1517 when an unassuming monk nailed what is now known as the “Ninety-five Theses” to the door of the church in Wittenberg.
I think there are only three types of books out there: those that entertain you, those that educate you, and those that expunge you. In case you were wondering, Paul Tripp’s Dangerous Calling is most assuredly in that last group.