Challenging the C of E to believe that ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’

Church of England“It’s not often that there’s a good Christian article in the otherwise secular press. But today’s Thunderer in The Times is an exception to the rule.”

– Adrian Reynolds writes at the Proclamation Trust.

Why can’t the voice of Christians be heard?

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali“So, it has come to this! For more than 1,500 years, Christianity has formed and undergirded the public law of this land.

Now, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, by disciplining Richard Page JP, have declared war on even residual notions of the faith having any place in our legal processes…”

– Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali comments on the disciplining of a British magistrate.

Related:

Is glorifying God a hate crime now? – Russell Moore on the firing of Atlanta’s Fire Chief.

“Now, I don’t expect the American people to enroll in Sunday school en masse to understand biblical references (although we’d be glad to have you).

I do expect that when we are castigating and caricaturing and firing each other that we will do so with at least some inkling of what we’re talking about.”

‘Christian publishing long overdue for reformation’

Phil Johnson“More than two years ago, I wrote an article titled “The Burpo-Malarkey Doctrine,” critiquing the insanely popular I-Saw-Heaven-and-Here’s-What-It’s-Like genre of Christian best sellers. We posted that article on the Grace to You blog in anticipation of a revised and expanded edition of John MacArthur’s The Glory of Heaven…”

Phil Johnson writes about the fuss concerning The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.

Related:

What did you see while you were in heaven? – Adam Ford. (h/t Tim Challies.)
‘The Boy Who came back from Heaven’ recants story – ACL.

Worthy of double honour — Expository advocating

Bible“Paul was telling the truth when he said that preaching the gospel is folly, but he also says, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise” (1 Cor 1:27).

A commitment to expository preaching takes a firm belief in the power of God’s Word and a humble recognition that the God-appointed means of preaching is better than whatever impressive or efficient model we might devise. God will build his church through expository preaching, and it takes a committed fool to believe it and do it…”

– encouragement from the Southern Blog.

‘An Excellent Documentary on Exodus’

patterns-of-evidenceBoth Andy Naselli and Joe Carter draw attention to an upcoming documentary on Exodus. Each of them has a link to the trailer.

The murders at Charlie Hebdo: are we really Charlie?

Dr Mike Ovey“It feels like we are at war. Doesn’t the flood of reaction to the mass murders at Charlie Hebdo, especially over recent days, look like a drawing-together before a common enemy? The ‘I am Charlie Hebdo’ mantra implies unanimity, a very clear sense of ‘us’: this was a war-crime by ‘them’ against all of ‘us’. …

But who is the ‘us’ and who is the ‘them’?…”

– Mike Ovey in London writes this opinion-piece on the Oak Hill blog.

Using Charlie Hebdo to attack Christianity

david-robertson“You could almost hear the collective groan throughout the Western World: “Oh no, here we go again,” as reports came in of yet another massacre done in the name of militant Islam.

Without even reading the newspapers you know that the responses will be the same – people demonstrating in solidarity, governments and columnists telling us not to demonize all Muslims and a general sense of outrage being exploited by various right wing groups.

All understandable. However I have been surprised by another aspect that shows a more complex and worrying side to our society…”

– David Robertson (Minister at St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee) is currently in Oz. He shares his observations of some responses to the Paris terrorist attack.

Theological extremism in a Secular age

Albert Mohler“One of the fundamental problems among Western elites is that they cannot understand a theological worldview – particularly the theological worldview of Islam. Being basically rational and secular in their own worldview, Western elites find it almost impossible to understand the radical actions taken by Islamic terrorists…”

Albert Mohler looks at the motivation for the attacks in Paris, and notes that there is no warrant “for Christians to enter into any kind of irresponsible and intentionally offensive form of satire”.

When big is not beautiful

John Chapman“To evaluate any piece of evangelism there are some questions which need to be asked:

1. Were there outsiders present?
2. Was the gospel truly preached?
3. Was it preached in categories which could be readily understood by those who were listening?
4. Were people able to listen with ease, or did the ‘atmosphere’ inhibit listening?

Over the last couple of years, I have spoken at several meetings where the large number of people present, in my opinion, has inhibited people’s ability to listen to the gospel with ease…”

– Originally published in The Briefing back in 1990, this wisdom from John Chapman is as helpful as ever. Thank God for Chappo.

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