The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church is Messy, Isn’t It?

The church is messy, isn’t it? When I look around, I see that we’re often unsafe for the hurting, unkind to those who don’t see the world the way we do, and unlike Jesus in how we relate to people. We often tack our nationalism, patriotism, racism,...
The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

The Truth of the Bible Still Matters, and It Always Will

The Bible is literally true. If I just lost you, that’s okay. I get that this may come across as a weird statement to anyone reading who is 1) not a Christian, 2) a new Christian, or 3) a “progressive” Christian who disagrees. And it’s...
You Need to Know Balthasar Hubmaier

You Need to Know Balthasar Hubmaier

Baptists sometimes miss out on great ancient resources found in some great theologians and leaders of the past who probably impacted our theology as much or more than the Reformers, but the Reformers get all the kudos. Take, for example, Balthasar Hubmaier, an early...
A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A Biblical Ecclesiology for Church Planting

A casual observer of the modern church planting movement might conclude that we have a generation of leaders who are aggressively launching churches in the same way serial entrepreneurs start new businesses. With the right model, enough talent, and piles of cash, we...
Getting Explicit About the Gospel

Getting Explicit About the Gospel

Rick Warren said, “If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It’s that important.” The gospel is a message that never loses its relevancy and always needs retelling. I found Matt Chandler’s The Explicit Gospel to be an awesome...
An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions

An Interview with Rick Warren on Muslims, Evangelism, and Missions

Pastor Rick Warren has often said that “you never win your enemies to Christ, only your friends.” And he’s gone far past the limits most believers are willing to broach in order to form friendships and love a world in need of Jesus. Because of this, he’s often the...
John Piper Interviews Rick Warren About Doctrine

John Piper Interviews Rick Warren About Doctrine

For the last year, I’ve gotten daily reports on the mentions of Rick Warren, Purpose Driven, and Saddleback Church. Sometimes I respond in some way, but most of the time we just like to know what’s on the radar. What upsets me is that there are so many...

Children and the Age of Accountability

I’ve always believed in an age of accountability for sin. Children and babies who die don’t go to hell, period, and John Piper does a wonderful job of explaining why in ultra-simple terms.

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