- C. H. Spurgeon
- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
- The Banner of Truth Trust
- D. James Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion
- Inerrancy controversy
- Presbyterian Church in America
- J. I. Packer’s Knowing God
- R. C. Sproul and John MacArthur
- John Piper
- “the rise of secularism and decline of Christian nominalism“
Here are links to some fascinating recent blog posts:
- Rick Phillips: “Fundamentalism, Christian Schooling, and the Antithesis”
- Rick Phillips: “The Price Is Not Right”
- Rick Phillips: clarification in comment 2 on my post “Rick Phillips on Bob Jones Academy and Fundamentalism“
- Rick Phillips: “More on Bob Jones”
- Carl Trueman: “Cheese in an Aerosol Can“
- Rick Phillips: “In Praise of Aerosol Cheese“
- Chris Anderson: “Wowzers. Rick Phillips Defends BJU, Fundamentalists“
- Sean Michael Lucas: “Cheese, Fundamentalism, and the Antithesis, no. 1“
- Sean Michael Lucas: “Cheese, Fundamentalism, and the Antithesis, no. 2“
- Bob Bixby: “The ‘Emerging Middle’“
- Rick Phillips: “Some Good Cheese“
Rick Phillips, who recently became a PCA pastor at Second Presbyterian Church just a few minutes down the road from Bob Jones University, shares his evolving thoughts on fundamentalists after deciding to enroll his children at Bob Jones Elementary School. See his blog post “Fundamentalism, Christian Schooling, and the Antithesis.” (Cf. his follow-up post “The Price Is Not Right.”)
A few thoughts in reply:
- I’m delighted to hear Phillips’s thoughts. BJ often gets an unnecessarily bad rap. Phillips is right that (1) BJ is culturally conservative and upholds some relatively strict rules and (2) BJ is straight on what matters most: the gospel.
- For what it’s worth, I’d like to point out that BJ is not an Arminian institution. I can see how someone might get this impression based on some of their history (e.g., Bob Jones Sr. was a Methodist), methodology, chapel speakers, and administrators over the years, but I’m not aware of a single Arminian professor who currently teaches on the their undergraduate or graduate Bible faculty; most (or at least many) of the Bible professors are Calvinists of the Amyraldian variety. (I don’t pretend to be an official spokesperson for BJU, but both my wife and I are somewhat familiar with the BJ system. We both earned degrees at BJU, and my wife also attended BJ through seventh grade. For the first two years of our marriage, we lived right next to BJES and passed it nearly every day either in a car or on foot. We each have many friends and family members who have attended BJ ranging from nursery-age up through Ph.D. studies, and I still keep in touch with several of the professors.)
“[John] Owen’s theology is a salutary reminder that we should not allow the current decline in church attendance and status to turn a blind eye in our evangelical ecumenism to the real problems that exist with the evangelical world. I confess here that I am no longer entirely happy being called an evangelical. Where evangelicalism happens to coincide with biblical, historic Christianity, I do not repudiate the description; but in general consider it to be an unhelpful term, if not misleading and meaningless. That it now embraces those, who, for example, hold to positions on God’s knowledge of the future that are Socinian, it has ceased to be a distinctively Christian term.”
—Carl Trueman, “John Owen As a Theologian,” in John Owen: The Man and His Theology: Papers Read at the Conference of the John Owen Centre for Theological Study, September 2000 (ed. Robert W. Oliver; Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2002), 63.
Recommended: Trueman’s five-part lecture series on the life and theology of John Owen (available here).
I read this article this morning:
- John Piper, “Communing with God in the Things for Which We Contend: How John Owen Killed His Own Sin While Contending for the Truth.” Pages 77-113 in Contending for Our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen. Vol. 4 of The Swans Are Not Silent. Wheaton: Crossway, 2006.
- This is based on Piper’s presentation at the 1994 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors. An edited manuscript and a link to the MP3 are available here.
I found these two quotations particularly convicting and challenging:
- “Packer says that the Puritans differ from evangelicals today because with them, ‘. . . communion with God was a great thing, to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way that we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the little that we say about it. When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and Christian interests, their Christian acquaintances, the state of the churches, and the problems of theology—but rarely of their daily experience of God.'”
- “One great hindrance to holiness in the ministry of the word is that we are prone to preach and write without pressing into the things we say and making them real to our own souls. Over the years words begin to come easy, and we find we can speak of mysteries without standing in awe; we can speak of purity without feeling pure; we can speak of zeal without spiritual passion; we can speak of God’s holiness without trembling; we can speak of sin without sorrow; we can speak of heaven without eagerness. And the result is a terrible hardening of the spiritual life.”
This week Dr. Carson gave permission to Justin Taylor to post on his blog an announcement that has not been public knowledge up to this point. More details are forthcoming, but at least this much can be released now: Dr. Carson and his good friend Pastor Tim Keller are teaming up with some forty-five other pastors to rally around the gospel, hence their name: The Gospel Coalition. The first conference is a little over two months away: May 23-24, 2007. Their website, www.TheGospelCoalition.org, is in the process of being built; it currently contains information only for this upcoming conference. Registration is limited; the cutoff is at about 550 people. See Justin Taylor’s post for more details.