Albert Mohler became president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in February 1993 when he was 33 years old.
Just minutes ago I opened a package from Crossway. Opening it up was an even better experience than opening up an Apple product.
And the product itself blew me away. I knew it would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be that good. It made me audibly gasp, “Wow!” several times.
Here it is:
Here’s what Tim Keller writes in an extended callout in Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 376–80:
All Christian movements must be based on commonly held biblical truths, and yet they must be characterized by trust and a willingness to unite around central truths and accept differences on secondary matters that—in the view of ministry partners—do not negate our common belief in the biblical gospel. On the one hand, we must realize that if we are going to maintain a healthy movement over time, we have to engage in direct discussion about any doctrinal errors we perceive. On the other hand, we must engage in such a way that we show great respect for the other party and aim to persuade them, not just punish them.
How can this be done? I suggest the following principles for “polemics”—contending over doctrine—that is seasoned in tone and strategy by the gospel itself. As I’ve read a number of respected Christian authors over the years, I have distilled a few “rules of engagement” that I believe can keep us from either avoiding polemics or engaging in it in a spiritually destructive way. [Read more…] about Tim Keller: 6 Principles for How to Argue When You Disagree
Collin Hansen and Justin Taylor. “From Babylon Baptist to Baptists in Babylon: The SBC and the Broader Evangelical Community.” Pages 33–49 in The SBC and the 21st Century: Reflections, Renewal, and Recommitments. Edited by Jason K. Allen. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2016.
Their thesis is that (a) evangelicals need Southern Baptist conviction and (b) Southern Baptists need evangelical experience. They show that by examining four overlapping pairs of Southern Baptists: [Read more…] about The SBC and the Broader Evangelical Community
Marsden, George M. C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography. Lives of Great Religious Books. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016.
If you haven’t read Mere Christianity, then I suggest you start with this dramatized audiobook. [Read more…] about A Biography of a Book: Marsden on C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity
Wayne Grudem. “Free Grace” Theology: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016. 159 pp.
This 42-page PDF excerpt includes the endorsements (by Darrell Bock, Ligon Duncan, Kent Hughes, John MacArthur, J. I. Packer, Tom Schreiner, Sam Storms, Dan Wallace, and Bruce Ware), a detailed outline of the book, the introduction, and chapter 1.
When I was in college, the church and school I was a part of embraced both Keswick theology and aspects of “free grace” theology. It led me to write a dissertation-turned-book on Keswick theology, which touches on the so-called “Lordship salvation” debate and its ramifications for false assurance. So I read Grudem’s latest book with great interest. His theology is sound, and his tone is just right.
Update on 8/23/2017: My latest book attempts to survey and analyze “let go and let God” theology:
That’s the title of a short article I wrote on Romans 8:31–39 for The Gospel Coalition.
I briefly unpack this phrase diagram: