Much of the blame for the rise of the “new Calvinism” is ours—Arminians. We have failed to provide our young people with our theology. So naturally they think Calvinism is the only biblical, evangelical theology when they encounter it preached and taught by attractive, persuasive, young men like Matt Chandler, Mark Driscoll, Louis Giglio, et al. And when they fall under the spell of John Piper who is simply a magician at persuasion.
From RC Sproul Jr’s 10 Things I Would Tell My 18 Year Old Self:
#5. Relax, wind down, recreate by doing rather than watching. Reading is better than television. Talking is better than reading. Learning to play music is better than listening to music. Making is better than buying.
#4. Read less theological controversies, more Lewis, Chesterton; less spy novels, more Jon Krakaur, Paul Johnson, Iain Murray. Read people whose insights flow less out of what they have studied, more out of what they have lived.
#7. Encourage yourself and your circle of influence to find your and their satisfaction in Jesus.
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Five Errors of the Prosperity Gospel – David W. Jones over at Nine Marks outlined five basic errors of the health and wealth gospel that’s prevalent in the church today: 1) the misapplication of the Abrahamic Covenant; 2) a faulty view of the atonement; 3) giving in order to gain compensation from God; 4) faith as a self-generated spiritual force that leads to prosperity; 5) and prayer as a tool to force God to grant prosperity. If you’re tired of the empty promises of the prosperity preachers, read this post. [Read more...]
I am a student of church history. And there is a certain sadness to such study, for whenever I study popular figures in Christian history, I am always left with a bittersweet taste. I admire them. But I also don’t aspire to be like them (at least not precisely). I recognize their flaws.
However, I’ve been looking and listening to Jesus and reading about him for two decades now, and I haven’t yet found a flaw… I like Jesus more. I love Jesus more. I want to be like Jesus more.
Nobody talks the way Jesus talked. Those today who have great authority, even if they overestimate their power and over-esteem themselves, do not talk like Jesus talked. They do not claim to be the king of Heaven and earth… They do not claim to have authority to forgive sins… They do not claim that their rule will spread to every corner of the world… They do not claim to establish an unconquerable church and institute new sacraments that have themselves as the foundation and focus. They do not claim that all their commandments are to be obeyed.