Pioneering Movements

What kind of leadership would is take to make  the gospel spread quickly across an area? That's the question that Steve Addison takes up in Pioneering Movements: Leadership that Multiplies Disciples and Church. The Gist Churches join in gospel movements by training leaders (24). A powerful combination is "training followed by action" (25). The training method…

The Open Secret

Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998) was a Britist missionary for many years to India. He wrote many books focusing on the church and her mission. The Open Secret  introduces some key issues surrounding the concept of mission. Because church plants must be mission focused in order to survive, the book has direct implications for shaping the discussion around church…

Thirty Quotes from 12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology from the University of Toronto, has become very popular, especially among young men. Here are some quotes from the book. #1: The Power of Habit The body, with its various parts, needs to function like a well-rehearsed orchestra. Every system must play its role properly, and at exactly the…

The Christian Faith by Michael Horton (Review)

What do Christians believe? And what role, if any, do the teachings of Christianity play in helping believers live out their faith? It is precisely these kinds of question which Michael Horton attempts to answer is his systematic theology, The Christian Faith. In his book, Horton attempts to teach through all the major teachings of Christianity. He…

The Day of Adversity

It always cost time and money to do justice...And yet there are times when doing justice really costs. These verses talk about a time of trouble--literally, "the day of adversity." In times of crisis, from recession to government coups, the most vulnerable are most endangered, and to defend them puts you in the way of harm as…

When the Church Becomes the World

[Secularization] advances rarely by external opposition but by a gradual process of assimilating the Christian drama, doctrines, doxology, and discipleship to the nihilistic plots of this fading age. The ultimate threat is never that the world will continue to be worldly, reducing reality to human flourishing and immanent frame, but that churches will fail in…

Unchanging and Changing

Just as my assurance of salvation rests in the fact that God cannot change, my hope of sanctification rests in the fact that I can. What a greater disavowal of the gospel of grace than to claim it is capable of changing every sinner's heart but mine? Jen Wilkin, None Like Him

Blogging Beale | The Temple and the Church’s Mission | Eden as Temple, Chapter 2, Pt. 3

This post continues the discussion of G.K. Beale's book, The Temple and the Church's Mission. As we finish summarizing chapter two, we will look at Beale's arguments for believing that Eden was a temple mountain-sanctuary. This part of Beale's work has been especially influential on biblical scholars. Peter Gentry follows many of Beale's conclusions about Eden as…

Do vs. Done

The law says, "do this", and it is never done. Grace says, "believe in this", and everything is already done. The first part is clear from what has been stated by the Apostle and his interpreter, St. Augustine, in many places. And it has been stated often enough above that the "law works wrath" and keeps all men…

More than an Underdog

The reason for this persistent story line of the Bible is not simply because the writers like underdogs. It is because the ultimate example of God's working in the world was Jesus Christ, the only founder of a major religion that died in disgrace, not surrounded by all of his loving disciples but abandoned by…