Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Influences and Increase in Gospel-Centrism

More fuel for the fires of passionate gospel-centrism.

C.J. Mahaney has a blog now. He writes:
I think you can anticipate a disproportionate number of posts on one topic, “Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), for that, by the grace of God, is what I am most passionate about. So here would be my hope for this blog, and for the handful of you that will join my family in reading it. If I can somehow draw your attention each week to the hill called Calvary and remind you of the Savior’s substitutionary sacrifice on the cross for our sins, if I can draw your attention away from yourself and direct your affections to him, then this blog will have served your soul and made some small difference for the glory of God.

Yes. Awesome. Blogging is like grass roots campaigning.

Also, I am planning to get my hands on this book:
Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in Postmodern Times

With contributors like D.A. Carson, Millard Erickson, and J.P. Moreland (among others, of course), it looks to be a valuable addition to the intellectual foundations of gospel-centered ministry.

The iMonk says evangelicalism is officially dead.
I agree with his diagnosis, but not his prognosis. I do believe something's in the air, a divine discontent with the dog and pony show passing for worship and the extra value menu passing for covenant community, a resurgence in passion for theocentric worship and gospel-driven ministry. If what is passing for evangelicalism is dying or dead, good. (Does this make all the communities still pushing the buttons and pulling the levers "zombie churches"? Cuz that'd be awesome.) I trust that in any event, true evangelicalism is still alive and growing, because Jesus is the risen Lord and sovereign king, and his evangel will grow.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.
-- Colossians 1:3-6

Toward Greater Gospel-Centrism

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