What is an Evangelical?

Evangelist Billy Graham preaches one Sunday to more than 40,000 worshipers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (UCLA

In this post,  I offer a meaning of Evangelical, but this must be read in conjunction with my post "What is a Christian?" I do not claim in this post to be outlining the boundary markers of Christianity.  Evangelicalism is a part of the broader Christian movement. I also do not claim any special authority to lay out these principles which are not new to me.  It is true that Evangelicalism can be hard to define.  But this is I believe because it is more about attitudes than doctrinal sta … [Read more...]

What is a Christian?

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I believe it is very important that we broaden our definition of Christian, but at the same time narrow our definition of Evangelical. Very often people confuse the two these days. The Evangelical movement has always been a movement within the wider Christian movement. Often it has been accused of believing that only other Evangelicals are really Christians. It is no wonder then, that some today do not like it when people suggest they are probably not an Evangelical. The latest in a long line of … [Read more...]

Why do modern liberals want to stay within the evangelical movement?

I was one of the interviewees for a piece entitled What is the Gospel Coalition? on Christian.co.uk.  Here is the extract of what I said in response to the question "are some UK Evangelicals moving away from the gospel?",  the whole article is worth a read: "Definitely yes,""There's always been liberalism. What's different about it now is it seems more reluctant to use the label. When I grew up in Christianity I spoke to people who would clearly say 'I'm a liberal'. Evangelicals were seen as a … [Read more...]

What is the Gospel Coalition? Perspective from the new Christian.co.uk

A recently launched new Christian news site Christian.co.uk is making a bit of a splash on this side of the pond. They appear to be aiming to have a good broad coverage of diverse Christian groups. I was asked to comment on a brief article on the Gospel Coalition for them. Here is the part of the article based on my comments, the rest of the article is worth a read. Just for the avoidance of any doubt, I have indeed stated that I uphold the Gospel Coalition statement of faith, and became an … [Read more...]

God really does want to bless you!

I know, some of my readers will have read a headline like that and panicked. Has Warnie slipped into "Health wealth and prosperity" or "Word of Faith" ?Nope, not at all.But I do feel that it is so easy for us to throw out the baby with the bathwater. I remember at one point a few years ago I even began to wonder if we would be better off to stop talking about faith. Perhaps, I argued, we should simply talk about "trust" in God.Trust is a much more passive thing, and it is a component of … [Read more...]

How to move the immovable God

Christians in the West are often quite good at trusting in God as our rock. We are taught doctrine, told that God is sovereign. We are taught that he stands behind every event that happens and is working for our good (Romans 8:28). Even when other people do things to us from a bad motive, we may respond like Joseph and say "you meant that for my harm, but God meant it for good."God, we learn, is unmovable. He is like a fortress we can hide in. He is unshakeable and faithful. "Ascribe … [Read more...]

The loving wrath of God

Love is not some insipid woolly emotion offered to everyone in the same way irrespective of their response. Love is passionate. Infinite love is infinitely passionate. God's love has content.He truly cares about us, and more than that he truly cares about the honor of his name and the glory of the trinity. God's love is primarily turned towards himself as the most lovable being in the universe. For all eternity the Father loves and is satisfied in the Son, the Son loves and is satisfied in … [Read more...]

The Offence of the Cross or Why the day Jesus died is called Good Friday

It is astonishing that at the heart of the Christian message of good news lies a death. Of course this good news is only so because of the resurrection, as I argue in my book, but today lets remember the horror of the cross, and how that very shocking nature of the death of our Lord, compels us to pay attention:Mark Driscoll writes,The curious paradox of the atoning death of a bloody Jesus rising above the plane of human history with a mocking crown of thorns is that he is offensive in an … [Read more...]

The Apostle Paul's Blogging Checklist, Hell, and Rob Bell

Now that Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins is on sale on both sides of the Atlantic and many other comments have been made, I am feeling like I cannot avoid engaging in the controversy, or at least should read some more material to understand it better. I did not seek out such involvement, as you can see from my post which ironically listed Five Reasons I hadn't previously blogged about Rob Bell. Since then I have posted a couple of highly relevant articles without directly addressing … [Read more...]

Is There a Second Chance for Salvation After Death? – Mark Driscoll on hell

In a recent sermon on Heaven and Hell based on the shocking parable of the Rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16. Driscoll was at his pastoral and passionate best. His love for his hearers, and desire to warn them of important truth is very clearly seen in this talk. I think it is one of his best sermons. He speaks about the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, and how between heaven and hell, "a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass . . may not be able, and none may … [Read more...]


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