Everyone Needs a Conversion Story: On Sexual Orientation and Salvation

One of the hottest topics in the public square today is the issue of anthropological identity, or, more plainly, what it means to be human. See, for example, Kirsten Powers’s recent column for USA Today on the church’s apparent need to embrace the validity of gay Christianity. This issue is closely tied to cultural approbation [Read More...]

Scottish Church Planting: Introducing the 20 Schemes Project

Thabiti Anyabwile highlights the gospel testimony of a Scot named Mez McConnell here. Listen to this account of how God saved a desperate soul and gave him new life. Then check out these resources, including the “20 Schemes” project that Mez and Matthew Spandler-Davidson are pioneering. It sounds terrific and needed. More info: You can [Read More...]

A Startling Word from Mark Dever on False Conversions

Justin Taylor is live-blogging Together for the Gospel, which is quite a feat given the extensive content yielded by this outstanding conference.  Yesterday, he summarized Mark Dever’s message on “False Conversion,” which included the following.  It’s well worth pondering as a pastor and a Christian. “In reading through the NT, there are five summary truths [Read More...]

How Charles Finney Trumped Jonathan Edwards in America

In the just-published 9Marks journal, I published an essay on the trajectory of conversion in America over the last 250 years.  It is my argument that in the evangelical scene writ large, conversion came to be seen more as a process to be engineered than as a miracle to be prayed down. Here’s a bit [Read More...]

New 9Marks Material on Conversion

The new 9Marks eJournal is out, and as usual it offers much to chew on. In lieu of discussing it, I will list the contents below and encourage you to give them a read.  It’s on conversion, and I think it looks great. The Beauty of Conversion By Jared WilsonHow beautiful art thou, O Conversion? [Read More...]

Stanley Fish on the Drama of Redemption

In a moving and surprisingly orthodox (even evangelical) piece on the downturn called “Faith and Deficits,”  literary theorist and anti-foundationalist Stanley Fish of Florida International University offers the following words on debt and forgiveness: “The same message, of debts forgiven before you ask, is delivered (with less cheer) by George Herbert’s great poem, “Redemption,” a [Read More...]


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