On the Trinity, Gospel, Local Church and More: Christianity.com Videos

What is the value of church history?  I attempt to answer this very important question here in a video interview with Christianity.com conducted at the 2011 national conference of The Gospel Coalition.  I reference the doctrine of the Trinity–currently a hot-button issue due to the matter of modalism raised in light of the Elephant Room [Read More...]

Shame on Us if We Ever Neglect the Unborn

The NYT has just released a heart-rending story about “pregnancy reduction,” a euphemism for selective abortion.  Read the whole story here.  This is a snatch from the article, which made me sick to my stomach: As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead [Read More...]

John Calvin and Sin in the Life of the Believer: The Gospel Coalition and Evangelical Spirituality

How should we who consider grace the central reality of our life think about God’s response to our sin?  This is a tricky question, one that defies some of the easy answers we offer to it.  Today at The Gospel Coalition, I ask and seek to answer this question in a post entitled “You Can [Read More...]

Introducing Credo Magazine: Reformed, Baptistic, Evangelical

My friend Matthew Barrett, a May 2011 graduate of the SBTS PhD program in Systematic Theology (PhD under Bruce Ware), has just unveiled an exciting new online magazine called Credo.  Those of you who are like me and love Reformation 21 will find this a similar venture, albeit from a Baptist perspective. I’m thrilled to [Read More...]

Mark Zuckerberg and the Need for (Collegiate) Gospel Entrepreneurs

I’m not a big fan of the Huffington Post, but a slideshow on the top ten college entrepreneurs caught my eye.  Normally I avoid slideshows, but number nine in the presentation caught my eye.  I had not heard of Fred Smith, founder of FedEx, before, but his story is worth reading about: Perhaps the most [Read More...]

Essay on the State of Evangelical Parenting

A just-published story in The Atlantic by Lori Gottlieb entitled “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy” raises some helpful questions about modern parenting and how it is stimulating narcissism.  There is some strong language in the piece, so I’m not linking to it.  I will, however, quote a section to show the strength of the ideas [Read More...]

Fresh New Books: Trevin Wax on Counterfeit Gospels

I love book dedications, you know, the few words at the very beginning of a text that record in whose honor the manuscript was written.  Books are such an obsession for me that I don’t just love the main body, but the ephemera–the introduction, acknowledgements, dedication, and more. For example, authors typically disclaim that though [Read More...]

Southern Baptists, the Gospel, and Ronnie Floyd

Doug Baker of the Oklahoma Messenger just did an Insight vidcast with Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Springdale, Arkansas.  Dr. Floyd is a widely respected pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention and an architect of the Great Commission Resurgence. To learn more about the GCR and Dr. Floyd’s reflections on [Read More...]

What Is the Gospel, and Why Care?

Greg Gilbert’s brand-new What Is the Gospel? (Crossway–IXMarks, 2010) is dynamite.  Pick this book up to remind yourself of the essential of the essentials.  A short (127pp), small, readable, punchy text, What Is the Gospel? dispels the cloudiness surrounding the exact character of the gospel today.  Pastors, disciplers, Bible study leaders, and many others would [Read More...]

The Beauty of a Small Gospel: David Neff on the Core of Our Faith

From the Christian Vision project with an assist from the Books & Culture page: “God has a small-and-large gospel. We must always let the largeness be God’s. His grand story makes our individual stories bigger as they take on meaning in his kingdom. Our efforts at evangelization must always build his kingdom, not ours. Our [Read More...]