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Gospel impact and the world’s approval

Gospel impact and the world’s approval

Christians today seem to assume that the best way to have the greatest gospel impact in the world is to gain the world’s approval and acceptance first. If we can just earn their respect, perhaps they will give us a better hearing. There is certainly some truth to this: our behavior before the unbelieving world should… Continue Reading

The Incarnational Mode of the Missional Church

The Incarnational Mode of the Missional Church

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Missional Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

If the “why” of mission is the fact that God sends the church, and if the “where” of mission is post-Christendom Western culture, then for the missional advocates the “how” of mission is incarnation. By incarnation, missional writers mean that a truly missional church is one that is embedded in its target culture. Hirsch notes,… Continue Reading

A Well-Known Calvinist Repudiates the Charismaticism and Worldly Worship of "New Calvinism."

A Well-Known Calvinist Repudiates the Charismaticism and Worldly Worship of "New Calvinism."

“The new Calvinists constantly extol the Puritans, but they do not want to worship or live as they did. One of the vaunted new conferences is called Resolved, after Jonathan Edwards’ famous youthful Resolutions (seventy searching undertakings). But the culture of this conference would unquestionably have met with the outright condemnation of that great theologian.”… Continue Reading

Correcting Categories, Part 9 – the Church Today

Correcting Categories, Part 9 – the Church Today

Today, the influences of Modernism, Revivalism, and Charismaticism in the Church’s understanding of the purpose and function of music in worship cannot be overestimated. First, because of Modernism, most Christian fail to understand the nature of emotion in human spirituality and worship. Most Christians see no fundamental distinction between a response of the affections and… Continue Reading

It's all about . . . Numbers

It's all about . . . Numbers

Latest Tweet from Mars Hill: Easter at Mars Hill: 10,500 attended, offerings good and over 325 baptisms. First time ever over 10K. Great day. Now, Mars Hill Church is starting Mars Hill Global, an effort to see Mars Hill Church grow into a worldwide movement encompassing no less than 100 campuses and 50.000 people living… Continue Reading

Christ's Death is Not A Horror Movie

Creepy music. Bloody hands. A gruesome hanging. Bloody spurting from a wound. Heavy breathing. A trailer for Friday the 13th? No. The promo video for Mars Hill Church’s Good Friday Service(s). Watch the video with care. It’s pretty creepy. Certainly the death of our Lord was a gruesome occasion. Certainly our consideration of that day… Continue Reading

Contextualizing the Gospel – Full Series

Contextualizing the Gospel – Full Series

This series is available in booklet format. Audio versions: Biblical Contextualization The First Principles of the Gospel Responsibility and Sovereignty in Evangelism The Power of the Gospel Introduction Audio Version There is a popular thought today in evangelicalism that says that if we as Christians are going to reach unbelievers around us, we need to… Continue Reading

Contextualizing the Gospel, Part 1 – Introduction

Contextualizing the Gospel, Part 1 – Introduction

There is a popular thought today in evangelicalism that says that if we as Christians are going to reach unbelievers around us, we need to be more tuned into contemporary culture. If we want people to accept our gospel message, they say, then we need to present the gospel by packaging it in the language… Continue Reading

2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Part 7

2008 Mid-America Conference on Preaching, Part 7

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – Dave Doran’s First General Session Part 3 – Horn and Conley’s General Sessions Part 4 – Dawson on Culture Part 5 – Snoeberger on Culture Part 6 – Doran’s Second General Session Paul and Educated Unbelief – Rolland McCune The third session of Thursday that I attended was… Continue Reading