Spurgeon and the Battle for Gospel Preaching, Part 3

Note: Dr. Sam Horn is host of The Word for Life radio program.

See Part 1 and Part 2.

by Dr. Sam Horn

The true minister of Christ feels impelled to preach the whole truth, because it and it alone can meet the wants of man. What evils has this world seen through a distorted, mangled, man-moulded gospel. What mischiefs have kutilek_spurgeon.jpgbeen done to the souls of men by men who have preached only one part and not all the counsel of God!
—C.H. Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle, 1859
 

Hyper-Calvinsim is all house and no door; Arminianism is all door and no house.
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Book Review—Evangelicalism Divided

Reviewed by Andrew David Naselli.

Murray, Iain H. Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950-2000. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2000. Hardcover, 324 pages. $23.00.

(This review was originally posted here with an annotated bibliography of other reviews of this title and interviews with Iain Murray.)

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Special Features: Apendices, Title Index, General Index

ISBNs: 0851517838 / 9780851517834

LCCN: BR1640 .M877

DCN: 270.8209045

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Spurgeon and the Battle for Gospel Preaching, Part 2

Note: Dr. Sam Horn is host of The Word for Life radio program.

See Part 1.

by Dr. Sam Horn

The true minister of Christ feels impelled to preach the whole truth, because it and it alone can meet the wants of man. What evils has this world seen through a distorted, mangled, man-moulded gospel. What mischiefs have kutilek_spurgeon.jpgbeen done to the souls of men by men who have preached only one part and not all the counsel of God!

—C.H. Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle, 1859

Hyper-Calvinsim is all house and no door; Arminianism is all door and no house.

—John Duncan

Editor’s Note: In Part 1, Dr. Horn summarized Charles Spurgeon’s background and surveyed statements Spurgeon had made about both Arminianism and Calvinism. In Part 2, he takes a closer look at Spurgeon’s role in a debate between these two views. Read more about Spurgeon and the Battle for Gospel Preaching, Part 2

The Pastor and Missions, Part 5

In The Nick of Time
Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

by Daniel R. Brown

Missionary accountability operates on a number of levels. Missionaries should be accountable to their sending churches, their supporting churches, and their missions agencies. Missions agencies should also be accountable to the sending and supporting churches.

The responsibility to hold missionaries accountable, however, can be neglected, just as it can be over-emphasized. Churches tend to be guilty of the former error, while missions agencies sometimes become guilty of the latter. Often, the neglect of accountability by churches is what leads to an over-emphasis on accountability by some agencies.
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Shepherding the Dysfunctional, Part 1

by Joel Tetreau

Author’s Note: This article is not meant to be viewed as an exhaustive treatment of the topic at hand but merely an introduction to a theme I believe needs further examination. It is my sincere pastoral desire that this article will simply be used to spur further thought and discussion. “Ecclesia reformata et simper reformata!” (“The Church Reformed and Always Reforming!”)

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Church Membership: A Practical Necessity

by Michael Osborne

Anyone who wishes to be married in the United States must first go to his county or municipal offices and request a marriage license. Certain statements are made under oath to obtain the license; a ceremony of some kind takes place; witnesses sign the license. Christians typically have their wedding ceremony at a church building or at least have a Christian osborne_scroll.jpgminister preside over the ceremony. But does any of this paperwork or ceremony really marry them? What marries them in the sight of God is the vows they make to one another to leave all others and to cleave to one another in covenant love for as long as they live. The marriage license and wedding ceremony are both formalities. A marriage license no more effects a marriage than a birth certificate begets or a death certificate kills. The paperwork is a formal record of what has occurred.
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The Pastor and Missions, Part 4

In The Nick of Time
Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

by Daniel R. Brown

Every aspect of church ministry ought to undergo constant review, including the missions budget and the philosophy under which the missions program operates. Changing the missions program can be like touching the “third rail” (the rail that carries the electricity in subways). If adjustments in the missions program are needed, however, a godly pastor has to lead the church in a biblical direction. History, as well as affection and loyalty to existing missionaries and agencies, will cause any wise pastor to move slowly.

A well-written philosophy of missions that includes carefully worded policies will help a church to plan intentionally for the future and guide it through the process of change. It can also provide stability in the face of pressures to take the church’s missions program on tangents. Furthermore, a long-term strategy for the mission budget can help in the selection and support of missionary personnel. Continuity is important because even when pastors change, churches continue to support the same missionaries.
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