What Can We Learn from Christian Fundamentalists? Timothy George Responds

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Together for What?

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dever.jpgBy Mark Dever

College freshman Bob becomes convinced of the doctrine of election and has a burning desire to convince everyone else. He’s in the early “cage stage” of Calvinism.

Imagine his conversations with his friends, in his campus fellowship, in his church.

Everything becomes an illustration of God’s sovereignty. It’s all he wants to talk about. And if you disagree with Bob, watch out!

The question for you and me is, when we teach others the truth, do we do it with condescending pride and arrogance—we know something they don’t? Or do we teach with the humility of one beggar sharing his bread with another?

Compromise is bad. Cooperation is good. But how do you tell the difference? What are the primary doctrinal positions for which we need to contend, and what are the secondary doctrinal positions about which we can disagree with charity and love?

I’d like to consider how we can encourage each other to hold the truth with humility by setting out six questions: Read more about Together for What?

What Can We Learn from Christian Fundamentalists? David M. Doran Responds

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David M. Doran

doranIn light of the subsequent doctrinal decline in Evangelicalism, it seems important to learn that granting Christian recognition and fellowship to those who deny essential Christian doctrines is not only disastrous for the health of the church, but, more fundamentally, it dishonors God by disobeying His Word. Many texts are clear that false doctrine and those who teach it must be identified and rejected (e.g., Romans 16:17), and that giving such false teachers any encouragement makes one a participant in their evil deeds (2 John 9-11). Fundamentalism’s commitment to maintain the line between truth and error was the right position, and rejecting that position has yielded a harvest of heresies among professing Evangelicals. Read more about What Can We Learn from Christian Fundamentalists? David M. Doran Responds

What Can We Learn from Christian Fundamentalists? David S. Dockery Responds

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David S. Dockery

dockeryHaving been called a fundamentalist many times by those to my left, I am aware that in the eyes of many, a fundamentalist is “anyone to my right.” But, if by this term we mean those who have historically identified themselves as such since the early decades of the 20th century, then I think we can make the following observations.

We can learn both positive and negative lessons from the Fundamentalists. We can learn that the authority of Scripture is primary and the ultimate teachings of Christianity are to be heartily defended. We can learn that purity and holiness are important, even as we are reminded that the proclamation of the gospel message is imperative. Read more about What Can We Learn from Christian Fundamentalists? David S. Dockery Responds

Fellow Workers for the Truth

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The Spectrum of Parental Involvement in Youth Ministry, Part 1

Scripture gives parents great responsibility for the discipleship of their children. Ephesians 6 and Deuteronomy 6 make this fact clear. But Christians are divided on how the parental role should impact the task of youth discipleship. Churches exhibit a range of parental involvement in youth groups. Some refuse to have a youth group altogether, believing the miller_shoes.jpgresponsibility and task of youth discipleship belong exclusively to parents. At a previous church, a friend of mine asked if he could be involved in youth group with his daughter. He was told that, as a parent, he was not allowed to attend youth group—youth group was for teens.
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Book Review: Letters of John Newton

Letters of John Newton. With Biographical Sketches and Notes by Josiah Bull. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2007. 416 pp, Hardcover. $27.00.

(Review copy courtesy of Banner of Truth.)
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ISBNs: 0851519512 / 9780851519517

Special Features: Biographical sketches of correspondents, occasional explanatory notes, outline description of letters in the table of contents.
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Do Something in Your Life That Doesn't Make Sense to Pagans

janz_walking_road.jpgAuthor’s Note: For the past nine months, I have been consumed with the vision of planting a church in downtown Denver. This vision has called me and my family to a life of travel, a part-time job, and constant change. As the owner of SI, I have felt detached from the site I started almost three years ago. I appreciate the crew that has pinch-hit for me. For the next week, I’d like to update you on what God has been showing me over the past nine months. I will do so by publishing some articles that I wrote for our prayer partners.
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