Review: Wesley on the Christian Life

Fred Sanders. Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. $14.79 (Amazon). 262 pp. When I was first introduced to Reformed theology, I quickly labeled John Wesley as a no-zone for developing my beliefs. This was due mostly to the waywardness of many Wesleyan and Methodist churches today. Associating Wesley…

Why is a written Bible is so helpful?

I’m thankful for a written revelation of God’s plan for the world for many reasons.  One of them happens to be that it is objective and plainly observable. That is, it’s not something that’s vague and subject to man’s ever-changing mind and personality. Think about this: if we could simply close our eyes and wait…

You Can’t Be Indifferent to Jesus

I think one of the greatest problems in American culture when it comes to spiritual realities is the idea that as long as we aren’t against Jesus, he will still save us in the end from judgment and hell. When I was in campus ministry, I saw this on a daily basis.  People who were…

We Pray Because Only God Can Do It

If a Christian really believed that his friend had some ability, power, or goodness within himself to choose Jesus as Lord and Savior apart from the free, sovereign, electing grace of God, he wouldn’t pray that his friend get saved.  He would simply figure out more relevant or strategic ways to draw out what is…

This is a Great Idea

Joe Thorn’s church in Chicago (Redeemer Fellowship) has started a Theology Pub where Christians and non-Christians can come together and converse honestly about spirituality.  Lord willing, this gathering, and others like it, will reach those who don’t know Jesus in a very relevant, non-intimidating way.

How to Decide When to Leave a Church

I was asked a question yesterday about when it would be okay to leave a local church to find a new church home.  Obviously, it should be on a case-by-case basis and one should be intensely seeking the Lord during the process.  I made a list of nine questions to consider and answer before leaving…