The problem is that we tend not to follow Lewis and Chesterton all the way. In other words, we adopt their sarcasm and wit but not the spirituality of their aims. They guided readers toward the place where wisdom could be found, introducing them to a kingdom that stands on firmer ground. We thrive on exposing the fool. We hold the doctrine of J. Gresham Machen but carry the tone of H. L. Mencken.
Over on Goodreads (the social network for book lovers), I’m giving away three copies of Awaiting a Savior—head on over and enter!
The Doctrine of Propitiation (video)
The latest issue of Themelios is now available. From D.A. Carson’s editorial:
With this issue we welcome Dr. Mike Ovey to his own regular column in Themelios: “Off the Record.” Dr. Ovey is principal of Oak Hill College, London, a theological institution that trains both Anglicans and Independents for the work of the ministry. In addition to his many articles, not a few of them published in Churchman, Mike is probably best known around the world for his part in bringing to birth the important book Pierced for Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution. Adding to Themelios a wide-ranging and free-wheeling opinion piece from someone as well informed as Mike can only benefit our readers.
Trevin Wax interviews Matt Chandler about The Explicit Gospel:
What’s the difference between presenting the plan of salvation in a sermon and being “gospel-centered” in a sermon? Are those one and the same? Or do you mean something more when you urge Christians to make the gospel explicit in preaching and teaching?
I listen to a lot of sermons, and usually, “presenting the plan of salvation” is an add-on as you wrap up a sermon. Being gospel-centered is attaching the text to the reconciling work of God in Jesus Christ. Whether that attachment is to what God is doing in an individual, in a church body, to the domains of a given culture, or to creation at large is up to the text. One assumes that people understand the gospel and clarifies it at the end in case they don’t. The other weaves the message of the gospel throughout the sermon so that people, by the Spirit’s power, can get multiple “aha” moments as the sermon is preached.