My friends at truthXchange recently let me know they’ve been offered a $30,000 matching grant through October 31st. Here’s a short word from the generous donor putting up the grant:
As we offer this matching grant challenge for truthXchange, we would like to share with you how the ministry of Dr. Peter Jones has changed our lives by equipping us to understand the rapidly changing spiritual climate of our culture and many of our churches. Already aware that a radical spiritual transition was taking over western culture in general, we grew more concerned, even alarmed, when we began to see a trend in some evangelical circles to exchange Scriptural foundations in biblical theism and doctrinal clarity for the inner spirituality of mystical experience.
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It is overwhelming to be a Christian in times like these. We face the catastrophe in Aurora, Colo., the mess in State College, Pa., and the forthcoming presidential race that appears likely to be a bloodbath, an economic downturn, and numerous other crises national and international and personal. And not a single one of these can be ignored. We must respond lest we fail to represent the care and mind of Jesus for His creation, but to respond well seems like a nearly impossible task.
What is more, the message of hope, the foundation of our faith is nonsense to so many. As 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those are perishing …” (NKJV). So here we are seeking to wisely and sagely respond to life-shattering crises, yet we are reminded that the very basis of our entire belief system is but foolishness to the majority of those we are seeking to help. How are we to respond?
Calvinists can be pains in the neck. I should know—I’ve been one myself on occasion. Yet, it is a terrific irony that a theology that so exalts God and lays human beings low before his majesty and grace should be championed sometimes with a spirit that contradicts it.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Reformed theology. I tackle these at length in For Calvinism. Here I’ve been asked to address a few of these in a nutshell.
One experience that often refreshes my heart when I visit the USA is when I meet Christians telling me that they are sensing a call to go as missionaries to Africa or Asia and are actively praying and preparing to that end. I often ask myself the question, “Why don’t I hear this back home? Why are our own people not thinking about taking the gospel to far away lands that desperately need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ? Doesn’t God want to use Africans in missions too?”