I have always worn labels. As a kid in the 80’s it was “burn out,” or “metal head.” As a new Christian among my nonChristian friends it was “Jesus freak” and “bible thumper.” Then among other Christians the labels kept coming. Baptist. Calvinist. You get the idea. The truth is I have never minded labels as long as they are accurate and rightly understood. But that’s the problem. Everyone seems to have their own idea what my labels mean–and they are often way off the mark.
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In February 1992 I attended a conference near the Toronto airport. The conference was called Ministry 2000, and it took place so long ago that I can’t find anything about it on the Internet. It was one of the first ministry conferences I ever attended.
I just came across the notes. It’s like discovering a Christian ministry time capsule twenty years later.
Jonathan Edwards’ writings fill twenty-five imposing volumes in the Yale Works. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, a beacon of unfiltered light in American academe, has plans to disseminate many more online. Did you catch that, or did your eyes skip over it? 25 volumes! And they’re not boring or meandering. If you just open them, and start reading, you find yourself face-to-face with America’s greatest preacher, theologian, philosopher, and mystic.
Why read Jonathan Edwards? Let me quickly try to capture the essence of what makes Edwards so, well, great.
New research from LifeWay:
While many Christians know Scripture proclamations such as “For I am not ashamed of the gospel . . .” (Rom. 1:16), not all churchgoers are particularly transparent or open about their faith, research reveals.
A LifeWay Research survey of Protestant churchgoers identifies “Unashamed” as one of eight attributes of discipleship that consistently show up in the lives of maturing Christians.