October 28, 1949 marks a special day in Christian history. Not because any revolutionary nailed a paradigm-shifting document to a door, not because a famous evangelist was birthed, but rather because a young man with a deep affection for God scribbled some simple words that are now some of the most often quoted Christian words not found in the Holy Scriptures.
The above image is a scanned copy of Jim Elliot’s journal entry that he wrote over sixty years ago on October 28, 1949 which features the quote that the martyred Christian missionary is most noted for:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
I respect John MacArthur and Mark Driscoll. Both defend the faith and powerfully preach the Word. They care deeply about Scripture and upholding truth. Both Driscoll and MacArthur proclaim the name of Jesus and love His church. Sadly, though, it seems both are so bent on their own version of church or the agenda of their respective messages that they undermine the respect young people like me have (or ought to, or want to have).
Applause really is poor medication. It’s like drinking a Mountain Dew for energy, you get a boost for a moment but crash and burn later. It’s never enough to actually sustain you.
Applause doesn’t go deep enough. It’s too weak to provide the sustenance our soul needs. With one piece of negative criticism the high from our applause quickly withers.
The only one that can really sustain us is the Lord.
Why (Some) Cessationists and (Some) Continuationists Don’t Disagree about Prophecy as Much as (Some) People Might Think
Justin Taylor shares Polythress’ comparison of Grudem and Gaffin. It’s totally worth reading.
Christian preaching is not parroting.
As desirable as it is to copy a skilled communicator, and as unavoidable as it is to imitate those who have shaped us most, there is good reason for a preacher to find his own voice. Not vanity, but being true to what Christian preaching is.
Before it is heralding a message, preaching means first and foremost stewarding a message. Before we “preach the word” (2 Timothy 4:2), we should be devoted and unashamed students, “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Before telling others what God has to say, we must hear his voice ourselves and deeply know his speaking.