Despair and Sin

After some discussion, I’m finding that I have to explain what I mean when I say that the rarer form of unprepared heart for the Gospel is despairing sin. Recall that my central understanding of the Gospel is that is at heart about the glory of Jesus Christ and the reign of His kingdom (Matt.Continue reading “Despair and Sin”

The Gospel is Never Good News to an Unprepared Heart

Sounds like a bit of an internal contradiction, doesn’t it? After all, Gospel is by definition Good News, that’s what the word means. So why the provocative title? Well, the simplest answer is that I’ve been doing some pondering while reading a few books. It slows down my reading speed a lot, but I thinkContinue reading “The Gospel is Never Good News to an Unprepared Heart”

A Danger of Preaching a Substandard Gospel

Recently I’ve been reading some of the critiques unbelievers have about Christianity, and have been struck by a commonality that I have found in many of them. People began to read the Bible, found that the God of the Bible did not square with their beliefs in a loving and good God, and so theyContinue reading “A Danger of Preaching a Substandard Gospel”

What Christians are Not.

I know, I know, a big topic, and I’m being a little arrogant in claiming to understand the whole of one of the largest religious groupings in the world. Keep in mind that you’re reading a conservative protestant evangelical. These are just some things I would like non-Christians to keep in mind when talking toContinue reading “What Christians are Not.”