Blog Posts on Christian Unity

Does “Mere Christianity” Mean Eliminate Denominations?

John Piper
Does “Mere Christianity” Mean Eliminate Denominations?

For many years my conviction has been that Christian unity and Christian truth are served best not by removing fences, but by loving across them and having welcoming gates. I don’t claim to do it well. I want to do it better.

The point is that minimizing truth, or filing down its clear edges, or blending it all into one indistinguishable mass, or focusing on prayer, service, and mission, rather than truth — none of these produces unity that honors truth,... Continue Reading

Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory

John Knight
Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory

I love the theme of our National Conference this year — Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples. It begins this Friday and I can hardly wait.

You would probably say my exicitement is obvious. This is an amazing subject and at the heart of Christ's supremacy. But there is another reason why I'm glad. This conference evidences God's kindness in changing my heart.

Here's what I mean: Because disability is so close to me, I struggled with anger when others did not... Continue Reading

Boomers, Millennials, and the Growing Tension: Nine Lessons in Generational Dynamics

David Mathis

The first of the Baby Boomers are turning 65 this year, just as their generational progeny, the so-called “Millennials,” are hitting their thirties. With one massive generation approaching retirement, while another even larger group seeks to establish itself in the adult world, it’s a recipe for generational tension.

The Boomers were born in the post-WWII birthrate “boom” from 1946 to about 1965. After this significant... Continue Reading

The Origin of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity

Michael Johnson
The Origin of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity

C. S. Lewis on “mere Christianity”:

I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else.

It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several rooms. If I can bring anyone into that hall I shall have done what I attempted. But it is in the rooms, not in the hall, that there are fires... Continue Reading

Avoiding Smarty-Pants Theology

David Mathis
Avoiding Smarty-Pants Theology

Bible teachers have their more sophisticated ways of saying, "Nanny nanny boo boo."

And perhaps we Calvinists are especially susceptible to this temptation to pump our team more than focusing on biblical truths.

We would do well to track with John Frame's observations and maybe adjust our attitudes accordingly.

Frame writes in Evangelical Reunion:

[I]t is not hard to convince people of Calvinistic teachings when you avoid using Calvinistic jargon. . . . [T]here is a slogan among... Continue Reading

There Must Be Factions

Jon Bloom

[Post updated.]

 I’m thankful for First Corinthians. It reminds me that the early church wasn’t only experiencing Acts 4:32-35.

The church in Corinth was so divided that you might say it was diced. There were divisions over which apostle was superior, sexual morality, lawsuits, marriage, eating meat, headcoverings for women, the Lord’s Supper, spiritual gifts, the resurrection of Jesus, the resurrection of believers, and I’m probably missing some.

Paul, who really wanted these saints... Continue Reading