Blog Posts on The Nature of the Church
What It Means to Be a Pilgrim
Michael Horton writes,
There is a significant origin and end point to history, within which we ourselves are cast members. It is a courtroom drama in which we are either false or true witnesses, “in Adam” or “in Christ,” justified…
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Wolfhart Pannenberg on Schism
Of course, the courage of Bonhoeffer to defy the compromising state church of Germany in the early days of Nazism is inspiring. A church that did not stand with the Jews, he said, was not the church of Jesus Christ.…Continue Reading
What Does It Mean to Be a Pilgrim?
The gospel turns people into pilgrims. It comes with a culture-correcting force that creates aliens and exiles of the world.
Drawing from a 1733 Jonathan Edwards sermon, John Piper offers seven descriptions of what this looks like:
- Pilgrims are not…
Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"
“In. . . but not of” — are you familiar with this popular phrase? It captures a truth about Jesus’ followers. We are “in” this world, but not “of” it.
“In. . . but not …Continue Reading
The Gospel Anchor to the Church's Identity
Are Evangelicals Doctrinally Weak?
In the book God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards, Piper writes about the present state of evangelicalism:
I resonate with the lament of Os Guinness and David Wells that evangelicalism today is basking briefly…
Key Questions for Growing the Vine
Col began the second session of today’s workshop with a story of a young cricket player who embraced the gospel after two years of intentional ministry of the Word. In summary, Col said that the careful, personal proclamation of the…Continue Reading