DOCTRINE, BIBLE, EVANGELISM

There they are: the “Big Three” for this blog. A few notes about each:
Doctrine:
That word has been out of favor for a long time in evangelical churches. If you would like to understand more about why and a lot about the consequences, I strongly suggest you read The Courage to be Protestant by David Wells. The book will be a classic – I promise. Here’s a quote from the first chapter:
“When all is said and done today, many evangelicals are indifferent to doctrine – certainly they are when they ‘do church.’ Privately, no doubt, there are doctrines that are believed. But in church…well, that is different because, many think, doctrine is an impediment as we reach out to new generations.”
The results of the indifference have been tragic. Evangelicalism today has lost its moorings and wanders in a mishmash of misconceptions, untruths, half-truths, and no truth. One can’t help but think of Psalm 11:3 – “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Answer: “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” Isaiah 51:1 – in other words, return to the roots. And that seems to be what is happening. There is a strong interest in and return to Reformed doctrine, to the basic doctrines of orthodox Christianity.
This blog will post “bits and pieces” from various sources that trace the return, as well as the rudiments of orthodox doctrine.
Bible:
To quote David Wells again: “Scripture is not a ‘vocality’ that is just one stance among many. It is not making its voice known in a cacophony of other voices none of which will be authenticated until we accept them. It is not modified by how we ‘read’ it unless we depart from how the authors wished to be read and how the Holy Spirit delivered God’s truth through them. No. this is a voice unlike any other voice. It speaks unlike any other voice, and what it says is unlike anything else heard anywhere else in the world. It speaks across the ages, across the generations, across psychological divides. And it accesses our very innermost being, even our very innermost (post)modern being, modern as we may wish to be in what we can receive from God. This is truth that is rudely and insistently ‘in our face.’ This ‘word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart’ (Heb. 4:12).” ~The Courage to be Protestant
This blog will post notes, commentary, and much else that pertains to Scripture.
Evangelism:
How do we evangelize? How should we not evangelize? What about apologetics? What does the Bible say about evangelism?
This blog will post whatever is pertinent to those questions.
Comments on any posts are welcome. ~JB

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