Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Preaching Into Evangelicalism

Usually I leave good posts for Saturday's Links of the week, but this one can't wait. I just read the notes on Matt Chandler's message at Resurgence, Preaching Into Evangelicalism, from Abraham Piper over at Desiring God.

Here's a few quotes that caught my eye...

But even if this difficulty arises from the way the church acted over the last decades, we must still diligently love fundamentalists. Without them we wouldn't be here. If they hadn't stood up to liberalism like they did, we would be Europe...

On the flipside of being a stubborn fundamentalist, you don't have to be the guy who drinks beer and cusses to engage culture...

When you start to see a bunch of messages and books on how to—"If you do this, you'll get a large church."—it is a sign that the movement is failing. What makes it even scarier is that it actually works...

It has created a fear of fanaticism. And, strangely, it's not so much a fear of fanatics as it is a fear of being labeled as fanatics. So, it's OK to like Jesus-—no probleme—but don't love him too much...

Make sure to check out the 5 points for preaching and teaching into the complexity of a growing secularism and a stubborn brittle fundamentalism at the bottom.

Good stuff.

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