As a follow-up to my review of John Armstrong’s new book, Your Church Is Too Small, here are some verses to provoke more discussion, prayer, and concrete actions towards visible church unity:
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (ESV, emphasis added)
Now, some maintain that Christians already have “spiritual” unity, and that is all the Bible requires. My big question is, “How will an unseen, spiritual unity convince an unbelieving world?!”
I have an advance copy of John Armstrong’s newest book. It looks spot on so far. Armstrong is a Reformed teacher, with over 20 yrs. of pastoral experience. He now heads ACT 3, and I really need to check otu their web-site.
I haven’t read much of the book, but I like it already. Here’s the outline of Par 1 to whet your appetite:
The Biblical & Historical Basis for Christian Unity
1. the road to the future
2. my journey to catholicity begins
3. searching for the elusive truth
4. the jesus prayer for our unity
5. our greatest apologetic
6. christ the center
7. the four classical marks of the church
It looks like Armstrong is going to present a clear brief on what “reformed catholicity” might look like. Check back for reviews!
Stop Child Trafficking Now! – Slavery still exists. Sexual exploitation of children is rampant throughout the world. Each year, thousands of enslaved and sexually exploited children are brought into the USA! Virtually no one in the US has been convicted of child trafficking in the last 10 years. Get involved–your salvation may depend on it (Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 20:11-13).
(Regular readers know I don’t often post on topics outside the parameters of our mission statement, but I thought the magnitude of the problem deserves the widest possible exposure.)
I still don’t make a big deal about Lent, and nor does our church. We know it’s happening, and we sing songs about the Passion, but that’s about it. I’m not sure what Reformed Christians should do about it, especially if we are trying to sift through the riches of the catholic tradition. Here’s what one PCA pastor has to say about it.
I’m pleased to announce the opening of the Christus Rex Study Center! Classes will be held in Cary, NC, and are open to those who are pursuing pastoral training, or would like to equip themselves for any level of service in the church and ministry to the world.
We are unique in that we are seeking to combine seminary-level work with practical experience in the life of a local church. Additionally, we plan to offer classes in both Liturgy and Music, which are typically not offered at most Reformed seminaries.