Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Together for the Gospel

Well, I haven't created a blog entry for quite a while. I had to prioritize and this came very low on the list. But I have a little extra time today, so I thought I would update a little.

I am at the Together for the Gospel conference, featuring (among others) John Piper, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, and R.C. Sproul. What??? 5-Point Calvinists interested in the gospel? Say it isn't so. I thought they only cared about the health of their Tulip Trees! At least that is what most non-Calvinists would have you believe.

But the tradition of Calvinism is steeped in the gospel and a concern for the lost. Martin Luther (probably more of a predestinarian than Calvin) began the Protestant Reformation because of his concern that the gospel was being obfuscated. William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions, was a staunch 5-Pointer. Jonathan Edwards, known as America's greatest theologian, was a Calvinist apologist. The Prince of Preachers, Charles H. Spurgeon, defended Calvinism every chance he got. All of these men had a great concern for the purity of the gospel, the glory of God, and a salvation of the lost.

I pray that I will be renewed in my passion for all of these things and that our church will experience the truth of God unleashed in their lives to His glory.