Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Kinder-Calvinism and Bloody-preaching

This is my kind of Calvinism:

The second way to understand the letter is to see it (along with the numerous comments that follow) as abundant evidence that, to many, Calvinists come across as self-righteous, condescending, arrogant, unfriendly, argumentative, and even stingy. The fact that we're not all that way is irrelevant in the same way that it didn't matter to Molly that I had done three things to show I appreciate her—she still felt unappreciated. Her frustration was true because, whether or not I was grateful to my wife, I was perceived as an ingrate. Similarly, the frustration in the letter is true because, whether or not the Calvinists in the letter-writer's church are good folks, they come off as proud and divisive jerks. -- Abraham Piper on kinder Calvinism.

"That is my longing for our day—and for you. That God would raise up thousands of broken-hearted, Bible-saturated preachers... What gives preaching its seriousness is that the mantle of the preacher is soaked with the blood of Jesus and singed with the fire of hell. That’s the mantle that turns mere talkers into preachers.” Cat is reading John Piper in Preaching the Cross

More on this: Breathless and Heart-broken

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