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Three Clear Concerns
Monday, October 31, 2011

John has encouraged the Young, Restless, and Reformed... to keep reforming.

So, we asked John, Are you grateful for the YRR movement? What concerns you about some of the more popular, well-known representatives of the movement?

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The Elephant in the Elephant Room
Friday, October 28, 2011

One of the more recent entries to the conservative Christian conference line-up is the Elephant Room, the brainchild of James MacDonald. The idea was to bring Christian leaders together for some brotherly sparing over “elephant-in-the-room” issues. Pleased with the results of the first conference in March 2011, they’re prepared for the second in January 2012. This Elephant Room “Round 2” is being promoted like a prize fight: “Your ringside seat awaits,” and “You know the rules…No wavering. No Sidestepping. No excuses.”...

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Strengthening the Church
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We recently asked John… As you survey the evangelical world, what things are strengthening the church today?

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The Sin of Counting
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I’ll admit to being weary, to the point of irritation, whenever I hear ministers of the gospel reporting their statistics as external evidences of success. And I know I’m not the only one...

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You Might Be a Pragmatist
Monday, October 17, 2011

I’d imagine most of us on the conservative end of evangelicalism—whether you’re part of the YRR crowd or the OBR (Old, Boring, Reformed) crowd—we understand the wrongheadedness of church growth methodology. It’s easy to see how men like the early pioneers of church growth (Donald McGavran, C. Peter Wagner, Robert Schuller) and their most famous disciples (Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen) got it wrong...

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Coming Home to Roost
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We learned in our last spot that it is possible to be a faithful and effective missionary without excessive contextualization. In fact, there was a time when things like translating the Bible, eating native foods and wearing native clothing, and learning to appreciate the cultural interests and activities of the people among whom you lived as a missionary didn’t require fancy terminology to validate it (like contextualization or redeeming the culture); it was just good common sense...

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Contextualizing on the Mission Field
Friday, October 07, 2011

Okay, so contextualization as pragmatism is out. John MacArthur put that to rest. But is there any form of contextualization that’s legitimate? Certainly missionaries have to contextualize to evangelize in a foreign context, don’t they?

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