3 Characteristics of Plain Preaching – 1. Plain preaching addresses the mind with clarity. It addresses man as a rational creature. 2. Plain preaching confronts the conscience pointedly. Work hard on the consciences of sinners. 3. Plain preaching woos the heart passionately. It it affectionate, zealous, and optimistic. Do not just reason with the mind and confront the conscience; appeal to the heart.
Catechetical Evangelism – Joel Beeke: "At various levels in the church as well as in the homes of their parishioners, Puritan ministers taught rising generations from both the Bible and their catechisms. Their goals were to explain the fundamental teachings of the Bible, to help young people commit the Bible to memory, to make sermons and the sacraments more understandable, to prepare covenant children for confession of faith, to teach them how to defend their faith against error, and to help parents teach their own children."
ARBCA Summer 2012 Update – The 2012 Summer Update from ARBCA is out. Highlights: Profile of Abraham Marshall, a church planter and baptist pioneer; Missionary zeal and doctrinal fidelity; Special updates from mission work in Canada.
Why Moralism Is Not the Gospel – Albert Mohler: "One of the most seductive false gospels is moralism. This false gospel can take many forms and can emerge from any number of political and cultural impulses. Nevertheless, the basic structure of moralism comes down to this — the belief that the Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior. Sadly, this false gospel is particularly attractive to those who believe themselves to be evangelicals motivated by a biblical impulse."