Tolle Lege: Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology

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Length: 203 pgs

Author:  T4G

I have been blessed to attend several excellent conferences, but I think that the best one I ever attended was T4G ’08.  Part of it may have been where I was in life and how applicable those messages and panels seemed to be, but I really do think the Spirit was especially present there among all of us.  I am thankful to have the messages of that conference in printed format.  I highly recommend Proclaiming a Cross-centered Theology, if for nothing else that you read Thabiti Anyabwile’s chapter on race as an unhelpful and unbiblical category.

Bad theology kills.  So get rid of the adjective, not the noun.  Ditch the bad.  Keep the theology.  – Ligon Duncan

But believing in race is like believing in unicorns, because neither race nor unicorns exist in reality.  – Thabiti Anyabwile

“Race” is the theory, taking several forms, that there is an essential difference between people rooted in biological factors and manifested in things such as skin color, hair texture, eye shape, and color, and a few other obvious markers.  ‘Ethnicity,” on the other hand, is a fluid construct that includes language, nationality or citizenship, cultural patterns, and perhaps religion.  One way that race and ethnicity differ is that ethnicity is not rooted in biology as race theory historically has been.  –  Thabiti Anyabwile

The doctrine of human depravity therefore honors God completely like no other truth, because it leaves absolutely no honor for man in regard to salvation.  –  John MacArthur

Soft preaching makes hard people. You preach a soft message and you’ll have hard, selfish people. You preach the hard truth and it will break the hard hearts and you’ll have a soft people.  –  John MacArthur

Those of us who preach for a living are in the only profession where we can take no credit for what we do – except for what we mess up!  We’re the only ones in the world responsible for all the failures and none of the successes.  –  John MacArthur

It was as if there was a cry from heaven, as if Jesus heard the words “God damn you,” because that’s what it meant to be cursed and under the anathema of the Father. I don’t understand that, but I know that it’s true. I know that every person who has not been covered by the righteousness of Christ draws every breath under the curse of God. If you believe that, you will stop adding to the gospel and start preaching it with clarity and boldness, because, dear friends, it is the only hope we have, and it is hope enough.  – R.C. Sproul

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