John Owen and the "Normal" Christian Life: or Sanctification in an Era of Confusion
When methods promise a great deal more than they actually deliver, the net result is not victory over sin, but an even greater sense of guilt and heightened awareness of failure.
The lament of recent writers over the deplorable state of theological consciousness in the churches is alarming. David Wells' judgment that evangelicalism (being an expression of the Enlightenment which it so professes to oppose) is on the verge of "losing its character, if not its soul," has a ring of reality in it. (1)
Many of the churches in the land seem content with the repetition of heart-warming, inspiring stories and the rehearsal of positive experiences, what is designated as "celebrative worship," with a foreboding absence ...