No Baptists in Heaven

George Whitefield spoke for Evangelicals of every generation when preaching from the courthouse balcony in Philadelphia, he raised his eyes to the heavens and cried out:

“Father Abraham, whom have you in heaven? Any Episcopalians?


Any Presbyterians?


Any Independents or Methodists?

No, no, no!

Whom have you there?

We don’t know those names here. All who are here are Christians.

Oh, is this the case? Then God help us to forget party names and to become Christians in deed and truth.”

from Church History in Plain Language

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If God Is Omnipotent and Omnibenevolent, Why Does Evil Happen?

Are Your Sermons a Shotgun Blast or a Laser Beam?

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“I have a conviction that no sermon is ready for preaching, not ready for writing out, until we can express its theme in a short, pregnant sentence as clear as crystal. I find the getting of that sentence is the hardest, the most exacting, and the most fruitful labor in my study. To compel oneself to fashion that sentence, to dismiss every word that is vague, ragged, ambiguous, to think oneself through to a form of words which defines the theme with scrupulous exactness–this is surely one of the most vital and essential factors in the making of a sermon: and I do not think any sermon ought to be preached or even written, until that sentence has emerged, clear and lucid as a cloudless moon.”
-J. H. Jowett

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Watchful Judge

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“God does not judge all sin now because there is to be a final judgment; but he does judge sin in some measure now lest we mistakenly think he does not govern the world.”

-Sinclair Ferguson referring to Augustine’s insights.

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A Good God

God is in himself so very good that “even if there were no Hell Christian believers would shudder to offend him.”
-John Calvin

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