ETS last week was a great experience. It was good to fellowship with old friends, spend more time with some new ones, and enjoy some stimulating presentations.
I presented a paper called “The Church Militant and Her Warfare: We Are Not Another Interest Group.” The gist is that the church is God’s tool for transforming culture, but in order to be used of God to “rule over the earth and subdue it,” i.e., carry out the great commission by proclaiming the Lordship of Christ to all nations, we must understand the nature of the new birth and we must practice church discipline.
I am more and more convinced that the folks at 9Marks are correct that the church is God’s program for evangelism and discipleship, and I agree with Russ Moore that the church is the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in our day. Here’s the paper if you’re interested: The Church Militant and Her Warfare: We Are Not Another Interest Group.