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       David F. Wells
       1939-
      
       David Falconer Wells is Distinguished Senior Research Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books in which his evangelical theology engages with the modern world.
      
       Wells received his B.D. from the University of London; Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. from Manchester University (England); and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School. Wells is a Council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. The Cambridge Declaration came about in 1996 as a result of his book No Place for Truth, or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?


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The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, His grace is too ordinary, His judgment is too benign, His gospel is too easy, and His Christ is too common.

    Topics: Apathy

What is to be gained if we are so intent in reaching out to the unchurched that we then unchurch the reached?

    Topics: Apathy
    Source: The Courage to Be Protestant

In our postmodern culture which is TV dominated, image sensitive, and morally vacuous, personality is everything and character is increasingly irrelevant.

    Topics: Character
    Source: No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?

[Christianity today] is about everything except truth. And yet this truth, personally embodied in Christ, gives us a place to stand in order to deal with the complexities of life, such as broken relations, teenage rebellion, and job insecurities.

    Topics: Christianity, Life

We are called to see that the Church does not adapt its thinking to the horizons that modernity prescribes for it but rather that it brings to those horizons the powerful antidote of God's truth.

    Topics: Church, Truth

Those who attend churches are now like any other customers you might meet in the mall. Displease them in any way and they will take their business elsewhere. That is the fear that lurks in many a church leader's soul because they know that is how the marketplace works.

    Topics: Church
    Source: The Courage to be Protestant

The present age is in the sunset of dissolution; the age to come is the dawn whose light bathes life, banishes its shadows, and illumines its meaning because this age is moving the people of God to that time when everything has become subject to Christ and he has rendered it all up to the Father.

    Topics: Eternity

Authenticity, theologically speaking, is not simply about being true to ourselves or about being satisfied with ourselves. It is about being true to who we are in Christ.

    Topics: Faithful

What has to be forgiven is not just what we do but who we are, not just our sinning but our sinfulness, not just our choices but what we have chosen in place of God.

    Topics: Forgiveness, Choices

A God with whom we are on easy terms and whose reality is little different from our own... who is merely there to satisfy our needs - has no real authority to compel and will soon begin to bore us.

    Topics: God
    Source: God in the Wasteland

Evil by its very nature opposes the purposes of God, but God, in his sovereignty, can make even this evil serve his purposes.

    Topics: Good and Evil

God's love is his holiness reaching out to sinners; grace is but the price that his love pays to his holiness; the cross is but its victory over sin and death; and faith is but the way in which we bring our worship to him who is holy.

    Topics: Grace, The Cross, Faith

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