Jesus Transforms, Not Flowers

“At many Reformed churches, the particulars of Reformed theology overshadow the cross. The assumption seems to be that if you can master the particulars of TULIP, and are devoted to 1, 2, and 3 John (John Calvin, John Piper, and John MacArthur), then you are spiritually acceptable and everything will be right in your life. Right doctrine is essential, but no “doctrinal flower” can transform your heart. Only the beauty of Jesus transforms the heart.” (JD Greear, Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary)

This Reformed minded dude says, “Amen!” to that!

Bryan Daniels

Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

17 thoughts on “Jesus Transforms, Not Flowers”

  1. Presbyterian music director…ditto. Calvinist theology, in all its linear, left-brain glory, kinda smells like it was developed by a brilliant lawyer cum theologian..oh wait.

  2. I’m not big on theological detail (my learning is still in its infancy!) but I do know that without Jesus, there is nothing. He came to reform and to re-form. He showed us how to make the new out of the old and he challenged us to rethink the old ways and to embrace the new.

  3. I too love the doctrines of grace, but appreciate this quote very much – thanks for sharing / challenging!

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