The “Young and the Restless”

Christianity Today (also referred to by many as ‘Christianity Astray’) has published another excellent cover article this month (September 2006). The article was titled, “Young, Restless, Reformed: Calvinism is making a comeback and shaking up the church.” Collin Hansen basically reports how biblical Calvinism is getting more and more popular these days especially among the younger generation (sorry Paul, Jerry, and Rich are not included in this demographic). Hansen traces the popularity of John Piper and illustrates how his writings and sermons have ignited a renewed interest in Reformed theology among many young adults across America. He also interviews Joshua Harris and a few other key Reformed leaders.

I don’t want to take anything away from Dr. Piper but I believe that one of the major reasons why the doctrines of grace have become more accepted is that more preachers are attempting to do real biblical exposition in pulpits across the land. Major texts like Romans 9 and Ephesians 1 can no longer be skipped and/or ignored. That’s one of the best things about verse by verse exposition; it promotes variety and makes it difficult to be a topical, hobby horse preacher.

I have a list of 5 reasons why one should commit himself to expository teaching (by Dr. Gray) on my wall:

  1. It affords inducements and occasion to declare the whole counsel of God (biblical Calvinism included).
  2. It keeps the teacher from neglecting important doctrines.
  3. It gives a symmetry and completeness to pulpit efforts.
  4. It promotes variety.
  5. It removes any hesitation to address difficult topics as the very themes that should be touched upon are come across in a natural way.

I would encourage you read this good article (pp. 33-38) published in an unlikely place (CT). I would also highly recommend the recent discussion on this very subject between Dr. Mohler and Dr. Patterson here. These godly men illustrate how two Christians can agree to disagree in Christ-like fashion. Above all else friends, “Preach the Word, in season and out.”

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5 responses to this post.

  1. God has def. used technology to spread Biblical theology as well. You can hear Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, etc, etc on the radio, via mp3, through the internet (podcasting), and soon on satellite TV.

    Even people who live in areas where the Word is not preached normally have access to these means.

    I praise God for all this.

  2. It is a good/encouraging article. And your observation is right on…true expositional preaching can only result in a calvinistic theology. But, even behind that is a commitment to a literal-historical-grammatical hermeneutic. There are many Arminians who consider themselves verse by verse expositors but don’t handle the text via a literal-historical-grammatical framework and interpret texts theologically (a smoke screen for eisegesis). Ergun Caner’s (LTS) recent take on Romans 9 is a good example.

    2 Tim 4:2,
    Q

  3. correction on last post: “true expositional preaching can only result in a calvinistic soteriology.”

  4. Quincy,

    I don’t think i would argue with your premise(s). Good posts.

    Thanks for your thoughts-

    Caleb

  5. “Young, Restless, Reformed”—that’s how Christianity Today describes a growing segment of the American church turning to Reformed theology. For the September issue’s cover story, CT visited the recent Together for the Gospel conference and sat down for interviews with some pastors and church leaders helping to guide this movement. Joshua Harris, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, and John Piper help detail what Reformed theology is, what it’s not, and how an increased understanding of these doctrines has infused their lives and ministries with a “humble orthodoxy.” The issue featuring the seven-page cover story is on newsstands now—we’ll provide you with a link to the online version when it is available.

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