Archive for September, 2006

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.”

Do we need an “Ancient Evangelical Future”?

I believe it was Robert Webber who coined the phrase “ancient-future faith” a few years back. I remember reading his book Worship:Old and New back in college and realized that by “old” he meant Church Fathers and by “new” he meant all the new stuff. This was a problem for me as I hoped our study of the “old” would take us back to Scripture (much like Hughes Oliphant Old has done in his magnum opus, The Reading and Preaching of Scripture). Webber has expressed his displeasure with the propositional nature of modern evangelicalism so, along with a few others, they have come together to craft a statement dealing with this and a few other issues (hoping to take us back to the “old” as we head into the “future”). Do we need an “Ancient Evangelical Future”? These guys sure seem to think so but this guy says, “not so fast”. What do you think?

New Links

Be sure to see our updated list of preaching links to the right. Of note is Pulpit Magazine which is the online rag of The Shepherd’s Fellowship. Blessings to all this Lord’s Day…Preach the Word!

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