Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur

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Christians have a long history of disagreeing with each other over doctrine. There is nothing new about that. Sometimes that disagreement can get quite heated. So for example, in the time when Wesley and Whitefield were arguing over Calvinism, Charles Wesley wrote a shameful hymn called "The Horrible Decree" which says of Calvinism: O HORRIBLE DECREE Worthy of whence it came! Forgive their hellish blasphemy And much more besides. As I concluded my post responding to MacArthur's first … [Read more...]

Strange Fire: John MacArthur claims no good has come out of the Charismatic Movement

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I've just listened to most of the first session of the Strange Fire Conference. My connection was spotty, so I missed some of it. I know that wisdom would probably dictate that I should wait, listen to it all, even read his book, then respond to it as a whole. But, my brothers have just been insulted. How can I not rise to their defence immediately? As I suspected there was no attempt to demonstrate from Scripture that the charismatic view of matters like prophecy was wrong. MacArthur did … [Read more...]

What is a Christian?

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I believe it is very important that we broaden our definition of Christian, but at the same time narrow our definition of Evangelical. Very often people confuse the two these days. The Evangelical movement has always been a movement within the wider Christian movement. Often it has been accused of believing that only other Evangelicals are really Christians. It is no wonder then, that some today do not like it when people suggest they are probably not an Evangelical. The latest in a long line of … [Read more...]

How God used a murder to accomplish his purposes

This Jesus, delivered up according to ithe definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (Acts 2:23–24). In our discussion about Calvinism and Arminianism perhaps one of the critical verses is Acts 2:23-24. In it we see both man's responsibility and God's sovereignty displayed. I thought I would share a couple of quotes from others on that verse: Chrysostom: "For though it was predetermined, still they were murderers." -Chrysostom in … [Read more...]

Go Wayne Grudem!!

As I have now finished sharing the video from my interviews with Wayne, I thought it would be appropriate to share the following video which was shown at New Word Alive while he was there. And to think Dave Bish was responsible for these people! … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem on whether God’s revelation has really stopped

This video might surprise some of my readers. Wayne is well known as a reformed theologian. Arguably he and Piper have between them, with some help from Keller and Carson, led to this resurgence of "Young Restless and Reformed" that so many people talk about. So when a man like that argues that God has not stopped speaking since completing the Bible, it is worth listening to what he has to say. Wayne is theologically charismatic (believing that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for today) and … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem on persuasion and insisting on people’s right to disagree

This video is worth watching just to see Grudem explaining the following statement: "We have to insist on the right of others to disagree with us and protect that right." We would do well to meditate carefully on this short clip, as we think about how we should disagree both with other Christians and unbelievers. It perhaps has particular relevance to the arguments that sometimes happen with those of other persuasions in our culture over politics, religious, and other beliefs: watch on … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem on surviving as an author (or reader) of big books

This interview focused on one question: How do you manage to write books that are over a thousand pages long? The answer was essentially the same way you read them: One page at a time! We also spoke about the ESV Study Bible that he edited. He argued that no single human being in a lifetime could have produced that book, since it contained specialty knowledge from 95 authors distilled down, in some cases from a lifetime of study. Wayne Grudem on surviving as an author from Adrian Warnock … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem on the Atonement, unity, Rick Warren, and John Piper

This second installment of my interview with Wayne was quite far reaching. We spoke about the atonement and how he decides what kind of people to have fellowship with. He even had a comment on the recent controversy over Rick Warren and John Piper. Watch on Vimeo How important do you think some of the recent realignments over doctrinal matters we have seen recently in the Church are? It’s why I am here. It was to affirm the need for drawing boundaries on doctrinal matters that I … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW – Wayne Grudem talks about his Systematic Theology

Over the course of this week, I will be sharing a five-part interview with Wayne Grudem. I hope you will enjoy this relaxed conversation we filmed at New Word Alive. I have already shared one part of this in our interview about Politics. After the video there is a summary of a few of the questions we address in today's interview: Watch on Vimeo Your book Systematic Theology has been summarized twice, from over 1000 pages to 500 then 100. If you had to summarize it in just a few … [Read more...]