We’re Never Gonna Survive Unless…We Get a LOT More Jesus-Centered


Back when I was a neo-Calvinist, there was a lot of talk about a "Christological" hermeneutic - or, in laymen's terms, a Christ-centered interpretation of the Bible.The big idea was that we needed to "see Christ in all of Scripture," including the Old Testament, in order to get the Bible right. And this seemed really good and even exciting for a while as we all tried to rethink our understanding of Old Testament stories and characters.King David, we all knew, was a "type" of Christ. But … [Read more...]

The Heart of the Gospel is…Anger? Really? The Anatomy of a John Piper Tweet


As we've seen before, when John Piper tweets, it can get ugly. Like it did here:https://twitter.com/johnpiper/status/641378524427907076Granting, of course, that 140 characters does not a systematic theology make, this particular tweet says a lot about where Piper and his followers are coming from. Let's take it apart piece by piece and see what the anatomy yields: Characters 1-23: "The heart of the gospel" You don't have to be Rob Bell to have a problem with the suggestion that what … [Read more...]

Neo-Calvinist, Neo-Reformed, or…Neo-Fundamentalist?


Labels are inevitable. We need need to understand and identify things. But labeling is difficult. Sometimes we assign a label and unintentionally or unnecessarily implicate individuals or groups who don't really fit our intended description.Such is the case with the conservative/evangelical Calvinistic-Baptist and Presbyterian resurgence that is busy championing the twin causes of the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation and damnation, and fixed complementarian gender roles in the church … [Read more...]