February 20, 2010

Wheaton's Next President: The Right Choice?

The evangelical blogosphere is abuzz regarding the selection of Philip Ryken as the next president of Wheaton College once Duane Litfin retires this year. Given Dr. Ryken's theological background as a complementarian Calvinist minister in the PCA (a pretty conservative denomination even by evangelical standards), it will be interesting to observe the reaction from evangelicals who do not happen to be part of the Gospel Coalition/Restless Reformed movement.
As a Wheaton alum, I'm still processing this news for myself, but in the meantime, I'd be interested to hear from either:
A) Any complementarian Calvinists who are NOT excited about Dr. Ryken's selection


B) Any egalitarian non-Calvinists or "evangelical moderates" who are.
No matter how this plays out, my prayer is that it will all be for Christ and his Kingdom.

UPDATE: After learning a lot more about Dr. Ryken in recent weeks; as well as the desired qualifications and lengthy selection process undertaken by the College over the past 2 years, I am now supportive of Wheaton's choice. Denominational particulars aside, Dr. Ryken's record of scholarship, organizational leadership ability and intense devotion to Christ are undeniable.

February 11, 2010

Random (blogosphere) Question of the Week

Aside from the perceptive and winsome Aaron D. Taylor, does anyone know of any good charismatic/pentecostal bloggers? I'm sure there are others.

February 5, 2010

Random (theology) Question of the Week

Does anyone know R.T. Kendall's position on women in ministry? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

February 4, 2010

Am I a liberal or a conservative?

In my little "about me" blurb, I describe myself as a "progressive evangelical Christian." This can be confusing since the word progressive is often taken to mean liberal, whereas evangelical is often used synonymously with conservative. Defining these terms gets tricky even before we grant that someone can be theologically liberal but politically conservative or theologically conservative but politically more liberal. So instead of opening a semantic can of worms, perhaps the following indicators will help to place me somewhere on the theological-political landscape. I report, you decide.

1. The thought of living in the Bible Belt freaks me out.
2. I am not always proud to be an American.
3. I tend to vote for Democrats in state and national elections.
4. I enjoy listening to NPR on a regular basis.
5. I believe government agencies and publicly funded non-profit organizations have a significant role to play in preventing and alleviating poverty.
6. I believe human-induced climate change is not only real, but will have significant impacts if not mitigated by reducing emissions, hitting the poor the hardest.
7. I believe our nation urgently needs comprehensive reform in both health care and immigration policy.
8. I am morally opposed to preemptive war.
9. I am against the use of state-sponsored torture (including waterboarding).
10. I am opposed to capital punishment.
11. I believe there is great value in inter-religious dialogue and ecumenical collaboration for the common good.
12. When it comes to Christian political punditry, I'm more sympathetic to the Jim & Tony of the evangelical left (Wallis & Campolo) than the Jim & Tony of the evangelical right (Dobson & Perkins).
13. I believe the earth is (a lot) more than 10,000 years old.
14. I'm more likely to purchase books published by InterVarsity Press than Crossway.
15. I believe Scripture teaches that God calls and gifts women to serve at every level of church ministry leadership.
16. On the international front, I believe issues such as human trafficking, clean water/sanitation, food security, fair trade and debt cancellation deserve our attention.
17. I support the UN's Millennium Development Goals, which include halving extreme poverty and global disease by the year 2015.
18. I believe gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military.
19. I believe gays and lesbians should be legally protected against hate crimes committed on the basis of their sexual orientation.
20. On gun control, organized labor, energy independence and tax policy, my views tend to be left of center.

1. The thought of sending my kids to public school freaks me out.
2. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to be an American citizen.
3. I believe it's a good idea to abstain from sex outside of marriage (teenagers and grown-ups alike).
4. I am very concerned about the effects of Hollywood, MTV and video games on children.
5. I am opposed to physician-assisted suicide.
6. I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana use.
7. I am opposed to embryonic stem-cell research.
8. Like all forms of domestic violence, I believe abortion is a tragic and immoral.
9. I believe there really is such a thing as absolute Truth with a capital 'T.'
10. I do not believe all religions are different paths to the same destination.
11. I believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ, God in the flesh and is the only Name by which we can be saved. Through His crucifixion, death and bodily resurrection, He has saved us by grace to reconcile us to God (which is very good news for sinners like me).
12. I believe the Bible, God's inspired Word, is authoritative and without error in all that it teaches (when interpreted correctly).
13. I believe Scripture teaches that marriage is a lifelong, monogamous covenant between a man and a woman.
14. I believe Heaven and Hell really exist.
15. I believe Satan (the Devil) really exists.
16. I believe prayer really does makes a difference.
17. I wholeheartedly believe in miraculous gifts such as divine healing, prophecy, words of knowledge, speaking in tongues and deliverance from evil spirits.
18. I affirm the often-trivialized concepts of "spiritual warfare," "attacks of the enemy," "prayer warriors" and "hedges of protection."
19. I have been known to lift my hands and act "shallow and emotional" while singing modern praise and worship choruses.
20. I'd rather spend money on a David Crowder concert than attend a free lecture by Phyllis Tickle (true story). Christian rock trumps mainline Protestant intellectualism once again.