Does God grant signs and wonders in response to the prayers of Christians today? Some very readily answer, ‘No’, and every scrap of interest or belief in contemporary miracles is dismissed as ‘strange fire’. Others reply with a simple, ‘Yes!’, regarding any doubt of qualification as a quenching of the Holy Spirit.
I like John Piper‘s candour, when he tells us how much he has struggled over the question of whether we should pray, as the early Christians prayed (Acts 4:29-30), for such miracles today. …
At about 3pm on 1st August 2007 a interstate bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed. Workmen had, just a few days previously, been conducting extensive repair work to the 40-year-old bridge. There were tons of building materials piled up on the bridge at the time of its collapse.
Bethlehem Baptist Church is within sight of that bridge, and John Piper is its Senior Pastor. Just a few hours after the disaster Piper, not yet knowing the scale of human injury and loss, or whether any of his own friends and colleagues had been directly affected, wrote of his immediate thoughts and feelings about what had just happened.…
It didn’t take Bishop Tom Wright very long to get another book out. But then, if you have a brain the size of a small planet and the ability to write faster than most of us can read, you can produce a book while the other person is still sharpening his pencil.
I seem to be doing a lot a blogging about the teaching of N.T. Wright just at the moment. I suppose it’s because I’m struggling to understand what seem to me to be his revisionist views of many aspects of New Testament teaching and Christian doctrine.
I realise, of course, that he would be regarded by many in the academy as ultra-conservative. But, as a self-confessed evangelical, ‘revisionist’ is not a huge exaggeration when the doctrines of sin, repentance, justification by faith, and the gospel itself seem to be up for fairly drastic re-interpretation.…
In advance of the publication of his new book, Justification: God’s plan and Paul’s vision, here is an interview with N.T. Wright from Trevin Wax. I’m afraid I don’t think it advances the discussion very far.
My anxiety about what has now been seen as the traditional Reformed view (though there are many traditional Reformed views!) is that it focuses all attention on ‘me and my salvation’ rather than on ‘God and God’s purposes’.
UPDATE: IVP (America) has posted some endorsements of Wright’s book, and some of these rather predictably come from the ‘tribes’ (New Perspective people and emerging church people) who might be expected to love it. …
I’ve just made a start on John Piper’s important book on N.T. Wright’s teaching on the doctrine of justification.
Entitled The future of justification, it is available for free download here.
A helpful chapter-by-chapter summary has been posted here.
And here’s the blurb:-
N.T. Wright, a world-renowned New Testament scholar and bishop of Durham in the Church of England, has spent years studying the apostle Paul’s writings and has offered a “fresh perspective” on Paul’s theology.