New Calvinist in Grand Rapids? ahhh, Maybe Not.

Kevin writes a blog post answering the question, “Can the Reformed Resurgence Fly in Grand Rapids?

First off I felt the same way about the dutch reform on a number of these areas while in Grand Rapids. Secondly, I said much of the same in agreement with Kevin during my 4 years in Grand Rapids while studying at Puritan Reformed. Lastly, it is great so see other public figure bring to light some of the major issues between the New and “Old” Calvinist, and especially in New Jerusalem… I mean Grand Rapids Michigan. At times I felt as if Grand Rapids did not even know that such a movement, or group existed.

Kevin writes,

“Anyone who knows Grand Rapids knows that it is known for being a conservative town with lots of Dutch people and lots of churches, reformed churches in particular. There are hundreds of RCA and CRC congregations, not to mention URC, PCA, OPC, PR and various and sundry other initials. The area is home to Hope College, Calvin College, Kuyper College, Western Seminary, Calvin Seminary, and Puritan Reformed Seminary, just to name a few institutions in the reformed tradition. And yet, the most famous church in the Grand Rapids area is Mars Hill (the Rob Bell Mars Hill). Why is it that with so many Calvinist schools and churches (and I haven’t even mentioned publishing houses like Zondervan, Baker, Eerdmans, Kregel) that the reformed resurgence is more well known in Minneapolis or Louisville than in Grand Rapids?”

You really should read the rest here.


Out with the Old and In with the New

As everyone heard, read or was told yesterday on some blog, According to TIME magazine, Calvinism is one of the top “10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now,” ranking at number 3. 

“with the pioneering new-Calvinist John Piper of Minneapolis, Seattle’s pugnacious Mark Driscoll and Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Seminary of the huge Southern Baptist Convention. The Calvinist-flavored ESV Study Bible sold out its first printing, and Reformed blogs like Between Two Worlds are among cyber-Christendom’s hottest links.”

Here is the list:

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1.    Jobs Are the New Assets
2.    Recycling the Suburbs
3.    The New Calvinism
4.    Reinstating the Interstate
5.    Amortality
6.    Africa, Business Destination
7.    The Rent-a-Country
8.    Biobanks
9.    Survival Stores
10.    Ecological Intelligence

Later in the afternoon, Mark Driscoll wrote “His Thoughts” to TIME’s article. He also gives four reasons why New Calvinism is better then the Old Calvinism.

  • Old Calvinism was fundamental or liberal and separated from or syncretized with culture. New Calvinism is missional and seeks to create and redeem culture.
  • Old Calvinism fled from the cities. New Calvinism is flooding into cities.
  • Old Calvinism was cessationistic and fearful of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. New Calvinism is continuationist and joyful in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Old Calvinism was fearful and suspicious of other Christians and burned bridges. New Calvinism loves all Christians and builds bridges between them.

 

In the evening Justin Taylor posted TIME magazine’s Calvinist Comeback article that was written in 1947. 

My thoughts are to the three types of people groups that this deals with…

1. The unsaved – That they will see, hear, and learn about the person and work of Jesus Christ in a way that forever changes their lives from and out of sin, in living and enjoying Jesus Christ.

2. The Old Calvinist – That they will see that their traditions and lack of culture reaching, and fleeing from cities are not what John Calvin nor the Reformed Faith practiced during the later 1500’s to the 1700’s. 

3. The New Calvinist – To continue learning ways that they can help aid in more church planting, more discipleship, and most of all, more preaching Christ to all of this world.