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Interview with Collin Hansen, Part Two

April 9, 2008

Picking up where we left off with part one of my interview with Collin Hansen, I ask the following questions in part two:

1.  I am going to name off a list of words that begin with the letter “r”, and I want you to tell me which one you believe best describes this phenomenon.  Here they are: “renaissance”, “reformation”, “revival”, “resurgence”, “revolution”, and “reaction.”  What say you Collin?

2.  Tim Challies recently reviewed the book, and Challies stated, “If there is a flaw or a weak point to this book, it may be that its focus is more on today than on yesterday and tomorrow. This is to say that Hansen takes the reader through many of the current hot spots in this movement and shows how it has propagated itself, but he invests far less time showing how this movement grew up and predicting where it may be going. There are hints in these directions, but perhaps not as much detail as I would have liked. Of course such analysis may well fall outside the scope of this title and it may best be handled by church historians.”  Do you care to respond to Tim’s critique?  Is this movement a fad or will it have long-term consequence?  How will this period of church history, and this movement, be remembered?

3.  One of the things that has intrigued me about this movement is that it is more than the young who are restless and reformed.  This seems to be a multi-generational movement where the older leaders are making intentional investments in the younger generations.  For instance, Piper has TBI, Mohler and SBTS, Dever and IX Marks, C.J. and Sovereign Grace and the Pastor’s College, Driscoll and Acts 29, Tom Ascol and Founders, and on and on.  And more specifically, these men are mentoring other men to succeed them in ministry, perhaps best seen in the relationship of C.J. Mahaney and Josh Harris.  Do you see this being the promise of perpetual blessing and hope for a sustained effort?  What about missions and church planting efforts in the future?

4.  There seems to be a pattern or movement to reform or revival that can be traced.  Over the course of these past few years, how would you best explain the genesis and progress of this phenomenon to being what it is today?  Secondly, would you say that this revival is centered in academia/conferences or with the churches?

5.  Over the past couple of years, we have seen disagreements within the Reformed tradition, such as MacArthur on “self-respecting Calvinists” being premillennial, Piper regarding baptism and church membership, and Driscoll regarding the missional mindset.  It appears that, too, it seems that followers can be found, saying, “I am of IX Marks.  I am of Acts 29.  I am of Desiring God.”  So my question to you would be, how “together” are we really?

Total listening time for part two is approximately 31 minutes.  So here it is (right click, save as):

Interview with Collin Hansen Part Two

Interview with Collin Hansen, Part One

April 7, 2008

Collin Hansen and I took some time last week to discuss his new book, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists (Crossway Books), which was just released last week. I have broken the interview down into three sections (podcasts), approximately 25 minutes for each section. I hope that this discussion will be interesting, helpful, and engaging.

In this part of the interview, I asked the following questions:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you are from, how you became a Christian, and what you are doing these days?

2. Now would you consider yourself young, restless, and reformed?

3. So you have written on perhaps the most controversial topic today (Calvinism) from a journalistic perspective, so what brought this book about? Why did you choose to do this book in particular?

4. The subtitle of your book is “A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists,” so I was wondering if you could share what is “new” about the “new Calvinists.” Are they any different from the Calvinists of yesteryear?

5. In your two years of traveling, researching, and writing, was there anything that really surprised you? Anything that caused you great concern?

So here it is: Interview with Collin Hansen, Part One
(right click, save as) :: (Total listening time: 26 minutes)

If you listened and would like to interact or discuss what we talked about, feel free to chime in on the comments section of this post. Again, big thanks to Collin for take time out to discuss his book. Part two and three are coming soon.

Related Posts:

>> Are We Creating a Reformed Celebrity Culture?
>> Reflections on Young, Restless, and Reformed Article

Audio from Today’s CFT Show (RE: The Godly Man’s Picture)

April 2, 2008

Calling for Truth has uploaded the audio for today’s interview, capping off March’s Puritan Paperback, The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson.  You can listen to the show online or download it (MP3) as well (right click, save as).

Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the March giveaway of books.  Oh, and we are throwing one more book in there as well.  🙂

Interview with Stephen Yuille on John Flavel

March 9, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of doing an interview with Dr. Stephen Yuille on the Puritans in general and John Flavel in particular. I had intended to post this interview much earlier, but due to technical difficulties coupled with my audio editing ignorance, I unfortunately had to postpone it until the edits could be made. Even still, it is not perfect, so I ask for your patience as I work out the kinks in audio recording (my apologies to Dr. Yuille especially). In any case, I do believe this interview was a very profitable time of talking about several important matters, and allow me to list a few of them here:

1. The only proper way to pronounce the name “Flavel”
2. The impact of the Puritans upon Dr. Yuille’s life
3. About The Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety
4. Lloyd-Jones and “mystical union with Christ”
5. Christ’s offices as prophet, priest, and king (and their neglect today)
6. Regeneration, Faith, and Conversion
7. Puritans too introspective? Addressing the charges
8. Puritans and “standing” on texts
9. Encouragement for those in the Puritan Reading Challenge

The interview in total is around 46 minutes long, and it would be several minutes less if it wasn’t for my mumbling and jabbering! Aside from his book, The Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety, Dr. Yuille has a second book that has just been released by Paternoster which you will hear about in the interview (on George Swinnock, whom Yuille focused much of his research and writing).

I want to express my appreciation to Dr. Yuille for the generous time he gave me to discuss these issues, and I pray that this interview will be helpful to you in your appreciation of the Gospel, reading of the Puritans, and love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here’s the interview:

Interview with Stephen Yuille on John Flavel

Interview with Mark Dever on Richard Sibbes

January 21, 2008

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to interview Mark Dever on the life and ministry of Richard Sibbes. As you will find while searching the internet, there are several interviews of Dever on a number of issues, but I am not aware of any specifically focused on his doctoral dissertation, Richard Sibbes: Puritanism and Calvinism in Late Elizabethan and Early Stuart England. I am not one to do many interviews, but I thought this was a great time to approach Dever regarding his expert knowledge of Richard Sibbes, whose sermons (which comprise The Bruised Reed) we are reading. I want to say a special thanks to Tony (King Kummer) who came over to assist with the technical aspects of the interview (and for laughing at me throughout).

The questions I asked Dever include:

* Why Sibbes?
* On Friendships
* On Assurance
* How Sibbes Personally Impacted Dever’s Life
* On the Works, Which Piece You Recommend Next
* On Ecclesiology, Moderation, and WWSD (What Would Sibbes Do?)
* Chief Theological Contribution of Sibbes
* Sibbes the Affection Theologian and Jonathan Edwards
* Words of Encouragement and Advice to Those Reading for 1st Time

Listen or download my interview with Mark Dever:

Interview with Mark Dever on Richard Sibbes

Let me know what you think or if there is anything you want to discuss. 

Interview with Nathan Finn

January 10, 2008

My friend Doug Baker, public relations director of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, recently had an interview/podcast with Nathan Finn, whom I deemed the best SBC blogger, regarding various matters in Southern Baptist life. Nathan has been on the forefront of the great need for gospel resurgence in the SBC and for gospel-centered churches. This is an excellent interview, and whether you are Southern Baptist or not, it would be of great benefit for you to listen.

From the BSCNC:

Released today was the newest podcast with Dr. Nathan Finn, Instructor in Church History at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. “Dr. Finn helps us understand all things ‘Baptist,’” Baker said. “Dr. Finn deals with the definition and origin of the word ‘fundamentalist,’ as well as the popular slogans of ‘Baptist means freedom, the priesthood of the believer, no creed but the Bible, and soul competency.’ Anyone who listens to this interview will come away with a better understanding of how Southern Baptists relate to the historic Christian church and how Baptists can better minister in these changing times.”

You can listen or download to the podcast with Finn, and I also encourage you to check out their previous podcast with J.D. Greear.

Live Videocast with Darrin Patrick Tomorrow

December 17, 2007

Lance Ford, co-founder of Shapevine, recently announced in the meta that they will be doing a live videocast interview with Darrin Patrick tomorrow, Tuesday December 18 at 2:30 pm CST. Ford mentioned that it is free and only requires a quick login membership.

For those of you who have been following the MBC/Acts 29 situation, this will be an interview you will not want to miss. Darrin is pastor of The Journey–the church originally involved with the MBC probe into Acts 29 churches. Darrin has also served as VP of Acts 29 and has mentioned that there will be a scheduled debate with he and David Tolliver Roger Moran on the topic of alcohol later next year.

I think this interview will do much to fill in some gaps and provide a greater context to the situation there is Missouri. Let’s listen in for a better understanding of what is going on and how we can prayerfully support our fellow Southern Baptists.

Ascol Interviews Axed MBC Church Planter Kevin Larson

December 16, 2007

Over at the Founder’s blog, Tom Ascol provides an excellent interview and insight into the tragic motion the Missouri Baptist Convention made to de-fund their own church planters. Kevin Larson, pastor of Karis Community Church, answered several questions which, if anything, should help us realize that these decisions made at an executive level are affecting real people and their family, churches and their ministries.

A couple things to note from the interview. Kevin is a graduate of Southern Seminary (which I currently attend) and also checked into NETS, a great church planting program in the New England area. Kevin was a member of Clifton Baptist in Louisville under the leadership of Drs. Tom Schreiner and Bruce Ware (Schreiner ordained him). His ecclesiology is heavily influenced by Dever and IX Marks, preaches lengthy expository messages every Sunday, and has a high view of church membership. Sounds like the kind of church planter we need to be de-funding, doesn’t it?

Here’s some notable quotes:

“While at Southern, I honestly hadn’t heard anything about Acts 29, but, in my view, an abstinence only view would be unthinkable by virtue of students having sola scriptura beaten in their heads everyday.”

“We are so grateful for the support the MBC has provided. But, I do think the executive board’s decision is wrong and discouraging. Although they do have the right to make that decision, I say that the further narrowing of parameters of cooperation does not bode well for the MBC’s future.”

“In Missouri, I think this is about alcohol, yes, but it’s ultimately about power. Who will control Missouri Baptists? By the way, I have even heard rumblings that the group’s next target in Missouri will be Calvinism.”

“The average Southern student thinks Driscoll is fine, Tim Keller is amazing, and can’t understand what all the fighting is about. Why? Because Dr. Mohler and his faculty teach sola scriptura and the other four solas of the Reformation. And that makes this whole issue pretty simple.”

“Well, those mainline denominations are graying due to liberalism. Young people want something true and something worth believing and dying for. But the SBC, I’m afraid, could gray and ultimately die because of legalism. If this is allowed to persist and grow, it will push young Reformed, expositional preaching, church disciplining, and gospel cherishing guys like me out to the curb. I am convinced this is the case.”

Thank God for brothers like Kevin Larson! His response reveals that Karis Community Church is more than a just a name–it’s who they are. It’s not easy responding with such gracious and gospel-driven restraint, and if this whole deal does anything, I pray it points us to the future of SBC with men like Kevin. I am also thankful for men like Steve Tanner, Jerry Field, and Jim Shaver who have given their full support. May God turn the MBC probe light into a spotlight that offers us encouragement and hope through the churches and ministries like Karis Community Church.

Said at Southern Interview N.T. Wright on Justification, Sola Scriptura, and More

November 19, 2007

Trevin Wax and Tony Kummer (of Said at Southern) recently interviewed N.T. Wright while he was at Asbury Theological Seminary last week. You can download the podcast by clicking here. Trevin has provided a full transcript of the interview as well as individual excerpts. Here’s the breakdown of the interview:

  1. Introduction
  2. Wright’s conversion, calling, and personal worship
  3. Wright on “the gospel”
  4. Justification by faith
  5. Justification – present and future
  6. Justification and the Roman Catholic Church
  7. Sola Scriptura
  8. Is Wright arrogant to assume he has just now figured out what Paul meant?
  9. Wright on his critics
  10. Justification in practice
  11. Wright on penal substitution
  12. Wright on the resurrection
  13. Wright on Evangelism
  14. Wright on Church and State
  15. Upcoming Writings and Conclusion

From Trevin’s Introduction:

N.T. Wright is a British New Testament scholar whom Christianity Today has described as one of the top five theologians in the world today. After serving many years as the canon theologian of Westminster Abbey, Wright became the Bishop of Durham in 2003 – the third highest ranking position of authority in the Church of England.

Tom Wright has spent his life studying the history surrounding the New Testament and early Christianity. He has written several widely-acclaimed books on the historical Jesus as well as many on the Apostle Paul and the New Testament epistles.

Wright has received both praise and criticism for his work. Anne Rice, the author of the Interview with a Vampire series, has credited Wright’s work on the historical Jesus with bringing her back to her Christian faith. Reformed theologian J.I. Packer has described Wright as “brilliant” and “one of God’s best gifts to our decaying Western Church.”

As Bishop of Durham, Wright has been a lightning rod for controversy from both conservatives who take offense with his political views, and from liberals who reject his traditional views on homosexuality.

As a New Testament scholar, Wright has faced criticism from both sides of the theological aisle. Liberal scholars, such as those who make up the infamous “Jesus Seminar” decry Wright’s work on the historical Jesus as much too conservative and traditional. Conservative scholars appreciate his strong defense of the cardinal doctrines of Christianity such as the bodily resurrection of Christ. But many conservatives of the Reformed persuasion are perplexed by Wright’s views on the doctrine of justification and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. Several well-known theologians, such as D.A. Carson, Mark Seifrid, Guy Waters, and now pastor John Piper, have written extensively to refute the “New Perspective on Paul” that Wright advocates.

In our interview with N.T. Wright, we will ask questions that will help illuminate the current discussions within Reformed circles on the legitimacy of Wright’s exegesis of the New Testament texts.

Interviews with J.D. Greear and N.T. Wright

November 17, 2007

My friend Doug Baker has recently started a podcast for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and has already posted three interviews with more to come. One in particular I would like to point your attention to is his interview with J.D. Greear–a young and influential pastor who recently spoke at the Convergent Conference (@ SEBTS) and will be speaking at the upcoming Building Bridges Conference at Ridgecrest. Stay tuned to their podcast for more interviews.

Fellow Said at Southern contributor Trevin Wax has recently interviewed N.T. Wright and will be posted this Monday on Said at Southern. The transcript will also be available on his blog. Trevin said he asked 18 questions, ranging from justification, sola scriptura, critics, etc. Tony Kummer, king of Kummerpolis, has been putting his NASCAR laptop to work with some excellent podcasts this semester. If you haven’t checked out the Said Podcasts, go here.

Thabiti On Transracial Adoption and the Gospel

September 20, 2007

Some of you will remember last week my series of posts on race and the gospel (if not, go here for the summary and a PDF compilation you can download).  I was delighted to find out yesterday that the good people of Carolina Hope Adoption Agency recently did an interview with Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of First Baptist Grand Cayman.  In 2000, I went on a short term mission trip to the church where Thabiti pastors and saw first-hand the beautiful makeup of the body of Christ down there at FBC Grand Cayman.  I encourage you to read this interview, especially if you have been following the recent discussion on race and the gospel.

Blue Collar Theology 8: Why Theology Matters by Dr. Danny Akin

September 11, 2007

In the September 2007 issue of SBC Life you will find a nice interview of Dr. Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on “Why Theology Matters.” I recently contacted Dr. Akin about this interview, requesting permission to post this interview on my blog (in particular with the Blue Collar Theology series), to which he graciously accepted. Those of you who have followed BCT will know that at the heart of this series is a passion for theological education in the local church. Recently, Dr. Akin edited a new textbook on theology entitled A Theology for the Church. According to SBC Life, “this [textbook] is the first compendium of theological topics produced by Broadman & Holman and written by Southern Baptists in more than fifty years.” I was really encouraged by Dr. Akin’s responses and was really inclined to share this interview here on P&P. May there be a groundswell of impassioned believers with minds on fire for the truths of God.

Below is the interview in its entirety (SBC Life in burgundy, Akin in black).

SBC LIFE: Why do you feel it is necessary for churches to focus on theology?

Akin: Theology enables God’s people to think correctly and live rightly. What we do always flows from what we believe, and a sound theology helps us think clearly, rightly, and, most importantly, biblically about God.

SBC LIFE: What difference does theology really make? Is it not enough that we worship the Lord with our hearts and enjoy warm and affirming fellowship?

Akin: It is important that we love God with our heart, but it is also imperative that we love the Lord with our mind as well. Most of the time, Southern Baptists do a good job of loving God with their heart. However, I am not sure that we always do a good job at loving God with our mind. Peter reminds us to set apart the Messiah as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15). Jesus instructed us in Matthew 22:37, that you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Theology is one means whereby we love God with our minds.

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Dr. David Dockery and Christian Higher Education: Two Interviews

August 31, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a preview of Dr. David Dockery’s new book, Renewing Minds: Serving Church and Society through Christian Higher Education, in which I made the follow “initial thoughts”:

Having already written two influential books on Christian higher education (1999 and 2002), Dr. David Dockery has chartered a new chapter in excellence in Christian education. Heirs of a great evangelical tradition of learning, Dockery revisits the legacy of faith-integrated learning matched only by a fresh, pioneering spirit for equipping God’s people through Christian higher education. Having the privilege of knowing Dockery, I have come to realize that this book is not born out of theological abstraction or fanciful ideas; rather, this is a distillery of truth made practical and already proven through the intellectual renaissance at Union University which seeks to change the culture and edify the Church. While the list of endorsements are weighty and the expectations are high, there is no reason to believe that Dockery’s third release on Christian education, Renewing Minds, will not only have an enduring impact in academia but also serve as an impetus for increased theological acumen as Christians young and old embark on the glorious pursuit of loving God with all their minds–a pursuit that finds the footprints of Christian men and women who have changed the world.

While the book is not slated to hit the shelves until October 1, two interviews of Dr. Dockery regarding his newest release were posted online this past week. Yesterday Christianity Today posted an interview with Dr. Dockery, “David Dockery on Christian Higher Ed’s Key Challenges,” where CT probes into the motivation and convictions of Dockery. Additionally, Nathan Finn posted an interview entitled “David Dockery on Renewing Minds” with has more of an SBC slant. Those of you who have followed my blog will remember that I did an interview with Dr. Dockery which turned into a week-long special with Dr. Dockery comprised of five parts and a live discussion with Dockery himself. It goes without saying that I have the utmost respect and admiration for Dr. Dockery and am very excited about this new book. Be sure to check out these interviews to hear more about his upcoming release. Oh, and Roll Tide Roll!

New Derek Webb Interview

August 14, 2007

Earlier this summer, contributors to Said at Southern blogged through Derek Webb‘s new album, The Ringing Bell.  As the series concluded, Tony was invited to do an interview with Webb later this summer.  This past Wednesday, Tony traveled down for the interview, and part one is already up.  Part two should be coming sometime next week.  In this podcast, Webb answers such questions as:

  • How did you come to Christ?
  • What is the Gospel?
  • Why do you make music?
  • What was the story behind you leaving Caedmon’s Call?
  • What’s the future for you and Caedmon’s Call?
  • To download the podcast, click here

    The Gospel Coalition Interviews

    July 25, 2007

    The Gospel Coalition has recently added a new section to their website under the tab “interviews.”  You can watch or download interviews of D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll.  Some of the questions include:

    How do you encourage young pastors in their preaching?
    How does preaching affect how Christians see culture?
    What advice do you have for young pastors in their family life?
    What is the state of the pulpit today?
    What message do you have for men/women in the church today?
    What keeps you motivated to do what you do?

    But also, let me encourage you to check out the questions directly related to The Gospel Coalition.  I share many of the same concerns that Carson and Keller speak of–namely the fragmentation of conservative Evangelicalism.  In spite of our same commitments to the gospel, we are facing the fact that there is a Reformed celebrity culture where some say, “I am of Mark Driscoll.  I am of John Piper.  I am of John MacArthur.”  The more I read and understand the vision of The Gospel Coalition, the more excited I am about gospel-centered unity in the future.  If you are not familiar with the Gospel Coalition, what they are doing, and the great resources available through their website, please avail yourself to them today.

    HT :: Colin Adams