Posted tagged ‘Albert Mohler’

Dever, Platt, and Mohler on Church Planting and the SBC

August 12, 2011

IX Marks hosted a panel discussion at the 2011 SBC Annual Meeting where Mark Dever sat down with David Platt and Albert Mohler to talk about the state of the SBC, church planting, and the Cooperative Program.  Check it.

HT: IX Marks Blog

Brian McLaren and the Unknowable Gospel

March 22, 2011

Brian McLaren recently jumped into the fray of the Love Wins fracas by offering an interpretation of Albert Mohler’s interpretation of Rob Bell’s interpretation of the gospel.  That may sound like an odd way to make a contribution, but if you’re Brian McLaren, offering an interpretation of someone else’s interpretation is actually the best thing one can do.  So I will attempt to enter McLaren’s world and offer an interpretation of McLaren’s interpretation of Mohler’s interpretation of Rob Bell’s interpretation of the gospel as explained in his book Love Wins.

Are you with me?  Good.

One of the principle charges McLaren brings against Mohler is his misinterpretation of Rob Bell’s interpretation of the gospel.  McLaren argues that Bell is not trying to offer a version of the gospel better than the one we have in the Bible; rather, Bell is trying to get us to see past all the “imperfect versions or approximations of it” in order to “be bound to that original story rather than to a popular (perhaps the most popular in some settings) version of it.”  McLaren is working on the assumption that Bell has greater insight into the original story than most throughout Christian history.  For thousands of years, we have unfortunately been victims of shoddy interpretations and static interferences of what Jesus actually said and did.  Both McLaren and Bell, on the other hand, assert that the “original story” is better than what we have allowed it to be due to our inaccurate approximations.

But my question for McLaren is, “How do you know this?”


The GCR Task Force Luncheon Audio & Video

August 28, 2009

This past week, the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force held an open luncheon in Rogers, AR.  The videos of the luncheon are embedded below, but you can also download the audio of the luncheon by clicking here.

Part 1 of the video of the GCR luncheon held on August 26, 2009. This luncheon was for all pastors, staff members, any denominational employee, as well as any layperson serving as a trustee of one of the SBC entities, and featured a Q&A time with GCR Task Force Members.

Part 2 of the video of the GCR luncheon held on August 26, 2009. This luncheon was for all pastors, staff members, any denominational employee, as well as any layperson serving as a trustee of one of the SBC entities, and featured a Q&A time with GCR Task Force Members.

Thanks for GCRTF for making these resources available (for free) to fellow Southern Baptists.

Blue Collar Theology 30: The Need (Case Study 1)

May 28, 2008

I know it’s not Monday (when I usually post my BCT of the week), but things have been a little off as of late. Nevertheless, I wanted to post a couple of YouTube videos regarding the latest buzz among Christian literature to reveal how deeply we need a Blue Collar Theology today. The book, The Shack, currently ranks has an Amazon sales rank of #5 of all the books they sell (with over 500 book reviews). While it has only been on the shelves for a little over a year, it produced a massive amount of interest among Christians and non-Christians alike.

So I want you to consider the responses as I juxtapose them here for the purpose of showing how biblically illiterate and theologically incompetent we are today to address old heresies in contemporary garb.

FOR: 700 Club

“When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of ‘The Shack.’ This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ did for his. It’s that good!” –Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.

“The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God.” – Michael W. Smith

“Love it for lots of reasons. First of all, I love books that touch the emotions and inspire the imagination. This book does that. But it also has an amazing storyline that is really gripping.” – Mark Batterson, Pastor of National Community Church

“Alright, I have to admit- I am usually a major critic of Christian fiction books. They just usually don’t deliver on expectations. But I recently came across a gem- The Shack by William Paul Young. You have to check it out. It will change your perspective and stretch your spiritual paradigm, especially as it relates to the Trinity and God’s desire for relationship with us humans.” – Brad Lomenick, Director of Catalyst Conference

AGAINST: Mark Driscoll

“This book includes undiluted heresy.” – Dr. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

See also Tim Challies’ 17-page critique.

While the potpourri of heresies in recent years has generated considerable push back by the evangelical world (such as The Da Vinci Code and Gospel of Thomas), one has to wonder if the scent of this fictional book has enough attraction to delude many believers whose theology is no deeper than the front shelves of their local bookstore. Is this not a clear case of our need for a Blue Collar Theology today?!

Lord, We Agree: Interceding for Dr. Mohler

February 16, 2008

Many if not perhaps all of you have already been made aware of Dr. Mohler’s health condition and imminent need for surgery. It was not but hardly a year ago that Dr. Mohler underwent life-threatening illness with bi-lateral blood clots in his lungs. At this time, we have been informed that he has a pre-cancerous tumor in his colon. Please be in prayer for Dr. Mohler, his family, and the extended seminary family at this time.

Last week, Dr. Moore shared some warm and inspiring words to the seminary community (listen here, via Scott Lamb), and Dr. Tom Schreiner offered a very moving prayer on behalf of Dr. Mohler (listen here). Below is the transcript of his prayer, and it is my hope and desire that we agree in the name of our Lord Jesus for Dr. Mohler’s health and speedy recovery. May God’s perfect will be done, and may God’s infinite worth be displayed during these difficult times.

Dr. Schreiner, praying at chapel this past Thursday:

O Father, you are a great King. You are majestic and holy and awesome and wonderful and sovereign… You do rule and reign over all things. Lord, we do praise your majestic and holy Name. We bow before you as our God.

Father, it is so good to know in this hour when we’ve heard about our president’s health that you love your children, that you are a Good Shepherd… that you hold us in your arms. And Lord, we pray that for Dr. Mohler and for Mary and Katie and Christopher. Would you hold them close to you?

When fear comes, Lord, we pray that you would give them strength. When anxious thoughts strike, we pray for the peace that passes all understanding. When discouragement comes, Lord, we pray for hope. Lord, how we pray that you would surround and strengthen them with your Holy Spirit.

Lord, we do ask that through this, the gospel would go forth. We know your Word says that great afflictions come so that we will not trust in ourselves, but in a God who raises the dead. We confess, O Lord, we believe in such a God, we believe in a God that has raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead. We believe that sin and death and disease cannot conquer us. They cannot ultimately win. We are victors in all things! Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord, we praise you for Dr. Mohler because the message of the gospel, the message of hope, the message of triumph over sin and death has resounded from his life. We praise you for what has happened at Southern Seminary in and through him. We praise you that that message has resounded throughout evangelicalism and indeed throughout the world. How we thank you for his leadership, for how you have used him!

And now, Lord, we lift him to you in his need. We pray, Lord, for uncommon wisdom for the doctors and the physicians that are attending him. We pray, Lord, as the surgery takes place that you would give them remarkable insight. Give them dexterity in the midst of the operation. Give them the kind of wisdom that would bring healing and strength to Dr. Mohler.

Lord, we read in your word that we do not have because we do not ask, so we ask, Lord, for successful surgery. We ask, Lord, for healing. We ask, Lord for full restoration. We are bold to ask that it would be rapid and soon.

We bow before your will… We know you do all things well. Lord, we know how you’ve used Dr. Mohler in our midst and throughout this land and beyond. So we do plead with you that you would bring him back to us soon, strong and healthy and ministering once again.

O Lord, may the faith of all of us be strengthened through this trial and affliction. May we all be reminded that we rely on you for everything, that our lives are short, that we may not have much time left. May we have a renewed vision to live for your glory, to spread your gospel, to strengthen the saints, and to live for the glory and honor of your name.

And Lord, that is our ultimate prayer. May your Name be glorified through this. May you be honored. May you be praised.

We ask all these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

HT :: Trevin Wax