Posted tagged ‘Interview’

John Piper, Rick Warren, and the Purpose Driven Life

May 27, 2011

Let’s just pretend for a moment you did not read the title of this blogpost.  Let’s pretend that there was an anonymous Christian minister who explicitly affirmed the following:

I am passionate about the glory of God above all things.
I believe in the absolute sovereignty of God in all things, including sin and tragedy.
I believe in exhaustive, meticulous divine providence.
I believe in the doctrines of grace, including total depravity, unconditional election, and particular redemption.
I affirm the five solas of the reformation and consider myself a monergist both in justification and sanctification of the believer.
I believe in the eternal, conscious torment in a literal hell.
I believe that substitutionary atonement is at the heart of the gospel.
I believe in that the imputed righteousness of Christ is essential to the nature of the gospel.
I believe that God saves us from Himself by sending us His Son as the wrath-bearing propitiation in my place.
I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.
I believe that those who die never hearing the name of Christ will not go to heaven.  They need to hear the gospel, and the church must go to them and make Christ known in order for them to be saved.
Everything I do in life and ministry has an overarching missionary focus.

Having considered these personal beliefs and affirmations, what well-known evangelical preacher might we be talking about?  John MacArthur? Sounds a lot like him. Albert Mohler? Possibly. D.A. Carson? Perhaps.

Who is it that made these personal affirmations?

Rick Warren.

If you don’t believe me, watch and listen for yourself.

Like just about every other evangelical leader I respect, I don’t agree with everything Rick Warren says and does, but I found this interview very clarifying and confirming.  I cannot imagine the controversy and criticism both John Piper and Rick Warren will receive from this interview, but I’m grateful they made this agreement, having demonstrated a substantive, constructive, engagement on important issues from two very different perspectives.

I don’t know of two pastors in our country who have more influence on my generation than John Piper and Rick Warren.  They have asked that we pray for them, especially in regards to pursuing humility, fighting pride, and stewarding their influence for generations to come.  God has given these men incredible platforms to display the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Let’s pray for them and their continued usefulness in such enormous proportions for the advancement of the gospel both in breadth and depth for many years to come.


Mike McKinley Interviews Steve Timmis

January 26, 2009

One of the more significant books of 2008 was Total Church: A Radical Reshaping of Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis (#9 on my top 25 list).  Mike McKinley (from IX Marks) recently interviewed Steve Timmis on various issues including preching, membership, leadership, evangelism, and missions. I thought the interview was well done and worth the read.  Here are the links:

#1 – McKinley and Timmis on Preaching
#2 – McKinley and Timmis on Membership and Leadership
#3 – McKinley and Timmis on Evangelism and Missions

Adrian Warnock Interviews Ed Stetzer

June 22, 2008

Ed Stetzer, keynote speaker for this week’s upcoming National Founders Conference, was recently interviewed by Mac-evangelist Adrian Warnock.  Using iChat, Warnock provides an hour-long, eight-part video interview with Stetzer, and the videos are posting here below.

1.  Ed and Adrian talk about what ‘missional’ means.

2.  Stetzer speaks about church planting.

3.  Are Apostollic and missional synonymous?

4.  How Can We All Be Missional?

5.  Ed speaks about the atonement and the state of the church today.

6.  Ed on why some churches are more successful.

7.  Ed on preaching. Is there such a thing as missional preaching?

8.  Ed Stetzer on culture and the challenge of building a multicultural church.

Interview with Collin Hansen, Part Three

April 10, 2008

Previous posts:

* Interview with Collin Hansen, Part One
* Interview with Collin Hansen, Part Two

In this third and final part of my interview with Collin Hansen, we discuss the largest chapter in his book, entitled “Ground Zero: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.”  Hansen is not an SBCer, so I was particularly interested in his reflections as a journalist looking in from the outside.  Some of you may remember me querying everyone for the top five reasons why you are Reformed, which was spawned off my discussion with Collin when we first talked.

There have been a couple critiques regarding why would Collin call SBTS “Ground Zero,” and I have asked him to elaborate specifically on this issue, and why in particular he chose to include the SBC in general and not stick exclusively with SBTS.  For those of you who want my take on this, besides what I shared in the interview, you can find them in my responses to Tony Kummer’s critique (see comments 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, and 18).

I also think it is appropriate to direct you to another conversation related to this podcast, which is a post by Nathan Finn over at SBC Witness, entitled “What Are the Most Pressing Issues Facing the Southern Baptist Convention?” (I commented five times over there too).

But back to the interview, here are the questions I asked in the final segment:

1.  As an outsider, what do you think about the current spike of controversy regarding Calvinism with the Southern Baptist Convention?

2.  For some, your book will be a cause for thankfulness and rejoicing, and for others it will be a cause for lamenting and grieving.  What would you say to each group in response?

3.  What do you hope to accomplish, in the end, with the publishing of this book?

So here it is: Interview with Collin Hansen Part Three
Total listening time is 23:50 :: (To download, right click, save as)


Related Posts:
* Together for the Church
* Building Bridges Conference (audio)
* Evangelism, Calvinism, and the SBC
* Mark Dever on the Resurgence of Calvinism
* Interview with David Dockery, Part Four (questioned re: Calvinism)
* Why Go Back to the Founders? Responding to President Frank Page

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 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. 

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.