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Blue Collar Theology 20: Karis, Schreiner, and Christ

February 11, 2008

Those of you who remember from last December the fallout between Acts 29 and the Missouri Baptist Convention will likely recall Karis Community Church and their pastor Kevin Larson who was one the churches defunded by the MBC for their affiliation with the Acts 29 Network.  Earlier this month, Karis held a “Theology Weekend” where Dr. Tom Schreiner spoke on the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Here’s the audio from the weekend:

“Jesus… Who?” A Forum on the Person and Work of Jesus: Tom Schreiner, Shakir Al-Ani, and Bill Haney

“Ask the Theologian” Q & A on Christianity and the Bible: Tom Schreiner

“Jesus: The Mission” A Sermon: Tom Schreiner

“Jesus: The Man” A Lecture: Tom Schreiner

What really excites me about this “theology weekend” is Kevin’s vision and passion to equip the people of Karis with a greater understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Is this not a wonderful picture of what Blue Collar Theology is all about?  I am ever hopeful that the vision Kevin has for Karis will continue in the minds and hearts of many young pastors as they seek to channel their investments and efforts into being gospel-centered and mission-driven.

In previous generations, churches geared towards church growth often subscribed to a form of pragmatism and revivalism that in one popularized personalities and marginalized doctrinal development.  Perhaps that day is soon coming to a close.  In any case, I am eagerly anticipating more expressions of and efforts for a Blue Collar Theology from churches across America.

HT :: Karis

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.