Piper: A devastating thing to submit yourself to the 500 imperatives of
There is so much mealy-mouthed hesitancy to preach righteousness.
JT: The relationship of Christianity to culture is the current crisis point of the church. Can you explain the Biblical way to influence culture.
Driscoll: The two problems are syncretism and sectarianism. Be with the people in this world but with Him – tethered to Him through His Word. Relevant orthodoxy is our goal. As missionaries, how do we incarnate into these cultures?
JP: I don’t know.
Is the target common? I think I am weak and would fall if I plunged into culture.
There are common denominators: everyone will die; everyone loves authenticity; people like to have issues resolved; I need to understand how
Emerging Church Conversation and Movement:
JP: Do you always precede lunch invitations by calling someone “smartass?”
JT: I think
JP: I like these guys, because they are both hotheads and I am too. My root sense is that committed relationships trump Truth. They may not like that. There are profound epistemological differences that make the conversation almost impossible. How profitable is it to press on with this when worldview is so different? Ways of knowing are so different – so that I cannot really state where they are. We don’t try to get agreement here. Getting agreement on the nature of atonement is not an issue to them – so I do not know where to go with them?
MD: I met a girl and she gave me a bible. I read
TK: If you define evangelicalism in a
JT: Is emergent growing?
TK: It is producing pundits, but not community and institutions.
JT: The two hottest theologies are reformed and emergent.
MD: Grudem’s systematic. Mahaney’s non-cessationism.
JP: I don’t know since I do not see evidence. The great commission is no where near finished. Muslims and others are hostile and difficult to reach. We need to go there! Are we raising up an army to go?
The seeker sensitive way is having a trickle-down effect in missions in a harmful way. There is a fear of not succeeding. So, foreign missions can be undermined when you go with a compromised message – or a contextualized message that abandons
There is no radical
JT: When you see street preachers, why don’t we do that?
JP: I don’t know of any places where
JT: How is Acts a model for us in going to the cities. None of us are going to get stoned tonight. Are we doing something wrong?
JT: Christians in the workplace – how should they think about their vocation. Secret Christian… then the guy who leaves tracts in the bathroom.
TK: Let the Gospel shape the way you work. [this was a much longer answer]
JT: Any books you are working on or you would like to recommend?
JP: I am working on
JT: Overcoming Sin and Temptation – it will be out in a couple of weeks.
JP closed in prayer.