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"DAVID MIERS is reported to be in the top 10 cage fighters in Gosford. He has some serious dish washing skills and thinks that Elizabeth Bennet is hot. Although he thinks that his wife Rowena is hotter. David works in youth ministry for a great church. Likes to: speak in third person, watch and play soccer, eat food and surf the web. He has never watched Star Wars."

Humble Orthodoxy

Young, Restless, Reformed: Calvinism is making a comeback—and shaking up the church from the September Christianity Today has recently been made available online. It's a great article with some great quotes from guys such as: John Piper, Al Mohler, Kent Hughes, Mark Dever and Joshua Harris.

Below are a number of Josh Harris quotes from the article. On his first encounters with Calvinists:
"I'm sorry to say that they represented the doctrines of grace with a total lack of grace. They were spiteful, cliquish, and arrogant. I didn't even stick around to understand what they were teaching. I took one look at them and knew I didn't want any part of it."
On his understanding of Reformed theology:
The theological depth attracted Harris. "Once you're exposed to [doctrine]," he said, "you see the richness in it for your own soul, and you're ruined for anything else."
"If you really understand Reformed theology, we should all just sit around shaking our heads going, 'It's unbelievable. Why would God choose any of us?'" Harris said. "You are so amazed by grace, you're not picking a fight with anyone, you're just crying tears of amazement that should lead to a heart for lost people, that God does indeed save, when he doesn't have to save anybody."
I think that Joshua Harris is someone who has been gripped by the truths of Reformed theology and seeks to respond in humility rather than with spiteful arrogance. On the New Attitude site (recently updated) there is this description of something Josh calls Humble Orthodoxy:
Humble orthodoxy is a commitment to believing, living, and representing the truth with humility. We believe that God's truth in Scripture should not be redefined or reinvented to suit our own preferences or culture. Our role is not to change truth but to let truth change us.

It's not a revolution. It's not a movement. It's a group of people in local churches, passionate about rediscovering truth and recommitting to it. We stand on the shoulders of those who have followed God before us. So this is what we offer to the conversation:

Forget reinvention. Embrace a humble orthodoxy.
I've read a bunch of Josh's books, listened to a bunch of his sermons too (see here and here) and think that he's good value. Have a listen to his sermon on Humble Orthodoxy.

I've been guilty in the past of arrogance and a great ability to tell the truth without love. This is a great danger in churches like mine where we are concerned with teaching the truth and refuting error, that we neglect to love one another as we ough to love one another.

Watch your life and doctrine closely. 1 Tim 4:16

How are you (and your church) going with Humble Orthodoxy? Would love to hear your comments...

[The photo is of Sam Chan playing 2 recorders through his nostrils!! He gave a great talk on Sunday night]

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  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, September 26, 2006 1:06:00 am  

    sorry about the long post!!

    but do read it...

    and do comment...

    dave top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Tuesday, September 26, 2006 11:11:00 am  

    Hey look this post has received CraigS' "post of the morning"

    Evidence here!

    I'm the first ever to receive the award...

    Yesss.... top

  • Blogger Andy M says so:
    Wednesday, September 27, 2006 1:12:00 pm  

    I agree - excellent post.

    I think one error we fall into is that we can be so caught up with correct doctrine and orthodoxy that we start at times from the uncharitable assumption that any other "Christian" is not truly a Christian until they've convinced us they are by passing our orthodoxy test. I wonder if it shouldn't the other way around - if someone claims to be Christian, we assume they are until we see evidence to the contrary.

    I say this knowing I fall into this error myself. top

  • Blogger David says so:
    Thursday, September 28, 2006 9:09:00 am  

    it's a tension isn't it.

    being concerned about the truth and orthodoxy is loving... but you may be onto something with assuming they're Christian until alarm bells ring because of whacky beliefs or moral inconsistencies. top