Wright, the Neo-Reformed, & Unity in the Church (If you read one thing all day, let it be this)


easterDon’t worry, the title is not referring to this very blog post you are reading right now.  It’s actually referring to this article at Christianity Today by Brett McCracken:

Wrightians & the Neo-Reformed: ‘All One in Christ Jesus – A dispatch from Together for the Gospel and Wheaton’s Theology Conference with N.T. Wright

The article compares and contrasts the general ethos of two very different conferences that occurred very close to the same time.  One conference was the Together for the Gospel Conference and Wheaton College’s Theology Conference with N.T. Wright.

The piece mainly looks at how each of these groups treated the idea of “unity in the Church”.  The titles of each conference reveal a lot. Wheatons’ Conference was entitled “Jesus, Paul, & the People of God”; Together for the Gospel’s was called “The (Unadjusted) Gospel.”.  Which do you think was a bit more interested in the Doctrine of God rather then the People of God?

The money quote in this piece is the opening line, by N.T. Wright when asked what justifies cutting off fellowship with other parts of the Church.  He replied:

Nothing justifies schism.”

Amen.  In the weeks and months ahead I hope to write a whole lot more about this topic.  It is certainly something I’ve been thinking through for a good while now; especially the nature and character of the “New Calvinist”, “Neo-Reformed”, and “Reformissional” camps out there, and where those respective groups find their place in the stream of Church Past and Church Future.  More to come.

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2 thoughts on “Wright, the Neo-Reformed, & Unity in the Church (If you read one thing all day, let it be this)

  1. Wright’s conference was named after him. At the end, they all prayed for him. I wish I could have my own conference…

    (I still take no side on the Piper/Wright debate, but I mean, come on, naming a conference after yourself?)

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  2. That Wright quote in full reads “Nothing justifies schism. Schism is what happens when some bits of the church decide to do their own thing and to ignore the rest of the body of Christ. The problem comes, of course, when the people who are doing that are actually running an entire denomination or part thereof, and then others discern that it is those people who have done that, who are the schismatics, but…both sides often call the other one schismatic, and then there is a real difficulty of discernment. And because we are all sinful, frequently the issues are not clear cut.”.

    There is a good discussion of it here:
    http://euangelizomai.blogspot.com/2010/04/wheaton-wright-conference-and-t4g.html

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