Don’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:
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.