Monday, May 02, 2016

DG Hart asks what it is the New Calvinists really think they've got reasons to be optimistic about with scandal after scandal
After the recent controversies surrounding Darrin Patrick, C. J. Mahaney, and James MacDonald, I was surprised to see Jeff Jue be so positive about the New Calvinism

When asked to clear up what the reference to MacDonald was, Hart provided this link:

Hart just stuck with the departure of JM from The Gospel Coalition in the wake of Elephant Room 2.  There have been other concerns such as piles of debt connected to real estate and a controversy about something to do with MacDonald and gambling.

The Darrin Patrick situation has been a reminder that he was one of the guys who signed off publicly announcing Mark Driscoll should step away from ministry for a while and that Mars Hill was out of Acts 29.  Then that announcement vanished and next year Acts 29 board member Eric Mason and Mark Driscoll are scheduled to speak at the Stronger Man conference.

Of course Hart wasn't even counting former Gospel Coalition participant Mark Driscoll here but add him into the mix and it would seem that between Darrin Patrick, C.J. Mahaney, James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll there's a lot to NOT be positive about with the New Calvinist movement and I say that as a Calvinist. I've been making this point here and there for a few years but I've suggested that over the course of a decade we were going to see some fracturing of the image that Calvinists in the North American scene are a monolith. The old Calvinists and "new Calvinists" have not agreed on that many things in a couple of important areas ... even if non-Calvinists or anti-Calvinists have at times proven, alas, too lazy and ill-informed to keep track of these different "tribes" as a Driscoll would call them.

It might be easier for some of these guys to fixate on complementarian/egalitarian debates rather than look at other stuff. And the zeal with which some have insisted upon a Gospel of properly using your penis hardly seems to have been restricted to Mark Driscoll.

and ...

These days I'm inclined to cast a skeptical eye on both complementarian and egalitarian ideologies, which seem fixated on controlling or seizing access to institutional power within the American church without necessarily stepping back to ask if this kind of power is worth having and if it doesn't by its nature within the United States have a corrupting influence.  The reasons for that have something to do with megachurches being propaganda machines in the sense that propaganda was defined by Jacques Ellul but let's not bore you with that here. There's plenty of posts on Ellul as an author whose work can provide possible insights into Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill ... and possibly the higher profile celebrities of any stripe in celebrity Christianity.

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