Monday, August 08, 2005

Properly Framing the Issue . . .

UPDATE: I recently found an interview with John frame regarding this article - the sound quality isn't great, but it's a free mp3 download.

I'll not make a habit of simply posting links on this page, but I thought this one might be appropriate in light of my previous post. Given the war-mongering among many Reformed spokesman (exemplifed in the controversy over "the New Perspective") its refreshing to see one of their own give a more gracious character to the tradition. John Frame gives a penetrating analysis of how evangelicalism descended into the ghettos of tribal in-fighting. If you've got a few minutes, and especially if you're of the Reformed persuasion, do yourself a favor and check this out.


Anonymous said...

Just read the article, and I'm compelled to say, amen!
Thanks for posting the link.

Ted Gossard said...

I read that sometime back. Thanks.

It is hard to get out of the mode of fighting for the faith, even in-house. Contending for the faith can get out of bounds if those doing so end up with a contentious spirit.

God is doing a work in me, so that I no longer rail against the "right wing Fundamentalists". I realize I've been out of bounds and my contentious spirit has looked for disagreements. I am thankful that this seems more than less to be a thing of the past for me.

Contending for the faith needs to be one aspect of our Christianity- properly done (a time for everthing), but seems to over characterize some.

TheBlueRaja said...

It's funny, Ted - God's work in my life is such that I no longer rail against "godless liberals". I appreciate your comments, and praise God for His faithfulness to shape us into conformity with His Son! I think this is largely a thing of the past for me too, by God's grace, but its hard for it to be a dead issue since the community of faith with which I'm associated is so fond of throwing down the gauntlet instead of engaging in meaningful and mutually edifying dialogue; they're just so confused as to when either approach is appropriate that I feel its something we need to keep talking about. Thanks again for your comments!