Monday, August 11, 2008

Mark Driscoll Conversation with Wayne Grudem

Mark Driscoll recently interviewed theologian Dr. Wayne Grudem at A Conversation with Wayne Grudem | TheResurgence
In my time with Dr. Grudem I asked him a few questions that I thought would be worth sharing. (I informed him that I would blog his answers to ensure that he was respected.) I asked him which doctrines he would encourage young Christian leaders to devote themselves to studying as they prepare for what potentially lies ahead theologically. He said that for such a weighty question he would prefer to thoughtfully craft an answer, but did give two recommendations in the moment:

1. Scripture — He said that every issue ultimately hinges on one’s view of the inerrancy, authority, and truthfulness of Scripture in every way. He encourages all young Christian leaders to make sure that deep within them is a love for and trust in every word of Scripture as God’s perfect revelation to us.

2. Authority — He said that he sees authority as a pervasive problem in our culture. As we talked, it became clear that what he meant is that people profess to be Christians yet refuse to submit to God’s authority, including Scripture, and people God has ordained to be in loving authority, such as godly parents and pastors.

He summarized his points by saying that he aspires for Christians to believe whatever God says and obey whatever God commands.

Grudem has written two of the best theological primers available today: Bible Doctrine and Systematic Theology. The first was one of my textbooks in the Vineyard Leadership Institute curriculum. The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today is also very good. I highly recommend Wayne Grudem's books.