Flotsam and jetsam (8/24)

If I were you, I'd get out of his way.

If we do not know how the story of the Gospel begins, then we do not know what that story means. Make no mistake: a false start to the story produces a false grasp of the Gospel.

I’ve never been willing to die on the hill of cessationism: that is, the belief that the miraculous gifts such as prophecy, healing, and tongues have ceased.  I’m still not.  Nevertheless, I am convinced that non-cessationism is neither exegetically sound nor historically compatible with Reformed theology. Furthermore, the surprisingly widespread popularity of more radical views of ongoing sign-gifts, coupled with political ambition, pushes me into the unpleasant position of challenging the views even of far sounder brothers with whom I agree on so many important points.

According to Hollinger, the rise of evangelicalism as a religious movement and the decline of ecumenical Protestantism are best explained through fertility. It seems that mainline Protestant parents did not have as many children as evangelicals.

The Anne E. Casey Foundation released their “2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book” today, and it did not make for encouraging reading. According to the report, after showing dramatic improvement between 1996 and 2000, the condition of America’s children has been in a significant decline since 2000.

The cause for the downgrading of U.S. childhoods is not hard to put a finger on: growing national poverty.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on August 24, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mentioned, but no link? 😉

  2. Oops. I forgot to finish that line. It’s all better now.

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