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    Hall of Contemporary Reformers

    Today is the unveiling of a project (under construction) that we are currently working on at These are the faces of pastors and theologians whom we think God has raised up to faithfully proclaim the gospel in our time, and whom the Lord is now using to preserve that silver thread of orthodoxy that has existed through the ages. A few of the links do not yet work, and we still need to add some biographical information to the faces already up there but there is plenty to read as is.

    For each person listed we show illustration (mugshot), biographical information, a bibliography, theological stance, calling, online essays/audio etc. I would especially like to thank a friend of mine, Steve Hesselman who is the illustrator and has been a tremendous help to me in getting this project off the ground. Over the next few months we would like to continue growing this section to this and will hopefully add on new face/person every week or two. We hope you find this helpful. Click here to enter - SDG

    Posted by John on November 12, 2005 02:32 PM


    I like it--it's already been added to My Favorites.
    Some good choices there.

    Just curious, what do you guys think of Bishop Wright?

    We highly respect Tom Wright as a scholar and for many of his historical insights. But the contributers to this blog would unaminously agree that his NPP teaching is, to put it lightly, erroneous. Reformation Theology and those who hold to it do not believe Judaism was ever a religion of works, fact Covenant Theology has always taught that the Abrahamic covenant was gracious ... but we do believe there is clear, unambiguous evidence that many in the religious extablishment in the 1st century were promoting a religion of moralistic legalism. In fact, human beings by nature continue to have the propensity to want to contribute something to their justification before God ... so even if many modern Christian churches have an orthodox confession, they would probably still fall under the same error as did the Pharisees. Many of us could unfortunately "thank God that we are not like other men" and then boast at what we do for God as the Pharisee did in the temple in Jesus' parable. To have missed this, we believe, is no small error on Tom Wright's part.

    You may be interested in our page on Tom Wright.

    A Critical Look at the NPP on Justification (N.T. Wright)

    Thanks for the prompt reply and the link.

    You're very welcome, John. Thanks so much for allowing me to be involved in the excellent work you're doing at

    how did you come to the decision to include fellow Christian Mahaney when he holds to an unclassical perspective on gifts of the Holy Spirit. It isn't what many would consider Classic Reformed.

    Yo JC

    As far as we are concerned, it is a positive transformation when many (previously Arminian) charismatics are now becoming Reformed in their soteriology and are open to other aspects of reformed/biblical doctrine as well. That is a HUGE departure from previous practice.

    We chose Mahaney for the same reason we chose MacArthur, who is a Dispensationalist. The criteria of the Hall is not numbered list of whether they hold every single doctrine in common with the classic Reformers (who themselves, by the way, did not hold all doctrines in common). As far as we are concerned, these issues where they differ, while important, are adiaphora compared to the areas we hold in common. I think you will find Mahaney's view of the gifts is not extreme and does not affect critical doctrine in the least.

    More importantly, the hall consists of persons who hold to a firm view of monergistic regeneration. It is the monergism/synergism split, this issue, in our estimation which is the cause of so many problems in the contemporary church. It is the crux issue which now sets apart good theology and bad theology from the beginning.

    We do not necessarily agree with all that each individual in the Hall holds to but we applaud that each of them is being used by God to profoundly impact the world for the advancement of the grace of God.

    What do you all think about Mark Driscoll?

    Do you foresee electing any female theologians to your Hall of Contemporary Theologians?

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