Radical Reformission 2004

Radical Reformission Conference

Over the last few days I downloaded the talks from the November 2004 Radical Reformission Conference, popped them on my mp3 player, and walked my way through five fascinating messages. John Piper, the key note speaker, delivered three sessions saturated with Christ-centered, God exalting, relevant, practical theology. I admit being already partial to Piper as a recent enthusiastic convert to Christian Hedonism, but I must say I don’t think I’ve ever heard Piper more radically poignant. He tackled current issues such as Greg Boyd’s Open Theology, N. T. Write’s New Perspective on Paul, popular misconceptions about Calvinism and Evangelism, communicating the truth of the gospel in a postmodern culture, and more. He titled his three messages, “The Whole Glory of God: Governing and Knowing All that Will Come to Pass,” “The Whole Glory of Christ: Imputation and Impartation of His Righteousness,” and “The Whole Glory of the Gospel of God: From Him, Through Him, and to Him.” Well worth the listen.

Chris Seay, author of “The Gospel According to Tony Soprano,” and pastor of Ecclesia in Houston spoke on “The Studious Saint.” Mark Driscoll hosted the event and traced eleven false gospels attempted by man as seen in the first book of the bible. He demonstrated that faulty hermeneutics, feminism, male chauvinism, family, community, government, self rule, spirituality, or even a virtuous dead guy can’t overcome the sin problem. Only Jesus Christ, sovereign of the universe, can crush the dragon’s de minion over our lives and bring us to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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All I can do is to work to encourage you all to apply Radical Reformission. I’m sure that’s what Driscoll’s intention was when he published it. We’re all kind of a step ahead by knowing that redemption and repentance through Jesus Christ is the way to return to God. I don’t know about you guys but I’m so tired of seeing close friends of mine fall into Satan’s clutches as well as our culture turn for the worst. From personal experience and Christ’s words YES it is not easy to spread light in darkness. If you remember it also wasn’t easy when we all first became slaves to Christ. God willing, with all of us working together the hassles we go through are extremely minute to the price and worth of guiding ONE person to God.

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