It's sort of an odd hiatus when I keep poking my head back in for this and that (some of it: spoiling Dan's day), but it is what it is.
Notebook Luncheon. Bryan is a continualist -- a full-on Jack Deere daGifts kind of guy (who, if I am to be fair to him entirely, evangelizes foreign students at the local university, and has a lovely family) -- and he and I have been asking each other questions about our place in the question of cessationism vs. continualism. While neither one of us has any kind of triumphalistic view of the exchange there, I think it has been at least as helpful as my exchange with Adrian Warnock. The most important thing, I think, in this situation, is that the two sides at least honestly put their differences on the table. Bryan has done that, and of course I have done that.
The reason I stopped by this weekend was because of the chain of answer Bryan has made regarding whether or not we can tell if the continualist camp is theologically/doctrinally healthy or not. His view of it, frankly, is that we have to assume the best and forgive the worst -- but that the cessationist ought to consider that there's an explosion in moderate/conservative continualism right now.
I think his view of it is naive, and I wanted to spend a few minutes saying why.
2. My second contention is that Bryan has a stunningly-Anglo-centric view of the Christian world. What I am not saying is that he's any kind of a racist -- because I know he is not. What I am saying is that he somehow only measures the church by the people he can see in his small group at his local church. I have no idea how he can do that when he, again, wants to make claims about how many new scholars there on on his side. Maybe he only sees those he likes and ignores those he doesn't like? If that's true, why is he so worried about all the ruddy cessationists?
3. My last contention is that while Bryan (like Adrian before him) has a crystal ball into the hearts of the Cessationist, where's his crystal ball into the hearts of those who are rightly counted on his side of the ledger? Is it really so difficult to see that the Continualist movement is really chock-full of those who are far more interested in seed money than they are in the Word of God? Is it really impossible to see that the followers of those people are legion compared to Bryan's small colony of moderates? The blind spots which have been demonstrated in the blog so far (not much longer to the end, all) are startling.
That's all. Have a nice weekend.