Friday, December 15, 2006

"Good Pastor" Part 8, and Grudem retraction

As I took a quick glance into the blogosphere, I noticed these updates:
1) Thabiti Anyabwile has posted Part 8 of "What A Good Pastor Is To Do" (I hope all you good pastors out there are reading and taking heed!), and
2) On Adrian Warnock's blog, Dr. Wayne Grudem has issued a retraction of his agreement with John Piper's use of the word "blasphemy" to describe British evangelical theologian Steve Chalke's statements implying that penal substitutionary atonement was "divine child abuse".
Pastor Anyabwile's series on the responsibilities of a "good pastor" has been excellent. Even if you're not a pastor, read it so that you will know better how to pray for your pastor. If you missed the previous posts, you can link to them here: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Although Dr. Grudem has retracted his use of the word "blasphemy", he did not change his mind about Chalke's use of the phrase "divine child abuse" in relation to the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. Grudem still feels Chalke's language is "deeply dishonoring to God and to God's reputation". However, Dr. Grudem also felt that the word, "blasphemy", might be "inflammatory" and "carry unneccesary baggage".
As one who tends to speak first and think later, I can probably stand to learn a lesson or two from Dr. Grudem's example of humility and his reticence to use inflammatory language (although, personally, I still think the expression, "divine child abuse", if not blasphemous, comes mighty close).
May we all learn to reign in our "censorious thoughts".

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