Last week I posted a couple of updates about the 'slow' progress in dealing with Federal Vision Theology in the PCA. Now I understand a bit more clearly, why that is the case.
In this week's Heidelcast, Dr. R. Scott Clark interviewed PCA pastor Jason Stellman. Jason serves in the Seattle area and has been at the forefront of those in his presbytery concerned about the theology of Dr. Peter Leithart. The first half of the interview explains why his presbytery (Pacific Northwest) has been dragging its feet on the matter - a desire to be relevant. Added to this are a few comments about the PCA's proposed Strategic Plan that was recently unveiled.
The second half of the interview explores the theme of relevance as it relates to culture. Here Stellman and Clark touch on the issue that is perhaps the most divisive in the PCA. On the one side are those are who argue that all of life is spiritual and should be redeemed for Christ. Following Abraham Kuyper they see the Kingdom of God as equivalent to all legitimate activities in which Christians might be engaged. On the other are those who understand the Kingdom of God as chiefly spiritual, centered on the church, with God breaking into this present evil age through Word and Sacrament. It understands the church as a pilgrim people who suffer as their Lord suffered. The first seeks to be relevant: the second seeks to be faithful. If you want to understand the currents that are flowing within the PCA you need to understand these two perspectives.
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Jason Stellman on “Relevance” and the Two Kingdoms « Heidelblog