I can't help it. I love this city. I know. I know. NOLA stinks...NOLA's dangerous...NOLA's morally upside down...NOLA's ______. You fill it in. Nonetheless, I love NOLA >>>
As I'm leaving I'm thinking about my years in seminary. Upon arriving here in 1987, my first seminary experience of note was a "debate" in chapel on the subject of the atonement. Unlike the endless exchanges now over the extent of the atonement, Paige Patterson and Fisher Humphreys over the mode of the atonement. Dr. Patterson held closely to penal substitution while Dr. Humphreys argued ably for an inclusive model of substitution (not to be confused with what's come to be known as inclusivism). I recall at one time in the exchange, Humphreys charged Patterson with following Calvin too closely with his view!
It was not that Humphreys denied substitutionary atonement. At least, that's what I came to understand after taking many systematic theology classes under him. Instead if I recall correctly he argued that Scripture offered many models of atonement one of which was penal substitution. Anyways, I have both good and bad memories of my seminary experience while remaining eternally grateful for them all...
Some of the YRR are already suggesting the "movement" to "divide" the convention was handed a definitive blow in NOLA (here's an example of one YRR who apparently thinks the "movement"-- a "movement"which is only a month old by the way--was delivered its head on a platter).
Know we congratulated Dave Miller for being voted in as 2nd VP. For my part, he was not a viable candidate. But obviously there were more who cast ballots believing he was viable for them than believed with me he wasn't. Why is this so difficult to understand?1 Nor am I devastated because somebody I voted for didn't get elected for heaven's sake. Nor should it be devastating for the so-called "movement"2 surrounding Eric Hankins...
Both the resolution on unity as well as all the rhetoric we heard concerning unity in the SBC, if we are honest, were for naught. We all know we are not united. We know this. We can plead all we wish, but so far as I am concerned, those crowing about unity remain very much like the prophets God chastised through Jeremiah:
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace (6:14; 8:11)
I will not remain silent. And I will not stand down.
1nor did Miller's election change my mind on that so far as my vote is concerned. I mean think about it: is Barak Obama a viable candidate for the presidency simply because he won? Not for those like me who didn't vote for him he's not. It gets old explaining these simple little things to some of the YRR.
2I prefer the term "public push-back" describing Eric Hankins, the Traditional Statement, and the hundreds of signatures aligned with Hankins on the issue of aggressive Calvinism. Until this public push-back grows some chest hair, "movement" is simply nonsense as a descriptor