Well, I’m ready to say it. Calvinism is cool. Reformed theology is being embraced by the young in Huntington. I’m not the first to observe this. And I’m a little behind in observing the current trend among young Christians. But in WV things make it through the valleys into the hills a little slower. So in reality, I can be about 5 years behind any national movement, make the observation in a profound way, and behold I’m a prophet who saw things coming about 5 years before it made its way to WV. But that’s not my point here.
- The world is so fast and shifting that there are very few things we can count on to never change.We need and want a God who is over it all and is unphased by the constant unpredictabilty we experience. A theology of a Sovereign God steadies us.
- The state of the church in general over the last 20 years has been a little light on theology. For the many young people sermons have been self help motivational speeches that lacked any authoritative voice and no power to change my life. So…”Thus says the Lord”, and “God is in the heavens and he does what he pleases”, and “Not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit” is truth that is loved and adored.
- Deep and rooted theology is being linked with passionate and relevant mission. Both here and abroad. It is the Reformed camps that are truly reaching the world and their culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ. John Piper says this: “I think the criticism of Reformed theology is being silenced by the mission and justice and evangelism and worship and counseling—the whole range of pastoral life…We’re not the kind who are off in a Grand Rapids ghetto crossing our t’s and dotting our i’s and telling the world to get their act together. We’re in the New Orleans slums with groups like Desire Street Ministries, raising up black elders through Reformed theology from 9-year-old boys who had no chance.”
Again, I know this has been blogged about by many before and written about for about 2 years now, but it’s not a message that I experienced before. But I’m seeing it reach H-town. God, I pray that we be known as a church with a huge sovereign God. That we truly love the Bible and the truth that it teaches. I pray that our lives conform to you. I pray that we passionately pursue those in Huntington with the weighty message of Jesus Christ crucified and risen. I pray that it motivates us to feed the poor, fight AIDS in Africa, and befriend the godless. I pray that we make your name great and enjoy you forever.