Who gets to call themselves, or otherwise be identified as "Reformed?" Kevin DeYoung wants to be inclusive and include people like John Piper within the "Reformed" camp. But Richard Muller (How Many Points?), Darryl Hart (What Does "Reformed" Modify?), and Scott Clark (Is John Piper Reformed?) all say, "not so fast!" And I whole-heartedly agree with them. The Reformed confessions tell us what it means to be "Reformed" and if you do not (or cannot) sign one of them, you are not "Reformed." Simple as that. That leaves out John Piper and John MacArthur.
Well, I can sleep in peace knowing that N. T. Wright will finally be able to tell us what Paul really means when he speaks of "justification." Don't get me wrong, I read as much N. T. Wright as I can, and often find him very insightful. He is always compelling, even when he's wrong. But waiting with bated breath for Wright to explain what everyone else has missed about Paul's doctrine of justification is beyond me. And besides, isn't the whole project a tad arrogant? Wright's new book on Paul.
If your church is in decline, maybe these guys can help you. The three "experts" featured on the new TV program "Church Rescue" (along the lines of Restaurant Impossible or Hotel Impossible) will come and show you how to fix your church. They will tell you to get air conditioning, improve seating and signage, be friendly to visitors, and follow-up with them, and they'll show you how to advertise and promote (none of these things are bad in themselves). But I know without watching that a renewed focus on preaching Christ crucified will never be mentioned.
Yes, I know, this is an easy target, but since easy targets don't often come into my view, let me add that such a program, no doubt, will probably appeal to the same kind of people who watch Honey Boo-Boo and the Cajun guys without teeth who chase down gators. Church Rescue