Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Is Jonathan Edwards Your Homeboy?

This just in from a top secret source...the cover of the September issue of Christianity Today magazine. Our esteemed founder is hitting the headlines once again.

The continued relevance of Jonathan Edwards to the contemporary cultural conversation in Christianity is a remarkable phenomenon in our age of infinite progress. We are quite happy about it here at the JEC...it keeps hot food on the table.

So, the question of the day is:
Does this represent you? Are you young, restless, and reformed?

Post your thoughts as comments here. Are you down with Jonathan Edwards, and if so, why?
Write away right away...we'd love to know your thoughts.

----Caleb and the JEC team.

ps: we MUST have those t-shirts. Many of you have commented that you want them...we will try to make it happen here...stay tuned.
pps: Exclusive Blank Bible PDF's coming soon.


Blogger Jonathan Moorhead said...

I will be curious to read this article. What exactly will he say about the “young” and “restless” nature of this “comeback”? Boy, that would put a spin on “The Young and the Restless” soap opera!

I too want one of those shirts, but I think the center could do a better graphic job.

4:15 am  
Blogger Clint said...

Thanks for the tip on the CT cover.

Is the coolness of Calvinism a sign of progress or decline?

I've asked the same question at my blog, Blessed Union

12:55 pm  
Blogger Michael McClenahan said...

Sorry, but dumb question from the Brit. What is the import of 'is my homeboy'? What does it mean?

Thank you, US cousins- in advance - for your translation ...

1:44 pm  
Anonymous cozart said...

michael, a "homeboy" is a good friend or someone you highly respect. in the 80s and early 90s it was primarily used in African-American circles, but has since moved into the slang vocabulary of the wider American culture.

the first "homeboy" shirt i saw was a "Jesus is my homeboy" shirt, which i thought was kind of wrong. so i see these other shirts (JE, Martin Luther, etc.) as kind of mocking the whole thing. i love it!

oh, and if you want a good resource for American slang (some people feel awkward about asking what something means), bookmark www.urbandictionary.com. it's a wiki that has an extensive collection of slang terms and their definitions.

2:13 pm  
Blogger Michael McClenahan said...

Thanks Brandon. You are now my assigned expert on American slang.

I think the t-shirt needs to look a little bit more like the famous Che Guevara one. OR the Ronald Reagan one. What do you think? Blood red t-shirts, black image of JE and then the appropriate slogan?

viva JE

JE is my homeboy

viva la revival

any ideas?

2:19 pm  
Anonymous cozart said...

how about:

"we are all spiders."

too grim? :)

9:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If CT is bashing reformed theology, it is a sign of how far CT has eroded. Many are called but the chosen [sic]are few.

11:13 pm  
Blogger Andrew Wheatley said...

I'm restless. I'm restless to destroy any argument that sets itself against the Word of God, including Arminianism.

2:25 pm  
Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

I think this is great! I'm so excited to be part of a resurgence in Reformed theology among evangelicals. It is the theology on which are movement was founded through men like Edwards and Whitefield.

I cannot adequately explain how reading Jonathan Edwards has changed the way I view the Christian religion and theology. The book that did it for me initially was The End for Which God Created the World published in John Piper's book God's Passion for His Glory. I highly recommend it! That work helped me understand for the first time why the creation exists and why God is concerned with his creatures. He is concerned with us, because he is concerned with himself. We love him, because he first loved us, because he first loved himself, because of who he is. To love God is to participate with God in his love for himself. It is to participate in the very nature of God, which is to love and delight in the very nature of God.

The next book that was a significant influence on me was Freedom of the Will. That work helped me understand for the first time a compatibilistic view of the relationship between divine and human agency. How is it that God is in absolute control over human decisions, and yet humans are responsible for the decisions they make? Read Freedom and get one of the best answers to that question ever produced.

12:11 am  
Blogger The Cofers said...

Twelve of us set out to study the Classics Bible Studies
"Renewed Heart"by Dale & Sandy Larsen. One can not get enough of JE once introduced to him. There was some attrition, but those of us who prevailed are waiting on the T Shirts!

12:47 am  

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