The boomer evangelicals are converging. In a brief, undated blog post (HT: Jeff Locke) McLaren has seized the analysis of “Machen’s Warrior Chidren” offered by another boomer critic of Reformed confessionalists, John Frame, to characterize them as thosewho “seem eager to repeat and redo faithfully in the 21st century exactly what Calvin said and did in the 16th.” You can read the post for yourself, but as one of Machen’s Warrior children I can say that McLaren’s only partly right. I won’t take the time to try to respond to Brian’s characterization of confessional Reformed folk here but only to ask whether he’s actually engaged us fairly.
Since we’ve taken the time to read him maybe he could do us a favor and take the time to read us? I’ve written two pieces interacting with Brian and his movement. First, “‘Whoever Will be Saved’: Emerging Church? Meet Christian Doctrine” in Reforming or Conforming. In this essay I challenged Brian not to conform to the Westminster Standards but to the Athanasian Creed. Second, chapter six of RRC is an open invitation to Brian and everyone associated with the emerging/emergent church movements to consider whether they have understood (or made bad assumptions about) confessional, Reformed Christianity.