A29 (San Jose) Session 4 – Q&A (Driscoll, Carson)

This post will be more directed to outlining what questions were asked and what topics addressed rather than going into a lot of detail on each of them. I’ll leave that for the men who actually engaged in the dialogue. Look for the audio/video on acts29network.org in the coming weeks.

  • Women’s role in complementarianism // see audio/video
  • Gospel versus Culture // “Don’t make the Gospel relevant, show the relevance of the Gospel” – Driscoll on missiology and contextualization // Carson responds saying that we ought not to overemphasize Sociology too much in seeking answers or contexts, and the dangers of seeing solutions in Sociology rather than Jesus — “we must remain a disciple of Jesus and a student of culture”
  • How can we see signs of family struggle and how can we go about addressing these when we see them? // [they discuss warning signs and tie-ins to the previous message] ; Carson states “don’t drift into friendship with your wife, plan on it!” (as he goes on to explain, just like prayer) “we don’t drift into doing these things, rather we make conscious choices // It’s about your priorities and intentionality
  • How does a pastor approach social sin in his community (ie “my city has brothels”)? // Examine what happened to get them there [past sins done to them, abuse, etc.] and examine what it takes to redeem that. // This industry doesn’t need picketing, but redemption. // Get a “Gospel mind” around it — note ‘advice’ // There is a tension (reach and help the people) — cf. Carson’s ‘hear development’ — “we can’t be an evangelist second” // “You cannot evangelize people who you hate” ~ D.A. Carson (cf. discussion about ‘it’s easy to hate the sin and begin imparting that hate to those participating in sin. Be mindful of this danger)
  • Significance of Seminary (is it a requirement)? // Carson’s perspective (long life pursuit, not short-term; growth; self-directing) it’s not “form a pastor” but to train and fill holes in your doctrine, refine your pursuits and clarify your confusions (seminary and formal education NEVER replaces experiential learning, but ought to complement it). // Driscoll’s perspective (it’s not just about theological training, but being theologically competent). “People are more complicated than systematic theology. // Concept towards the end talking about “be aware of what you don’t know and must have”
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