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Tim Keller on how John Frame's Tri-Perspectivalism helps him understand different streams of Evangelicalism

Tim Keller is blogging!

In a recent post, reflecting on his time speaking at Willow Creek's Leadership Summit this summer, Keller discusses how John Frame's "tri-perspectivalism" helps him understand the different streams within Evangelicalism: His insights about the strengths and weaknesses of each seem, to me, dead on:

John Frame's 'tri-perspectivalism' helps me understand Willow. The Willow Creek style churches have a 'kingly' emphasis on leadership, strategic thinking, and wise administration. The danger there is that the mechanical obscures how organic and spontaneous church life can be. The Reformed churches have a 'prophetic' emphasis on preaching, teaching, and doctrine. The danger there is that we can have a naïve and unBiblical view that, if we just expound the Word faithfully, everything else in the church -- leader development, community building, stewardship of resources, unified vision -- will just happen by themselves. The emerging churches have a 'priestly' emphasis on community, liturgy and sacraments, service and justice. The danger there is to view 'community' as the magic bullet in the same way Reformed people view preaching.

I look forward to reading Tim's future blogging.

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