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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pros and Cons of Frank Page

Pro: Ben Cole's nomination speech "A Time for Choosing" is well-written and carefully constructed. He makes a very compelling argument for Frank Page, and does so without the usual BP or ABP this church has x many people and gives x number of dollars and baptized x number of people. Here is a quote:

Frank Page is a man of great faith. Throughout his ministry, Pastor Frank has followed the call of God to churches where the harvest was thin and the people were discouraged. From declining attendance to growing membership, from a loss of evangelistic zeal to a hot-hearted passion for the lost, the churches Frank Page has led have faced the difficult task before them and risen to the task. He has been creative in his ministry philosophy, but never compromising in his biblical fidelity. He has been willing to attempt new strategies for training disciples, but never has he faltered in his commitment to the inerrant Word of God. He's always told us where he stands, but he's never demanded that we agree with him to join the harvest field alongside him.
Con: Tom Ascol explains his trouble with Frank Page's book The Trouble with TULIP: A Closer Examination of the Five Points of Calvinism. Here is a quote:
Here is my point. You cannot have it both ways. If you believe that a man's theological conviction kills evangelism and missions and is built on manmade doctrines, then out of loyalty to Jesus Christ you cannot go on and say, "but I am willing to work with that man in Gospel enterprises." Furthermore, do not expect those whose theological views are accused of opposing evangelism and missions to overlook such charges because they are made with gentleness and kindness.
In being fair with my analysis of both candidates, I will try to conclude my series dealing with Frank Page which entails the final four points to "A Closer Examination of the Five Points of Frank Page."

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