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Mark Driscoll on New Calvinism vs. Old Calvinism

January 11, 2010

Back in December I posted on Calvinism: One of the 10 ideas changing the world right now; which was an article on, well this is Mark Driscoll’s response to to the article. If you are a New Calvinist (As I am) you will love Mark Driscoll’s comparison and short explanation of New Calvinism vs. Old Calvinism. This New Calvinism has been embraced by some of the greatest minds of the evangelical world such as, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Al Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Terry Virgo, and Mark Driscoll.

Mark Driscoll

Preaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church

According to Time Magazine ‘New Calvinism’ is the third biggest idea that is changing the world right now. Here are some thoughts on new versus old Calvinism.

Four Ways ‘New Calvinism’ is So Powerful

  1. Old Calvinism was fundamental or liberal and separated from or syncretized with culture. New Calvinism is missional and seeks to create and redeem culture.
  2. Old Calvinism fled from the cities. New Calvinism is flooding into cities.
  3. Old Calvinism was cessationistic and fearful of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. New Calvinism is continuationist and joyful in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Old Calvinism was fearful and suspicious of other Christians and burned bridges. New Calvinism loves all Christians and builds bridges between them.
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