Picking up where we left off with part one of my interview with Collin Hansen, I ask the following questions in part two:
1. I am going to name off a list of words that begin with the letter “r”, and I want you to tell me which one you believe best describes this phenomenon. Here they are: “renaissance”, “reformation”, “revival”, “resurgence”, “revolution”, and “reaction.” What say you Collin?
2. Tim Challies recently reviewed the book, and Challies stated, “If there is a flaw or a weak point to this book, it may be that its focus is more on today than on yesterday and tomorrow. This is to say that Hansen takes the reader through many of the current hot spots in this movement and shows how it has propagated itself, but he invests far less time showing how this movement grew up and predicting where it may be going. There are hints in these directions, but perhaps not as much detail as I would have liked. Of course such analysis may well fall outside the scope of this title and it may best be handled by church historians.” Do you care to respond to Tim’s critique? Is this movement a fad or will it have long-term consequence? How will this period of church history, and this movement, be remembered?
3. One of the things that has intrigued me about this movement is that it is more than the young who are restless and reformed. This seems to be a multi-generational movement where the older leaders are making intentional investments in the younger generations. For instance, Piper has TBI, Mohler and SBTS, Dever and IX Marks, C.J. and Sovereign Grace and the Pastor’s College, Driscoll and Acts 29, Tom Ascol and Founders, and on and on. And more specifically, these men are mentoring other men to succeed them in ministry, perhaps best seen in the relationship of C.J. Mahaney and Josh Harris. Do you see this being the promise of perpetual blessing and hope for a sustained effort? What about missions and church planting efforts in the future?
4. There seems to be a pattern or movement to reform or revival that can be traced. Over the course of these past few years, how would you best explain the genesis and progress of this phenomenon to being what it is today? Secondly, would you say that this revival is centered in academia/conferences or with the churches?
5. Over the past couple of years, we have seen disagreements within the Reformed tradition, such as MacArthur on “self-respecting Calvinists” being premillennial, Piper regarding baptism and church membership, and Driscoll regarding the missional mindset. It appears that, too, it seems that followers can be found, saying, “I am of IX Marks. I am of Acts 29. I am of Desiring God.” So my question to you would be, how “together” are we really?
Total listening time for part two is approximately 31 minutes. So here it is (right click, save as):