Those of you who remember from last December the fallout between Acts 29 and the Missouri Baptist Convention will likely recall Karis Community Church and their pastor Kevin Larson who was one the churches defunded by the MBC for their affiliation with the Acts 29 Network.  Earlier this month, Karis held a “Theology Weekend” where Dr. Tom Schreiner spoke on the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Here’s the audio from the weekend:

“Jesus… Who?” A Forum on the Person and Work of Jesus: Tom Schreiner, Shakir Al-Ani, and Bill Haney

“Ask the Theologian” Q & A on Christianity and the Bible: Tom Schreiner

“Jesus: The Mission” A Sermon: Tom Schreiner

“Jesus: The Man” A Lecture: Tom Schreiner

What really excites me about this “theology weekend” is Kevin’s vision and passion to equip the people of Karis with a greater understanding of the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Is this not a wonderful picture of what Blue Collar Theology is all about?  I am ever hopeful that the vision Kevin has for Karis will continue in the minds and hearts of many young pastors as they seek to channel their investments and efforts into being gospel-centered and mission-driven.

In previous generations, churches geared towards church growth often subscribed to a form of pragmatism and revivalism that in one popularized personalities and marginalized doctrinal development.  Perhaps that day is soon coming to a close.  In any case, I am eagerly anticipating more expressions of and efforts for a Blue Collar Theology from churches across America.

HT :: Karis