I invite you to listen to this talk that Dr. James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College. He presented it to a combined meeting of CRC agency boards and some guests during their September 2010 meetings.
In a stimulating 28 minutes, Jamie spoke on “Buried Treasure? The Reformed Tradition and the Future of the CRC.” Both the talk and the Q&A after the talk are worth listening to in order to challenge and provoke us pastors, our councils and congregations to re-engage the richness of the Reformed tradition, but NOT traditionalism.
Before teaching at Calvin College, Jamie Smith was saved at a Plymouth Brethren church when he was 18 years old –almost 22 years ago. He came to the Reformed tradition and CRC via Toronto’s Institute for Christian Studies for rich reasons he fascinatingly explains in his talk. He says so much about "Calvinism" and the Reformed tradition/accent that I have appreciated for a long time and keep trying to communicate in my limited way. He points to a number of hallmarks of Reformed thought such as mission vision and covenantal interpretation of the Bible among others that make him wonder why some CRC folks are ashamed of our wonderful theological architecture and try to renovate it with cheap materials.
Lest you think he wants us to go back to my grandfather's CRC, well, I’ll just get out of the way now and let you listen to Jamie Smith. I hope you find this as provocative, clarifying and sheerly enjoyable half as much as I do. Talk about it when you’re at home, on the way and at work. Hang it from the frontlets of your eyes—if you have any frontlets. See how this view of God’s world fits into our visions, into our lives, families, churches and communities.
NOTE: These files are no longer available.