Lessons from Abraham Kuyper

Last week Bruce Ashford, Southeastern Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture, discussed the many lessons he has learned from Abraham Kuyper about Christianity and the public square. The blogpost was featured at Canon and Culture. Here’s an excerpt:

In Kuyper’s theological vision, grace renews and restores nature. In this vision, God covenanted creation (“nature”) into existence and ordered it by means of his word. His covenant word still holds for all of our creational life. In fact, we can speak of God’s word as his thesis for the world, and of sin as the antithesis to it. This sort of language requires some unpacking.


At creation, God instructed his imagers to be fruitful and multiply (a social command), till the soil (a cultural command), and have dominion (a regal command). His imagers would glorify him by multiplying worshipers, bringing out the hidden potentials of creation, and lovingly managing his world. However, Adam and Eve were seduced by the word that the serpent spoke against God’s word. Since the first couple’s sin, all of humanity has been under the sway of this antithesis.

Read the full post here.


In Case You Missed It

1) At Pastors Today, Erik Reed discusses three reasons why people leave your church.

2) Also in the list genre, Southeastern VP of Institutional Advancement, Art Rainer, mentions seven moments when ministry leaders are likely to lose focus.

3) Ed Stetzer provides a very helpful brief history of “missional.” He rightly notes that talking about missional living does not a missional church make.

4) For a good look at the gospel and the church in Mexico–where gospel ministry can be as difficult as in some Middle Eastern countries–read Ivan Mesa’s interview of Carlos Contreras at The Gospel Coalition.

5) Finally, Bruce Ashford, Provost at Southeastern, writes at Canon at Culture about the impact Leslie Newbigin has had on his thinking.