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March 2, 2009

The nature of Biblical Truth: A review

A Review of Larry Christenson’s teaching,

“The Nature of Biblical Truth” (March, 1977)

by Peter W. Dunn
22 May, 2002

Introduction: Why look at a 25-year old Teaching?

Last Fall, a certain pastor asked me to come on staff at his church: I was to be involved in the biblical training of church plant pastors and to act as a theological consultant to the church. During the four months on staff, I raised issues concerning doctrines and practises that I felt were not in line with biblical teaching. This pastor refused to accept my advice. Every time I tried to bring Scripture to bear upon a particular problem, I was told that I was “one-dimensional”. I was always puzzled by this claim. Finally, the pastor mentioned a tape by the Lutheran pastor and writer Larry Christenson. This tape was promoted by Bob Mumford during the Shepherding Movement. The message was given in 1977. Thus, it would seem to have had a formative effect on this pastor’s thinking as a Christian and a pastor, for twenty-five years later he is still recommending Christenson’s teaching and citing it as important for understanding the doctrine of the Bible. Christenson’s teaching exacerbated the division between me and the pastor to the point where I was left no choice but to step down.
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