When I read this from the new president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, I thought to myself, "You know, I think that is my exact doctrine too. All three in balance -- head, heart and hands." The reason we have all of these extremes showing up as heresies is because they usually are only emphasizing one of the three. For the emergents, it's the Hands. For the Third Wave Charismatic Revivalists, it's the Heart. For others, it's just the Head. So, here is the excellent quote from the new president of Gordon-Conwell.
I'm eclectic in my theology. I have drawn from the wells of Wesley, Calvin, Augustine, and the Anabaptist tradition. One thing that characterizes my own life and my approach to ministry and theological education is holding together what people tend to pull apart. My book Head, Heart and Hands reflects that approach. Those oriented toward the head have said that if we get our biblical and theological knowledge down, that will really put us in the good spot for the rest of our lives. The heart-oriented folks say that if our hearts are strangely warmed by God, that will develop Christian maturity. Others focus more on the action side. What I do in that book is argue that not only must all three be present, but also that they really need to nurture each other. That insight stems from my background of having worked in a number of different denominational settings.
_______Dennis Hollinger, new president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary,
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