On episode 31 of our podcast, we feature the audio of the debate that was livestreamed (view video) on November 7, 2013 between Dr. Sam Waldron and Dr. Michael Brown on the thesis “Have the New Testament Charismatic Gifts Ceased?” (Moderated by Dr. James White | Hosted by Alpha and Omega Ministries).
Next week we follow up with Dr. Waldron regarding the debate.
Dr. Sam Waldron:
Dr. Sam Waldron is the academic dean of MCTS and professor of Systematic Theology. He is also one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, an M.Div. from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous books including A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, Baptist Roots in America, To Be Continued?: Are the Miraculous Gifts for Today?, and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response. Dr. Waldron is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Dr. Michael Brown:
Michael L. Brown is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina, director of the Coalition of Conscience, and host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, The Line of Fire, as well as the host of the Jewish-outreach, documentary TV series, Think It Thru, which airs internationally on the INI network. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary, and Regent University School of Divinity, and he has contributed numerous articles to scholarly publications, including the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. Dr. Brown is the author of 25 books including Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire.
- Michael Brown (1) Opening – 15 min.
- Sam Waldron (2) Opening 15 min.
- (1) Rebuttal 10 min
- (2) Rebuttal 10 min
- Cross Examination (1) 15 min.
- Cross Examination (2) 15 min.
- Closing (1) 5 min.
- Closing (2) 5 min.
Update Nov. 15, 2013: Post-debate discussion we had with Dr. Waldron