A few years ago a friend gave me a short stacks of CDs and said, “You may find this interesting.” I took them appreciatively and placed them on my desk at home where they sat for a few weeks. Finding the time to listen to one CD can be a real struggle – finding the time to listen to eight seemed an impossibility. One night my wife and I managed to settle the house a bit early so I asked if she would mind if we listened to one of the messages. Four hours later, having listening to four of the discs and tired because of the late hour, we were asking ourselves and each other, Why haven’t we ever seen this before? Why hasn’t anyone ever taught us this? The CDs were a presentation given at Knox Theological Seminary several years ago on the relationship between the books of John and Revelation of the New Testament. It was, as I recall, Drs. Warren Gage and Fowler White doing the bulk of the presenting.
Since hearing those CDs, I have read more of Dr. Gage’s work, have had opportunity to hear him lecture in person, and have learned to read Scripture with greater eagerness for and perception of Christ. I am grateful for the contribution Gage’s work has made to my own study and understanding of the Purpose of all things.
Questions concerning Dr. Gage’s hermenuetics recently became an issue at Knox. For a fuller account of what happened see Dr. Sam Lamerson’s blog. My brain isn’t quick enough to process what is ultimately at stake, but it seems that something is. While the issue at Knox has been resolved with grace and humility and brotherly affection, one must wonder what questions remain to be asked.
For now, while this is probably less about Gage than it is about systems and categories and confessions, it is rewarding to know that Dr. Gage, who is clearly a man in pursuit of a full, intimate knowledge of the Savior and King, has been vindicated. I pray he has a long and productive career of discovering and making known the richness and beauty of Christ as revealed in the tapestry of Scripture. He is a gift to our generation in the proclamation of the Gift to all generations.
A friend of mine who is a student at Knox commented on an earlier post, “…it is worth noting that Dr. Gage displayed faith, hope, and, above all, love throughout all the proceedings.”