Before I get too far into this, I want to say that I’m not a pastor; I’m not a formal theology student; in fact all the formal training I had was four years of a Youth Ministries degree in undergrad. I’m writing this from the perspective of a blue-collar church member, a one-time “Young Fundamentalist” who doesn’t really have a label anymore.
I don’t really follow all the controversies in Fundamentalism these days. I know some of the key players but I really couldn’t outline their beliefs and the stands they’ve taken. That means I knew the name “Mark Dever,” and I was vaguely familiar with “9 Marks” (enough to know that the two were connected somehow) but beyond that I didn’t have enough exposure to form an educated opinion. So when I heard that Dever would be just up the road from my office at the Advancing the Church conference, hosted by Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA, I jumped at the chance to hear him in person.