through books they have written, classes they have taught, and movements they have championed, have had a major impact on me, . Generically these guys take a high view of scripture. In the sane sense of the word, they are Fundamentalists. (For example King James Only-ism came up in discussion. It didn't get a good press.) They are Dispensationalists. At least some of them describe themselves as "Classic Dispensationalists." It is a narrow--I don't mean to say narrow-minded--group. The names and topics that brought "cheers" and "jeers" (Offered in a gentlemanly sort of way) revealed the pedigree of the group. As to the level of scholarship of the participants, I will refer you to my friend, Dr. Decker's credentials, here, & here.
- I was looking for consensus on some broad themes. At least in part, I observed that.
- While there is no official doctrinal statement that one needs to sign in order to call one's self a "Cessationist," I am assuming at this point that this group is representative of the position, or maybe I should say they "represent the thinking wing of those who self-identify as believing that certain of the New Testament gifts were temporary in nature." It is important to hear what they did not say. In some cases they didn't say it rather loudly.
- A couple of the papers clearly have implications beyond the discussion related to the continuation of sign-gifts.