- You're invited to the "God, Governments, and Culture 2015 Conference" next month in Tempe, Arizona.
- You're also invited to a conference this fall in Emden, Germany, on "Luther and Calvinism: Image and Reception of Martin Luther in the History and Theology of Calvinism."
- No, D. G. Hart. We don't trust scientists only when they agree with us; we trust scientists when their conclusions aren't in direct contradiction with scripture.
- Brian Myers of Caffeinated Thoughts Radio on Roger Olson's problem with Calvinism.
- Did God harden Pharaoh's heart? No, Pharaoh hardened his own heart, and God just followed along. Apparently, God is not sovereign over his creation, he just "goes with the flow" (10:31). After all, "free will" must reign supreme.
- Dieudonne Tamfu offers you biblical ammunition in the fight against porn.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
- Roger Olson asks (rhetorically), "Is there a difference between 'permitting evil' and 'doing evil'?"
- Roger Olson: the Arminian Peter Singer?
- No one wants God, because a God who imposes salvation on sinners who want nothing to do with him is cruel. Kind of like when Jesus imposed sight on the blind?
- John Piper addresses the question, "Why so few African-American Calvinists?"
Friday, January 09, 2015
- The Classics in Religion Reading Group in Kingston, New York, began a series titled "Calvin vs. Wesley." The weekly discussions continue to the end of the month.
- Brainly.com is a site that allows students to help each other with their homework. Of course, seeing things like this makes me wonder if it's really all that helpful:
A key belief of Calvinism in the 1500s was that human beings are born free from all sins. children should not attend religious services. only priests and popes should interpret the Bible. some people are picked before birth for salvation.
- A young man who grew to hate "the god of Calvinism" read Roger Olson's book Against Calvinism, and wrote to thank him for "providing a thick alternative and for hopefully starting a trend of good scholarly Arminianism."
- Jonathan Norman begins responding to the recent post by Leighton Flowers titled "The Five Points That Led Me Out of Calvinism."
- Check out a new feature from Desiring God called "Sermon of the Day."
Friday, January 02, 2015
- Part four of Roger Olson's review of Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology.
- Five points that led Leighton Flowers out of Calvinism.
- Who are #the15?
- Dr. Randy White joins #the15: "It doesn't take a Calvinist to get angry at the situation at LifeWay."
- Alan Fahrner isn't joining #the15.
- Apparently, the reach of #the15 extends beyond the SBC.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
- Roger Olson responds to John Piper's comments about Arminians.
- Olson also begins his review of Oliver Crisp's book Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology.
- "A lone Arminian voice crying in a Calvinist wilderness"? According to Baptist News Global, "Roger Olson is one of the few voices in American evangelicalism, and among Baptists, who regularly speaks out against the increasingly popular Calvinist movement."
- "Why can we consider Calvinism as being in some sense evangelical?" asks William Birch. "Because most Calvinists, unlike some of their hyper-Calvinistic counterparts, preach like an Arminian!"
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Addictions of any sort can tear families apart and ruin lives. An addiction to pornography is no different, as this heart-wrenching letter one daughter wrote to her porn-watching father reminds us:
I found your porn on the computer somewhere around the age of 12 or so, just when I was starting to become a young woman. First of all, it seemed very hypocritical to me that you were trying to teach me the value of what to let into my mind in terms of movies, yet here you were entertaining your mind with this junk on a regular basis. Your talks to me about being careful with what I watched meant virtually nothing.Read the full letter here.
Because of pornography, I was aware that mom was not the only woman you were looking at. I became acutely aware of your wandering eye when we were out and about. This taught me that all men have a wandering eye and can’t be trusted. I learned to distrust and even dislike men for the way they perceived women in this way.
Friday, December 12, 2014
- Apparently, Acts 13:48 does not support Calvinism.
- Question: "Can an atheist beat a Calvinist?"
Answer: "Yes, in a copper bowl with a whisk. Best results if the bowl is put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before. Cream of tartar is optional, and leads to a slightly stiffer confection."
- According to D. G. Hart, "New Calvinism is warmed-over New Evangelicalism with a hint of hipster."
- Was John Calvin really a Calvinist?
- Roger Olson whets your appetite with a preview of Deviant Calvinism by Oliver Crisp.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Friday, December 05, 2014
- An anonymous former Calvinist wants to evangelize a particular group of people. He asks, "How can we best reach the children of Calvinists whose philosophical presuppositions have undercut any genuine sense of man's personal responsibility or genuine free will?"
- Paul Dohse believes that "Calvinism keeps the 'Christian' under law via a particular view of double imputation."
- Proud Calvinism?
- More Arminian antics over at Calvinistic Cartoons.
- Christine Hoover shares one simple tip to make this Christmas unforgettable for your children.
Friday, November 28, 2014
- Leave it to Roger Olson to find a nonsensical link between Stephen King's latest horror novel and Calvinism. For Olson, Calvinism is the ultimate horror story.
- And whatever you do, don't accuse Roger Olson of setting up and knocking down "strawman" arguments. Such tactics are beneath him.
- Desiring God has released a new edition of Pilgrim's Progress. Download it today for free.
- For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Tim Challies lists some great deals for Christian readers.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I don't spend a lot of time on BuzzFeed, but every once in a while a link will catch my attention. Like "21 Books That Could Make The World A Better Place." Here are the books that made the list:
- Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
- Sold by Patricia McCormick
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- The Big Necessity by Rose George
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- If I Just Had Two Wings by Virginia Frances Schwartz
- His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau