Friday, April 29, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - April 29, 2016

  • Tracey Rowland sees the potential for a Catholic revival in Scotland: "It can't be all that difficult to compete with liberal Calvinism and garden-variety New Age paganism when one has the full treasury of a sacramental Catholicism..."

  • Arminian William Birch lists five reasons why New Calvinism is worth rejecting.

  • Carol Howard Merritt, a feminist who embraces "marriage equality," proudly dons Calvin's mantle, despite being against everything he stood for.

  • Dr. Jeff Hagan offers a concise summary of Arminianism and Calvinism.

  • "But the horror genre also shows us how Puritan Calvinism was intimately entwined with witchy folktales," writes Kathryn Reklis, in her review of the film The Witch. "The fear of witches went hand in hand with the Calvinist God whose inscrutable will predestined some to hell."

  • Dr. Vern Charette ponders God's goodness in light of what many Calvinists would consider a false assurance of salvation.

Friday, April 22, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - April 22, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - April 15, 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - April 8, 2016

  • Gerry T. Neal thinks Calvinist theologians value Calvinism over orthodoxy.

  • Ronnie Rogers offers his take on the "Calvinism makes God the author of sin" argument.

  • Drew Koehler describes his journey to Calvinism.

  • Dr. Michael Bruening, associate professor of history and political science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will be traveling to France to study the detractors of John Calvin during the Protestant Reformation.

  • Tim Challies recalls the time he discussed Twitter with John Piper over a plate of guacamole at Chili's.

  • John Piper discusses sanctification and complete assurance for incomplete people.

Friday, April 01, 2016

This Week in Arminianism - April 1, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - March 25, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - March 18, 2016

  • Roger Olson, who has held a personal grudge against John Piper for a long time, responds to Piper's claim that Arminianism is self-centered.

  • In the comments section of that same post, Olson restates his belief that making God the author of sin "is the clear result of what high Calvinism teaches."

  • Stand to Reason provides a helpful list of short apologetic videos.

  • The whole Bible in one meal.

  • William Birch insists that Christ "died for all people without distinction (2 Cor. 5:14-15), since no distinction is given anywhere in Scripture."

Friday, March 11, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - March 11, 2016

  • 22% of Australians claim no religious affiliation. "So why is it that a sizeable minority (around 30%) of Australians oppose gay marriage, blame the poor for their own plight, and treat drug usage as a moral issue?" John Wilkins blames what he calls "secular Calvinism."

  • Three gifts we need, but hate to receive: obstacles, suffering, and everyday irritation.

  • Why do so many non-Calvinists identify as Calvinists? I'm sure Ronnie Rogers will tell us.

  • Let's pack it in, fellow Calvinists. I just found out that there is no real scriptural support for Calvinism.

  • How can sinful creatures please a holy God?

  • Hurry! It's $5 Friday at Ligonier!

Friday, March 04, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - March 4, 2016

  • Director Robert Eggers discusses his horror film The Witch: "The real world and the fairytale world were the same thing in the early modern period. That's really the most shocking thing: to understand the mindset in 17th century English Puritan Calvinism."

  • Steven Anderson once again rants against Calvinism. Did you know the word "sovereign" doesn't appear in the Bible? Well, at least not in the one "true" Bible, the KJV.

  • Jimmy Needham discusses how the doctrine of election saved him from depression.

  • R. C. Sproul asks, "Is your Jesus too small?"

  • Roger Olson believes in free will, but, "One thing all Christian agree about is that true freedom, the freedom of obedience and conformity to the image of Christ, is a gift of God’s grace that will only be complete in our heavenly glorification."

Friday, February 26, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - February 26, 2016

  • An Irish priest writes, "...Calvinism, with its bleak, dour and limited outlook, is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Seems like an impartial assessment to me.

  • I'm not sure why someone is asking, but can you answer this question: How is existentialism any different from Puritanism or Calvinism?

  • "Wondering Eagle" analyzes the growth of Reformed theology within the Evangelical Free Church of America. Looks like the SBC isn't the only denomination being infiltrated by Calvinists.

  • Melinda Penner at Stand to Reason reviews the movie Risen.

  • Felix the (Calvinist) Cat.

  • John Piper explains the source of biblical love.

Friday, February 19, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - February 19, 2916

  • (Straw man) Calvinism carried out to its "logical" conclusion.

  • Roger Olson writes, "Evangelicals can and do disagree about whether individuals' inclusion in God's elect people involves any level of free will, but all agree that the existence of the people of God is not dependent on human choice." "All agree"? Really?

  • Pastor Ronnie Rogers attempts to "decode" Calvinism.

  • Scottish politician Kenny MacAskill loves how secular his country has become, and he doesn't miss the "stultification and suffocation brought about by undiluted Calvinism."

  • David A. Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, responds: "Perhaps we should ask: what have the Calvinists ever done for us? Apart from being catalysts for education, democracy and the Enlightenment?"

  • Tim Challies on the character of the Christian.

  • Jon Bloom on resting in the Prince of Peace.

Friday, February 12, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - February 12, 2016

  • Roger Olson is pleased with the revised, enlarged, and re-published edition of William Klein's book about "corporate election," finding it "completely compatible with classical Arminian theology."

  • David Murray on the impact of Calvinism on education.

  • A poem by Calvinist Snoopy.

  • Pastor Danny is a bit confused about what Calvinism teaches, but it's nice to hear a sermon against Calvinism that isn't delivered by some insulting, hot-tempered preacher.

  • Get 50% off R. C. Sproul's booklet series Biblical Answers to Life's Crucial Questions. Offer ends February 16.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to provoke your children to anger

As fathers, we don't need any help coming up with ways to make our children angry or resentful. It sort of comes naturally to us. Mark Altrogge offers a pretty inclusive list of what some of those things are. We can provoke our children to anger:
  • By constantly criticizing them and not encouraging them. When they feel they can never please us enough.
  • By having double standards – Do as I say, not as I do. Expecting them to do things we don’t do, e.g. ask forgiveness, humble themselves, etc.
  • By anger and harshness
  • By a lack of affection
  • By telling them what to do or not do without giving Biblical reasons (e.g., Do it because I said to do it, or because it’s just wrong).
  • By being offended at their sin because it bothers us, not because it offends God.
Take a moment to read the rest here. And remember that we fathers are sinners too.

Friday, February 05, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - February 5, 2016

  • "Dear non-Calvinist..."

  • Mitch Bogen discusses Bob Dylan's "beautiful Calvinism."

  • Calvinism as an apologetic.

  • Roger Olson writes, "'Reformed' is a spiritual-theological identity not tied to 'five point Calvinism' and certainly not tied to complementarianism or belief in biblical inerrancy."

  • Richard Mouw reflects on Abraham Kuyper's words regarding the mingling of church and state.

  • The impact of Calvinism on culture.

  • From Christianity Today: "American Christians apparently aren't Calvinists when it comes to football." True. Even though I know the outcome of the game is predetermined, I still cheer like an Arminian.

  • Writes Arminian William Birch:
    Calvinists evoke mental images of an impersonal and analytic God who cares primarily about rescuing numbers -- objects -- instead of caring about and loving helpless sinners in need of His grace and mercy. We are presented with a calculated God who gives people cancer, like John Piper's God (link), and who has decreed that people suffer, while they evoke their myriad passions during the suffering He has brought about, while He shows no passion whatsoever.
    When all else fails, create a straw man.

Friday, January 29, 2016

This Week in Calvinism - January 29, 2016

  • Kelly Martinez describes four ways in which Calvinism differs from Lutheranism. Note to Ms. Martinez: do some research on a topic before writing an article. I think you confused the two in a couple of paragraphs, and the tenets of both are a bit more complex than the descriptions you provide.

  • Calvinist Batman tweets: "Can Jesus be kicked out of the Trinity? If you've been united with Christ, why do you think that God would throw you out of the family?"

  • The Pastor with No Answers welcomes as guests Chris Date from the Rethinking Hell Podcast and Leighton Flowers of Soteriology 101. Makes sense.

  • Jon Bloom of Desiring God discusses how to have intimacy with God.

  • Are you up to a reading challenge? Perhaps you can keep pace with Tim Challies. He has already read 11 books so far this year. Yeah, I'm a bit behind.
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