Friday, May 11, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - May 11, 2018

  • Does 2 Peter 3:9 refute Calvinism? No.

  • Dr. Jerry Vines, former president of the SBC, warns listeners of Janet Mefferd's show about "hostile, militant, and aggressive" New Calvinism. According to Vines, this brand of Calvinism is "causing difficulties in our churches," and that "it's the death knell of evangelism."

  • The "Rev." Christy Thomas believes that Paige Patterson's "justification" of spousal abuse is "totally consistent with the core theology underlying the entire strain of Baptist/Calvinistic thinking."

  • Doug Wilson on "Chestertonian Calvinism."

  • How does God's sovereignty not violate our decision-making? John Piper answers.

Friday, April 27, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - April 27, 2018

  • I am not at all familiar with "Feeneyism," but apparently it's seen by some as the Catholic version of Calvinism. As Steven Speray writes:
    ...Calvinism and Feeneyism share the same diabolical character that God desires only a select few to be saved and positively wills the others to damnation. For them, the implication must be that Jesus claims to love and have died for all men but in reality, he taunts and mocks the helpless knowing full well that He created them for nothing but eternal suffering in the lake of fire.
    Straw man much?

  • Gary DeMar explains why Christians should no longer believe in rapture.

  • James White responds to an Arminian attempt to spin the discussion of John 3:16.

  • John Piper's new book, Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship, is available for download or purchase.

  • Christian blogs aren't what they used to be. Tim Challies explains.

  • Worship, sanctification, and the Holy Spirit are among the topics covered in Ligonier's $5 Friday.

Friday, April 13, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - April 13, 2018

  • Eric Hankins doesn't believe that Romans 9 teaches the doctrine of reprobation.

  • Jon Bloom of Desiring God explains why we have that "thorn in the flesh."

  • James White gives his full response to Thabiti Anyabwile's racially charged comments.

  • One blogger wants to see Calvinist and non-Calvinist Southern Baptists unite against the "Neo-Marxist racial identity division" promoted by SBC presidential nominee J. D. Greear.

  • Lots of deals available on $5 Friday at Ligonier.

  • Challies.com is giving away five free subscriptions to K. Scott Oliphint's new online course, Know Why You Believe.

Friday, April 06, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - April 6, 2018

  • Who causes your suffering?

  • Scott R. Harrington of Erie, PA, writes:
    I believe the cultural-religious right is governed by capitalism, Calvinism and an avaricious, narcissistic racist culture that touts that greed is good, right and "will save America," as Michael Douglas quipped in the movie Wall Street. ... I believe that the gods of the religious right are the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump. That is their right-wing political trinity.
    Come on, Scott, tell us what you really think.

  • Meet Justin Westmoreland, a Reformed pastor helping to grow a young church in Norman, OK.

  • Apparently, there is a correlation between Calvinism and domestic violence.

  • Dwight Longenecker writes, "Extreme Calvinism with its emphasis on predestination is a form of fatalism as are every kinds of superstition–fortune telling, astrology, necromancy..."

  • Joshua of The Baptist Reformation responds to Thabiti Anyabwile.

  • James White also responds to Anyabwile on today's edition of The Dividing Line.

  • Enter to win the ESV Archaeology Study Bible from Crossway.

Friday, March 23, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - March 23, 2018

  • What would you consider to be the "humdinger argument" against Calvinism?

  • A "revived interest in Calvinism" is affecting women's roles in the church in China.

  • In regard to the assurance of salvation found in Calvinism and Arminianism, Randal Rauser notes, "Neither of these views offers any special objective advantage as regards the assurance of salvation." Rather, "We look for spiritual fruit in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23), testing ourselves to see that we are of the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). And as we do, the Spirit testifies to our spirit that we are God's children (Romans 8:16)."

  • John Piper gives a fresh call for Christian Hedonists.

  • Sam Storms discusses 10 things you should know about biblical inerrancy.

  • Louisiana College is facing another lawsuit linked to Calvinism.

Friday, March 09, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - March 9, 2018

  • Some warnings regarding the "Young, Restless, and Reformed" movement. I hope the folks at Pulpit and Pen take this to heart as well.

  • Organizers of the fifth European Conference on Neo-Calvinism are looking for proposals for short papers that address issues related to Neo-Calvinism and Europe: Religion, Nation, Culture.

  • How to we avoid over-thinking (or under-thinking) the Christian life? John Piper answers.

  • Three types of Calvinist.

  • James White discusses the new "Assault Bible" from Grace to You.

  • It's another $5 Friday at Ligonier!

Friday, February 16, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - February 16, 2018

  • As Roger Olson suspects, "Many Young, Restless, Reformed Christians simply have not thought about Calvinism deeply enough to discover and have to wrestle with its problems. They are taught to focus solely on God's grace and mercy toward the elect and ignore the issue of God's role in sin and evil."

  • The doctrine of total depravity "is classic fallacious Calvinist doctrine," writes Dave Armstrong. "The reasoning is that 'only God is good; therefore nothing [unregenerate] man does is good.' It's the old, tiresome 'either/or' mentality again."

  • Alpha and Omega Ministries has launched its e-newsletter. Sign up today.

  • John Piper answers the question: In what sense did Christ die for the non-elect?

  • $5 Friday at Ligonier brings you resources dealing with justification, atonement, redemption, art, suffering, and more.

  • More free stuff from Challies.com.

Friday, January 26, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - January 26, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - January 12, 2018

  • What is it like to enjoy God?

  • Gossip blogs like to wonder if Calvinism is the cause of division in the Duggar family.

  • Abraham Kuyper on Calvinism and the necessity of interracial societies.

  • J. D. Hall wants you to know that he isn't a hyper-Calvinist and Arminianism isn't (but sort of is) heresy. Glad he cleared that up.

  • James White spent the latter part of the most recent episode of The Dividing Line addressing the brouhaha surrounding his show with Arminian Michael Brown.

  • Is it possible for non-Christians to please God? John Piper discusses.

Friday, January 05, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - January 5, 2018

  • Pastor Ron Craig believes "that Calvinism, and other isms, have reduced the Gospel message to a set of moral rules and regulations, thereby stripping the Gospel of its miraculous power to deliver people from those evils running rampant in this fallen world system."

  • John Piper stresses the importance of developing strategies for digging deep into God's Word.

  • He explains more here.

  • Joe Aguillard, former president of Louisiana College, is once again suing the school, this time for "discrimination based on his religious beliefs, claiming the current college president, Rick Brewer, is a Calvinist."

  • Did you know that picture books were once considered dangerous for children? Apparently, we can blame John Calvin for that.

  • Sinclair Ferguson on faith and repentance.

  • James White and Michael Brown set the record straight.

Friday, December 29, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - December 29, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - December 22, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - December 8, 2017

  • Dave Armstrong discusses the problems he sees in "John Calvin's erroneous mystical view of the Eucharist."

  • "It is impossible to understate the impact of Calvin on Christianity," writes Jarrod Belcher. "The theology of the Presbyterians, the Puritans, and the early Baptists was thoroughly Calvinistic."

  • John Piper on Bethlehem's supernatural star.

  • Take a look at the theology behind the hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."

  • To live is Christ.

  • It's another $5 Friday at Ligonier.org.

  • A new series of booklets from author Tim Challies.

Friday, November 17, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - November 17, 2017

  • The visual storytelling in Les Lanphere's documentary Calvinist "does for Reformed theology what The Bible Project is doing for biblical books and themes: making it more graspable and beautiful for an increasingly image-based world."

  • Martin E. Marty talks about Calvin.

  • Beware the hyper-Calvinist atheists!

  • Paul Flynn responds to Andy Woods and Brannon Howse on Calvinism.

  • "We must base our teaching squarely on biblical theology," writes Dave Armstrong, "and not the arbitrary, self-contradictory traditions of men (folks like Calvin), who eisegete Holy Scripture and substitute for biblical thought, their own traditions."

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Monday, October 30, 2017

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