- 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!"
Friday, December 19, 2014
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
Monday, November 17, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
- Now this is a new one. Steve Tassi believes the parable of the good Samaritan refutes Calvinism. He writes, "Jesus clearly makes the moral argument, that you are committing an immoral act when you do not help someone or simply pass by one who is unable to help themselves." Tassi goes on to argue that since Calvinists believe God passes by totally depraved sinners who cannot help themselves, then God is immoral by his own standards, and Calvinism can't be biblical. Surprisingly, Tassi is not a universalist.
- The Seeking Disciple is an honest Arminian who is consistent in his theology when he preaches to the lost. He wants Calvinists to do the same. He writes, "[Calvinists] simply end by pleading with the lost to come to faith in Christ and be saved when in fact they should be preaching, 'Those of you who are regenerated, come to faith in Christ as proof of your divine election.'"
- Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, misses Mark Driscoll: "Maybe he will eventually reemerge chastened and wiser. Unapologetic, polemical, muscular Christianity is needed in every age to challenge sleeping, self-satisfied, apathetic religion." Did we not have muscular Christians before Driscoll?
- You are not your own.
- Nine steps to putting that sin to death.
- Here's the trailer for Doug Wilson's upcoming book, Rules for Reformers.
Friday, November 07, 2014
- Regarding Oliver Crisp's book, Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology, Guillaume Bignon concludes, "[I]f the Westminster Confession of faith is the standard by which we measure whether a view qualifies as reformed, we must conclude that the hybrid view contemplated (though likely not believed) by Oliver Crisp is still too deviant to be Calvinist."
- Over the years, Roger Olson has said some foolish things. His recent comments on capitalism are no exception. Comments like, "Capitalism is a thoroughly secular economic system where participation requires thinking, deciding, and acting as if God does not exist." Olson concludes:
All I want to say here is that when Christians support and engage in modern, free market capitalism, as it exists in America, they ought to feel it as a crisis within themselves and not comfortably internalize its methodologically atheistic foundations and impulses. Beyond that, insofar as it's possible, they ought to support cooperative businesses and government regulations that soften the "blows" to the weak built into capitalism.I am not at all surprised at Dr. Olson's economic ignorance. What surprises me is that he didn't take the opportunity to get in a dig against Calvinism.
- Calvinism is refuted by all those Old Testament references to "freewill offerings"? Um... okay.
- "Nicene Nerd" Caleb Smith seeks to explain how "Evangelical Calvinism" differs from classical "TULIP Calvinism."
- According to T. C. Moore, "New Calvinism makes God into God's own enemy."
- An Arminian asks, "If God has indeed causally determined 'every thought, word, and deed in all of history,' wouldn't that reduce the inspiration of Scripture to a redundant doctrine?" No, it wouldn't, but since when do Calvinists hold to strict causal determinism? Ever heard of compatibilism?
- God is merciful not to tell us everything.
Friday, October 31, 2014
- James Ach accuses James White (and other Calvinists) of being "inconsistent."
- Bob Wilkin will be leading a conference next weekend titled "Doubt and the New Calvinism: The Current Crisis in Assurance."
- Calvinism on the ground in China.
- Roger Olson reviews Prevenient Grace: God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity by Arminian scholar W. Brian Shelton (no relation).
- Lots of free resources available from Ligonier through the end of Reformation Day Friday.
- Jon Bloom of Desiring God tells the story of October 31.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
- Pastor Ronnie Rogers finds Calvinism's new birth analogy unconvincing.
- Paul Helm reviews Oliver Crisp's book Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology.
- Mark McDowell interviews Oliver Crisp.
- And so does Kevin P. Emmert of Christianity Today.
- John Piper teaching on Romans 8:3–4: "Love fulfills the law."
- According to the elders at Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll chose resignation over restoration.