Friday, January 23, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - January 23, 2015

  • 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.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thinking of starting a family? It's kind of like this...

Friday, January 16, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - 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

This Week in Calvinism - January 9, 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.

  • 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

This Week in Calvinism - January 2, 2015

Friday, December 26, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - December 26, 2014

  • Confessions of an ex-Calvinist.

  • Parts two and three of Roger Olson's review of Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology.

  • Olson compares the Young, Restless, Reformed movement with the Bill Gothard phenomenon of the 1970s and 1980s.

  • David Platt discusses our obligation to the unreached.

Friday, December 19, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - 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

A daughter's open letter to her porn-addicted father

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.

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.
Read the full letter here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - 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.

Friday, December 05, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - December 5, 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

This Week in Calvinism - November 28, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Bible doesn't make BuzzFeed's list of books that could make the world a better place

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:
  1. Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall
  2. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  3. Night by Elie Wiesel
  4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  6. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  7. The Big Necessity by Rose George
  8. Room by Emma Donoghue
  9. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  10. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  11. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  12. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  13. If I Just Had Two Wings by Virginia Frances Schwartz
  14. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  15. Quiet by Susan Cain
  16. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  17. How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff
  18. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  19. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  20. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  21. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Naturally, the only book that actually could make the world a better place didn't make the list.


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