Friday, April 18, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - April 18, 2014

  • Calvinism is "a particularly potent form of heresy," according to Mark Shea. He also sees a "Calvinist Purifying Impulse" behind just about every evil throughout history.

  • James White responds to an anti-Calvinist sermon preached by Dr. Adam Harwood at Emir Caner's Truett-McConnell College.

  • Russell Moore is interviewed by CBS This Morning.

  • John Piper on the Greatest Prayer in the World.

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - April 11, 2014

  • According to one blogger who misunderstands what Lordship salvation is, "[Lordship salvation] is the unsupportable belief that the PERFORMANCE of good works, the PROMISE of good works, or the EVIDENCE of good works MUST accompany faith in Christ in order to make that faith result in eternal life." Oh, and John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon were false teachers. I would remind him that scripture does teach that the bearing of fruit is proof we are Christ's disciples (John 15:8). True believers will persevere in the faith, with Christ sustaining us to the end (1 Corinthians 1:8).

  • Michael Hansen gives an example of "Calvinism" (i.e. God's sovereign will superseding human will) in the Old Testament.

  • Enter to win a free copy of Jeremy Walker's book The New Calvinism Considered.

PBS Profiles New Calvinism and the SBC

PBS ran this profile last week as part of its Religion & Ethics Newsweekly:

Read the transcript here.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - April 4, 2014

  • Is your God good? Roger Olson's is.

  • Pastor Chris Noland believes Calvinism is a false doctrine. Apparently our free will wasn't affected by sin as much as everything else. But we Calvinists do get eternal security right, so we have that going for us.

  • Austin Fischer, author of Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed, says:
    I began my journey out of Calvinism when I realized that if I were to be a consistent, honest Calvinist I would have to believe some terrible things about God. I realized I, personally, could not have Calvinism and a recognizably good God whose heart was fully revealed at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I could not have Calvinism and a God who would rather die than give humans what they deserve. For me, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was something too generous for Calvinism to make sense of.
    Why is it most former Calvinists seem to have never truly understood Calvinism?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Apparently, 'Noah' Is a Great Movie. A Bunch of 'Faith Leaders' Say So.

"Any good movie has to deviate from the book."
Especially if that book is the Bible.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Making Church Cool in 1897

Trying to make church appealing to disinterested youngsters is nothing new. Today, it's pop music and skinny jeans. In the late 1800's, it was Gilbert and Sullivan:

Friday, March 28, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - March 28, 2014

  • Richard Coords, on the discussion between Austin Fischer and James White: "Austin Fischer is no longer a Calvinist because he ceased the self-deception and honestly dealt with the difficult issue, whereas James White is in complete denial, and demonstrated that, completely."

  • On John Piper's lecture on New Calvinism at Westminster Theological Seminary, Dale M. Coulter concludes that "the New Calvinism looks a lot like the old New School Presbyterianism with a Baptist and charismatic flair to it."

  • In his second post in a four-part series on the New Calvinism-Old Calvinism discussion, Rick Phillips writes that "Old Calvinists should not be threatened by or feel pressure to conform to the New."

  • It is being reported that Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard has lost the support of the Board of Trustees and has been asked to resign.

  • While Paul Vander Klay has "been generally pleased to see the popular emergence of interest in Calvinism," he fears "that this appropriation of it won't last in the long run, as adherents grapple with the complexities of engagement with our cultural context."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Aborted Babies Burned to Heat U.K. Hospitals

The ancient Phoenicians burned their children in sacrifice to Molech. The modern Brits burn theirs to heat their hospitals:
The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in "waste-to-energy" plants which generate power for heat.

Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr. Dan Poulter branded "totally unacceptable."

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4's Dispatches discovered.
Idolatry is alive and well.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Minimum Wage Legislation Based on "Principle As Old As the Bible"?

I wouldn't be surprised if Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois actually believes that "you shall not make less than $10.65 per hour" is the 11th Commandment:

Gary North dismantles Gov. Quinn's argument:
There is nothing in the Bible that indicates that the civil government has an obligation to achieve the impossible. If it is impossible for a civil government to pass a law that will make every employee a member of the middle class, simply because the government is incapable of making people sufficiently productive to enter the middle class, then anything that the government does in an attempt to make everyone a member of the middle class will backfire. It will increase the number of people who are poor. This is because employers will not hire them.

A minimum-wage law is, above all, a law that says that somebody who is willing to work for less than the minimum wage will not be allowed to do so, because the legislature has made such a transaction illegal. It restricts employers from making offers to employ people at less than the minimum wage. So, those people whose output is not sufficient to warrant paying them the minimum wage will find that they must either move outside the jurisdiction of the legislature, or seek employment in the black market, or go on welfare.

Probably they will go on welfare. They will figure that it's better to get something for nothing (welfare) than getting nothing for nothing (unemployment without pay). They are, in short, a lot smarter than those members of Illinois legislature who vote for a minimum-wage law. Those politicians really do believe that you can get something for nothing. You can get paid for output that you do not have the ability to produce.

Friday, March 21, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - March 21, 2014

  • On Westboro Baptist's supposedly "consistent" Calvinist theology, Gawker's Adam Weinstein writes:
    Basically, five-point Calvinism boils down to: There's a God who saves some people and screws the rest over for eternity, and there's nothing you can really do about it. If there were, He wouldn't be God, and you wouldn't be a depraved, terrible not-God quivering mass of id urges.
    Far be it from me to think someone might actually try doing a little research on a topic before writing about it.

  • On the Young, Restless, Reformed Movement, it's Roger Olson's opinion that "there are ideological and faddish dimensions to the YRRM that help explain its popularity. By no means does that detract from the good that it does. The passion for missions, for example, is certainly a benefit." But, yeah, it's mostly ideological and faddish. He concludes, "Something else will replace it—in a few years."

  • Roger Olson argues "that belief in double predestination is simply logically incompatible with the claim that God is good—unless 'good' is emptied of all meaning so that it is a useless cipher for something we don't know." Someone please remind Dr. Olson that "double predestination" does not mean "equal ultimacy."

  • Kevin DeYoung's nine thoughts on celebrity pastors, controversy, the New Calvinism, etc.

  • Matthew Barrett shares his thoughts on John Piper's recent lecture at Westminster Theological Seminary.

  • Reflecting on Piper's lecture, Jared Oliphint lists 12 features of the New Calvinism.

  • Rick Phillips sees the New Calvinism as a triumph of the Old.

  • D. G. Hart points out that the New Calvinism is not the Old.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Psalm 127:3

Whether it was intentional or not, the anti-abortion message is loud and clear:

Friday, March 14, 2014

This Week in Calvinism - March 14, 2014

  • Three months ago, John Piper addressed the question, "Where's the Arminian John Piper?" Roger Olson, the inspiration for that particular episode of "Ask Pastor John," finally responds.

  • David Murray explains why he thinks every politician should be a Calvinist.

  • Turretinfan shares his thoughts on the allegation that the New Living Translation is too Calvinistic.

  • John Piper responds to an outrageous charge in Austin Fischer's book Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed.

  • Austin Fischer responds to Piper.

  • Roger Olson responds to Piper's response to Fischer.

  • Denny Burk reviews Jeremy Walker's book The New Calvinism Considered: A Personal and Pastoral Assessment.

  • From whence cometh New Calvinism? Tim Challies has provided a handy infographic.


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