Friday, June 16, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - June 16, 2017

  • Christopher Fisher of the God Is Open podcast discusses an anonymous paper on what he calls the "cult of Calvinism." Considering Fisher is an open theist, you can pretty much guess how it goes.

  • The God Is Open blog links to the paper in question.

  • I've had my share of run-ins with William Birch over the years. He was an Arminian on a crusade against all things Calvinist. Sadly, it seems he has fully abandoned biblical Christianity:
    If I am to continue to be frank, I confess that I never imagined in a million years that I would become LGBTQ-affirming, and actually begin a life-long committed relationship with a man. If anyone had told me five years ago that, by June 2017 I will be pro-LGBTQ and pro-same-gendered relationships, I would have thought the individual to be clinically insane. But life is a journey. I am also far from being alone on my journey.
    Look for this to be his next crusade.

  • Tony Reinke reviews Craig Bartholomew's book Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition.

  • What can we say to friends who are suffering?

  • There's a new breakfast cereal just for Calvinists!

  • Want some free stuff from ChristianAudio.com?

Friday, June 09, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - June 9, 2017

  • McCamy Taylor posts on Democratic Underground:
    [T]he roots of the flaw in United States culture that makes Trump's criminal enterprise possible can be found in a particular brand of Calvinism that goes something like "We are born either damned or blessed, and we can know which we are by weighing God's favor shown upon us in this life." Or, more simply "The rich are better than the rest of us."
    How do you like that straw man? The post gets much worse, and the comments are just as bad.

  • SpurgeonFan writes:
    Calvanism should not be contentious. As one who holds to the "Doctrines of Grace", I know there can be many theological differences with our brothers of a more Arminian persuasion. However, that should never be the cause of anger, bitterness, or strife...especially if we claim to believe salvation (and the theological sanctification) of every believer is entirely in the sovereign hand of a faithful God working by His Spirit.
    I couldn't agree more.

  • Chuck McKnight finishes his series on comparing the acronym WHEAT to Calvinism's TULIP, Molinism's ROSES, and Arminianism's DAISY.

  • It's an "Explore the Bible" edition of Free Stuff Fridays at Challies.com.

  • Lay aside the weight of perfection.

Friday, June 02, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - June 2, 2017

  • Chuck McKnight takes issue with "the coercive God of Calvinism and Molinism" in part seven of his series on the acronym WHEAT.

  • John 6:40 as a proof text against Calvinism?

  • The Parables of Jesus is just one of the items available as part of Ligonier's $5 Friday sale.

  • Never blame God for your suffering.

  • Paul Dohse shows up at the TGC conference with his video camera and identifies the "thug who got in my face" as TGC's Director of Program Development. Classy as always, Paul.

  • "Not only is Calvinism anti-grace, it is also anti-Gospel," you know, 'cuz "whosoever."

Friday, May 26, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - May 26, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - May 19, 2017

  • Mark Peterson takes issue with what he calls "careless Calvinism" in health care.

  • Chuck McKnight continues discussing the acronym WHEAT, which "parallels the TULIP of Calvinism, the DAISY of Arminianism, and the ROSES of Molinism."

  • Limited (or definite) atonement is beautiful.

  • According to D. G. Hart, "At some point, even evangelicals will leave evangelicalism. [David] Gushee is only the most recent indication of evangelicalism's hollow identity."

  • D. A. Carson on why God demands worship.

  • Enter to win the The Gospel for Life book series.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Calvinism vs. Arminianism, according to The Babylon Bee

The Babylon Bee offers a brief explanation of the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism:
Calvinism: Theological framework that centers around God's sovereign choice in salvation. The points of Calvinism include total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, perseverance of the saints, and being a condescending jerk.

Arminianism: Theology that focuses on man's free will to choose or reject God. The five points are kinda-sorta depravity, election but not really, errybody gets some atonement, grace that looks pretty cool but you can say no if you want to, and better hang onto that salvation pretty tightly.
You can always count on the Bee.

Friday, April 28, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 28, 2017

  • Bryan Boatman supposedly destroys the Calvinist doctrine of perseverance of the saints.

  • More cognitive dissonance from Princeton regarding its decision not to award Tim Keller with the Kuyper Prize. My question: if you're going to refuse someone an award because he espouses beliefs similar to that of the person after which said award is named, why even offer it in the first place?

  • J. D. Hall reviews the book The New Calvinists: Changing the Gospel.

  • Gary DeMar sees theonomy as "an extension of Calvinism's judicial theology."

  • How to be a miserable comforter.

  • It's a Banner of Truth-sponsored Free Stuff Friday at Challies.com.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 21, 2017

  • "Will you see [God] as autocratic, as someone who chooses to do whatever he chooses to do and accomplishes whatever he has chosen to accomplish in respect to salvation?" asks Block Island Christian Fellowship. "Or will you see him as one who is not willing that any should perish, but allows each person to decide in their own free will to repent and believe in his Son for salvation?"

  • Tim Challies sets someone straight on Calvinism.

  • Someone who isn't a Calvinist, but wants to be.

  • Does God tell us who to marry?

  • It's not the doctrine of justification by faith alone that saves—it's Christ who saves.

Friday, April 14, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 14, 2017

  • Why we call the worst Friday "Good."

  • "Both Arminianism and Calvinism are religious beliefs," writes Ted Jones, "which falsely assert that Jesus' murder by crucifixion has resolved all the outstanding issues mankind has with sin." In other words, Jesus lied? It isn't finished?

  • We Calvinists believe Christ died for the elect. Benjamin Corey, however, tells us what the Bible actually says. Yes, it's the same "all means all" argument we've heard a thousand times over.

  • Greg Forster on Calvinism and joy.

  • According to the Last Days Watchman blog, Hank Hanegraaf left Calvinism behind when he joined the Eastern Orthodox Church. Now, I haven't listened to the Bible Answer Man in a very long time, but most Calvinists I know would have considered Hanegraaff an Arminian.

  • G. Shane Morris discusses holidays and Calvinist curmudgeons.

Friday, April 07, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 7, 2017

  • Roger Olson pleads, "Would someone please rein in some of the 'young Calvinists'?"

  • The Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement destroyed! Yes, this may be "the most distasteful doctrine" even for us, but since we "are forced to defend an arbitrary and unknowable god," it isn't surprising that we defend this, too.

  • Life is fragile, but God is faithful.

  • Sometimes, we Calvinists miss the key to happiness.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker thinks total depravity is heresy. "The truly Catholic view," he writes, "is that we are created in God's image and therefore we are good."

  • D. G. Hart responds.

  • "Cage stage"? "Concerned"? "Cool"? "Conceited"? Which kind of Calvinist are you?

  • "The Calvinist doesn't seem to be able to comprehend," writes Dave Armstrong, "that God and a person can do the same thing, and both take credit (God, of course, far more)."

  • Tim Keller failed Princeton Seminary's political litmus test for receiving the Kuyper Prize, but he was still allowed to give his lecture at the beginning of the Kuyper Center's annual conference.

  • John Samson tackles five big myths about Calvinism.

Friday, March 31, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 31, 2017

  • Pope Francis has canonized Brazilian Catholics who were martyred by Calvinists in 1645. Maybe this is the kind of thing Arminians are referring to when they say Calvinism ruins missions.

  • Hmmm. According to a psychological study, Calvinists seem to be more traditional in their views than Arminians when it comes to issues of gender. Go figure.

  • Another study concludes that there is a correlation between believing in penal substitution and complementarianism and being less concerned about suffering in the world. Those cold-hearted Calvinists!

  • The Calvinist doctrine of unconditional election destroyed! After all, "all" means all, right?

  • Steve Hays addresses points made by Greg Boyd regarding Calvinism.

  • Suffering opens a door for the gospel.

  • The irony of Princeton's Kuyper Prize controversy.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 24, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 17, 2017

  • Fred Clark imagines "how noir Calvinist theology can be," and introduces us to Augustine Frost, Calvinist detective.

  • Apparently, those Calvinist Puritans who settled New England are influencing modern Republicans in their quest to kill 24 million people by taking away their health insurance. Or something like that.

  • Roger Olson blasts Tim Challies (referring to him simply as "the Calvinist blogger") for criticizing a movie he hasn't seen. "Of course, I don't expect Calvinists to like the theology of [The Shack]," Olson writes, "but I do expect them to at least view it before talking about it." Never mind that Challies read the book and wrote an in-depth, 13-page review of it.

  • An open letter to Martin Luther on the Gospel of James.

  • The videos from Ligonier's 2017 conference are now available.

Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 10, 2017

  • Joshua Crutchfield won't let divisions within the SBC get in the way of unity and cooperation.

  • We get grace, God gets glory.

  • Dave Armstrong attempts to refute the doctrine of total depravity as taught by Calvinists like James White.

  • Stephen Altrogge explains why he is a Calvinist.

  • Confessions of a former "New Calvinist."

  • Check out Ligonier's Facebook page for live videos and clips from their 2017 National Conference this weekend in Orlando.
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