Friday, February 15, 2019

This Week in Calvinism - February 15, 2019

  • John Piper dicusses two dangers in gospel-centered preaching.

  • Dave Armstrong shares all 55 of his posted critiques of John Calvin.

  • R. Scott Clark addresses the controversy surrounding divine sovereignty, evil, mystery, and Calvinism.

  • Kyle McDanell interviews Jim Scott Orrick about his new book, Mere Calvinism.

  • Tim Challies reviews Mere Calvinism on his podcast.

  • And, as usual, Challies also offers some free stuff.

Friday, January 25, 2019

This Week in Calvinism - January 25, 2019

  • If you love Marvel and hate Calvinism, then you should enjoy this sermon titled "Thanos and the God of Calvinism."

  • Catholic Dave Armstrong continues his series critiquing Calvin's Institutes. Just posted today: "Unbiblical Rejection of Priestly Celibacy."

  • "Pastor" Steven Anderson has launched a video series that purports to take on James White's book The King James Only Controversy chapter by chapter.

  • Six truths about the wrath of God.

  • It's another $5 Friday at Ligonier.

  • Enter to win the book Saving the Reformation, by W. Robert Godfrey.

Friday, December 28, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - December 28, 2018

  • According to a recent study, "Christians who hold Calvinist beliefs are more likely to believe certain myths about domestic violence against women and oppose social justice advocacy." Does that mean we need to change our acronym to TULIPS, with the "S" standing for "spousal abuse"? Look for this to be used against Calvinist beliefs.

  • How does a mom pray as a Calvinist?

  • Anti-Calvinist crusader Dr. Leighton Flowers responds.

  • Is Calvinism unlivable?

  • "Pastor" Steven Anderson lashes out at Jeff Durbin.

  • The folks at Worldview Weekend speak out against "extreme Calvinism and their Lordship salvation error."

  • Dr. James White's latest edition of Radio Free Geneva features an updated them song.

Friday, December 07, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - December 7, 2018

Friday, November 02, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - November 2, 2018

  • Roger Olson has long believed that "the God of TULIP Calvinism cannot be good." Well, he's still at it:
    So, when I argue that God predestining to eternal torment those he could save would be not good but evil I am not imposing an alien, philosophical concept of "good" on God. I am simply following Edwards in believing that "good" is self-evidently benevolence to being—even in God.
    Shouldn't the "good" in anything be judged in light of bringing glory to God? If the punishment of sin glorifies God, then the God of TULIP Calvinism cannot help but be good.

  • Pastor Brian Mann sums up Calvinism in a sermon: "Calvinism is largely telling us how God loved us."

  • Davis Carlton addresses the charge by Leighton Flowers that Calvinism feeds the victim mentality underlying the social justice movement.

  • James White responds to a Catholic Answers article against Calvinism.

  • The anti-Calvinist SBC Today blog is shutting down "for the foreseeable future."

  • In the mood for some "Reformation rap"? Check out The Five Points of Calvinism, the latest album from hip-hop artist Aaron Ventura.

  • Enter to win free stuff from Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust.

Friday, October 19, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - October 19, 2018

  • Does Calvinism promote victimhood?

  • John Piper offers us a prayer for every hour.

  • On the latest episode of The Dividing Line, Dr. James White responds to Dr. Eric Mason's book, Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice.

  • The guys at Cross Politic interview hip-hop artist Aaron Ventura about his new album dealing with the five points of Calvinism.

  • Tim Challies is giving away the latest book from Kevin DeYoung.

Friday, September 14, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - September 14, 2018

  • The "Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel" continues to spark debate.

  • Dr. James White responds to Dr. Raymond Chang's criticism of the Statement.

  • Pastor Mike Leake believes that all of us—whether we be Republican or Democrat, Calvinist or Arminian—should just admit we hate each other.

  • Sinclair Ferguson's new book, In the Year of Our Lord, charts 2,000 of church history.

  • John Piper discusses five ways Jesus changes our relationship to the Old Testament.

  • It's a G3 Conference giveaway!

Friday, August 17, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - August 17, 2018

Yes, I know it has been a while, so let's get to it...
  • Robert Morris, in his first sermon since his brush with death, takes on Calvinism: "I really believe you determine where you spend eternity and that God is a just and merciful God and gives every person a chance to accept Jesus Christ."

  • In contrast, Shane Kastler preaches a sermon titled "Learning to Love the Sovereignty of God."

  • Who are God's covenant people?

  • It's about time we got another installment of Radio Free Geneva!

  • "Non-religious" Captain Cassidy writes, "If [Southern Baptists] figure out a way to make Christianity even more cruel and evil than Calvinism made it, I want to know about it and have its debunk in hand before encountering some chirpy would-be soulwinner using it as a paradigm."

  • What would you to say to someone who is still on the fence about Calvinism?

Friday, July 27, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - July 27, 2018

  • Former Calvinist Austin Fischer discusses faith, doubt, and Calvinism.

  • It has been a while since I've run across this straw man argument: "[I]f God predestined people to end up in hell, then dying for us on the cross was a waste of time."

  • Panelist discuss Calvinism, race, and the state of the SBC.

  • "Calvinism's divine determinism," writes Roger Olson, "ultimately makes petitionary prayer impotent; many Christians do not want to wrestle with the problem of unanswered prayer."

  • Enter to win selected resources from The Gospel Project for Adults

Friday, July 06, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - July 6, 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - June 15, 2018

  • Was the Dutch Golden Age ushered in because of Calvinism, or in spite of it?

  • Dr. Adam Harwood of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has this to say about LifeWay's new Christian Standard Bible:
    My point isn't to argue for or against Calvinistic theology; it's simply to identify a theological leaning in this particular resource. So those who affirm Calvinism will be pleased with the study notes – [and] those who don't affirm Calvinistic interpretations will probably want to find a different resource.

  • Sleep under God's sovereignty.

  • Rick Young doesn't believe Romans 9 proves Calvinism.

  • Former pastor Bruce Gerencser presents part three of a series titled "Why I Became a Calvinist." It should prove to be an interesting series, given that he left Christianity a decade ago and is now a professing atheist.

  • Dr. Andrew Vuksic offers his explanation on what Calvinism is. He sums it up in three words: sovereignty of God.

  • More free stuff from Tim Challies, courtesy of Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust.

Friday, June 01, 2018

This Week in Calvinism - June 1, 2018

  • Pastor Rick Patrick has resigned from his leadership role with the anti-Calvinist Connect 316 ministry.

  • "The Calvinist god is purely and completely evil," writes "non-religious" Patheos blogger Captain Cassidy. "In their mythology, this god figured out who was going to Heaven and Hell before the universe even existed. Nobody can change his mind, either. This means that the majority of humans who have ever existed are Hell-bound. And Calvinists think that's just fine." This is what passes for intelligent discourse today.

  • Do Calvinists need to be more loving?

  • Don't look for much Calvinism in the new film First Reformed.

  • Download a free copy of David Mathis's book Habits of Grace.

  • Want more free stuff? Tim Challies has you covered. This week's giveaway is sponsored by The Gospel Project.

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.
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