Friday, May 22, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - May 22, 2015

  • It seems we Calvinists follow a God who is "false, capricious, and arbitrary." So says Tim Alleman, a guy who sounds like he has never spoken to a Calvinist in his life. Please, if someone can make sense of his rambling, let me know.

  • Identifying marks of New Calvinism, according to Gary Gilley at SharperIron.org

  • Henry Volk isn't a Calvinist, but he thinks "we can expect more good things from the New Calvinism. God willing, it may even be the savior of American Christianity."

  • Eight features of the best kind of Calvinism.

  • Jesus poured out his joy for you.

Friday, May 15, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - May 15, 2015

  • Calvinism is a "mental disorder." Whew! Now that I know what's wrong with me, I can get some help.

  • "John 6:44 does not prove Calvinism." As this video demonstrates, anything can be refuted if you completely reinterpret scripture.

  • I'm sorry, but when you make passing comments like, "Cromwell's semi-genocidal rampage through Ireland in the name of a Calvinist deity may have killed around 40% of the Gaels," it's hard to take anything else you say seriously, no matter what the topic may be.

  • When God interrupts your plans.

  • The recent debate on Romans 9 between James White and Leighton Flowers has been posted.

  • And, of course, don't forget your free stuff.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The modern "Christian" position on "gay marriage"

Crossway introduces the new ESV Following Jesus Bible

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The ESV Following Jesus Bible is full of outstanding content designed to help children understand and enjoy the Bible. Designed for children ages 8–12 as they transition from a beginner's Bible, nearly every other page features a box answering the who, what, where, when, or why of a particular text. "Seeing Jesus" sections explain how certain Bible passages point to Christ and "Following Jesus" sections connect the Bible with the hearts and lives of young readers.

Additional content includes book introductions, a glossary, Old and New Testament timeline art, and kid-friendly maps. "God's Word for Me When..." and "God's Word for Me About..." pages also help orient kids to key Scriptures on various topics.

The ESV Following Jesus Bible will strengthen children in their faith and teach them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
Learn more here.

Friday, May 08, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - May 8, 2015

  • Simmons College of Kentucky has formed ties with the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. Its president, Kevin Cosby, welcomed the union because he was concerned about the introduction of Calvinism into his community. According to KBF interim coordinator Chris Sanders, "He sees the strain of Calvinism some are trying to plant there as harmful, as it makes people fatalistic and docile, the antithesis of African-American empowerment He is opposed to all forms of discrimination, be it race, gender or sexual orientation."

  • Huh???



  • David Mathis of Desiring God writes, "While the issue of online access to porn may be new to this generation — and progressively devastating to those who were exposed to it younger — the invitation to repentance from besetting sin is gloriously ancient."

  • Doug Wilson shares his observations on the Baltimore riots.

  • Free stuff? Sure. Who doesn't like free stuff?

Friday, May 01, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - May 1, 2015

  • Peter Lumpkins asks, "[I]s there any great wonder there arose the continued objection that strict Calvinism appears to project some sort of theistic fatalism?"

  • I wish Roger Olson would just come out and admit that he thinks most (if not all) Calvinists are "irrational, unteachable Christians."

  • James White finishes up his review of David Gushee's "Reformation Project" presentation on (and endorsement of) homosexuality.

  • God's will isn't always clear. Jon Bloom explains why.

  • A very short prayer for your dullest days.

  • As always on Friday, more free stuff from Tim Challies.

Friday, April 24, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - April 24, 2015

  • Calvinism refuted. *Sigh* Again.

  • Calvinism cannot be true because damnation is infinitely evil. Wait...what?

  • Atheists love to make moral arguments about God. Regarding these moral arguments, atheist Reddit user Terraplanetommy notes, "I've never really come across one that can't be jettisoned in favor of the calvinst (sic) viewpoint of god (sic)."

  • Roger Olson praises the book Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation, calling it "a welcome addition to contemporary Arminian literature." It's the book about which Terry L. Miethe, former dean of the Oxford Study Centre, said, "I cannot think of a more dangerous unbiblical teaching than Calvinism! I recommend this book highly." Looks like a must-read.

  • A brief review of the booklet What is Experiential Calvinism? from Pastor Dave.

  • Regarding the purpose and goal of debating and challenging Calvinism, Arminian William Birch writes:
    We believe that Calvinism is error. But we can in no sense whatsoever know objectively if this is God's absolute truth -- that Calvinism objectively is, in fact, error. We must, in humility, confess that we believe that Calvinism is in error, and that Arminian theology rightly divides the word of God's truth, while also declaring the possibility that we could be wrong. Therefore we do not seek for Calvinism to be entirely eradicated, even if, at the same time, we seek to challenge its assertions and limit its converts. Because if Calvinism is true, and we are, in our fallen state, blind to its truths, then to eradicate Calvinism altogether would be to eradicate the truth of God's word. Therefore we seek God's truth, God's glory, and, of course, a most diverse unity among all believers.
    Well said.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

'Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth'

Hymn-writer Keith Getty gives us five reasons why we should all sing loudly in church.

1. We are commanded to sing.
Paul commands believers in Ephesians 5 to "be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." Throughout scripture, we can see that singing was a part of everyday life.

2. Singing together completes our joy.
Part of our joy as followers of Christ comes from the privilege of sharing with others. What better way to share that joy than to join together in song?

3. Singing is an expression of brotherhood and unites generations.
People from all tongues and nations singing together gives us a small glimpse of what Heaven must be like.

4. We are what we sing.
Singing affects all parts of our lives. We even set scripture verses to music to help us memorize them.

5. Singing bears testimony to our faith.
A group of believers singing together is a powerful witness to others.

I encourage you to read the full article here.

Monday, April 20, 2015

What it means every time you say, 'There should be a law...'

The problem with our political system is that people no longer view the government as the protector of life, liberty, and property. They vote to use the government (and its guns) to force their will on others. Just because you use a ballot instead of a bullet doesn't make it right.

Friday, April 17, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - April 17, 2015

  • Does Calvinism discourage evangelism? What do you think?

  • According to Roger Olson, hyper-Calvinism is consistent Calvinism. I know. Big surprise.

  • Erik Raymond on faithfully delivering the gospel.

  • When Spurgeon almost quit.

  • Regarding how Calvinism makes a practical difference in his life, Steve Matthews writes:
    Knowing that it is God who elects, that he is the potter and I am the clay, makes it much easier to have compassion on a fellow sinner than if I believed I was saved because some superior wisdom, intelligence or goodness inherent in me. For then I would have something in which I could boast before God. It is the Calvinist who can say with Paul, "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Galatians 6:14). To God alone be the glory.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The greatest book on oxymorons in the world

I don't know about the "truth" part, but if you like your eschatology laid out in numerous lengthy, complicated charts, then this is the book for you:

Friday, April 10, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - April 10, 2015

  • One thing Paul learned when traveling to Amsterdam was that the early "Dutch Calvinists were not much interested in persecuting non-Calvinists, especially Catholics."

  • Dale Tuggy interviews Dr. Oliver Crisp on libertarian Calvinism and universalism.

  • Rich Davis renders the words of Jesus in John 3:16 in a way that he believes "avoids the tragedy of reducing the gospel—the good news to 'be preached in the whole world' (Matthew 24:14)—to an empty tautology."

  • In his endless personal crusade against Calvinism, William Birch asks, "Is the Gospel necessary to salvation in a Calvinistic worldview? The answer is clear: No." Yes, all us good Calvinists have Romans 1:16 crossed out in our Bibles.

  • Pastor Ronnie Rogers thinks the Calvinist "good faith offer" of the gospel is a "bad deception" (part 1, part 2).

Friday, April 03, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - April 3, 2015

  • When you wish to hold God to the same moral standards as fallen human beings, you may reach the same conclusions as Roger Olson.

  • John Piper on Christ's weeping over Jerusalem upon his triumphal entry:
    This sovereign Christ weeps over the hard-hearted, perishing people of Jerusalem as they fulfilled his plan. It is unbiblical and wrong to make the tears of mercy a contradiction to the serenity of sovereignty. Jesus was serene in sorrow, and sorrowful in sovereignty. Jesus’s tears are the tears of sovereign mercy.

  • James White responds to the charge that he is a hyper-Calvinist.

  • Regarging the latest book from Jerry Walls, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory, John Mark N. Reynolds cautions, "If you are a Calvinist, you will find Walls' book rough going." You think?

  • The Contemporary Calvinist now has his own Twitter account, @ContempoCalvin. I would ask you to choose to follow, but...well, you know.

Friday, March 27, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - March 27, 2015

  • The reason Roger Olson believes that "Calvinism makes God morally monstrous" is that if God even passes over certain people when he could save them, "then God is not good in any meaningful sense." As usual, Olson avoids explaining why his theology isn't subject to the same criticism by saying he has written on this issue before. However, he does say regarding the reprobate that "[God's] knowledge corresponds to their free choices." Olson even quotes C. S. Lewis. And who are we to argue with a guy who can quote C. S. Lewis?

  • "Modified" Arminian James Goetz goes a step further. He believes in "restricted free will" and "conditional universalism," saying "that God never ceases to reach out to humans regardless of death." And he brings up a good point. If Arminians like Roger Olson believe that God "desires all people to be saved" (1 Timothy 2:4), why should a minor inconvenience like physical death get in the way of that?

  • Kyle Dillon has created a "quick and easy" chart on two kingdoms theology and neo-Calvinism. What do you think of his comparisons?

  • In reviewing Nancy Pearcey's book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, John Mark N. Reynolds writes, "Anyone who tells you that you do not have free will deserves being ignored." He later qualifies that by saying, "Pearcey rightly notes that even Calvinism does not deny human free will, just free will in regard to salvation."

  • We now know the reason why a new Calvinist tends to be so aggressive. It's because when an Arminian comes along and uses the Bible to shoots holes in his theology, the "Calvinist has to choose between the Bible or their new found worldview." Thankfully, most of us eventually learn to explain and rationalize our way around passages like John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, and Ezekiel 33:11.

  • If there is any "choice" in Calvinism, Rich Davis doesn't see it.

  • Ian Clary responds.

  • Four lessons from a Calvinist slave.

Friday, March 20, 2015

This Week in Calvinism - March 20, 2015

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