Friday, September 22, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - September 22, 2017

  • Rockytopva dislikes Calvinism because "it gives people a false sense of eternal security."

  • Which of the five points of Calvinism are most difficult for you?

  • Orthodox priest John Strickland discusses the spirit of Calvinism.

  • Tim Challies reviews Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids, by David Murray.

  • Roger Olson talks about the legacy of the Reformation (Luther, Calvin, et al) in contemporary evangelicalism.

  • John Piper discusses the origin of Desiring God's slogan: "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him."

Friday, September 08, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - September 8, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Is the gospel no longer enough for black Christians?

Darrell B. Harrison asks the question, "Is the gospel no longer enough for black Christians?":
I believe this question to be germane to the current milieu in America, as many black Christians have begun to advocate a purely activist theology borne of a soteriology that proffers the idea that the preeminent, if not sole, mandate of the gospel is the pursuit of “social justice”, the manifestation of which is evidenced primarily by the bringing about of such realities as socio-ethno egalitarianism and the eradication of all human suffering and oppression, particularly of those whose melanin happens to be of a black or brown hue.
You can (and should) read the rest here, and ask yourself: Is the gospel no longer enough for me?

Friday, August 25, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - August 25, 2017

  • Do you read the Bible like an unbeliever?

  • "Jehovah's grace is sufficient," writes Stephen Pyle, "but mankind remains with a God given free will to choose eternal life or death. We retain our salvation through faith, and free will, as we did to receive it." So, what exactly is the meaning of "sufficient" if we are able to use our free will to thwart God's grace?

  • The Sheologians finally talk about Calvinism.

  • Is Calvinism synonymous with fatalism?

  • According to an article in the Sidney Herald, our nation's cultural decline coincides with our abandonment of Calvinism: "That journey to error began by watering down the Gospel and embracing a person-centered rather than God-centered religion."

  • The 50%-off sale at Christian Audio ends today!

Friday, August 18, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - August 18, 2017

  • Dr. Michael A. Cox continues his series critiquing Calvinism.

  • Take a gander at Theologies of the American Revivalists: From Whitefield to Finney.

  • Enter to win tickets to the G3 Conference taking place January 18-20 in Atlanta.

  • Kick back to a little Huguenot music.

  • From the University of Helsinki:
    Religious and cultural Lutheran values have shaped Nordic societies for centuries. But instead of encouraging capitalism as in Calvinist Europe, Lutheranism promoted a social-democratic welfare state in the Nordic world.
    So, Calvinism gave us capitalism and Lutheranism gave us democratic socialism? Add that to the list of reasons why I'm thankful to be a Calvinist.

  • BREAKING: Angry Arminian mob pulls down statue of John Calvin.

Friday, August 11, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - August 11, 2017

  • "Baptist life in America was deeply shaped by the Reformed tradition," writes Curtis Freeman, "but what has been coming back is not the recovery of the theology of Luther and Calvin. It is something very different—something more radical and extreme."

  • According to Salon, it is the Republicans' "belief in the 'prosperity gospel' and a crude form of Calvinism" that makes them despise poor people.

  • Sheila Kennedy essentially echoes that same sentiment.

  • A member of the Recovery from Mormonism discussion forum asks, "Why are Calvinists trying to attract Mormons?" She is concerned because "it is the most horrific Christian theology ever."

  • Did Reformer theologians make heavy use of pagan sources in their writings?

  • God will bring you through.

  • Leighton Flowers critiques Les Lanphere's film Calvinist.

Friday, July 21, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - July 21, 2017

  • Neil Phelan Jr. discusses why Primitive Baptists are not Calvinists, calling Calvinism a "Pharisaical doctrine." Oh, and he also brings up the "God is the author of sin" argument.

  • One thing Roger Olson likes about the new Eerdmans publication, Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction, is that "[t]here is no hint here of the aggressive 'five point Calvinism' of many American Calvinists."

  • National Review's David French describes HBO's Game of Thrones as "Calvinism without Christ--natural human depravity unleashed." My advice: don't waste your time watching it.

  • Take the "No-Straw-Man Calvinism Challenge."

  • "[O]ne of the concepts I have the most venom for," writes atheist Daniel Fincke, "is original sin as interpreted in the Calvinist way, as total depravity. This is a major crux of my moral hostility towards Christianity."

  • The prayers you need most are not your own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - July 14, 2017

  • Gene Veith discusses the World Communion of Reformed Churches signing on to the Joint Declaration on Justification, "an accord between the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Lutherans."

  • Tom Nettles tackles the issue of deceitful Calvinists and an evil God.

  • John Calvin was born this week (July 10) in 1509. Still makes waves five centuries later.

  • "The Southern Baptist Convention," writes Jeffrey Straub, "may be poised for a new round of conflict over the doctrine of Calvinism."

  • As an example of what Jordan Breeding calls "American Calvinism at its best," Democratic New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera explains how it's harder to be rich than poor. Why does the issue of rich vs. poor always seem to be linked to Calvinism?

  • James White responds once again to the continuing lies being spread about him and his ministry.

  • Enter to win a 12-month subscription to Tabletalk magazine, including a copy of the special issue The Heart of the Gospel.

Friday, July 07, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - July 7, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - June 30, 2017

  • D. G. Hart writes:
    I for one don't have any idea how to extract [world view] from white Calvinist intellectuals without bringing along some inherent racial bias. Can human psychology possibly work that way? Or is it the case that when the Holy Spirit regenerates a person and gives a Christian [world view], racism goes away?

  • More calls for unity in the SBC regarding issues like Calvinism, politics, and race.

  • Apparently, Jim Bob Duggar is feuding with son-in-law Ben Seewald for the latter's decision to embrace Calvinism.

  • Couch-sitting Calvinism?

  • What if you had one week to live?

  • Tim Challies reviews How Does Sanctification Work?, by David Powlison.

  • Local mom claims vaccines caused her son's Calvinism.

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!

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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

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