Friday, March 14, 2008

This Week in Calvinism - March 14, 2008

  • Tom Ascol nails it: "The resurgence of Calvinism within the SBC bodes well for our churches and missional efforts. It is leading to a reexamination of what the Gospel actually is, which is leading to a recovery of that Gospel and a more thoughtful, biblical approach to proclaiming it. And that is the foundation of reformation and revival."

  • One Scottish pastor sees "systematic expository preaching, exercise of church discipline, Calvinist doctrine, ministry in the power of the Spirit, focus on prayer, evangelism, and church planting" as the building blocks of revival.

  • Is Darwinism the new Calvinism? Shaun Johnston thinks so. He rejects what he calls "scientific determinism" because it denies free will. For the last time, people: Calvinists believe in free will!

  • Kangaroodort thinks Calvinists "should have the decency to stop trying to tell Arminians why they reject Calvinism." So, we should quit trying to explain total depravity? Oh, come on. I'm kidding. (Sort of.)

  • Pastor Joe Scearbo believes that God's election is based on his foreknowledge of who would and wouldn't have faith in him (i.e., God chose us because we first chose him) -- and yet he accuses Calvinists of trying to put God in a box.

  • When the world seems overwhelming, remember that evil plays a role in God's ultimate plan. He remains sovereign.
  • 3 comments:

    Rachel R. said...

    I agree with Tom Ascol, to an extent. Unfortunately, MANY of these Calvinist pastors are having tremendous difficulty finding positions, because the churches don't WANT to hear the Word; they want to have their ears tickled. (This has been made painfully obvious, as my husband is one of them - we have been without a church for over two years, and the Founders-Friendly pastor search list is chock-FULL of other men in similar situations.)

    John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

    Visit our Calvinist site and give us feedback, pls, TheAmericanView.com.

    JLof@aol.com

    Jack said...

    Lets' say the opposite is the case: Arminians are humanists, because they don't believe sinners are spiritually dead.

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