Friday, November 25, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - November 25, 2011

  • If you want to know the significance of Christianity in American history, study the Great Awakening.

  • Joel Taylor recommends an audio series that exposes the false teachings of Mark Driscoll, John Piper, John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, R. C. Sproul, and others.

  • Dan Corner refutes the "Calvinistic doctrine of infant damnation for the non-elect." Funny, I don't even remember being taught that.

  • A "negative" review of God's Wisdom in Proverbs, a book by Pyromaniac Dan Phillips.

  • Tim Challies has some great Black Friday deals for the discerning reader.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Man fired for not accepting the "mark of the beast"

Well...sort of.

Billy E. Hyatt was recently fired from his job at a plastics factory near Dalton, Georgia. He claims it was because he refused to wear a sticker celebrating the factory being accident-free for 666 days.

It isn't clear whether management required the sticker to be worn on the forehead or on the hand, but Hyatt, a devout Christian (and apparently a devout dispensationalist), didn't want to take any chances. He believed that wearing the sticker would have been accepting the "mark of the beast" described in the book of Revelation, condemning him to hell.

Without getting into the serious implications of dispensational theology (though I think we're seeing one of them here), all of this hassle could have been avoided had Mr. Hyatt simply dropped a hammer on his toe. That would have bought him at least another 665 days.

Friday, November 18, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - November 18, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Did God Tell Herman Cain to Run for President?

It seems presidential hopeful Herman Cain is a modern Moses:
Herman Cain returned to his home state for a brief campaign stop Saturday, telling a cheering group of young Republicans in Atlanta that God told him to run for president and that he was "in it to win it."

"I prayed and prayed and prayed. I am a man of faith," Cain told the Young Republican National Federation at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. "I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I have ever done before in my life. And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses: 'You have got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?' ... Once I made the decision, I did not look back."
So what should I do if God told me not to vote for any candidate who claims to have been told by God to run for president?

Friday, November 11, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - November 11, 2011

  • For those wondering why Roger Olson didn't mention J. I. Packer in his book Against Calvinism, don't worry. He's against him, too.

  • Speaking of Roger "I can't distinguish the God of Calvinism from the devil" Olson, James White reviews Against Calvinism (part 1, part 2). It ain't pretty.

  • One pastor's biggest fear about members of his congregation reading The Purpose Driven Life: that they might "become caught up in the Calvinism that undergirds the book's assumptions."

  • The tragic hypocrisy of joyless Calvinism.

Friday, November 04, 2011

This Week in Calvinism - November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

A New Movie from Rob Bell

From the brilliantly twisted mind of Eddie Eddings...

No Children Allowed?

This was printed in the program at a church I visited in San Diego...

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