Friday, May 26, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - May 26, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - May 19, 2017

  • Mark Peterson takes issue with what he calls "careless Calvinism" in health care.

  • Chuck McKnight continues discussing the acronym WHEAT, which "parallels the TULIP of Calvinism, the DAISY of Arminianism, and the ROSES of Molinism."

  • Limited (or definite) atonement is beautiful.

  • According to D. G. Hart, "At some point, even evangelicals will leave evangelicalism. [David] Gushee is only the most recent indication of evangelicalism's hollow identity."

  • D. A. Carson on why God demands worship.

  • Enter to win the The Gospel for Life book series.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Calvinism vs. Arminianism, according to The Babylon Bee

The Babylon Bee offers a brief explanation of the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism:
Calvinism: Theological framework that centers around God's sovereign choice in salvation. The points of Calvinism include total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, perseverance of the saints, and being a condescending jerk.

Arminianism: Theology that focuses on man's free will to choose or reject God. The five points are kinda-sorta depravity, election but not really, errybody gets some atonement, grace that looks pretty cool but you can say no if you want to, and better hang onto that salvation pretty tightly.
You can always count on the Bee.

Friday, April 28, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 28, 2017

  • Bryan Boatman supposedly destroys the Calvinist doctrine of perseverance of the saints.

  • More cognitive dissonance from Princeton regarding its decision not to award Tim Keller with the Kuyper Prize. My question: if you're going to refuse someone an award because he espouses beliefs similar to that of the person after which said award is named, why even offer it in the first place?

  • J. D. Hall reviews the book The New Calvinists: Changing the Gospel.

  • Gary DeMar sees theonomy as "an extension of Calvinism's judicial theology."

  • How to be a miserable comforter.

  • It's a Banner of Truth-sponsored Free Stuff Friday at Challies.com.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 21, 2017

  • "Will you see [God] as autocratic, as someone who chooses to do whatever he chooses to do and accomplishes whatever he has chosen to accomplish in respect to salvation?" asks Block Island Christian Fellowship. "Or will you see him as one who is not willing that any should perish, but allows each person to decide in their own free will to repent and believe in his Son for salvation?"

  • Tim Challies sets someone straight on Calvinism.

  • Someone who isn't a Calvinist, but wants to be.

  • Does God tell us who to marry?

  • It's not the doctrine of justification by faith alone that saves—it's Christ who saves.

Friday, April 14, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 14, 2017

  • Why we call the worst Friday "Good."

  • "Both Arminianism and Calvinism are religious beliefs," writes Ted Jones, "which falsely assert that Jesus' murder by crucifixion has resolved all the outstanding issues mankind has with sin." In other words, Jesus lied? It isn't finished?

  • We Calvinists believe Christ died for the elect. Benjamin Corey, however, tells us what the Bible actually says. Yes, it's the same "all means all" argument we've heard a thousand times over.

  • Greg Forster on Calvinism and joy.

  • According to the Last Days Watchman blog, Hank Hanegraaf left Calvinism behind when he joined the Eastern Orthodox Church. Now, I haven't listened to the Bible Answer Man in a very long time, but most Calvinists I know would have considered Hanegraaff an Arminian.

  • G. Shane Morris discusses holidays and Calvinist curmudgeons.

Friday, April 07, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - April 7, 2017

  • Roger Olson pleads, "Would someone please rein in some of the 'young Calvinists'?"

  • The Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement destroyed! Yes, this may be "the most distasteful doctrine" even for us, but since we "are forced to defend an arbitrary and unknowable god," it isn't surprising that we defend this, too.

  • Life is fragile, but God is faithful.

  • Sometimes, we Calvinists miss the key to happiness.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker thinks total depravity is heresy. "The truly Catholic view," he writes, "is that we are created in God's image and therefore we are good."

  • D. G. Hart responds.

  • "Cage stage"? "Concerned"? "Cool"? "Conceited"? Which kind of Calvinist are you?

  • "The Calvinist doesn't seem to be able to comprehend," writes Dave Armstrong, "that God and a person can do the same thing, and both take credit (God, of course, far more)."

  • Tim Keller failed Princeton Seminary's political litmus test for receiving the Kuyper Prize, but he was still allowed to give his lecture at the beginning of the Kuyper Center's annual conference.

  • John Samson tackles five big myths about Calvinism.

Friday, March 31, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 31, 2017

  • Pope Francis has canonized Brazilian Catholics who were martyred by Calvinists in 1645. Maybe this is the kind of thing Arminians are referring to when they say Calvinism ruins missions.

  • Hmmm. According to a psychological study, Calvinists seem to be more traditional in their views than Arminians when it comes to issues of gender. Go figure.

  • Another study concludes that there is a correlation between believing in penal substitution and complementarianism and being less concerned about suffering in the world. Those cold-hearted Calvinists!

  • The Calvinist doctrine of unconditional election destroyed! After all, "all" means all, right?

  • Steve Hays addresses points made by Greg Boyd regarding Calvinism.

  • Suffering opens a door for the gospel.

  • The irony of Princeton's Kuyper Prize controversy.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 24, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 17, 2017

  • Fred Clark imagines "how noir Calvinist theology can be," and introduces us to Augustine Frost, Calvinist detective.

  • Apparently, those Calvinist Puritans who settled New England are influencing modern Republicans in their quest to kill 24 million people by taking away their health insurance. Or something like that.

  • Roger Olson blasts Tim Challies (referring to him simply as "the Calvinist blogger") for criticizing a movie he hasn't seen. "Of course, I don't expect Calvinists to like the theology of [The Shack]," Olson writes, "but I do expect them to at least view it before talking about it." Never mind that Challies read the book and wrote an in-depth, 13-page review of it.

  • An open letter to Martin Luther on the Gospel of James.

  • The videos from Ligonier's 2017 conference are now available.

Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 10, 2017

  • Joshua Crutchfield won't let divisions within the SBC get in the way of unity and cooperation.

  • We get grace, God gets glory.

  • Dave Armstrong attempts to refute the doctrine of total depravity as taught by Calvinists like James White.

  • Stephen Altrogge explains why he is a Calvinist.

  • Confessions of a former "New Calvinist."

  • Check out Ligonier's Facebook page for live videos and clips from their 2017 National Conference this weekend in Orlando.

Friday, March 03, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - March 3, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - February 24, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - February 17, 2017

  • The fight over the future of public education in America is "predestined to be a really messy fight."

  • Roger Salter on Anglican anemia.

  • J. D. Hall wants to talk to some of you Calvinists.

  • John Piper on how God makes known the riches of his glory to the vessels of mercy.

  • To Colby Cosh, the statues of Farel, Calvin, Beza, and Knox at Geneva's Reformation Wall look "at least a little like caricatures of Muslim fanatics." He believes Christianity was "tamed" when we made the Bible literature. He would like to see the same kind of "enlightenment" occur in Islam.

  • Enter to win a copy of John MacArthur's Biblical Doctrine.

Friday, February 10, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - February 10, 2017

  • Emily McFarlan Miller lists five facts about Betsy DeVos that apparently disqualify her for heading up the Dept. of Education. I'm not sure how anyone can be unqualified for a position that shouldn't even exist, but what do I know?

  • "I don't think Calvinism is divisive," says Pastor Willy Rice. "I think some Calvinists can be divisive. I don't think non-Calvinism divides. I think some non-Calvinists divide. It's arrogance that divides us. It's strife that divides us—mostly arrogance. It's trying to be first and not think highly of my brother in Christ—that's what ends up dividing us—whether it comes in a Calvinist uniform or a non-Calvinist uniform."

  • The fine points of Calvinism.

  • If Ronnie Rogers wants to talk mysteries, perhaps he could explain the mystery of how it's possible for an omnipotent God to fail in his quest to save every human being he desires to save.

  • It's Free Stuff Friday once again at Challies.com. Today's prize is a Zondervan Study Bible.

  • No words, no gospel.

Friday, February 03, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - February 3, 2017

  • Clifton Stringer warns of the "spiritual dangers" of Calvinism and Arminianism. He wants people to move beyond the two theological constructs and embrace universalism.

  • Stephen Corry discusses what he sees as the religious, Calvinistic, and racist origins of the modern environmental movement.

  • Betsy DeVos, President Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, is dominating the headlines. And, as Julia Duin notes, "Journalists can't seem to get a handle on details of her faith."

  • "By blaming the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) for DeVos's political positions," writes Abram Van Engen, "we mistake its actual teachings, misplace the religious roots of her worldview, and misconstrue the way religion actually shapes behavior and belief."

  • Do I have any righteousness of my own? John Piper deals with this question.

Friday, January 27, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - January 27, 2017

  • "While Calvin and Calvinists may have been an undeniable influence in the Christian Church beginning in the Reformation era," writes Peter Lumpkins, "it remains beyond difficult to imagine, in the face of so much evidence to the contrary, that Calvin and Calvinism positively contributed to establishing religious freedom in the fabric of American culture and embedding it into the law of the land."

  • Does Calvinism need saving? Sam Storms reviews Oliver Crisp's book Saving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed Tradition.

  • Richard Mouw is Scot McKnight's favorite Kuyperian.

  • Jonathan Kleis explains why he thinks universal atonement doesn't mean universal salvation.

  • Catholic Dave Armstrong attempts to refute double predestination.

  • R. C. Sproul asks, "Is your conscience captive to God?"

Friday, January 20, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - January 20, 2017

  • Careful, Calvinists. By believing in limited atonement, you're flirting with Nestorianism. Yeah, it doesn't makes sense to me, either.

  • The PCUSA may have ditched Calvinism, but many of its members still claim to believe in Jesus.

  • While Taylor S. Brown may disagree with Tim Keller on Calvinism, he considers Keller to be "among the best representatives of grounded-yet-charitable Protestant Christianity."

  • Tension caused by Calvinism is nothing new.

  • Tim Challies offers five ways to love others in your reading.

  • Once again, it's $5 Friday at Ligonier.

  • Zack Stanton of Politico sees Betsy DeVos and her Calvinist Christian family as a threat. Yes, scary Christians are going to take over the country.

  • John Piper's prayer for Donald Trump.

Friday, January 13, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - January 13, 2017

  • I don't know anything about Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, but she's apparently a Calvinist who's coming for our public schools. Thanks for the warning, Newsweek. I guess it's a good thing we homeschool.

  • Shane Idleman pleads for grace on both sides of the debate over whether or not Christians can lose their salvation.

  • According to pagan Druid John Beckett, one way to help yourself "experience the gods" is to burn John Calvin in effigy. Hey, it's Patheos. It doesn't have to make sense.

  • Apparently, the "turmoil" created by Russell Moore's attacks on Trump supporters is so significant that it has caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal and NPR.

  • Why do we give up on reading the Bible?

Friday, January 06, 2017

This Week in Calvinism - January 6, 2017

  • You can always count on progressive blogs to make ignorant and ridiculous statements like this: "In itself, the Calvinist doctrine has quite a lovely inspiration and is quite nuanced, but in practice it comes down to a fundamental argument that the wealthy are the most favored of God." In other words, Calvinism is just another prosperity gospel.

  • Apparently, Calvinists can never be sure of their salvation.

  • Dr. Roger Olson discusses predestination in a video interview.

  • Here's a look at all the upcoming opportunities to study with Ligonier in 2017.

  • Why will you wake up a Christian? A message from John Piper.
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