Category Archives: Calvinism

Scattered Ramblings on Prevenient Grace

I went to my church’s small group last Thursday.  This fall, we are going through Robert Morris’ The God I Never Knew: How Real Friendship with the Holy Spirit Can Change Your Life. We read a part of the book … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Love of God, by John C. Peckham

John C. Peckham. The Love of God: A Canonical Model. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. See here to purchase the book. John C. Peckham teaches theology and Christian philosophy at Andrews University, which is a Seventh-Day Adventist university. His book, … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Christian Life, by Steven A. Hein

Steven A. Hein. The Christian Life: Cross or Glory? Irvine, California: New Reformation Publications, 2015. See here to purchase the book. In The Christian Life: Cross or Glory?, Stephen A. Hein presents his Lutheran view of the Christian life, as … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Against Calvinism, by Roger Olson

Roger E. Olson.  Against Calvinism.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.  See here to buy the book. Roger Olson is an Arminian theologian.  I decided to read his Against Calvinism after I had read another book that was supportive of Calvinism.  I … Continue reading

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“Take Away Our (Bent or Desire?) to Sinning”

At church last Sunday, the pastor was contrasting a Methodist version of a Charles Wesley hymn with a Lutheran version.  The hymn is “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” The reason that the pastor was commenting on this is that she … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Parables of the Deer, by Carl Schmuland

Carl Schmuland.  Parables of the Deer: A Journey Towards Christian Maturity.  Apopka: New Book Publishing (a division of Reliance Media), 2012.  See here to buy the book. In Parables of the Deer, Carl Schmuland shares photographs of deer that he … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Union with Christ, by J. Todd Billings

J. Todd Billings.  Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011. J. Todd Billings teaches Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary.  I went to Harvard Divinity School with Todd—-I was in the M.Div. … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: John Calvin, by William J. Bouwsma

William J. Bouwsma.  John Calvin: A Sixteenth Century Portrait.  New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. I found this book at my local public library, and I checked it out because I figured that I needed to increase and solidify … Continue reading

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James H. Job, Sr.: I Can’t Help It: Do We Do What We Must Do?

I was in Indiana from February 16-25, attending my sister’s wedding and visiting with family.  I stayed for some time at my Grandpa and Grandma’s house.  For years at that house, I’ve noticed a pamphlet on one of the shelves.  … Continue reading

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Is It Their Fault?

For my write-up today on George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life, I’ll talk about Marsden’s summary on page 442 of Edwards’ views regarding moral responsibility. Later in his life, Jonathan Edwards wrote works that were defending Calvinism, in a world … Continue reading

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