Once again it’s time for The Friday Files, our weekly stack of links.
We highlight older SEA posts of interest, and posts some of the latest from Arminian and non-Calvinist blogs. Names in green indicate SEA members. Inclusion isn’t necessarily endorsement. Blame K.W. Leslie for the brief summaries.
From the SEA archives:
Brian Abasciano: “Acts 27 and the possibility of apostasy.” [9 Feb 12] Some of the things Calvinists consider certain, are really conditional. Perseverance included.
B.P. Burnett: “A very brief explanation of Jacobus Arminius’ doctrine of the twofold will of God.” [6 Feb 12] To Calvinists, God has two wills, revealed and private; and they’ve no trouble with the idea the wills might contradict. Arminius disagreed—and preferred the idea of a twofold will.
God Is My Judge: “Ephesians 1: Chosen ‘in him’.” [9 Feb 12] God’s election our salvation is entirely based on Christ and his work.
Roger E. Olson, My Evangelical Arminian Theological Musings:
• “Where I have a problem with Calvinism.” [1 Feb 12] Olson had no problem with Calvinism till it started calling him heretic.
• “Some thoughts about my conversation with Michael Horton.” [4 Feb 12] The struggles with Arminians and Calvinists talking past one another—but we have to dialogue and understand one another.
J.C. Thibodeaux, Arminian Perspectives: “The transfer of nonsense principle.” [16 Apr 10] If we can’t change the past, and the past contains accurate predictions of the future, can we change the future? How does foreknowledge work again?
• “The Westminster Confession of Faith: Handwaving.” [27 Jan 12] God isn’t the author of sin, but per the Confession, he’s the author of all. Except sin, somehow.
• “Calvinist doctrine leads to the conclusion that there is no sin in the world.” [30 Jan 12] Per Thomas Taylor: If God’s the author of all, yet doesn’t sin, then sin must be an illusion, right?
• “Does God repent? Bible Answer Man clarifies.” [1 Feb 12] “Repentance” is kind of an anthropomorphism projected upon a perfect God.
Ron Blake, IronStrikes: “We have worked hard all night.” [3 Nov 17] The fishermen worked all night, but at Jesus’s command they caught fish. When we’re spinning our own wheels, we should bear this in mind. [Lk 5.1-5]
Lifestyle and sanctification:
Nelson Banuchi, By the Tree:
• “Devotion #29: We need revival!” [3 Nov 17] “God of second chances?” What about these one-strike-you’re-out passages?
• “Devotion #30: ‘The holy ones.’” [8 Nov 17] How you know you’re holy: You love one another.
Stacy J. Ross, Ramblings from Real Man’s Land:
• “The need for repentance.” [6 Nov 17] The culture comes apart when they reject God, and it’s not coming back together till the church repents.
• “We must repent of our pride.” [7 Nov 17] There are no human solutions to the culture’s problems. We humble ourselves by recognizing we can’t fix things; God can.
• “We must repent of our prayerlessness.” [8 Nov 17] America’s problem isn’t a lack of time to pray, but a lack of will. Hence an anemic prayer life, and apathetic church.
• “We must repent of our personal sin.” [9 Nov 17] The church can’t be salt and light when we justify our own bad behavior.
Kirsten Powers, Washington Post: “Why ‘thoughts and prayers’ is starting to sound so profane.” [6 Nov 17] If “thoughts and prayers” aren’t followed by action, they’re hypocrisy.
Theology and history:
Michael L. Brown, Ask Dr. Brown:
• “Does God bless those who bless Israel?” [28 Oct 17, VIDEO] Balaam blessed Israel even though that generation was under condemnation. It’s a recognition that God’s hand is still at work in Israel.
• “Has Christianity ‘replaced’ Judaism?” [4 Nov 17, VIDEO] Jesus didn’t come to establish a new religion, but bring God’s kingdom to earth—and take it from the wrong-headed leadership of his day.
Evan Minton, Cerebral Faith:
• “Q&A: Did Jesus really sacrifice anything since he was resurrected?” [2 Nov 17] Since Jesus’s death was undone over the weekend, was it actually a sacrifice?
• “A response to Vexen Crabtree: God does have free will.” [5 Nov 17] Replying to a blogger who thinks he doesn’t, because perfection, morality, timelessness, and his plan have him locked into stasis.
• “Reasons to accept the gospels’ traditional authorship.” [7 Nov 17] Not that rejecting it changes the validity of Christ any.