Friday Files, 22 February 2019

, posted by K.W. Leslie

It’s the St. Avilius of Alexandria edition of the Friday Files, our weekly dig though SEA’s archives. The views expressed therein are frequently those of SEA… and sometimes not. Our members’ names are in blue. Posts from the third week of Feburary…

Last year! (2018)

• Craig Keener has an 18-video lecture series on Romans. Or you can just listen to the audio, which is much handier when you’re trying to multitask. Plenty enough drivers on the road trying to watch YouTube. (Yeah, you only think I’m kidding.)

The Remonstrance podcast presents “Legalism” in Episode 33 and Episode 34. How it distracts us away from true holiness; how John Wesley thought on the subject.

Five years ago! (2014)

Michael Rundle asks, “Why Does John Piper Misrepresent Evangelical Arminianism?” Although he admits he doesn’t really answer the question; he just brings it up.

• Daniel D. Wheadon (1808–85), professor of ancient languages at Wesleyan University and author of Freedom of the Will, also has a Commentary on the Bible online at

Martin Glynn asks, “Does God Lament?” Calvinists would say no, but the scriptures are full of divine laments.

• Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus (i.e. St. Jerome) wrote on free will in his 133rd letter. He held we have it—but it requires God’s empowerment.

Ten years ago! (2009)

Martin Glynn, “I’m Free and God Is Still Sovereign.” Because Arminians don‘t believe (and really can’t believe) in the popular Calvinist redefinition of sovereignty, we get accused of not believing in sovereignty at all. We do. We’re just rational about it.

• Scot McKnight introduced the Calvinist resurgence with his Beliefnet articles, “Who Are the NeoReformed?” and “Who Are the NeoReformed? 2.” He describes it as an attempt to hijack Evangelicalism and kick out all the non-Calvinists. A Reformed friend of his calls it Fundamentalism in new clothes.

• Justin Taylor took McKnight to task painting the “neo-Reformed” with what he figures is too broad a brush, in “Scot McKnight’s Caricature of the NeoReformed.” Why surely McKnight can’t mean his favorite Reformed preachers.

That won’t hold you till next week?

Then maybe it’s time to take a gander at our members’ blogs. They write a lot! Pretty sure it’ll even be a struggle to keep up. Which is a nice problem to have if you’re hungry for material.