Friday Files, 19 April 2019

, posted by K.W. Leslie

It’s the Good Friday edition of the Friday Files (and St. Expeditus’s Day, if you really want to check out a saint too) —our weekly look over SEA’s shoulder at what we’ve posted before. The articles’ views are often those of SEA, but not always. Our members’ names are in blue. Posts from the third week of April…

Last year! (2018)

• Rich Davis, “James White and John 3:16: Rhetoric and Red Herrings.” Davis wrote on the narrow ways Calvinists interpret John 3:16 in his previous article, “Calvinism’s Gospel Tautology.” So White critiqued this article on his 27 March 2018 podcast. Davis’s response: It’s not a serious discussion of Davis’s arguments, mainly because White doesn’t understand symbolic logic.

• Roger E. Olson, “Calvinism and Assurance of Salvation (or Not).” Because Calvinists insist once saved always saved, when someone goes apostate, they claim the person was never really saved to begin with. Totally thought they were; totally weren’t. Which could be true of anyone. So… what assurance do they really have?

• Vic Reasoner, “The Attributes of God.” [audio] Part of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society Podcast; presented in two parts.

Five years ago! (2014)

• Ronnie Rogers, “Is Libertarian Free Will Eternal?” Trying to argue human freedom and determinism are compatible, invariably turns God into evil’s cause.

• Our admin posted, “Illegitimate Insistence on Arminius’ Thought Being Semi-Pelagian in W. Robert Godfrey’s Review of Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace.” In insisting Arminius was semi-Pelagian, Godfrey coins a loosey-goosey definition of the term.

• Roger E. Olson, “What Attracts People into the Young, Restless, Reformed Movement?” The movement takes complex ideas, then reduces them to easy formulas. It’s hardly a new phenomenon. Look at Bill Gothard.

• David Ponter, “Revisiting the Phrases: ‘All Without Distinction,’ and ‘All Without Exception’.” A four-point Calvinist objects to limiting the unlimited statements of scripture for the sake of “hyper Calvinists.” (He’d also prefer we not call him a four-point Calvinist.)

James M. Leonard, “Daily Scripture Commentary: Gentle and Riding on a Donkey.” Jesus humbly, gently, vulnerably offers salvation to all. Not sovereignly forces it upon a select few.

Martin Glynn, “A Good Friday.” Why on earth do we refer to the day our Lord Jesus was tortured to death as “good”?

Ten years ago! (2009)

Looks like we skipped a week. Oh well.

Present day: SEA members’ blogs.

Allow us to direct you, as always, to the many blogs and websites of SEA’s members. We crank out thousands of words a week, so if you’re thirsty for stuff to read, check that out.