It’s the St. Irenaeus’s Day edition of the Friday Files, your weekly substitute for a new SEA article: Read a bunch of the old ones instead! They’re still good.
The views expressed therein aren’t always Arminian, nor those of SEA. Posts are from the fourth week of June…
Last year! (2018)
- James M. Rochford, “Biblical Defense of Arminianism.” The case, by an apologist, for the Arminian view. With lots of verses.
- Sam Vassel, “What Does It Mean to Be Wesleyan?” In short, trying to follow God by expressing and reflecting his love.
Five years ago! (2014)
- David Allen, “Review of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective, Part 1.” The first part of a review of David & Jonathan Gibson’s book on limited atonement; namely where we see the idea in church history. Or where we don’t.
- David Allen, “Review of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective, Part 2.” Now for where we see the idea of limited atonement in the scriptures—once you explain away all the passages which say Christ’s atonement is for all.
- Roger E. Olson, “Is This the Best of All Possible Worlds? What I Would Think If I Were a Calvinist.” If you imagine God being meticulously sovereign, omniscient, and perfect, you should assume we’re living in the best possible timeline. Even though it’s littered with atrocities.
- David Allen, “Review of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective, Part 3.” Ultimately, the book doesn’t succeed in demonstrating its premise. Not a single biblical statement overtly states Christ only died for the elect, but easily a dozen verses say he died for all.
Ten years ago! (2009)
- Solus Arminius, “The God Who Blinds?” Some Calvinists take the view that when people don’t understand God, it’s because God himself blinded them to the truth. Some thoughts on that idea.
- Solus Arminius, “Calvinism and Consistency.” To Calvinists, salvation isn’t based on justification by faith; it’s based on God’s effectual decree.
- Daniel Whitby, “Refuting Arguments for Irresistible Grace.” Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. From his Discourse about the five points of Calvinism, Whitby defines grace and tackles what it really is—and that it’s not irresistible.
- Solus Arminius, “Jesus, the Horn of Salvation: But for Whom?” The prophet Zechariah referred to Jesus, the one his son John the baptist was to herald, as a horn of salvation. How far does this salvation extend?
- Dan Chapa, “Friday Files: Daniel Whedon’s Commentary on Romans 9.” In Daniel Whedon’s Commentary on the New Testament he argues Paul’s Old Testament quotations defend an Arminian view of chapter 9.
- Martin Glynn, “Ephesians 1:3-6; A Devotional.” The basic state of our being, in Christ, is that we’re blessed.
Links to visit!
There’s no shortage of Arminian-related material to read, and if you visit our page of links you’ll find a lot. It’s a good way to spend a warm weekend… or a cold one, depending on where on Earth (or the International Space Station) you are.