It’s the St. Simplician’s Day edition of the Friday Files, our weekly stroll through SEA’s archive garden. Pluck a flower or two. The views expressed in them aren’t always Arminian, so yep, some have thorns. SEA members’ names are in blue. Posts are from the third week of August…
Last year! (2018)
- Mike Barlotta, “The Death of John Owen’s Argument: A General Atonement Means God Failed to Achieve His Goal.” Still taking apart Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.
- In Part 1, Owen figured if Jesus atones for all, everybody’s saved, ’cause sovereignty means God gets everything he wants. [You know, the usual mistake.]
- In Part 2, Owen takes his idea to its logical conclusions—which would be mighty disturbing if he hadn’t got his original premise wrong.
- In Part 3, Owen admits it’d work if salvation was contingent on the condition we believe. But he’s not going there.
- Vic Reasoner, “Atonement.” [audio] In two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. Part of the FWS Podcast. Reasoner explains the doctrine of atonement.
Five years ago! (2014)
- Doug Sayers, “Led Zeppelin, Calvinism and Words with Multiple Meanings.” The line in “Stairway to Heaven” is, “Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.” They surely do for Calvinists.
- Bob Allen, “‘Traditional’ Southern Baptists Counter Calvinism.” Norman Geisler (RIP) warns his fellow Baptists about five-point Calvinists whom he considered more extreme than Calvin himself.
- Braxton Hunter and Paul Cooper, “Is Calvinism True?” [audio] A debate on Calvinism, held as part of the Whosoever Will Conference. Trinity Radio provided a recap of the debate afterwards.
Ten years ago! (2009)
- “firstname.lastname@example.org,” “The Failure of God?” Determinists like to claim if God doesn’t save everybody he wants, he must therefore be weak or powerless. No; it only means he’s not a determinist.
- Dan Chapa, “Friday Files: Benson on Acts 13:48.” In Joseph Benson’s 1847 marginal notes of Acts, [Google Books] he rejects the Calvinist interpretation of τεταγμένοι as “those ordained [to eternal life]” rather than the better “those disposed.”
- Martin Glynn, “Ephesians 1:15-16; A Devotional.” Good theology leads to good practice, as demonstrated by Paul when his understanding of the Ephesians led him to pray for them.
Looking for more to read?
Time for the weekly reminder about SEA’s additional resources page. Now with a table of contents, so you can bounce right to the stuff you want. Because there’s a lot of things to read in there. Oughta take you months.