It’s the St. John Chrysostom’s Day edition of the Friday Files, SEA’s weekly review of what we posted and linked to in days gone by. They don’t always reflect SEA’s views, but we included them because we figure they’re of interest. Our members’ names are in blue. Posts are from the second week of September…
Last year! (2018)
- Hilary Yancey, “My Son’s Suffering Helped Me Understand God’s Suffering.” God’s foreknowledge of suffering doesn’t necessarily mean he causes it, but it does mean he knows how he’s going to resolve it.
- John Oswalt, “Righteousness: The Character of Servanthood (A Study in Isaiah).” The structure of how Isaiah was written, emphasizes its main points about how God’s going to save the world.
- Roy Ingle, “Do Arminians Truly Embrace God’s Sovereignty?” Indeed we do—contrary to Calvinist claims.
- Vic Reasoner, “Salvation.” [audio] In two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. Part of the FWS Podcast. Reasoner explains the doctrine of salvation.
Five years ago! (2014)
- David Martinez, “Old Debate, New Day: Calvinism (Review of the Fischer/Zahnd vs. Montgomery/Jones Debate).” Regarding the two-part debate on Calvinism at Missio Dei Church in Chicago, moderated by Mark Galli. They kept it civil… yet as much as Calvinists talk about God’s glory, they can’t help but depict him as arbitrarily hateful.
- “Strider MTB,” “Tim Keller: Private Calvinist, Public Arminian.” The unvarnished Calvinist view of salvation, reprobation, and theodicy will immediately offend. That’s why Keller avoids publicly stating it.
- David Allen, “Limited Atonement and the Trinity: Review of Letham’s Chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her.” Robert Letham on how unlimited atonement supposedly disrupts the trinity—’cause dying for all, yet not saving all, feels to him like a paradox.
- Evan Minton, “ ‘All Kinds’ of Inconsistency.” When it comes to the extent of Christ’s atonement, Calvinists tend to claim “all” doesn’t really mean all. So let’s apply that idea to the rest of the scriptures, and watch ’em turn to insubstantial mush.
- Roger E. Olson, “ ‘God’s Will’ in Calvinism and Arminianism.” God has two wills, or perhaps two modes of his will: One regarding his plan for our salvation, and one wherein he expresses what he wants his people to do. The difference is Calvinists extend God’s plan to the whole of the cosmos.
Ten years ago! (2009)
- “Dort, Synod of.” The history of the 1618-19 Synod of Dort, as explained by the 1887 Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature.
- Dan Chapa, “Which Comes First, Faith or Regeneration?” Faith. Calvinists claim otherwise, but we got scriptures.
- Matt O’Reilly, “Misrepresenting Arminian Theology: John MacArthur’s Straw Man.” MacArthur shows his lack of familiarity with the theology of those he argues against. [Nothing new.]
- Dan Chapa, “Friday Files: ‘S.M. Baugh and the Meaning of Foreknowledge: Another Look.’ ” A brief review of Tom McCall and Keith D. Stanglin’s article, analyzing how Baugh considered foreknowledge and free will to contradict.
These few links might whet your appetite for more stuff SEA posted; if so, have fun browsing our website. And if you’d rather check out some Arminian writers, we have links to them too. Something for everyone.