It’s the St. Thomas Traherne’s Day edition of the Friday Files, our once-a-week substitute for new content. Well, the introduction’s new. And the summaries.
So here we look back at previous SEA posts and links. They don’t always reflect SEA’s views, so use your head. Members’ names are in blue. Posts are from the fourth week of September…
Last year! (2018)
- Joshua McNall, “Wesleyan-Arminianism Is a God-Centered, Not Human-Centered Theology.” Presenting his “Seven Minute Seminary” video on the character of God in salvation:
- Mattie M Boteler, “How Christ Draws.” It’s like gravity.
- Wesley Center Online, “A Sketch of the Life of James Arminius.” From The Works of James Arminius, introducing who he was.
Five years ago! (2014)
- Roger E. Olson, “Intuitive Evangelical Theology versus Scholastic Evangelical Theology: ‘Classical Christian Theism’ as Case Study.” What we learn in theology classes doesn’t always come from the scriptures, but from classical Greek-inspired metaphysical philosophy. The result: Our near and passionate God gets redefined by their distant and passionless descriptions.
- Evan Minton, “Things Calvinists Really Need to Stop Saying.” In debates with Calvinists, Minton regularly gets these three clichéd, unhelpful answers, which they love to use as safety nets. [Or trampolines.]
- David L. Allen, “Is the Atonement Limited in the Synoptics and John? Review of Harmon’s Chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her, Part 12.” Matthew Harmon uses some sloppy logic to explain how three Johannine passages only appear to affirm universal atonement.
- David L. Allen, “Does Paul Teach Limited Atonement? Review of Gibson’s Chapter 12 in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her.” Jonathan Gibson’s hefty chapter on the Pauline literature, in which it feels like he intentionally left out 1 Corinthians 15:3-11.
- Klyne Snodgrass, “A Hermeneutics of Hearing Informed by the Parables with Special Reference to Mark 4.” [PDF] Jesus presented his parables so we’d listen, have insights, understand, and obey. Not merely allegorize; especially not read our own peeves into them.
Ten years ago! (2009)
- Dan Chapa, “Does God Fail If We Resist?” Charles Hodge on resistible grace: He believed if God intends to convert us but we stay unconverted, God failed—a premise he can’t accept. Neither can we; we need to look at what God really intends.
- Dan Chapa, “Prereformation Church History & the Calvinist/Arminian Debate.” In Loraine Boettner’s Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, you’ll get the idea Calvinism dominates church history and every major theologian’s a Calvinist. You’re meant to. But it’s not so; Calvinists are reading themselves, their beliefs, and their causes into it.
- Kevin Jackson, “Book Review: The Shack.” The popular novel about theodicy, William P. Young’s The Shack, has polarized Christians (particularly Calvinists who are outraged at its inexact theology) but Jackson found it moving.
If the Friday Files isn’t enough reading material for you, might I suggest the blogs of SEA’s members? We crank out enough stuff to fill your weekend and then some.