It’s the All Saints Day edition of the Friday Files! Presenting back articles and links from SEA’s archives from the last week of October and beginning of November. Our members’ names are in blue, and I remind you the articles’ views won’t always reflect SEA’s views. But you’re grownups, so you can handle that.
Last year! (2018)
- Roy Ingle, “Are You Timid About Sharing Your Faith?” Probably so. ’Cause fear.
- Roy Ingle, “Did God Cause the Fall of Man?” No, because God doesn’t tempt people. [James 1:13] He’s sovereign enough to grant humans free will to choose our path either towards sin, or Christ.
- Martin Glynn, “Why All Christians Should Celebrate All Saints Day.” It honors the great Christians of the past, particularly the martyrs.
Five years ago! (2014)
- Jerry Walls, “God’s Love and Predestination.” Wesleyans and Calvinists reject the universalist idea God’ll save everyone because he loves them so much. But for two different reasons: For Wesleyans the problem is the determinism, and for Calvinists it’s the love.
- David L. Allen, “Review of Daniel Strange’s Chapter on Those Who Never Hear the Gospel in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her.” Strange concludes if people never hear the gospel, no problem; they were never atoned for anyway.
- Roger E. Olson, “What Is the Duty of a Christian Care-giver (Such As a Chaplain)?” To comfort the suffering. Not necessarily present Christian theology—which is mighty hard to do if you’re Calvinist and believe God is using their suffering to somehow further his own glory.
- Thomas Cogswell Upham, “How Do We Come to Love God?” Our benevolent God loves to dispense his own nature, and pour out his own brightness everywhere.
- William Birch, “Luther’s Dangerous Reformation.” In adopting sola scriptura, Martin Luther opened up the possibility of thousands of differing interpretations of the scriptures—which have since become thousands of Christian traditions.
Ten years ago! (2009)
- Brian Abasciano, Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in Romans 9:1-9: An Intertextual and Theological Exegesis. [PDF] Abasciano’s doctoral dissertation, although you can always get the abbreviated version on Amazon.
- Gerald Owens, “ ‘Defining’ God.” Do we define him by his power or his generosity? How does he define himself?
- Gerald Owens, “Exodus 34:5-7.” When God asks you “Why do you love me?” what will your answer be?
- A. Philip Brown II, “Election in the Old Testament.” [PDF] God chooses things, events, individuals, and corporate entities—and when it comes to his covenant, it’s primarily about corporate entities.
So you’ve seen what SEA has posted this week in 2018, 2014, and 2009… so what did we post this week in 2017? In 2010? In 1976? Well, we weren’t around in 1976. (For some of our members, they weren’t around in 1976.) Still, there’s a lot you can read from our previous years, so feel free to poke around and read a dozen more articles. And if you wanna read some of the other Arminian things on the internet, we have links and books. It’ll keep you busy.