It’s the St. Gregory of Nyssa’s Day edition of the Friday Files, SEA’s weekly look back at this week in previous years.
Articles and links are believed to be of interest to SEA and our members, and maybe you; let’s see whether you read ’em. Their views aren’t necessarily those of SEA. Some are Calvinist! Use your head. SEA members’ names are in blue. Articles are from the second week of January…
- Charles W. Christian, “The God Who Seeks.” Finding God isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be: In the scriptures, God’s constantly pursuing us.
- Ryan Kiblinger, “A Wesleyan Catechism.” [PDF] A free downloadable version of a catechism on the ten commandments, the Methodist Articles of Religion, and the Lord’s prayer—specifically using John Wesley’s words.
- Adam Ford, “Arminian Temptress Convinces Calvinist to Shave His Beard.” Some silliness from the Babylon Bee. (On the plus side, the man did become 500 percent less annoying.)
- Vic Reasoner, “Eschatology.” [audio] In two more parts: Part 3 and Part 4. Part of the FWS Podcast. Reasoner continues to discuss the doctrine of last things.
- Richard Coords, “James White Comments on a Sermon by James McCarthy, Author of John Calvin Goes to Berkeley.” [video] In which McCarthy loosely quotes Jesus, and because it sounds unfamiliar, White isn’t so sure it’s biblical.
- Steve Sewell, “Election and the Character of God.” How Calvinism’s teachings are inconsistent with every major attribute of God, and contrary to how God’s revealed himself.
- Roger E. Olson, “Review of Oliver Crisp’s Deviant Calvinism Part Three.” On chapter 3 of the book, “Libertarian Calvinism”: Crisp’s view of free will, which Olson is pretty sure deviates from historical Calvinism.
- Robert E. Picirilli, “Toward a Non-Deterministic Theology of Divine Providence.” [PDF] What providence means, its extent, where we identify it in the cosmos and among God’s people, and practical applications.
- Mike Barlotta, “Michael Patton, ‘12 Myths About Arminianism.’” Unlike too many Calvinists, Patton understands what Arminians actually do believe, and his article encourages fellow Calvinists to stop misrepresenting us.
- SEA admin, “Dr. Thomas McCall Takes On John Piper and the Calvinistic View of God’s Sovereignty: 2 New Articles Added to Our Resources.” The articles make a compelling case against the usual Calvinist views of exhaustive, deterministic sovereignty.
- Ben Henshaw, “Introducing Dr. Brian Abasciano’s ‘Clearing Up Misconceptions About Corporate Election.’” A clear, compelling case for the corporate view of election.
- Kevin Jackson, “Supralapsarian Calvinists Criticize Infralapsarian Calvinist C. Michael Patton.” Patton believes in the order of salvation, God first determined to create humanity, then determined we’d fall. (Arminians don’t believe he determined the fall at all.) Extreme Calvinists believe God determined the fall before creating humans, and of course they’ve a bone to pick with Patton.
SEA’s archive is pretty huge, and if you wanna read more than just the Friday Files’ highlights, go nuts.
And if you wanna go check out some things outside this site, we have a page of links and books. Again, go nuts. But please come back Monday for a new article!