Friday Files, 22 Sep 17

, posted by K.W. Leslie

The Friday Files compiles posts from Arminian and other non-Calvinist bloggers from round the globe, and highlights older SEA posts. Names in green indicate SEA members. Inclusion isn’t necessarily endorsement. Blame K.W. Leslie for the brief summaries.

Current events

Michael L. Brown, Ask Dr. Brown: “Sorry to tell you, but Jesus is not returning on September 23.” [17 Sep 17] Awww. But still, date-setting isn’t appropriate.

Lifestyle and sanctification

Michael L. Brown, Ask Dr. Brown: “Why I never drink alcohol.” [16 Sep 17] Not condemning those who do (though be honest about your reasons!)—but here are seven reasons Brown personally won’t partake.

Stacy J. Ross, Ramblings from Real Man’s Land: “Memorize God’s promises.” [14 Sep 17] Fight to regain the loss of hope with the scriptures which contradict our despairing thoughts.

Theodicy and suffering

Michael L. Brown, Ask Dr. Brown:

“Why wasn’t Nabeel Qureshi healed?” [18 Sep 17] With so many faith-filled people praying, why didn’t God cure him?

“Jesus smashes the gospel of self-esteem.” [20 Sep 17] If you presume those who are suffering deserve what they get, Jesus begs to differ.

Evan Minton Cerebral Faith: “My thoughts on Nabeel Qureshi’s passing.” [16 Sep 17] A great apologist. God didn’t heal Qureshi, but he will raise him.

Stacy J. Ross, Ramblings from Real Man’s Land:

“Myth: Suffering is never God’s will.” [19 Sep 17] Imagining God would never allow his children to go through suffering, simply adds to our suffering.

“God uses suffering to prove our faith.” [20 Sep 17] Do we still trust God in the midst of our suffering? Or is our faith not genuine?

Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today: How do you solve a theological problem like Maria? [20 Sep 17] Not that the article does… How Christians interpret hurricane season in light of their beliefs on theodicy.

Theology and history

Leighton Flowers (Trad. Baptist), Soteriology 101:

“Choosing messengers.” [16 Sep 17] Though God chose his apostles and prophets, it doesn’t logically follow God also chose those who’d accept their message.

“Foreknowledge doesn’t require predestination.” [19 Sep 17] One can know a certain coming event, while having nothing to do with whether or how it happens. Even if you’re the Almighty.

Ed Jarrett, A Clay Jar: “Arminianism: It’s all about grace.” [19 Sep 17] God takes the initiative in our salvation, and therefore we’re saved by grace alone.

K.W. Leslie, Christ Almighty!: “Free will. And God’s free will.” [13 Sep 17] Christian ideas—and wrong ideas—about the limits of our will, and God’s.

Evan Minton (Molinist), Cerebral Faith: “A look at Kirk MacGregor’s argument for middle knowledge.” [15 Sep 17] God knew counterfactual things before the world came into being, and here’s how MacGregor described it.

Roger E. Olson, My Evangelical Arminian Theological Musings:

“The legacy of the Reformation in contemporary Evangelicalism.” [17 Sep 17] Because most of the first Protestants were determinists, the real origin of the Evangelical ethos comes from the Pietists and Anabaptists.

“Can Mormons be Christians?” [20 Sep 17] Individual Mormons can have an authentic, salvific relationship with Christ; but the LDS church is still heretic.

Calvinists behaving badly

Jeff Maples (Calvinist), Pulpit & Pen: 5 marks of a false gospel.” [20 Sep 17] Repeating the old slander that Arminianism believes we save ourselves.

Ben Witherington III, The Bible & Culture: “John Piper explains why Calvinists are so negative.” [19 Nov 08] Knowledge puffs up. (Here’s a video link.)


Phil Lytle, Rambling Ever On: Breaking: New app unveiled to eradicate devil music.” [19 Sep 17] In our digital age, there are no more LPs and CDs to throw on the bonfire after you repent of your musical choices. But now there’s an app for that!

The Babylon Bee (Calvinist): “New Martin Luther-shaped Amazon Echo will rudely answer all your theology questions.” [21 Sep 17] Because it’s funny that Luther was sometimes a jerk, I guess.

Videos and podcasts

Vin Artese, Remonstrance: “Episode 23: Sanctification (part 1).” [19 Aug 17] Phoebe Palmer’s “shorter way” of sanctification, compared with that of John Wesley.

Leighton Flowers (Trad. Baptist), Soteriology 101: “Critique of Calvinistic pastor, JD Greear, on Ephesians 1.” [20 Sep 17] A point-by-point cordial critique of Greear’s interpretation.

T. Michael W. Halcomb TMWH: “The Bible & theology: Dr. Michael Halcomb & Dr. Ben Witherington.” [11 Nov 14] In which Witherington explains why he’s a Wesleyan Methodist—and not Calvinist.

From the SEA archives

Solus Arminius:

“This ain’t your grandpa’s Arminianism.” [26 Aug 11] The way Arminianism has been stereotyped in the 20th century is quickly vanishing, thanks to present-day Arminian scholars.

“Conditional perseverance.” [29 Aug 11] Many Arminians believe in eternal security, but Arminius left open the idea that it’s not so.

“No one can ‘see’ the kingdom of God.” [1 Sep 11] The Calvinist idea that a person must be regenerate before they can believe, contradicts the scriptures.

“Various interpretations vs. truth.” [2 Sep 11] Every theology (such as Open Theism) claims it’s ‘biblical’—by which they often mean ‘orthodox.’ But their views must be weighed against the entirety of the scriptures, not cherry-picked supportive verses.

“God’s proactive, enabling, sufficient, prevenient grace.” [6 Sep 11] Every sinner is saved by grace through faith, and this is what that grace entails.

“Have you missed the point regarding Arminianism?” [7 Sep 11] Much of the reason people describe themselves as ‘Calminians’ is because they can’t abide all of Calvinism’s points… yet don’t realize Arminianism affirms the same ideas they do.

God Is My Judge: “James Arminius.” Offsite [16 Sep 11] A YouTube overview of Arminius and the Remonstrants’ history.

Ben Henshaw: “Does Erwin Lutzer offer false hope to Calvinist parents?” [13 Sep 11]

Russell Moore (Calvinist): “Dungeons and Dragons and debating Calvinism.” Offsite [8 Sep 11] The reason Calvinist debates get so heated, is because the participants don’t care to build one another up; they just want to be right.

Roger E. Olson: “What I mean when I say I am ‘Against Calvinism.’ ” [13 Sep 11] Ten things “against Calvinism” does not mean.