Table of Contents
- Historic Arminian Authors and Documents
- Current Remonstration – Websites Defending Arminianism
- Arminian Community – Blogs and Websites from an Arminian or Arminian-ish Perspective
- Arminian Video and Audio Files
- Reading Suggestions and Contemporary Free Material
- Bible Study Tools
Historic Arminian Authors and Documents
The Arminian Confession of Faith (1622) This is an excerpt of the famous Confession of the Remonstrant Pastors that was written shortly after the Synod of Dort to make a clear statement of the Remonstrant faith and correct misrepresentations of the Remonstrants’ faith published in the Acts of the Synod of Dort (published in Latin as Acta Synodi Nationalis). As soon as a public domain English translation of the Confession becomes available, we will make it available here. The full Latin text of the Confession including a parallel English translation is available through Pickwick Publications under the title The Arminian Confession of 1621 (ISBN: 1-59752-337-2).
The Arminian Confession of 1621 — read in full on SEA.
Opera Theologica – Works of James Arminius in Latin 1629 — Latin text of the Works of James Arminius
Thyra Aneogmene: The Open Door for Man’s Approach to God — Written by Arminian scholar, John Horn (1614-1676), in 1650 as a refutation of the book The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by Calvinist John Owen. It is written in Old English, and so is challenging reading. But it is a rare and valuable book setting forth early Arminian interaction with early Calvinist argumentation.
Nathan Bangs on The Errors of Hopkinsianism — This two volume work provides a defense of Wesleyan/Arminianism from the modified Calvinism of Samuel Hopkins:
Joseph Agar Beet, Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (1877) — Outstanding analysis of Romans from an Arminian perspective
Joseph Benson’s Commentaries (1847):
Edward Bird on The Horrible Decree of Unconditional Election (1726) — Great example of early Engish Arminianism. Byrd explains total depravity, prevenient grace, unlimited atonement, conditional decrees, predestination and perserveriance as he examines some of the problems in Calvinism. He has mild appeals to middle knowledge. The full title of the work is another exceedingly long one.
Kaspar Brandt, The Life of James Arminius — Early biography of James Arminius
Frederick Calder, Memoirs of Simon Episcopius — Records some of the history around the Synod of Dort and the Remonstrants.
This is the Latin text of the incomplete systematic theology of Arminius’ greatest student and leader of the Remonstrants at Dort, Simon Episcopius. Opra Theologica
Benjamin Field, The Student’s Handbook of Christian Theology — A concice systematic theology by Methodist Benjamin Field written in 1870
Calvinistic Controversy by Wilbur Fisk — A review of Calvinism, moral agency and accountability, total depravity, prevenient grace and regeneration, published in 1835.
Frédéric Louis Godet, Commentary on Romans (1883) — A classic example of non-Calvinist detailed exegisis of Romans.
Godrules – Searchable works of many classical Christian authors including James Arminius, John Wesley and Adam Clarke
John Goodwin, Christian Theology — Early English Arminian John Goodwin (1594 – 1665) wrote a brief systematic theology (about 450 pages).
The Puritan Arminian John Goodwin’s (1593-1665) magisterial Redemption Redeemed, which some believe to be the best defense of Arminianism ever written, a powerful, classic, comprehensive, biblical defense of five point Reformation Arminian theology weighing in at 740 pages.
The Puritan Arminian John Goodwin’s (1593-1665) extensive treatment of Romans 9 in An Exposition of the Ninth Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans with the Banner of Justification Displayed.
Grantham Institute – Historically the Free Will Baptists, English General Baptists and American General Baptists have followed the course laid out by John Smyth, Thomas Helwys and others beginning in 1611. Their theology of salvation was essentially Arminian in nature and closely resembled the teachings of Jacoubus Arminius in Holland. This site explores both historical and contemporary themes on this site and encourage your serious and avid participation in both the issues of theology and ministry and how they relate to both the modern Arminian Baptist and Evangelical church.
Thomas Helwys, Declaration of Faith–The First Baptist Confession — Thomas Helwys is known as the founder of the Baptist movement. He was an Arminian, and so history records that the first Baptists in Europe were Arminian.
Francis Hodgson, The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted — The expositional sermons of a Methodist preacher on the topic of predestination published in 1855 at the request of his friends.
Philip van Limborch (1633-1712) wrote the first complete Remonstrant Systematic Theolgoy. Though he slighted original sin and had questionable views on total depravity, he still does make some very strong points agianst Calvinism. Here’s an Engish translation of his work entitled “A Compleat System, or Body of Divinity, both Speculative and Practical”: (link)
Dictionary of Methodism – Online, searchable and expanded version of the current printed volume.
Thomas William Jenkyn, The Extent of the Atonement, in its Relation to God and the Universe — Full length treatment on unlimited atonement published in 1846
James Nichols did a great amout of work getting Arminian books published, but he also wrote a bit himself. Here’s his work Calvinism and Arminianism Compared in Their Principles and Tendency. (link)
Objections to CALVINISM as it is by Randolph S. Foster(1820-1903)
Remonstrant Artwork – in Dutch, but hundreds of paintings regarding the Remonstrants
John McClintock, Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature — Great resource with lots of material on the Calvinism/Arminian debate by Wesleyan/Arminian John McClintock
Essays on Predestination, Providence, and Related Matters by John Plaifere, Christopher Potter, Laurence Womock, Thomas Goad, and Louis Chéron (A.D. 1719) — Plaifere & Goad take a Middle Knowledge approach to predestination. Christopher Potter defends his sermons on prevenient grace and coversion. Laurence Womock defends Daniel Tinelus, a critic of the Synod of Dort and example of early English Armianism.
Philip Pugh, Arminianism v. hyper-Calvinism: 3 letters to S. Cozens [in answer to tracts by him] — Three letters reviewing the sermons of Cozens; published in 1860
Thomas N. Ralston, Elements of Divinity — Wesleyan/Arminian Professor Thomas N. Ralston’s course lectures (1851)
Systematic Theology published in 1877-1879 by Methodist professor Miner Raymond:
Moses M. Smart, A Brief View of Christian Doctrine. (Lowell: N. L. Dayton, 1843). — This is a 300+ page systematic theology from the Freewill Baptist tradition.
Daniel Steele and J.W. Lindsay, Commentary on the Old Testament Volume 2: Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy — Commentary on the books of Leviticus and Numbers by Methodist professor Daniel Steele, and Deuteronomy by J.W. Lindsay; published in 1891
Daniel Steele and M.S. Terry, Commentary on the Old Testament Volume 3: Joshua – 2 Samuel — Commentary on the Book of Joshua by Methodist professor Daniel Steele and commentary on the books of Joshua through 2 Samuel by M.S. Terry, published in 1901.
Daniel Steele, Half-hours with St. John’s Epistles — Study in 1, 2 & 3 John by Methodist professor Daniel Steele published in 1901
In the footsteps of Arminius: A delightsome pilgrimage by William Fairfield Warren — A history of the life and times of James Arminius
Richard Watson’s Theological Institutes (1857) is perhaps the best example of early Wesleyan/Arminianism Systematic Theology.
The Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library – Works of James Arminius, John Wesley’s sermons, notes on the scripture and other writings, Charles Wesley’s hymns, H. Orton Wiley’s systematic theology, Richard Watson, John Fletcher the Holiness Classics Library and more.
John Wesley and William Carpenter, Wesleyana, Or A Complete System of Wesleyan Theology Selected from the Writings of the Rev. John Wesley (Revised, enlarged, and an index added; New York: T. Mason and G. Lane, 1840) — A small systematic theology based on passages, and lengthy quotations, extracted from Wesley’s writings.
Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism — This 1906 book by Rev. James Alex. Macdonald not only contains Wesley’s revision, but also identifies the changes Wesley made and gives explanatory notes concerning the changes he made.
Daniel D. Whedon, Commentary on the New Testament, Volume 1: Matthew-Mark — Wesleyan/Arminian Daniel Denison Whedon’s commentary on the New Testament books of Matthew and Mark (1874)
Daniel D. Whedon, Commentary on the New Testament, Volume 2: Luke-John — Wesleyan/Arminian Daniel Denison Whedon’s commentary on the New Testament books of Luke and John(1874)
Daniel D. Whedon, Commentary on the New Testament, Volume 3: Acts-Romans — Wesleyan/Arminian Daniel Denison Whedon’s commentary on the New Testament books of Acts through Romans (1875)
Daniel D. Whedon, Commentary on the New Testament, Volume 4: 1 Corinthians-2 Timothy — Wesleyan/Arminian Daniel Denison Whedon’s commentary on the New Testament books of 1 Corinthians-2 Timothy (1876)
Daniel D. Whedon, Commentary on the New Testament, Volume 5: Titus-Revelation — Wesleyan/Arminian Daniel Denison Whedon’s commentary on the New Testament books of Titus through Revelation (1880)
Daniel D. Whedon, The Freedom of the Will as a Basis of Human Responsibility and a Divine Government — Wesleyan/Armininan Daniel Denison Whedon’s review of Edwards’ Inquiry into the Will is wonderful; both complete and acurate. The book has also been edited and republished under the title, Freedom of the Will: A Weslyan Response to Jonathan Edwards (though this latter edition is not available for free viewing like the original is; the first linkof this entry goes to the free online original; the second goes to the modern revised version).
Daniel Whitby, Discourses on the 5 Points — Warning: Whitby slighted the doctrine of original sin. But besides that, he had the loudest voice against Calvinism in his day. His classic work from 1735, which provides detailed scriptural explanations of large numbers of scriptural texts brought up in the Calvinist/Armininian debate, drew famous responses from Calvinsits John Gill (The Cause of God and Truth) and Jonathan Edwards (Inquiry into the Will).
A major work with an exceedingly long title by Laurence Womack (or Womock) (1612-1685 AD), a seventeenth century Arminian Puritan Bishop, published in 1638. Includes an examination and defense of the five articles of the Remonstrants. The full title is The Examination of Tilenus Before the Triers, in Order to His Intended Settlement in the Office of a Public Preacher, in the Commonwealth of Utupia: Whereupon Are Annexed The Tenets of the Remonstrants, Touching Those Five Articles Voted, Stated, and Emposed, but Not Disputed, at the Synod of Dort. Together with a Short Essay, by Way of Annotations, Upon the Fundamental Theses of Mr. Thomas Parker. The examination and defense of the five articles of the Remonstrants is availabe at SEA as an excerpted document.
Laurence Womock, The Calvinists Cabinet Unlock’d is a major anti-Calvinistic work written by Laurence Womock (or Womack), a 17th century English Arminian bishop and theologian, published in 1659. Book length is 634 pages. The full title is: Arcana dogmatum anti-remonstrantium. Or the Calvinists cabinet unlock’d. In an apology for Tilenus, against a pretended vindication of the synod of Dort. At the provocation of Master R. Baxter, held forth in the preface to his Grotian religion. Together, with a few soft drops let fall upon the papers of Master Hickman.
Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library — a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation
John Miley, Systematic Theology (2 vols.; New York, Hunt & Eaton; Cincinnati, Cranston & Stowe, 1892) — Calvinist theologian Wayne Grudem says that this is probably the most scholarly and extensive of Arminian systematic theologies. It takes a governmental view of the atonement, which some Arminians embrace but many Arminians disagree with. Volume 1 and Volume 2. Those links give variuos file options for viewing the volumes. Here is a pdf of the combined “full text” option at each of those links, which seems to be a machine transcription of scans of the book and can have some typos as a result: Miley. Systematic Theology.
The Post-Reformation Digital Library website: Not devoted to Arminian texts, but has many. A description from the website: The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a select database of digital books relating to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th c.). Late medieval and patristic works printed and referenced in the early modern era are also included.
The Arminian Confession of 1621 — We are excited to have the premeir English translation of this work on our site due to the graciousness of the translator, Dr. Mark A. Ellis. It is the only English translation of the Remomnstrants’ confession available for free that we know of. It is a blessing that it also happens to be the foremost English translation of the work.
Samuel Wakefield, A Complete System of Christian Theology or A Concise, Comprehensive, and Systematic View of the Evidences, Doctrines, Morals, and Institutions of Christianity (New York: Carlton and Porter, 1862). — Wakefield was an American Methodist pastor who published his system in 1862. Wakefield is truly systematic in organization, both precise and concise, with often beautiful writing that is incredibly readable for a book written in the 1800’s. He is consistent in laying out definition, biblical basis, and defense (sometimes polemical) against major opposing views.
Current Remonstration – Websites Defending Arminianism
Arguments against Calvinism – short paper contains a list of common-sense and biblical arguments against Calvinism.
Arminianism – brief history and definition of Arminianism.
Arminianisme Évangélique — Arminian resources in French
Biblical Theology – investigates theological issues and their relationship to the Bible. Contains articles on Sin, The Atonement, Calvinism/Arminianism and more.
Calvinism Critiqued by a Former Calvinist – Not 100% Arminian, but makes some good points about Calvinism.
Calvinism Examined – The purpose of this examination is to embrace the Apostle Paul’s words at 1st Thessalonians 5:21 which states: “Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” Calvinism Examined has numerous articles and explanations of various scriptures that come up in the Calvinism/Arminianism debate.
Chris Skinner – Not Arminian, but contains articles explain various passages used by Calvinists in a non-Calvinist way.
Crisis Publishing – Arguments against Calvinism with a heavy emphasis on Greek grammar. Warning!!! This site calls Calvinism another Gospel, which is not a view held by SEA.
CRI/Voice, Institute – A site with scholarly writings from a largely Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. Note: some articles advocate the “Open View”, which is not a position held by SEA.
Eternal Security – The purpose of this web site is to cause the believer in Christ to examine what the Bible says about sin and security, and to encourage them not to base their eternal souls on what some Christian teacher or theologian thinks about it. One thing for sure, we will answer to the God of holiness on Judgment Day, and not that teacher or theologian!
Helwys Society Forum – This website highlights Arminian theology from a Baptistic perspective.
In Death or Life – A site dedicated to teaching sound Christian doctrine
Inplainsite – Apologetics and articles on Calvinism/Arminianism.
The Arminian Magazine from The Fundamental Wesleyan Society
Wikipedia on Arminianism – Great series of articles on Arminianism. Check out the “Also see” section for related articles.
Seedbed – Publishes free daily content from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. Managed by Asbury Seminary.
Arminian Community – Blogs and Websites from an Arminian or Arminian-ish Perspective
(Blogs/sites that have a substantial focus on Arminianism or that are run by SEA members have been marked by an asterisk)
Along the Way: Walking the Road of Faith* — Marie Gregg’s blog
The Traditional Baptist Chronicles (formerly The Arminian Chronicles)* – Dedicated largely to critiquing famous Calvinistic Works
Dawn’s Deliberations* – Hoping To Make A Difference
Gene Brode, Jr. – Christian living and fiction writer
In the Light of His Word* — SEA member Michael Woo’s blog
Introspectives of an Arminian Christian* – Journal thoughts and ideas concerning various Christian theological questions approached from the Arminian perspective.
MatthewPinson.com — The blog of J. Matthew Pinson, Welch College’s fifth president since 2002. He is the author or editor of numerous articles and books, including Perspectives on Christian Worship (B&H), Four Views on Eternal Security (Zondervan), A Free Will Baptist Handbook (Randall House), and Arminian and Baptist (Randall House).
Open Your Eyes & See the Harvest* — A blog in which members of Harvest Church post their reflections on a range of topics, including: revival, evangelism, spiritual growth, the work of the Holy Spirit, and some related theological topics.
Orthodoxy for Everyone Matt O’Reilly*
Ozarks Theology: Musings about Scripture and related Topics — The blog of Mark Block*
Please Tell Me the Truth Ministries* — A non-profit organization founded by Mark Stengler Jr. that seeks to equip Christians with resources to defend their faith, and to evangelize biblically and effectively.
Rambling Ever On* — Wide-ranging content from multiple authors. Staff member Gowdy Cannon is a SEA member.
Ramblings from Real Man’s Land* — Stacy J. Ross’ blog
The Kingdom of Hope* Brian Peterson
The Paleo Baptist* Austin Long
The Schooley Files – A forum for discussion Evangelical theology and related social, political, and literary topics.
The Sound of Thunder – Arminianism from a Pentecostal context
Theology and Snack*
Theology Seeking Faith in Durham Great Mysteries of Biblical Faith
Treasures Old and New: Biblical Texts and Meaning* – Conversation regarding the Bible, textual criticism, biblical theology, Reformation Arminianism and Calvinism, church ministry and worship, and the occasional diversion.
Wesleyan Arminian* – Arminian theology from a Wesleyan perspective.
William G. Witt -William G. Witt boasts Arminius as one of his theological mentors.
The Christ Almighty! blog* — by K.W. Leslie
Arminian Video and Audio Files
Better Together Podcast – The Better Together Podcast, produced by the National Association of Free Will Baptists, features short, practical, and informative interviews with people from the “trenches” of ministry.
IMARC Audio Files – An Arminian site with a few free mp3 files. There is an excellent audio critique of Calvinism by Dr. Jerry Walls (co-author of Why I’m not a Calvinist). There are several sermons by Dr. Vic Reasoner, who helps produce The Arminian Magazine. In addition, there are 4 John Wesley sermons that have been narrated by Rev. D. Crossman.
Steve Gregg – The Narrow Path – Steve has done a 9 part series entitled “God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Salvation” (available HERE). See also his debate with Douglas Wilson (same page). In addition, he has done a verse by verse exposition of Romans 9 (available HERE). Note Steve isn’t fully Arminian – he holds different views of depravity and original sin, but his argumentation against Calvinism is solid non-the-less. Gregg has verse-by-verse lectures through the whole Bible on his site (also available in a phone app).
Arminius – The Scapegoat of Calvinism – A presentation by Dr. Vic Reasoner. He explains the historical background for Arminianism. He argues that Arminius and Wesley have often been misrepresented by their critics. He addresses three misrepresentations: that Arminians do not hold to total depravity, that they hold to the absolute free will of man, and that they promote a works salvation.
Why I Am Not A 5 Point Calvinist – A sermon from Dr. Norman Geisler where he explains why he is not a Calvinist. Geisler is enjoyable to listen to, and he explains the problems with Calvinism in terms that are easily understood by the layman. He gives a number of good analogies. When it comes to Calvinism/Arminianism, Geisler is neither fish nor fowl, as he tries to split the middle. He does make some interesting points.
Gurney Lectures on Evangelism – (March 2nd – 4th). Dr Patterson preaches a three part series at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on the topics of the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. Patterson is the current president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
Palmer Lectures in Wesleyan Studies – Seattle Pacific University has a series of audio links from a Wesleyan view. SPU is affiliated with the Free Methodist denomination. Thomas Oden has a good series on historical Christianity. Not all speakers are Classical Arminian – Pinnock (for example) is an Open Theist.
Asbury Theological Seminary – Asbury has audio podcasts of their chapel services. Asbury is an inter-denominational seminary in the Wesleyan-Arminian Tradition.
William Lane Craig Podcascts – Regular podcasts of Dr. Craig’s Defenders Class and of his conversational program “Reasonable Faith”. Craig is an advocate of Middle Knowledge (Molinism), which is a type of Arminian theology. Check the “Doctrine of Man” series (starting at part 12) and the “Doctrine of Salvation” series for Craig’s specific thoughts relating to Arminian and Calvinist theology.
The Berean Call – A fellow named Jesse Larsen has put together some mp3 links from The Berean Call (a Christian radio show) when they have addressed the issue of Calvinism. There are a number of topics, most fairly short in length (under 10 minutes or so) He also has a link to a sermon by Bob Hoekstra entitled “The Sovereignty Of God And The Responsibility Of Man”. The Berean Call is a radio show hosted by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon. They are non-Calvinists who hold to eternal security. Bob Hoekstra is a pastor with Calvary Chapel, and is also involved in prison ministries.
The Bible Project Podcast — The Bible Project produces short videos explaining the Bible. They comment: “Our videos are actually animated versions of much larger conversations that have been distilled into the most salient points. In The Bible Project podcast, Tim and Jon invite you into their dialogue concerning the biblical theology behind each video.”
The Bible Project: Exploring My Strange Bible — This is the personal podcast of Tim Mackie (the lead scholar behind the Bible Project), produced by The Bible Project. It’s an anthology of Tim’s lectures, sermons, and classroom teachings, collected over the last 10 years. They’ve been brought together to help you take a deeper dive into the Scriptures and the language and history of the Bible. May Bible nerds live long and prosper!
SBC Today has several audio links dealing with the influence of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention. According to the website, “SBC Today exists to restore unity in the convention around biblical discipleship and our historic Baptist distinctives.” There are interviews with Jerry Vines and Ergun Caner. There is also an interesting sermon by David Allen, in which he argues that Luke is the author of Hebrews. In the course of his presentation he makes an excllent argument against “Limited Atonement”
The Sinnergists Podcast — Run by Nicholas Quient & Thomas Horrocks
The Fundamental Wesleyan Society – The Fundamental Wesleyan Society is a fellowship dedicated to the spread of Biblical Wesleyan theology. They have an audio page with a number of interesting topics, including: systematic theology, principles of Bible interpretation, an overview of sermons by John Wesley, and other items of interest.
The Meeting House – The Meeting House is an Anabaptist Church in Canada pastored by Bruxy Cavey. Cavey did an excellent 7 part series contrasting Arminianism and Calvinism called “Chosen & Choosing” (October 11, 2011). But many of his other sermons are online, serving as a good sermon resource from an Arminian.
In Search of Truth – The website In Search of Truth has a 4 part series by Bob Waldron critiquing Calvinism. Waldron is a pastor/professor/missionary who comes from a Church of Christ background. Reservations: He argues from a Semi-Pelagian view, and also has strong denominational opinions unique to the Church of Christ (baptism, and instruments).
Classic Holiness Sermons – From the site: “The purpose of this site is the proclamation of the message of Full Salvation from sin, by the preservation and publication of great sermons from conservative holiness preachers of the past and present.”
Dennis McCallum – A presentation on Romans 9. McCallum’s style is engaging. The presentation is in front of a youth group, so it’s taught at a level where anyone can understand. It is based on the book: God’s Strategy in Human History, by Roger Forster and Paul Marston. McCallum is the founder of Xenos, a home church movement.
Unbelievable – UK host Justin Brierley has audio interviews with Calvinist James White and Arminians Roger and Faith Forster (Roger Forster is co-author of the book “God’s Strategy in Human History”). They debate on the topics of predestination and hell. Episode dates are August 1 and August 8, 2009.
Greg Boyd – Boyd is the pastor of Woodland Hills church in Minneapolis, MN. He is an open theist (a position which SEA does not affirm), however, his argumentation against Calvinism is solid nonetheless. Be sure to check out his sermon about predestination preached on 6/24/94, and his Q&A on 8/22/2009.
Sermons by A.W. Tozer – Tozer might not have accepted the label “Arminian”, but his theology is basically Arminian. He is well known and respected by Arminians and Calvinists alike for his sound doctrine, passion for Christ, and great piety.
The Line of Fire – A Christian radio show by Dr. Michael Brown. Dr. Brown spent several days of his show in Nov 4, Nov 5, Nov 9, Nov 10, 2009 on the topic of Calvinism. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. In part 3, Brown gives an account how he was a Calvinist for five years and then later rejected the system. *The audio files for shows aired prior to 8/1/09 are currently unavailable.
Dr. Michael Brown: “Calvinism Or Arminianism?” — Dr. Michael Brown, a former Calvinists turned Arminian and member of SEA, presents both sides of the debate between Arminianism and Calvinism in 4 sessions, available in 4 You Tube videos or one MP3 audio file.
The debate between Arminian scholar, former Calvinist, and SEA member Dr. Michael L. Brown with Calvinist Pastor Bruce Bennett at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Merrick, Long Island, on May 11, 2013: Dr. Michael Brown vs. Pastor Bruce Bennett on Who Makes The Final Choice in Salvation…God or Man?
The debate between Arminian scholar, former Calvinist, and SEA member Dr. Michael L. Brown and Calvinist Dr. James White at Southern Evangelical Seminary, February 14, 2013: Dr. Michael Brown vs. Dr. James White on Predestination, Election, and the Will of God.
The audio from the debate between Austin Fischer, the author of Young, Restless and No Longer Reformed, and Calvinist apologist Dr. James White on Unbelievable Radio from February or March of 2014. For a review of the debate from an Arminian perspective, see David Martinez, “Great Conversation Between Austin Fischer and James White”. While Fischer seems to have done a good job, be sure to check out Martinez’s notes to avoid falling for some of White’s misleading rhetoric.
xenos.org – Xenos has a number of excellent resources that come from am Arminian friendly view. From their website: Xenos Christian Fellowship is a culturally relevant, non-traditional and non-denominational church with mainstream biblical doctrines. We develop community through home groups led by volunteers. Xenos is known for its equipping ministries for developing Christian workers and leaders. Our RealMedia Bible teachings, class materials, and essays are excellent resources to browse and download at no charge. Or visit our online store for tapes, books and CDs. They have expositional preaching/teaching available on their site for most books of the Bible here.
Free Will Baptist Bible College – Chapel podcasts of Free Will Baptist Bible College. The link is on the left column of FWBBC’s website.
David Pawson now has all of his audio teachings available for free online at http://davidpawson.org/. He’s a UK preacher who’s solidly Arminian. He has done expository preaching on every book of the Bible. If one does not find a particular Bible book or passage listed on his site, try googling his name and the book. For some reason, the listing at his site seems to be incomplete and less than the full amount of resources available there.
Chuck Smiths’ teaching through the entire Bible is available to listen to online along with text notes on the passages: http://www.twft.com/?page=c2000 .
Pastor and SEA member Joshua Johnson’s expositional sermons (“pericope by pericope” rather than “verse by verse” style) may be found online here. The church he currently serves also has a podcast for which he is the primary speaker at http://cccnaz.podbean.com. And his sermons from January 2014 – May 2018 can be found at http://newbeginningsnazareneloudon.podbean.com.
Pastor and SEA member Jeff Weddle’s expositional sermons may be found online at http://rhinelanderbible.org/sunnot.html.
Sermons from an Arminian perspective by Wendel Brane, Dennis Laub, and Ted Rapone of Trinity Evangelical church may be found online at http://www.trinity-evangelical-church.org , and Ted Rapone’s may also be found online at http://cgsleo.org/audio/sermons (Ted’s sermon end around 6/29/09; look from there backward to find them).
The sermons of Arminian pastor Doug Newton, who serves at a Free Methodist church in Greenville, IL, may be found online here: http://greenvillefmc.org/#/home.
The sermons of Wesleyan-Arminian pastor Dr. Vincent G. Artese, who serves at Pilgrim’s Pathway Christian Church in Monroe, Connecticut, may be found online here: http://www.pilgrimspathway.org/Sermons.htm
The audio of expositional verse by verse sermons by Arminian pastor and scholar Brian Abasciano of Faith Community Church in Hampton, NH are now being put online. A new one goes up about every 2 weeks. A list of links to Abasciano’s sermons available on the internet may be found at this link: https://archive.org/details/faithcommunitychurch?sort=-publicdate&and=creator%3A%22brian+abasciano%22. The church’s sermon page may be found here: https://archive.org/details/faithcommunitychurch. And a list of the church’s sermon links in chronological order starting with the most recent can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Afaithcommunitychurch&sort=-publicdate.
The audio of expositional verse by verse sermons by Arminian pastor Bob Lovejoy of Faith Community Church in Hampton, NH are now being put online. A new one goes up about every 2 weeks. A list of links to Lovejoy’s sermons available on the internet may be found at this link: http://archive.org/search.php?query=Bob%20Lovejoy%20Faith%20Community%20Church. The church’s sermon page may be found here: https://archive.org/details/faithcommunitychurch. And a list of the church’s sermon links in chronological order starting with the most recent can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=collection%3Afaithcommunitychurch&sort=-publicdate.
Audio files of expository sermons by Arminian pastor Myron Crockett of New Hope Community Church (Burlington, IA) are now being put online. Normally, a new sermon goes up every week. A list of links to Pastor Crockett’s sermons available on the internet may be found at the following link: http://archive.org/search.php?query=myron%20crockett.
Audio files of expository sermons by Arminian pastor Ben Henshaw of Rand Memorial Congregational Church (Seabrook, NH) are now available online at https://randmemorialchurch.wordpress.com/sermons/. Normally, a new sermon goes up every week.
Audio files of expository sermons by Arminian pastor and scholar Douglas Stuart are available online at http://www.linebrook.org/grow/sermons/. Stuart is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of numerous publications, including various Old Testament commentaries, Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students and Pastors, and How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (with Gordon Fee), His books have been translated into over thirty different languages.
The Francis Asbury Society sponsored a day of four fantastic lectures about Jacob Arminius and his thought delivered by Dr. Keith Stanglin and Dr. Thomas McCall, co-authors of the important book: Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace. The lectures may be found here.
Steve Seamands Audio Lectures: Introduction to Wesleyan Theology — Over 11 hours of audio lectures from Dr. Steve Seamands, professor of Christian Doctrine at Asbury Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1983. There are also power point slides available for download.
Seedbed’s “Seven Minute Seminary” — Brief video segments from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. See the following entry for examples.
Speaking of Seedbed’s “Seven Minute Seminary,” it has a wonderful set of free online videos by Charles Gutenson explaining (1) What is the order of salvation? (2) What is prevenient grace? (3) What is convicting grace? (4) What is justifying grace? (5) What is sanctifying grace?
Remonstrance: An Arminian Podcast by Pilgrim’s Pathway Ministries — Remonstrance is a podcast dedicated to promoting Orthodox Wesleyan-Arminian Theology. On the show they discuss theology from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. They discuss theological topics such as soteriology, sovereignty, providence, theodicy, foreknowledge, pneumatology, eschatology, and church history…all over a good cup of coffee. Interested in finding out about what Wesleyan-Arminian Theology actually is? Then grab a cup of coffee, download, subscribe, and join #Remonstrance. You can find the podcast on iTunes here and the podcast website here.
Orthodoxy for Everyone — The YouTube channel of Dr. Matt O’Reilly, which features short videos that address questions related to Scripture, theology (including the Arminianism/Calvinism debate), important books, and church leadership.
Reading Suggestions and Contemporary Free Material
Arminian Books – includes some books written by Catholic Molinists, who are not Arminian but have some useful things to say about foreknowledge and freewill.
Want to Challenge Calvinists? – Some of the books are not purely Arminian, but they provide strong challenges to Calvinists.
An Inquiry into Soteriology from a Biblical Theological Perspective – Those who are interested in contemporary Wesleyan studies may be interested in the Wesleyan Theological Perspectives series. Written for an academic audience, the authors seek to restate Wesleyan theology through a series of papers collected into topical books while avoiding contemporary innovation. The series was launched in 1981 by Warner Press clearly in the hope to develop greater awareness in Wesleyan theological thought.
Daniel Gracely: Calvinism: A Closer Look: Evangelicals, Calvinism , and Why No One’s Answering the Problem of Evil, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 27, 2015) — Please note that the author of this book is not an Arminian, but that we have provided a link to the book because it has some good material related to the Arminian/Calvinist debate. SEA does not necessarily endorse everything in the book and disagrees with some of what Gracely says. In the author’s words, the book “is about sophisticated ways Calvinists (unwittingly) falsify certain things about the Bible, despite the appearance of telling the truth. I know about this, because for many years I was a Calvinist, and that is what I did.”
Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library — a free, multidisciplinary, open access, digital resource of books, literature, multimedia material, and archives collected into a single institutional repository initiated by the global Church of the Nazarene in response to the global need for access to resources for education, lifelong learning, and specifically ministerial preparation (listed again here because of it having some contemporary works as well as classic ones)
Beacon Bible Commentary — a 12-volume devotional resource on the New Testament designed to provide a systematic Bible study aid for individuals, teachers, and pastors
The Asbury Bible Commentary — BibleGateway‘s brief description: The first one-volume evangelical Wesleyan commentary on the entire Bible. Nearly 50 Wesleyan scholars collaborated on this landmark aid to pastors, students, and Bible readers.
Alvin Plantinga: The Analytic Theist – A Website Devoted to the Philosophy of Alvin Plantinga
Answering Islam – a Christian-Muslim dialog
Christian Apologetics Research Ministry (CARM) CARM’s purpose is to equip Christians and refute error. Christianity is under attack all over the world and we need to articulate our faith intelligently and biblically. To this end, CARM offers a concise, comprehensive explanation of the Christian faith along with logical analysis of errors in popular beliefs. It is easy to use, written for the layman, and covers a huge range of topics. Caution: The head of CARM is a Calvinist. But he is a reasonable one that accepts Arminians as fellow believers.
Reasonable Faith – William Lane Craig …providing an articulate, intelligent voice in defense of biblical Christianity in the public square
*Tekton Apologetics (especially recommended for Arminian friendly apologetics)*
Please Tell Me The Truth Ministries* (run by SEA member Mark Stengler Jr.)
Bible Study Tools
New Testament Gateway – Comprehensive and award winning web directory of internet resources on the New Testament, maintained by Dr. Mark Goodacre.
Old Testament Gateway – A comprehensive, annotated, academic directory of internet sites on the Old Testament.
Resources for New Testament Exegesis – Excellent annotated list of resources maintained by Dr. Roy Ciampa of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Bible.org – Numerous bible study tools and home of the NET Bible project.
BibleVerses.com — Serving the visually impaired.
Christianity.com’s Bible Study Tools – Searchable bible in multiple languages and versions, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, church history and more.
The Blue Letter Bible – Numerous bible study tools including original language resources, searchable Bible with various versions available, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, charts, outlines, timelines, and more.
E-sword – free downloadable bible study software.
Unbound Bible – Searchable bible in multiple languages including Greek NT with parsing and Septuagint with parsing.
While the SEA does not officially endorse any particular school, this list is provided to help potential students identify avenues of study which are in keeping with an Arminian perspective. The following schools are broadly speaking Arminian and evangelical.
We also encourage you to consult and contribute to SeminaryReviews.org for unbiased information on seminary options
- Alliance Theological Seminary (New York)
- Ambrose University College (Calgary)
- Anderson School of Theology (Indiana)
- Asbury Theological Seminary (Kentucky)
- Ashland Theological Seminary (Ohio)
- Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (Missouri, U.S.)
- Azusa Pacific University (California)
- Chapman Seminary (Ohio)
- Cincinnati Bible Seminary (Ohio)
- Evangelical Theological Seminary (Pennsylvania)
- Indiana Wesleyan University (Indiana)
- Kentucky Mountain Bible College (Kentucky)
- Kingswood University (Canada)
- Lincoln Christian Seminary (Illinois)
- London School of Theology (London)
- Nazarene Theological Seminary (Missouri)
- Northeastern Seminary (New York)
- Oral Roberts University School of Theology (Oklahoma)
- Pentecostal Theological Seminary (U.S) (Tennessee)
- Randall University (Oklahoma)
- Seattle Pacific University (Washington state)
- United Theological Seminary (Ohio)
- Welch College (Tennessee)
- Wesley Biblical Seminary (Mississippi)
- Wesley Seminary (Indiana) New Accreditation in process.