Happy Jesus’s Grandparents Day. Tradition has it Mary’s parents were named Joachim and Anne, though of course we’ve no idea; and what they did to merit a saint’s day we also have no idea. But they raised a great daughter, so they got that going for ’em.
…Oh yeah, the Friday Files. That’s this article; your weekly retrospective of things SEA posted on our site at this time in previous years. Not all of them were of Arminian origin, nor represent SEA’s views, so practice a little discernment. SEA member names are in blue.
Posts are from the fourth week of July…
Last year! (2018)
- Mike Barlotta, “Book Review: Free Will Revisited by Robert Picirilli.” A review of Picirilli’s book on how Calvinists and Arminians view free will, and rebuts certain views of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Jonathan Edwards.
- A. Philip Brown II, “Does the Bible Teach Prevenient Grace?: A Response.” [PDF] Brown responds to William W. Combs’s paper, “Does the Bible Teach Prevenient Grace?” Combs says no; Brown says yes.
- Kevin Jackson, “Book Review: Free Will Revisited: A Respectful Response to Luther, Calvin, and Edwards, by Robert E. Picirilli.” Another review of Picirilli’s book.
- The Remonstrance podcast presents “The Lord’s Supper” in Episode 43 and Episode 44. John Wesley’s view of holy communion, and how he built upon John Calvin’s “spiritual presence” view.
Five years ago! (2014)
- Brian Abasciano, “What Should We Call the New Calvinism? How about, ‘The New Calvinism’?” Why coin a new, less apt label?
- Martin Glynn, “Playing with Action Figures.” When 6-year-old Glynn has his toy be “evil,” whose fault is it? And how is a deterministic deity and his creations all that much different?
- Jack Cottrell, “Did the Early Christian Fathers Teach Calvinism?” No. Michael Horton insists they do, but he quotes them out of context.
- Dan Chapa, “Christ Redeemed Faith.” The Canons of Dort say Jesus acquired faith for us. But the scriptures say he purchased our freedom, not our faith.
- Brian Abasciano, “A Short, Partially Annotated List of Arminian Systematic Theologies.” We Arminians tend to exegete instead of craft systematic theologies. But some of us produced a few. Here they are.
Ten years ago! (2009)
- John Wesley, “John Wesley Charges That Calvinism Makes God Out to Be Worse than the Devil.” An excerpt from Sermon 128, “Free Grace,” in which he pointed out divine determinism makes God out to be evil, so it’s a blasphemous idea.
- Solus Arminius, “Exegeting 1 Timothy 2:4: God Our Savior, Who Desires All People to Be Saved.” It not a human-centered assumption; it clearly says God wants to save “πάντας ἀνθρώπους,” all people; not “all kinds of people.”
- Dan Chapa, “Friday Files: On Morison’s Commentary on Romans 9.” A look at James Morison’s Exposition of the Ninth Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, [PDF] and his understanding of Romans 9–11.
- Martin Glynn, “Ephesians 1:7-10; A Devotional.” God’s plan wasn’t to just save Israel, but humanity, through Christ.
Links to visit!
If that’s not enough reading material, I get it; sometimes I plow through a book and think, “Meh, I need a chaser.” Dig through our links, ’cause our members write and blog a lot, and no doubt they’ve posted a bunch between last week and today. (Can’t all be on vacation.)