Interview with Mark Driscoll

UPDATESIn July 2008 I was able to record a video interview with Mark Driscoll. There are also a lot of other posts about him on my blog.In January 2008, the following post was identified as the number one all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 2nd most-read post was "Blogging, Discernment, and a Book by Tim Challies."Back in April 2006, I had only recently heard of Mark Driscoll. When we conducted this interview, he was already prompting quite a significant response … [Read more...]

Ligon Duncan – "calvinists make better evangelists"

Over at Together for the Gospel Lig Duncan has a great post that will enrage the hearts of any Arminian readers I have left. He lists multiple reasons why he feels Reformed preachers are better evangelists! … [Read more...]

Calvinistic newbie

My friend Dave Routlege shows his calvinistic training in his commentary about the history of his blog (which I helped him set up) arose. Astute readers will notice the correspondence to the five points of calvinism which cannot have been accidental (for more on the five points of calvinism follow the links at my post on Calvinism and worship. Anyway here is what Dave said:1.I was totally incapable of setting it up myself. (Total depravity)2.I did nothing to deserve it. (Unconditional … [Read more...]

Calling all reformed charismatic bloggers

I am working on a list of Reformed Charismatic bloggers- if you are one and would like to be included in such a list please let me know. If you arent one and I have included you as one by acccident, please also let me know! I will post more about this probably later on to day, for now its off to work I go!UPDATEThis seems to be an idea of the moment. God is clearly doing something in gathering us reformed and charismatic bloggers together. I am so excited that requests to join are positively … [Read more...]

Can I lose my salvation?

A reader sent me an email and asked the following:Hi there, I stumbled upon your blog by accident (or was it predestined...?), by doing a search on Calvinism, and I've enjoyed reading it. I do have a question, though, and it goes like this:How can a person believe in the doctrine of "Once Saved, Always Saved", when in I Cor. 6:9-11 the Bible says,"Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor … [Read more...]

What is Reformed or Calvinist theology- a book review of a modern defence of Calvinism

R.C Sprouls book "What is Reformed Theology is the best available simple explanation of Reformed Theology I have seen. You may have never heard of Reformed theology or youmay have rejected out of court what you believe Calvinism stands for. The truth is that despite its current neglect the theology Sproul so clearly explains in this book has been immensely influential in the centuries since the reformation. Sproul explains what the so-called "solas" mean, and outlines each of the so-called "five … [Read more...]

Dying for the sins of the world, "Contradictions" and respect for the word of God

I tremble to contradict the pyromaniac, but I am afraid that I feel that his handling of 1 John 2:2 is almost certainly an example of trying to squeeze the bible into a doctrinal mould. In fact such exegetical gymnastics are only required for a view of the so-called "limited atonement" that I find totally alien even though I would describe myself as a five-point calvinist. It seems to me that it is not what you say you believe that matters most, but rather your whole approach to the bible. I … [Read more...]

D.A. Carson on the New Perspectives on Paul – Neoliberalism or Fresh Insights?

Three lectures given by D. A. Carson at Reformed Theological Seminary on the "New Perspectives on Paul" can be found in an iTunes store RTS has set up in which many different lectures and talks can be downloaded for free. Carson's lectures are available in the RTS store under "Seminar Series." The RTS iTunes store can be reached here. (HT: Chris Roberts) … [Read more...]

Can you loose your salvation? What does Heb 6 REALLY say

David of jollyblogger is preaching on Hebrews 6, the famous passage that is so controversial in the debate about eternal security. You simply have to go over and read his well thought out blog post on the matter. Just to whet your appetite..........the typical reformed exegesis which effectively neuters the passage's intended effect as a warning. What I mean is that reformed exegetes and others who believe in eternal security spend so much time jumping through hoops to prove what it doesn't … [Read more...]

Calling all Arminian Prayers

One of the great things about the blogosphere is that you can to use David Wayne's phrase "call out" people. Well, right now I call out all my Arminian readers out there and ask them to respond to this quote from Spurgeon. In his sermon NO. 52 "FREE-WILL A SLAVE" he claimed that the following was one of the strongest arguments for the veracity of Calvinism. I would love to hear the response of an honest Arminian to this rather interesting quote. Does it really settle the issue once and for … [Read more...]