Is It Possible to Be Forgiven (Reconciled) but Not Born Again (Regenerated)?

Is It Possible to be Forgiven (Reconciled) but Not Born Again (Regenerated)? Lately I’ve been wondering about the traditional Christian “orders of salvation”—especially evangelical Protestant ones. “Order of salvation” (ordo salutis) refers to a doctrine about the events involved in becoming saved: election/predestination/foreknowledge, prevenient grace/inward call, conversion, regeneration, justification, union with Christ, sanctification, glorification. An “order of salvation” is a … [Read more...]

Arminian Theology: Prevenient Grace and Total Depravity (Including a Review of a New Book about Prevenient Grace)

Arminian Theology: Prevenient Grace and Total Depravity (Including a Review of a New Book about Prevenient Grace) Two of the most commonly asked questions about Arminian theology are taken up and answered by Arminian scholar W. Brian Shelton (Toccoa Falls College) in his just published book Prevenient Grace: God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity (Francis Asbury Press, 2014). This is a long-awaited and much-needed book. I know of none other that deals with prevenient grace in such d … [Read more...]

Announcement of Dialogue with Peter Berger at Baylor University

Baylor University November 18, 2014

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What Is a “Spirit-filled” and “Spirit-led” Church? Part Two

What Is a “Spirit-filled” and “Spirit-led” Church? Part Two In Part One I described a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led church; there I explained the marks or characteristics I look for in deciding whether a church more or less deserves that recognition. Here I will prescribe how a church might move in the direction of becoming Spirit-filled and Spirit-led. Everything I say here assumes the church in question is evangelical in the broadest sense of being Christ-centered and gospel- … [Read more...]

What Is a “Spirit-filled” and “Spirit-led” Church?

What Is a “Spirit-filled” and “Spirit-led” Church? Recently I engaged in a conversation about the meanings of “Spirit-filled” and “Spirit-led” church. Specifically, we discussed how to recognize such and how to move a church in those directions. What is my opinion about this? How do I recognize a Spirit-filled and Spirit-led church? How would I suggest a church move toward being those?Of course, these are complicated questions that would take much more than a brief essay to answe … [Read more...]

Reading Is Fundamental (And Not Reading Is a Recipe for Failure)

Reading Is Fundamental (And Not Reading Is A Recipe for Failure) The burden of this message is the importance of reading for success in life. Some years ago there was a public service campaign with the slogan “R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental).” The goal of the campaign was to raise awareness of the importance of not only literacy but also love of reading for success in life. Studies were produced that demonstrated conclusively that reading expands consciousness and is essential to cri … [Read more...]

Can A Christian Support “Physician-Assisted Suicide?”

Can A Christian Support “Physician-Assisted Suicide?” If you expect me to take a definite stand for or against Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) you will be disappointed. This blog is a place where I often reflect about difficult and controversial issues; I don’t always take a stand about them. One of my goals as a Christian theologian and educators is to help people think through doctrinal and ethical issues critically and reflectively but not always to a definite conclusion. I have … [Read more...]