Adam Hamilton and Me

Adam Hamilton is founding pastor of the largest United Methodist congregation in the U.S. Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS) has twenty-one thousand members and is growing.Yesterday (Friday, April 24, 2015) I spent much of the day with Adam at his church (in suburban Kansas City). He graciously agreed to interview me for a DVD Abingdon Press is creating for the leader's guide to go along with my forthcoming book Counterfeit Christianity (Abingdon's assigned title, not my preferred … [Read more...]

A New Book (Or Revision of an Old Book) about Arminian Theology

A New Book (Or Revision of an Old Book) about Arminian TheologyThe back cover of Grace for All: The Arminian Dynamics of Salvation (Wipf & Stock, 2015) describes it as “an updated and revised version of Grace Unlimited, a 1975 collection of scholarly articles assembled by the late Clark H. Pinnock of McMaster Divinity College.” Terry L. Miethe, former dean of the Oxford Study Centre, says “I cannot think of a more dangerous unbiblical teaching than Calvinism! I recommend this book highl … [Read more...]

Clearing Up Some Christian Confusions about “Doubt”

Clearing Up Some Christian Confusions about “Doubt”Frederick Buechner famously wrote that “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” Several Christian writers have extolled the virtues of doubt—even for Christian living. Two of them are the great English Methodist pastor and theologian Leslie Weatherhead in The Christian Agnostic (1965) and Gregory Boyd in The Benefit of the Doubt (2013). (I have reviewed Boyd’s book here earlier.) Paul Tillich, of course, fam … [Read more...]

“Progressive Evangelicals”: Where Are They Now?

“Progressive Evangelicals”: Where Are They Now?Recently I received two relatively new, very similar books (complimentary copies provided by publishers). Their similarity lies in the subject they both cover: “progressive evangelicals.” They focus on progressive (some would say “liberal”) evangelical social and political beliefs especially among younger evangelicals in the 1960s and 1970s (some before, some after).The two books are: The Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Cons … [Read more...]

Recent Podcasts

Two or three podcast interviews with me have "gone up" on the internet recently. On is an interview that happened at FaithLife/MobileEd (formerly Logos Software) in Bellingham, Washington when I was there in March. I've been notified that it is going up on iTunes and Sound Cl0ud. Here is the link: https://m.soundcloud.com/logos-bible-software/dr-roger-olsonhistory-of-theology-and-the-rise-of-christian-celebrities-within-the-church .However, I just discovered another interview podcast that I … [Read more...]

Why Hyper-Calvinism Is Consistent Calvinism

Why Hyper-Calvinism Is Consistent CalvinismI know, I know. I will be accused of being “uncharitable” simply for deconstructing Calvinism. Apparently what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander. I have at least twenty-five volumes about Calvinism by leading Calvinist theologians on my bookshelf (and these are only examples of contemporary Calvinism!). All contain attempted deconstructions of Arminianism—attempts to demonstrate its inner contradictions and its ultimate illegitimacy as … [Read more...]

The Dialectic of “Nature and Grace” in Christian Theology

The Dialectic of “Nature and Grace” in Christian TheologyI recently had opportunity to lead a group of post-seminary ministry residents (in residence at a large, urban church) in a day-long study and discussion of the relationship between “nature” and “grace” in the theologies of Athanasius, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas. My assignment (and theirs) was to rediscover these three great teachers of the church and ponder their significance for us, twenty-first century Protestant Christians. In pr … [Read more...]


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