Follow Up to My Post about the Paranormal

I didn't want that post (the immediately preceding one) to get too long, so I omitted one observation-experience that formed part of its immediate background. I mentioned the advice columnists who told the boy's mother to take him to a doctor--assuming he was suffering delusions when he claimed to be seeing and hearing from a dead cousin about whom he knew nothing naturally.I confess that because of some of my own life experiences I am interested in the paranormal. I watch television … [Read more...]

How Open Should Christians Be to the “Paranormal?”

How Open Should Christians Be to the "Paranormal?"American popular culture loves the paranormal and almost anything can be lumped into that category and depicted for entertainment. But as much as Americans love to imagine ghosts, clairvoyance, and supernatural powers, most do not really believe in them. We are the opposite of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictional character Sherlock Holmes. Holmes did not believe in anything beyond reason and sensory evidence. He was, to all appearances, … [Read more...]

A Sermon: “Community: The Impossible Possibility”

“Community: The Impossible Possibility”Roger E. Olson“To dwell above with saints we love, That will be grace and glory. To live below with saints we know; Now, that’s another story!” Why do I say that community is an impossible possibility? Simply because community is what we’re created for and yet we never quite achieve it. At least not in this world. Community is something almost everyone longs for and seeks and yet everything we call “community” falls short of our hopes. But few of … [Read more...]

Intuitive Evangelical Theology versus Scholastic Evangelical Theology: “Classical Christian Theism” as Case Study

Intuitive Evangelical Theology versus Scholastic Evangelical Theology: “Classical Christian Theism” as Case Study I have long been impressed by how foreign scholastic evangelical theology is to even the most devout, biblically literate evangelical lay people. What do I mean by “scholastic evangelical theology?” I don’t know a better term for the “official” theology taken for granted and promoted as “orthodoxy” by many conservative evangelical systematic theologians. When I was in seminary we wer … [Read more...]

My Q&A about Arminianism Now an E-Book (out of Asbury Theological Seminary) has published my series of posts here called "Arminianism Q & A" as an E-book. It's available at: check it out. … [Read more...]

“God’s Will” In Calvinism and Arminianism

"God's Will" In Calvinism and Arminianism Calvinists and Arminians agree that God "accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will" because so says Ephesians 1:11 and the entire testimony of Scripture. Both, however, interpret this differently. John Calvin, facing this verse (and his overall belief in divine determinism) and the manifest reality of evil posited that even the evil deeds of men are willed by God. (See Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Ch. XVIII "God So Uses … [Read more...]

Can God Make Himself Dependent on Us?

Can God Make Himself Dependent on Us?My recent post about "stealth Calvinism" has stirred up some interesting debate about the appropriateness of saying that God is in any way dependent on humans (or any creature reality). If you did not read that post, it would be helpful to go back and read it, but it's not absolutely necessary to understand the gist of what I am saying here. The catalyst question was whether God's knowledge of humans' free decisions and actions is independent of them. I … [Read more...]