Breaking Wesleyanabaptist: A Story of (Resistible) Grace

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This post was first published at A Deeper Story.The senior pastor pulled me aside and, in his infamous dramatic baritone, directed me on how to lead the small group.“I need you to emphasize reprobation,” he said. “I believe it’s essential to understanding the gospel. And these people are way too soft when it comes to the absolute sovereignty of God. I’m a supralapsarian, you know.”The rigid small group structure of this Reformed Baptist church was such that each group had one leader a … [Read more...]

Mad Dad: What the Wrath of God Cannot Be

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For the most part, Christians view the first Person of the Trinity particularly as Father.Now, I know there is pushback on that designation from progressive folks who promote an equal use of Mother or maybe a more neutral Creator or Divine Parent or Source or something along those lines. For the record, I'm really comfortable with Father primarily because, personally, I desperately desire a heavenly Father. And, biblically, Jesus used this designation almost exclusively. Finally, th … [Read more...]

Do No Harm: Paul in Context, pt. 2

In the first part of this theological response to neo-Reformed ways of understanding total depravity and original sin - and the potential harm in teaching these things to children - I looked at the importance of understanding Paul in context in Romans 5. Specifically, this hallmark passage for original sin theology contains a word, all, that must mean the same thing on both sides of the equation. If Adam's trespass resulted in condemnation and death for all humanity, then the obedience of Jesus … [Read more...]

Do No Harm: Paul in Context, pt. 1

In the wake of a strong debate revolving around the neo-Reformed teaching of human "brokenness" as a form of "deep" total depravity, and how this teaching affects children, I wanted to look at a couple of the fundamental biblical issues at work.Really, I've been thinking about how modern Reformed theology so egregiously takes Paul out of context in communicating its systematic message. How the "doctrines of grace" as they are called, or the TULIP, or even the bedrock doctrine of … [Read more...]

On Breakthrough

I often like to think about things over and against other things in order to better understand them. This isn't because I want to start fights - I'm trying to be more anabaptist! - but because thinking things through in this way brings a better kind of clarity, one that isn't content to simply see two options or opinions (the black and white) but all the facets of the diamond. The fact is - and the premise of this blog is - that there is truth to be found if we are willing to blaze a trail … [Read more...]


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