October 31, 2014

God’s Sovereignty in Lutheranism: An Interview With Josh Strodtbeck (3- Assurance)

In this question, Josh deals with the sensitive subject of assurance. Can a believer know they are saved? This is bound to be controversial and informative. 3. Adam O's piece on "Why I Am Not A Calvinist" centers on the issue … [Continue reading...]

God’s Sovereignty in Lutheranism: An Interview With Josh Strodtbeck (2- Pastoral Care)

How does Lutheranism present the sovereignty of God in pastoral care? 2. How would the difference between Lutheran and Reformed views of God's sovereignty be evidenced pastorally? Since Calvin borrowed a lot from Luther, … [Continue reading...]

God’s Sovereignty in Lutheranism: An Interview With Josh Strodtbeck (1)

UPDATE: Read Don Matzat's excellent essay on "Martin Luther and Predestination." A perpective on the Biblical view of God's sovereignty that's seldom heard- at least by me- is that of our Lutheran brothers. Lutheran blogger … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 09:10:07 Adam Omelianchuk on “Why I Am Not A Calvinist.”

Many of you who read Adam Omelianchuk's "Why I am Not An Open Theist" will want to read his new essay: "Why I Am Not a Calvinist." Adam is part of the absolutely incredible Rock TV Comedy Group. I appreciate this kind of … [Continue reading...]

Some Relevant Quotes for the Olson Discussion

UPDATE: Keith Schooley takes the big chance of critiquing Piper's statements on sovereignty. UPDATE II: It's a good thing the Calvinistic blogosphere wasn't around when Wesley wrote Predestination Calmly Considered.Now, I … [Continue reading...]

Why Isn’t The Gospel Front Page News?

For more than thirty years, I've been reading our state denominational newspaper. While I don't read every word, I usually spend 15 minutes or so taking in whatever interests me. As I read that Baptist newspaper this week, I … [Continue reading...]

A Shocking Agenda for the Church

Jared Wilson's post on 11 Innovations for Your Church. These shocking ideas (plus a couple I'd like to add) define the revolutionary vision of church I'm advocating. Prepare to be knocked off your feet with the sheer … [Continue reading...]

Coffee Cup Apologetics 19

"Lessons from Mere Christianity" The first of several podcasts examining Lewis's apologetic approach in this classic book. Coffee Cup Apologetics now has its own website: ccapologetics.wordpress.com All the episodes of … [Continue reading...]

Will You “Come Down?”: A Sermon on Humility

This is most of a sermon on humility I preached in the Monday chapel service at the school where I serve. It's taken from the lectionary text for the previous Lord's Day. In many places I included illustrations and more content, … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 09:03:07: Is Roger Olson Committing Blasphemy?

[UPDATE: Justin Taylor calls me out for saying this is at least partially about the "forbidden zone" of critiquing Piper's theology. But not to worry; Steve Hays is here to show us how to blog. Read Rick Phillip's reaction to … [Continue reading...]