Either Calvinist or Arminian

The debate between Calvinists and Arminians is nearly as old as Protestantism. In this way, our generation is not unique. There is indeed nothing new under the sun. In modern Southern Baptist thought, many theologians consciously attempt to find a middle ground between the extremes of Calvinism and Arminianism. For example, the gold-standard for critiques […]

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Once Saved, Always Saved?

Nuance is important. Unfortunately, nuance easily alludes us. For some reason, when we’re exposed to nuance, we are tempted to skip ahead or to think that the difference doesn’t really matter. These temptations aside, the nuances of a position can make a large difference in our lives. This is especially true in theology. I am […]

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Calvinism and the Unlimited Love of God

Calvinism is a popular theological system known primarily for its commitment to five doctrinal positions: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and the perseverance of the saints. Of these five, limited atonement is almost always the first one a Calvinist will jettison. Limited atonement is the doctrine that Christ did not die for […]

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Pentecostalism is one of the fastest growing forms of Christianity, if not the fastest.[1] Though I disagree with Pentecostal theology, I do believe that the rise of charismatic theology, which Pentecostalism is a part of, has benefited the Church. For one, Pentecostals have made theologians pay much more attention to the doctrine of the Holy […]

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Calvinism is Not the Gospel

A prominent trend in American evangelicalism is the rise of Calvinism. While Arminianism was the dominant theological position of American Christians throughout the end of the twentieth century, Calvinism may be the dominant position in the near future. My first seminary class was taught by a Calvinist, the popular Passion Conferences are routinely headlined by […]

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The Significance of Christ’s Death

It’s Good Friday, which means that today is the day on which Jesus was crucified. Now, if you know anything about crucifixion, you’ll find it odd that Christians refer to this day as Good Friday; for, crucifixion was an objectively evil practice. Christians call this day good because of our theological commitments. First, we believe […]

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What is Arminianism?

Arminianism: Though few Christians have heard that term, most Christians are Arminians. Arminianism, however, has a bad reputation: Whether intentionally or unintentionally, Calvinists have often misrepresented what Arminians actually believe to the extent that Arminianism has come to be defined by its detractors. Too often, Calvinists construct a straw-man of Arminianism, proceed to knock down […]

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What is Calvinism?

Calvinism: It’s a buzzword in modern Christian circles and is on the rise among the ranks of millennials who are beginning to fill pastoral positions and seminary professorships. Though many church leaders lament Calvinism’s rise, we’ve all been influenced by Calvinist figures in one way or another. Whether it came through Louie Giglio’s Passion Conferences, […]

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Intolerance and Christian Exclusivism

The only match for our culture’s flaming love-affair with the buzzword “tolerance” is our hatred of intolerance. Our hatred of intolerance is not without its bright spots: For example, it is bad to be intolerant toward a Muslim simply because they are Muslim. Similarly, it would be inappropriate for an employer to be intolerant toward […]

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