I’ve written in the last several months on occasion about my move away from classical Calvinism into something which, when I feel the need to name it (and I often don’t), I’d call Evangelical Calvinism. And while I have provided a couple of posts giving some details about this transition, I’ve heard people say to me since then … Continue reading "In Other Words: An Alternative Dictionary of Election"
My name is Caleb, and I used to be a Calvinist. To be honest, I’m still kind of like one, but I’m definitely not a 5-point, TULIP believer. In fact, the center of TULIP theology, the L, is my primary problem, the problem which epitomizes what is wrong with the entire system. If by any … Continue reading "Calvinism’s Closet Heresy? Torrance on Limited Atonement"
As many of you know by now, I am no longer a classical Calvinist. But alas, as almost as many of you probably wonder, what I believe on such matters is no longer obvious, either. So for anyone who never read all of my posts on Evangelical Calvinism (located here if you are interested), or … Continue reading "TULIP Status Update"
If God exists, why does evil? Is He too weak to stop it? Does He refuse? Did it catch Him off guard? These questions have challenged philosophers and theologians for thousands of years, and goodness knows I can add little or nothing to their many answers. But I just felt like sharing this thought on … Continue reading "God Took the Blame (Or, A Little Thought About the Problem of Evil)"
If you are a pretty serious Android user, you’ve probably heard of the Xposed Framework. It is wonderful magic that lets you basically do anything to your phone/tablet without installing a new version of Android or modifying system apps. Recently, when deliberating on God’s sovereignty, it struck me that the way Xposed works could actually make a … Continue reading "An Android Analogy for God’s Sovereignty: Xposed Causality"
This is post 5 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” When I left off explaining EC last time, I gave an unfortunately brief sketch of the EC view of human freedom. Human freedom, as opposed to libertarian free will, is grounded in God’s life of Triune love, given to us through … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Let’s Talk Sovereignty and Maybe Jesus’ Humanity"
Christian jokes. Gotta’ love ’em. Without further ado, here’s what I got: Baptist Jokes You might be a Southern Baptist if: You think God’s presence is strongest on the back three pews. Your definition of fellowship has something to do with food. You honestly believe that the Apostle Paul spoke King James English. You think … Continue reading "A Few Silly Christian Jokes"
This is post 4 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” I left off in my last EC (Evangelical Calvinism) post explaining how we view election as about Jesus. He took our reprobation (rejection by God) on the Cross and gave us His election (being God’s Chosen One). So now humanity is the elect … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: What About Free Will?"
This is post 3 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” Probably the most defining doctrine of classical, TULIP Calvinism (TC here, as in my previous posts) is the U, “unconditional election.” It is this doctrine which most people associate with the word “predestination.” In order to explain how Evangelical Calvinism (EC, remember) retools election, … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Jesus’ Unconditional Election"
This is post 2 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” In my last post, I introduced my recent (somewhat in progress) transition from classical, TULIP Calvinism (“TC”) to Evangelical Calvinism (“EC”). I did not elaborate much, of course. That is the point of the rest of the series. Before I get … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Some Quick Background and the Gist"