Dr. Tom Ascol’s chapter “Calvinism Foundational For Evangelism and Missions”
by David L. Allen
In Part 3 of my review of Whomever He Wills (hereafter WHW) I will cover Chapter 9, “Calvinism Foundational for Evangelism and Missions: A Biblical and Historical Survey” by Dr. Tom Ascol. Dr. Ascol attempts to demonstrate the positive relationship between Calvinism and evangelism and missions. Along the way he responds to portions of my chapter in Whosoever Will (hereafter Whosoever). For the purposes of this review, the phrases “limited atonement,” “particular redemption,” and “definite atonement” as used by Dr. Ascol and myself should be defined to mean “Christ died only for the sins of the elect.” The “limited” in “limited atonement” refers to the limited sin-bearing nature of Christ’s death; he only satisfied for the sins of the elect.
Dr. Ascol organizes his chapter around an introduction (269-71), two major headings: Scriptural Testimony (271-79) and Historical Testimony (279-88), followed by a short conclusion. Continue reading
By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.
These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.
After the reading of the minutes in a business meeting, you are likely hear the moderator ask, “Are there any corrections, deletions, or additions?”
Dr. Stephen F. Olford (1918-2004) explained at a Christian Life Convention, about the difference between a conference and a convention. As Dr. David Ford recently reminded me, “Dr. Stephen used to quote Dr. W. Graham Scroggie (1877-1958), who said that the difference between a ‘convention’ and a ‘conference’ is that a ‘convention’ has an object, and a ‘conference’ has a subject. In a conference they convene to confer upon a subject, but in a convention there is the transaction of business. A convention is to do business with God and Jesus is the ‘object.’”
Dr. W. Graham Scroggie began his message on John 10:10 titled, “Abounding Life”, “On Monday, July 28, 1875, there was inaugurated in this place what is now universally known as the Keswick Convention.” Later in the message, he continued, “What, then, it may be asked, is the distinctive message of this movement? A former distinguished leader was once asked what was the difference between a conference and a convention, and after a moment’s reflection he replied, ‘A conference has a subject, but a convention has an object.’ As applied to Keswick, that is not a mere epigram, but a great truth. This convention has an object, and that object is nowhere so briefly and adequately expressed as in the words of our text, ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.’ Here Christ distinguishes between ‘life’ and ‘life more abundant,’ and it is for the interpretation of this distinction, and that we might know experimentally this maximum life, that we are now gathered.” Continue reading
Southern Baptists fell at home in the great and historic city of Louisville and in the State of Kentucky, where the churches have so energetically carried forward our program.
For the first time in thirty-two years, we assemble in this home of two of our most important institutions, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Carver School of Missions and Social Work.
Louisville Baptists have not been idle in these thirty-two years, their 112 churches being double the number of those existing in 1927. We are deeply grateful to the people of this city for their warm welcome and their splendid exertions during the last few months in preparation for our sessions. Continue reading