Archive for May, 2013

Read the Calvinism Committee Report

Today’s scheduled release of the 2013 John 3.16 Conference e-book is delayed, and defers to the Calvinism Committee Report at the link below.

http://www.sbclife.org/Articles/2013/06/SLA5.asp

 

 

 

Dr. Eric Hankins, 2013 John 3:16 Presentation, Part 3/3

Below is a portion of a March 21-22, 2013 John 3:16 Conference presentation.

Read the Baptist Press article about the conference here: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39992

A free e-book containing the 2013 John 3:16 Conference presentations is scheduled to be released at SBC Today on May 30, 2013.

For audio CDs of the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, click the banner below/right.

What is missing from the Bible’s articulation of the significance of election? First, as I said earlier, the Bible does not spell out precisely the nature of the operations of God’s sovereignty in salvation and human freedom in responding to or rejecting the gospel. It affirms these realities, but it does not explain them. This includes any deterministic interpretations of election. The Bible does not demand theistic determinism. Moreover, I think the Bible specifically rules out the idea that God determines the salvific destinies of certain persons without respect to their libertarian freedom. It rules out the idea that God chooses the elect and walls off the non-elect. With Lewis, I believe the trajectory of the Scripture runs in the opposite direction: the chosen are chosen for the sake of the unchosen, and this mission will be accomplished through what Christ has done, which is echoed all through the purposes of election in the Old and New Testaments.

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Dr. Eric Hankins, 2013 John 3:16 Presentation, Part 2/3

Below is a portion of a March 21-22, 2013 John 3:16 Conference presentation.

Read the Baptist Press article about the conference here: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39992

A free e-book containing the 2013 John 3:16 Conference presentations is scheduled to be released at SBC Today on May 30, 2013.

For audio CDs of the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, click the banner below/right.

Fred Klooster’s treatment of the biblical data concerning election in the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology is typical of most evangelical approaches to the subject.[1] He notes that the Bible gives us a “rich vocabulary to express several aspects” of election. He mentions specifically (1) elect angels, (2) election to service, (3) the election of Israel, (4) the election of Christ, and (5) election to salvation, with which, Klooster says “the rest of this article is concerned.” Millard Erickson, in his systematic treatment of soteriology, acknowledges the frequency of corporate ideas of election and election to service in the Scripture, but waives these off to deal, as Klooster does, with only the idea of individual election to salvation.[2] Grudem, in his systematic theology, does not even mention the Old Testament in laying out his biblical basis for the doctrine of election. He assumes that determinism is the equivalent of election, so that’s all he finds in the Scriptures.[3] What warrant could there be in simply jettisoning the totality of the biblical data? I frequently hear “election to service” and “corporate election” dismissed as sort of second class ideas concerning the doctrine, so we can all hurry to the discussion of how God chooses some individuals and not others.[4] However, I think we are ignoring the lion’s share of the biblical data in doing so. What might election look like if we really allowed the Bible to speak?

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Dr. Eric Hankins, 2013 John 3:16 Presentation, Part 1/3

Below is a portion of a March 21-22, 2013 John 3:16 Conference presentation.

Read the Baptist Press article about the conference here: http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=39992

A free e-book containing the 2013 John 3:16 Conference presentations is scheduled to be released at SBC Today on May 30, 2013.

For audio CDs of the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, click the banner below/right.

 

Who Are the Elect?
Eric Hankins, Ph.D.

            Recently, I made my first trip to Israel. It’s hard to describe how powerful it is to see in living color the place where the God who speaks and acts executed His plan to save us all through His chosen people and His Chosen One. It was an utterly providential juxtaposition that I would be in God’s chosen land at the same time I was finishing this lecture on election. In that place so imbued with the words and deeds of the covenant-making God, in that place where the convergence of election and mission whispers through every valley, two fundamental theological realities were radically reinforced. The first was the intensity of God’s passion for covenant relationship with all people. He doggedly engages us in the context of human history and calls us ubiquitously to fellowship with Himself. Unquestionably, this pursuit requires a response of faith from us. What transpires in the interaction and response of men to God matters in the unfolding of His plan. The question that echoed in my head as we travelled from place to place was, “Why would God go through this incredibly complex, incredibly painful process of bringing salvation by faith through the history Israel and her Messiah and His church if, in the end, it is all just ‘sound and fury signifying nothing?’ What purpose is there for putting on this show if the fix were already in without any consideration of our real response to Him?”

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Responsive Readings

By Walker Moore

I grew up in a small country church. When our family first started attending this church, it had one large room called the sanctuary. The seats were long wooden pews that bent like a horseshoe as they went from one side to the other.

Directly below the sanctuary was the basement. Most of our Sunday Schools, RAs, GAs, Training Union classes, Vacation Bible Schools and golden wedding anniversary celebrations took place in the basement. I don’t know why, but from my observations (which have been many), Baptists have some of the dampest, dankest-smelling basements of any denomination.

I should know. I went out with a girl who attended the Methodist Church. She took me to their basement, and it was a lot nicer than ours. When I shared that with my parents, they mumbled something about how Baptists gave our money to the Cooperative Program.

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