Archive Monthly Archives: May 2013

Patterson’s points persuade toward unity and amity

May 14, 2013

by Dr. James Willingham

Southwestern Seminary president, Dr. Paige Patterson, made two points in a blog post a few months ago on Election* that could yield spectacular results.

His post, and specifically points 7 and 8, I think could end the Calvinist/Traditionalist bickering, could lead to implementing another move like Jonathan Edwards’ Humble Attempt in a worthwhile prayer effort, and could result in the Third Great Awakening.

In Patterson’s Eight Theses on Election, points 7 and 8 light the way.

Point 7 involves humility while point 8 evokes this question: “Why is the doctrine of Election in the Bible?” Continue reading

Further Reflections on Theological Triage

May 13, 2013


by a Baptist Theologian(Comments on this post are closed temporarily. I you have further questions or comments, please email them to SBCToday.)

Today, I read yet another presentation of the Calvinist attempt, popularized in SBC circles by Al Mohler, to define fellowship by three levels of doctrine. Again, I left the little essay impressed at the tightness and tidiness of the system yet distressed at its utter unworkableness and narrowness.Who decides what doctrines are necessary to be accepted as a Christian? On the basis of what revelation was the system constructed? On the basis of what texts were the necessary doctrines decided? Could it be that there are those who may affirm the necessary doctrines, yet they are not really saved? Is a human saved by systematic theology, or by grace through faith in the risen Lord, the Son of God? Can Calvinists really claim that Calvinism is countenanced at best in the Baptist Faith and Message? Continue reading

Dream On

May 12, 2013

By Walker Moore

I was born a dreamer. I will die a dreamer. My two sons are dreamers, and I hope my coming grandson will be one, too.

I tend to think of dreaming as a gift from God. My wife and those who work for me thinks it’s a curse. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth. It’s a challenge to live and work with a dreamer, and I understand that. Every day, I see new horizons, and I see them with clarity and passion. Continue reading