Archive for May, 2014

Interview w/Austin Fischer, pt 1

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Austin Fischer is the Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas.
He is a graduate of Truett Seminary at Baylor University.
“Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed” was published in January 2014.
He writes and speaks, and you can follow him online at purpletheology.com.
Buy a copy of his book, HERE.
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1. What attracted you to Calvinism?

As is the case for many young evangelicals, the primary pull of the New Calvinism on me was two-fold. On a pragmatic level, a surprising percentage of the most visible evangelical leaders and preachers are Calvinists, so it’s natural to pick up the theology of the people you are listening to. If you’re a young evangelical, the majority of the people you listen to and read are probably Calvinists, and it rubs off on you.

On a more philosophical level, I liked the certainty I felt Calvinism gave me. I like to compare it to a big mansion with fine lines and beautiful architecture. Once you bite the bullet and step inside, there’s a place for everything; and as someone who grew up dealing with the fallout from postmodernism (skepticism, relativism, nihilism), it’s comforting to believe that nothing happens unless God ordains it. Overall, I think this this is the primary reason for the spike of Calvinism among evangelicals, at least from a sociological/psychological perspective. It is a good theology for the times, offering a sturdy “postmodernism fallout-shelter.”

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Recommendations for next IMB President / Doug Munton, PhD

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by Doug Munton, Ph.D.
Pastor of FBC, O’Fallon, Ill.
Alumnus of Wheaton College & SWBTS
Author of: “
Immersed: 40 Days to Deeper Faith” and two other books.
Visit Pastor Doug’s Amazon page and his
BLOG.

Perhaps the most important decision that will be made in the Southern Baptist Convention for years to come is the choice of the next president of the IMB. I say that, not because he will be so critical to the success of the IMB (generally speaking, we need less of man and more of God in our workings, anyway), but because a poor choice would be disastrous for the SBC.

So, to the IMB’s next president: I suggest you focus on three goals, and start one massive new project.

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Could My Child be Reprobate? / Doug Sayers, former Calvinist

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by Doug Sayers
Author, “Chosen or Not?”
Former Calvinist, Layman

One of the flaws found in true historical Calvinism is the doctrine that some babies are born with no hope of ever being forgiven, regardless of their upbringing or how long they live.

In the Reformed view, Adam’s sin would have assured that these people (the reprobate) could never be forgiven for sins they could not prevent, or even sincerely confess unto salvation. These lost souls would never have a genuine opportunity to be saved from the wrath of God because God would not have elected them to be saved by grace. (See Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 3-Sections 7-8)

The straightforward answer to this question for a Calvinist is, “Yes, of course your children could be born reprobate. You need to love God more than your kids, come to grips with His sovereignty and deal with it.”

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An Unflattering Take on Southern Baptists

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by Dr. Marty Comer, pastor
Sand Ridge Baptist Church
Lexington, Tenn.

I must admit that I am not a regular reader of The Atlantic magazine. I’m more of a Lewis Grizzard or Golf Digest guy myself. The Atlantic is a magazine that started over 150 years ago in Boston. Some of its founding writers were Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and John Greenleaf Whittier. The magazine has quite a history. It published many works by Mark Twain and other famous American writers.

Thus, I was very interested when I found out that The Atlantic recently took note of we Southern Baptists. And the article was not real flattering. It was titled “Baptists, Just Without the Baptisms.”

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Is War in the Will of God? / W.A. Criswell

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by Dr. W. A. Criswell
Text: Rev. 19.11-16
Preached: 3.31.80

This is a business lunch hour for you…any time that you have to leave, you feel free to go.  You will not bother me at all, and all of us present in this sanctuary will understand.

This is the sixty-fourth year that our church has conducted these pre-Easter noonday services.  For the time that we had a downtown theater, they were convened in those central locations in the business district.  When all the theaters were destroyed or demolished, we moved the services here about two years ago.  The theme for this year is preeminently patriotic.  It is entitled “God Speaks to America.”  Tomorrow:  The Red in the Flag is Blood; Wednesday:  The Cancer that Consumes Us; Thursday:  Slavery or Freedom; and Friday:  The Saving of the Nation; today:  Is War in the Will of God?

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