Archive for July, 2014

Reproofs/Review of PROOF / Doug Sayers, former Calvinist

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PROOF – a review and commentary

Published by Zondervan, PROOF, the book was read very clearly by Josh Aaron. Not too fast and with a marked absence of high school drama and distracting preachiness. Well done, Josh (but you might be expelled from today’s Reformed community for mispronouncing R.C. Sproul’s name and his Ligonier Ministries!)

The authors, Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones, are shown to be very capable writers; with appeal, I would think, to younger as well as older readers (like me). Daniel is the founding pastor of Soujourn Community Church in Louisville, Ky., with an MDiv from SBTS; and Timothy is a professor and associate VP at Southern. They contend, along with all true Christians, that we need a grace centered understanding of the biblical salvation. Going further, they insist, along with all true Calvinists, that we need an *irresistible* grace centered understanding of the biblical salvation. Grace, alone, is not sufficient. In their view, you must understand saving grace as utterly irresistible to discover that life does not depend upon you.

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Reviewing Gibson on Pauline Soteriology & Limited Atonement in “From Heaven He Came …”

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A Review of Gibson’s Chapter 13 in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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In chapter 13, Jonathan Gibson attempts to demonstrate definite atonement in Paul’s soteriology. His basic thesis is that definite atonement emerges from the Pauline letters when one  approaches the issue in a biblico-systematic fashion. “Definite atonement is a theological conclusion reached on the other side of comprehensive synthesis” (332).

Strikingly, Gibson announces: “When exegesis serves the domain of constructive theology . . . one may argue not only that Paul’s theology allows for a definite atonement but that it can point in no other direction” (332).

Bold words.

Can Gibson deliver?

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Responding to Insults: Unappreciated Pastor

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Unappreciated Pastor?
Hardly. Not with almost 30K Twitter followers.
We appreciate U, U.P.!

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(Even though a few of his tweets may sound ‘down,’ he is always UP!)

 

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Insults. If you are in the ministry get ready for them. I’m not talking about insults from the community. It’s not the watching world that usually gets to us. Insults from those within your congregation are the ones that will bother you the most. I remember vividly my first insult. I had just started preaching. I think it was my third sermon. At my home church it was the custom of the preacher to stand at the front door and speak to folks as they left. A cute little girl walked up to me and said, “My mom says you’ll learn to preach one day!” As Rose Mary’s baby departed, I resisted the strong desire to remind her mother of what an awful job she was doing as a parent. I would be lying if I said that remark didn’t hurt. I quickly learned that, if I was going to continue in ministry, I had better be prepared for snarky comments, insults and unfriendly sarcasm.

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Our Little Scooter

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by Walker Moore
founder, president of AweStar Ministries

Walker Moore has for decades trained and led thousands of teens on international missions trips, thus changing their lives as disciples and changing the eternities for others who became disciples as a result.
Walker is gifted by God in preaching and leadership. Having spoken at state Baptist conventions, local associations, major churches and missions conferences across the SBC, he remains an influential voice for missions among pastors, church staff and members, and teens.
To book Walker as a speaker in your church or conference, click HERE.

 

My grandson, Titus, is nearing the 11-month mark and has just exited the “Lie There and Drool” stage. That was cute for a while, but it got old fast. He is now entering the “Little Entertainer” phase in which his main goal is to make us laugh. It has been exciting to see sprigs of his personality burst forth as he becomes his own individual. And I already see that he has inherited some of his granddad’s keen sense of humor.

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Does Paul Teach Limited Atonement? | David L. Allen, PhD

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A Review of Gibson’s Chapter 12 in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Jonathan Gibson’s chapter 12 is one of the heftiest in the book, weighing in at 40 plus pages. This is to be expected since there is so much material in the Pauline letters that impinge on the question at hand.

Following a two page introduction, he divides his chapter into five sections: 1) Particularistic texts (4 pages); 2) Universal texts (25+ pages); 3) texts that deal with those perishing, false teachers, and offended brothers, for whom Christ died (2 pages); 4) Christ died for “all” and for the “world (5 pages);” and 5) Definite atonement and evangelism (1 page). This is followed by a summary conclusion.  

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