Category Archives for Calvinism

Where’d All These Calvinists Come From?

August 25, 2017

By Charlie Harris, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Vicksburg, MS;
Connect 3:16 Board Member

In 2007, Reformed pastor Mark Dever wrote a ten part blog titled, Where’d all these Calvinists come from?(1) He wrote from a historical perspective detailing 10 influences, which have caused Calvinism to surge since the 1950’s.  His thesis was that certain people, publishers, and events have caused a Calvinistic revival. The purpose of this article is not to answer the question from a historical perspective, but rather from a personal perspective by observing the theological background of current Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention. Recently on a Reformed Facebook page, a survey asked Calvinists to provide their religious denominational background. (2) The options included Baptist (Non-Reformed), Pentecostal, Non-Denominational, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist (Reformed), and a few others. Close to 1000 people responded to the survey, and the number one response was Baptist (Non-Reformed). Over 1/3 of all those who were surveyed had a background in a Traditionalist Baptist church. So, where’d all these Calvinists come from? Many of them come from Traditional Baptist churches. Continue reading

AUGUSTINE AND PROSPER: DID THEY EVER HOLD TO LIMITED ATONEMENT?

July 21, 2017

By David L. Allen, Dean of the School of Preaching
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Dr. Allen’s personal website and is used by permission.  Because it is a response, I felt the need to deviate from our current standard of articles running between 1,000-1,500 words to allow for the full context of the conversation and response to be easier understood.

This article is actually intended as a response in a comment thread on “The Baptist Review” on Facebook, Thursday, June 29, 11:04 am. Due to the length of the response, it is not feasible to incorporate it in a comment on Facebook, so I am posting it here and linking to this page in a new post in “The Baptist Review” on Facebook.

One of the members of the group, Chris, has been reading my book The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review. He had completed chapter one on the Patristics (Early Church Fathers), and was offering his first impression. I claim that none of the Patristics held to limited atonement. Chris had some questions about this with respect to Augustine and Prosper. Continue reading

Dear Dr. Nettles

July 13, 2017

By Dr. Leighton Flowers
Director of Apologetics and Student Evangelism for Texas Baptists

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Soteriology 101 and is used by permission.

Yesterday I wrote this article in response to a publication authored by Dr. Tom Nettles which called churches to “get a Calvinist Pastor.”  Today I received a response from Dr. Nettles in the comment section that I would like to interact with more fully here.  He begins by responding to one sentence from my article: Continue reading

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