Culinary Calvinism: Considering Jay Adams’ TULIPburger

Jay Adams has a way with words, and an excellent way of explaining the significance of the doctrine of limited atonement in the Reformed view.[1] He describes the T (total depravity) and P (perseverance of the saints) as the bun, holding the burger together, and the U...

Breaking the Hinge in the Free-Will vs. Sovereignty Debate

One simple premise undergirds the ideas that either humanity has free volition or that God is sovereign, and that ultimately the two concepts are mutually exclusive. That premise is the hinge upon which the argument turns, favoring either human freedom or Divine...

1 John 2:2 – Does Grace Extend to Everyone?

Presented to the 2015 Free Grace Alliance National Conference, October 13, 2015. Download (PDF, 128KB) INTRODUCTION A literal translation of 1 John 2:2 reads as follows: “And He a propitiation He is for the sins of us, not for those of us only, but also for those of...

The Bible on Clark Pinnock’s Open Theism, Part 2

Other Passages Answer Clark Pinnock’s Open Theism Genesis 6:6 – God is sorry, and grieves. The LXX uses the word enthumeomai, which is simply to consider or think about, not to “be sorry” (See Mt 1:20). The Hebrew nachem is to have sorrow or to console oneself....

Why I am Not a Calvinist…Or an Arminian (Synopsis)

Presented to the Free Grace Alliance, National Conference, October 15, 2014   Introduction  While we often desire to align with particular historical theological views, it is usually the case that historical perspectives are not fully adequate in explaining the...

Why I Am Not A Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 3

The Calvinism/Arminianism debate considers three essential issues: (1) The degree of God’s activity in human salvation, (2) the degree of human culpability, and (3) the degree of human activity in salvation. Historically Calvin placed strongest emphasis on God’s...

Why I Am Not a Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 2

The Remonstrance of 1610, by followers of Jacobus Arminius, counters five points of doctrine that were understood to be Calvinistic teachings. The Remonstrance first denies the five Calvinistic tenets, and then positively asserts five articles of doctrine that present...

Why I Am Not a Calvinist…Or an Arminian, Part 1

I am often asked whether I am a Calvinist or an Arminian. Honestly, it is not a simple question because these are not simply defined theological categories that can be chosen as one would choose from a menu at a restaurant. I certainly understand the importance of the...