There is a Way That Seems Right : The “Don’t Know” Mind of Zen

Prior to my conversion to Christianity I was attracted to Eastern Philosophy and drugs. The drugs tended to win out,as I would read books like Siddhartha,but I always found more satisfaction in getting high. Both avenues pulled me away from Christianity,which I regarded as a formal religion that was all show and no substance. The drugs led to “spiritual” experiences which were real,yet unsettling. I was reminded of those experiences while reading the testimony of a former student of Zen Buddhism. I too owned a copy of Alan Watt’s book ,The Way of Zen,but never read more than a ...Read More

Man’s Will is Free Because God is Sovereign: Boom!!!

I taught through this book a number of years ago. I like Tozer. He can meander a bit in his “mystical “ruminations,but is capable of tremendous insights presented in a very clear fashion. I was reminded of this quote while perusing a blog which you may link to here  – https://lordsdisciple.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/a-w-tozer-on-divine-sovereignty-and-human-freedom/   A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (Authentic Media, 2008), pp.144-145: [p.144] “Another real problem created by the doctrine of divine sovereignty has to do with the will of man. If God rules His universe by His sovereign decrees, how is it possible for man to ...Read More

Soooo…What Do You Think About the Doctrine of Limited Atonement ?

Tightly reasoned post on the subject to which I can only say Amen ! Here is a portion of the post with a link.   Limited Atonement and the Divine Command to Believe Falsehood Posted on November 15, 2014 by J.C. Thibodaux (Revised 11/30/2014, removed a paragraph with little relevance and revised/expanded the conclusion. Much thanks to members of the Society of Evangelical Arminians for their feedback) When Christians who aren’t from a Calvinist tradition hear about limited atonement, something usually seems entirely wrong about the idea. Indeed, in the face of having no clear biblical data to support ...Read More

PROOF That Calvinists Still Don’t Understand the Importance and Role of Faith

I am currently reading Doug Sayers book and finding it to be an interesting read.     Chosen or Not?: A Layman’s Study of Biblical Election and Assurance by Doug Sayers (Nov 29, 2012) $28.99 $26.09 Paperback So it was interesting to see that he has done a review of PROOF –       PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones (May 27, 2014) I am sure PROOF would be worth the read ,but from Doug’s review it is as I expected – the same old Calvinism dressed ...Read More

Child Sexual Abuse : Accident , Pattern of Criminal and Demonically Inspired Behavior , or the Will of God ?

  I serve on the Board of Directors of a Child Advocacy Center. The Center offers free counseling for children who have been sexually abused. A good friend of mine is the counselor. She listens to ,and counsels children who have been sexually abused. Think of the evil that has been done.  When I say that I believe in what the Center is doing and am passionate about serving on the Board I am speaking from my heart as a human being and as a Christian. Jesus Christ loves children and bids them come to Him. He bids us ...Read More

Talk About Total Depravity: Covering Up Sexual Abuse at Sovereign Grace Ministries

Sovereign Grace Ministries has been going through a rough time. But their problem is of their own making. Without a doubt there were some in leadership who  covered up criminal activity. If I am not mistaken there very well could be more court cases. The title of this post is not meant to be snarky. It is meant to point out that the behavior of those in leadership at Sovereign Grace Ministries who knew about the abuse and did not report it to the authorities behaved as badly or worse than those who do not know Christ. By the ...Read More

Interview With and Article by Roger E. Olsen: Arminian Food For Thought

For those of you who are interested in reading an intelligent Arminian who can make an outstanding case for his theology , check out this interview with Roger E. Olson and the following article.  He is an author ,professor , and speaker. This is a good interview , and like all good interviews ,should spark some good discussion , if only in your mind !   There’s probably no other issue in popular Christianity as argued or debated as Calvinism. Whether it’s a dorm room, a Sunday school class, a dinner table, a church meeting or a classroom, chances ...Read More

The Nicene Creed : Jesus Christ- Light From Light,True God From True God

Who was Jesus Christ ? A prophet ? A teacher ? A fraud ? God in the flesh ? In response to the teaching that Jesus was not equal to God the Father the Nicene Council acted. Here is a a brief summary of some of their debate and the answers they gave. The Nicene Council- 325 A.D. The council debated the nature of God and Jesus Christ. Most of the bishops rejected Arius’ idea that Jesus was a created being. They believed that when they worshiped Jesus, they were worshiping God. They believed they were saved by God, ...Read More

Dead Men Pursuing: Or Why Calvinism’s Ordo Salutis is Out of Order

So , does regeneration precede regeneration and faith ? R. C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries think so – From Adam we inherit guilt for his sin because, in a real sense, we were there with him in the garden when he ate the forbidden fruit — since he was the representative of humanity, when he sinned, we sinned. As his progeny, we also receive a nature that makes it all too easy for us to transgress the Lord’s law, for mankind suffers the degenerating effects of this primal sin (Rom. 5:12–21; 1 Cor. 15:22). In sum, we are dead ...Read More

Atheism,Ethics,Science,and the Way Things Are Not Supposed to Be

Wintery Knight has an interesting blog post on atheists and slavery. The whole issue of whether atheism can provide a moral foundation of any kind is a fascinating one. http://winteryknight.wordpress.com Wintery Knight – Can atheists condemn slavery as immoral? Do atheists believe that slavery is wrong? Note: For a Christian response to the complaint that the Bible doesn’t condemn slavery, see this article and this article for slavery in the Old Testament, and this article for slavery in the New Testament. These are all by Christian philosopher Paul Copan. You can watch a lecture with Paul Copan on the ...Read More