Category Archives: Calvinism

John’s Gospel: Chapter 10:22-29 (“no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand”)

(John 10:22-23 ESV)  22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter,  23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. The Feast of Dedication is Hanukkah. As the NET … Continue reading

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John’s Gospel: Reflections on Chapter 9, Part 3.2 (Born in Time)

The classic philosophic problem with regard to believing in God is: How can a good God let bad things happen? I’m sure you’ve heard it before. There have been books and songs and poems written to wrestle with this difficult … Continue reading

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John’s Gospel: Reflections on Chapter 9, Part 3.1 (Born in Time)

To set the mood — In the hills of mystery, In the foggy web of destiny, You can have what’s left of me, Where we were born in time. Bob Dylan’s song, performed by Eric Clapton I love quest novels. … Continue reading

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Searching for the Third Way: Open Theism, Part 2

The hard question And so, you see, I’m not exactly an Open Theist or Closed Theist. And most of the arguments simply don’t address what, to me, is the hard question. The hard question to me isn’t whether God can … Continue reading

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Searching for the Third Way: Open Theism, Part 1

Introduction to Open Theism — Perhaps Over-Simplified Open Theism has been a topic on interest in the comments lately. I thought I’d explain my understanding. Maybe it’ll make sense. First, a definition – In the openness debate the focus is … Continue reading

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God Is Not Fair: Reflecting on Patrick Mead’s Latest

Too good not to pass along. In a previous post, Patrick posed a common problem with how we understand God — We have used Gregory Boyd’s opening illustration in “God at War” of the mutilation and death of the beautiful … Continue reading

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Debating Calvinism

From the Sacred Sandwich. And, I might add, the Calvinist responded, “Semi-Pelagian!”

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Election: John 6:44 and the Passover, Part 3

John 12:32 But there’s more to it. You see, Jesus wasn’t trying to prove or disprove Calvin. He was speaking about something else entirely. To see it, we next return to — (John 12:32)  “But I, when I am lifted … Continue reading

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Election: John 6:44 and the Passover, Part 2

“Draw” And so, we come to John 6:44. (John 6:44)  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Now, Jesus doesn’t suddenly change the … Continue reading

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Election: John 6:44 and the Passover, Part 1

Prevenient grace One of the standard proof texts for prevenient grace is — (John 6:44 ESV) No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. … Continue reading

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