Category Archives: Searching for a Third Way

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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Searching for The Third Way: How Football Explains Everything

I love college football. Doesn’t everybody? And it occurs to me that a football example would help make some sense of what I’m talking about. I mean, it’s been pretty philosophical — even metaphysical — to this point. It’s time … Continue reading

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Searching for The Third Way: Baptism, Part 8

Fifth theological point: a new thought on baptism Just as is true of God, the Spirit does not have to operate in our time-space realm. The Spirit may well act outside our time and so violate what appears to be … Continue reading

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Searching for The Third Way: Baptism, Part 7

Fourth theological conclusion — prevenient grace makes better sense It’s just a thought. And I know I can’t prove this. Remember: the classic Calvinist argument is that humans cannot have faith without the Spirit changing their hearts. The classic Arminian … Continue reading

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Searching for The Third Way: Baptism, Part 6

Why does earth-time go in only one direction? Sounds like a stupid question, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, physicists wrestle with this one. It’s a very hot issue among theorists today. Nearly all the equations that describe physics run … Continue reading

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Searching for a Third Way: Baptism, Part 5.5

I get emails. This one is particularly intringuing. … That is, is our view of baptism too narrow?  To wit: Is our view that baptism is only the act of the dunking too narrow.  Should it be more broad as … Continue reading

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Searching for The Third Way: Baptism, Part 5

I’m going to say some completely unbelievable things. And take a while doing it. But when I get done, I expect to explain baptism and faith and the Spirit and time. It’s going to take a while. But it’ll be … Continue reading

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Searching for The Third Way: Baptism, Part 4

Let’s now consider what we’ve learned regarding predestination earlier in this series and apply it to salvation and baptism. Perhaps this will give us a deeper Third Way interpretation. When considering predestination, we noted that the New Testament is quite … Continue reading

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Searching for The Third Way: Baptism, Part 3

Although I think the baptism verses are powerful and persuasive, the “faith only” verses are powerful and persuasive, too. There are just a lot of verses that promise salvation to all who have faith. Before we get into these, I … Continue reading

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