Garrett on Calvinism in the Alabama Baptist, Pt. 5

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In another of his articles in the Alabama Baptist, Dr. Garrett asks, “Have Baptists always been Dortian Calvinists in their confesions of faith?” The answer, indisputably, is no. General (Arminian) Baptists and Particular (Calvinistic) Baptists have published their own confessions of faith throughout the modern history of Baptists. Dr. Garett gives a helpful overview of…



Is Hollywood slipping? "Expelled" is coming

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I am not a movie buff. In fact, “buff” is not a word that would ever be forced into service to describe me. But I digress. I take my wife to see a movie two or three times a year. Even on those occasions I confess that I am more interested in being with her…



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From Peter Lumpkins (Wednesday, June 06, 2007, Tom Ascol, John Sullivan & Anti-Calvinism): My first response is I wonder if Dr. Ascol would be upset if Dr. Sullivan sent, to every Pastor, a series of sermons by Dr. Mark Dever or Dr. John Piper? Though I cannot speak for Dr. Ascol, my own guess is…



AP and MTV on the Happiness of Young People

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In what is being hailed as a “landmark” study, MTV and the Associate Press are reporting that both family and faith have a significant impact on the happiness of 13-24 year olds. The two entities collaborated on a 7 month, in-depth study of how sex, money, race, faith, family and technology affect the happiness of…



Founders Study Center Fall Schedule

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The Founders Online Study Center continues to have a growing ministry of providing outstanding teaching to pastors and church leaders around the world. Using the internet, textbooks, study guides and mentors, the Study Center offers another stellar lineup of classes for the Fall semester. Dr. Ken Puls, who directs the center, has provided a wonderful…



Fuller on Dort

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From Peter Lumpkin: “But to defend Dordt in the same breathe as Spurgeon and Fuller seems, at least to me, fantastic. Andrew Fuller clearly rejected Dortian Calvinism.” (Aug. 13, 2007) Such a statement could only be made by one who has not read Fuller, or who, having read him, has completely misunderstood him. Fuller’s views…



Garrett on Calvinism in the Alabama Baptist, Pt. 4

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Dr. Garrett helpfully distinguishes the internal, effectual call of God from the external, general call. Many less thoughtful critics of Calvinism fail to recognize this distinction and, consequently, often wind up dismissing a straw man in their critique of “irresistible grace.” Garrett writes, Dortian Calvinists normally differentiate the external, or outward, call of God from…



Rainer’s Plea for Civil Discourse (Amen!)

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Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay, has issued a clear, humble plea for civility in the way we publicly address issues within the Christian family. He reveals his own heart and holds out a vision to which all who love Christ should aspire when he writes, My passionate desire is to be a bridge…