Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On the Non-Awesomeness of Interrupting

Most people don't enter into a conversation with the aim of interrupting people. Rather, it seems to be a learned behavior.  Some people have conditioned themselves to think that interrupting people is a perfectly acceptable thing to do.  I know someone who grew up in a home where they interrupted each other fairly often and (on the face of it) it didn't seem to bother anyone.  It was just what they did.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Potter's Freedom: The Vital Issue

Prior to starting my studies at Southern Evangelical Seminary, I read a book by Norman Geisler titled "Chosen but Free". I was intrigued by the book as it purported to be a balanced view of the doctrine of election.  At that time I was debating the topic quite regularly with my friends and this book was one of the few books available on the topic from a non-Calvinist perspective.

Not long after CBF came out, the reformed apologist James White wrote a book titled "The Potter's Freedom". This book echoed some of the more widely held criticisms of Geisler's position and capitalized on the "strangeness" of the views presented in CBF.  In this series of blog posts, I will not be responding to Geisler.  This is not because I necessarily agree with him on every point; it's simply that I want to focus on White's work.

In this blog post, I want to focus on what White calls "The Vital Issue."  According to White, there is a criterion that serves to delineate between the "supernatural religion of Christianity" and the "man-centered religions that surround us." This delineation has to do with whether or not you think the work of salvation is "perfectly accomplished by God for His own glory" or it "is dependent upon man's cooperation and assistance."

In short, the delineation is between monergism and synergism along with "The truth of predestination (God's freedom) and man's depravity (his will in bondage)."  White claims that you cannot truly be reformed apart from upholding sola fide AND the truth of God's absolute freedom AND man's bondage in sin. He spends a good deal of time juxtaposing Calvinism with what he calls man centered religions. The implication here is that Geisler's position (along with pretty much anyone who is not in line with his brand of Calvinism) is not truly Calvinistic and is therefore a man-centered religion.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Christianity and Mythology

Allan Di Donato, instructor at Central Piedmont Community College, gives a great talk on Christianity and Mythology.  He and my wife (English / Literature teacher) have changed the way I think about mythology.

2011-04-03 EH (Missions - Week 8) from Community Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

The Problem of Evil and the Theological Virtues

Dr. Bridges on how the theological virtues provide resources for dealing with the problem of evil.

2011-11-20 EH from Community Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

How was the New Testament Canon Determined?

My friend, Doug Beaumont on the formation of the New Testament Canon.  Doug has thought a lot about the history of Christianity and has some helpful criticisms that Protestants, in particular, should pay attention to.

2011-11-27 EH from Community Fellowship Church on Vimeo.

Responding to Arguments Against Intelligent Design

My friend, Dr. JT Bridges offering responses to criticisms of intelligent design.  Dr. Bridges is a well rounded thinker with thoughtful insights into the philosophy of science.