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Calvinism Today

Christ the Center regular Dr. Jim Cassidy discusses the present state of Calvinism in evangelical Christianity. Following up on a previous Christ the Center and Reformed Forum blog post, Dr. Cassidy highlights some of his concerns for the contemporary Calvinistic movement.

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John D. Chitty

5 years ago

Regarding your “problem” with telling jokes only other theology geek friends get, you’re not alone. A non-theologically inclined co-worker of mine explained the other day that I often tell jokes for only two people, and sometimes for only one person.

Don Haflich

5 years ago

I received a call the other day and the person was afraid that Calvinists were invading her church. The jokes have not yet ceased.

Baus

5 years ago

Good one, here, Jim! :
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92714105594
You should have this link (or the mp3 file) in the show notes.

Nathan

5 years ago

I understand that you want to be all hipster about modern theological trends, and drink your coffee from your RefForum mug before it was cool, but I don’t think you understand how big this resurgence is.

A renewed love for God is not just a data trend for students of religions or political science. It is a blessing from God. And works of God, are often invisible, kinda like wind. Effects may be apparent in things like conferences and John Owen books downloaded, or in anyone who listens to your podcast… or perhaps even the existence of podcasts… God works all things well. The Christian life is far greater than those things however, it includes how we treat the Scriptures, how we speak to our children about ordinary things, how we pray and how we witness, it is seen in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. This is the Calvinist Resurgence… or if you will, God building his Church. It’s bigger than Luther and Calvin, and for me, my Arminian grandmother had a greater role than the Reformers and Puritans combined. No one seems to mention her when they document this “movement.” Those details are important. In Christianity, every victory is a win. And we should be incredibly thankful for grandmothers and Hortons and Driscolls and Grahams who courageously and faithfully pointed to the God who saves sinners.

You can use the now pejorative “YRR,” but if you are alive, you are young enough, and if sin makes you restless, and Romans 8 makes you get all Romans 11:33… Well then you just might be… A Christian.

Your brother,
Nathan

Nathan

5 years ago

…and gentleness. 🙂

Dan

5 years ago

Hi guys,
I have found your podcast recently and have enjoyed the rich discussion and conversation. I do not consider myself a Calvinist but enjoy you all talking about it One thing I have noticed about Reformed Theology types – there seems to often be a kind of arrogance underlying the conversation, as if a reformed view of Christianity is the one, true, and only proper way of understanding Christianity. I do notice a real humility in you guys but every once in a while I notice it. As I listen to you I often find myself saying “You do realize there are millions of Christians who think very differently about this or that, don’t you?” My question is this: given the reality of so many various theological “tribes” in the world how do you understand God’s sovereignty in regard to this fact?

Tyler

5 years ago

What’s the deal with pitting Calvinism against partial-preteristic postmillennialism? :p Would love to hear more about your guys’ perspectives on that. I’ll keep listening to the Vos stuff and I’m sure that’ll help clarify things, too.

Jim Cassidy

5 years ago

Dan,

Thanks for your comment!

I think what you are picking up on is the fact that we are convinced that these truths are actually true, and in being true exclude certain other doctrines from being true. Each man must hold to what his conscience believes is true from the Word of God. The reality of divergent views and other forms of Christianity does not phase me in the least. Because’s God’s providence is all inclusive, I believe God for his own purposes has ordained for truth and error to exist in the world and the universal church. But just because God ordains it to come to pass that does not mean its good (God ordains sin to occur, but that does not justifiy sin – even while at the same time that does not make God the author of sin). We believe that the best approach to bring Christians together is to stand on what we believe according to the Word of God is truth, and call all Christians everywhere to rally around that truth. Anything less only aids division among Christians.

Don Speedy

5 years ago

I appreciate your theological convictions regarding your presbyterian perspective on both ecclesiology and sacramentology, even though I am a confessional Baptist, who affirms the 1689 Confession of Faith. I too believe that sacramentology and ecclesiology are vitally important. I however felt that your tone of discussion didn’t accomplish your stated goals. Your critique felt a little condescending, even though I agreed with much of your critique. I appreciate your ministry, as you seek to engage in significant theological discussion for the laity.

Jim Cassidy

5 years ago

Don,

You are correct, our goal was precisely to not be condescending. That we did not hit that goal is regrettable, and for it I am truly sorry. I esteem my baptist brethren and rejoice to hear of baptists who are confessional, I often have more in common with them than many of my Presbyterian colleagues.

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