The Threshold Question: What is the Minimal Knowledge Required for Saving Faith

Book Excerpt By May 18, 2010 Tags: , , 1 Comment

One must know about the good news of Jesus Christ in order to trust in him. As Paul asks, “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Rom 10:14). In order for faith to be informed or have knowledge, it must have two things: content and an object. The content of assenting faith is the gospel…


Hyper-Calvinism and the Great Commission

Commentary By May 10, 2010 Tags: , No Comments

Recently a hyper-Calvinist updated his Facebook status with the following: “If you give money to evangelical missions to reach the unregenerate your heart is veiled and the truth is hidden from you. Stop the giving. STOP THE GIVING. STOP THE GIVING! STOP THE GIVING! Cut off their money flow. Don’t finance unbelieving regenerate missionary enterprises.” No, I’m not making it…



Book Excerpt By April 1, 2010 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

What are the tenets of ROSES, in contrast to TULIP? Radical depravity: The old term, total depravity, gives the impression that fallen humanity always is as bad as it possibly can be. The new term, radical depravity, more correctly emphasizes that every aspect of our being is affected by the Fall and renders us incapable of saving ourselves. Overcoming grace:…


Molinists and Calvinists: Locked in a Wordy Embrace with the same Gargoyle

Commentary By December 23, 2009 Tags: , No Comments

I have put my hand to the tar baby. Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach (Broadman & Holman) came out this month, a book in which I tackle the divine sovereignty–human responsibility conundrum, specifically as it relates to the area of salvation. As the title indicates, the book approaches the issue from a Molinist perspective, which means I advocate a…