From the pen of Shane Lems.
The Reformed Reader
Near the end of Josiah Bull’s biography of John Newton, there’s a quote by Newton that is somewhat critical of the great American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Here it is:
“Mr. Edwards was an excellent man, but some of his writings are too metaphysical, and particularly that book [The Freedom of the Will]. If I understand it, I think it rather establishes fatalism and necessity than Calvinism in the sober sense. I could object likewise to his book on Original Sin, though there are many excellent things in it” (p. 328).
These statements really made me want to hear more from Newton on Edwards, since I too am somewhat critical of Edwards’ theology.
Reading through Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland Jr., I did find more. In a letter Newton wrote to Ryland in 1778, he criticized New England theology. Though Newton wasn’t writing…
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by Sam Powell
or as I’d like to affectionately title it, Can you “pickup Legos with your toes”?
An excellent read.
In a sermon on John 1:29, John Newton discussed definite atonement and the free offer of the gospel. He admitted there is mystery in this area of Scripture’s teaching: “I am not disheartened by meeting with some things beyond the grasp of my scanty powers in a book which I believe to be inspired by […]
via Definite Atonement, the Gospel Call, and Rejecting Christ (Newton) — The Reformed Reader
Sometimes when you are grieving it helps to talk to someone. But, sometime it helps to just lose yourself in a book (or TV show) and relate to a fictional character or situation. And cry. “When you lose someone suddenly and unexpectedly it hurts differently…it’s like a lightning bolt you can’t even see reaching inside […]
via Grief — Not In This Soup Alone
Late Night Theology
My parents will be the first to tell you, I can really put my foot in my mouth. I often don’t say the right thing. Often times, I can frustrate Allyson because I try to hunt for just the right words for the situation. Different people interpret words differently. My family knew that frustrated, mad, and pissed we’re all different levels. Her family will use them all interchangeably. It causes confusion.
When I read the now infamous Piper article about sanctification I was hopeful that perhaps this was just a misstatement. I’m often not clear and so want to be gracious in this area. However, yesterday evening, Greg Morse (a Desiring God affiliate) wrote again in this issue and said exactly the same thing. Taking up the topic of killing sin, Morse seems to redirect and go on a tangent:
“But what about being saved by faith alone? You’re not…
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Q.33. What is justification?
A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone. Westminster Shorter Catechism
Those whom God effectually calls, he also freely justifies, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their persons as righteous; not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone; not by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing Christ’s active obedience unto the whole law, and passive obedience in his death for their whole and sole righteousness by faith, which faith they have not of themselves; it is the gift of God.
From the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith