Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Resurgence of Calvinism noted by Louisville Courier-journal

The Louisville Courier-Journal and writer Peter Smith are to be commended for an even-handed treatment of "new Calvinism" and the way it is exemplified within the Southern Baptist Convention by Pleasant Valley Community Church (PVCC). This is the church whose application for membership the Davies-McLean Baptist Association rejected last year (you can read my thoughts about that fiasco here).

Here is a video that accompanies the story in the Courier-Journal. It is encouraging to see and read honest reporting about the resurgence of the doctrines of grace from a secular source. Some Christian bloggers, reporters and pastors would do well not only to read and watch the report, but to take notes on how Peter Smith did it. Read the article here.

4 comments:

wayner said...

It was one of Peter Smith's better efforts, but the comments were something else. The comment by Robert Pursley (who I know) was an evenhanded response to some of misunderstanding and misrepresentation in the comment section.

Stan said...

Tom, I'm really concerned that your library (as depicted behind the blog) is so inoffensive and vacuous that the books don't even have titles. I'm afraid you're on a slippery slope here. The next thing will be sermons without texts.

Doug said...

My pastor last week expressed his anger at the calvinist resurgence in the SBC and called Limited Atonement a heresy. I have known that he has a problem with Calvinism, and he knows that I am a Calvinist, but this is the first time, to my knowledge, that he had done this from the pulpit. He was on the SBC Executive Committee for several years and was one of "Adrian Rogers' Preacher Boys." I have explained to him why I need to leave this local church. His response clearly indicated that he believes Calvinism is another gospel.

mimmyto3 said...

It is sad when adults cannot or will not study deligiently to see the truths of Calvinism. At least before blasting ones who believe the teachings of Calvinism, which are teachings from scripture,they should pray for God to show them the truth as they study the scriptures. I once didn't believe them either, but I cried, prayed and study the scriptures, then my eyes and heart was opened to the truth. I still have friends who don't believe as I do, but I don't blast them nor do they blast me. I, also, have a 15 year old granddaughter who has studied for herself and has seen the truths of Calvinism for herself. We should all be loving of one another, desire for God to guide each one of us as we study the scripture and be open for the Holy Spirit to teach us.