Study Questions on the Word of God

[The following is meant for a Life Group at McIlwain Presbyterian Church] The Westminster Confession of Faith The Holy Scripture   1.4: Why do you think the confession stresses that the authority of the Scriptures depends not on any man or church, but wholly upon God? What gives God the right to be ultimately authoritative? [...]

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What Does “Sufficient for All” Mean? A Dialogue Between a Moderate and High Calvinist

Moderate Calvinist: How do you understand the first part of the oft quoted phrase, “Christ's death is sufficient for all, but efficient for the elect?” High Calvinist: Christ's sacrifice, by virtue of its worth, is infinitely valuable, capable of forgiving the sins of a thousand worlds. It is in this respect sufficient for all. Moderate [...]

Unlimited Expiation and the Universal, Well-Meant Gospel Offer: What Benefit is there for the Non-Elect?

It is sometimes asked by High Calvinists what value or benefit Christ's death has for the non-elect, given that they will certainly never believe. To this I reply: 1) Since the non-elect do not avail themselves of God's gracious offer of forgiveness, in one very real sense the death of Christ does not benefit them. [...]

Limited Expiation and the Universal, Well-Meant Gospel Offer: Illustrating Yet Again the Problem

The following is the third in a series of posts attempting to elucidate, for the sake of my High Calvinist brethren, the inevitable and insurmountable problem that arises when they affirm both limited expiation and a universal, well-meant gospel offer.  Over the years I have tried to think how to best present the predicament.  How [...]

Sharpen Your Mind and Soften Your Heart: 30 Or So Talks You Ought to Gorge Thy Ears With

Redeem the time.  Listen to great lectures.  Whether in the shower.  Or while commuting.  Or working out.  Just do it.  And grow.   Broad Range of Topics.  Wonderfully Powerful.  Give them your ear. The Triumph of the Gospel in the New Heavens and New Earth, John Piper The Ultimate Essence of Evil, John Piper God [...]

Is The Character of a Civil Leader Crucially Important to His Task?

When it comes to the world of mixed martial arts, you'll hit someone in one of two ways. The first occurs in the gym while sparring. Here the idea is to sharpen each others' skills without intentionally crippling the other. The second happens in the ring. Here the intent is to take your opponent's head [...]

Thought of the Day

Chief among those sins that are today not thought of as especially sinful- given the near ubiquitous assumption that there exists a hidden clause behind every verbalized commitment that it will be most assuredly done if nothing else more interesting or trivially pressing comes along- is unreliability. Or untrustworthiness. Or unfaithfulness. Or whatever other word [...]

The Beatific Vision

[Note that the following is a lesson outline for a Life Group at McIlwain Presbyterian Church] The Beatific Vision The Transforming, Joy-Inducing, Infinitely Overwhelming, Frightening, Hope of all Christians ------------------------------------- The Objective Our task is “simple.” Figure out what this passage means. “Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not [...]

Satan’s Awful Idea (Free PDF)

For those who would like to think further about Satan's fall and God's peculiar response to the kingdom of darkness (from a distinctly Reformed perspective), I'd encourage you to consider my book.  It is entitled, "Satan's Awful Idea: A Biblical Theology of Satan's Fall and its Implications on the Unfolding Human Drama." Here are some [...]

In Defense of Film: 33 Movies You Just Might Need to See (+16 More Movies)

I am sometimes reminded by the comments of Christians that tastes in movies vary wildly.  This isn't too surprising- though one might wonder how it could be that some actually enjoy what they do in fact enjoy.  Here one need only peruse the myriad of Christian productions of the past decade or two.  Most seem [...]

Sensus Divinipodcastis

Everyone has an innate awareness that there exists a gloriously sublime podcast.  And I am here to point you to it 🙂 Allow me to introduce Sensus Divinipodcastis; a new podcast by yours truly. I've always wanted to theologize about movies, other podcasts, and books; to use these mediums as springboards to discuss ethics, philosophy, [...]

A Plea to my Reformed Brothers: Beware the Creeping Advance of Reductionism and Hyper-Calvinism

Dear Reformed reader, I have no idea how to convince you that a tumor has been growing on the underbelly of Calvinism for some time now. Quotations from Reformed stalwarts have been amassed. Compelling arguments have been marshaled. Videos have been produced. Reasoned exegesis has been offered. But 9 out of 10 times it falls [...]

Do All Infants Go to Heaven When They Die? A Reply to Those Who Answer in the Negative

The idea is simple enough: the guilt of Adam is passed on to all the inhabitants of the human race. Therefore, infants who die need to be saved just as much as adult sinners. So far so good. The real fork in the road occurs when some go on to say that since the Scriptures [...]

The Case for Utter Hopelessness (Free PDF of my Book Now Available)

After having interacted with a number of people who have read my latest book, and who have expressed a wide variety of feelings ranging from outright disgust to sincere appreciation, my central convictions have not changed.  If there is no God, and if we are but a momentary flash in an ocean of time, having [...]

Limited Expiation and The Universal Well-Meant Offer: Illustrating Further the Logical Problem

Imagine two men sitting at the bottom of two pits. They love the filth and darkness and are more troll like than human. In short time, both will die in their diseased pits. Because of God's love for both of the men, He drops a rope down to them and calls out, “Grab the rope! [...]

Limited Expiation and The Well-Meant, Universal Gospel Offer: A Logical Problem

Here's my attempt to state as clearly and succinctly as possible the logical problem that exists between limited satisfaction and the universal gospel offer. Note that this problem cannot be resolved by appealing to our ignorance of who is elect and non-elect in evangelism. What we know or do not know about the people around [...]

What is Hyper-Calvinism? A Lecture by Dr. Curt Daniel

Hyper-Calvinism is not only often misunderstood, but elements of it have unwittingly crept into the thinking of various Calvinists. Perhaps the most common aspect is a denial of the well-meant offer, which is the teaching that God desires the salvation of the non-elect.  Hyper-Calvinists robustly deny this claim.  They maintain that God does not desire [...]

A Critique Of Exclusive Psalmody No Instruments- Questioning its Consistency and Clarity

Introduction In this paper I will be presenting several arguments against the position known as exclusive psalmody no instruments (EPNI, hereafter). Having been a member of the RPCNA for approximately ten years, I am not coming at this from an outsiders' perspective. I love singing the Psalms, and I appreciate the sobriety and godliness and [...]

In Defense of Moderate Calvinism: “Wait! He Said What?!?” Reformed Quotes on the Extent of the Atonement and God’s Universal Saving Will

Section 1. Various Quotes from Reformers and other Notable Theologians Indicating Moderate Calvinism Section 2. Quotes from Moderates and High Calvinists Concerning God's Universal Desire for all to be Saved ----------------------------------------- The first section is largely concerned with the extent of the atonement and/or matters pertaining to universal sufficiency. I have tried to limit myself [...]

In Defense of Moderate Calvinism: Are the Non-Elect Included Within the Scope of the Term “World” in John 3:16?

John 3:16 A Litmus Test in the Moderate Calvinist and Strict Particularist Debate   The Issue The principle issue dividing Moderate Calvinists from (certain) Strict Particularists in their understanding of John 3:16 can be boiled down to a simple question: Are the non-elect included within the scope of the term “world” in John 3:16? If [...]