Category: Calvinism


AUGUSTINE AND PROSPER: DID THEY EVER HOLD TO LIMITED ATONEMENT?

This article is actually intended as a response in a comment thread on “The Baptist Review” on Facebook, Thursday, June 29, 11:04 am. Due to the length of the response, it is not feasible to incorporate it in a comment on Facebook, so I am posting it here and linking to this page in a new post   …Continue Reading


JOHN CHAVIS – 1ST ORDAINED AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN PREACHER

John Chavis (AD 1763–1838) Chavis studied at Princeton for three years then completed his studies at Washington College in 1802. He was the first ordained African American Presbyterian preacher and he held to unlimited atonement.[1] Chavis fell victim to the 1832 law in North Carolina prohibiting blacks from teaching or preaching, effectively depriving him of   …Continue Reading


AN EXCERPT FROM MY FORTHCOMING BOOK ON “THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT”

NOTE:  My book entitled The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique (B&H Academic) will be published digitally June 1 and in print version by November 1. It will weigh in at appx. 850 pages and address the subject historically, biblically, theologically, and practically. The book is a significant expansion of my chapter “The Atonement:   …Continue Reading


1 JOHN 2:2 & THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT

I am currently serving as the Interim Pastor of First Baptist Church, Irving, TX. A few weeks back I began a series of sermons through 1 John. On Sunday, February 14, I preached on 1 John 2:1-2. Verse 2 says: And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but   …Continue Reading


ANDREW FULLER, UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT, AND THE FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL

NOTE: This is a portion of my Evangelical Theological Society paper “Andrew Fuller: Particular Redemptionist who Held to Unlimited Atonement.” Fuller was a very important English Baptist (d. 1815) who had enormous impact on Baptists in America. Fuller’s debates with General Baptist Dan Taylor also concerned the grounds necessary for the free offer of the   …Continue Reading


LECTURE AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ON THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT

In October of 2013 I delivered a lecture on the extent of the atonement at Liberty University. I addressed two key biblical passages: Isaiah 53 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. The lecture seeks to demonstrate that the Bible affirms Christ died for the sins of all people. I explain why these texts cannot be interpreted to   …Continue Reading


“DOES REGENERATION PRECEDE FAITH?”

My article, “Does Regeneration Precede Faith?” has just been released in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry. The journal is online and the article can be accessed here: Does Regeneration Precede Faith? Here are a few excerpts: Why do most Calvinists believe regeneration precedes faith? There are two reasons. First,   …Continue Reading


“WHOSOEVER WILL” – 5 YEARS LATER

Five years ago this week, Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism, which I co-edited along with Dr. Steve Lemke, was published by B&H Academic. http://www.amazon.com/Whosoever-Will-Biblical-Theological-Five-Point-Calvinism/dp/0805464166. The book is a collection of papers delivered at the 2008 John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Each paper dealt with one of the letters of   …Continue Reading


Missionary Ordination Sermon for Adoniram Judson and Luther Rice

NOTE: Sermon Preached at the Tabernacle in Salem February 6, 1812, on Occasion of the Ordination of the Rev. Messrs. Samuel Newell, Adoniram Judson, Samuel Nott, , Gordon Hall, and Luther Rice, Missionaries to the Heathen in Asia, Under the Direction of the Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong, 1812), which   …Continue Reading


Preaching with Passion for Souls – Erskine Mason on 1 John 2:2

I read lots of sermons. It goes with my line of work. On my blog during 2015, I will on occasion post portions of sermons past that I deem have value and interest for today’s readers. Today’s post comes from Erskine Mason (1805-1851). Mason was a graduate of Princeton who served as pastor of the   …Continue Reading