Calvinism and the Assurance of Salvation

In earlier blog posts, I discussed the resurgence of “New Calvinism”in evangelicalism and described some of its main tenets and implications.  In this long-delayed continuation of the series, I want to raise the issue of assurance of salvation. … [Read more...]

Calvinism and Its Implications

In a blog post earlier this year in which I discussed the resurgence of Calvinism and what we might learn from Calvinism, it occurred to me that I never really defined Calvinism.  So, for those who don’t know or simply need a reminder, perhaps a description of Calvinism is in order, followed by a brief summary of some of its more problematic implications.      … [Read more...]

Arminianism in Brazil

In August I had the pleasure of visiting Brazil.  Although it was my fourth time in Brazil, it was my first time to be invited for what amounted to a book tour.  Here’s how it happened. Recently, there has been a resurgence of Arminianism in Brazil.  Wait.  Let me back up a bit.  For the past few years, there has been a resurgence of Calvinism in evangelicalism.  (This is something I intend to discuss in later posts.)  This resurgence of Calvinism has reached Latin America, including Brazil.  And wherever “five-point Calvinism” goes, resistance to it follows close behind.  Thus, the resurgence of … [Read more...]

My Happiest Place on Earth

What is the happiest place on earth?  Some would say Disney World.  Others might be thinking Chuy’s Tex-Mex.  Still others may suggest Tijuana.  These are all good guesses.  But if you ask my family, the happiest place on earth is San Diego.  Why? Reading theology at the apartment   … [Read more...]

Reformation History Conference: Gettin’ Down in the Low Countries

For a week in early May, I had the opportunity and privilege to travel for a conference to the “Low Countries” (Belgium and The Netherlands, famous for their “low” elevation).  I saw many sites and, more important, renewed many friendships along the way, all of which I cannot recount here.  But here are just a few of the personal and historical highlights.City Hall, Leuven, Belgium … [Read more...]