I’ve attended the last four Ligonier National Conferences. I thought they were great. But their 2013 conference just might be the most timely and provocative of them all. Listen as Dr. Sproul introduces it:
Archives for August 2012
The Calvinists I have known (English Puritans, Edwards, Newton, Spurgeon, Packer, Sproul) are not logic driven, but Bible-driven. It’s the challengers who bring their logic to the Bible and nullify text after text. Branches are lopped off by “logic,” not exegesis.
Who are the great enjoyers of paradox today? Who are the pastors and theologians who grab both horns of every biblical dilemma and swear to the God-Man: I will never let go of either.
Not the Calvinism-critics that I meet. They read of divine love, and say that predestination cannot be. They read of human choice and say the divine rule of all our steps cannot be. They read of human resistance, and say that irresistible grace cannot be. Who is logic-driven?
Read the rest of this fantastic post in which Piper goes on to observe some of the paradoxes gladly embraced by true Calvinism.
The Family Research Council and the Liberty Institute have just released an 140 page report claiming that there’s been a rising pattern of hostility toward Christians in America over the past decade. (Ironically, this report is being issued only a few weeks after the tragic shooting of an FRC security guard.)
Among the examples listed:
Matthew Reynolds, valedictorian for HLV Junior-Senior High School in Victor, Iowa, was told he had to give a ‘secular’ speech after he wished to attribute his success to his faith in Jesus Christ during his graduation speech.
Dr. Frank Turek, a Cisco employee, was fired for expressing his views on traditional marriage in his book, even though he never voiced his religious opinions at work.
Bold, courageous move by Biola University President Barry H. Corey:
You may recall that Wheaton College previously joined a similar lawsuit.
I was able to attend the 2008 Presidential Forum hosted by Rick Warren at Saddleback Church in Orange County, CA. So I was a bit bummed to hear that another one was in the works for this year, but has been cancelled.
The Orange County Register reports:
Warren pulled the plug on this year’s forum, explaining that the current negative campaign is opposite to what the church’s civil forum is about, even as plans had been ramping up to coordinate schedules, secure the area and get traffic control in check for a forum of this size. Planning had begun in March.
This same article has a short exchange with Pastor Warren. Here’s their first interaction:
Q. You said you canceled the presidential civil forum because of the negativity and a larger issue. What is that?
By now you’ve probably heard of the intruder at the Family Research Council who, presenting himself as an intern, pulled out a gun and started shooting. Joe Carter pens a nice tribute to his friend, Leo Johnson, the security guard who saved lives today (and at this moment is in the hospital in stable condition):
“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” said Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.” Leo is indeed a hero—because he did much more than his job.
Read the whole thing.
The Washington Post reports:
The shooter is in FBI custody and has not yet been charged, authorities said. A law enforcement official said at one point in the scuffle, the shooter expressed views that differed from those of the Family Research Council. The official also said the shooter was carrying a bag that had a Chick-Fil-A bag inside. Chick-Fil-A’s chief executive has expressed similar views against same-sex marriage as the Research Council.