An Open Challenge to Calvinists

My challenge is simple, in fact, probably the simplest. There are many words used in Scripture and in our daily talk that necessitate human beings possess freewill. Let us take a few sample words that are theological necessities, regular words like love, forgiveness, believe, receive, doubt, etc. Anything related to the Christian faith requires the…

Is Grace Impersonal?

Is grace impersonal? The question could be rephrased: “is grace something that acts upon me or is it something I act upon, or both? Is it static or is it a living dynamic that evades objective inquiry? The study of grace is interesting in that one cannot help but hit the academic brick wall very…

Grace and Works: Why the Confusion?

Often times grace and works are presented as opposites; either one has grace or one has works, but never both for they are mutually exclusive. A famous passage from Romans is usually quoted to demonstrate this dichotomy: “At this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace,…

Grace and Works: Part One

I have been struck for some time with the way Christianity in modern times has dismissed the human body. Meaning that, much of the emphasis today in the preaching and teaching of the gospel is fixed on the issues of the spirit in such as way as to dismiss the importance of the believers life…