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Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

March 7, 2017 by

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by Ken Hamrick This will be a series of informal posts chronicling my quest to understand and engage Jonathan Edwards on the ideas of necessity and certainty, and to establish where Andrew Fuller departed from Edwards’ view. In this, I’m seeking to expand the argument made in the paper, “Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response […]

Building Effective Global Partnerships | themelios

January 6, 2015 by

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Next week, I’ll be headed to Charleston, SC, where this year’s annual Partnership Mission Coordinator’s meeting will take place. Mission leaders from across the nation will converge on this historic city for several days to learn from one another, and collaborate in ways that will help us better equip churches to be more effective on […]

Unwillingness & Inability: A Summary of Andrew Fuller’s Solution

December 29, 2014 by

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by Ken Hamrick The theology of Andrew Fuller, as set out in his greatest work, The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation, is centrally located between those Calvinists who see sinners as walking corpses—no more able to believe than a dead body is able to raise itself from the dead—and those of the other side who […]

Why I’m Going to the Vatican | Moore to the Point

November 3, 2014 by

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The Vatican announced today that they will host, in a matter of weeks, a colloquium on marriage and the family, bringing together leaders from virtually every religious tradition in the world, to talk about the complementarity of man and woman in marriage. Here’s why I, a Baptist, accepted the invitation from the Pope to talk […]

Gushee’s pro-gay stance ‘no surprise’ | Baptist Press

October 28, 2014 by

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NASHVILLE (BP) — Baptist ethicist David Gushee’s declaration that he now believes not all homosexual behavior is sinful is a predictable next step following a decades-long intellectual trajectory, evangelical leaders have said. “This is no surprise for those who have been following David Gushee’s career,” Denny Burk, professor of biblical studies at Boyce College wrote […]

Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

October 21, 2014 by

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Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. Recently, I published a Centrist response[1] to Dr. Tom Nettles’ series of articles on Andrew Fuller.[2] He has replied to that critique, but only in brief comments (one initial[3] and one final[4]). I had hoped he […]

As Ebola crisis depletes food supplies, Baptists find ways to fill the gap | Baptist News Global

October 20, 2014 by

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In Liberia, hard hit by the virus, the economy spirals downward and food is increasingly scarce. By Robert Dilday A week after Baptists around the world responded to a West African request to pray for victims of Ebola in the region, Baptist groups in Virginia and Texas are addressing another critical aspect of the epidemic […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles (Whole Paper)

August 7, 2014 by

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An Addendum, incorporating the Rejoinder, was added, 11-25-2014. by Ken Hamrick [13,200 words…] The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together—not merely by a spirit of cooperation, but closer in doctrinal view—the usual argument over his meaning […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 3 of 3

August 6, 2014 by

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  Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 2;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick In his second installment, “Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability,” Dr. Nettles’ fundamental misunderstanding of Fuller is seen in how he has taken some of Andrew Fuller’s sentences out of context, and turned them around […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 2

August 4, 2014 by

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   Other Posts in This Series:      Part 1;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick It will be helpful, prior to addressing further differences with Dr. Nettles, to establish what Andrew Fuller means by his distinction between natural and moral inability. Speaking of himself in the third person, […]

Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response to Tom Nettles, Part 1

August 4, 2014 by

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   Other Posts in This Series:      Part 2;       Part 3;       Whole Paper. by Ken Hamrick The focus of the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists returns ever more often to Andrew Fuller. His theology is ideally suited to bringing the two closer together—not merely by a spirit of cooperation, […]

Toward Theological Reconciliation: Atonement

February 8, 2014 by

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by Ken Hamrick What you will find below is neither an argument for the Calvinist view nor one for the Traditionalist view of atonement. Both ends of the spectrum have been asking the wrong questions, and the best perspective transcends that old debate. By emphasizing that Christ stood in our place, the debate has perpetually turned on the […]

Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage (by Dr. James Willingham)

November 5, 2013 by

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“Predestination is an invitation to begin one’s spiritual pilgrimage,….” In 1972 that statement by Dr. John D. Eusden in his Introduction to his translation of William Ames’ The Marrow of Divinity focused my attention like a salmon fixes the eye of a soaring eagle.

Who is Guilty of Adam’s Sin? A Centrist Response to Adam Harwood

July 9, 2013 by

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by Ken Hamrick Adam Harwood spoke at the 2013 John 3:16 Conference, and the paper he presented there is available on the conference e-book at SBC Today. Like Dr. Harwood, I deny that anyone is born condemned for Adam’s sin; but unlike Dr. Harwood, I find in Scripture such a real union of mankind in […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 8 (Final): Unifying Propositions on Determinism

May 28, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» The area in which Calvinists and Libertarians are farthest apart is that of determinism. Yet, as we have seen in other such areas, the root of this disagreement can be found in a single faulty premise upon which both sides agree. In this case, it […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 7: Unifying Propositions on Atonement

May 22, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» There is much room for agreement on atonement… and misunderstandings to avoid on all sides. Libertarians (both Traditionalists and Arminians) can find unexpected common ground even with a Reformed theologian, such as Charles Hodge

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 6: Unifying Propositions on Regeneration

May 22, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» There are two profound changes that happen to a man as he is converted: first, the man is changed from a man who hates God to a man who is ready to repent and turn to God (this is what the Calvinists focus on—how profound […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 5: Unifying Propositions on the Inability of Sinners

May 18, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» At every point of doctrinal disagreement between Calvinists and Libertarians (both Traditionalists and Arminians), there are Biblical propositions that can pull the two sides closer together without leaving the moorings of their particular theology.

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 4: Discarding the Faulty Premise that Divides

May 8, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» The Southern Baptist Convention is unique in its composition of a wide range of approaches to the doctrines of salvation. As was shown in Part 3, the basic presuppositions of Calvinists and Libertarians (Traditionalists as well as Arminians) are seemingly irreconcilable; and yet, these groups have found […]

Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 3: Understanding the Valid Concerns of the Opposition

April 30, 2013 by

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See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» The most obvious characteristic of the debate between Calvinism and Libertarians (whether Arminians or Traditionalists) is its unending futility. Very little is ever accomplished. The same old straw-man misrepresentations are continually presented, and the same old misunderstandings continually occur.