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Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

July 6, 2017 by


Reposted from the archives… By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real depth of argument, and my initial impression was that it was strongly leaning […]

Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

March 7, 2017 by


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 […]

It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

May 23, 2016 by


by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both sides as something of a weak and anti-intellectual compromise. But arriving at this Antinomist position […]

Awakening To The Theology

February 25, 2015 by


by Dr. James Willingham The ground work or foundation for awakening prayer as well as for the visitation that we call an awakening is to be found in the theology we find linked to the First and Second Great Awakenings and the Launching of the Great Century of Missions as the late historian, Kenneth Scott […]

Saving Grace Conference | SBC Today

January 5, 2015 by


For whose sins did Jesus die? Who are the elect? Is the sinner’s prayer biblical? What exactly is T.U.L.I.P.? Ever had questions like these? Come to Oakland Baptist Church in Corinth, MS for the “Saving Grace Conference.” This conference is free of charge! The conference will take place on January 9th and 10th. The list […]

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

December 29, 2014 by


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 […]

Have You Heard of Connect 316? | SBC Today

November 20, 2014 by


Who We Are We are a ministry fellowship celebrating the Hobbs-Rogers tradition in Southern Baptist life. That’s a fancy way of saying that we believe in the kind of salvation doctrine one might hear at a Billy Graham Crusade. God loves you. He has a wonderful plan for your life. He sincerely wants you to […]

The Traditional Statement | SBC Today

November 13, 2014 by


Click HERE to sign! Preamble Every generation of Southern Baptists has the duty to articulate the truths of its faith with particular attention to the issues that are impacting contemporary mission and ministry. The precipitating issue for this statement is the rise of a movement called “New Calvinism” among Southern Baptists. This movement is committed […]

Does Faith Precede Or Result From the New Birth? A response to Ronnie Rogers [part 1]

November 9, 2014 by


 by Michael White Ronnie Rogers’ paper was published on Friday, 07 November 2014 04:30 at SBC Today. To be a consistent Calvinist, a person must believe that the Bible teaches God limits His redemptive love toward His creation and that limited love is more reflective of God being the sum of perfect love than God […]

Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

October 21, 2014 by


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 […]

Heart Faith and Deep Change | Founders | The Blog

October 21, 2014 by


Both in preparing to write these blogs and in preparing to teach a course on American revival, I have spent some time with the sermons, theology, and revival lectures of Charles Finney. He is a fascinating read. I find some things well said and edifying—truly and clearly put in the defense of truth. He had […]

Calvinism’s New Birth Analogy is Unconvincing! | SBC Today

October 20, 2014 by


Ronnie Rogers | Pastor Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK This article seeks to address the question: does physical birth demonstrate the Calvinist idea that faith precedes spiritual birth? Calvinists argue that the new birth (regeneration) precedes and provisions faith,[1] whereas I contend that faith precedes and provisions the new birth. Calvinists frequently seek to demonstrate […]

Jesus Doesn’t Fail: An Interview on Definite Atonement | Desiring God

October 18, 2014 by


It is, by far, the most contested of the Five Points. And confusion over the term makes it all the trickier. “Limited Atonement” is the middle letter in TULIP, but as author and pastor Douglas Wilson explains, that name might give the wrong impression. “The problem with ‘limited atonement’ is that it makes everybody think […]

John Piper and Definite Atonement | Part Two | SBC Today

October 10, 2014 by


Dr. David L. Allen | Dean of the School of Theology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Definite Atonement & the Free Offer of the Gospel. Piper asserts his belief that the free offer of the gospel to all people is one of the “benefits” or “intentions” of God in the atonement (657-664). Scripture teaches the “free […]

John Piper and Definite Atonement | Part One | SBC Today

October 9, 2014 by


Dr. David L. Allen | Dean of the School of Theology Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary The final chapter in From Heaven He Came and Sought Her covers the subject of preaching and definite atonement. John Piper does the honors. This chapter is a fitting conclusion to the book as Piper attempts to show that preaching […]


September 2, 2014 by


Part 1 can be found here: Part 2 can be found here: Part 1 is about how the Jewish people missed the Messiah and did not recognize Jesus as God in the flesh because their sin[s] blinded them to spiritual truth through the hardening of their hearts.  Part 2 is about how people […]


August 23, 2014 by


THIS IS PART 2 OF 3. WHY MANY TODAY CAN NOT BELIEVE. Part 1 [] was about how the Jewish people missed the Messiah. Now of course they all did not miss the Messiah, and not all people today will reject the Gospel. But the reason most  of the Jews missed out on the Messiah […]

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

August 7, 2014 by


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


  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


   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, […]