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Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

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 … Continue reading

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Fuller & Inability: A Rejoinder to Tom Nettles

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

  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 … Continue reading

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

   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 … Continue reading

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

   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 … Continue reading

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God’s Infallible Foreknowledge

Dear Reader, This blog post is for those Christians that believe God sees/knows the future. It assumes that you also believe that is so. Of course,all are welcome to read this and respond in any way they see fit and … Continue reading

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Compatibilism: A More Immanent Grace

by Ken Hamrick Immanence is mostly forgotten as an attribute of God and a method by which He works in the world. Calvinists and Traditionalists argue over the limits of God’s transcendent acts of grace and the limits of men … Continue reading

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

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; … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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, … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 2: We are Not Defined by Political Representation, but by Biblically Determined Truth

See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» There is currently a radical change in thought being propagated in the Church, which is destructive to the truth. It is the ever more popular idea, even within the SBC, that … Continue reading

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Toward Southern Baptist Unity, Part 1: We are a Spectrum, Not a Polarized Body

See all the posts in the series, Toward Southern Baptist Unity» Despite the many misguided characterizations of the SBC as a polarized body of Calvinists and “Traditionalists,” Southern Baptists are represented by a spectrum of beliefs* and are not a mere … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Call—A.W. Tozer

Here are some thoughts from chapter three of A. W. Tozer‘s book, God’s Pursuit of Man (Camp Hill: Wingspread, 2007)…

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‘Straw Man’ Arguments of a Southern Baptist Pastor

This article was written by gracewriterrandy, and was posted on his blog, Truth Unchanging. I just finished reading a sermon about “Reformed Theology” by a “great Southern Baptist Preacher.”  I must confess I was amazed to see how theologically ignorant … Continue reading

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2 Peter 3:9 Explained

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count … Continue reading

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