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Reflections on the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention, Part 2

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On Monday, I published the first half of my reflections on the Houston Convention. This is my second and final post on this topic. 4. The ERLC Transition. One of the most important happenings at the Convention this year was the leadership transition at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. … Read More »

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What to Expect at the Houston Convention

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Next week, the Southern Baptist Convention will gather for its annual meeting in Houston. We will conduct business, hear reports from our various ministries, adopt resolutions about various topics, and listen to sermons and “preachy addresses” from some of the better-known preachers among us. I’m particularly excited about that last … Read More »

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A Statement from the Calvinism Advisory Committee

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Next week, SBC Life will publish the official statement from the Calvinism Advisory Committee that was established last summer by Dr. Frank Page. We have made it available for you here at Between the Times. It is also available at the SBC Life website. The full document is titled “Truth, … Read More »

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Calvinism, Cooperation, and the Southern Baptist Convention

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Calvinism is probably the most controversial topic in the contemporary Southern Baptist Convention. About a year ago, the debate reached a new level of intensity with the publication of “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” and the responses it provoked from both Calvinists … Read More »

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Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: I Still Have Not Changed My Mind

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On a regular basis I am asked about my views on Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility, Calvinism and Arminianism. Sometimes the question asked is, in light of all the talk, blogging, conferencing, etc., “Have you changed your views on any of the relevant subjects?” There is an easy answer to … Read More »

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Guest Post (Chuck Quarles): What Do Southern Baptists Believe about Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in Salvation?

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What Do Southern Baptists Believe about Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility in Salvation? Charles L. Quarles Over the last several years, discussions about divine sovereignty and human responsibility in salvation have intensified in our Southern Baptist context. Labels like “Calvinist,” “Arminian,” and “semi-Pelagian” have been tossed around, often too freely, … Read More »

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“A Statement of the Traditional Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation”: A Brief Response

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Recently, a group of Southern Baptists published a document titled “A Statement of the Traditional Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” The statement, which has been signed by several Southern Baptist leaders, is intended to offer an alternative to a more Calvinistic understanding of salvation. Supporters of the statement believe … Read More »

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For the Record (John Hammett): Being Biblical More Than Logical or Why I am a Four-Point Calvinist

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[Editor's Note: John Hammett is Professor of Systematic Theology and Associate Dean of Theological Studies at Southeastern. He is a former missionary to Brazil and a specialist in eclessiology. He is a theologian in all the best senses of the word. For these reasons, we asked him to put his ... Read More »

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Q&A 15: What are your thoughts about perserverance of the saints?

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Question: What are your thoughts about perseverance of the saints? Reply: This is the one area where all Southern Baptists agree! PTL! The doctrine affirms that those that God saves He protects and preserves their salvation to the very end. Sometimes this doctrine is also known by the phrase “eternal … Read More »

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Q&A 14: What are your thoughts about irresistable grace?

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Question: What are your thoughts about irresistible grace? Reply: “Irresistible grace” is as unfortunate a term as is “limited atonement.” A far better way to describe this teaching is “effectual calling.” Those who affirm effectual calling believe that those who are predestined by God to be saved are effectually/effectively called … Read More »

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