The Perfect Plan and Timing of Christmas: An Exposition of Galatians 4:4-6
Dec12

The Perfect Plan and Timing of Christmas: An Exposition of Galatians 4:4-6

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”” (Galatians 4:4–6 ESV) Your opinion of time and punctuality says a lot about your personality or temperament. There are those who’d rather not show up at...

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English General Baptists: The Arminian Anti-rationalists (Part II/II)
Oct26

English General Baptists: The Arminian Anti-rationalists (Part II/II)

In Part I we considered scholarly claims that, of the Reformed, Lutherans, and Arminians, only seventeenth century Arminians were genuinely open to the new rationalism. We’ve selected two representatives of the English General Baptists (Arminians) to consider the merit of such claims. In Part Two, we’ll consider the writings of Thomas Grantham and Thomas Monck on how one acquires religious knowledge and compare them to the views of...

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English General Baptists: The Arminian Anti-rationalists (Part I/II)
Oct23

English General Baptists: The Arminian Anti-rationalists (Part I/II)

Early English General Baptists’ firm adherence to the authority and supremacy of Scripture as the rule of faith and practice defies notions that all seventeenth century Arminians were rationalists.[1] That Arminianism as a whole was inclined towards rationalism has become a common critique from even renowned scholars. For example, Richard Muller contends that “of the three major systematic models arising out of Protestantism, the...

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The Theological Contribution of J. P. Barrow
Sep05

The Theological Contribution of J. P. Barrow

One Sunday night earlier this year, I was speaking with my grandfather, a lifelong Free Will Baptist pastor and evangelist. He mentioned a name to me that I’d never heard before: Jesse Parrot Barrow. My grandfather had visited my grandmother’s grave that Sunday afternoon in a small North Carolina town, as he often does, but that Sunday he had also found the grave marker of J. P. Barrow. In all of my reading and all of the...

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When Free Will Baptists Went Liberal (Part II)
Jun22

When Free Will Baptists Went Liberal (Part II)

In Part I, we began examining the Free Baptists’ relationship to Higher Criticism, particularly through Alfred Williams Anthony’s writings. In this piece, we’ll consider the influence of Higher Criticism at Bates College and Cobb Divinity School, as well as the Free Baptists’ interest in the Ecumenical Movement. This exploration will us a clear understanding of the theological status of key Free Baptist leaders and institutions in the...

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