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Playin' Around with Providence: Part 2
10/25/2009 - James White
Here is the second portion of the Bible Conference from Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada, October 23, 2009, specifically on William Lane Craig's presentation of Middle Knowledge from his book, The Only Wise God. A Reformed and, I pray, biblical response.
Playin' Around with Providence: Part1
10/24/2009 - James White
Here is the first portion of last night's Bible Conference in La Mirada at the Trinity Reformed Baptist Church. The second portion is already uploaded and can be seen on my YouTube page. I will have it post here Sunday morning.
Molinism in perspective - Dr. James White in Southern California
10/22/2009 - Micah BurkeDr. James White will be speaking at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, California on Friday night 10/23/09 at 6:30pm. The church is located at 14407 Rosecrans Ave. in La Mirada, 30 minutes south of Downtown Los Angeles, 20 minutes north of Disneyland, and 2 minutes west of Biola University.
The topic of Dr. White's lecture will be "Playing Around with Predestination" focusing on Molinism, Middle Knowledge and the theology of William Lane Craig. Admission is free.
Many Arminians seeking consistency in their understanding of the divine sovereignty and human freedom and culpability of man are turning to the philosophy of Molinism. Molinism, named after 16th Century Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina, is a religious doctrine which attempts to reconcile the omniscience of God with human free will. William Lane Craig is probably its best known non-Roman Catholic advocate today and it is his views that Dr. White will critique. What does God know and when does He know it? Does the God of the Bible resemble that of Molinism?
If you live in the Los Angeles basin and would like to know more about Molinism, the views of William Lane Craig and the freedom of the divine Potter over his creation, attend this special conference!
On Sunday morning Dr. White will be teaching at 10AM at the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Ontario (directions) and speaking in the morning worship service at 11am. That evening he will be speaking for the Quarterly Gathering of the Southern California Association of Reformed Baptist Churches, which will be meeting at Colony High School, 3850 W. Riverside Drive in Ontario, CA at 5pm.
10/09/2009 - Jeff DownsMark Herzer, the speaker in the audio I mentioned earlier, gave me permission to post his paper titled The Church: A Covenant Community. If you listened to the audio, you will want to download this document; much more is included. Click here for the PDF.
Presuppositions of NPP Advocates
10/09/2009 - Jeff DownsOne last item for today...
I just returned from a meeting in which Dr. Tom Holland, from Wales Evangelical School of Theology spoke on the New Perspective on Paul. Holland is the author of Contours of Pauline Theology: A Radical New Survey of the Influences on Paul's Biblical Writing (Christian Focus).
If you would like to listen click here.
Should You Be a Member of a Local Church?
10/09/2009 - Jeff DownsIn 1995 GPTS held a conference on the topic The Doctrine of the Church. One of the presentations was titled "Covenant Community" by Mark Herzer. This was the best presentations I've heard on this issue. Pastor Herzer's purpose was:
"...to deal with two major points in this paper. One is the necessity of membership in the visible church. The second is the priority of election in the visible church. The two are quite related. The first develops the need for membership in the visible church and the second addresses the status of members in the visible church. The first point argues against the modern disdain for the visible church and the second answers the question of presumptive regeneration and the puristsí notions of the visible church. One group seems to say that you donít need the church at all to be a faithful Christian while another group seems to argue that you know you are a Christian because you are in the visible church. Both of these positions, we believe, are wrong."
Click here to be equipped and edified. You can also check out Dr. Joseph Pipa's message from the conference titled The Triumph of the Church.
Dan Wallace on NT Wright and the Righteousness of God
10/05/2009 - James WhiteDan Wallace has published a fairly lengthy response to NT Wright's central assertions regarding the righteousness of God. The article is titled Δικαιοσύνη Θεοῦ and N. T. Wright. The first URL Dan provided contained unicode, like this: http://bible.org/article/δικαιοσύνη-θεοῦ-and-n-t-wright. While that is really pretty and all, I don't think the majority of folks would find that to work, and e-mail programs generally don't translate URLs containing unicode very well, so an alternative URL has been provided that should work for everyone, here.
The Triune God of Scripture Lives
10/03/2009 - Micah Burke