Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bring my books...

The Pyromaniacs highlighht Spurgeon on Paul's request for his books! (HT: Etrangere - Amen & Woohoo! indeed!). Rosemary is looking for suggestions for good books.

Have a look at this review of James Sire's Why Good Arguments Often Fail. A good new book that points us back to Jesus.
"The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own." - CHS
Over coffee we're begining a discussion on the law at The Coffee Bible Club. Come join the fun"

Also loving this from Spurgeon - on the breathtaking splendour of Jesus, in Hebrews 12 which I quoted today.
"“Where shall language be found which shall describe his matchless, his unparalleled love towards the children of men. Upon any ordinary subject one may find liberty of speech and fullness of utterance, but this subject lies out of the line of all oratory, and eloquence cannot attain unto it. This is one of the unutterable things — unutterable, because it surpasses thought, and defies the power of words.”
At the end of October I'm engaging in a debate on Calvinism & Arminianism for the benefit of our South East relay workers in their Core Study programme. I'm arguing the Calvinist case "against" my team leader! Our hope is really to argue scripturally and in a God-exalting way to help our Relay grow in understanding and in living in God's grace.

So, I'll be digging into my copies of Michael Horton's Putting Amazing back into Grace, Piper (various), Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology and Calvin's (ever-so-readable) Institutes of Christian Religion in preparation.

We were struggling for good Arminian books - any one got a recommendation? Roger Olson's Arminian Theology looks promising but not really found much else to go on. Pray that we both prepare well and argue in a fashion that is free from "youthful passions" and marked by humility, Biblical argument and clarity.


  1. If you want serious Calvinist stuff, 'The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination' is the place to go...

  2. has some great material.

  3. Hm, any chance of getting that debate recorded when it happens? As you hope, it could be good to give example of how to debate such. And thanks for the link.

  4. There's a IVP book on different views? From memory "Four views on divine sovereignty" and includes both moderates and those more on the fringes (e.g. Pinnock) - I remember reading it but don't have a copy. Found it at Amazon here

    And, of course, there's always Wesley's and Whitfield's correspondence!

  5. Forgot one more that I think is good. It is only on one issue (limited vs unlimited atonement) but is fairly well argued. It is "The Death Christ Died" by Robert Lightner (from Dallas Theo Sem) published by Kregel (ISBN 0825431557). Haven't seen it in any bookshops - but I think that amazon sell it here on their US transfer scheme (takes 2 weeks for delivery).

  6. I know it only deals in the main with one aspect of the issue but why not read David Pawson's "Once Saved, Always Saved?"

    And if you have got Packer's collected works (Paternoster) then volume 4 has an essay on Arminianism dealing with history and theology.

  7. Arminian books?

    God's Strategy in Human History by Paul Marston and Roger Forster.
    Limiting Omnipotence by David Dunlap
    The Faith of God's Elect by John F. Parkinson

  8. Anony. Thanks. I found Forster & Marsden to be quite unconvincing - too much straw-man arguing... desperate to avoid something that calvinists don't believe anyway.
    Thanks for the other tips though.

  9. An older defence of Arminianism is John Goodwin's "Redemption Redeemed". John Owen wrote a rebuttal to this in one of the volumes of his works and it was reprinted by John Wesley in the 18th century.

    'Debating Calvinism' by James White and Dave Hunt is a good popular book as it presents both views in a debate format - although White absolutely demolishes Hunt.