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Predestination! Commenting on Paul's statement that God "destined us for adoption" (Ephesians 1:5), Mark Roberts says the intent is not to expound a certain theology of predestination; rather, the passage is a eulogy encouraging us to worship. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Predestination Bertram Atwood’s sermon on predestination uses Romans 8:14-19, 22, 23, 26-30 reflects on God working within creation through the Holy Spirit and not as an outside manipulator. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: Bertram Atwood United with Christ in Eternity and at the Table An article by Raymond A. Blacketer that outlines the tenets of Calvinism, paying special attention to Calvinist doctrines of predestination and the Lord's Supper. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Raymond A. Blacketer Chosen in Christ Kyle Fever sees Paul's concept of predestination in Ephesians 1:3-14 not as exclusivist but as "God’s preordained welcoming of the once outsider Gentiles" in Christ. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Kyle Fever What is Best This sermon starter for Romans 8:26-39 reflects on prayer and predestination, suggesting a sermon that affirms that in the trials of life we can know that we are held secure by Christ. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Ministry Matters Author: Thad H. Carter The Doctrine of Predestination in Retrospect In this audio sermon Warren Lee discusses predestination as a retrospective way of seeing God's work in our lives, a perspective that engenders a spirit of gratitude, humility, and hope. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: Warren Lee A Mind on Fire This article offer a historical introduction and analysis of the life and ministry of Jonathan Edwards. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Stephen R. Holmes The Northampton Eviction This article provides historical analysis of Jonathan Edwards' Northampton Eviction, where in 1750 Edwards was dismissed from his Northampton congregation by a decision of 230 to 23. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Allen Guelzo Preachers & Poets An article featuring four, brief biographies of leaders in the Puritan movement. From prison ministry to poetry, these four men served the Church widely and deeply. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: William Barker and Leland Ryken New Heaven, New Earth The Reformers and their successor had a certain vision of the new heaven and new earth. John Stackhouse compares their understanding with the biblical imagery and explains the importance of understanding the life to come. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: John Stackhouse The Blasphemy of Predestination In this sermon illustration for Luke 3:6, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24, 1 Timothy 1:4, or Titus 2:11, John Wesley argues that the idea of predestination portrays Jesus as a hypocrite and a deceiver. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: John Wesley Grasping Election and Free Will John Morren refers to R. B. Kuiper's illustration of predestination and free will, which likens balancing the two to hanging onto a rope on a pulley above. In order to support oneself, one clings to both. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: John Morren Full Text Hymns on Predestination The Vision of dry BonesPD
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"When God Made Me" This article contains both the lyrics and music video to Neil Young's "When God Made Me"—a song that asks questions about peace, oppression, racism, life, predestination, God's will, and creation. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Global Worship Author: Neil Young From Pueblos to Pentecostals Reflecting on the diverse nature of American Christianity, Angela Tarango's article sheds light on nearly 400 years of Church History in America. Tarango discusses pluralism, Awakenings, issues of modernity, the rise of Pentecostalism, and ecumenical efforts. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Angela Tarángo Gilead and Home In these excerpts from the novels 'Gilead' and 'Home,' Marilynne Robinson explores the question: “Are there people who are simply born evil, live evil lives, and then go to hell?” Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Marilynne Robinson The Electing Word David Lose wrestles with John 10:22-30 and the tension between God's action and human faith and agency, finally reminding us that God's election through his word is not just a past event, but a present reality. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: In the Meantime Author: David Lose Wresting with God Worship planning resources for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Marilynne Robinson: Distinctive Calvinist John Hesselink argues that the author Marilynne Robinson represents a unique kind of Calvinist, discussing her unique spin on traditional doctrines and her unusual affection for Puritans like Jonathan Edwards. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: I. John Hesselink Erasmus to Calvin This article explores various Christian thinkers' perspectives (Erasmus, Zwingli, Luther, Denck, and Calvin) on salvation and hell. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Edwin Woodruff Tait Sixth Sunday after Pentecost If your church is planning a service for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, this resource is full of ideas for preaching and planning, all based on lectionary readings. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries
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