Search ResultsPredestination! 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. A Mind on Fire This article offer a historical introduction and analysis of the life and ministry of Jonathan Edwards. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Full Text Hymns on Predestination The Vision of dry BonesPD
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See more hymns... "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. 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. 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?” 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. Wresting with God Worship planning resources for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. 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. Erasmus to Calvin This article explores various Christian thinkers' perspectives (Erasmus, Zwingli, Luther, Denck, and Calvin) on salvation and hell. 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.