In earlier blog posts, I discussed the resurgence of “New Calvinism”in evangelicalism and described some of its main tenets and implications. In this long-delayed continuation of the series, I want to raise the issue of assurance of salvation.
In a blog post earlier this year in which I discussed the resurgence of Calvinism and what we might learn from Calvinism, it occurred to me that I never really defined Calvinism. So, for those who don’t know or simply need a reminder, perhaps a description of Calvinism is in order, followed by a brief summary of some of its more problematic implications.
In August I had the pleasure of visiting Brazil. Although it was my fourth time in Brazil, it was my first time to be invited for what amounted to a book tour. Here’s how it happened.
Recently, there has been a resurgence of Arminianism in Brazil. Wait. Let me back up a bit. For the past few years, there has been a resurgence of Calvinism in evangelicalism. (This is something I intend to discuss in later posts.) This resurgence of Calvinism has reached Latin America, including Brazil. And wherever “five-point Calvinism” goes, resistance to it follows close behind. Thus, the resurgence of Arminianism, as a form of anti-Calvinism, in Brazil.
What is the happiest place on earth? Some would say Disney World. Others might be thinking Chuy’s Tex-Mex. Still others may suggest Tijuana. These are all good guesses. But if you ask my family, the happiest place on earth is San Diego. Why?
Reading theology at the apartment
For a week in early May, I had the opportunity and privilege to travel for a conference to the “Low Countries” (Belgium and The Netherlands, famous for their “low” elevation). I saw many sites and, more important, renewed many friendships along the way, all of which I cannot recount here. But here are just a few of the personal and historical highlights.
City Hall, Leuven, Belgium