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Calvinism Explained in 10 Minutes – Greg Boyd

Here’s a nice concise presentation by Greg Boyd on the differences between Calvinism and Arminianim.  HT: Society of Evangelical Arminians

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Video of the 2014 Wesley Conference

Here’s a link to video of the presentations at the recent Wesley conference at Northwest Nazarene College: Wesleyan Theological Society 2014.

Topics included:

  • The Death of Sin in the Death of Jesus – Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • The Holy Spirit and Holy Communion: A Wesleyan Liturgy of Atonement – Jason Vickers, United Theological Seminary
  • Christ Crucified: Charles Wesley’s Passion – Randy Maddox, Duke University
  • Atonement in the Wesleyan Tradition: Past and Present Looking Forward – Panel discussion.

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2014 Wesley WTS Conference at NNU

Here’s a plug for the 2014 Wesley Conference at NNU. It takes place March 6-8, and is on the topic of the atonement. Guest speakers will include Dr Ben Witherington from Asbury, and Dr Randy Maddox from Duke. In past years, the conference has had free online streaming.

See additional info here: 2014 Wesley WTS Conference

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Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library – Free Online Resource

Here’s a new free online resource: Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library.  It is sponsored by the Nazarene church.  There are resources in multiple languages.

Some of the free resources include:

HT: Dr Wayman

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Why Wesleyans Aren’t Fundamentalists

Here’s a good article by Nazarene Theology professor Al Truesdale that helps to explain the difference between Wesleyans and Fundamentalists, and why Wesleyans aren’t concerned about “inerrancy”. Why Wesleyans Aren’t Fundamentalists.

From the article:

For fundamentalists, revelation is thought of primarily as divine information or truth about God, humans, and the creation. For example, when Exodus 12:37 states the number of Hebrew slaves who left Egypt, that information is part of divine revelation. The Bible is the inspired and inerrant deposit of divine revelation. For that reason it is the Word of God. God unerringly communicated his revelation in various ways—through patriarchs, prophets and apostles, oracles, signs and wonders, and ultimately through Jesus Christ. Regardless of the topic the Bible addresses, it is part of God’s infallible revelation. It stands to reason that an inerrant God would communicate through an inerrant vehicle.

Therefore, in the Bible God has given us an inerrant source of truth. Either the entire Bible is without error, or the Scriptures as a whole must be false. Either Isaiah of Jerusalem wrote all of Isaiah, or the Bible is deceptive. Equally essential for fundamentalism is belief that the body of revelation the Bible contains is accessible to all who will rightly use their reason, and who will submit to what the Bible teaches.

We can see that for fundamentalists, “truth” is principally “divine truths” God has communicated to humans and recorded in the Bible. This makes the Bible “the Word of God.” Faith, then, is principally a matter of understanding and assenting to truth, to revelation, without reservation. This doesn’t minimize the importance of personal trust in Jesus Christ.

Wesleyans hold to a different understanding of revelation. The difference directly affects our doctrine of the Scriptures. God himself, not information about him, is the primary content of revelation. God manifests himself, his person, his “Name,” and his will in all the earth. he reveals his “glory” as Creator and Savior, the proper end of which is our worship of and obedience to him. God declares his Name particularly by creating a people who, in covenant with him, will bear redeemed witness to his holiness, his love, his Kingship, and his faithfulness. The Bible uniquely and definitively tells the story of God’s self-disclosure and of humankind’s response. But not everything in the Bible is essential to God’s self-disclosure.

For Wesleyans, knowing the truth is primarily a matter of knowing God, of being transformed and gifted by him, and of being placed in his kingdom service. Thinking of knowing the truth as principally a matter of assent to a body of divine knowledge or propositions strikes Wesleyans as once-removed from knowing him who is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

 

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8 Things Wesleyans Need to Learn from Neo-Calvinism

Good and insightful article on Seedbed: 8 Things Wesleyans Need to Learn from Neo-Calvinism

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Why I’m a Methodist by Dr Timothy Tennant

Dr Timothy Tennant from Asbury Seminary is doing a series entitled “Why I am a Methodist and an Evangelical”.  Good stuff, be sure to check it out.

Intro
Prevenient Grace –  “salvation is impossible without a free and prior act of God on behalf of the sinner.”
Means of Grace – Remaining in faith and avoiding antinomianism.
Conversion – transformation
Sanctification – The importance of holiness in the life of the believer
Discipleship – “learning to echo the entire rhythms of the Christian life”
Missional Movement – “Actively serving the world”

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