Author Archives: Bobby Grow

The Atonement Debate (Zahnd and Brown): Some Historical Background and an Alternative to the Whole Thing

The International House of Prayer-University just hosted a debate between Brian Zahnd and Michael Brown, the debate was on differing views of the atonement. Zahnd essentially argued against the so called Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA, hereafter) theory, while Brown argued … Continue reading

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Turning to Ourselves Instead of God: The Evangelicals and Herman Bavinck

Victoria Osteen’s recent faux pas (well some think it was a faux pas, I do) about God being happy when we are happy is a helpful illustrator of what I want to address in this mini-essay. For many North American … Continue reading

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Karl Barth and NT Wright on Philippians 2.5-11, ‘The Emptying’

Here is the pericope under consideration by both Karl Barth and N.T. Wright, respectively: 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal … Continue reading

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Why evangelicals Shouldn’t Fear Karl Barth

I am putting two posts from the past into one. This has come up again in my life, and I want to attempt to explain why as an evangelical Christian I think reading Karl Barth fits better with the aims … Continue reading

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Vanishing the Golden Age of non-Traditioned Bible Reading: A significant difference between two traditions, the Reformed and Radically Reformed (the Anabaptists)

Tradition and Theological reflection (from various Traditions) is inevitable, it is an aspect of being creatures, and being located somewhere, historically. Throughout the rest of this short article I will reflect, along with Stephen Holmes, (Baptist theologian, par excellence) upon … Continue reading

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The Five Points of Calvinism Restated for Evangelical Calvinism in a Christ Concentrated Key

I have done this before, but let me reframe the so called 5 Points of Calvinism within an Evangelical Calvinist way of thinking of things: T otal Depravity – He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become … Continue reading

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Old Debate, New Day: Calvinism — Was Calvin a Calvinist?

The debate on Calvinism that just happened in Chicago last week continues to be the source of some discussion online, so I thought I would say at least one more thing. During the debate the non- Calvinist side, particularly Brian … Continue reading

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