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My primary goal with this blog is to introduce fellow Calvinists to their historical heritage; and to alert them to the reality that Calvinism cannot be reduced to its Westminster style — there are other, even more “Evangelical” versions of Calvinism available within its rich heritage. My initial assertion is that there is such a thing as “Evangelical Calvinism,” which does not follow the famous “Five-Points-of-Calvinism;” at least in every area. And in the ways that it does follow “Five-Pointism,” it does so by recasting key components (such as double predestination or election-reprobation) in much more “biblical” categories.

As you can tell, part of the “fun” of this blog, is that I am going to be myself; which means I am going to be a bit polemical (quite a bit), hopefully always in Christian charity. This blog, at points, will be critiquing and watching some of the more “popular” Calvinist blogs out there. I will use their posts as foils to introduce a more sound way forward for all you Calvinists out there.

I will be providing more insight on where I am coming from through the unfolding and evolution of this blog. Be aware, one of the primary informing voices for me is Thomas F. Torrance and his Scottish Theology; as well as what I have come to know as “Affective Theology,” which I was introduced to in seminary by Dr. Ron Frost.

Get ready to have some fun, Calvinist . . . you may or may not want to call me “brethren,” at least “Calvinist brethren,” that’s okay — as long as you can call me Christian, I think we’ll get along just fine.

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Hello my name is Bobby Grow, and I author this blog, The Evangelical Calvinist. Feel free to peruse the posts, and comment at your leisure. I look forward to the exchange we might have here, and hope you are provoked to love Jesus even more as a result. Pax Christi!

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A Little Thomas Torrance

“God loves you so utterly and completely that he has given himself for you in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, and has thereby pledged his very being as God for your salvation. In Jesus Christ God has actualised his unconditional love for you in your human nature in such a once for all way, that he cannot go back upon it without undoing the Incarnation and the Cross and thereby denying himself. Jesus Christ died for you precisely because you are sinful and utterly unworthy of him, and has thereby already made you his own before and apart from your ever believing in him. He has bound you to himself by his love in a way that he will never let you go, for even if you refuse him and damn yourself in hell his love will never cease. Therefore, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.” -T. F. Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, 94.

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