I’m Still Alive

Sorry for the absence. Work has been pretty crazy lately. I got paged every single night for several nights in a row, and it wasn’t just little stuff either.

Also, I’ve started teaching a class on Calvinism at church, and of course that has taken a fair amount of my time. Tomorrow I am finishing up teaching about the sovereignty of God (in a general sense, we aren’t to election yet) and maybe covering total depravity.

I was surprised by the responses to my previous few posts. I finally just started deleting most of the obnoxious comments. I still have some thoughts about Terri Shiavo, or more precisely, conservative evangelicals’ attitudes towards her death. But I’ll save that for another entry.

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5 Responses to I’m Still Alive

  1. Patrick says:

    Glad to know you’re still alive. Say hi to the entire clan for me.

  2. Cynthia says:

    My son 16 and husband have been taking a class on The Westminster Shorter Catechism for about a year now. Using the book by G.I. Williamson.
    Will You be using this book?
    I think it is a good one. They have enjoyed the time in this class and it has spurred many discussions at our dinner table.
    What are you using to teach your current class on the sovereignty of God? Maybe something by
    A.W. Pink?
    Anyway, Glad your back.

  3. Robert says:

    Hey, Patrick. Good to hear from you.

    Cynthia, I am not teaching from the Westminster Catechism because I’m not a Presbyterian. I am _leaning_ that way, but my church is a “Bible church” and doesn’t subscribe to the Westminster standards officially. We do use some material based on it, though (First Catechism, for instance).

    Many or most of our members are former Baptists and lots of folks are very uncomfortable with Calvinism. So I have to be real careful in how I teach this. I am also being very careful to make sure the elders are 100% behind me theologically. This is forcing me to do things like softpedal Limited Atonement / Particular Redemption, since it is not fully supported by the elders. Along those lines, it’s “safer” for me to avoid the Westminster Catechism, although personally I largely agree with it. I have plans for what subjects I want to teach on later, though.

    I’m largely relying on Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology for my teaching material. He’s pretty good on many things, although I have some disagreements in other areas.

  4. Cynthia says:

    Sounds like you are doing a good job in teaching with consideration for others who may have slightly different views. Thanks for replying.

  5. Robert says:

    Cynthia, I am trying hard to be _gentle_ without _compromising_. It’s a hard thing for me!

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