Louisiana College, The SBC, Calvinism, and Ethics

Guinn Auditorium at Louisiana College

Sadly, a war over Calvinism has been brewing in the SBC for a long time. Louisiana seems to have decided to be the main battle ground for this war. Last year, forces within the SBC that want to wage this war put forwardA Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” to be voted upon at the national convention in New Orleans. The statement was introduced to the world at SBC Today by Eric Hankins who is a pastor in Mississippi and son of Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins. Both David Hankins and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelly were signatories on the statement. There were fears among some that the statement would become a litmus test for employment of religion faculty at the state convention owned Louisiana College.

After the national convention, fervor over the issues subsided as there seemed to be a clear message of unity coming from the national SBC leadership. However, Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard has recently thrust the issue back into the spot light. Aguillard released a position paper on Calvinism in which he states, “My love for all Baptists including Calvinists, does not constitute our approval of its being advocated at Louisiana College.”

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Politics and the bride of Christ.

  Every once in a while you run across an article where all you can you is node approvingly and say “Amen.”  7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics by Bryan Roberts is one such article. …

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John Fea: Shot by Culture Warriors

John Fea sitting on a rock at the edge of a small river

I ran across this story about John Fea this morning and I find it truly disturbing. Fea is a history professor and Department Chair at Messiah College who recently made the cardinal sin of saying …

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Are We Voting Away Our Witness?

Reading aesthetics in a redwood forest

For good or ill, the evangelical community has been highly politicized for the last 30 years. The Religious Right has become a political force that has the power to sway elections and the very direction …

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Where is the gospel in our politics?

Woman holding a sign talking about her healthcare needs and how Obamacare helped her.

I know a guy who is a really nice college student. He is personable, gentle, and loving. However, like so many Christians today his political rhetoric seems devoid of the compassion he exhibits in his …

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