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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Ascol and Bridges Critique of Dr. Malcom Yarnell's White Paper

Dr. Malcom Yarnell, assistant dean for theological studies, director of the Center for Theological Research, and Director of the Oxford Study Program, and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, recently wrote a "white paper" entitled "The Heart of a Baptist." Tom Ascol and Gene Bridges have taken up the task to critique the paper which IMHO did a great job. Here are their posts: Tom Ascol: Malcom Yarnell's "The Heart of a Baptist," pt. 1 Malcom Yarnell's "The Heart of a Baptist," pt. 2; Is Hyper-Calvinism Really a Problem in the SBC? Malcom Yarnell's "The Heart of a Baptist," pt. 3; An Appreciation, a Critique, and a Concern Gene Bridges: *Warning: Be prepared to scroll. Between his two posts there are a total of 16, 664 words or 34 pages worth of writing! Classic Bridges. More Mixed Signals from the SBC Even More Mixed Signals from the SBC I think Dr. Yarnell has some good things to say here, but what concerns me is the striking similarity this has to Dr. Lemke's paper back in the day which speaks out against hyper-Calvinism - which was and continues to be poorly defined and documented. For a detailed analysis, please see the above posts. Hyper-Calvinism, as Ascol stated is a serious matter - "Hyper-Calvinism is a very serious error. It is a doctrinal parasite that sucks the life out of vital Christianity where it takes hold. It should be resisted with courage and strength by all who love Christ and His church. Therefore, it should be exposed where it exists. So, I for one, would like to know where such miscreant theology is lurking and how it is manifesting itself in the SBC to the degree that it is becoming 'a real problem.'" Interesting note: I can't remember where I read this, but Dr. Yarnell is a member of the church to which Drs. Paige Patterson and Emir Caner both belong. Note two: David Rogers (Adrian Roger's son) has been in email exchange with Dr. Yarnell. You can read his two posts here and here. Note three: Marty Duren is waiting to hear from Dr. Yarnell


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