An Open Letter To A New Calvinist

To Whom It May Concern:

In 2005, after a couple of years of deeply wrestling with it, I came to embrace with much enthusiasm what is commonly called the doctrines of grace. It was without question a pivotal moment in my Christian life since, from that point on, it seems that the bible began to really make sense to me. It was as if I had entered a whole new phase of my Christian life. I began spending most of my time examining all the relevant biblical passages dealing with this issue in quite some detail and I read as many articles and books as I could get my hands on. I probably spent more money than I had intended, but it was unquestionably all worthwhile and at times we can be more satisfied with reading than eating. I watched debates between Calvinists and non-Calvinists, listened to lectures and discussed this topic with anyone who was willing to bring up the subject. I just couldn’t get enough of TULIP! Everything I read was to further my understanding of this acrostic and this brought joy to my life.

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A Saturday Morning Letter On the Dead

Dear Jordan:

I wanted to write this letter to you to thank you for meeting with me on Saturday and I am much obliged at the time you took to speak with me. I really enjoyed our conversation. You probably noticed that I raised very little points but listened attentively to your presentation. You certainly brought up many interesting issues and had a very fluent way of presenting what you referred to as “the truth”[1] I appreciate that we were able to swap contact information and as promised here is my letter to you! After thinking back on our discussion, I decided to look into what you said so I could perhaps grasp a better understanding of your presentation of the Gospel. There are things that I would agree with you on and unfortunately others I would disagree. I would like to touch basis on these points.

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