In his book Humble Calvinism, pastor and author J.A. Medders writes:
“Many of us who love to love the “doctrines of grace” have not grown in showing grace. We have not become more gracious, kind, tender, and compassionate. And that can only mean one thing: we actually don’t know the doctrines of grace. Sure, we know the points and can rehearse the arguments …But an arrogant and argumentative Calvinist is just a Pharisee with a fresh coat of paint.”
All too often this is very true. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The term “humble Calvinism” should not be an oxymoron.
On this episode, we discuss why a right understanding of Calvinism should cause us to be gracious, loving, and humble towards others.
On This Episode We’ll Discuss:
- What Calvinism is and why a “humble Calvinist” seems like an oxymoron to many
- Why “cage-stage” Calvinism is such a prevalent issue
- Some keys to help us graciously hold to the Doctrines of Grace
- How we can be zealous for the truth and be humble and gracious towards others
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About Our Guest
J.A. Medders is the pastor of preaching and theology at Redeemer Church in Tomball, Texas where he lives with his wife and two kids. Jeff blogs at www.jamedders.com, which also hosts his podcast “Home Row: Just Keep Writing.” He’s the author of several books, including Humble Calvinism which is the topic of today’s episode.
- The Five Points of Calvinism: Defining the Doctrines of Grace
- George Whitefield’s letter to John Wesley on Election (Free PDF)
- Learn more about our guest at JAMedders.com
- Follow him on Twitter @mrmedders
- View his other books