Killing Calvinism – How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology From the Inside
By Greg Dutcher
Cruiciform Press, June 2012
This short book was convicting in many ways and multiple times. Each chapter focused on some in the Reformed tradition have allowed our Calvinism to be an idol, and Dutcher attempts to take his axe and “chop down” those idols one by one. There are eight chapters and they all shine a convicting light on several blind spots that Calvinists tend to have. Sometimes reading good theological books can replace the time a Christian should spend in discipleship. Dutcher says, when the goal is to become a theologian instead of a disciple of Christ Jesus, we have missed our way. It is like getting on the wrong train and heading in the opposite direction. By losing the urge to evangelize was a good chapter; the most convicting of all was chapter 5 – “By Learning Only From Other Calvinist.” In this chapter he thanked and highlighted people who had a major impact on his life who were not Reformed. I was so inspired by this chapter I wrote my own tribute to Ezra Nehemiah Williams.
It is a great book and I recommend it to all my Reformed brethren. It is a quick read, but worth every bit of your time.
Brian L. Spivey D.O.C.
Series: “ Divine Duo”
For the next couple of blog post I want to explore a very small book in the New Testament – The Book of Titus.
Recently our family took a trip and spent time on a beach. There are things that just naturally go together. Sand is a natural thing to see on a beach. A paved street, a freshly cut lawn, or high-risers do not belong on a beach. There is sand, sand, and more sand. An ocean and sand naturally go together. In the Book of Titus, we learn that some things just naturally go together.
The book of Titus is an epistle written by Paul to his companion Titus. Paul left Titus on the Island of Crete to establish local churches. Paul provides him, and by implication us, with a divine blueprint of how to establish a New Testament church. In each chapter of this short book, Paul mentions at least three major Christian doctrines. But before he writes about these doctrines, he describes himself and his mission.
(1) Paul was a servant. This is a foreign word in our society, but the writer of 14 New Testament books described himself as a servant. This opening is a reminder of Jesus words: “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave.” (Matt 20:27). This is essence of Christianity.
(2) Paul was an Apostle. Paul was sent. Jesus Christ sent him.
What should we expect to see from a Christian leader? Servanthood.
Servanthood and Christian leadership go hand-in-hand. It naturally goes together. A Christian leader who is not striving for greater servanthood is like a beach with high-risers. You wouldn’t go to that beach would you? You would stay far away. Then let us stay far away from leaders who are not first of all servants.
Brian Spivey – D.O.C.