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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Reporting On and Responding to the John 3:16 Conference

On November 6-7 of last year, Jerry Vines Ministries hosted the "John 3:16 Conference" at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Georgia. This Conference was intended to provide a response to the growing presence of Calvinistic theology within the Southern Baptist Convention from an anti-Calvinistic perspective. I attended this Conference and live-blogged the Conference for Challies.com. The following are links to the posts I did for Challies:

Registration, Schedule, Vendors, and Books

Introduction and Opening Message by Johnny Hunt

Message on John 3:16 by Dr. Jerry Vines

Attendance and Mood

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Message on John 3:16 by Dr. Charles Stanley

Question and Answer

In live-blogging the John 3:16 Conference, my goal was to give an accurate sense of what was said at the Conference. Therefore in my work for Challies I included little to no commentary on what was said. However, I did later write some responses to certain points made at the Conference. These responses were published on Strange BaptistFire.com and are linked below:

A Response to Dr. Paige Patterson’s Presentation on Total Depravity

A Response to Dr. Richard Land’s Presentation on Unconditional Election,
Part 1: The Historical Question
Part 2: C.S. Lewis' Philosophy of God's Relationship to Time
a. In Mere Christianity
b. In Miracles
Part 3: Romans 9
a. In Ironside's Lectures
b. In Dr. Land's Framework
Addendum to the Historical Question

A Response to Dr. David Allen's Presentation on Limited Atonement,
Part 1: The Historical Question
a. In Regards to Martin Luther
b. In Regards to Jonathan Edwards
Part 2: The Evangelistic Question

A Response to Dr. Steve Lemke's Presentation on Irresistible Grace
Part 1: "People Resisting God"
Part 2: "Jesus' Teaching Pattern"
Part 3: Dr. Lemke's Final Objection to Irresistible Grace

A Response to Dr. Ken Keathley's Presentation on the Perseverance of the Saints

Hopefully the above articles will be helpful to anyone who is interested in what was said at the John 3:16 Conference, but who was unable to attend, or to anyone who did attend and is looking to continue thinking through the issues raised at the Conference.

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