I didn´t notice your message. Yes Amazing Grace by Eric Holmberg is really good one to learn about calvinism.I learned about Calvinism in my mid-twenties when I watched the video, "Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism." I remember thinking, "Why haven't I heard this before?" Recently, at my pastor's suggestion, I started reading Loraine Boettner's book on the five points. I really like it, as well.
Don't worry. We won't let Tim know that he set you straight. He might get a big head or something.Grew up in the PC(USA), where my pastor told me during a class for membership that "we don't really believe in that election stuff anymore". I accepted it as fact (since I was ~12 and it matched my history books), and repeated it to Tim while we were dating and he was writing a sermon that touched on the topic--he promptly began to set me straight.
Wow. I did a double-take when I heard that name. I listened to Wayne Van Geldered Jr. (Falls Baptist Church) all the time on a local radio station up here. Small world.I grew up under the ministry of Wayne Van Gelderen, Sr. who was well-known in fundamentalist circles though his background was Dutch Reformed.
Me too Nate. I became a Christian reading the scriptures in a United States Navy Barracks. I read the gospels and when I got to John 15:16 I knew what happened. I didn't know I was a Cavlinist for a while after that though. I had never heard of Calvinism. LOL I just believed the Bible till that point.I became a Calvinist when I got saved. I was 17 (15 years ago) at the time and was not looking for Christ, for what he had to offer, or salvation. When I came to understand my sin and my need for the Gospel- Calvinism was a no-brainer.
This was underscored with the fact that the woman who led me to Christ had me reading good books and the Scriptures right away. The first book that I read as a new believer was Thomas Watson's Heaven Taken By Storm.
The Van Gelderens have an interesting legacy. All three of the boys, Wayne, Jim and John preach, though I think Wayne is the only one who has a church. I recently read online some of John and Jim's suermons and was interested to note they had formed an entirely new theology when it comes to election and predestination. Their uncle, a man who sat in a wheelchair (paralyzed since his youth) was an amazing picture of the grace of God. He loved the Lord and was one of the few godly men that left his mark on my life.Originally Posted by JBaldwin
I grew up under the ministry of Wayne Van Gelderen, Sr. who was well-known in fundamentalist circles though his background was Dutch Reformed.
Wow. I did a double-take when I heard that name. I listened to Wayne Van Geldered Jr. (Falls Baptist Church) all the time on a local radio station up here. Small world.
About the same here.I set out to disprove Calvinism using the Bible...long story short, here I am.