Yesterday, I received Whosoever Will in my college mailbox. Dr. David Allen, Dean of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, co-edited the book and was gracious to send me a copy after coming across a previous post on this blog.
Whosoever Will is a product of the John 3:16 Conference (visit Timmy Brister’s blog for summary of conference) which was held in 2008 at Johnny Hunt’s FBC Woodstock. The conference, billed as a “biblical and theological assessment of and response to five-point Calvinism,” was interesting to say the least. I will withhold commentary until I see the video of the conference in its entirety (which at a cost of $55 via the Jerry Vines ministry website I doubt I will be watching the whole DVD set unless it too shows up in my college mailbox). The conference had several well known SBC men speaking including Drs: Johnny Hunt, Paige Patterson, Richard Land, David Allen, Steve Lemke, Ken Keathley, and Charles Stanley.
I look forward to reading the book and, hopefully, being challenged on the Doctrines of Grace that I see so clearly evident in God’s Word. I appreciate Dr. Allen sending me the book and his gracious words.
To get an idea of the content of Whosoever Will view the TOC below.
Table of Contents:
Foreword Johnny Hunt
Preface James Leo Garrett Jr.
Introduction David L. Allen and Steve Lemke
Chapter 1 Sermon on John 3:16 – Jerry Vines
Chapter 2 Total Depravity – Paige Patterson
Chapter 3 Congruent Election: Understanding Salvation from an “Eternal Now” Perspective – Richard Land
Chapter 4 The Atonement: Limited or Universal? – David L. Allen
Chapter 5 A Biblical and Theological Critique of Irresistible Grace – Steve Lemke
Chapter 6 Perseverance and Assurance of the Saints – Kenneth D. Keathley
Chapter 7 Was Calvin a “Calvinist”? John Calvin on the Extent of the Atonement – Kevin Kennedy
Chapter 8 The Potential Impact of Calvinistic Tendencies upon Local Baptist Churches – Malcolm B. Yarnell III
Chapter 9 The Public Invitation and Calvinism – R. Alan Streett
Chapter 10 Reflections on Determinism and Human Freedom – Jeremy A. Evans
Chapter 11 Evil and God’s Sovereignty – Bruce A. Little