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Killing Calvinism by Greg Dutcher
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Jun 04, 12

bookshelves: theology, christian-living
Read in June, 2012

Caves are good and bunkers are bad.

In seminary I had a professor or three say that the most edifying thing that could happen to any person who discovered God’s sovereignty and the doctrines of grace (often referred to as “Calvinism”) was to lock them up in a cave for at least six months lest they hurt themselves and others. I found that to be odd advice.

Pastoring after seminary on the other hand has shown me why that advice was really good. However, six months is probably not long enough and unfortunately…we need more caves!!! Because “Calvinists” locked up together only create a bigger problem. That cave turns into a fully-operational bunker. Temporary, sole-occupancy caves are the way to go in this regard. Bunkers on the other hand are bad.

“The bunker is the place of uniformity and safety. It is comfortable; it feels like home. In the bunker, we can be ourselves, accepted for who we are, because we are a lot like everyone around us. But the coffee shop, in this analogy, is the place where you at least have a possibility of engaging in meaningful conversation with someone who doesn’t quite believe what you believe. Such a coffee shop can be fairly comfortable, but it’s not home. It is the public square, and it is full of people who don’t think like you do. I sometimes fear that if we all just stay holed up in our bunkers, we will end up killing the revival of Calvinism in our midst.” (Kindle Locations 124-129)

There you have it. Caves are good and bunkers are bad...

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