Thursday, July 10, 2008

What He Said: John Owen V

The duties that God, in an ordinary way, requires at our hands are not proportioned to what strength we have in ourselves, but to what help and relief is laid up for us in Christ; and we are to address ourselves to the greatest of performances with a settled persuasion that we have not ability for the least.
- John Owen, Of Temptation


Paul said...

Hi Jacob,

I'm sorry this is unrelated to your post, but I didn't see an email address...

I know from your comments on the Boundless blog that you're strongly opposed to Open Theism and consider it heresy. There's a popular talk show host in Denver, Colorado named Bob Enyart who teaches it, and I was wondering if you would consider calling in to discuss/debate the issue with him on the air. And if you're wondering, no, I don't work for the show; I'm just a big fan. :)

I thought you might like to listen to a couple of his past shows where he discusses the issue and debates it briefly with another pastor: link 1, link 2 (Each show is ~ 30 min. long.)

If you're interested, you can call into the show weekdays from 5:00-5:30pm ET at 1-800-8Enyart. (He mentioned on today's show that he'll be out of town for the next week.) You could also email the show at to let him know you want to discuss Open Theism, so he'll know to set aside time for your call on a future show.

And, if you're not interested in debating him yourself, perhaps you know of another qualified Reformed theologian who would be -- a pastor, professor....whoever. If so, you can also email that info to the above address. But I'm really hoping that you're willing to call in yourself. I have a lot of respect for your theological knowledge, while I disagree with you on this issue. Please consider it. Take care.


Jacob said...


To be honest, I am not much of a debater and don't really have a lot of time to prepare for something like that right now due to an up-coming career change and the consequent relocation, etc.

When I think of debaters from the Reformed side of things, the first name that comes to mind is James White, director of Alpha and Omega Ministries. Their website is He takes his debates very seriously, and from what of his materials I've seen, he does it very well.



Jacob said...

Oh, and thanks for stopping by!