For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot about reformed theology more particularly Calvinism. I got interested more about the subject when I started listening to the great expository preachers of today such as John MacArthur, John Piper, Paul Washer and others. I was intrigued why their theology was deep. Their verse by verse preaching style blessed me a lot mainly because it was filled with the Holy Spirit’s power and because of this it is scholarly, thorough and very expository.
I discovered that they were staunch Calvinist. Coming from a church with a very strong Arminian or should I say quasi-Arminian background we were “brainwashed” to be allergic to the words “Calvinism” or “election.” But I have changed these past few years in terms of my theological standing and I am a bit more Calvinist than Arminian, so I decided to do an in-depth study on the subject.
So for the past few months, I’ve been devouring a lot of books and materials on Calvinism and Reformed Theology. I’ve read online materials and tried enrolling at The North American Reformed Seminary. For some reason they did not act on my application for enrollment although in the emails, they said they are willing to accept me. I found another reformed seminary online; I recently got accepted at the London Reformed Baptist Seminary. This is the seminary run by Metropolitan Tabernacle, a church that was used to be pastored by the great theologians such as John Gill, Benjamin Keach, Arthur Tappan Pierson and most notably, Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon is known as the prince of preachers and adored by almost all Baptist (both arminian and Calvinistic) I’ll be doing my online studies here for the next 4 years. I hope I can get to visit London in the near future and visit the church.
I’ve also been listening to a series of MP3 lectures by Dr. Daniel Curt entitled, “The History and Theology of Calvinism” The quality of the audio is not very good, but nevertheless, you can understand what he is saying. You can download the more than 70 hours of lectures on the link given. The lectures are very comprehensive, well researched. I believe this series should form part in every reformed seminary required listening list. I will probably write a review on this series of lectures soon. The best thing about this series of lecture is that its free!