by Theological Commission
One of our Commission members, Jackson Watts, is also an editor and regular contributor to the Helwys Society Forum. This website is a collaborative effort of several younger Free Will Baptists involved in various ministries. Watts’ most recent article, Reflections on Ph.D. Studies, was featured in Trevin’s Seven, a weekly post from blogger Trevin Wax at the Gospel Coalition. This post highlights “seven of the best articles” Wax has read in the prior week. This also marks the fourth time a post from the Helwys Society Forum has been commended by Wax.
Watts’ article about his educational experience is timely given the significant number of Free Will Baptists who are either pursuing higher education, or considering it. For example, a recent Welch College survey of graduates in the last five years indicates that just over one-third of respondents have completed or are currently enrolled in graduate programs. Watts’ article gives some practical advice about how to think well about research doctoral work, and how to persevere with the help and support of others.
While the Gospel Coalition is largely the work of Calvinistic authors, Commission Chairman Matt Pinson has also had the opportunity to contribute to the site in the past. Dr. Jeff Robinson’s interview with him was featured in a 2016 post entitled, “Meet a Reformed Arminian.” Pinson has also written posts or reviewed books on three other occasions, all of which can be found here.
Free Will Baptists sometimes receive attention from outside our movement, and perhaps not always for the same reason. Ultimately it is the hope of the Commission that non-Arminians will at least acknowledge the biblical plausibility of our unique theology, and especially see its persuasive and compelling application to many subjects which all evangelical Christians care deeply about, even if they disagree on different aspects of soteriology and ecclesiology.