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After Conversion, Did Paul Immediately Begin His Ministry or Go to Arabia?

We have to reconcile Acts 9 with what Paul himself says he did in Galatians 1 after his conversion. Luke says Paul "immediately" began preaching in Damascus after his conversion. Paul says he went "at once" to Arabia and then to Damascus. As T. George writes, "How could Paul have “at once” both preached in Damascus and… Continue reading After Conversion, Did Paul Immediately Begin His Ministry or Go to Arabia?

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John Calvin on Hebrews 6:4 and Falling away.

"But here arises a new question, how can it be that he who has once made such a progress should afterwards fall away? For God, it may be said, calls none effectually but the elect, and Paul testifies that they are really his sons who are led by his Spirit, (Romans 8:14) and he teaches… Continue reading John Calvin on Hebrews 6:4 and Falling away.

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The Genealogies of Jesus, in Luke and Matthew

Here are both of the genealogies of Jesus given to us by Matthew and Luke, showing both Mary and Joseph's lineage. Similar to Adam, Jesus had no earthly biological father, and in that way both Jesus and Adam could be called "sons of God." Yet just like the rest of humanity, Jesus was a real… Continue reading The Genealogies of Jesus, in Luke and Matthew

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What does it mean to be “baptist”?

TLDR: It's baptism! I don't consider myself "baptist." I still don't like the connotations associated with being baptist, including a dark history of racism, and other problems. For that reason I probably wouldn't have "baptist" in the name of a church I started for my own personal convictions. Many Presbyterians will say the same thing… Continue reading What does it mean to be “baptist”?

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If believers who have died don’t rise again to life until Jesus returns, how are they also in heaven immediately after death?

I was recently asked this question: I have a question about 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Here is something that’s always confused me: at the end of the chapter it talks about how, when we die, we will “rise” after Jesus decides to come back. I have always wondered why so many people say when a loved… Continue reading If believers who have died don’t rise again to life until Jesus returns, how are they also in heaven immediately after death?