I was asked two questions recently and I thought I would share my response here. 1. Are there things God will not do without our participation? Does He “constrain” Himself in areas until we choose to partner/collaborate with Him? I know in Ephesians 1:11 it says "He works all things according to the counsel of… Continue reading God’s Foreknowledge and What Prayer “Changes”
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?
"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.
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
TLDR: It's baptism! (and communion) I have not historically considered myself "baptist." I still don't like some of the connotations associated with being baptist, including a dark history of racism, and other problems. For that reason I probably wouldn't vote to have "baptist" in the name of my church for my own personal convictions. Many… Continue reading What does it mean to be “baptist”?