Welch College to Host 2014 Theological Symposium

October 21, 2014 NASHVILLE, TN—The 2014 Theological Symposium will meet October 27-28 on the campus of Welch College in Nashville, Tennessee. The symposium begins at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 27, and will end at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. The symposium will be a time for presentation of papers and lively discussion of important issues facing the church …

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by J. Matthew Pinson  In Calvinism, Regeneration comes before faith, whereas in Arminianism regeneration comes after faith. In other words, the “timing” of what Scripture describes as the “new birth” is decisive in the debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. In Calvinism, God gives His elect a new birth. This is the result of their effectual calling (sometimes called “irresistible grace”). …

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