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Why the Puritans Canceled Christmas

By Phoenix Seminary | December 16, 2022

By Nathan Tarr, PhD In 1659, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony canceled Christmas. The purpose of this brief essay is to explore why they did so and what we—rightly looking forward to enjoying our Christmas traditions—can learn from their decision. We can work toward a helpful understanding of Puritan opposition to Christmas by…

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How Do We Grow the Church in Biblical Literacy? Dr. Jason Dees

By Phoenix Seminary | December 13, 2022

Guest: Dr. Jason Dees | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Dees about biblical literacy. Topics of conversation include: The reason Bible knowledge is decreasing today How to define biblical literacy The importance of the preaching ministry in a church The role of catechizing in the church, and what that can look like A resource for growing…

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What is a Covenant? Dr. Michael Thigpen

By Phoenix Seminary | December 7, 2022

Guest: Dr. J. Michael Thigpen | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Thigpen about covenants. Topics of conversation include: A definition of covenant The significance of covenants in understanding the Biblical narrative What the Old Testament covenants illustrate The difference between dispensational and covenant theology Practical implications of God’s covenant to us Resources for further reading on…

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Advent: It begins with hope

By Phoenix Seminary | November 27, 2022

Advent begins with hope. Hope is one of those words that Christians use a lot, but we seldom take time to consider the idea. It is, after all, a tricky thing. Hope believes in better things even when everything points to the contrary, and it does so without succumbing to naïve optimism. We might hope…

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What is Prayer? Dr. Kyle DiRoberts

By Phoenix Seminary | November 23, 2022

Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. DiRoberts about prayer. Topics of conversation include: A definition of prayer Common barriers/obstacles to prayer How to use Scripture as a guide for prayer What it means to pray without ceasing Resources for further reading on prayer. Dr. Kyle DiRoberts is Department Chair and associate professor of Biblical and Theological Studies…

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What Are Repentance and Forgiveness? Dr. Michael Thigpen

By Phoenix Seminary | November 16, 2022

Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Thigpen about repentance and forgiveness. Topics of conversation include: The distinction between the corporate blessings and curses in the Mosaic Covenant and individual salvation The anticipatory, partial, and pedagogical aspects of God’s forgiveness in response to repentance How sin was forgiven in the Old Testament God’s role in our repentance Resources…

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What is Church Planting? Pastor Adam Bailie

By Phoenix Seminary | November 8, 2022

Dr. Arnold interviews Adam Bailie about church planting. Topics of conversation include: Adam’s experience with church planting How to measure success in church planting How to determine a call to church planting The church’s role in commissioning church planters The importance of contextualization in church planting. Adam Bailie serves as the lead pastor of Christ…

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What is the Sabbath? Dr. Guy Waters

By Phoenix Seminary | November 1, 2022

Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Waters about the Sabbath. Topics of conversation include: The beginning of the Sabbath at creation The significance of the Sabbath commandment The distinction between laws unique to Israel and moral laws continuing into the New Testament Why the death penalty was required for violating the Sabbath Why it is important for…

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Why Was the Reformation Needed? Dr. David Hogg

By Phoenix Seminary | October 25, 2022

Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Hogg about the Reformation. Topics of conversation include: Some of the circumstances that led to the Reformation Common misconceptions about Christianity during the Dark Ages What the Reformers were responding to specifically The value of learning from the Reformers’ theology A brief history of Protestantism Dr. David Hogg serves as Vice…

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