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Did Paul Think Jesus Is God?

| September 17, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  There are many indications in Paul’s writings compiled in the New Testament that Paul thought Jesus was God. Perhaps one of the most famous texts would be Philippians 2:6-11. Referring to Jesus, Paul writes: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to […]

Why Did Paul Tell Women to Cover Their Heads?

| September 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In 1 Cor 11:5-6, the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that a woman should cover her head when praying or prophesying at church assemblies. Some churches today still adhere to this command, but should they? What was the context of Paul’s statement? Authors E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien provide […]

Why Is Paul So Important to Historians Studying the Resurrection of Jesus? #5 Post of 2012

| December 21, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Historical scholar Mike Licona, in his book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, asks just this question.  His answer is important to understand. A priority must be assigned to Paul because he is the earliest known author to mention the resurrection of Jesus, and there are numerous extant texts he […]

Why Do Two Skeptics Discount Paul’s Testimony about the Resurrection of Jesus?

| May 30, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Historical scholar Mike Licona, in his book The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach, argues that the apostle Paul’s writings are critical to historical research on Jesus’ resurrection.  But some skeptics disagree.  Licona explains: Given the historical nuggets provided by Paul that can assist historians in their investigation of the historicity of the […]

Why Do We Celebrate Easter?

| April 21, 2011

Post Author: Bill Pratt We celebrate Easter because it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Christians believe that Jesus was killed by crucifixion on a Friday and then actually came back to life on the following Sunday. Some may ask, “So what?”  Why is it important that Jesus rose from the dead? There are many answers […]

How Did the Apostles Die?

| August 26, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt One of the most compelling apologetic arguments for the truth of the resurrection of Jesus is the fact that most of his closest followers were martyred for their beliefs.  Since these followers would have had first-hand knowledge of whether he actually did come back from the dead, their willingness to be […]

Did Paul Invent Christianity? Part 2

| January 20, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt We pick up from part 1 of this post to see why Paul could not have invented a version of Christianity foreign to Jesus’ teachings. McFarland continues making his case: The point is this:  the key teachings of the Gospel (Jesus is the sinless Son of God; He died for our […]

Did Paul Invent Christianity? Part 1

| January 18, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt Recently I’ve run across people who believe that the apostle Paul effectively hijacked Jesus’ teachings and invented most of what we today call Christianity.  Even though this seems to be a view with few advocates, it is still an important charge that is being made.  How do we answer this question? […]

Are All Sins Equal? Part 2

| January 13, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt So we’ve seen that the Bible does teach that some sins are more serious than others and that some virtues are greater than others.  There is a moral law hierarchy.  But what does this practically mean? First, let’s look at debates over public policy.  When determining where to focus your efforts […]

Are All Sins Equal? Part 1

| January 11, 2010

Post Author: Bill Pratt In a sense, yes, but in another sense, no.  Evangelicals often point out that all sins will send you to hell, that God demands moral perfection, so whether you steal a stick of chewing gum or murder your spouse, both sins will equally damn you.  This is really just a way […]

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