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What is the strongest answer Wesleyan Arminianism has for 5-Point Calvinism? David Hatton explains his journey of understanding both doctrinal stances and calls for a better understanding of our strongest argument: Prevenient Grace.
video Dr. Laurence Wood here discusses the special relationship between predestination, holiness, and science. View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary here.

The charge is sometimes laid at Wesleyan-Arminianism that it is a human-centered theology. In today's Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Joshua McNall helps clarify the origin of salvation and how this illuminates the character of God.
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Some point to Romans 7 as the proof-text for the saint-sinner paradox, suggesting that if even the apostle Paul struggled with his unrelenting flesh, Christians must face defeat in certain areas of their Christian life. On the contrary, Ben Witherington suggests that ancient rhetoric illuminates the passage in a way that eliminates Paul as the subject of this passage and paints a more optimistic picture of God's sanctifying grace.

Certainly the most-debated verses in all of Romans 8 are these, and here careful attention must be paid not only to what is said, but also what is not said.

What happens to those who have never heard the gospel? In today's article, Brian Shelton, a new expert on the scriptural basis for prevenient grace, explores how this Wesleyan theological theme might make a difference in the destiny of the unevangelized.

Beginning in the early days of the Methodist Revival, John Wesley’s position on predestination became a controversial issue.  His friend and partner in ministry...

Can a person lose their salvation? In today's Seven Minute Seminary, Joshua Bloor explains an Arminian interpretation of these critical passages in the Letter to the Hebrews.

The rapid increase of those who identify as "young, restless, and Reformed" is bringing fresh attention to the doctrine of election, which is one...

In discussions about predestination, it is often wrongly assumed that the issue is about free will and a person's ability to choose God. On the contrary, what John Wesley understood was that the central issue is the character of God. Read this post from Howard Snyder on why love should be at the forefront of this theological discussion.