What type of freedom are we considering? Mac or PC? Chick-Fil-A or Which Wich? Mocha Frappucino or White Chocolate Mocha? When speaking of free will, one is not typically referring to the freedom to make mundane daily decisions. There is instead a more nuanced realm in which theological free will is discussed. Theologians call this area soteriology, the study of salvation. In this discussion, I ...
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So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered him, "We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, "You will become free'?"
Our culture really downplays the idea of covenant. We often view our covenant with Christ as a contract, and if this were the case, we would all be in a lot of trouble. There is lot of teaching out there that says our relationship with God is contractual and that if we do this, then God will do that. If this were the case, it would have to go both ways.
The First of Two Trees. In the beginning | One tree in the midst of myriad | A single restriction | A forbidden fruit | Did He actually say | You shall surely die? | The taste of death | Man died upon that tree | Appearing blessed | Beginning of curses | Another tree | Now prohibited | In eating we will live | But the way is guarded | A thousand years and thousands more | Waiting, angst, ...
Selling things at The Village has been a source of tension for the last eight years. When our pastors and ministers create, we seek to teach the gospel and make it the central theme of our creations. And as often as possible we try to give those creations away, but in some circumstances we need to sell them. Our new worship record, "God of Victory," is one such circumstance.
A Skewed Caricature. "Move out of your parents' house, get a job, stop playing video games all day, stop sleeping with your girlfriend - grow up and get married!". I confess that I have never met the man or woman described in most sermons or blogs on singleness and the accompanying rants against the cultural phenomenon known as "extended adolescence."
Last week I received an email asking if we should feel some degree of compassion for Satan. The question arose from two observations: First, humans sin, and God has provided a means of redemption and forgiveness, but Satan is provided no such opportunity for his sin. Second, the Bible calls Satan our enemy but also tells us to love our enemy. Should we therefore pity and love Satan to some degree?
Does God want His children to suffer? If so, how can He be a good and loving Father? If not, why do we suffer and is God somehow impotently removed from the sufferings of this life? Is it necessarily one or the other, as if the two are mutually exclusive and we must answer with an unqualified yes or no?