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ESV Student Study Bible

Author: Clint CrawfordCategory: General

Today I found an email from a friend about a new study Bible that ESV will be releasing on July 31. I've really benefitted from the ESV Study Bible, especially the online version (, so I'm excited to see what they have planned next. It looks like the ESV Student Study Bible will be a great resource for anyone in middle or high school.Here's a description from Crossway:

Do We Have Free Will?: Conclusion

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Do we have free will? It depends on what we mean by free will, and it depends on who you mean by "we." The freedom that Adam and Eve possessed prior to the Fall is different from the freedom which is experienced by all humanity after the Fall. Furthermore, these two types of freedom are different from the freedom that is experienced as a regenerate believer and what a regenerate believer will ...

Do We Have Free Will?: The Reality of Unregenerate Bondage

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The human will universally inherited in Adam is not born into a state of neutrality and apathy. The fallen and unregenerate human will has natural loves, passions, desires, delights and pleasures. The will chooses on the basis of these desires, which are not neutral but, instead, absolutely and universally influenced toward evil Sinners by nature desire rebellion, and thus their wills always ...

Do We Have Free Will?: Opening Clarifications

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

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 ...

Do We Have Free Will?: Introduction

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

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'?"


Author: Caleb BeetsCategory: Parenting

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.

Curses and Trees

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

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, ...

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