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Sacred Moments

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

How much mental energy do you expend each day creating a conversation with some sort of social media vehicle? What about the time-toll that texting takes on us? The world shouts, "What's on your mind?" "What's happening?" or "Respond to me immediately!" What about the angst you may feel as you wait for a mention, reply, post, etc.? What does that angst say about us?

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'?"

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