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  • The Meaning of Man’s Will (pt. 3)

    from R.C. Sproul Jun 19, 2009 Category: Articles

    But what about man's will with respect to the sovereignty of God? Perhaps the oldest dilemma of the Christian faith is the apparent contradiction between the sovereignty of God and the freedom of man. If we define human freedom as autonomy (meaning that man is free to do whatever he pleases, without constraint, without accountability to the will of God), then of course we must say that free will is contradictory to divine sovereignty. We cannot soft-pedal this dilemma by calling it a mystery; we must face up to the full import of the concept. If free will means autonomy, then God cannot be sovereign. If man is utterly and completely free to do as he pleases, there can be no sovereign God. And if God is utterly sovereign to do as he pleases, no creature can be autonomous. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of Man’s Will (pt. 2)

    from R.C. Sproul Jun 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    The Bible teaches, some will say, that we do not always do what we want to do. The apostle Paul laments in Romans 7 that the good he would do he does not do, and the thing he does not want to do is the very thing he does. Paul's frustration over the wretchedness of his condition would seem totally to refute Edwards's thesis of the relationship of choice to desire. Paul, however, is not giving expression to an analysis of the causal relationship between desire and choice. He is expressing a profound frustration that centers on the complex of desires that assault the human will. Keep Reading
  • The Meaning of Man’s Will (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Jun 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    The term free will as applied to man is often glibly declared with little or no understanding of its meaning. There is actually no unified theory of man's free will, but a variety of competing, and often conflicting, views about it. Keep Reading
  • The Genuine Life

    from Scotty Smith Jun 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    With three decades plus change in the pastoral ministry, the gospel seems to be getting bigger and Jesus is appearing more gracious than ever. Maybe that's because I've never been more aware of my brokenness and more disrupted by longings for the day when the already of the kingdom capitulates to the not yet of shalom. Can it really be that we're destined to be as lovely and as loving as Jesus? (1 John 3:1-3). That promise has singular sustaining power when the inward groans of spiritual childbirth feel more like a tumor than a treasure (Rom. 8:22-25). Keep Reading
  • A Teachable Spirit

    from Justin Taylor Jun 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    Only one book is absolutely essential to save us, to equip us to obey God's will, and to glorify Him in whatever we do. Only one book gives us undiluted truth -- the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Only one book serves as our ultimate and final authority in all that it affirms. That book, of course, is the Bible, God's Holy Word. No wonder John Wesley once exclaimed, "Let me be homo unius libri" -- a man of one book! Keep Reading
  • Photos from Geneva

    from Chris Larson Jun 13, 2009 Category: Events

    We've begun a Flickr photoset for the Ligonier Reformation Tour 2009. We'll keep adding pictures as we're able. Visit when you click here. Keep Reading
  • Geneva - Ligonier Reformation Tour 2009

    from Chris Larson Jun 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    As many people now know, the year 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, one of the most important figures in Western civilization. Through his faithful ministry of writing, preaching and teaching in Geneva, Calvin left a legacy that continues to impact the world to this day. Dr. Sproul ascended into the high pulpit in St. Pierre and reflected on the life and work of John Calvin, focusing in particular on his work as the theologian of the Reformation. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Malachi

    from Keith Mathison Jun 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of Malachi is the last of the twelve Minor Prophets, and little is known of the author himself aside from what may be inferred from the contents of his book. There are a number of helpful commentaries on the Book of Malachi, and the following are five of the best.    Keep Reading
  • Telling the Truth

    from Robert Rothwell Jun 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    When I was about four or five years old, my mother found the letter "F" scribbled in crayon on the hallway wall of our home. Since my brother would have been about three and my sister barely a year old, it was clear that I was the culprit, for I had been learning to write in preschool. Therefore, my mother asked me who wrote on the wall so that I might come clean about my misdeed. Keep Reading
  • Federally Backed Security

    from Chris Larson Jun 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    Nations are currently experiencing the most volatile economic period in a generation. Many investors here in America have made moves to reduce their risk and put their treasure into securities backed by the U.S. federal government. The government gives us its word that it will guarantee deposits up to a certain amount. If that institution falters, will our financial peace of mind endure? Keep Reading

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