Easy Chairs, Hard Words

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Canon Press & Book Service, 2011 - Political Science - 150 pages
Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. You will say to me then, "Why still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? (Romans 9:18 20a) Hard words, indeed. But they remain, for all our explanations, God's words. Easy Chairs, Hard Words offers an honest look at many such difficult passages in Scripture. Presented as a series of fictional conversations between a curious young Christian and a seasoned pastor, these dialogues speak with clarity to those new to the Reformed faith. They begin with the question, "Can salvation be lost?" and from there wrestle with other hard-to-swallow doctrines, including the freedom of the will, election, and original sin. Hard words, and yet the understanding given these passages is thoughtful and gentle. For our God the God of hard words is a merciful and loving Father, slow to wrath and quick to pardon, a triune God who graciously rescues men from death and brings them into everlasting life."
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
9
Can Salvation Be Lost?
11
Can Christ Lose a Christian?
19
Texts on the Preservation of the Saints
24
Ideas Have Consequences
31
Carnal Reasoning
37
Is God the Author of Sin?
43
Texts on the Atonement
82
Regeneration
89
Texts on Regeneration
95
Death in Sin
99
All Men?
107
Is Anything Too Hard for God?
115
Two Kinds of Freedom
119
God in the Dock
125

Controlled Freedom
47
Texts on Providence
49
Potters and Pots
53
Election
57
Gifts and Wages
71
Definite Atonement
77
Study and Work
131
Systematics
137
Hard Mercies
141
Conclusion
145
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