Easy Chairs, Hard Words
"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...
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"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 9:18-20
Romans 9 presents hard words indeed. But they remain, for all our explanations, God's words. In this book's dialogues, the reader will find an unapologetic treatment of many such passages in Scripture. Perhaps the discovery will be made that our difficulty is not in the text, but rather in our hearts. A great book for introducing your friends to Calvinistic soteriology while still keeping them as friends.
'Easy Chairs, Hard Words' offers an honest look at many 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.
Douglas Wilson has an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Idaho and has pastored Christ Church, in Moscow, Idaho, since 1977. He is a prolific author, with more than thirty titles, including two children's books, a selection of poetry, and two biographies. He is best known for his books on education, which have helped to spark the Classical Education movement, and the respected Family Series, which he wrote with his wife on marriage and family.
As well as pastoring Christ Church, Doug serves as the moderator for the Anselm Presbytery of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). He has been involved in founding and teaching at Logos School, New Saint Andrews College, and Greyfriars Hall. He is the editor of Credenda Agenda magazine, which, given the other editors he has to work with, is too much fun. He has contributed to numerous books and magazines (such as Ligonier Ministry's Tabletalk over the years.