Free Will: The origin of evil

Free Will: The origin of evil

In this continuing series on free will, Greg discusses how evil can only be accounted for if we acknowledge free will. This is especially true if you believe that God is good.

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Paul Was Not Writing about Personal Salvation: Romans 9, Part 2

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How do you respond to 1 Kings 13:2–3?

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Living Into the Future

Why didn’t God create a “perfect world”? Here’s Greg’s response to that question. See more at The Work of the People.