There is no shortage of confusion among the recent wave of “new Calvinists” on the Reformed understanding of free will, providence and election. This became very clear to me a couple years ago when my book Finding God in the Shack was critiqued by popular Reformed blogger Tim Challies for providing a correct outline of the historic Reformed view of free will, providence and election. Challies, it would seem, was not familiar with the very theology he confessed.
In the light of this widespread confusion, I am happy to report that Paul Manata has made available a valuable essay he has written on the topic here. It is handsomely packaged and comes from an articulate and able spokesman for the Reformed perspective. While Paul and I often knock heads on various issues I heartily commend his work as well worth your consideration.