In light of the Christmas season last week we tackled “Where did Joseph and Mary live before the birth of Jesus?” For today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Did Jesus, Mary, and Joseph go to Egypt or Nazareth?” Whereas last week we look at the question of where was Joseph and Mary before Jesus’ birth, today we look at where Joseph and Mary went after Jesus’ birth.
Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:
They went to Egypt after Jesus’s birth.
So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. (Matthew 2:14)
They went to Nazareth after Jesus’s birth.
When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. (Luke 2:39)
(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)
Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:
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Pastor and apologist Jeff Durbin has given a message last month that I somehow missed on Mormonism.
Here’s the video description:
Don’t miss this important message delivered by Jeff Durbin at a conference on Christian Apologetics. Jeff Durbin, of Apologia Church/Radio/TV, spoke on how to engage our Mormon friends, family, and neighbors.
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Note: If your pastor prepares his sermon from the Greek New Testament and you want a recommendation of what to get him for Christmas, I recommend this work.
Charles Lee Irons. A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, July 27th 2016. 608 pp.
This is a great work for reference for preachers and students of the Greek New Testament. The book examines the Greek New Testament text at the level of syntactical observations and when appropriate several possible interpretations. The author Charles Lee Irons wrote this work with the intent of going beyond merely parsing Greek verbs and declining Greek nouns but at the stage of interpretation involving phrases, clauses and sentences. This work is helpful for those who want a single volume providing this kind of observation from the Greek text. Why is this important? As Irons wrote in the introduction, “Analysis of syntax often entails making judgments about the various uses of a certain grammatical form, giving rise to a particular meaning in that context” (9).
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Sometimes there’s those weeks where so many things happen all at once for the Pastor during the week. Church members who are sick, believers who need rides, late night calls, evangelistic contacts happen, others outside of churches want to meet up with you and the business of the weekly routine of Bible studies during the week, studying and pastoral visitations. So much happens it cuts into your Sunday sermon prep. And its truly not because of laziness because everything else is done well during the week. You are tired. You are exhausted. You have been around people with problems all week long but they don’t know…that Sunday’s coming.
But then sometimes its all these things during the week that prepare the preacher for the sermon on Sunday. It prepares him to be pastoral. To be practical. To be doctrinal but in a way that desires others to also see the glory of God as it is unfolded. To be tired and beaten up like the rest of the body of Christ during the week, lest we become like the condescending preacher Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice. It makes us rely on the Spirit and his grace.
Preachers if tomorrow is one of those rare Sundays, pray for His grace and His mercy.
Give it your all. Because He is worthy. Because your people need it. Because you need it. Preach the Gospel and apply its truth like its the last sermon you will ever preach and preach it prayerfully.
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Here’s an interesting weekend non-fiction book review! (Remember even Pastors need a break with lesiure reading!)
Fred Kaplan. Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, March 1st, 2016. 339 pp.
Dark Territory is the second work by the author that I read and while in my opinion it was not the same quality as his previous work titled The Insurgents I think it is important to realize that this is not because I thought Dark Territory was bad but because The Insurgents was on a league of its own. In Dark Territory the author Fred Kaplan turn to the subject of cyber warfare.
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Since October 2015 I have blogged quite a bit on Bible contradictions. As a result of blogger Wally Fry who encouraged me to have a post that lists all the posts I have written, I decided to put this together. It is an update from the previous Provisional listing posted earlier some months back.
It is my hope that God’s people would be equipped, that those who are not saved would benefit from the defense of the faith as well. I encourage you to bookmark this, share this with others via social media, emails, word of mouth, etc.
Methods and Approach
- Why Refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time?
- How to Handle Bible Contradictions
- John Frame Quote on Apparent Contradictions
- Apologetics Sermon Illustration: Bible Contradictions and Fitting Puzzle Pieces
- Apologetics Sermon Illustration:Idioms of Love and Bible Contradictions
- Apologetics Sermon Illustration: Whoppers and Bible Contradictions
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