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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics that was rounded up from the web from March 22nd-31st, 2020.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 64 – Finding Truth – How Nietzsche Wins – Part 4

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was the tomb opened or closed when the women arrived?

3.) INTERACTING WITH LIGONIER’S “CHRISTIANITY AND VAN TILLIANISM” (PART 9)

4.) Refuting the Friendly Atheist Question 16: Gospel Contradictions?

5.) Is atheism the religion of the godless?

6.) Movie Tuesday: How to Answer the Fool

7.) Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 14

8.) Bible Contradiction? Were the men or angels inside or outside the tomb when the women arrived?

9.) Is What The Nazis & Communists Did Wrong? Not According To Their Standard

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR here that of another repost here

 

 

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked:  Were the men or angels inside or outside the tomb when the women arrived?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Outside.

And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it.” (Matthew 28:2)

Inside.

Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed.” (Mark 16:5)

but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing” (Luke 24:3-4)

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying.” (John 20:11-12)

(All 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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Lydia Brownback. Finding God in My Loneliness.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, February 28th 2017.  174 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster |Amazon

Do you struggle with loneliness?  If so how do you handle loneliness biblically?  This book is a great resources for anyone going through the trial of being lonely.  I have not heard of the author Lydia Brownback before I read this book so I did not had any expectation in the beginning but when I finished the book I realized I was quite impressed and edified by the content of this book.  The work was refreshingly biblical and I am glad that the author is one of the senior editors at Crossway

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More and more churches are doing service online in light of the virus.  Our “This Sunday” series will be going over a Corona Virus edition.  Last week we posted “Helpful Considerations in using Zoom for the Glory of God.”  If you are experiencing Church online here’s something you can do this Sunday: Pray for those at Risk with Corona Virus.

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A weekend reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  And also for your stay at home, “shelter in place,” etc, with the virus.

 

Scott D. Seligman.  Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York’s Chinatown. New York, NY: Viking, July 12th 2016.  368 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What comes up in your mind when you hear “Chinatown?”  For those in New York City from the 1890s through the 1930s many people associated Chinatown with organized crime.  It was seen as a hotbed for betting parlors, opium dens, prostitution and violence. Sadly most people during that time associated Chinese people with vice and were seen by the elites in New York and the Newspaper as a bigger problem than other immigrant groups such as the Irish, Italians, etc.  As the book agues this picture wasn’t accurate and Chinese and Chinatown was not statistically more criminal than the rest of the population in New York though their different lifestyles and ways did invite racism and prejudicial serotyping.  In fact during this was Tammany-era New York City and corruption and depravity was all over the city and among politicians and the police.  Situating things in this context the book focuses largely on Chinese organize crime.  The author look at secret societies called “Tongs,” which are the Chinese equivalent to the Italian Mafia.  It is well researched, heavily source documented and narrated well; I can’t put it down!

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:10.  Here is my translation:

“μακάριοι οἱ δεδιωγμένοι ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης,
Blessed are those who are persecuted on account of righteousness 

ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν. ”
because the kingdom of heaven is theirs

Here are some observations:

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A weekend reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  And also for your stay at home, “shelter in place,” etc, with the virus.

Barry S. Strauss. The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination.  New York, NY: Simon Schuster, March 3rd 2015. 352 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Most people know about the assassination of Julius Caesar through William Shakespeare’s play.  But what was the actual history of this event?  Barry Strauss a Cornell University professor of classical history gives us a well-researched book about the actual events before and after one of history’s most infamous assassination.

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