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Pretty-Church

Each Sunday I want to post something about church.

I normally try not to share too much personal things on the blog.  But today I’ll share a little bit.  I got saved in Christ as a teenager after I got expelled from high school.  At that time my parents suddenly realized just how big of a trouble my life was becoming and they got very strict.  At the same time the Lord was using various events to draw me to Himself.  I started reading the Bible, listening to sermons and trying to understand it all.  I tried going to church and my parents freaked out and banned me from going.  Christianity was a foreign religion to them and they didn’t know what directions my Christianity would lead to.  Looking back I must say I can’t blame them.  I would sneak to church at times but it was never consistent.  By His grace the Lord kept me growing in my new found faith for a few years before I finally reached 18 years old and was able to find a home church to attend weekly.

I share this testimony to say that I was surprised when I was able to go to church consistently at age 18 to see how lukewarm people can be at church.  Even as I think back to those younger years my eyes start to get watery.  It reminds me of the great privilege of being with Christ’s body.  A duty yes, but also a privilege.  And I say this knowing how imperfect my church was and is.  I share this testimony also to say I sympathize with those who for various reasons have been kept from going to a Bible-based, Gospel driven church.  The Lord last night really broke my heart for those who left the church, those who are Christians and can’t find a godly church, those who are struggling with the faith and those who are biblically minded but stuck in a difficult church that they love.  I was led to pray and I pray that God would do His work.

silly objection to inerrancy

Last month I wrote two posts in which I evaluated some arguments that a woman presented for the rejection of Inerrancy.  My first post was titled “Does 2 Timothy 4:13 undermine the Doctrine of Inerrancy?” followed by a second that was titled “.”  Today’s post I want to look at another criticism offered against inerrancy:

 I believe the teaching of Biblical inerrancy has hurt more than it has helped the Christian faith.  I think it could be responsible for the stunted growth among Christians, who do not develop their relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.

Here’s my response:

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Catastrophe 1914 Max Hastings

Max Hastings. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War.  New York, NY: Knopf, September 24th, 2013. 672 pp.

This is a massive work on the work up to World War One and the first year of the war, authored by a famous military historian named Max Hastings.  Earlier I have read the book Guns of August before I started listening to this audio book.  I was interested in this work after hearing it referenced several times during different episodes from the Youtube channel on the Great War, which gives a weekly account of the war a hundred year ago.  I figured it was worthwhile given how it’s a resource for the producers.

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True Sons of Heaven David Marshall

Earlier this month I wrote a post titled “I noted typos in David Marshall’s book, he fires back I have bad grammar” in which I responded to the first paragraph of David Marshall’s response to my book review of his book titled “True Son of Heaven.”  I noted in that post that my own responses to some of his other comments will take some time, that I’m weighing things carefully and willing to own up to errors I’ve made while defending the points I think is still legitimate and exposeing anything I see as problematic with Marshall’s response.  Here’s a quick post.

David Marshall said:

I didn’t say Mao was a fulfillment of Jesus, for heaven’s sake! How could you miss the point so spectacularly?

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Shepherds Conference

 

I’ll be attending this three days Pastor’s Conference next month.  I look forward to it every year.

Here’s the schedule:

March 9th, 2016

10 am General Session 1 John MacArthur
11:30 am
Lunch (2 hours)
1:30 pm General Session 2 Phil Johnson
3 pm Break (30 minutes)
3:30 pm General Session 3 Steven Lawson
5 pm Break (30 minutes)
5:30 pm General Session 4 Ligon Duncan
7 pm Fellowship

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James E Dolezal theology

I’ve enjoyed listening to all the audios from this conference.  I’ve seen multiple people shared it earlier this past fall but I’ve completed it not too long ago and also purchased his book.

Here’s a quick biography of the speaker:

James E. Dolezal, Ph.D., teaches theology, philosophy, and church history at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. He is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness as well numerous journal articles and reviews. Prior to moving to the east coast he served as a Reformed Baptist pastor in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. James is married to Courtney and they have three children: Judah, Havah, and Eden. James is active in supplying pulpits in the Philadelphia area. 

Below are the audios (note the first one is not by Dr. Dolezal):

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snow-train

These are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered from February 1st-7th, 2016.

1.) 

2.) Objective Moral Values or Mere Subjective Preferences?

3.) What hath Apologetics to do with Discipleship?

4.) Christian and Non-Christian Views: Reality

5.) January 2016 Ministry Update: Frontline Apologetics

6.) Scripture Refutes Empiricism [Gordon H. Clark]

7.) Superstitious Scientists

 

Missed the last round up?Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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