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Archive for February, 2007

This is my review for my church’s library of a material that we already have; I’m in the process of trying to listen to and read what our church library consist of, and looking for good materials to stock up so as to edify the believers in my Church.

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The problem of evil in light of a Christian God has been the focus of many books, lectures and discussions.  It would be no suprise then that Christian apologist Dr. Robert A. Morey would address this issue as well, among many other controversies and issues he has tackled in his career.  His lecture on this topic is titled “God, Evil and You”.

Originally in eight cassette tapes, it is now in five CDs.  Throughout the series, Dr. Morey mentioned alot about the need to pursue the topic of evil from a Biblical perspective.  This emphasis is indeed needed.  Many Christians needed to be reminded today, given the predominance of addressing the issue of evil from a non-biblically based approach (usually in the form of humanistic philosophy), with concepts that are not taught by Scripture, even being antithetical to the Christian God as well.  In addition, Morey also bought up the category of discussing the issues in light of metaphysics, epistemology and ethics.  His humor is also sprinkled in throughout the lectures which some might find as rather rough.

Though this series might be helpful for younger Christians, I think Dr. Morey could have went more deep.  This is probably not his best work and an example of his typical work.  It took well over half the series to be over before he started actually dealing with the Biblical text on evil and even then it barely touched the surface, though one can gain insight in light of Morey revealing to us the different words for Evil in Hebrew and how many times it appear in Scripture.  From what has been said by people, Dr. Morey is planning to write a book addressing the issue of the problem of Evil, if it is so, I do expect it to be up to standard as his earlier written works where it is hard hitting, heavily documented and touches on the revelant verses well.

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Have anyone ever heard of William Wilberforce?

Among many Christians whom I view as my hero, William Wilberforce is one of those I esteem highly

And now there’s a movie about his life called ‘AMAZING GRACE’! Its already out in theatre…I need to go see it!

The trailer at this Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqlcjI85gaY&eurl=

And a Review: http://www.americanvision.org/articlearchive2007/02-23-07.asp , with an excerpt:

“Wilberforce, a member of the English parliament in the 18th century, was a committed Christian who did NOT believe his faith was simply a private matter. Rather, he applied his biblical worldview to the realm of politics and dedicated 30 years of his life to end the slave trade in the British empire. The movie is appropriately called Amazing Grace because Wilberforce was a contemporary and close friend of former slave trader John Newton. Newton’s dramatic conversion led him to write one of the most beloved hymns of all time—Amazing Grace. It is clear that God sovereignly ordained for the lives of Newton and Wilberforce to intersect and fulfill his plan for history.

Shortly after his conversion, the movie portrays Wilberforce confronted with what he perceives to be two mutually exclusive choices—a life of politics or a life of Christian service. A fellow Christian correctly reminds Wilberforce that he can do both. Real Christianity is not living a socially-irrelevant life while waiting for the “Rapture.” Real Christianity is a life dedicated to advancing the heart-changing and nation-transforming power of the Gospel. It’s being obedient to the Great Commission by making disciples and teaching them to obey all of the Bible. It is applying all of the Bible to all areas of life—areas such as politics, business, law, economics, arts, sciences, education, medicine, and more.”

William Wilberforce has done alot to end the African Slave Trade…

Less known but equally important is his role as a politician who with his missionary friend William Carrey (another hero of mine and interesting in his own right) whom both fought against pro-Imperialists and the East India Company to eventually end the legality of the Caste System as well. 

Being a Christian, being political and concern about the Lordship of Christ in all spheres of life, Wilberforce’s life story is a great example of Christ power in individuals to change the world around us.  I sometime am concern with the cultural retreat-ism prevalent among some quarters of American Christianity…Christ saves us not just to wait here as if we are waiting for the dentist, with nothing to do and being idle…we are called to do good works, to advance His Kingdom, love our neighbors, and as the central focus, to share the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST, who died to save sinners…

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http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1583921,00.html

About Al Mohler, when he contemplating death

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http://www.challies.com/archives/002394.php

I rarely read Challies, but he has something here…

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http://aomin.org/index.php?itemid=1747

Roman catholic Apologist in the hot seat, in defending Purgatory based upon 1 Chorinthians 3.

Its a youtube clip.

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PRINCE HARRY, THIRD IN LINE TO THE BRITISH THRONE, DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND WANTING NO FAVORS TO AVOID DOING HIS DUTY…

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS:

When Harry, 22, left Sandhurst Military Academy last year, he became a second lieutenant and joined the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry. At the time, the defense ministry said he could possibly be deployed to Iraq, but that there might be situations when the presence of a member of the royal family could increase the risk for his comrades.

Harry himself was having none of it.

“There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst, and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country,” he said in a television interview to mark his 21st birthday.

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As mentioned before, there is still alot that needs to be developed in regards to Presuppositional Apologetics in regards to challenging Cults and other religion

Three days ago, we had an entry by Jeff Downs as an Introduction to this topic

Then, we had an article by Paul Manata of a Presuppostional Apologetics perspective in a critique on Buddhism

That was followed by Ralph Smith’s Article utilizing the Presuppositional’s Argument from the Trinity on Zen Buddhism’s problem of Monism

Tonight’s example of Presuppositional APologetics on another religion is an article on the Cult of the Urantia Paper:

http://www.teamtruth.com/articles/art_urantiapaper92.htm

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