Archive for June, 2010

This youtube clip was just posted June 23rd, 2010; this is what the rise of Islam looks like

And as Islam increase in any city, the authorities bend over backward to protect Islam at the cost of other’s freedom

Some say that the Islamic community is “moderate”, that it condemns terror.

But as this link shows, those who are muslim who inform the authority against radical muslims are ostracized by the Muslim community

The only hope is the presentation of the Gospel, to go after the deep religious root of this tyranny

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Frank Schaeffer has written on June 17th, 2010 a piece titled, “Eradicate Fundamentalism in all it’s form”

Gary DeMar of American Vision ministries responds below, via Youtube

Over the  years I have blogged on Frank Schaeffer.  You can access other entries HERE

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Covenant Media Foundation has released a new product…Greg Bahnsen’s apologetics lectures in a flash drive.

They are calling it “Apologetics in a Flash”, though I don’t think one can listen to it all in a flash!

Great resource, especially for those who have benefited from Greg Bahnsen’s popularization of Van Til’s Presuppositional Apologetics.

The following is the information.  You can go directly to their website and order HERE

Apologetics in a Flash

Covenant Media Foundation has put together a new product that offers several convenient features at an outstanding price. We have collected 54 lectures by Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen on a wide range of apologetics topics, all contained on one Flash Drive. Some of these lectures are not as well-known and are often overlooked. These all contain rich material that many have found to be outstanding helps.

On this 1GB Flash Drive, you will receive:

54 Mp3s [40 kbps]
20 free articles [PDF]
All for only $59.95 postage paid!
[A $120 value if purchased separately]
Shipping the first week of July

Mp3 Lectures:

The Aim of Apologetics
It is important to stay focused on what is important while defending the faith. Learn what the goals of apologetics are and how to accomplish these essential objectives.
  • The Aim of Apologetics
  • Approach to Atheism
  • How to Argue With Atheist
  • How to Argue With Non-Atheist
Arguments for the Existence of God
Dr. Bahnsen sets forth the reasons for accepting belief in God with an emphasis on the transcendental argument for God’s existence.
  • Arguments for the Existence of God (part 1)
  • Arguments for the Existence of God (part 1)
What? Me Defend the Faith
Yes, you not only can, you must defend the faith. Apologetics is for every believer and every believer can learn how to do the job well.
  • Introduction
  • Answering Fools Without Becoming One
  • The Toothpaste Proof of God’s Existence
  • Christianity in a League of Its Own
The Problem of Evil
In three separate lectures Dr. Bahnsen equips believers to confront and answer this favorite objection to Christian theism offered by unbelievers.
  • Is the Problem of Evil Problematic?
  • Is God Good?
  • How to Defend the Faith in the Face of Evil
The Place of Evidence
Presuppositionalists are often misrepresented as not believing in the use of factual evidence in apologetics. Nothing could be further from the truth. All facts are evidence of Christian theism, but do the “facts speak for themselves?” These lectures explain the proper use of evidence in defending the faith.
  • The Place of Evidence in Apologetics (part 1)
  • The Place of Evidence in Apologetics (part 2)
  • Facts Don’t Speak for Themselves
Challenge to Unbelief
In apologetics Christians are too often “on the defensive.” Dr. Bahnsen shows that believers need to take the offensive (without being offensive) against those who object to the truth of Christianity. He explains that this involves understanding their underlying worldviews and showing their intellectual futility while realizing that all unbelievers are secret believers who deceive themselves about their knowledge of God.
  • Worldviews in Collision
  • The Certainty of Christianity
  • The Futility of Unbelief (part 1)
  • The Futility of Unbelief (part 2)
  • Self-Deception (Romans 1)
  • Questions and Answers
A Reason for the Hope
Part of THE BASIC TRAINING SERIES, this is the best CD set for an introduction to apologetics-assumes no prior knowledge-taking believers to a deeper level of understanding in how to defend the faith.
  • With Good reason
  • The Facts Don’t Speak for Themselves
  • Hasn’t God Made Foolish the Wisdom of the World?
Dependable, Defendable Faith
Is it really possible to prove the existence of God? Hear Dr. Bahnsen’s last public conference where he trains believers how to defend their faith. This is an excellent place to start your training as an apologist.
  • Apologetics Doesn’t Mean Saying “I’m Sorry”
  • Unbelievers Intellectually “Cook the Books”
  • Hasn’t God Made Foolish the Wisdom of This World?
  • Questions and Answers
Loving God With All Your Mind
The way we think-our patterns of reasoning-can fail to show love for God just as readily as the way we live outwardly. This series explains how we can better keep the first and great commandment-with our minds! Dr. Bahnsen shows how to detect and refute the underlying worldviews in terms of which unbelievers think, so that Christians can be more alert and effective in defending the faith.
  • What Does it Mean?
  • How to Discern and Disarm Unbelieving Worldviews (part 1)
  • How to Discern and Disarm Unbelieving Worldviews (part 2)
  • How to Discern and Disarm Unbelieving Worldviews (part 3)
  • Personal and Public Applications
  • Questions and Answers
Reasoning with Unbelievers
Learn why Christians should argue or provide reasons for the Christian faith and what the proper or biblical method of reasoning is.
  • Should We Reason?
  • How Should We Reason? (part 1)
  • How Should We Reason? (part 2)
The Great Debate [Bahnsen/Stein]
This is the famous formal debate between Dr. Bahnsen and atheist promoter Dr. Gordon Stein held at the university of California (Irvine) in 1985. Hear how hard it is to deny God’s existence and how intellectually rigorous the Christian position actually is.
  • The Great Debate (part 1)
  • The Great Debate (part 1)
Apologetic in the Work Place
Apologetics is not just for scholars and pastors. God has put His people in many places to meet the various challenges of unbelievers. This three-session seminar demonstrates how every Christian can defend the faith in their place of work.
  • Apologetics in the Workplace (part 1)
  • Apologetics in the Workplace (part 2)
  • Apologetics in the Workplace (part 3)
Worldview Apologetics
All men have a worldview-a perspective whereby they interpret the world. The Christian worldview stands in opposition to all other worldviews. Learn how to analyze and critique the various unbelieving worldviews and demonstrate the necessity of the Christian worldview.
  • Worldview Apologetics (part 1)
  • Worldview Apologetics (part 1)
Developing a Christian Worldview
Dr. Bahnsen provides clear instructions on how to think about the world in a Christian way. As we develop a Christian worldview we are better equipped to love God with all our mind.
  • Developing a Christian Worldview (part 1)
  • Developing a Christian Worldview (part 2)
  • Questions and Answers
Individual Lectures:
  • The Problem of Religious Plurality
  • Answering the Relativist
  • The Crown and the Crescent
  • Evangelism Must be Apologetic
  • Does Morality and Ethics Depend on God?
  • Laymen to the Defense
Apologetics Articles:
  1. Revelation, Speculation and Science
  2. Prolegomena to Apologetics
  3. On Worshipping the Creature Rather Than the Creator
  4. Evangelism and Apologetics
  5. Beware of Philosophy!
  6. At War With The Word ? The Necessity Of Biblical Antithesis
  7. Autonomy is No Ladder to Christ’s Supreme Authority
  8. A World Without Religion
  9. The Heart Of The Matter
  10. The JFK Assassination and Apologetics
  11. Where the Rubber Hits the Road
  12. What does it Mean to Believe?
  13. Van Til’s “Presuppositionalism”
  14. Van Til’s Challenge to Illegitimate Common Ground
  15. Radical Empiricism Made Foolish
  16. Evidential Apologetics: the Right Way
  17. The Crucial Concept of Self-Deception in Presuppositional Apologetics
  18. Presuppositional Reasoning with False Faiths
  19. Presuppositional Procedure
  20. Another Cup of Coffee

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News: Acts 17 Ministry, which ministry to the Muslims include public debate, was arrested by police last evening on June 18th, 2010

This follows last year’s Arab Festival incident of Muslim intimidation

More information is still developing, and the cameras have been confiscated.  A blog entry has been written on their blog here and here

Triablogue’s Dusman summarizes here

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A 10 page article, from Reformed Perspective Magazine

The author Yoon Shin writes from a Van Tillian Presuppositional Perspective

He himself is a student of Dr. John Frame

Read it in PDF here

Or as a webpage here

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Using images from Arab TV, rarely seen in the West, Obsession reveals an ‘insider’s view’ of the hatred they are teaching, their incitement of global jihad, and their goal of world domination. With the help of experts, including first-hand accounts from a former PLO terrorist, a Nazi youth commander, and the daughter of a martyred guerilla leader, the film shows, clearly, that the threat is real.


Global Jihad: The Future in the Face of Militant Islam


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Is Islam a religion of peace? From the teachers, imams and Muslim evangelist own words.


Encountering the World of Islam


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It’s incredible how Reuters have a history of photoshopping their pictures

Now they have done it again:

By photoshopping a removal of a knife in a picture (CLICK ON THE LINK!)

And editing another picture by removing a knife, blood and another hurt Israeli commando

Puts it into perspective

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Kind of last minute

But not too late!

Tom McClinktock’s Ballot recommendation

Frank Pastore’s Voting Guide

The reliable Election Forum for local votes

The most difficult every year are the unknown judges– now there’s a site for that called Judge Voter’s Guide


Wayne Grudem’s “Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light of Scripture”

Gary Scott Smith’s “God and Politics: Four Views on the Reformation of Civil Government : Theonomy, Principled Pluralism, Christian America, National Confessionalism”

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Purchase: Amazon

This is a great resource for any pastor to have, concerning the Open Theism debate.  Prior to reading this book, I have heard many good things about this work. I want to give some of my personal highlights in reading this book.

For readers who are new to the Open Theism controversy, the work is a good introduction from an orthodox, Evangelical perspective.  Readers might ask what is so important about the controversy, in which Ware’s introductory chapter illustrate the implication of the idea that God does not know the future.  Having develop the importance of the subject, Ware devotes about thirty pages of part one in the book giving a fair description of Open Theism’s theology.  I have also enjoyed reading the footnotes in this section, as a way of knowing what the primary sources for further studies are.

Since no one approach any theological disagreement in a vacuum, I was glad to see Ware treat the topic of Open Theism in the larger context of the discussion of providence, and gave a point of reference here of the relationship of Open Theism to Classical Arminianism, Middle Knowledge and Calvinism.  It was quite insightful, especially seeing the interaction of various thoughts that Open theists has, in reaching their conclusion of what Ware called the “perceived benefits of Open theism”, which was the title of chapter three in Ware’s book.  Readers will be able to see the concerns that drive Open theists to their conclusion, and can see Open advocates in a more human light than simple demonizing of it’s proponents.

The second portion of the book is devoted to refuting Open Theism, and has three chapters.  The first chapter here is an assessment of the positive biblical case that Open Theists have provided in denying God’s exhaustive foreknowledge.  Ware discusses a bit about the hermeneutical issue of when the text seem to be “straight-forward”, for the Open Theist camp.  As a constructive criticism of Ware, I wished he could have worked out this section more concerning the hermeneutics of Open Theism, seeing that the debate is hermeneutical in nature.  Despite what I think is a shortcoming in this chapter, nevertheless this chapter is valuable since it allows the reader to know what the popular texts the Open theists like to use for their position.

If the previous chapter was Ware’s negative arguments, the next chapter is his positive argument for God’s exhaustive foreknowledge.  Here, Ware provides what is probably the most verses out of all his chapters.  The bulk of this chapter is made of Ware’s discussion on the Isaiah texts concerning God’s foreknowledge, and this alone establish a strong case.  Ware also adds to this chapter, further discussion of other verses as well, which teach on divine foreknowledge.  As an instance where “doing theology” is not just for head knowledge, I was at awe in this chapter of how in many instances Scripture teaches that the true living God of the Bible is different from other gods in that He can know the future before it happens.  Studying the greatness of the characteristic of the true God, I can not help but to praise God and worship Him!

In the last portion of the book, Ware explores the real-life implication of open theism.  I appreciate this section, knowing that all of theology has ramification for Christian living, it is thus an insightful method of criticism by exploring what does any particularly theology mean, in real life.  The consequences of open theism is not as pleasant as the reader might think.

Ware explores the denial of exhaustive Divine foreknowledge as it relates to Christian prayer.  In essence, prayer becomes meaningless if the God of Open Theism was real.  There are materials here that I have to think over more carefully concerning Ware’s argument, in particular I wonder if it follows that God has to know the future in order for Him to hear our prayers now.

I was more fascinated with the next chapter’s discussion of how the theology of Open Theism weakens one’s basis to trust in the guidance of a God who does not know the future.  Indeed, this chapter is related to the chapter on prayer, for if the God of Open Theism can not be trusted for guidance, why should one communicate through prayer to this God for guidance?

The last chapter in this section explores Open Theism as it relates to suffering in the Christian life.  Here was my favorite chapter of the book.  Gregory Boyd has discussed an incident in which he was led to deny God’s exhaustive foreknowledge and providence when a divorced woman came up to him as a pastor.  It seems that denying God’s exhaustive foreknowledge is an easy escape to “vindicate” God from the problem of evil, suffering and despair, but as Ware illustrates, without the providential God as revealed in the Scriptures, there really is no hope in the midst of suffering.  In particular, I enjoyed Ware’s discussion of Romans 8 in this chapter. In review of the book at large, I would definitely recommend this work to every pastor, to be equipped in handling Open Theism.  I would also recommend this work to anyone who struggles through this divisive issue, and wants an informed and balance response.

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