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I thought this was worthwhile.  It is important that for a blog that is concern with apologetics and worldview to tackle the subject of education as well.

Gary North had some wise words to think about and paradigm in thinking about education.  Given how so much of higher education can be antithetical to the Christian worldview, North’s discussion is especially illuminating.

1.) Covenantal Structure of College Education

2.) Voice of Authority in College Education

3.) Content of College Education

4.) Putting Your Degree to Kingdom Use

5.) Winners and Losers in College

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Those who are involve with or familiar with ministry to the Muslims might be familiar with David Wood and Sam Shamoun.

They are going to Southern California for ministry during the 9/11 weekend.

Here’s a link to where you can support them financially to make this trip possible.

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Among some quarters on the internet of those who advocate Gordon Clark’s variety of apologetics, the epistemology they subscribe to is Scripturalism, which is the belief that unless something is stated in Scripture (or deduce from Scripture), everything else does not constitute knowledge.  In other words, one cannot know anything unless it comes from Scripture.  Everything else does not constitute knowledge, especially of it’s derived through empirical means.

It’s one thing to huff and puff on the internet one’s epistemology against others.  It’s another thing to see if that kind of epistemology is livable.  An advocate of Scripturalism recently had the unfortunate event of having his daughter suffer through a car accident and suffered from some brain injury which he shared on his blog and then a new blog he set up with updates on his daughter’s progress (Praise God she’s conscious!).  I also couldn’t help but to wonder what happens when real life interrupts one’s blog agenda of defending one’s epistemology and see if this epistemology is consistently applied to real life.   So I thought I do a quick CONTROL + F (find) on this particular Clarkian webpage and his other blog to see how many instances he use the verb “know” or it’s cognate form, to describe state of affairs that cannot be deduced from Scripture.  I was actually surprised with how when real life tragedies interrupts one’s epistemological games , the Scripturalist’s epistemology comes to a crashing  halt.

I pray that God will bring healing for his family, physical healing for his daughter and to have his household in godly order.  I also hope that God will use this time to also sanctify this man who has been rather contentious, slanderous and divisive towards other believers in the faith, especially of the Van Tillian camp.

For now, here’s a sampling of what this gentleman claims to know, that surely cannot be deduced from Scripture.  One will also note how some of the claims our friend is derived from empirical observation:

” I know I have a lot of internet brothers and sisters who read this blog so I would greatly appreciate your prayers. “

” Here is a link to a story about the crash that is mostly correct.  Meaghan was not where she was supposed to be and not with whom she was supposed to be with (at least as far as her mother and I knew).  The media got some things wrong.  Meaghan is a Sophomore going to be a Junior and late last night I found out she was wearing a seat belt and that the seat belt contributed to her injuries.  The impact of the accident was on the drivers side rear door.  Meaghan’s fractured her skull on her right side.  “

“This is just a very quick update to let folks know Meg and Tracy came home last night from Charlottesville.”

“On the way out to some picnic tables to eat I got a kick out of Meg laughing and telling Caitlin; “Did you know that when I was in the hospital I flipped one of the nurses off?”  Of course Caitlin already knew the story, but Meg just thought it was the funniest thing.”

“I have to think that made her three hour drive go by quickly.  I could just imagine under different circumstances Meg telling Caitlin, Keila and Vic how “SAAXXY” he was (if you have ever heard Meg say the word sexy when speaking of a boy, which seems to be about every boy, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about).”

“I confess I didn’t know there was a difference between a brain injury and brain damage and perhaps it is a matter of semantics.”

“I should preface this by stating that Terri is a wonderful Christian woman who knows a number of people very close to Tracy and I.”

” At that moment Meg decidedly and with purpose lifted her finger; the middle one.  I know for all those who know Meaghan that is the sign that our Meaghan is still with us. “

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This is over at Grace to You website.  The audio is based upon the 13 part (13 weeks) workbook called Fundamentals of the Faith that is used by Grace Community Church and beyond.  I’ve seen this book led people to come to know the LORD Jesus Christ!

Here it is:

Every Sunday morning at Grace Community Church (and throughout the week), small groups of people gather together around this manual for ‘Fundamentals of the Faith’ classes. Thirteen lessons blend basic biblical truths with personal obedience and service. Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths.

With topics ranging from the character of God to church participation, it’s an ideal study for discipling new believers or returning to the basics of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

For the link, go HERE

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Thanks Bryan Lopez for the heads up!

From The Essential Owen Blog:

The links below are PDF copies of the William H. Goold edition of The Works of John Owenoriginally published in 1850-1853 by Johnstone & Hunter. These volumes, are the same volumes that are being published and sold today by The Banner of Truth Trust. I encourage you to buy these books in the form of a hard copy. Nothing can substitute reading a real book. But, since this edition is public domain and the downloads are free, this is the next best thing.

To download, right click and then select “save link as…” Then start reading! Enjoy!

The Works of John Owen, Volume 1
The Glory of Christ
In Volume 1, Andrew Thomson’s excellent biography sympathetically traces his life and experience from his birth at Stadhampton, though his pastoral ministries in Fordham and Coggeshall, his years of public service as chaplain at Cromwell and vice-chancellor of Oxford University, until his last days as a preacher and pastor in London. Also included in this volume are some of his early works, including two pieces that show his intense pastoral concern: Meditations and Discourses on the Person of Christ and Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ. Also included are Two Short Catechisms.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 2 
Communion with God
One of John Owen’s greatest experimental works forms the bulk of Volume 2 of his works. On Communion with God is rich with sound Bible expositions and also includes a fresh translation of The Song of Solomon. It is a heartwarming treatise which drives one to seek the face of “God in three Persons” and to enjoy the rich fare of His “banqueting house.” For those seeking assurance of their salvation it is a particularly valuable cordial.
Also includes Owen’s Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 3 
 The Holy Spirit 
Owen on the Holy Spirit, as the work contained in this volume has generally been called, is perhaps one of the best known and most highly esteemed of Owen’s treatises — his masterpiece. The book is divided into five sections. The first deals with the name, nature, personality, and the mission of the Holy Spirit; the second, with the operations of the holy spirit under the Old Testament; the third, with the Spirit’s work under the New Testament; the fourth, with the work of the spirit in sanctification; and the fifth, with the necessity of holiness and obedience.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 4 
The Reason of Faith
This volume contains the second part of Owen’s extensive and valuable work on the Holy Spirit. His Discourse on the Holy Spirit, which makes up the whole of volume 3, was published in 1674. Uncertain that he would be able to finish all he planned to do on the subject, Owen was led to publish his work in seperate treatises. The treatises which make up this volume cover in the author’s words ‘the work of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of illumination, of supplicaiton, of consolation and as the immediate author of all spiritual offices and gifts, extraordinary and ordinary’.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 5 
 Faith and Its Evidences
Owen’s masterly account of justification by faith, first printed in 1677, is distinguished from the other two classical 17th-century English treatises on this subject (those of Downame and Davenant) by its non-speculative, non-scholastic character and its dominating pastoral concern. The resurgent Roman challenge, and current Protestant confusion, obliged Owen to write controversially at certain points, but the core of his discourse is straight forward biblical exposition, massive, fresh, compelling and practical.
Also includes Evidences of the Faith of God’s Elect.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 6 
Temptation and Sin 
John Owen was essentially a pastoral theologian, and in his best writings his pastoral concern and acute doctrinal instinct are inseparable. Even at his most polemical his motivation is always the defense of the flock of God from the onslaught of false doctrine. In the four works contained in this volume we have Owen at his very best: On the Mortification of Sin, Temptation, Indwelling Sin, and Exposition of Psalm 130

The Works of John Owen, Volume 7 
Sin & Grace
Owen shines in this second volume dedicated to more “practical” subjects. (Volumes 6 through 9 are dedicated thus.) Includes The Nature and Causes of Apostasy, Spiritual-Mindedness, and The Dominion of Sin and Grace.
Owen’s classic work On Spiritual Mindedness should be read often…one of the greatest works of devotional literature ever penned. It is also a great place to start if you are new to reading Owen.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 8 
Sermons to the Nations
This volume contains 16 sermons, all published during Owen’s lifetime. While they are eminently biblical in character and bristling with scriptural reference, they are at the same time of historical importance.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 9 
Sermons to the Church
This volume contains 83 sermons, including 14 which resolve “Practical Cases of Conscience” and 25 intended as preparation for the Lord’s Table. The remainder are on such subjects as “Gospel Charity”, “Christ’s Pastoral Care”, “The Duty of a Pastor”, and “The Excellancy of Christ.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 10 
The Death of Christ
In March 1642 John Owen’s first literary production was published; it dealt with the Atonement, a subject to which he was to return in several of his later works. This first treatise, entitled A Display of Arminianism is a simple comparison of the tenets of that system with the teaching of scripture. He later went on to pen what is arguably the definitive work on the extent of the atonement, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. Both are included here, along with two other related works: The Death of Christ (a reply to Richard Baxter) and A Dissertation on Divine Justice.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 11 
Continuing in the Faith
The Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance Explained and Confirmed
Written to answer “Redemption Redeemed” by the Arminian, John Goodwin, the main treatise of this book contains a minute refutation of Goodwin’s views but nevertheless would, in the words of Andrew Thompson “be almost as complete were very part of it that refers Goodwin expunged, and undeniafroms the most masterly vindication of the perseverance of the saints in the English tongue.”

The Works of John Owen, Volume 12 
The Gospel Defended
In the 1650s historic Christianity in England was challenged by Socinianism. Owen was commissioned to write a refutation of this heretical system. He begins by tracing the history of Socinianism and goes on to deal with all the points of controversy. The Socinians’ views on Scripture, the divine nature and character, the person and the work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the past and present condition of man, election and justification are all thoroughly examined.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 13 
Ministry and Fellowship
A perennial concern of John Owen throught his literary career was the subject of the Church. Thus it is not surprising that four of the sixteen volumes of his works are devoted to this field. This volume contains several of such works, and principally deals with the subject of the schism. The charge of schism was repeatedly brought against those who sought to reform the Church according Scripture — the heart of Puritanism.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 14 
True and False Religion
The year following the Restoration of Charles II, a Franciscan Friar, by the name of John Vincent Cane, published Fiat Lux, a plausible attempt to recommend Roman Catholicism as the remedy for the ills of religious and civil discord in Britain. As Owen himself observes, Cane and his co-religionists knew well the importance of striking while the iron was hot, for the times seemed ripe for the re-establishment of Roman Catholicism. This volume contains Owen’s response…

The Works of John Owen, Volume 15
Church Purity & Unity
Contains a number of Owen’s treatise’s on eccesiology:
Discourse Concerning Liturgies
Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity
Inquiry concerning Evangelical Churches
Instruction in the Worship of God.

The Works of John Owen, Volume 16 
The Church & The Bible
Contains Tracts on Excommunication, Chruch Censures, Baptism, On the Divine Original of the Scriptures, Posthumous Sermons, Indices

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This might be the most I would ever talk about the format of a book in any of my reviews. This book was published in 1989 and the thing is, one can tell it was published in 1989. There were several instances while I was reading the book, that it occurred to me how much technological advances has passed the last 22 years in terms of word processors and publishing. In terms of content, the work was great, but the format can be improved for the sake of the readers in terms of each chapters falling under Part I (for example, say the Messianic prophecies themselves) or Part II (consideration of objections) of the book. Those who have read through the earlier editions of Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Demand a Verdict (either volume one or two) will remember McDowell’s interesting way of citing a source with a number that correspond to a list of works provided at the end of the book. For one who reads through the footnotes, it can get rather tedious flipping through the end back and forth. The list of source wasn’t arrange alphabetically nor in terms of appearances in the book, and I was rather distracted with the thought of whether or not the order of the list were arbitrary! The book covered the clearer Messianic prophecies. The author does a good job bringing in quotations from commentaries making the argument. There were times in the book, I wish he could have gone more deeper, but I understand that this work was for a popular lay audience. I appreciated Ankerberg’s references to what the early Jews understood about the text, in particular mentioning the Talmud and the Aramaic Targums from time to time. His references to the primary sources and where to find them in standard translations of these sources were gold. Overall, a recommend for those who are interested in Messianic prophecies as apologetics, and simple teases one to get into deeper exegesis of the Old Testament! The appendix by Walter Kaiser concerning his disagreement with Sensor Plenior and Isaiah 7:14 as Messianic prophecies was probably the most technical portion of the book. One also have to read what Kaiser has written elsewhere to get the fuller arguments and perspective (I love how this appendix went back to the traditional endnotes in terms of format). Kaiser’s appendix dealt with things that I thought most readers from the general Christian reading audience would have a hard time tracking, concerning the dating of Jewish kings, and textual emendations. Otherwise, this work was great and I had a great time worshipping the Lord and being in awe of the Messiah as I read it and followed all the scriptural references in it’s context.

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Dr. Michael Vlach of The Master’s Seminary, has a 20 part series on the New Testament use of the Old. What follows are the links to them. Read it and enjoy!

NT Use of OT Part 1: Introduction to the Issue

NT Use of OT Part 2: Seven Approaches to How the NT Uses the OT

NT Use of OT Part 3: Resources for Studying NT Use of the OT

NT use of OT Part 4: Contextual Use of the OT by the NT Writers

NT Use of OT Part 5: Categories of NT Usage of the OT

NT Use of OT Part 6: Literal Prophetic Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 7: Literal Prophetic Fulfillment (2)

NT Use of OT Part 8: Literal Application of Timeless Moral or Theological Point

NT Use of OT Part 9: Literal Restatement of an OT Passage with Intensification or Alteration

NT Use of OT Part 10: Affirmation of an Old Testament Prophetic Text Whose Fulfillment Is Still Future

NT Use of OT Part 11: Some Observations Concerning Matthew’s Purposes in Matt 1–2

NT Use of OT Part 12: Matt 1:22-23 and Divine Correspondence between Israel and Jesus

NT Use of OT Part 13: Matt 2:15/Hos 11:1 and Divine Correspondence between Israel and Jesus

NT Use of OT Part 14: Matt 2:17-18/Jer 31:15 and Divine Correspondence between Israel and Jesus

NT Use of OT Part 15: Matt 2:23 and Summation of an OT Truth or Principle

NT Use of OT Part 16: Acts 2:25-28/Psalm 16:8-11 and the Resurrection of the Christ

NT Use of OT Part 17: Acts 2:33-35/Psalm 110:1 and Literal Prophetic Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 18: Psalm 110:1 and Contextual Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 19: Psalm 110:4 and Contextual Fulfillment

NT Use of OT Part 20: Acts 13:47 and Isa 49:6

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