Archive for February, 2012

It’s so important to have the Word of God be accurately and carefully handled.

Have you ever heard people teach in Bible Study, Sunday School, sermons or Children’s ministry that we should be like the widow who gave her all?

I use to teach like that–but here John MacArthur preaches one of the best sermon I’ve ever heard–and the point that Jesus makes about the widow giving her all might be shocking to you.

Watch it.  And enjoy.  Then be like Jesus, and have His heart against self-righteousness based religion or the prosperity gospel you often see on TBN.

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I’ve listened to these lectures and sermons the last 24 hours and I thought it was some good things concerning a Christian worldview touching on music, art, history and philosphy to stimulate one’s thinking about these matter.

1.) Satan Can’t sing: Martin Luther and Hymns by Al Mohler (one of my favorite Seminary presidents!)

2.) Artist as Propagandist— by Otto Scott, on the historical development of artists over the centuries.

3.) The New Reformation– by Otto Scott.

4.) The Victorian Enlightment– by Otto Scott, but the audio was cut short.

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1.) Apologetic Methodology in a Nut Shell– A short summary by Fred Butler, and explains the differences between Traditional Evidentialism

2.) Profile of a Hatetheist– By Robin Schumacher, a Biblical profile of an atheist.

3.) Covenantal Apologetics and the Doctrine of Scripture– Justin Taylor’s blog posted some youtube videos of Van Tillian apologist Scott Oliphint discussing this subject.

4.) Are the Laws of Logic Propositions?— James Anderson addresses this topic.

5.) Some Thoughts About the Impossibility of the Contrary— Chris Bolt’s thought on an important facet of Presuppositionalism.

6.) Science’s foundation needs the Christian worldview— A great repost!

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Speaks for itself.  Well done illustration.

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The Shepherd’s Conference sponsored by The Master Seminary and John MacArthur’s church (Grace Community Church) is having the annual Shepherd’s Conference!

Where: Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California, USA

When: March 7-11, 2012

Cost: $300

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

8:00 am Registration
10:00 am General Session 1 – John MacArthur
11:30 am Lunch*
1:30 pm Seminar Session 1 Details
2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm General Session 2 – Tom Pennington
4:30 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 3 – John MacArthur

Thursday, March 8, 2012

9:00 am General Session 4 – Voddie Baucham
10:15 am Break
10:45 am General Session 5 – John MacArthur Q&A
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm Seminar Session 2 Details
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Seminar Session 3

Grace Advance
Who we are and where we are going
Lance Quinn
Rich Gregory

Little Caesars
Responding biblically to civil government
Jonathan Rourke
Ancient Truth for Next Week’s Message
Bridging the gap between exegesis and exposition
Scott Ardavanis
Hell Under Fire
A biblical critique of annihilationism
Matt Waymeyer
Family Center
We Don’t Practice Medicine!
Examining the relationship between biblical counseling and possible physical illness
Carey Hardy
Troubleshooting Life
Handling crises God’s way
John Street
J72 (basement)
Charles Spurgeon
The evangelistic zeal of a nineteenth-century Calvinist
Steve Lawson
Worship Center
El Pastor y su Vida Personal
Spanish Track
David Robles
5:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 6 – Al Mohler

Friday, March 9, 2012

9:00 am General Session 7 – Phil Johnson
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Seminar Session 4

The Way(s) of the Master
Why evangelism should not be one size fits all
Jesse Johnson
Exemplary Spiritual Leadership
Developing leaders from raw material
Jerry Wragg
Family Center
Hanging on Every Word
Biblical preaching that captivates and transforms
Jack Hughes
Still Written in Stone?
The Christian’s relationship to the Mosaic law
Dick Mayhue
Freedom Bound
Counseling those with life-dominating sins
Bill Shannon
Faith of our Fathers
Do we have the same gospel as the early church?
Nathan Busenitz
Worship Center
I Can’t Find Dating In My Bible
How to guide our singles through the fog of romantic relationships
Austin Duncan
J72 (Basement)
Growing in Grace
How to cultivate a gospel-centered children’s ministry
Rich Harasick
Choir Room
El Pastor y sus Finanzas
Spanish Track
Fernando Jaimes
Noon Lunch*
2:00 pm General Session 8 – Steve Lawson
4:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm General Session 9 – John MacArthur

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Local Attractions & Activities
7:00 pm Acts – The 3-Man Show (learn more)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

8:30 am
10:30 am
The Lord’s Day at Grace Community Church
2:30 pm Vesper Communion Service

*Complimentary meal served in the main parking lot, weather permitting.

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I. Identifying other Hebrew Wisdom literature

a. There are other Hebrew Wisdom literatures in the Bible besides Proverbs (Session Nine).

b. Remember that Hebrew Wisdom are concern with[1]:

i. Divine reward of good and punishment for evil

ii. Living responsibly or recklessly

iii. Knowing the truth of God’s creation

iv.Good citizenship.

c. Other books of Hebrew Wisdom Literature in the Canon of Scripture include:

i. Job

ii. Ecclesiastes

iii. Song of Solomon

d. Importance of the fear of the LORD in Non-Proverbial Wisdom literature

i. “The concept of the fear of the LORD infused Hebrew wisdom tradition with religious and ethical dimension as well, distinguishing it to some degree from its ancient Near Eastern counterparts.”[2]

ii. Where the concept of the fear of the LORD as the beginning of wisdom is reaffirmed:

1. Job 28:28

2. Psalm 111:10

3. Ecclesiastes 12:13

e. Hebrew Wisdom can invite readers to be extra reflective of what is written

i. Unlike the direct forwardness of Proverbs, Non-Proverbial wisdom literature can be more indirect in getting the message across.

ii. It can get more illustrative in describing something than straight forward propositions.

iii. Example: Song of Solomon describes a relationship between lovers instead of just saying, “Lovers should be in love with one another”.

f. Non-Proverbial Wisdom literature can also deal with ultimate foundational issues of meaning and life.

i. In other words, Non-Proverbial Wisdom literature can be quite “philosophical”.

ii. Example: Ecclessiates discusses about the vanities of life.

II. Principles in interpretation

a. Remember that the Fear of the LORD is foundational in Non-Proverbial wisdom literature.

i. The fear of the Lord is what keeps the “shrewdness of Proverbs from slipping into mere self interest, the perplexity of Job from mutiny, and the disillusion of Ecclesiastes from final despair.”[3]

b. Sometimes Non-Proverbial wisdom literatures require extra care of the greater context of the book in interpretation.

i. It is especially obvious of the danger of quoting verses in such literature without the context to teach something that the verse or the entire Bible really does not teach.

ii. It is important that one interpret a verse in light of the development of the thought progressing throughout the bo

iii. Example: Was Job’s friends correct in their assessment of Job?  Has it been revealed in the book what God thought about the perspectives offered by Job’s friends?

c. Expect disturbing propositions to be brought up, but not necessarily endorsed.

i. Since Hebrew Wisdom literature does deal with deal with ultimate foundational issues of meaning and life, and Hebrew Wisdom literature are creatively written to be thought-provoking, expect disturbing propositions to be brought up.

ii. There exists the literary device of counter-wisdom or anti-wisdom wisdom, where the “use of tension is the real genius of speculative or discussion wisdom”[4]

iii. Are all ideas raised necessarily endorsed by the author as the right view?  Remember to see the entirety of the book, and how it flows!

d. Pay attention to repetition

i. What is repeated again and again does have some importance.

ii. The question to ask about Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes would be: What is the repeating theme in these two books?

[1] Donald K. Berry, An Introduction to Wisdom And Poetry Of the Old Testament, (Nashville: Broadman And Holman Publishers), 4.

[2] Andrew E. Hill, “Non-Proverbial Wisdom” Cracking Old Testament Codes, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company), 256.

[3] Derek Kidner, An Introduction to Wisdom Literature: The Wisdom of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes, (Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervarsity Press), 17.

[4] Andrew E. Hill, “Non-Proverbial Wisdom” Cracking Old Testament Codes, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company), 271.


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In our current religious/spiritual scene that stresses anti-rationality, it might sound weird to think that older Christians who were theologians/preachers were also simultaneously hymn writers and logicians.

Enter Isaac Watts.

Many of you will know him for his hymns.

What you might not know is that Watts did not see faith and reason to be at war with each other and being incompatible.

Watts have apparently also written a logic text book.

You can access it online through Google Books here.

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Few days ago I just reviewed this book.

Thanks to Lynda O. for pointing that the internet has a free copy of this work on PDF.

You can download a free PDF copy by clicking HERE.

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More than a commercialized and materialistic Valentines, I thought it’s good for the Christian to focus back on a God-centered understanding of marital love.

I have listening to Joe Morecraft’s sermons on Christian Marriage and I am currently on the fifth sermon.

Thought I shared them with you, for something to listen to after Valentines Day if you are married, or soon to be married =)

Godly Marriage 2: How Your Marriage Can Be Normal

Godly Marriage 3: How to Love Your Wife

Godly Marriage 4: How to Understand Your Spouse

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Though this blog is mainly one that is about Presuppositional apologetics and theology, in continuing with Van Til’s point that there should be a close relationship between apologetics and evangelism, I think it is worth the time for Christian apologist to cultivate their Christian life towards being an evangelist and soul winner.  To that end, I review the following work:

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This classic is a good read for the soul. This work asks some probing and convicting questions for the preacher and the pastor whose responsibility is to see men know the Gospel and Jesus Christ. There are sins of commission (sins that involves our active participation) and sins of omissions (sins when we do not do what we are obligated to do). There were times when I read this book I had to pause, search my soul before God, repent, pray to God and also heavily burdened to pray for others. This work is good enough and short enough that every minister should read this work annually. This is the first time I read a work by this author and the impression I get from this work does incline me to consider reading other titles by the same author.

You can purchase this short work here.

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There are many things to be thankful to God for, concerning the works of John Frame with all his scholarship that the church has benefited in terms of his presuppositional apologetics and perspectivalism for philosophy and theology.

Added to this blessing is the fact that many of his materials are available for readers for free!

Frame has written his critique concerning some of the issue with Dooyewerrd in a work titled, “The Amsterdam Philosophy.”  It is now available for IPAD Ibook by clicking HERE.

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Jeremy Lin intrigues me in more ways than one.  First, he is a Christian.  Secondly, he is an Asian American of Chinese descent.  Thirdly, his Christian faith spells out in real life by doing all things in excellence unto the Lord including in academics, evident by the fact that he is a Harvard Economics Graduate.  Fourthly, he is an underdog in the NBA right now.

Here are two interviews about his faith and ethnicity:

The Faith and Fate of Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin Faith and Ethnicity

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Recently on a page that has a lot of Van Tillians in the group, I saw a question originally addressed towards someone else on a page :

Regarding Romans 1 and Psalm 19:1. Do you think the evidential approach merges here with the pressup. much in the way WOTM teaches?

This got me thinking.  This is my short response:

If I could share my thoughts on these two texts. I do not believe Romans 1 and Psalms 19:1 necessitates the Evidential school of apologetic. Closer examination of both these passages reveal Scripture’s teaching on general revelation of Himself to all people, but note that both passages never state that the knowledge of God is acquired and mediated through arguments FROM General revelation BUT instead it appears that this general revelation of God’s existence is immediate (that is, apart from it being channeled through an argument and therefore prior to any argument as well) and universal in scope (nonbelievers of the Gospel and believers of the Gospel); Romans 1 builds upon the universal knowledge of God found in Psalm 19 by stating that God’s wrath is built up against everyone (1:18), thereby everyone is culpable because of His general revelation of himself and dare I even say apart from knowing the three steps of the Kalam Cosmological argument, or Aquainas’ five ways, or the Liar, Lord, Lunatic argument, which not everyone in every age, location, class and standing would be aware of. I think the theological truths from Psalms 19 and Romans 1 [that man has an immediate knowledge of God (without it being mediated through rigorous chains of arguments), that he suppresses the truth (Romans 1:18) to such an extent that he will adopt an alien philosophy of evidence that would rule out Christianity] would necessitate an apologetic that goes beyond the Traditional Evidentalist approach of feeding them more evidence, because “facts” is not the issue…it’s their presuppositions that determines what can qualitfy as “facts” that the Christian apologist is obligated to address in any rational discourse with an unbeliever. Any apologetics methodology that does not start with the non-believers being morally culpable and working with the realization that a nonbeliever is not totally honest in their claims of not believing in the existence of the True God is already heading towards the wrong direction in my estimation, and we cannot just naiively feed them evidences thinking it will work when they have set themselves up as the judge of facts when they have such a flawed worldview that is epistemologically, metaphyically, and ethically problematic.

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I have previously reviewed this book by R.J. Rushdoony here.

Apparently it’s available online for free for people to read!  Click here.

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