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Recently on “On The Box,” they had an interview with Matt Slick, the director of Christian Apologetics Research Ministry (CARM).  I thought those of you who employ apologetics in the setting of open air preaching might appreciate this:

Over at Triablogue, they posted this youtube clip found on Presuppositional apologetics and open air preaching:

I think all of this study of apologetics for open air preaching must also be balanced by Tony Miano’s recent call for open air preachers to have a greater maturity in their ministry and faith by studying the Scriptures for Open Air found here.

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Here are some links from the internet, that might be of interests to the Presuppositionalists and those who follow Presuppositional Apologetics.

The first two is concerned with engaging or not engaging an opponent:

1.) How to Reply to Numerous Questions by Genuine or Insincere Questioners Regarding the Truth of Christianity by Mike Robinson.

2.) On Not Worrying About Critics by Gary North.

The rest is on various issues with Presuppositionalism:

3.) Reformed Forum Interviews Vern Poythress on Inerrancy and Worldview

4.) Presuppositions Defined and Lordship by Joe Torres, quoting John Frame.

5.) Thought Thinking Itself? by Scott Oliphint.

6.) Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics: On Doug Wilson by Chris Bolt.

7.) Confession of 1967 by Cornelius Van Til

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It is my opinion that practical application of apologetics in our contemporary setting would benefit from the use of illustrations and narratives alongside sharp analysis and reasoning, and that those on the fore-front of modeling this should be Presuppositionalists.  If the consistent presuppositionalists were to have Scriptures dictate one’s apologetic methodology (among other things that gives Presuppositionalism it’s distinctive) and how to do apologetics practically, Jesus’ use of narratives in His apologetic is a compelling example for Christians to do so as well (this point is made in one of the chapters in my ThM. thesis).  Furthermore, the worldview conscious apologist  would understand that the different components that make up a worldview is often tied together in the form of an overarching story, or a meta-narrative.  Here is where Robert E. Webber’s book, Who Gets to Narrate the World, is important, in which the author discusses the issue of contending for the Christian story in an age of rivals.  I believe one gets the most out of this book if they were to operate from the vantage point of Presuppositional apologetics as advocated by Cornelius Van Til (and Greg Bahnsen and John Frame).  At times throughout the book I felt there was a presuppositionalist’s flavor.  However, the book does not make any acknowledgement of Van Til.  Webber does mention a “presuppositionalist” of sort, the famous Francis Schaeffer, seventy three pages into the book, in which the author revealed how Schaeffer has influenced the author’s intellectual thought life, particularly with intellectual history and being conscious of “paradigms” (worldviews).  In seven chapters, Webber was able to summarize the Christian narrative,  examine historically how the Christian meta-narrative was able to emerge in a pagan Roman world to such an extent as even influencing the foundation of the Western world, how that narrative was lost in the West, and the need to narrate the Christian story in today’s post-Christian world.  I’ve enjoyed the summary of the intellectual history of the West found in this work.  The author had an interesting way of understanding humanists and rationalists that I found particularly helpful, deeming them as artists and scientists respectfully, and seeing humanists as dreamers and rationalists as those who saw the fulfillment of humanist’s dreams (79).  Of course, the realization of those dreams were not beautifully historically.  The author does a good job discussing how the early centuries of Christianity is much like our post-Christian era, a point that should make Christians have hope and confidence in God’s power to share the Christian narrative and live out the implications of that narrative before an unbelieving world.  In his analysis, Webber sees the threat today as coming from Christians accommodating the Christian story to the contemporary culture, and the current secularism which has sunken to a quagmire of relativism, consumerism, materialism and decadence.  On the other hand, there is the looming threat of Radical Islam with their tryannical absolutes.  The issue of Radical Islam is a big theme from beginning to end in the book, as he sees that Secular Humanism’s story is self-imploding while radical Islam’s absolutes would seem to be a serious competitor in narrating our world (one that would be oppressive).  This work is one that Europe should seriously read and consider.  The solution for the author is not political nor military, but for Christians to share the Christian narrative.  Webber does not stress so much of doing apologetics in the traditional sense of laying down evidences, proving God’s existence, etc., but find the importance of Christian narrative itself as an apologetic.  Readers might want to read pages 86-87 carefully, and he sounds very much like a Presuppositionalist here.  Despite the glowing review here I have of this work, there are some things Evangelical readers would be cautious about with what he has to say.  Webber is a lot more liturgical than the average Evangelical.  He’s also more ecumenical.  On page 117, we do see that he’s willing to see Roman Catholics as part of a different tradition but still within the fold enough “that we come together.”  On page 119 of the same book, the point was made again.  In closing this review, I still appreciate what Webber has to say in this book.  If I am correct, this book was the last work that the author published–shortly after it’s publication, he passed away after battling cancer.  It seems that his message in this work was serious enough for him that he broke away from writing in his usual area of historical theology of worship, which is what he’s known for.  I wonder if history will reveal that this book will be the work that will be his lasting legacy.

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Here is the last message at Resolved Conference.  C.J. closed it out concerning the topic of the “church,” which is the theme of the conference.  For more information about C.J. Mahaney, please click on this link:

C.J. Mahaney

He is also an author of numerous books:

Books

C.J. Mahaney also has an admirable personality, which is why people love to impersonate him.  🙂

http://vimeo.com/44561056

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This is Al Moher’s last message at the Resolved Conference.  As I stated earlier, Al Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Seminary.  It is the is the oldest of the six seminaries that is affiliated with the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention).

Al Mohler is also an avid blogger, hosts a weekly talk show that is devoted to engaging contemporary culture with the biblical truth; and he is also an author of numerous books.

Blog Site

Al Mohler’s Books

http://vimeo.com/44561055

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Here is the last message from Steve Lawson at Resolved Conference.  For those of you who do not know Steve Lawson, he is the pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church and an author of numerous book.  It is also my understanding that he will be a professor at The Master’s Seminary soon.

On another note, Steve Lawson is known to produce many prolific resources concerning church history and the doctrines of grace.  For more information on these resources, I encourage to purchase his books and download his materials.  I can’t help but share the wealth with you guys.  May we all grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Christ Jesus.

Theology and Church History Resources in PDF

Steve Lawson’s Books

Also here is a sermon jam by Lawson that was edifying and convicting when I watched it:

I’ve never met anyone who is too heavenly minded. We will never be any earthly good until we are heavenly minded.” ~ Steve Lawson

http://vimeo.com/44561054

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This is the last message from Rick Holland at the Resolved Conference.  If any of you are ever traveling to Kansas and would like to visit a good church, I encourage to visit Rick and his congregation.  Here is a link for more information:

http://www.missionroadbiblechurch.com/

Also if you are interested about Rick’s comments about this last Resolved Conference, I encourage you to read his blog post concerning it:

Thoughts on Last Resolved Conference

Thank you Rick for spearheading this conference for the last 8 years!

True Christian leadership must reflect God’s jealousy for his bride (2 Cor 11:2).” ~ Rick Holland

God intends for you to compare everything to Jesus and discover His superiority (Hebrews).” ~ Rick Holland

http://vimeo.com/44560959

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