Archive for February, 2016

Let me say right up front this is not a post supporting Donald Trump.  I personally prefer another candidate and I have a hard time with some of the things Trump has to say.  Again this post is not so much about Trump as it is about the consistency of those who have complained about Donald Trump, his endorsement by David Duke (former grandwizard from the KKK) and Trump’s response.

satanic support of planned parenthood



The Liberal Media have been having a field day.  Even NPR headline states “Trump Fails To Condemn KKK On Television, Turns To Twitter To Clarify.”  The subject has been trending on Social Media.  Some wanted to see if Trump would repudiate David Duke and the KKK.  Some even zoomed in closer of Trump’s handling of the manner.  The discussion doesn’t necessarily help Trump’s public image as some find this affair as a reason to dismiss support for Trump.

But using the same logic behind the criticism of Trump, how would the same people respond to the relationship and support Planned Parenthood has received from the Klan and Satanists?


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houston fire rescue construction worker

Point: What do you do in a conversation when someone object to the truth that Salvation can only be found in Christ alone?  We have covered this objection previously but this is another example of an illustration that responds to this objection.


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lie or truth

This is my sixth posts in a series responding to some arguments against inerrancy presented by a certain blogger.  Today we shall look at the following paragraph:

I believe that the doctrine of inerrancy was conveniently brought in by the Church to protect the Bible as a consecrated canon of scripture, with the authority to teach and convict.  With this, the false doctrine of “papal infallibility” was also established.  However, the assertion of inerrancy is a lie on both counts, considered to be the lesser of two evils; the other being chaos!  Now, what started as a lie is now a deeply entrenched doctrine that every professing Christian is compelled to accept as true or be branded as a heretic!  But how can we claim to have the truth in Jesus, when we are forcing many to believe a lie?!  It shows a lack of faith in God’s ability to protect His Church and reveal His Word to true believers.

Here is my response:


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doctrine of sanctification

Do you know the three P’s of Christian Sanctification?  And why should it matter for the Christian life?  Is it mere “theologizing?”

Sanctification can be broken down into positional, progressive and perfected sanctification.  Each of these can be understood temporally as past, present and future respectively.


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The Jonathan Edwards Collection 20 Classic Works Kindle Edition

I don’t know how long this would be free for, but it’s free for the time being on Kindle!  It’s The Jonathan Edwards Collection: 20 Classic Works Kindle Edition!

Here’s the book description:

Jonathan Edwards was a Christian preacher in the 18th century and was considered to be one America’s most important theologians. The Jonathan Edwards Collection includes the following works:


A Divine and Supernatural Light
Christian Knowledge
Christ’s Agony
God Glorified in Man’s Dependence
God’s Sovereignty in the Salvation of Men
Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer
Many Mansions
Pardon for the Greatest Sinners
Pressing into the Kingdom of God
Safety, Fullness and Sweet Refreshment in Christ
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
The Excellency of Christ
The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable
The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth
The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners
The Manner in Which the Salvation of the Soul is to be Sought
The Vain Self Flatteries of the Sinner
Treatise on Grace
True Saints, When Absent from the Body, Are Present with the Lord
Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only

Here’a link to the Amazon page!

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Liberty Defined Ron Paul

Ron Paul. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom by Ron Paul.  New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, April 19th, 2011.325 pp.

            In light of this being an election year I think this book is quite relevant to read even though neither Ron Paul nor his son is in the election.  What I appreciate about Ron Paul is his conscious effort in being principled in his approach towards politics and this book truly reflect what’s important for him: Liberty.  He makes the point that the term liberty can be quite misconstrued today so it is important to talk about what liberty is and the importance of safeguarding it.


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A Throw Back Thursday Reblog.  These are tips on Open Air Preaching for Christian evangelism by Tony Miano.  Practical wisdom especially the ones concerning law enforcement.

Source: Open-Air Quick Tips by Tony Miano

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The Flow of the Psalms

Palmer Robertson. The Flow of the Psalms.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, May 15th, 2015. 304 pp.

Before I read this book I didn’t know what to make of the way the Psalms were laid out which was largely due to my own personal difficulty in discerning the reason for the Psalms’ arrangement.  This book convinced me that there is definitely a flow in the Psalter.  It is packed with a lot of information, that even after I finished reading it I realized I probably have forgotten a lot more than I could remember.  I think it is worth purchasing even as a reference which I plan to use in this manner in the future whenever I study or preach from the Psalms.


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D G Hart

Over at Christian historian Dr. Hart’s website, “Old Life,” he recently has a post titled “Would You Let Your Wife Be a Physician?” in which he responded to Christian blogger Tim Challies’ article “Sex on the Silver Screen.”  Challies makes a good point about Christians not watching sexual immorality on film but Dr. Hart didn’t like the following argument from Challies, which Hart describes as “the skin test to movies to argue against watching a performance that involves bare breasts:”

What would it take for you to be okay with your wife participating in that scene? Would you send her off to work tomorrow knowing that she would be topless for hours at a time, that she would be rolling around on a bed with another man as a crew looked on, as they adjusted the lighting, as they practiced different angles, as the director instructed her, “No, put your hands there. Move in that way…” She would not be having sex with him, but she would be doing her best to act like it, to make others believe it. She would be taking all she knows of the movements, the motion, the pleasure of sex with you and imitating it with this other man. Wife, what would it take for you to be okay with your husband stripping her and kissing her and carrying her to bed? My guess is that you cannot imagine any scenario in which that would be tolerable, in which that would be moral and right. Now hold onto that conviction for a moment.

I think Challies made a good point.  But Hart didn’t think so:

Why exactly is this a slam dunk?

Consider women who serve as physicians and examine men’s private parts (among others) for a living. Why doesn’t the skin test apply to careers in medicine? Heck, what about nurses who bathe men in hospital beds?

And it’s not just a question of exposed flesh. If we made comfort with-what-the-missus does a standard for engaging with the world, what do we do with a woman who is a defense attorney and represents people she knows to be guilty before the law? Or for those complimentarians out there, what do you do when your wife serves in the military? Leave the OPC?

The point is that we all have different standards for different levels of engaging the world.

Here’s my thoughts on Hart’s curious response:


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These are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between February 15th-21st, 2015.

1.) Apologetic Sermon Illustration #31: Transcendental Argument illustrated with Anti-Cop Rapper Has Life Saved by Cop

2.) Our knowledge must depend on God’s knowledge

3.) Evangelism Demands a Presuppositional Defense

4.) Bahnsen on the Role of Reason

5.) Because Jesus Christ is Risen Things Can Change

6.) A Page to Ponder #7


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fellowshipThis verse really leaped out to me earlier this week:

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart [c]that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

(Hebrews 3:12-13)

Verse 12 gives the statement that there ought not to be an unbelieving heart.  Verse 13 gives the antidote.  The call is to “encourage one another day after day” with the reason being stated as “so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Fellowship, Biblical fellowship that is, is a means of God’s grace against unbelief.  It is probably not often thought of it in that perspective among those who are engaged in apologetics.  But it definitely states it in Hebrews 3:12-13.

Off to church now to be encouraged and encourage others’ faith!

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This is actually my fifth posts in my series responding to some arguments against inerrancy.  I was mistaken last week to say that I only had two posts.  Today’s objection we shall look at is as follows:

However, no where is it written, in any verse of any chapter of any book of either Hebrew or Christian Bible that ‘scripture’ equals ‘infallible’ or ‘inerrant’!  What it does say is that God’s words are flawless (Psa 12:6), His Law is perfect (Psa 19:7), that His word will not return to Him void (Isa 55:11), that His words will all be fulfilled (Matt 5:18) and that all scripture is profitable for teaching (2 Tim 3:16).  However, it should be crystal clear that not every word written in the scriptures (whether Jewish or Christian) were the very words of God, so they do not all have the same claim to flawlessness.

Here’s my response:


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This Republic of Suffering

Drew Gilpin Faust. This Republic of Suffering.  New York, NY: Knopf, January 8th, 2008. 368 pp.

This books look on the subject of death during the American Civil War.  The author made the point that the business of dying and also taking of life is work. From this point the writer explores the cultural, social and spiritual aspect of death during the war and also how the war changed people’s perceptions about death, life and spirituality.

I found the book insightful with how the author described the pre-war Victorian era assumption of the good death that involves dying at home among family members.  The author also noted that this scenery of the good death was not only important for the person dying but also for the surviving family members and friends who were present since they could evaluate the destiny of the person’s eternity from how a person dies.  It is assumed that on one’s dying bed a person would be more honest and thus reveal whether the person dying have been right with God and ready for the eternal state.  It is a means of comfort to observe someone’s parting moment.  Of course the importance of dying in a familiar domestic areas and among familiar people of course was interrupted by the war, in which soldiers died in strange areas among strangers in horrific manners.  We see here people trying to adjust to that in how fellow soldiers wrote about another’s soldiers’ death to surviving loved ones, giving clues to whether or not that person was at peace in anticipation of eternity and doctors and nurses writing about the last moments of a wounded soldier.  The author noted that among these letters there is a strong desire to be honest and yet comforting to the families.


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Funny video.

I think it shows how people can end up doing the very thing we accuse others of doing against our ethnicity.

I think grace is needed all around.

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Los Angeles Bible Training School (LABTS) is a school that according to its website “exists to bring glory and honor to God by coming alongside of local churches to train the people of God in the word of God to do the work of God.”  If you are in Southern California and are looking for great lay training in the Bible I highly recommend the school.

Every year they have a men’s conference.  Here is the audios for this year’s conference for men:


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