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Over at the Bible Thumping Wingnut program they just recently interviewed Christian blogger Fred Butler about many things and among them was the topic of Christians “Adult Coloring Books.”  Yeah, Adult coloring books.  “Christian” adult coloring books.

If you go over and look at the Christian Book Expo’s “Christian Bestsellers” list for March 2016 you will find that the top ten include books that aren’t necessarily strong on being biblical.  Sadly I would have expected that.  But how many of the top ten are coloring books?  There’s three among the top ten!

Here’s one picture I doubt we’ll see in Christian adult coloring books:

not going to be in christian coloring book

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Blogger  shared something today that I thought was totally amazing and worth sharing.  It’s an animated explanation of God’s Holiness made by the Bible Project.  It’s a six minutes video that explains very well the Holiness of God.  

Here’s the video:

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Let me say up front that this post is not against any race (I’m a ethnic minority in the US myself).  The issue is not about skin, it is about the sin of discrimination.  I saw on Social Media Tony Miano sharing this news story: Viral video of student confrontation over dreadlocks prompts investigation at SFSU.  In San Fransico State University a white guy with dreadlocks was confronted by two African American individuals about his hair, then the girl blocks him from leaving, grabs the guy’s arm and then accuses him of putting his hands on her when it was her that was holding him and he was trying to break free.  She even asked the person recording it why he was recording and grabbed his device.   See it for yourself here:

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People are not always easy to deal with.  This sermon is titled “How to Deal with Mean People.”  This message is delivered by David O. Dykes, Pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas.  It was delivered at the chapel for Southern Seminary and the sermon is based upon Romans 12:17-21.  It’s more of an encouragement with the insight and experience of an older preacher than a detailed exegetical sermon.  But it’s worthwhile!

 

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Faith Alone The Doctrine of Justification by Thomas Schreiner

Thomas Schreiner.  Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification.  Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, September 15th 2015. 288 pp.

This is the first book in “The 5 Solas Series” that is being published by Zondervan.   The book articulates and defend the classic Reformed doctrine of justification: that justification is forensic (as opposed to transformative) and accessed by faith alone (as opposed to works of the law).  If the rest of the series is just as promising as this one I am definitely going to purchase them.

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He is not here

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)

 

What a blessed Hope to know Jesus Christ is risen.  Everything we do for Him therefore is not in vain.

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Preti John the Baptist before Herod

Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions in Luke 9.  I’ve considered “Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?” and “Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62.”

Here’s another question that allegedly shows a Bible contradiction: “Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?”

Yes

Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist reincarnated.

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.  (Matthew 14:1-2)

But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. (Mark 6:16)

No

People were saying that Jesus was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead, or Elijah (Elias), or one of the other prophets. But Herod didn’t believe Jesus was John the Baptist, saying, “John I have beheaded: but who is this?”

Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him [Jesus]: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. (Luke 9:9)

Here’s my thought on this Bible contradiction:

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