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In the past I have appreciated Dr. Carl Trueman’s teaching on Medieval theology and also the Reformation available through Itunes University.  He’s also written a more practical book on the Reformation for today for the general Christian readers titled Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Carl Trueman.

Every year The Master Seminary brings in a scholar to teach for the Winterim and for this year (2017) they have Dr. Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary taught on the history of the Reformation.

The entire 19 lectures in video form have been made available online for free!

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Benjamin Walton. Preaching Old Testament Narratives.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, June 27th 2016.  256 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase:  Amazon

Most Christian preachers are probably more comfortable preaching from New Testament epistles than Old Testament narrative.  Yet as the book points out forty percent of the Bible is narrative with a large part of that found in the Old Testament.  If preachers are to be faithful in preaching all of God’s Word they need to do it well.  The author Benjamin Walton has written an excellent resource for expositional preachers who want to preach faithfully the Word of God from Old Testament narratives while at the same time desiring to preach with the intention of impacting contemporary audiences today.  Unlike most works on preaching this is a “two-in-one” in that it covers the interpretative skills that a preacher needs as he studies Old Testament narratives and also the practical skills of crafting a sermon.  You really get the bang for your buck with this book.  One really gets the feeling that the author is writing for the purpose of pastors and teachers able to do all the aspects of expositional preaching well.

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The next few Sundays I’ll post sermons from various churches.

Be blessed by this sermon from Mark 1:12–13 by Pastor Shuan Marksbury.

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I posted a little ditty on our Facebook page and Twitter but I thought I post this on the blog as well.  (If you haven’t followed us on social media feel free to like and follow us).

Biblically faithful preaching is harder to find today in more ways than one.  Perhaps the most common problem is that some no longer like to preach on sin.  If that is true I imagine it is more true that most people do not like Biblical preaching because it talks about sin.

But Why Must Preachers talk about Sin?

Here’s why:

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For those of you guys on Facebook Why?Outreach shared a meme with links to Christian responses to a meme arguing against God/Jesus/Christianity.

Here’s the meme:

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There’s several approaches one can take in response to this meme.  The articles “Why?Outreach” linked in response to this meme is include “Does Spider-Man Really Exist?” and “Jesus and the Spiderman Fallacy.

I thought I chime in with my response.

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As a Christian I do enjoy flying and the opportunity to share the Gospel (Jesus dying on the cross to save us sinners) with those next to me.  Now of course this must be done in a manner that is Godly and respectful.  It’s also a joy to talk to different people and walks of life.  Up to this point all my conversations have been cordial.

Apparently Christians aren’t the only ones who want to share their worldview.

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This past weekend a lady and her husband was kicked off their flight because the wife was berating a Trump supporter flying home after the inauguration.

Let’s just say she did not talk to the Trump supporter in a Godly manner.

Here’s my two cent.  I realize my tone is stronger than usual but I think it captures just how dangerous some on the Left have become in their intolerance.

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Do you have a problem with anger?

I hope this is practical and helpful for everybody.  If you are involved with Christian apologetics (a big topic on our blog) you would no doubt encounter people who might test your patience.  Or maybe your weakness is not during evangelism but ministry within the church.  Are there people and situations at work that provoke you to ungodly anger?  We can easily have blind-spots; So ask yourself, does your family think you have a problem with anger management?

Confession to the Lord your problem and sin should be your first step.  He is gracious and faithful to forgive and also to cleanse you (1 John 1:9).

I also think it is important to regularly review some verses from Proverbs.  It is good to meditate on them and memorize them as fight against sin before you fall into unrighteous anger.

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For other posts dealing with Bible contradictions see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “When did Satan enter Judas?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Before the last supper.

And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve….Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. (Luke 22:3, 7)

After the last supper.

After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” (John 13:27)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Outside of the blogosphere I do a lot of campus evangelism.  I hear the word “safespace” and see it on campus flyers and students talking about it.  Progressives seem to love talking about how the University ought to be a safespace.  I don’t know if they mean what they say as this clip below demonstrate.

What happens when your safe space is the library?  You speak to truth to power.  Like this Asian man.

Here’s  a social justice warrior that takes a stand for a place of learning.  I want to say one more thing.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 8th-14th, 2017.

1.) The Foundation of Historical Apologetics

2.) Discussion Guide: The Ultimate Proof of Creation, Introduction and Chapter 1

3.) Voddie Baucham on Homosexuality and Transgenderism

4.) LINGUISTICS: A VERY SHORT PRESUPPOSITIONAL BOOK REVIEW

5.) The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit

6.) Free Series with Amazon Prime! Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live?

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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This is for a group of guys in my church as we go over the apologetics’ book “Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Jason Lisle.  It is a book that teaches Presuppositional apologetics that engages apologetics at the level of worldview.  Cornelius Van Til was instrumental in beginning this form of apologetics and others have developed and applied it.

I thought the following questions might be helpful for other individuals and other small groups to facilitate discussions and learning.  I plan to make more discussion guides as we slowly go over the book.

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This is a sermon by Daniel Stephens who is an American studying right now at Oxford.

The sermon is based upon 1 John 2:15-17 and the topic is on worldliness.

I think in the future people will hear more from him and I pray God would use him to contribute in biblical scholarship.

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I saw this meme tonight that shocked me.  It’s from Conan O’Brien:

I also found it on his “Team Coco” official Twitter account:

There is nothing funny at all.  I was mortified to see how many people liked it, retweeted, shared and left a positive comment on this meme.

Why was I horrified?

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For those of you who have Amazon Prime Francis Schaeffer’s famous Christian worldview series “How Should We Then Live?” is available on Amazon Prime!  It is a series of 10 videos surveying the history of Western civilization and the flow of worldviews that shaped each era.  On their website they sell the DVD series for 22 dollars so if you have Amazon Prime this is not only a deal but something edifying and worthwhile.

The description of the series on Amazon Prime gives these words:

This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s spectacular ten-part series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective.

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My dear brother Wally asked a very good question.  In a post titled Faith In Action-Who Do You Love? Wally gave an exposition of James 5:1-6.  Our brother asked what my thoughts were concerning whom James 5:1-6 was referring to.  Some take it to refer to believers who were rich and hurting their fellow believers who were poor.  Others understand this to refer to nonbelievers who were persecuting poorer believers.

Let me quote James 5:1-6:

Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver have rusted; and their rust will be a witness against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of [a]Sabaoth. You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have [b]fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. You have condemned and [c]put to death the righteous man; he does not resist you.

Now I’m not going to be dogmatic here since I believe there is room for Christians to disagree in an agreeable fashion.  But the following is my take on James 5:1-6 on the fly.

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