Archive for February, 2017

I’m looking forward to this year’s Shepherd’s Conference, a conference for Pastors and church leaders sponsored by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Pastor.

They even made this neat trailer:

Seems like the theme would be on the Reformation in light of the Reformation’s 500 years anniversary.  Lord willing I’ll be blogging through the sessions on February 28th-March 3rd.

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This is the 30th Bible contradiction we refuted!


Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who put the robe on Jesus?

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

Herod’s soldiers

And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:11)

Pilate’s soldiers

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. 28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.(Matthew 27:27-28)

Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified. 16 The soldiers took Him away into the [a]palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they *called together the whole Roman [b]cohort. 17 They *dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him.  (Mark 15:15-17)

Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him. (John 19:1-2)

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

1.) Taking Total Depravity Seriously

2.) Greg Bahnsen: The Man and Apologist

3.) Discussion Guide: The Ultimate Proof of Creation Chapter 2

4.) What if God commanded you to…?

5.) Naturalist Freethinker

6.) The Morally Outrageous Argument For God’s Existence

7.) Atheism From a Recliner

8.) Cultural Relativism and Morality


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

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It’s Valentine’s Day.   I know the world have a view of “love” that is different than that found in the Bible.

I thought this would be an edifying message for those who are “single single” and “single like pringles” (you got to listen to the message) to listen to on a day that often portray love as lusts or love as so lofty that some people love the idea of falling in love more than actually loving someone.

So what does God want and what does the Bible say about courtship and relationships?


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James M. Hamilton Jr. Work and Our Labor in the Lord.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 31st, 2017.  144 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Over the years there has been more books coming out on a biblical view of work and vocation but what I like about this particular work is that the author James M. Hamilton Jr. takes a biblical theology approach to the topic.  By biblical theology I mean a study of what Scripture has to say with the consideration of the progressive revelation of the Bible in terms of redemptive history and the canonical context of passages that is cited.  I have been enjoying more and more books taking a biblical theological approach to a subject as it helps avoid some of the claims that systematic theology is merely engaged in proof text.


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I need some more time of studying before I begin my Series: Is Justification by Faith Taught in the Old Testament?  I bite off more than I can chew this week in terms of ministry and blogging.

Since its Sunday here’s a sermon from a dear brother name Michael Coughlin that he preached on a few days ago.



His sermon is titled The Invitation.

Here’s the sermon description:


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This is for a group of guys in my church with whom I am going 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. The following are questions for chapter 2 of the book.  (For a discussion guide for the previous part of the book see this post on the ).


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As part of my daily devotionals I try to translate a few Greek verses from the New Testament every day courtesy of blogger Vincents Artale Jr.

A few days ago he posted on John 5:22.  Here’s my translation followed by some quick thoughts of meditation from that verse:


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Peter Ross Range.  1924: The Year That Made Hitler. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, January 26th 2016. 336 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase:  Amazon

This was an enjoyable read on history.  The author in the beginning of the book mentioned about how few historical works have focused on this important critical year for Hitler and his rise to fame and recognition in 1924.  I can see that there is truth to his claim; as I think back to my previous readings on the Nazi and Hitler there’s more discussion about Hitler’s rise to power situated in the 1930s rather than his turning point in the 1920s.


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 1st-7th, 2017.

1.) An Argument from Truth

2.) Philosophical Apologetics

3.) Jason Lisle’s Nuclear Strength Apologetics Lectures at Heritage Grace Community Church

4.) Apologetic Dialogue

5.) Huns and Canaanites

6.) Tom Chantry misrepresentation: John Frame’s epistemological approach as amounting to relativism?

7.) January 2017 Ministry Update: Frontline Apologetics


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

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Jason Lisle is a Christian apologist who has a PhD in Astrophyics.  He is active in teaching apologetics at the level of worldview and specifically Presuppositional apologetics.

During the month of January 2017 Dr. Lisle taught a four part series for Heritage Grace Community Church titled “Nuclear Strength Apologetics.”

The audios for those teachings have been made available online!


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Kind of slow to getting to the blog after a long week of unusual amount of ministry.

I’ve been meaning to respond to a certain Tom Chantry who has made some accusation against theologian John Frame.  A few months ago someone attending Westminister Seminary at Escondido sent me a link to Chantry’s blog attacking theologian John Frame titled “Re-Framing Reformed Baptist Doctrine.”  I have seen this link go around elsewhere on facebook.  (The post and blog has since been made private).  Now personally I don’t get riled up when Christians disagree, so long as it is done charitably.  But I thought the post was rather off the mark by a long shot; it was as if Chantry had an ax to grind.

One of the troubling claim Chantry made was the relativism of John Frame’s theological method.  Chantry’s claim of relativism and subjectivism goes together.  In this post I want to document Chantry’s claim and also demonstrate that’s not case from looking at John Frame’s own words.


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Is justification by faith taught in the Jewish Scripture (Old Testament)?  Or was it something the New Testament invented?

I believe that justification by faith is taught in the Old Testament.

Next week we will be doing a series showing how the Old Testament does teach justification by faith.  We are going do so by looking at the argument set forth by Paul in Romans 4 but we are going to do so with a focus on what verses he employs and its context and how he goes about with his argument.  I hope it would be an series that will bless God’s people and be at awe more of God’s grace.

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Since Thursday I have been more busy than usual with ministry (visitations, denominational meeting and teachings).  That slowed down my internet presence the last few days.

But I want to write a post thanking the Lord for all he’s doing through the blog and also to thank all of you guys for reading, commenting, reblogging and sharing things from this blog with others.


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This is a video by Global Frontiers Missions titled “State of the World / The Task Remaining.”

It is an insightful video concerning the task of missions.

It made me have a burden not only for the lost but specifically for in countries that require creative access to those countries and areas to reach the lost.

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