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Nancy Guthrie. Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, August 1st, 2008.  152 pp.

5 out of 5

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I’m typically not a fan of devotional books but after being impressed with the editor’s previous book titled Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas I actually looked forward to reading this book.  The editor Nancy Guthrie did an excellent job compiling great writings for Christian meditations concerning Christ’s death and the cross.

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Have you ever heard of the “Scarlet Thread through the Bible?”  Its the idea that the theme of the blood of Christ runs through the entire Bible including the Old Testament.  Studying Scripture and its typology is beautiful and boosts one’s faith in the Word of God.  The famous preacher W.A. Crisswell has preached a famous sermon with the same title which has been also made into a book that’s available for free on PDF if you click HERE.

My mother in Law shared with me over email about the scarlet thread throughout the Bible and it got me thinking.  Have you ever realized there is a scarlet thread through soteriology (the doctrines of salvation)?

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A break from heavy theological posts!  I want to thank DC comics for this advance review copy.

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 18th, 2017. 168 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is volume two of the new Batman series in the DC rebirth series.  It picks up where volume one left off in which Gotham Girl is need of help; specifically in order for Batman to help her he needs to find Psycho-Pirate to restore her mental state.  But for Batman to get Psycho-Pirate this requires Batman to go on an adventure outside of Gotham.

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A bit of a delay in posting this installment of the round up of Presuppositional apologetics’ links given our series last week.  Here it is!

Here are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered between April 8th-14th, 2017.

1.) Cornelius Van Til Quote on Circular Reasoning?

2.) A Conservative Evangelical Response to Molly Worthen’s “The Evangelical Roots of our Post-Truth Society”

3.) A Lesson Learned

4.) A Selection of Presuppositional Arguments

5.) Removing the roof


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend
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What a long week last week has been for me!  It was busy both on our blog and offline with ministry in light of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.  As readers will notice this past week we dealt with various attacks by skeptics concerning the final week of Jesus.

As a bit of a break this Sunday evening I read and reviewed a Christian children story that’s appropriate for this Resurrection Sunday which I imagine some of you would appreciate.

R.C. Sproul. The Donkey Who Carried a King.  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, February 17th, 2012. 48 pp.

4 out of 5

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I have previously enjoyed the author’s Christian children’s book titled The Priest with Dirty Clothes.  Written by Christian theologian R.C. Sproul, I appreciated that this book was biblically solid and yet enjoyable for young ones.  My three little girls who are all pre-school age also enjoyed this book when I read it aloud to them.

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This year I tried to crank out more posts resolving Bible contradictions.  In a previous post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Resurrection Sunday 2017 I have looked at 13 Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life.  These posts are arranged below in chronological order:

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I’ll be involved for most of Saturday with a church evangelistic outreach in light of upcoming Resurrection Sunday.  If the Lord leads you, pray for us.  I’ll be posting more later for our week’s series on answering critics concerning the final week of Jesus.

For now here’s some Messianic prophecies as presented by Dr. Phil Fernandes.

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Reza Aslan is not without controversy.  You might have heard about him a few months ago when Reza Aslan outraged Hindus by eating human brains on CNN while he was visiting a group of cannibals.  Today I’m going to examine more carefully at Reza Aslan’s reasons that he believe that Jesus before Pilate is a fabrication.  In 2013 he wrote a book titled “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” in which he has an extended discussion of why he thinks the Gospels’ account of Jesus before Pilate was a fabrication.  This discussion took place in chapter twelve of the book.

In this post I want to look first at his credentials, then examine one of the fallacious reasoning in his argument.  In my next post I will look at more problems with his reasoning.

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Last month Shepherd’s Conference released the audios from this incredible conference.  In light of Good Friday and also our series of posts this week concerning apologetics and the last week of Jesus I thought I share the audios from that conference pertaining to Messianic prophecies.

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We continue our week’s series on skeptics’ attack on the details of the final week of Jesus.  If you have benefited from these posts drop us a comment to let us know!

For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Jesus taken to Caiaphas or Annas first?

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

Caiaphas

Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. ” (Matthew 26:57)

They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes *gathered together. ” (Mark 14:53)

Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance.” (Luke 22:54)

Annas

and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. ” (John 18:13)

(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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On the one hand I appreciate that atheist and skeptic Bart Ehrman has written a book that argues for the historical existence of Jesus.  On the other hand the book is not without its problems.

Here are all our posts that exposes the fallacious reasoning in Ehrman’s book.

Bart Ehrman On Critics’ Alleged Mutually Exclusive Claims

Bart Ehrman’s Schizophrenic Misrepresentation of Fundamentalists’ view of Inspiration and Bible’s Historicity

Bart Ehrman’s Fallacious Argument from Silence in his book, “Did Jesus Exist?”

Bart Ehrman’s Claim: Jews didn’t deny other gods’ existence?

Bart Ehrman Questioning the Historicity of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry Part 1

Bart Ehrman Questioning the Historicity of Jesus’ Triumphant Entry Part 2

 

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We continue our week’s series on skeptics’ attack on the details of the final week of Jesus.  For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Judas identify Jesus with a kiss?

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

Yes.

While He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a large crowd with swords and clubs, who came from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48 Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.” 49 Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.” (Matthew 26:47-49)

 Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, *came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. 44 Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard.” 45 After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, “Rabbi!” and kissed Him.” (Mark 14:43-45)

While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:47-48)

No, Jesus identified Himself.

Judas then, having received the Roman [d]cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, *came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?”They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” (John 18:3-5)

(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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Note: Long overdue!  This is part two of our critique of atheist and skeptic Bart Ehrman’s attack on Jesus’ so called “Triumphant entry” into Jerusalem as found in Ehrman’s book Did Jesus Exist?  I’m four years late but I suppose it is better late than never.  I begin first with a presentation of Ehrman’s views which is followed by part two of my response.

 I. BART EHRMAN’S VIEW 

Ehrman’s rejects the historicity of Jesus’ so called Triumphant entry into Jerusalem that happened on “Palm Sunday”  during the final week of His life.

Bart Ehrman succinctly stated the argument for his conclusion on page 293:

Conversely, the likelihood of Jesus entering into Jerusalem straddling two donkeys and with the crowd shouting out that he was the messiah is decreased by the circumstance that had such an event really happened (unlikely as it is on its own terms), Jesus would no doubt have been arrested by the authorities on the spot instead of a week later.” (293)

And with a bit more extended comment Ehrman stated earlier on page 202:

If it is true that the crowds were shouting that Jesus was the messiah now arriving in the holy city, why didn’t the authorities immediately take notice and have him arrested both for causing a disturbance and for claiming to be the Jewish king (when only Rome could appoint the king)?  Instead, according to Matthew and the other Gospels, Jesus spent an unmoltested week in Jerusalem and only then was arrested and put on trial.  But it defies belief that the Roman authorities who were in town precisely in order to prevent any mob actions or uprisings would have failed to intervene if the crowds shouted in acclamation for a new ruler arriving in town” (202).

Ehrman’s argument is essentially that he can’t believe it took a full week after Jesus entered into Jerusalem in a Messianic fashion (with it’s political implication) before He was finally arrested and put on trial.  Ehrman’s reasoning is not without it’s problem.  One can group the problems into two basic categories: (1) Ehrman has not properly handled the Biblical data in his argument against the historicity of Jesus’ “Triumphant entry” and also (2) his argument that  in light of historical parallels.  We have already looked at the first set of problems in part one.  If you have not already done so, you might want to read part one first, which demonstrated that Ehrman has not properly handle the Biblical data.  Here in this post we will consider historical parallels of other Messianic figures as a rebuttal to his argument.

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This is part of a series of posts this week in which we will look at some of the attacks by critics concerning the final week of Jesus.

Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “On what did Jesus ride into Jerusalem?”

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

On an ass and a colt.

“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold your King is coming to you, Gentle, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’” 6 The disciples went and did just as Jesus had instructed them, 7 and brought the donkey and the colt, and laid their coats on them; and He sat on the coats. (Matthew 21:5-7)

On a colt.

They *brought the colt to Jesus and put their coats on it; and He sat on it. (Mark 11:7)

They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. (Luke 19:35)

On a young ass.

Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written. (John 12:14)

(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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The Bible has four books dedicated to describing Jesus’ earthly life and ministry.  As anyone familiar with the Bible would know, these books are the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

What’s amazing is how much the Gospels focus on the last week of Jesus’ final week.  A third of the Gospels is devoted to it.  Here’s the breakdown and statistics from chapter one of Andy Naselli’s new book How to Understand and Apply the New Testament:

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