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Archive for July, 2017

This is point 1 of our series on “God created roles for Men from Genesis 2.”  Last time we considered the question of “Why this study?”

This series will be exploring four truths about manhood from Genesis 2:15-18a so that men would live up to God’s design of your identity today.

So what’s point number 1?

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Here’s a wonderful resource that’s worth bookmarking!  The Old Testament professor at The Master’s Seminary has taught in the past on the book of Genesis.  Fortunately for all of us his lectures are online for free!

Here are the videos:

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This is an introduction to our series of posts that we will be doing on “God created roles for Men from Genesis 2.”

To begin with, why this series?

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In several different occasions online I have seen the question asked about recommended Christian children’s book.  This is one that I do highly recommend.

Marty Machowski.  The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, November 1st 2011. 328 pp.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Several people have told me they thought this was one of the best Bible story book for kids.  There are many Children’s Bible and Children’s Bible story books out there so I was skeptical when I first heard it until I discovered that the author told Old and New Testament stories in such a way as to point the readers back to Jesus and the Gospel.  I thought that was what made this book unique among children’s book out there.

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t’s Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is to love those who are hard to love.  How can you preachers and teachers love those who are difficult who are in your ministries and class?

Similar to last week today’s post comes from 2 Timothy 1:7:

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Note: I’m away at the moment preaching at a church retreat.  But here’s this weekend’s nonfiction reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Ben Macintyre. Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain’s Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War.  New York, NY: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 1, 1989. 352 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What a fascinating book on the origin of the British Special Air Service and also its early years during World War Two.  This is the first book on the SAS that I read as an adult.  I remember being a little kid reading a book on elite military units and seeing the glossy pictures of the SAS famous raid on the Iranian embassy in London to rescue hostages from terrorists with SAS commandos dressed in black and armed with MP5s.  Ever since then I have been hungry to know more about these guys and as I got older I discovered that I’m not the only one who remains fascinated with this unit.  This book surely is written because of that public interests of Britain’s most famous unit.

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Here are links gathered from July 8th-14th, 2017 on Presuppositional Apologetics/Presuppositionalism or subject matters that would be of interests to those who are into Presuppositional apologetics.

1.) Atheistic Evolution’s Foundation is Irrational and Based on Blind Faith

2.) Does Calvinism make God the “author of sin”?

3.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #41: Bible Contradiction and the Word “Left”

4.) The Dillahunty Dodge

5.) How to Be a Buddhist in Today’s World or Not

6.) Are You Epistemologically Self-Conscious?

7.)Answering a moral relativist

 

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

 

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What is a man and a woman?

We just wrapped up this series of Bible study posts last week which explored seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman.  We were studying them so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Here are the posts to the seven truths:

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Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., in May 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Yesterday I posted “The Mess: Eugene Peterson’s affirmation of Homosexuality” in which I examined Eugene Peterson’s comments that affirmed same-sex marriage and gay relationship in light of the Scriptures.  It turns out that Eugene Peterson faced such backlashed that he issued a retraction as Christianity Today (more like Christianity Astray) reported.  But the retraction to me brought more concerns than comfort.

Here’s my take on his recent comments.

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In light of yesterday’s post which has stirred in my mind a lot about the compromises being committed by Christian celebrities and leaders, I thought this would be an appropriate witty ditty for Christians to be reminded that true Biblical ethics is not designed to conform to the world nor is it meant to look 100% like the ethics of our culture.

Here’s a witty ditty that hopefully helps you with your memory:

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Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Wash., in May 2009. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Today’s big news in American Evangelicalism is Eugene Peterson’s “changing his mind about same-sex issues and marriage” as the headlines over at Religion News stated it.  Religionnews.com broke the news based upon an interview that Eugene Peterson did with their writer Jonathan Merritt.

Here’s the relevant portion of that interview:

RNS: You are Presbyterian, and your denomination has really been grappling with some of the hot button issues that we face as a culture. I think particularly of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Has your view on that changed over the years? What’s your position on the morality of same-sex relationships?

EP: I haven’t had a lot of experience with it. But I have been in churches when I was an associate pastor where there were several women who were lesbians. They didn’t make a big deal about it. I’d go and visit them and it never came up for them. They just assumed that they were as Christian as everybody else in the church.

In my own congregation — when I left, we had about 500 people — I don’t think we ever really made a big deal out of it. When I left, the minister of music left. She’d been there ever since I had been there. There we were, looking for a new minister of music. One of the young people that had grown up under my pastorship, he was a high school teacher and a musician. When he found out about the opening, he showed up in church one day and stood up and said, “I’d like to apply for the job of music director here, and I’m gay.” We didn’t have any gay people in the whole congregation. Well, some of them weren’t openly gay. But I was so pleased with the congregation. Nobody made any questions about it. And he was a really good musician.

I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do. I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over. People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.

RNS: A follow-up: If you were pastoring today and a gay couple in your church who were Christians of good faith asked you to perform their same-sex wedding ceremony, is that something you would do?

EP: Yes.

As with everything in life for Christians we must be biblical and practice biblical discernment and critical thinking in our evaluation of what people have to say, even if they are a “Christian celebrity” among Evangelicalism.  Here’s my thoughts:

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GO TO PART 40

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to acknowledge that words can have more than one meaning and thus a word used in one context does not mean the same thing in another context.  But if one fail to recognize there are differences of meaning of the word being used in two separate contexts, a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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A later post today because I was trying to finish this review.  Thank you to DC Comics for this advance review copy.  This volume comes out today.

Dan Jurgens.  Batman Beyond, Volume 1: Escaping the Grave. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, July 11th 2017. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a story of the next generation Batman.  It tells the story of a man name Terry who took the place of Batman. This is volume one of Batman Beyond in the New DC “Rebirth” makeover of the DC hero universe and while some of these new Rebirth series has started out with a shaky start I think this is one that was started out solid.

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I think I’m typically gracious in my responses.  But sometimes it seems a little more bite gets the point across (without being unfair).

Here’s a recent comment and my response from this earlier post:

There’s a verse in Proverbs 25:8 that’s worth considering before we jump in an argument on someone else’s blog or other social media venue:

Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you?

There are times one has to disagree and argue (argue in the sense of rational exchange against or for an idea).  But nevertheless do not be hasty and sloppy.

 

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Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. Marriage & the Mystery of the Gospel.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31, 2016.  128 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This is a great book on a biblical theology of marriage.  It is part of Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series.  So far in this series this is my favorite work thus far.  Don’t let the size of this book fool you; it is packed with a lot of insightful gems from Scripture in each page.  I actually spent a longer time reading this book as I was taking notes than some books on marriages that has more pages than this work.  The publisher Crossway definitely picked the right guy to write this volume since the author Raymond Ortlund has previously written an excellent chapter exegetically examining what Genesis has to teach us about marriage for the massive work Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  If you want a beautiful portrait of what a biblical view of marriage is, in its sacredness and dignity, get this book.

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