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A few days an old man died.  An old man who was in his 90s who was born in the 1920s.  The world noticed.  His name was Hugh Hefner; just saying his name most people would know who he was and what he stood for.

This same month another man also died.  He too was a man born in the 1920s.  Most people in the world would not know who he was or what he was about.  His name was Robert Thomas, a New Testament scholar and professor who for decades taught Greek, heremeneutics, exegesis and New Testament theology.

Two men so close in age yet two men who were worlds apart.

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A fun meme:

We have been posting various posts related to the Reformation already in light of the upcoming 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther hammered his 95 Thesis.  More posts will be coming soon on our blog ranging from book reviews, lectures and studies, etc.  May they be a blessing to God’s people!

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A weekend comic reading review…because Pastors sometimes need a break from heavy theological reading.

Ed Brubaker.  Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 16th 2008. 240 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the first volume in the Gotham Central series put out by DC Comics.  It tells the story of Gotham city’s detectives in their police department’s major crimes unit.  Gotham of course is the fictional city in the world of Batman.  But this is not primarily a story about Batman and while Batman does make his appearance this is primarily about the story of the cops and detectives in a world where Batman exists along with the villains that Batman fights against.  I love the reversal where Batman and even the villains are on the “side lines” while Gotham police force which often takes a supporting role in most comics are brought front and center.  This is an interesting angle for a graphic novel!

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The following are videos from the Reformation Conference 2017 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on September 14-15, 2017.

The conference include speakers from Kevin DeYoung, David S. Dockery, Timothy George, Michael Haykin, Michael Horton, Tom McCall, David Luy, Scott Manetsch, Ron Rittgers.

The webpage for the event stated the conference purpose: “Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and revisit its message about the value of the Word.”

Here are the videos:

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John Frame. Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thoughts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, September 1st 1995. 463 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

I finally got around to reading and finishing John Frame’s interpretation of Christian apologist and theologian Cornelius Van Til.  This is probably long overdue given how long my interests is with Presuppositional apologetics and also having read so much of Frame’s works daily in my life for the last couple of years.  I must say that I probably appreciated this work in the current place in my life than I would have appreciated it ten years ago.  I do not always agree with John Frame being myself more in line with Greg Bahnsen’s approach towards apologetics but I have always found that even when I disagree with Frame he certainly gives much fuel for thought and as a result with interacting with his writings I have become more nuanced and achieved a better synthesis of what to believe.

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This is part 2 of a series of post on God’s creation of marriage based upon His Word in Genesis 2.

For part 1 click here

For part 2 click here

For this series we will see 6 truths about marriage from Genesis 2 so that Christians who are married would live up to God’s design of marriage today and also for Christians who desire to marry to know what is their future roles in marriage.

Part 1 laid the foundation for the series and here in part three we want to look at the second truth we gleam from Genesis 2.

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As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation I thought it would be timely to also share this book review of a biography of an important Reformed preacher in Protestant history: George Whitefield.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Many years ago I heard John MacArthur say that when he’s on vacation he often read an encouraging Christian biography.  I started reading this biography on the famous George Whitefield while on a short family vacation and I’m glad I read it since it was encouraging and spiritually edifying.  This book is part of “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series published by Reformation Trust Publishing and like the other two works in this series that I read this particular volume did not disappoint.

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