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As I’m going over this with a group of guys from my church I thought the following questions might be helpful for individuals and small groups to facilitate discussions and learning based upon 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.

For discussion questions for previous chapters click on the following:

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

The questions in this post will be for chapter 5 of the book.  Each question is followed by page numbers in parenthesis where the answer can be found.

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Guillermo González and Jay W. Richards. Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In the opening of this work the book noted that the three terms in the title is quite controversial today.  Both authors Guillermo González and Jay W. Richards has written this helpful booklet to help navigate through the issue of God’s creation and evolution.  Both men are aware that they are a lot of heat than light with the subject and they have written in a gracious and informed matter.

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One of the news I read this morning is “Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It.”

I have been seeing the last few days the Left being up in arms against Roy Moore.  I saw some friends on social media rant against Republicans concerning that.  But the latest news reveal its not just Republicans and we should recall that there are also Democrats as well: Al Franken, Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, etc.

These days it seems like every day there’s news of someone groping someone in the past.  It is hard to keep track of it.  For instance I was surprised to read Tom’s blog post, “Paragons of virtue?” where I learn that George H.W. Bush also have several women come forth with accusations.

My point is not partisan politics.  The point I want to make is spiritual.

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I thought I share my lesson plan for a series I’m doing where I’m teaching my daughters life science and also the wonder of God’s creation.  This is for kids ages 4-5.

Lesson 1: Introduction

Purpose: Introduction to Caterpillars for the following lessons.

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

1.) Silly Arguments from Atheists and Numerous Proofs for God

2.) Zondervan Video: Why Believe in God Despite Evil in the World? by Scott Oliphint

3.) Darwin Spectacles and Irrational Thinking

4.) Church Shooter Devin Patrick Kelley and Social Media Atheists

5.) Proof and Evidence Doesn’t Convince Some Rigid Atheists: Ho Hum

6.) C.S. Lewis’s Transcendental Argument for God

7.) Street Epistemology

8.) The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (b)

9.) Video: Atheism Can’t Account for This! by John Lennox

 

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Dr. K. Scott Oliphint is the professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.

The Christian publisher Zondervan has loaded up a 23 minute clip featuring Dr. Oliphint speaking on the topic of the topic of evil titled, “Know Why You Believe: Why Believe in God Despite Evil in the World?”

Here’s the video:

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Jared Kennedy.  The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, November 13th, 2017. 272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

My kids and I really enjoyed this book.  As the title and the cover of the book suggests this is a book with Bible stories for little children and is meant for kids between the age range of three to seven which is exactly the age range of my children.

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Yesterday on Veteran’s Day was the funeral for those killed from last week’s tragic church shooting.  There’s a Washington Times’ article titled “Devin Patrick Kelley: An anti-Christian, atheist ‘outcast’” that talks about his atheism and anti-Christian activities on social media.

I noticed the double standard among some atheists and their rhetoric online when it comes to this tragedy:

 

 

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A Veteran’s Day weekend book review.

James Wright. Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War.  New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, April 4, 2017. 464 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I read this book as a son of a refugee of the Vietnam War and also a Marine veteran of post-Vietnam military conflict.  Although I have read some individual biographies and accounts of the Vietnam War this is probably the first work I read in which looks at the bigger picture of the conflict such as evaluating the generation that fought in Vietnam, an evaluation of the political landscape and decisions of policy makers, the anti-war sentiments and the experiences of the guys doing combat operations.  The author James Wright did a good job of weaving veteran’s stories, statistics, and social discussions and offered to the readers a larger picture of the political narrative.  Being an academic historian, former Marine officer and an avid advocates for veterans puts him in a unique place to write this work.

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

Here are the links to the series:

For part 1 click here

For part 2 click here

For part 3 click here

For part 4 click here

For part 5 click here

For part 6 click here

For part 7 click here

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Some of you know that I’m a former Marine.  Since today is the Marine Corps Birthday I thought it is appropriate to share my weekend review of a story involving an incredible Marine that is part of the Marine Corps cherished heritage.

John Grider Miller. The Bridge At Dong Ha.  Annapolis, Maryland: U.S. Naval Institute Press, March 15th 1989. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book tells the story of the Marine legend John W. Ripley.  I have heard the name “Ripley” before as a Marine, and some vague summary of him blowing up a bridge to stop invading North Vietnamese communist forces during the last years of the Vietnam War.  Recently I saw something on facebook about Ripley that sparked my interests to read more about Ripley and this book was what I picked up to learn more about Ripley and the famous incident with the bridge at Dong Ha.  It was a treat for me to read this book.  I was blown away (pun intended) with what Ripley accomplished against overwhelming odds.  His story is one of courage, commitment and mission above self.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Can the devil capture us at will?

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

Yes

“and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)

No

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

(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 November 1st-7th, 2017.

1.) Reasons Behind the Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

2.) A Primer on Presuppositional Apologetics by Sonny Hernandez

3.) Answering The Euthyphro Dilemma with C.S. Lewis and Cornelius Van Til

4.) A Thomistic Transcendental Argument that Needs Van Til

5.) Resource: Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief Kindle Edition, by John Frame

6.) Sye Ten Bruggencate, J.P. Moreland, John Frame, James Anderson: Their Work

7.) The Christian Worldview (1): Introduction

 

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Had a long weekend with ministry.  Took Monday off to be with family, both my immediate and also one of my sibling and her immedate family.  I know I blogged a while back for the Case for Pastors Being Off on Tuesdays but this Monday I was glad I got Monday off instead of Tuesday.

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Shona Murray and David P. Murray. Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31, 2017.  208 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In a world in which people have been overly busy and emotionally and physically burned out both author David Murray and his wife Shona Murray has written a helpful Christian book to address the problem.  This book provides preventive measures with practical wisdom and also spiritual resources from the Christian faith to deal with the issue.  The book’s main purpose is to teach readers what does a grace pace life looks like. Early in the book it points out that we need five “wells” of God’s grace: motivating grace, moderating grace, multiplying grace, releasing grace and receiving grace.  The rest of the book unpack what these five aspect of God’s grace means.  I got this book largely because I have benefited from the teaching ministry of David Murray and his practical insights which have been helpful from some of the online audios and lectures I have listened to.  This book I read lived up to my expectation.

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