Archive for February, 2018

For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our .

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus ascend from Bethany or Mount Olivet?

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

Jesus ascended from Bethany.

“And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.” (Luke 24:50-51)

Jesus ascended from Mount Olivet.

“And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.” (Acts 1:9, 12)

(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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First off before I share my review I want to welcome all those who have recently found our blog on Monergism.com.  We are a blog that is intent on covering apologetics, Christian worldview and theology with posts on book reviews, resources and our own written content.  Feel free to subscribe and bookmark our page for daily posts!

Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. The Deliberate Church.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 9th 2005.  221 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Both authors Mark Dever and Paul Alexander have written a helpful book for pastors and church leaders on doing church ministry according to the Bible and centered on the Gospel.  As the book states on page 28, “The Gospel alone shapes and evaluate must both shape and evaluate any ministry method we use.”  This is a great antidote to the seeker sensitive church method or other marketing gimmick that is driven more by man-centered pragmatisms instead of the Word of God.  I love how this book is both biblical and practical since I believe there is a real need of resources on practical ecclesiology (doctrine of the church).  Too often one find two kinds of extreme: practical works without it being biblical or biblical works on the church without a deeper practical picture of what does it look like.  Dever and Alexander writes from being biblically informed and years of wisdom and experience which through their 9 Marks ministry have greatly helped many other local churches including the one I minister at.


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Note: This is the fifth installment of a seven part series we will feature on Sunday on the important topic of a Christian Theology of Health by Dr. Joshua Trock.  His Twitter account can be found here.


Glorifying God with Our Health 

By Dr Joshua Trock 


Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” Colossians 3:23-24 


Sometimes in our Christian walk we find ourselves separating our lives into different spheres. In one realm we have the sacred. We have our church time, our Bible study time, our prayer time, our set apart times for evangelical events or ministry. Then, in another realm, we have our secular engagements. This would be our jobs, our eating, our exercise, our hobbies, our menial tasks that we indulge in because they give us enjoyment or they are just a necessary part of life. Yet, I would like to propose to you today, there are no separate spheres in our life. There is only one mode that we operate in as blood bought sons and daughters of Christ and that we should always, in all things and in all ways, glorify God in EVERYTHING that we do. So if this is indeed true and we have this calling on our lives to interweave our worship of God in the grand tasks and the seemingly pointless, how do we accomplish this? How do we glorify God better with our jobs or hobbies or, as my main point in this series has been, our health? My goal today is to help you better understand these questions and develop a robust biblical framework to practically living out the Glorification of God in all aspects of your life.  


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A weekend nonfiction reading review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

John Pomfret.  The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. New York, NY: Henry  Holt and Company, November 29th 2016. 704 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an incredible work on the relationship between the United States and China.  It is a very fascinating read from the first chapter to the last.  When one thinks about the United States and China even at the surface one realizes that the two countries are very different: on the one hand one is a new country and on the other hand the other is an ancient kingdom that have existed for thousands of years.  On the other hand one country represents the modern West while the other represents Asia.  Nevertheless the amount of intersection and interaction between the countries is incredible and have shaped the two country in crucial ways more than most people realize.  Despite the differences the people from both countries have historically been fascinated with each other while also being fearful and misunderstanding each other.


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Nearly five years ago I refuted a frequent Muslim argument that the Bible in Deuteronomy 18 is a prediction about Muhammad. I looked specifically at the argument as it was presented in A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam.

Among other things the booklet asserted concerning Deuteronomy 18 that:

So, this prophecy refers to Muhammad and not to Jesus, because Muhammad is more like Moses than Jesus.” (Page 34)

I followed up with a second post in which I further established the Christian claim that Deuteronomy 18 is not a prediction about Muhammad since it is instead a predication about Jesus Christ. I did this by noting the parallel between the account of Moses in Exodus with the account of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.  In our current post I want to further reinforce my point that the Bible in the New Testament presents Jesus as the parallel “New Moses” by looking at further parallels from the first few chapters of the book of Mark.  Readers might want to start with the first two posts I have linked before proceeding onward in order to get the maximum force of the argument.

After reading this ask yourself this question: Doesn’t biblical Messianic prophecies and Messianic typology make you more certain in your faith with the truth of Christianity and also increase your awe with the glory of God manifested through Jesus Christ?


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As a Pastor I’m always ministering to people in trials.  Sometimes it seems like the Lord is not answering prayers the way we want it to be resolved which leaves one wondering if God is working.

A recent thought came to mind that I wanted to write and spell out.


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 8th-14th, 2018.

1.) New Presuppositional Apologetics Books

2.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #46: Refuting Presuppositions and Handling ISIS Drones


4.) Genetic Tampering, Ethics, and Evolution

5.) Even Doubt Requires God’s Existence

6.) Discussion Guide: The Ultimate Proof of Creation Chapter 6

7.) Cornelius Van Til Sale

8.) Here I opened wide the door, darkness there and nothing more

9.) Book Review: Christian Theistic Evidences by Cornelius Van Til


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

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