Archive for March, 2018

For today’s post we will tackle a Bible difficulty the Skeptic Annotated Bible mocked from Judges 11:29-40.  This is a passage on Jephthah’s foolish vow that resulted in harm against his daughter.

Here’s what the Skeptic Annotated Bible have to say:

When “the spirit of the Lord” comes upon Jephthah, he makes a deal with God: If God will help him kill the Ammonites, then he (Jephthah) will offer to God as a burnt offering whatever comes out of his house to greet him. God keeps his end of the deal by providing Jephthah with “a very great slaughter.” But when Jephthah returns, his nameless daughter comes out to greet him (who’d he expect, his wife?). Well, a deal’s a deal, so he delivers her to God as a burnt offering — after letting her spend a couple of months going up and down on the mountains bewailing her virginity.

Here’s the actual Bible passage:

29 Now the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah, so that he passed through Gilead and Manasseh; then he passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from Mizpah of Gilead he went on to the sons of Ammon.30 Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If You will indeed give the sons of Ammon into my hand, 31 then it shall be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the sons of Ammon, it shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” 32 So Jephthah crossed over to the sons of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord gave them into his hand. 33 He struck them with a very great slaughter from Aroer [j]to the entrance of Minnith, twenty cities, and as far as Abel-keramim. So the sons of Ammon were subdued before the sons of Israel.

34 When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him with tambourines and with dancing. Now she was his one and only child; besides her he had no son or daughter.35 When he saw her, he tore his clothes and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those who trouble me; for I have [k]given my word to the Lord, and I cannot take it back.”36 So she said to him, “My father, you have [l]given your word to the Lord; do to me [m]as you have said, since the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the sons of Ammon.” 37 She said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, that I may [n]go to the mountains and weep because of my virginity, I and my companions.”38 Then he said, “Go.” So he sent her away for two months; and she left with her companions, and wept on the mountains because of her virginity. 39 At the end of two months she returned to her father, who did to her according to the vow which he had made; and she [o]had no relations with a man. Thus it became a custom in Israel, 40 that the daughters of Israel went yearly to [p]commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year. (Judges 11:29-40)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look:



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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

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

The questions in this post will be for chapter 8 of the book.  Each question is followed by page numbers in parenthesis where the answer can be found.


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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 15th-21st, 2018.  Enjoy!

1.) Reasons Christianity Alone is True

2.) Why the University of Miami’s Chair for Atheism Confirms the Existence of God

3.) Why Apologists Should Read Biblical Counseling Books

4.) No, We Do Not Need to Own Hitler

5.) Mormonism: Real Christianity?

6.) How to Honor Christ in our Apologetics

7.) Carrier’s allegorical method

8.) Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Turning Point in Truth – Part 2


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


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I saw someone on social media ask about examples of how using a Bible atlas is helpful.  I thought I give some quick examples.  I think knowledge of biblical geography is helpful and generally makes things “become alive” for Bible expositors and apologists.  Here are some specific examples:


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I experienced some technical issues with my “God’s Creation of Sea Creatures” Home School teaching series for ages 4-5 in which I lost electronically my lesson on the Stingray.  I’m rather sad to see that I lost it since I accidently cut and paste the wrong thing over it.  I don’t know if I’m going to reconstruct the original lesson as they take some time for me to write out and plan as lessons.  For now for this Wednesday I’ll post a series from the blog “Biblical Beginnings” that explores the Molecular Machines Within Our Bodies.  This were part of a series she did to teach her own child so its right up my alley with homeschooling young ones.


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This work comes out today!  Thanks to DC Comics for the advance review copy!

Scott Snyder. All Star Batman Volume 3: The First Ally. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, March 20th 2018. 176 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is volume three of “All-Star Batman” that is a part of DC Comics’ recent “rebirth” reboot.  I enjoyed the storyline for this present work more than the previous two volumes.  It seems the “All-Star Batman” is more fast-paced than other Batman titles which can have its strength and weaknesses but being bored won’t be one of them.  But in volume three the timing was right in my opinion along with a great reoccurring theme and human interest’s angle.  The artwork is great as well.  I give this a rating of five out of five.


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15 Year Anniversary: Iraq War

This is not a political post.  It just occurred to me that today is the 15th year anniversary of the start of the invasion of the Iraq War.

Of course 15 years later American troops are still there but with different rules of engagement.

I myself was in Iraq starting in April 2003.  Can’t believe it was 15 years ago.  Later in my time with the Marines I served with some of the Marines who entered Iraq in the invasion on that date (if not earlier!).  So much has changed since 2003 and the early to mid 2000s.  I’m at a different place than back then.  I love the Marines that I have served with and because of my love for Jesus I hope they and many others who serve would also come to know the saving power of Jesus personally in their lives.

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