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This is a light heart post.

I’ve been thinking about relationship and courtship recently given my upcoming trip would include teaching about the biblical view of courtship but I’ll be doing this in a culture where match making and arrange marriage is not unusual.

For the longest time I thought I was a matchmaker.  But recently I discovered I wasn’t a matchmaker.  Not by the standard in other countries where Pastors and parents really are match maker.  I soon discovered I was more of what some people call a “Wingman.”

I just learned this term last month: Wingman.

What is a wingman?

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Here’s a 722 page book edited by Norman Geisler and David Farnell.

This is the book’s description:

THE MOST SHOCKING EXPOSÉ OF THE MASSIVE EROSION OF THE DOCTRINE OF INERRANCY IN THE EVANGELICAL CAMP SINCE BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE (1978)!
This work examines the historical and philosophical strengths and/or weaknesses of current evangelical approaches espousing some forms of post-modernistic historiography and its resultant search for the “historical Jesus.” It demonstrates the marked undermining impact these efforts have had on the biblical text, especially the Gospels, as well as inerrancy issues. It compares the Jesus Seminar’s approach with current evangelical practices of searching in terms of their evidential apologetic impact on the trustworthiness of the Gospels. A number of well-known, contemporary evangelical scholars are involved in the so-called “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus. This book raises serious questions about such an endeavor.

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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: Was Zechariah Iddo’s son or grandson?

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

Zechariah was Iddo’s son.

When the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them,” (Ezra 5:1)

And the elders of the Jews were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” (Ezra 6:14)

Zechariah was Iddo’s grandson.

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo saying,” (Zechariah 1:1)

(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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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading here and here many months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Colossians 2:3-4.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 3 [CR ἐν ᾧ CR] εἰσιν πάντες οἱ θησαυροὶ τῆς σοφίας καὶ γνώσεως
In whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge

ἀπόκρυφοι”
hidden

“SENTENCE 4 [TP Τοῦτο TP] λέγω ἵνα μηδεὶς ὑμᾶς παραλογίζηται ἐν πιθανολογίᾳ”
I say this in order that no one would deceive you in persuasive reasoning

Here are some observations:

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I’m posting this review after my discussion with Lee Duigon in his post ‘Behold the Power’ (2016) in which we were talking about John MacArthur’s insight into the Parables in the Gospels.  As a result of that discussion I was looking for my review of MacArthur’s book A Tale of Two Sons and realized that though I read the book in 2011 I didn’t post it here before!  So here it is, with an updated and expanded review!

John MacArthur. A Tale of Two Sons by John F. MacArthur Jr..  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, April 1st 2008.  221 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an excellent book by Pastor and Teacher John MacArthur.  Here in this book MacArthur gives meticulous care to the details in Jesus’ famous parable of what is often called the Prodigal Son.  MacArthur’s exposition brings out insights from the text, the context and cultural background, this is par excellence of what expository preaching should look like though this is in book form.

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

1.) Beyond cage stage: Beware of being a Nurmagomedov rage phase Calvinist/Apologist

2.) Evidence for Moses and the Book of Exodus

3.) The Biblical Worldview Against All Others – Dr. Paul Henebury

4.) Analysis of Rachel Held Evan’s Book “Inspired” (9-Part Review)

5.) “How To Witness To Skeptics” from Southern New Jersey Apologetics Conference

6.) Biblical Authority Apologetics

7.) Minnesota @ tOSU Ministry Report – Oct 13, 2018

8.) THE “SPIDERMAN FALLACY” ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIANITY?

 

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

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A few days ago I finished our 9 part series critiquing Rachel Held Evans’ new book Inspired chapter by chapter.  I appreciated Monergism.com has also shared this on their website here.  Thanks to Alf C. for getting me started to review this book.

I thought I have a post to have it all in one place as a table of content for convenience of the readers:

Part 1 click here

Part 2 click here

Part 3 click here

Part 4 click here

Part 5 click here

Part 6 click here

Part 7 click here

Part 8 click here

Part 9 click here

As a bonus here’s also a response to one of her Tweet: Rachel Held Evans: A Biblical Woman will drive a tent peg through your skull?

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