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Archive for December, 2018

Here are the links gathered from the Internet between December 8th-14th, 2018 concerning the topic of Presuppositional apologetics.

(While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2018 since we are in the month of December)

 

1.) Fascinating New Evidence for the Gospels via Richard Bauckham 2) Proof for God; 3) Atheism is Impossible

2.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #50: Messianic Prophecy And A Red Carpet Premiere

3.) Reproduction machines

4.) David Bahnsen on Greg Bahnsen

5.) Gerrymandering naturalism

6.) FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 245 Carl Frederick Featured artist is John Baldessari

7.) Want to Give a Book for Christmas? Here’s My Top Ten List for Books on the Authority of Scripture

 

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

 

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I am reviewing this book for this weekend’s leisure reading review (because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!) which I also recommend if you are looking for a gift to purchase for someone who loves history.

 

Christian Di Spigna. Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero.  New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, August 14th 2018. 336 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book exceeded my expectation.  At first I wasn’t sure who Joseph Warren was and why should I even read this book.  As the book stated many times it’s unfortunate that people haven’t understood the contribution of Joseph Warren with the independence of America.  His legacy has been overshadowed by other founding fathers such as George Washington, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin largely because of Joseph Warren’s early and untimely death at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  Yet Warren was an important figure with the American independence more than most people today realized, even among those who are interested in things with the War of Independence since those that know something about Warren often know him only as a soldier who died in Bunker Hill (others who are even more knowledgeable will know he was the one who worked with Paul Revere during that famous “The Redcoats are coming!” event).  This book is rather overdue in narrating the contribution of Joseph Warren to America’s independence.  The author should be commended for doing a good job of maximizing the limited primary resources and also for using new primary sources to give us a better picture of the man Joseph Warren.  The challenges of finding primary sources is very real since Warren as a spy master destroyed many of his writings and also because when he passed away many of his belongings were broken or stolen.  So kudos to the author Christian Di Spigna for his research!

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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: Where did John baptize?

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

In the Jordan River

Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; 6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.” (Matthew 3:4-6)

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

In Bethabara, beyond the Jordan

These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” (John 1:28)

(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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Brad S. Gregory. The History Of Christianity In The Reformation Era. Chantilly, VA: The Teaching Company, July 8, 2013. 18 hours, 47 minutes, 6 seconds.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an audio history lecture produced by The Teaching Company.  It is the second set that I listened to from them.  I got this product largely due to the positive experience with my first lecture series on the topic of ancient warfare.  This present lecture series is on the history of Christianity during the era of the Reformation.  I was more impressed with this lecture series than the first one I listened to and I am looking forward to enjoying more products from this company since they have done a good job picking qualified scholars and experts on the subjects being taught.

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In another internet forum someone asked the hypothetical question of “What three Biblical books best encapsulates the message of the Bible?”

Now of course we can’t make the all the books in the Bible forced into three books; there’s a sense we can do injustice to the richness of God’s revelations in terms of each book being a masterpiece of literature, doctrinal gold, etc.  But I thought it was still good exercise since it makes me think about what three books I should eventually preach and teach through as a Pastor over the course of decades of ministry in order to best capture the main thrust of all of Scripture.

Here’s my answer which was expanded from my original comment:

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Susan Lutz. Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 1st 2002. 22 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This biblical counseling booklet addresses the issue of being thankful.  Specifically it addresses the need to be thankful to God even when there is life difficulties.  The booklet is part of a series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing and this was one of the earlier volumes.  Like other booklets in this series this was helpful.  Personally I have used this particular title for own edification, for counseling as a Pastor, for a devotional with my wife and also I’m planning on reading it together with one of our church’s small group.

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Finally after months since our last Christian homeschool lessons we are back to sharing teaching outlines every week on Wednesday again!

This is a four part Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on plants that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Lesson 1: What is a Plant?

Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of plants.

 

Book(s) read:

David Burnie’s Plant.

Other tools:

Paper

Pencil

Crayons

A picture of a plant (including leaves, flower and root)

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn general knowledge about what is a plant.
  2. Learn the vocabulary concerning plants.
  3. Illustrate what is learned in this lesson about plants.
  4. Learn a spiritual lesson concerning God’s creation of plants.

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