Archive for February, 2020

A weekend reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  Well, this book might be a bit heavy, but next weekend I will schedule something of a lighter leisure reading!

Robert D. Kaplan. The Return of Marco Polo’s World.  New York, NY: Random House, March 6th 2018. 304 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read a geopolitical book that looks at various dimensions and challenges in Eurasia from China, the Middle East, Iran and the steepe?  If so this book might be for you.  The author is a bestselling author on foreign policies and travel, a political risk consultant, former visiting professor at the Naval Academy (2006-2008) and journalist.   Readers don’t have to agree with everything he has to say and still walk away learning a lot and being challenged in a good way in thinking about international relations.


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Here are Presuppositional Apologetics’ links gathered between February 22nd-29th, 2020.  Enjoy!

1.) Interacting with Ligonier’s “Christianity and Van Tillianism” (Part 5)

2.) Bible Contradiction? Did Jesus ask God to save him from crucifixion?

3.) Another Round of the Thomist Rumor Mill against Van Til: Keith A. Mathison’s “Christianity and Van Tillianism”

4.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 60 – Finding Truth – How Nietzsche Wins – Part 1

5.) Inerrancy and evidentialism

6.) If Something Can Come from Nothing Can Anything be Wrong?

7.)Partial Arts and Hate Bait

8.) How To Identify How A Worldview Dehumanizes People – Truth Finders

9.) Babylon Bee: The Science On Climate Change Is Settled,’ Says Man Who Does Not Believe The Settled Science On Gender, Unborn Babies, Economics


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend  or that of another reblog  and a repost here.

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I think this is a very important sermon for those who married.


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Earlier during the month I wrote a post “.”   I had an interesting troll in the comments who claimed to be a Christian fighting against other Christians for “intolerance.”  I responded in a post here: .

Seems like the story with this troll has a more bizzare turn that I’m going to expose.


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For this week’s “Wee-kids” Wednesdays here’s a review of a Christian children’s book.

Jared Kennedy.  Jesus Rose for Me.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, March 2nd 2020. 24 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Are you looking for a children’s book on the last week of Jesus?  This new book published by New Growth Press might be a book you want to get!  It is meant for children ages three to seven.  I read this aloud to my daughters and they loved it.


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Purpose: In this lesson shall explore five points that would help us better understand the atonement that Christ made to save us from our sins so that we would worship Him and love Him more.

  1. What is the meaning of atonement?
  2. Christ saves us by his death
  3. Christ died as our substitute
  4. What motivated God to plan the Atonement?
  5. Seven fruits of Christ’s Atonement


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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus ask God to save him from crucifixion?

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


Then Jesus *came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and *said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. 38 Then He *said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” 39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40 And He *came to the disciples and *found them sleeping, and *said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”” (Matthew 26:36-42)

And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might [a]pass Him by. 36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:35-36)

And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:41-42)


Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” (John 12:27)

(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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