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Here’s a master’s thesis that Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity has made available titled “The Effect of Ethnic Identity on Biblical Unity in Its Role as an Apologetic.”  I haven’t read the whole thing but I scanned through the table of contents, pages here and there and the conclusion.  I appreciate seeing the writer tackling on key verses related to ethnicity, unity and reconciliation.  I imagine this would be a treat and food for thought for those into apologetics, church unity and a biblical view of ethnicities.  The thesis was written by Caroline Boozer and was completed on May 2019 as part of her completion of her degree in Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (MA).  This topic seems even more important now in our post 2020 world.  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.

Here’s an abstract:

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The meme below is a defense of Timothy Keller by drawing a comparison with Keller to Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921).

There is so much going on in this meme. I won’t be able to speak about everything stated. Nor is this post going to be attacking Timothy Keller though I sometimes feel his tweet on Twitter is too generalized and/or cryptic and they can be understood both by Christians and non-Christians in their own ways and therefore cheered by all. Instead I want to focus on this meme saying these all these claims above can be attributed to Herman Bavinck. My post is narrowly focusing on the claim that Bavinck would see himself as a political liberal. I do have some serious reservation when people invoke someone esteemed to improperly and inaccurately support a partisan political cause. This is true of those who can make Jesus into a rifle owning, card carrying NRA member Republican or the other spectrum where Jesus is portrayed as this beta male Vegan hippy pacifist who drink latte soy milk and is a woke SJW New Age Eastern mysticism guru. While not as egregious still I think Bavinck is being misrepresented for a political agenda here. Let me explain.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for Churches Pray for Churches Facing Legal Matters with this Pandemic.

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Someone asked a question about thoughts of Biblical Theology versus Systematic Theology. I don’t see the two should be against one another but rather both are important, though sometimes some see one is more important than the other in such a way that one is neglected or looked down upon.

Before going further, what is systematic theology and Biblical Theology?

Systematic Theology (I shall use the acronym ST) as defined by popular Systematic Theologian Wayne Grudem is Theology that “focuses on the collection and summary of all biblical passages on a subject, and attempts to summarize the teachings of Scripture in brief, understandable, and carefully formulated statements” (Source).

Biblical Theology (I shall use the acronym BT) as defined by Biblical Theologian Geerhardus Vos “is that branch of Exegetical Theology which deals with the process of the self-revelation of God deposited in the Bible” (Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1948), 13).

Biblical Theology is not a term to say right theology that is from the Bible (hopefully one’s Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology is based upon truths from the Bible). Rather Biblical is focus on the process and progress of how God revealed Himself and other truths while Systematic Theology often focus on the finished and completed revelation of God in the Bible and tries to organize these truths logically.

Here’s my thought:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How old was Jehoiachin when he began to reign?

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

He was 18 years old and he reigned for 3 months.

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned for three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.” ( 2 Kings 24:8)

He was 8 years old and he reigned for 3 months and 10 days.

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned for three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 36:9)

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

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Here are the links on Presuppositional apologetics from April 8th-14th, 2021!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Apologetics: Ep. 119 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – The Big Picture – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Adonikam’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) The Christian Worldview against Unbelieving Worldview

4.) BIOLA Apologetics & the Ocean of Uncertainty

5.) Teaching Presuppositional Apologetics to Kids: Discussion with Eli and Joel

6.) Three Reasons Why Worldviews Are Important

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

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Purpose: In this lesson we will continue to see the universal scope of God’s control specifically over angels and demons and man.

  • God’s control over angels
  • God’s control over fallen angels
  • God’s control over man

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

Spiritual Peace

Charles H. Spurgeon. Spiritual Peace.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, May 13th 2016. 23 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

This was another booklet by Charles Spurgeon that I picked out to go through with our church youth (pre-teens and teens) concerning the topic of having peace that I thought was a relevant topic as our kids and many like them are going through a time of not being physically attending school, isolated at home and at times going though things in 2020-2021 with the Covid situation.  This booklet was published by Chapel Library.  Spurgeon is among my favorite past preachers to read and while I have appreciated other booklets and sermons from him, this specific work wasn’t bad but it didn’t stand out as much as some of the other works I enjoyed from Spurgeon.  Still Spurgeon still presents biblical truths and it is edifying for believers and evangelistic towards non-Christians.

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This is an apologetics discussion between two apologists about how to teach Presuppositional Apologetics to Children.

What a fascinating topic! The hardest things to teach often is to teach to kids something that is new to the kids for the first time. And teaching theology and apologetics is even more difficult!

Who are the speakers?

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Ask how youth workers are doing.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Adonikam’s offspring returned from Babylon?

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

666

the sons of Adonikam, 666;” ( Ezra 2:13)

667

the sons of Adonikam, 667;” (Nehemiah 7:18)

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

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I was away from much blogging yesterday with my smog check and then ministry after that. I’m behind on read many of your blogs but hope Friday that would change, and I be able to catch up!

But yesterday’s endeavor to get my car fixed got me to think tangent towards spiritual thoughts.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between April 1st-7th, 2021.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross: Ep. 118 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – Introduction – Why Believe? – Part 2

2.) Resolving 47 Bible Contradictions from Jesus’ Final Week to His Ascension

3.) Presuppositionalism in Action 1 by Jordan Ravanes

4.) Bible versus Jesus Resurrection?

5.) Presuppositionalism in Action 2 by Jordan Ravanes

6.) Atheism Needs 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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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Purpose: In this session we will explore the sovereignty of God by seeing the universal scope of His control specifically His control over inanimate creation, animal creatures and human history.

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Sometimes it seems there is not enough time for what I want to do and there’s so much going on.

Then there’s time of unexpected ministry and also unexpected conversations.

There’s a lot of good happening even as things are crazy with the direction of the world.

I don’t think I’ve ministered to that many people than the last year.

Yet there’s also some difficult situations and difficult people I rather not deal with (this is nothing with people on WordPress by the way).

Had a late night church call that cut into my time write a post.

Pray for me. It seems there’s not enough time to do what I want to do (finish my books, read more) and things always come up.

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