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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we rend our clothes?

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

Yes.

since your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become an object of horror and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I have indeed heard you,’ declares the Lord.”” (2 Kings 22:19)

Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes, and wept before Me, I have indeed heard you,” declares the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 34:27)

A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

No.

Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping, and mourning; 13 And tear your heart and not merely your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in mercy And relenting of catastrophe.” (Joel 2:12-13)

Now it happened, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent word to the king, saying, “Why did you tear your clothes? Just have him come to me, and he shall learn that there is a prophet in Israel.” (2 Kings 5:8)

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

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Iain M. Duguid. Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, Mar 24, 2015. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you reading the Genesis narrative about the life of Isaac and Jacob in the Bible (Genesis 25:19-Genesis 35)?  Are you looking for a good devotional commentary that focused on the literary details on these passages that also having an awareness of the unfolding of redemptive history?  This would be a great resource for both pastors, teachers and general Christian Bible readers.

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Purpose: In this lesson we will consider the Sovereignty of God in salvation in two major parts: Man’s sinful condition that requires God’s sovereignty in salvation and survey of the biblical proofs of the sovereign work of salvation by each member of the Trinity.

  • Man’s total inability to come to salvation by himself
  • The Sovereignty of the Triune God in our salvation

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 5:44.  Here is my translation:

“Προσευχόμενοι δὲ μὴ βατταλογήσητε ὥσπερ οἱ ἐθνικοί, δοκοῦσιν γὰρ ὅτι ἐν τῇ
But while praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles, because in

πολυλογίᾳ αὐτῶν εἰσακουσθήσονται. ”
their many words they suppose that they will be heard

Here are some observations:

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Point: How often do you hear people say that Christianity can’t be true because they have already tried religion and their old religion has been disproven so therefore Christianity can’t be true.  We must realize that this type of argument against Christianity though one hear it often during evangelism nevertheless it does not have that much weight as it might seem initially.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for Churches Pray for India and Nepal Concerning the Rise of Virus Infections.

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

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 122 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – Christianity As A Worldview – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Should we do what the Pharisees say to do?

3.) Answering the Critics Without Being Foolish

4.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 4: The Epistemology of Logic

5.) Does Presuppositional Apologetics Claim that Nonbelievers cannot know things?

6.) The British Empiricists

7.) One Less God

8.) Revelationary Apologetics Episode 2: General Theism / Problem of Evil

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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Before there was a recent debate this past week on on apologetics methodology one of the debaters wrote on Facebook that Presuppositionalists claims that nonbelievers cannot know anything.  If “Presuppositional apologetics” is new to you I recommend checking out our Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures and listening to anything on there under Greg Bahnsen.

Is it true that Presuppositionalists claims nonbelievers do not not know anything?

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Jesus said ““You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

What an amazing statement.

Are you a being a light for Jesus in these times?

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Review of last lesson: In the previous lesson we explored the relationship of God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility specifically with the two aspects of the will of God in relationship to man’s will and responsibility.

Purpose: In this lesson we will continue to explore the relationship of God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility specifically with the relationship of God’s sovereignty that shapes what kind of will does man have?

Opening thoughts

  • When we ask what kind of will does man have, we are really asking what kind of will does man have in light of God’s sovereignty. Note that one’s view of God’s sovereignty will shape your understanding of what kind of will man has, and the situation is true vice versa in that one’s view of man’s will/volition will shape one’s understanding of God’s sovereignty.
  • The reason why we are going over this intensely is because if we are not careful in being precise about the relationship of man’s will and responsibility to God’s sovereignty, it will affect our walk with God and obedience.
  • Often when people talk about free will we must ask the question, “What is man’s will free from when we speak of ‘free will?’”

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This weekend on social media there was a heated thread about racism, the US and Christianity. It was vicious. I did jump in but I believe in being a Christian even in the midst of disagreement and others are not being civil. Someone thought that my exchange with a pastor I disagreed with was worth having as a blog post. I’ll share the exchange but I want to make a point of a spiritual lesson afterwards.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we do what the Pharisees say to do?

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

Yes.

Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses. 3 Therefore, whatever they tell you, do and comply with it all, but do not do as they do; for they say things and do not do them.” (Matthew 23:1-3)

No.

Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the [a]leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:12)

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

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for someone’s decision of which college to attend next school year.

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 22nd-30th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 121 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – Christianity As A Worldview – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? Did Paul visit all of the disciples when he went to Jerusalem after his conversion?

3.) What if the Laws of Logic goes Unjustified?

4.) Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

5.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 3: The Ontology of Logic

6.) Apologetics in the Workplace: 3 Lectures by Greg Bahnsen

7.) Why Does God Allow Suffering? by Jordan Ravanes

8.) Bavinck on the Use of Philosophy

9.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #61: Water Connect Puzzle and Harmonization of Doctrines and Bible Contradictions

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend 

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