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Relationship presup

Personal Relationship are part of the fabric of who we are.  Yet relationships don’t make sense in every worldview.  In fact personal relationships are intelligible and meaningful in a Christian worldview.

On May 21st there was a conference called “Rescue Youth and Young Adult Conference 2022” at Metropolitan Baptist Church at Hollywood Florida.  Speaker James Hanna delivered an excellent message employing Presuppositional Apologetics to drive the point home that relationships presupposes the Biblical worldview.
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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How should strangers be treated?

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

Love and be kind to them.

“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:34)

“So show your love for the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19)

“You shall not pervert the justice due a stranger or an orphan, nor seize a widow’s garment as a pledge.” (Deuteronomy 24:17)

“Now in case a countryman of yours becomes poor and his means among you falter, then you are to sustain him, like a stranger or a resident, so that he may live with you.” (Leviticus 25:35)

“You shall not oppress a stranger nor torment him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:21)

“You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9)

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.” (Leviticus 19:33)

“if you do not oppress the stranger, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor follow other gods to your own ruin,” (Jeremiah 7:6)

“and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’” (Zechariah 7:10)

“And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:10)

“When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you are not to go back to get it; it shall belong to the stranger, the orphan, and to the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives off your olive tree, you are not to search through the branches again; that shall be left for the stranger, the orphan, and for the widow. 21 “When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you are not to go over it again; that shall be left for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow.” (Deuteronomy 24:19-21)

“This is what the Lord says: “Do justice and righteousness, and save one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. And do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” (Jeremiah 22:3)

“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;” (Matthew 25:35)

Kill them.

“and when the Lord your God turns them over to you and you defeat them, you shall utterly destroy them. You shall not make a covenant with them nor be gracious to them.” (Deuteronomy 7:2)

“So when the tabernacle is to move on, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle encamps, the Levites shall set it up. But the layman who comes near it shall be put to death.” (Numbers 1:51)

“So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death.”” (Numbers 3:10)

“Now those who were to camp in front of the tabernacle eastward, in front of the tent of meeting toward the sunrise, were Moses and Aaron and his sons, performing the duties of the sanctuary for the obligation of the sons of Israel; but the layman coming near was to be put to death.” (Numbers 3:38)

“But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything that concerns the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a service that is a gift, and the unauthorized person who comes near shall be put to death.”” (Numbers 18:7)

(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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Here are links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between June 15th-21st, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Why? For God’s Glory! – Ep.181 – Scott Christensen Interview On What About Evil – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush?

3.) Our Evolving, Thinking, Learning Universe?

4.) Dutch Windmill, Van Til and Thoughts on Inter-disciplinary Theology and Innovations

5.) Biblical Case for Presuppositional Apologetics in 7 Minutes | Dr. James White

6.) Father of the Creation Movement: Eric Hovind and David Whitcomb talk about legacy of John C. Whitcomb

7.) How Ephesus causes problems for Skeptics

8.) Facebook Meme

9.) Analogical knowledge of God, and the Clark-Van Til controversy

10.) Greg Bahnsen’s book “Against All Opposition” Chapter 1 Discussion Guide Answers from Revealed Apologetics

11.) What is the Problem of Induction, and Why are Christians Uniquely Situated to Answer It?

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

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We will in future sessions cover historical aspects of apologetics so this is an important introduction.

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Establish the need: What is the relationship between history and Christianity? Does Christianity depend on history and does history itself depend on the Biblical worldview?

Purpose: We will look at four focus to help us think about the relationship between history and a Biblical worldview.

  1. What is history?
  2. Christianity is Historical
  3. History helps us to interpret and defend the Bible
  4. History needs a Biblical worldview

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apologist john whitcomb

John Whitcomb, who is often called one of the “Fathers of the Modern Creationist Movement” with the launch of his book titled “The Genesis Flood” more than 50 years ago, has also been identified as a Presuppositionalists by other VanTillians in addition to being a former Old Testament Professor.

Sadly he passed away on February 5th, 2020.

In the past Dr. Whitcomb and those involved with his ministry reached out to our blog in desiring to share Dr. Whitcomb’s content on here; check it out.

Creationist Eric Hovind sat down for an online interview with John Whitcomb’s son name David Whitcomb on John Whitcomb’s life and legacy.  Both father and son are amazing in their own right.

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A weekend fun reading review…because sometimes a Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

The Shadow the last illusion

Cullen Bunn.  The Shadow: The Last Illusion.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, May 25, 2016.  144 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Have you heard of the pulp 1930s era superhero name the Shadow? He’s one of the oldest superheroes from the pulp age whom the creator of Batman “borrowed” the concept of the Shadow (I am saying this as a fan of Batman).  Older generations would hear about the adventures of the Shadow on Radio; that was way before my time.  In this modern retelling of the Shadow you see that the character the Shadow fight crime and pursue a mystery with twists and turns.  As someone who love the references to the 1930s in comics this satisfied my interests and the story was worthwhile!  I am glad Dynamite Entertainment have printed this story about the Shadow on trade paperback collecting all the issues for this story arc and I hope they would have more stories of the Shadow in the future (I think I am almost done with all their recent stories of the Shadows that they published).

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Minister to those without a father in their life.

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Samuel Renihan. God without Passions: A Primer.  Palmdale, CA: Reformed Baptist Academic Press, July 21, 2015. 107 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What does it mean when Christians say that God is immutable and that God is without Passions?  This book answers this question concerning this attribute of God in a way that is biblical and historically rooted in the sound teaching of historical theology.  I got this book and read it since I was impressed reading the author’s other book Deity and Decree.  This particular book also impressed me with Samuel Renihan’s ability to be biblical, clear, simple and yet deeply profound with regards to who God is.  This book is meant for the layperson and was originally from his Sunday School series on this topic.  Overall the book was worshipful and edifying and it lifted my soul reading this on vacation.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush?

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

God

“When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”” (Exodus 3:4)

“But regarding the fact that the dead rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?” (Mark 12:26)

An angel

“Then the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not being consumed.” ( Exodus 3:2)

“This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.” (Acts 7:35)

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

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This is a later post in the day than usual! Just got back from my vacation!

One of the amazing place we visited was a historic Dutch town in America. If you follow this blog for sometime you know I love Dutch Reformed theology and also the contribution of Dutch Americans to Christian theology and apologetics, namely Cornelius Van Til. It was a treat to see places with last names of Kuyper and other other Dutch family names around this town that often I see as last names of authors in the books of theologians and thinkers.

And one of the things I love about Dutch Neo-Calvinist Reformed thinkers such as Van Til, Kuyper and Bavinck is their observations of the inter-relationships of spheres and things, and inter-disciplinary nature of knowledge and sphere sovereignty.

One treat during my trip was seeing Dutch windmills. It totally blew my mind and also got me thinking tangent to the topic of Cornelius Van Til, inter-disciplines and innovations and appreciation for the truth of the Christian worldview.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between June 8th-14th, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Free Will Theodicy Failure – Ep.180 – Scott Christensen Interview On What About Evil – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Lod, Hadid, and Ono’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) Atheists, Narcissism, and Gaslighting

4.) Book Review: The Absurdity of Unbelief

5.) Basic Training For Defending The Faith — Greg Bahnsen

6.) EPIC Presuppositional Apologetics Roundtable Discussion

7.) Eli Enters the Shooting Gallery

8.) Facebook Meme

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

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

Holy Spirit Intercession

Charles Spurgeon. The Holy Spirit’s Intercession.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, May 27, 2020. 24 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

When you struggle to pray, does it blow you away that the Spirit prays for you?  Yes this is true, Romans 8:26-27 teaches this.  This booklet is a look at Romans 8:26-27 by my favorite long-ago preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who provide some spiritual thoughts and reflection and encouragement with this truth of the Spirit’s ministry.  This book is from an April 11th, 1880 sermon that Spurgeon preached at his church the Metropolitan Tabernacle.  Whether you struggle to pray or need some spiritual encouragement I recommend this.  I read this while I was on vacation and wondered if Spurgeon ever thought that what he has to say would minister to someone 142 years later.

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Woke and Karen

For something like this I want to say what is not a Karen.  A woman speaking up about a serious and dangerous situation is not a “Karen.”  A woman addressing a problem or concern respectfully and it gets solved by all parties is not a “Karen.”  So what is a Karen?

Karen description:

  1. An unreasonable woman that persists in being unreasonable towards others in a public situation.
  2. A Karen in usual circumstances enjoys the privilege of being normal in society (she is someone who at the surface level in the beginning can be accepted in socialization process; she’s not typically someone who automatically in the beginning is seen as an outlier in society, though later her behavior might require others adjust their acceptance of her).  This is all a long-winded way of saying that she appears ordinary, in a way that liberals would understand =)
  3. Usually suburban and educated.
  4. In light of point 2 and 3 I want to propose something that others might not think about: the popular imagination and conception of a Karen might be more of a progressive woman than say a tough blue collar mother, a disadvantage rural poor stay at home mom or a Christian fundamentalist that is caught up into patriarchy movement, etc, because of description above as someone suburban, educated and mainstream; no doubt a woman with this background is exposed to progressive theories, worldviews and rhetorics. 

In light of point four what does any progressive/woke ideologies contribute to fuel someone to be a Karen?

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Encourage a father going through a hard time with his kids.

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Epic Presup

One of the biggest presence of Presuppositional Apologetics on Youtube is Eli Ayala’s channeled “Revealed Apologetics.”  He has many interviews and also debates.  Recently he has an “epic Presuppositional Apologetics Roundtable Discussions” with the guys pictured above that introduces viewers to these individuals and also they answer questions about Presuppositional Apologetics.

This is the video’s description:

Eli invites 6 presuppositional apologists on the show for an EPIC discussion covering a wide range of topics relating to presuppositional apologetics, from issues of philosophy, theology, and practical applications of presup. 🔥🔥🔥

Who are these guys?
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