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This week I was able to finalize details where later this upcoming fall I will be traveling overseas to teach Christians and equipping pastors and churches that I wish to keep anonymous.  Its been a long time since I done this, with the long years with worldwide Covid travel restrictions and difficulties.  Where I’m going will take a long time to get there and also in the past internet might not always be good.  So I’m going to look for guest writers for this blog.

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Establish the need: Did Jesus exist?

Purpose: We will consider four reasons why we know Jesus existed in history.

  1. The New Testament itself as early witnesses to Jesus
  2. The Roman witness of Pliny the Younger
  3. The Roman witness of Tacitus
  4. The Jewish witness of Josephus

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Should we hate other people?

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

Yes, we should hate some people.

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. ( Luke 14:26)

No, we should never hate anyone.

“You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may certainly rebuke your neighbor, but you are not to incur sin because of him. (Leviticus 19:17)

“You shall not take vengeance, nor hold any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)

“Everyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. (1 John 3:15)

“If someone says, “I love God,” and yet he hates his brother or sister, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother and sister whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God must also love his brother and sister. (1 John 4:20-21)

(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 the links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between August 1st-7th, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross Apologetics’  Facts Don’t Change Hearts – Ep.187 – Against All Opposition – Foundational Faith

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who may offer sacrifices to God?

3.) Apologists need to know who Cornelius Van Til was?

4.) Apologetics Session 12: Old Testament argument for the New Testament

5.) Using Scientism to Defend the Truth

6.) Review: The Question of Canon

7.) New Testament Origins: Five Misconceptions

8.) Rooted In Revelation Podcast: Redeeming Our Thinking About History

9.) Always Ready: Chap. 10 & 11 Common Ground & Point of Contact

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11.) Apologists Rock: Top 6 Embarrassing Atheist Moments | Richard Dawkins, Greg Bahnsen, James White, Jeff Durbin, Friel

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

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray with someone starting High School.

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Purpose: This session we will explore three points to think biblically how to help our child with his or her anxiety.

  1. Do you know what your child’s fears are?
  2. Beware of problematic solutions to your child’s fears
  3. Training a child to deal with fears biblically

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Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a Batman comic book review!   

Batman The Adventures Continue Season Two

Paul Dini and Alan Burnett.  Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 14, 2022. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you like the Batman Animated Series from the 90s?  If so this comic might be for you!  Earlier this year I read and reviewed Batman: The Adventures Continue Season One.   I enjoyed it a lot and I felt it was one of the better works published by DC Comics these days since sometimes new materials seems to be filler, too much backstory, it was too dark, the story was lame or the creative team was advancing socially divisive agenda.  I just want good story telling and both this one and the earlier volume delivered.  Plus this echoed the artwork and characters of Batman the animated series as a kid and I got nostalgic joy reading both books.  This trade paperback edition that collects the second year’s issues (season 2 issues 1 through 7).  They even had one of the screen writers from the Animated Series as one of the writers for this “Batman: The Adventures Continue” series.

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Redeeming Our Thinking about History A God-Centered Approach By Vern Poythress

I have really been enjoying Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here) this past year.  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

There’s a recent show on the topic of Christianity and the study of history based upon Dr. Poythress’ new book (pictured above).

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who may offer sacrifices to God?

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

Only Levites in the tabernacle

Sacrifices are to be done only by Levites:“6 Behold, I Myself have taken your fellow Levites from among the sons of Israel; they are a gift to you, dedicated to the Lord, to perform the service for the tent of meeting. 7 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.” 8 Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, “Now behold, I Myself have put you in charge of My offerings, all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel I have given to you as a portion and to your sons as a permanent allotment. (Numbers 18:6-8)

In the tabernacle: “Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel, and say to them, ‘This is what the Lord has commanded, saying, 3 “Anyone from the house of Israel who slaughters an ox, a lamb, or a goat in the camp, or slaughters it outside the camp, 4 and has not brought it to the doorway of the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord, bloodshed is to be counted against that person. He has shed blood, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. 5 This shall be done so that the sons of Israel will bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing in the open field—so that they will bring them to the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the Lord. (Leviticus 17:1-5)

Non-Levites may offer sacrifices away from the tabernacle.

Elkanah, Samuel’s father, was an Ephrathite (a member of the tribe of Judah), not a Levite: “Now there was a man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 And he had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the [a]other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children…It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him of the Lord.”” (1 Samuel 1:1-2, 20)

And yet Samuel offered sacrifices to God at Mizpeh (away from the tabernacle in Jerusalem) and God didn’t seem to mind: “Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered at Mizpah, the governors of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard about it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 So the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not stop crying out to the Lord our God for us, that He will save us from the hand of the Philistines!” 9 Samuel took a nursing lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the Lord; and Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lord answered him.” (1 Samuel 7:7-9)

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

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Establish the need: If someone Jewish or others say they don’t think there is a need for the New Testament as long as you have the Old Testament, what do you say?

Purpose: We will consider six reasons based upon the Old Testament to argue for the need of the New Testament.

  1. Deuteronomy 18 anticipate the Prophet like Moses who will give more Word of God
  2. The Pattern of Redemption followed by Revelation
  3. Isaiah anticipate the Messiah will give more Word of God
  4. 1-2 Chronicles leaves us with a cliff hanger
  5. Malachi leaves us with a cliff hanger
  6. The Pattern of a New Covenant followed by Revelation

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The Question of Canon

Michael Kruger.  The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate.  Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, October 3, 2013.  256 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book is not your ordinary standard book on the New Testament Canon.  Instead the book focuses on some more foundational questions concerning the canon of the New Testament.  The overall focus of the book critiques the external model of the Canon; while not totally dismissing it the book argues that it is problematic to hold to a reductionist external model of the canon.  This book was very informative and I was blessed to understand better the canon of the New Testament and also church history related to the New Testament canon.  The author Michael Kruger has written for Christians a valuable scholarship work for theology, theology of the canon and apologetics.

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This latest round up has a lot more stuff than usual!

Here are the links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between July 22nd-31st, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The War Between Faiths – Ep.186 – Against All Opposition – It’s Impossible To Think Without Presuppositions – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Does God dwell in temples?

3.) Doing Apologetics in an Anti-Apologetics Age – Voddie Baucham

4.) Review: Introduction to Logic by Jason Lisle

5.) Evolutionists Cling to Faith Despite Evidence

6.) Apologetics Outline Series Unit 1: Worldview Lessons

7.) The Failure of Classical Apologetics: Antony Flew

8.) Bible Contradiction? Which flying creeping things may we eat?

9.) Analogical Warfare: Van Til vs Aquinas

10.) Why Unbelievers Can’t Account for the Uniformity of Nature

11.) The Trinitarian Theology of Cornelius Van Til

12.) The Structure of Psalm 22

13.) THE PHILOSOPHICAL AND MORAL IMPOTENCY OF NATURAL LAW IN REFUTING HOMOSEXUALITY

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

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Be ready to give Gospel Tracts to a Non-Believer.

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I think I really have a preacher’s mouth; I can go on and on and on about God’s Word, God’s truth and the Bible and theology and apologetics.
I always felt I can work on being a better facilitator of questions for Bible based discussion for things like youth group, Bible study, etc.
Still I see even with these settings it is important to teach the Word of God rather than go around and people just giving their opinion and worst, opinions that are unbiblical are disseminated and confusion sown.
After decades of being in small group or youth group I realize I can work on still asking good thoughtful questions.  Below are my questions I ask but I also want to hear what questions do you normally ask with small group discussions to facilitate Godly conversations based upon the Bible.

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

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Charles Spurgeon. Trembling at the Word of the Lord.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, August 4, 2021. 16 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

How do you react to the Word of God?  We are living in an age where there’s irreverence to the Word of God.  This past week of dealing with those who attack God’s Word made me want to read this booklet to nourish my soul.  A few page into this Spurgeon’s word leaped out at me when he said  “Oh, it is ill with a man’s soul, be sure of that, when he can treat the Word of the Lord with lightness, and regard it as no more than the word of Shakespeare or Spencer.”  How much even more so is the ill of a man’s soul that openly mock and slander God’s Word!  This booklet is based upon a sermon on Isaiah 66:2 that Spurgeon preached in 1889.  Even though it is over a hundred years old nevertheless the message about trembling and respecting God’s Word is relevant even for the Twenty first century.

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