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For our Tuesday series at church we have been going over a series on apologetics with the unit on Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament. Here specifically we share the outlines from passages from the Law of Moses (first five books).

Here are the links to the outlines below:

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The Faithful Apologist Rethinking the Role of Persuasion in Apologetics

K. Scott Oliphint. The Faithful Apologist: Rethinking the Role of Persuasion in Apologetics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, February 22nd 2022. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Want to read a biblical book on persuasion in the context of evangelism and apologetics?  This book is worth considering.  It is written by a professor of apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint.  Oliphint teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary and is also a Presuppositional Apologist.  I know some people have told me they think Presuppositionalists have no interests with persuading people but only to refute unbelievers; this book suggests otherwise.  I’m glad that a book on persuasion was written by someone who is a Presuppositionalist!

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Immanuel Kant by Shao Kai Tseng

Shao Kai Tseng. Immanuel Kant.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 16th 2020. 232 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Have you heard of the philosopher Immanuel Kant?  Kant as a philosopher is hard to understand and yet Kant was such a watershed individual in philosophy.  Through his writings philosophy went from the trend of large speculation on the “big ideas” of God, freedom, morality, religion, etc., to the overall trend today of being interpretative and analytic, and dare I say “less ambitious” in its scope and aims.  Given Kant’s importance and the difficulties of interpreting him this book has been immensely helpful.  The author Shao Kai Tseng has done a superb job writing this book.  He’s given us a rigorous introduction to Kant from a Reformed standpoint.  A professor of philosophy, the author is also a Reformed Christian with an impressive academic background in philosophy and theology: His Master of Divinity is from Regent College, his ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and his MSt and DPhil from Oxford. I appreciate that his writing is from a biblical worldview.

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Expository Apologetics

We live in a time of great resources in apologetics and theology.  Yet over the years sometimes links and videos are deleted and disappear online.

I have shared years ago a post on Voddie Baucham’s lecture series on Expository Apologetics but the original youtube channel removed it.  However the series “Expository Apologetics” was also delivered at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.  So below are the videos from that lecture series in 2017.

Who is Voddie? Voddie Baucham is the author of “Expository Apologetics: Answering Objections with the Power of the Word.”

He has also gave lectures on Expository Apologetics and his method is driven by Presuppositional (Biblical) apologetics.  I love how he begins by saying Christian apologetics is not something only for the “elite” Christians.  It is a responsibility of all of us.

Here are the 4 Part Lectures:

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics or be interesting to those interested in Presuppositional apologetics that were gathered from the world wide web between October 1st-7th, 2022

1.) Cave to the Cross Everyone Is A Philosopher – Ep.196 – Against All Opposition – What Is Philosophy?

2.) 250 Alleged Bible Contradictions Answered

3.) Episode 10 – A Case for Presuppositional Apologetics (Part 6)

4.) Book Review: Expository Apologetics

5.) Using Process Control to see Effects of Evolutionary Thought

6.) Balaam’s Oracles are Messianic Part 1 (Sharing since Messianic Prophecies is one of the ways Scripture is self-evidencing)

7.) Practical Presup Explained & Employed Pt. 1

8.) FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 444 Responding to Dan Barker’s book LIFE DRIVEN PURPOSE

Human Reason, Logic & Scientism

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

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ No One Is Neutral, No Not One – Ep.194 – Against All Opposition – Unbelievers Are Not Neutral And Christians Shouldn’t Be – Part 1

2.) Theonomoney Interview: Presuppositional Parenting

3.) Episode 8 – A Case for Presuppositional Apologetics (Part 4)

4.) Bible contradiction? Did God command the Israelites to make him burnt offerings?

5.) Apologetics: What and Why | Apologist Answers

6.) The Geographical Details of Old Testament’s Messianic Prophecies

7.) Always Ready: Chap. 16 Worldviews In Collision

8.) Genesis 49:8-12 is Messianic Prophecy

9.) Animals Minus Traits Equals Evolution?

Missed the last round up?  Check out the last post

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apologetics_outline_series

For our Tuesday series at church we have been going over a series on apologetics.  Unit 1 are lessons on Worldview, Unit 2 here is on historical apologetics and I’m currently going over unit three on Messianic Prophecy.

I thought I put together a table of content of unit two below.

Here are the links to the outlines below:

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presuppositional_apologetics_tackling_other_religions

For my Presuppositional apologetics series I didn’t want to make it too long and I wish in the future to add more on critiquing other religions and cults from a Presuppositional Apologetics perspective.

I know sometimes some people feel Presuppositional Apologetics often deal more with atheism than the major religions.

I do want to provide a bibliography for others and also for my own reference in the future on Presuppositional Apologetics taking on other religions and cults.

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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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apologetics_outline_series

For our Tuesday series at church we have been going over a series on apologetics.  Unit 1 are lessons on Worldview is done and currently I’m going over Unit 2 on historical apologetics.

I thought I put together in a table of content the first unit.

Here are the links to the outlines below:

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Introduction to Logic Jason Lisle

Jason Lisle. Introduction to Logic.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, December 10, 2018. 192 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you want to improve your reasoning ability as a Christian?  Christian apologist Jason Lisle has written for us an introduction to the laws of logic.  Some who read this review might be thinking: Christian and logic?  Yes the two are compatible.  Jason Lisle’s book on logic follow a long tradition of Christian works on logic such as hymn writer Isaac Watts in 1725 with his Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry after Truth, Methodist founder John Wesley’s A Compendium Of Logic, and Gordon Clark’s textbook on logic, etc.  Jason Lisle himself is an astrophysicist who is involved with Creation ministries and previously I enjoyed his book titled Ultimate Proof that give a detailed introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics.  Seeing how good Dr Lisle writes I was looking for a book that I can introduced my daughters to the laws of logic and critical thinking and this book exceeded my expectation!

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Exactly eleven years and two days ago on this blog I started a series slowly writing down illustrations that I thought might be helpful for sermons or evangelism that has apologetics’ thrusts.

Here’s 80 of them arranged topically.  Which one was your favorite?

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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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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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Global skepticism

Someone asked:

where do you guys usually start when dealing with someone who doubts reality? For example, when they say “how do I know anything is real”.

Here’s my quick take:

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