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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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Point: A few days ago I wrote Quick Thoughts on the Inter-relationship of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology in which I mentioned there is a place for Systematic Theology in terms of looking at the inter-relationship of a biblical doctrine with other biblical doctrines.  How does various doctrines which are clearly taught in Scripture inter-relate with one another?  That’s the place of systematic theology.  Also when we look at the Bible and an apologist works on harmonizing alleged Bible contradictions it involves seeing how various passages “fit” with one another.  How can we illustrate the endeavor of harmonizing biblical doctrines and biblical passages?

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A few months ago our blog mentioned that all of Apologist Greg Bahnsen’s MP3 Lectures now free for download!

He’s my favorite apologist and has shaped me in so many ways.  He’s one of my role models with his example of scholarship, intellect, boldness to defend the faith, his desire to be biblical and also his pastoral heart.  And everything he did was so intense.

Here is a quick bio of Bahnsen:

Greg L. Bahnsen, (1948-1995), was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the theory of knowledge. He previously received the B.A. (magna cum laude, philosophy) from Westmont College, and then simultaneously earned the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Bahnsen lectured to a broad range of evangelical Christian groups at many colleges and conferences. He was an experienced apologist and debater, a clear and cogent teacher of the Christian worldview who was devoted to training believers in understanding and applying the Christian faith to every area of life. He published numerous scholarly articles, a number of well-known books, and has over 1,500 recorded lectures and sermons.

Among those 1,500 lectures Bahnsen taught a three part series titled “Apologetics in the Workplace.” These were originally taught to lay people in Grand Rapids. He emphasized in opening this series he wants to teach and equip God’s people with knowing how to defend the faith in every day life.

Here’s the MP3s:

1 – Apologetics in the Workplace, Part 1 (1 of 3)

2 – Apologetics in the Workplace, Part 2 (2 of 3)

3 – Apologetics in the Workplace, Part 3 (3 of 3)

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Paul visit all of the disciples when he went to Jerusalem after his conversion?

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

Yes.

When he came to Jerusalem, he tried repeatedly to associate with the disciples; and yet they were all afraid of him, as they did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus at Damascus. 28 And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord.” (Acts 9:26-28)

No.

Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him for fifteen days. 19 But I did not see another one of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother.” (Galatians 1:18-19)

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

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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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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 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 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 saw a dear brother shared this in an online group that led to a lot of conversations about an apologetics ministry that talked about the relationship between the Bible and Jesus’ resurrection that pit more the Bible against Jesus’ resurrection.

Many of you know I hold to Presuppositional Apologetics’ methodology. And I’m a Presuppositionalist who loves history and historical apologetics! So this is my reply done as much as possible in a gracious attitude.

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This last year I tried to put out more posts resolving Bible contradictions concerning the final week of Christ through His Ascension to add to the list I put out last year.  It takes some time on my part to go through them to provide exegetically sound refutations; Lord willing I will add more to this lists next year.  See my post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Passion Week 2021 I have responded to forty-seven alleged Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life up to His Ascension.  These posts are arranged below roughly in chronological order in the Gospel with additions we wrote after last Resurrection Sunday labeled “NEW” in red:

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics that was rounded up from the web from March 22nd-31st, 2021.

We stat with an important one of Presuppositional Apologist Mike Robinson’s Cancer Updated & Bible Study Luke 22-24

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 117 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – Introduction – Why Believe?

2.) Bible Contradiction? Did the cock crow before or after Peter’s denial?

3.) Presuppositionalism in Principle

4.) Presuppositionalists in the Dock

5.) Unity vs. Unity

6.) Humor: Stimulus Check to Purchase Books by Apologist Cornelius Van Til and John Frame

7.) Only Two Worldviews

8.) Bible Contradiction? To whom did Peter deny knowing Jesus?

9.) Stay In Your Lane!

10.) Evolution: not a Theory

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

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Just a fun meme above.  Here in the US a stimulus check of $1,400 was passed.  How many of you bought Christian books?

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Here are Presuppositional Apologetics’ links gathered between March 1st-7th, 2021.  Enjoy!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 113 – Are Many New Testament Documents Forged? – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who asked for the best seats in heaven?

3.) A defense of Van Til’s transcendental argument against the Stroudian challenge

4.) Escaping the Matrix: Another Conversation with Parker Settecase

5.) Is Christianity a Tool of European Colonialism?

6.) To boldly go where no one has gone before

7.) Talk: The Christian Worldview Project and Apologetics Central on Proof of God’s Existence

8.) Applying the Christian Ethic to Specific Issues

9.) Challenging the Assumptions in an Argument

10.) Outline of

 

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

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