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James White recently returned from his tour overseas teaching theology and apologetics while also engaging in various debates.

Here’s a two part message from Dr. White on the Inerrancy of Scripture in Cape Town, South Africa.  This was delivered on May 6th-7th, 2016.

Enjoy!

 

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Army Ant Death Circle

Point: Many in our world today are going through life without a purpose or following God’s purpose.  I thought a fitting illustration of what people are like can be gleamed from Army Ants.

Picture: Animal behaviors fascinate me.  Earlier today I read of a phenomenon known as Ant Death Circles or Death Spirals.  Here’s a description of it over at NPR:

This is a species of army ant, Labidus praedator. These ants are completely blind so they get about by sniffing trails left by the ants in front of them. They, in turn, leave chemical trails of their own. The system works smoothly when everybody’s going in a straight line in one direction…

But when the lead ants start to loop, bad things can happen (and remember we humans loop too, we can’t hold a straight course over long distances without external points of reference). If the ant-in-front loops and intersects with its old trail, the whole crowd then turns in on itself and everybody gets caught in the endless circle.

Eventually these Army Ants walking in circles would die from exhaustion.  Here’s a short video and explanation from an expert:

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This work is a classic!

The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross

Leon Morris. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross.  Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, September, 1965. 318 pp.

Many years ago I remember hearing Don Carson mentioned this book in passing during a conference with a local chapter of The Gospel Coalition.  The sermon by Carson really blessed me and I couldn’t forget the book he mentioned since I wondered what treasure I would find if I were to read it myself.  It took me nearly a decade to finally purchased this book but I finally did it: I bought it, read it and was exceptionally blessed by it.

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Barrick

Dr. William Barrick is an Old Testament scholar that I have been much encouraged with (If you don’t know who he is see the short biography below after the videos).  Here’s a description of this conference:

The prophetic books of the Old Testament are some of the more difficult portions of the Bible for believers to understand and apply. They are often skipped in entirety or merely skimmed through. Yet at the same time some of our favorite prophetic passage about Jesus find their place in those books. How are we to understand the prophets? What relevance do they have for contemporary Christians? These, along with other questions will be answered during this seminar. As a focus to show how the principles work in real life, the focus will be the book of Zechariah.

He spoke for a conference called “Prophets in the Life of a Believers” that focuses on prophecy at Word of Grace Church in Battle Ground, WA.  While it took place last fall it was only recently that Dr. Barrick shared this on his website.

Here’s the videos:

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Exegesis Bible Contradiction

The picture for this post is just for fun.

But seriously our friend Wally Fry made a good point in the comment section: Why not make it easier for readers to find as an easy reference the posts we have written answering alleged Bible contradictions?  I concur.  With his advice I’ve gone back to my posts and filed them under the category of “Bible contradictions.”

For convenience I’m also posting them on here my provisional list of posts answering Bible contradictions.  I know the list is small since I didn’t intend to make a series on contradictions.  Also the posts took some time for me to consider the context and a close examination of the verse in question at the level of consulting the Greek even when the resolution finally didn’t need to invoke the original languages.

So here’s the few posts I have done thus far on our blog (remember it’s a provisional listing!):

  1. Did or did not the Samaritans receive Jesus?
  2. Burying and Saying Bye to Parents in Luke 9:59-62
  3. Did Herod think Jesus was John the Baptist?
  4. Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?
  5. Who is for or against Jesus?

And an “oldie:”

  1. Reconciling James 1:13-14 that God is not the source of temptation with Matthew 6:13, “And do not lead us into temptation”

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face of skeptic when another bible contradiction answered

This is a look at another alleged Bible contradiction from Luke 9 according to the Skeptic Annotated Bible.

Today’s question: Who is for or against Jesus?

Those who are not with Jesus are against him.

He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.” Luke 11:23

Those who are not against Jesus are for him.

for he who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:50

I think when we examine the passage carefully this will be shown to be not a contradiction.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Bible contradiction claim first world problem

Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions supposedly found in Luke 9.

These are claims that are found online.  I find these claims to be problematic when one considers the context.

Today I want to consider another one: “Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?”

Here’s the claim from the skeptics:

Only the followers of Jesus can do it.

(It’s one of the signs of a true believer.)

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils. Mark 16:17

Others can do it, too.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.Matthew 7:21-23

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. Mark 9:38

And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. Luke 9:49

I took a lot longer to post today because of research within the text itself as part of my response.  So here it is:

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