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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics or links that would be interesting to those who are into Presuppositional apologetics from around the world wide web! They are gathered from October 15th-21st, 2018.

1.) Wow! Atheism Undercuts Itself

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was Zechariah Iddo’s son or grandson?

3.) Eric Hernandez on Presuppositionalism

4.) Jesus In the Tabernacle : Series Overview

5.) Should Christians Partake in Formal Debates About God?

6.) A Response to Josh Sommer

7.) The view from the prison cell

8.) John Frame: 8 Major Tenets of Christian Thought

10.) SCHOPENHAUER’S LOGICALLY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE PHILOSOPHY OF PESSIMISM

 

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

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A Sunday post on Church membership.

For the purpose of this post I use the term faithfulness and commitment interchangeably.

Are you a committed church member?

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Dan S. Lloyd. Leading Today’s Funerals: A Pastoral Guide for Improving Bereavement Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, October 1st 1997. 126 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I read the kindle version of this book in preparation for my first funeral that I will be doing as a pastor.  I had to read this pretty quick given the situation.  I am glad I did as it was helpful.  I read this work and took lots of notes from it.  This was a book that I wished I read in seminary.

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This is a light heart post.

I’ve been thinking about relationship and courtship recently given my upcoming trip would include teaching about the biblical view of courtship but I’ll be doing this in a culture where match making and arrange marriage is not unusual.

For the longest time I thought I was a matchmaker.  But recently I discovered I wasn’t a matchmaker.  Not by the standard in other countries where Pastors and parents really are match maker.  I soon discovered I was more of what some people call a “Wingman.”

I just learned this term last month: Wingman.

What is a wingman?

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Here’s a 722 page book edited by Norman Geisler and David Farnell.

This is the book’s description:

THE MOST SHOCKING EXPOSÉ OF THE MASSIVE EROSION OF THE DOCTRINE OF INERRANCY IN THE EVANGELICAL CAMP SINCE BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE (1978)!
This work examines the historical and philosophical strengths and/or weaknesses of current evangelical approaches espousing some forms of post-modernistic historiography and its resultant search for the “historical Jesus.” It demonstrates the marked undermining impact these efforts have had on the biblical text, especially the Gospels, as well as inerrancy issues. It compares the Jesus Seminar’s approach with current evangelical practices of searching in terms of their evidential apologetic impact on the trustworthiness of the Gospels. A number of well-known, contemporary evangelical scholars are involved in the so-called “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus. This book raises serious questions about such an endeavor.

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For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our .

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Zechariah Iddo’s son or grandson?

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

Zechariah was Iddo’s son.

When the prophets, Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them,” (Ezra 5:1)

And the elders of the Jews were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” (Ezra 6:14)

Zechariah was Iddo’s grandson.

In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo saying,” (Zechariah 1:1)

(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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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading here and here many months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Colossians 2:3-4.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 3 [CR ἐν ᾧ CR] εἰσιν πάντες οἱ θησαυροὶ τῆς σοφίας καὶ γνώσεως
In whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge

ἀπόκρυφοι”
hidden

“SENTENCE 4 [TP Τοῦτο TP] λέγω ἵνα μηδεὶς ὑμᾶς παραλογίζηται ἐν πιθανολογίᾳ”
I say this in order that no one would deceive you in persuasive reasoning

Here are some observations:

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