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This month many Christians online are remembering God’s grace with the Reformation 500 years ago.  Here’s a neat resource to understand more of the Reformation.

Here is a series titled “Reformation Profiles”  It is taught by Stephen Nichols of Ligonier Ministries.

For those of you with Amazon Prime the good news is that it is made available for free!

Here’s the description from Ligonier Ministries:

A careful study of the history of the church prepares and equips its members to face the difficulties of its own day. Popular church historian and author, Stephen Nichols, embarks on this seven-part series to assist the church in understanding the solas of the Reformation and their place for the people of God in all ages.

To access this series on Amazon click HERE.

Don’t let the number of lectures intimidate you: They are all 24 minutes-25 minutes each except for the last one which is 10 minutes long.  I love the “bite size” way Ligonier Ministries presented this and other teaching series.

Here’s the break down of each lecture with a description and links to the individual videos:

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Michael Reeves and Tim Chester. Why the Reformation Still Matters.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2016.  224 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

A timely book I read in light of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, though this book was published a year ago (2016).  This book is written with the general Christian readers in mind and argues that the Reformation still matters and why it matters is because the doctrines recovered in the Reformation are biblical and has implication for our lives today.  Whether you are a general Protestant or you are new to Reformed theology or you are a seasoned saints in a Reformed church or a non-Christian curious about Christianity this book would be edifying for all who read it.  While this book is pretty basic concerning Reformed theology I found that even as a pastor who daily read Reformed writers I was much encouraged in the faith by this work.

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics gathered from the world wide web between October 1st-7th, 2015!

1.) Nabeel, Bahnsen and Keith Green: Why the Good Die Young

2.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #42: Hypocrisy, Christianity and the Drunk Police Officer

3.) LECTURES ON APOLOGETICS & WORLDVIEW

4.) The Logical Problem of Language Acquisition

5.) THE “NOBODY UNDERSTANDS ME!” FALLACY

6.) Worldview Thinking as a Wartime Activity

7.) The Psychopath Inside

8.) Review: Cornelius Van Til, an Analysis of his Thought

 

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

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In today’s world it is acceptable to bash on “Pharisees.”  It can even be cool and hip.

But as readers can tell from my earlier post titled “Are you a Pharisaical anti-Pharisee?” I am concerned for the direction and outcome of those who can be so zealous for attacking others as “Pharisees.”  With the previous post I specifically addressed how some who oppose “Pharisees” (whether real or imagined) can hypocritically and ironically be quite Pharisaical themselves.  In this current post I want to address another issue concerning the direction of those who are zealous in opposing “Pharisees.”

Please note that in the previous and this post I am not defending Pharisees or Phariseeism (what I mean by that is the idea that we can be self-righteous before God by our own works and that we can add more laws more higher than God’s laws).  Instead my intention is to point out possible blind-spots we can have of our own self in opposing Pharisees.  So here goes my second post…

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Point: How often do you hear people say that they are against Christianity because of the hypocrisy of those who say they believe in Christianity or are leaders in the Christian community?  Does the existence of hypocrites rule out the truth claims of the propositions set forth in Christianity?  While we don’t want to downplay the responsibility of people’s sin and hypocrisy we must also realize that hypocrisy as an argument against Christianity does not have that much weight as it might seem initially.

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Stephen Smallman. What is True Conversion?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 18th 2005.  32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

As a Pastor I regularly keep my eye out not only for large academic work but also smaller practical booklets for a lay audience that would be beneficial for discipleship and biblical counseling.  I picked up this booklet, What is True Conversion? with that in mind and I used it as a tool for my pastoral care with those who attend our church that I wanted to discuss assurance of salvation with.  I also used this booklet as something I read along with one of the special needs attendee in our church in which we read through each section very slowly and discussed it together.  The following are my thoughts of the book.

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This is part 4 of a series of post on God’s creation of marriage based upon His Word in Genesis 2.

For part 1 click here

For part 2 click here

For part 3 click here

For this series we will see 6 truths about marriage from Genesis 2 so that Christians who are married would live up to God’s design of marriage today and also for Christians who desire to marry to know what is their future roles in marriage.

Part 1 laid the foundation for the series and here in part four we want to look at the third truth we gleam from Genesis 2.

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