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Over at Reddit one of the top world news for today is a link to the British Mirror with this headlines: “Iraq to hang 36 ISIS fighters for massacre of 1,700 captives who were told they were going home.

Iraqi soldier mass graves

My first thoughts on seeing the headlines was how heinous are the sins these ISIS evil thugs committed.

My second thought took me back to my time in Iraq.

When you see what hell man can commit against their fellow man, the doctrine of hell is harder to reject in Iraq than in the cozy air conditioned suburbia of America.

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scrabble-tuesday

Sometimes Mondays are known as the Pastor’s day off.  Now nowhere in the Bible does it say for Pastors to take Monday off.  But I think wisdom dictates that Pastors should also rest.  There’s time the Pastor needs to rest in Christ.  There’s time the Pastor needs to make sure his family is first. The question then is what day?

Its probably not going to be Sunday.  Sunday is super busy.  I feel I die every Sunday and come back to life every week.  So what other days of the week should the Pastor rest?

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between August 8th-15th, 2016.

1.) Van Til and the Philosophical Colloquy

2.) Calvinism and the Problem of Evil

3.) Use the Scientific Method

4.) The Antithesis in History

5.) Biblically Evaluating Huff Post Religion: “6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying To People Who Doubt”

 

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

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Part 3

ambasssador of Christ image series

 

Last week we saw that the first characteristic of an ambassador for Christ is that he or she should is one who is faithful.  knows God well.  Today we shall see that an ambassador is one who is willing to suffer.

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Where did the devils ask not to go

A few weeks ago I refuted one alleged Bible contradiction in a post titled “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Here I look at the same story of demoniac at the country of Gardarenes to examine another claim of a Bible contradiction by the skeptic.  The question before us is this: Where did the devils ask not to go?

According to the Skeptic Annotated Bible this is the answer they gave which supposedly indicates a contradiction:

Out of the country

 And He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he *said to Him, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he began to implore Him earnestly not to send them out of the country. (Mark 5:9-10)

Into the deep

And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. 31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss. (Luke 8:30-31)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible.  What is in bold is the emphasis by the skeptic webpage.)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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One woman sitting in church. The sun shines through the window to the left of the church.

Over at the liberal Huffington Post there’s an article titled “6 Things Christians Should Stop Saying To People Who Doubt” written yesterday by one of their associate editor name Carol Kuruvilla.  I’m struck at how many millennials are in the leadership and staff at Huff Po.  This girl just graduated college in 2011.  There’s nothing in of itself wrong with youth but I think sometimes their immaturity shows itself (note: I’m a Millennial myself).  In this particular piece the author wrote clearly what the intent of her post is:

here are 6 things I wish Christians would stop saying to people who are doubting their faith.

I’m sure some Christians can sometime say the wrong thing to those who doubt.  Some of the things mentioned in the article also made me cringe.  Though I cringe at time for different reasons than the reason the writer presented.  For the Christian the thing that’s most important is being biblical.  So in my post I want to biblically evaluate this Huff Po Religion piece.  I do so because she’s specifically targeting Christians and Christians must be biblical in how they engage with others.

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Adopted into God's Family Trevor Burke

Trevor Burke.  Adopted into God’s Family.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 24th, 2006.  233 pp.

How much do you know about the doctrine of adoption?  The author Trevor Burke definitely made a contribution towards the biblical doctrine of adoption in writing this book.  In the first chapter Burke noted how this doctrine has been misinterpreted and misunderstood.  He gives examples of how those in the field of systematic theology have made the mistake of equivocating adoption as the same thing as justification or have confused regeneration with adoption.  Burke also argued that it isn’t just systematic theologians who have erred for he also faults those who have been imbalanced in their focus on the background cultural material.  While Burke acknowledges that cultural background is important it should not be the predominate focus.  The writer does talk about the cultural background in understanding adoption but he does go back to the Scriptures to see how Scripture itself is describing our spiritual adoption.  As readers will discover in this work, the biblical description of adoption, while it presupposes the social understanding of adoption of the time, is also different: God’s adoption is far better and a contrast with what man does since spiritual adoption shows much deeper God’s amazing love.

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