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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between May 1st-7th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 122 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – Christianity As A Worldview – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Should we do what the Pharisees say to do?

3.) Answering the Critics Without Being Foolish

4.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 4: The Epistemology of Logic

5.) Does Presuppositional Apologetics Claim that Nonbelievers cannot know things?

6.) The British Empiricists

7.) One Less God

8.) Revelationary Apologetics Episode 2: General Theism / Problem of Evil

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

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Before there was a recent debate this past week on on apologetics methodology one of the debaters wrote on Facebook that Presuppositionalists claims that nonbelievers cannot know anything.  If “Presuppositional apologetics” is new to you I recommend checking out our Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures and listening to anything on there under Greg Bahnsen.

Is it true that Presuppositionalists claims nonbelievers do not not know anything?

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Jesus said ““You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

What an amazing statement.

Are you a being a light for Jesus in these times?

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Review of last lesson: In the previous lesson we explored the relationship of God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility specifically with the two aspects of the will of God in relationship to man’s will and responsibility.

Purpose: In this lesson we will continue to explore the relationship of God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility specifically with the relationship of God’s sovereignty that shapes what kind of will does man have?

Opening thoughts

  • When we ask what kind of will does man have, we are really asking what kind of will does man have in light of God’s sovereignty. Note that one’s view of God’s sovereignty will shape your understanding of what kind of will man has, and the situation is true vice versa in that one’s view of man’s will/volition will shape one’s understanding of God’s sovereignty.
  • The reason why we are going over this intensely is because if we are not careful in being precise about the relationship of man’s will and responsibility to God’s sovereignty, it will affect our walk with God and obedience.
  • Often when people talk about free will we must ask the question, “What is man’s will free from when we speak of ‘free will?’”

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This weekend on social media there was a heated thread about racism, the US and Christianity. It was vicious. I did jump in but I believe in being a Christian even in the midst of disagreement and others are not being civil. Someone thought that my exchange with a pastor I disagreed with was worth having as a blog post. I’ll share the exchange but I want to make a point of a spiritual lesson afterwards.

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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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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for someone’s decision of which college to attend next school year.

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 22nd-30th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 121 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – Christianity As A Worldview – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? Did Paul visit all of the disciples when he went to Jerusalem after his conversion?

3.) What if the Laws of Logic goes Unjustified?

4.) Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

5.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 3: The Ontology of Logic

6.) Apologetics in the Workplace: 3 Lectures by Greg Bahnsen

7.) Why Does God Allow Suffering? by Jordan Ravanes

8.) Bavinck on the Use of Philosophy

9.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #61: Water Connect Puzzle and Harmonization of Doctrines and Bible Contradictions

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

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A weekend non-fiction fun read as a break from heavy theological reading: Because Pastors need a break also!  Haven’t done one of these in a while!

Who Ate the First Oyster

Cody Cassidy.  Who Ate the First Oyster?. New York, NY: Penguin Books, May 5th 2020. 240 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Who ate the first oyster?  Who discovered Hawaii?  (And how?) And who painted the world’s first masterpiece?  These questions and others are answered in this book.  Written in an accessible manner the answers that author Cody Cassidy gave are informative, fascinating and interesting with the reasoning he gives of why scientists, historians and other experts come to the conclusion they arrived at.  If you like asking questions and learning people’s attempt to answer those questions then this book is for you.

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So here’s a lighter post that I wanted to ask readers the following question: What are you planning to read for May 2021?

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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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This is a series on the attributes of God.

gods_attribute_the_sovereignty

Review of last lesson: In the previous lesson we explored the relationship between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, specifically how human responsibility does not make sense unless God is sovereign.

Purpose: In this lesson we will continue to explore the relationship of God’s sovereignty with man’s responsibility specifically with the two aspects of the will of God in relationship to man’s will and responsibility.

Method of study: We will look at two aspects of God’s will, then examine some biblical data that shows the relationship between man’s responsibility and the two aspect of God’s will.

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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

Carl R. Trueman. The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, November 24th 2020.  432 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster |Amazon

Does it seem that too many things that is trending in our post-2020 world seems rather crazy?  This book is an important work that explore how some of the pathologies we are currently seeing in society and culture today is the result of the modern view of the self.  Christian historian Carl Trueman authored this important and phenomenal work that have the attention of others as well in regards to its significance, with this book having received The Gospel Coalition Book Award for 2020 and as of today in April 27th, 2021 it remains the number one Best Seller in Religion & Philosophy on Amazon, which is incredible given that this is six months after the book was published.  I felt this book is similar to Francis Schaeffer’s How Then Shall We Live? with how the book present readers a penetrating analysis of cultural development of how we got to where we are now from the past although it is with much more academic rigor and footnotes to make the case for the book’s thesis than Schaeffer’s classic.  I felt this book is probably Trueman’s best work thus far.

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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)

Enjoy!

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for the Scripture Reading During Church Service.

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