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Reforming a Local Church

Ernest Resinger. Reforming a Local Church.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, June 4, 2015. 40 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

This is a famous essay by Pastor Ernest Resinger who is an important leader with the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention.  This essay is about reforming a local church and while his original address was many decades ago for the context of the SBC denomination the applications and principles here applies for those in other denominations as well.  This booklet is both edifying and challenging.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Email Sermon Notes to those who can’t make it to Service.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 15th-21st, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ God Is Free Of Evil – Ep.159 – What About Evil? – The Challenge Of Moral Responsibility – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? What’s new?

3.) The Altruism Exchange 1

4.) Throwing Stones at Barking Distractions Piltdown Superman 

5.) Quick Thoughts on the Book of Enoch and Biblical Canon

6.) A Dilemma for Unitarianism

7.) Van Til’s Trinitarian Theology: Reformed or Revisionist? Lectures by Lane Tipton

8.) Veritas Domain’s Facebook page meme

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

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There has been a lot of recent heated discussions on social media by Thomists (followers of Thomas Aquinas) that those who are into Presuppositional Apologetics as taught by Cornelius Van Til do not understand the Trinity or worst hold to a heretical view of the Trinity.  These discussions touch on Divine Simplicity and the operation of the Holy Trinity.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What’s new?

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

Nothing is, or ever will be, new.

“What has been, it is what will be, And what has been done, it is what will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

Some things are new.

“Behold, I am going to do something new, Now it will spring up; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13)

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” (Revelation 21:1)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Someone asked me about the book of Enoch and the issue of whether it should be in the in Canon of the Bible.

Here’s my quick thoughts:

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for those with Omicron.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 8th-14th, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ God’s Work In Evil – Ep.158 – What About Evil? – Walking Through The Bible’s Dark Forest – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was Noah a just and perfect man?

3.) Book Review: Van Til’s “A Survey of Christian Epistemology” Introduction and Chapter 1

4.) EVOLUTIONISM, ATHEISM, AND DETECTING DECEIVERS

5.) Exodus 4: For or Against Presuppositional Apologetics?

6.) I Would Not Talk Endlessly About Facts…

7.) Sunday Walk 75 – Amoral Sexual Behavior As A Strong Delusion

8.) Misotheists, Evolutionists Play the Offended Card

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR another REBLOG HERE and repost here

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Someone ask:

I’ve recently been struggling with how certain miracles in the Bible appear to function towards unbelievers as an appeal to brute facts in an evidential sense.
One Biblical example would be when Moses asks God what he should do if people don’t believe that Moses has a prophetic message from God (Exodus 4). In order to convince the Israelites-and later the Egyptians-that God had actually spoken to Moses, Moses is told to throw his staff on the ground, which then turns into a snake. God also tells Moses to conduct the miracle of the leperous hand, and if that doesn’t doesn’t work, to transform the Nile into blood.
Moses is told to do all these things by God “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you” (Exo 4:5)
Neither of these examples seems to appeal to the self-authenticating word of God. They don’t appear to involve demonstrations that indirectly prove the impossibility of the contrary.
Rather they seem to appeal directly to the brute fact of the miracle itself in order to authenticate the message/claim.

I think Exodus 4 and also onwards in Exodus does not conflict with Presuppositional Apologetics; rather it does reinforce Presuppositional Apologetics is Scriptural.  Here’s my thoughts:

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Unity is important. There are Bible verses that speaks on the topic of unity: Psalm 133:1, Philippians 2;2 and 1 Peter 3:8.  1 Corinthians 1:10 also talks about not having division.  And in an area like apologetics there’s always the danger of disunity since the nature of apologetics is polemical and sometimes people’s sinful nature with fighting and arguments comes out, and the root of sinful quarrelsome attitude (versus apologetics in a gentle and respectful matter) is pride.

So in this post I want to focus on Unity among a Diversity of Presuppositional Apologists (taught by Cornelius Van Til), though I think there’s implications of how we have unity among other school of apologetics too (and Christians in general).

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Noah a just and perfect man?

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

Yes.

“These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)

No, he got drunk and cursed his grandson (and all of his descendants) with slavery because his son saw him drunk and naked.

“Then Noah began [a]farming and planted a vineyard. 21 He drank some of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were [b]turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine, he knew what his youngest son had done to him. 25 So he said, “Cursed be Canaan; [c]A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers.”” (Genesis 9:20-25)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Note: Last week I posted “” that was part of my sermon preparation for a retreat.  Some of you shared you would like to see the finished sermon outline. Here it is.

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1 Peter 1:3-12

Establish the need:  I do think our world will become more Post-Christian and with that I do think there will be an increase of Christian suffering both in the West and already the case outside the west.  Yet can we have joy in the midst of suffering as a Christian?

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various [b]trials, 7 so that the [c]proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and [d]full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of [e]your souls.

10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 [f]seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories [g]to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to [h]look.

Purpose: Today we want to see 3 S in regards to Christian joy in the midst of suffering.

In the midst of suffering…

  • You should have joy centered on salvation (v.3-5)
  • You should have joy knowing there’s a sufficient reason for suffering (v.6-9)
  • You should have joy knowing the spectacular prophecies of our Savior (v.10-12)

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for any of your church’s most recent retreat, that God would use it.

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So Here are links concerning Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between January 1st-7th, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Is God The Author Of Evil? – Ep.157 – What About Evil? – Walking Through The Bible’s Dark Forest – Part 1

2.)Ignorance of the Biblical Language and the Skeptic Annotated Bible

3.) A Commentary Review of Van Til’s The Defense of the Faith: Chapter 1

4.) Rooted In Revelation Podcast:  Is Christianity Evil?

5.) EVOLUTIONISM, ATHEISM, AND DETECTING DECEIVERS

6.) Our Top 10 Posts of 2021 (links on here that apply Presuppositional Apologetics)

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend or another reblog here, and a repost here

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Is Christianity Evil

I have really been enjoying Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here) this past year.  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

There’s a recent show on the topic of Christianity and whether it is evil.

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