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Former Muslim turn Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi went to be with the Lord yesterday on September 16, 2017.  He died after battling with a quick spreading cancer.  He might be the most prayed for and most mourn Christian apologist in recent memory, seeing how Christians of various theological and apologetics’ spectrum has prayed for him and his healing and afterward mourn for his death.

I can’t help but to think about God’s mysterious providence.

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I had to check to see if this was not a parody of a Patriotic American…an Army veteran freeing a bald eagle by firing his rifle during American Independence Day weekend and they later naming the eagle “Freedom.” The only thing missing is BBQ, fireworks and a speech by General Mattis ending with mom’s apple pie for dessert.

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History fascinates me.  When I became a Christian it became even more so.  I know it is somewhat cliche but I saw “History is His Story.”

I am fascinated with older books (that’s historical) on history–we get a window of the times of how certain people in a certain era reflected on the past.  Even more fascinating is when people try to engage history with a Christian worldview.

The following are two historical works in an earlier era in American history in which both authors engaged in a Christian view of the History of the United States.  They are found free on Google Books:

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George Bancroft wrote History of the United States of America in 1892.  He was a politician and writer and among his accomplishment in life was the establishment of the US Naval Academy when he was Secretary of the Navy.

 

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David Ramsay wrote The History of the American Revolution in 1811.  He was a doctor that later became one of America’s early historian of the War of Independence.

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God's Work of Providence 2014

Been meaning to post this online earlier but haven’t had the chance until now.

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary had their annual Spring Conference on the topic of Providence and the MP3 audios to the Conference are now available online:

 Calling All Christians! Calvin’s Doctrine of Vocation Dr. James E. McGoldrick 

Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil by Benjamin Shaw

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God's Work of Providence 2014

The last two years I’ve enjoyed listening to the entire audios from the Spring Conference of  Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on topics that non-Presbyterians would also benefit from.  In 2012 the conference was on Old Princeton from Greenville Seminary 2012 Conference and in 2013 it was on a Biblical doctrine of Man.

This year’s theme is on God’s Works of Providence in which they will be examining what providence is and such topics as its relation to evil, sin, suffering, and prayer.

Here’s the schedule:

are unable to attend the entire conference.


Tuesday : March 11

9:00 – 10:00 The Flow of the Psalms Part 1 (Dr. O. Palmer  Robertson)

10:15 – 11:15 The Flow of the Psalms Part 2 (Dr. O. Palmer Robertson)

11:15 – 12:15 Prospective Student Luncheon at GPTS

11:00 – 1:00 Registration Table Open at Grace Baptist Church

1:00 – 1:15 Conference Welcome and Announcements

1:15 – 2:30
  • Calling All Christians! Calvin’s Doctrine of Vocation
  • Dr. James McGoldrick
  • Professor of Church History at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

3:00 – 4:15
  • Just a Lot of Noise: Providence & the Problem of Evil
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw
  • Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

4:15 – 4:45 Question and Answer

4:45 – 7:00 Dinner Break (not catered)

7:00 – 8:30
  • The Definition & Beauty of Providence*
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

Wednesday : March 12

9:00 – 10:15
  • Calvinism & the Origin of Sin
  • Dr. James Anderson
  • Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Providence & “Middle Knowledge”: A Question of “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”
  • Dr. Derek Thomas
  • Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, SC. Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta).

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch Break (not catered)

1:45 – 3:00
  • Beautiful In Its Time: A Preacher’s Journey Through the Mists of Providence
  • Rev. Benjamin Miller
  • Pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Huntington, NY.

3:30 – 4:15 Question and Answer

4:45 – 6:45 Catered Dinner at GPTS

7:00 – 8:30
  • Providence or Fatalism*
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa
  • President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology..

 

Thursday : March 13

9:00 – 10:15
  • The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa
  • President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology.

10:35 – 11:50
  • The Heidelberg Catechism: Its Gripping History & Teaching on Providence
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

I can’t wait to listen to it online already!

 

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The Notorious Benedict Arnold

I am reviewing this book from the perspective of the Christian worldview.
For most American, no name symbolizes betrayal and treason like the name Benedict Arnold. Yet for most people, no other historical details usually accompany the name besides the fact that he lived during the Revolutionary War and eventually sided with the British. This book is an excellent read of the story of Benedict Arnold and the author wrote it in a narrative form that feels like a novel. Halfway into the book my mind started comparing Benedict Arnold to Judas who betrayed Jesus; not that the two committed the same level of betrayal but the journey were similar in that they were on one side before their allegiance switched—and switched over for the sake of money. This is a story of someone who was ambitious from the start—in the beginning of the revolutionary we read of a businessman name Benedict Arnold who hilariously went up to a group of militia from another state and audaciously told them he has authorization from his own state to be their commanders. Despite the soldiers laughing, Benedict Arnold went on to become one of America’s finest general who was highly esteemed by none other than Washington himself. Arnolds’ exploits of military genius and courage is also balanced by problems that always arise whenever he has free time and has to deal with politics. It definitely confirms the principle that free time often gives us time to entertain our inner depraved thoughts, what all of us if we truly understand our hearts ought to be careful of. Also, Arnold’s inability to understand the politics around him—whether it’s inter-colonial rivalries or the jealousy of Continental Congress over the military—only led to his frustration and paranoia of assuming that there people really out to destroy him with defamation. This wasn’t help when he was bypassed for promotion or had commanders who didn’t report fairly his contribution in battles. These seed of wanting recognition more than he got led him to eventually turn against the very cause he was fighting for—and willing to now turn his allegiance to the British. How Arnold was caught is itself an amazing story of providence. Matter fact the whole story of Arnold’s military life is filled with many acts of providences that is more than mere coincidences. I recommend this book for one’s reading pleasure and perhaps some lesson about human nature and man’s condition—then and now.

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REVIEW

I’ve enjoyed this book by the Puritan John Flavel. I do like how the author brings the devotional flavor to the subject of God’s providence. He discusses the providence of God before we are born, when we are born, whom we are born to, growing up, coming to saving faith and also how we die. What this book really challenged me was to reflect in my own lives the providence of God and His divine favor and mercy–and how God has been the one who had a better plan than I did and led me to the right direction. The author also balances discussion about providence and His guidance with the need for the Word of God as the directing norms in our lives, and not use the excuse that providence has allowed us the door to go sin. Excellent book.

WANT TO ENJOY THE WORK YOURSELF?

Apparently you can access this work in various format.  If you want this work in MP3, Still Water Revival has it offered free HERE.  If you want to read it online, go here.  Of course, you can always get a physical book copy through Purtitan Paperback.

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