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Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: What did the Centurion call Jesus when he died?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

The Son of God.

When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39)

Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:54)

A righteous man.

Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”
(Luke 23:47)

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

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

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Jeff Durbin is a pastor in Arizona who is also a Christian who engages actively in evangelism and apologetics.

Here he takes on the question “Does Atheistic Morality Make Sense?”

Here’s a taste of Presuppositional apologetics.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 15th-21st, 2017.

1.) Christian Philosophy And Presuppositions Examine Buddhism – New Book

2.) Cornelius Van Til quote: Knowledge by Authority

3.) Discussion Guide: The Ultimate Proof of Creation Chapter 3

4.) Van Til’s enduring value

5.) Christian Worldview Apologetics: an overview 

6.) What Are Worldviews? Why Do Worldviews Matter? How Does One Change Worldviews?

What’s more certain: God or my hands?

7.) Logical Beliefs Ministries Podcast 0061: The Naturalistic Fallacy and an attack on Presuppositional Apologetics

 

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

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Last December I posted a review of audio book by Eric Metaxas titled Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life among other audio book reviews here.  I have also posted my review on Amazon and yesterday I got an email of the following comment concerning my criticism that Metaxas could have been more theologically discerning.  Here’s the comment left on my Amazon review:

Keep in mind that the Bible supports the idea that people with bad theology can still do miracles. The Apostle Paul talks of people who do miracles for their own glory yet Christ is still preached so he is ok with it. (Phil 1:15-18)

So it doesn’t matter if people with bad theology do miracles… so long as the Name is glorified.

Is it true that “it doesn’t matter if people with bad theology do miracles?”

Here’s my response:

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Is Justification by Faith Taught in the Old Testament?

Justification is the act of God declaring a sinner righteous before Him.

But first why is this question important:

This question is important if one believes in the continuity between the Old and the New Testament.

This question is also important if one believes that Christianity has its root in the Jewish Scripture.

Moreover if you love the truth that God has justified sinners by faith, you will appreciate that this was always God’s intention.

This is also helpful for Jewish evangelism and apologetics to the Jews.

It is useful for doctrinal apologetics of Christianity.

I have found Paul in Romans 4 to be quite insightful of his argument from the Old Testament in which he argues and defends the thesis that the doctrine of justification by faith has Old Testament roots.

For this post we will look at Abraham in Genesis.  Specifically we will look at Paul’s argument concerning Abraham and you will notice in Romans 4 that Paul’s argument was faithful to the context of Genesis.

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As I’m going over this with a group of guys from my church I thought the following questions might be helpful for individuals and small groups to facilitate discussions and learning based upon the apologetics’ book “Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Jason Lisle.  It is a book that teaches Presuppositional apologetics that engages apologetics at the level of worldview.  Cornelius Van Til was instrumental in beginning this form of apologetics and others have developed and applied it.

For discussion questions for previous chapters click on the following:

Chapter 2

The questions in this post will be for chapter 3 of the book.

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I’m looking forward to this year’s Shepherd’s Conference, a conference for Pastors and church leaders sponsored by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is the Pastor.

They even made this neat trailer:

Seems like the theme would be on the Reformation in light of the Reformation’s 500 years anniversary.  Lord willing I’ll be blogging through the sessions on February 28th-March 3rd.

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