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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading many months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of 1 Thessalonians 5:16.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 16 Πάντοτε χαίρετε”
Rejoice always

Here are some observations:



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Here are the links gathered from the Internet between December 8th-14th, 2018 concerning the topic of Presuppositional apologetics.

(While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2018 since we are in the month of December)


1.) Fascinating New Evidence for the Gospels via Richard Bauckham 2) Proof for God; 3) Atheism is Impossible

2.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #50: Messianic Prophecy And A Red Carpet Premiere

3.) Reproduction machines

4.) David Bahnsen on Greg Bahnsen

5.) Gerrymandering naturalism

6.) FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 245 Carl Frederick Featured artist is John Baldessari

7.) Want to Give a Book for Christmas? Here’s My Top Ten List for Books on the Authority of Scripture


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


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For more of our posts responding to alleged Bible contradictions check out our .

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Where did John baptize?

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

In the Jordan River

Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; 6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.” (Matthew 3:4-6)

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

In Bethabara, beyond the Jordan

These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” (John 1:28)

(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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Brad S. Gregory. The History Of Christianity In The Reformation Era. Chantilly, VA: The Teaching Company, July 8, 2013. 18 hours, 47 minutes, 6 seconds.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is an audio history lecture produced by The Teaching Company.  It is the second set that I listened to from them.  I got this product largely due to the positive experience with my first lecture series on the topic of ancient warfare.  This present lecture series is on the history of Christianity during the era of the Reformation.  I was more impressed with this lecture series than the first one I listened to and I am looking forward to enjoying more products from this company since they have done a good job picking qualified scholars and experts on the subjects being taught.


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In another internet forum someone asked the hypothetical question of “What three Biblical books best encapsulates the message of the Bible?”

Now of course we can’t make the all the books in the Bible forced into three books; there’s a sense we can do injustice to the richness of God’s revelations in terms of each book being a masterpiece of literature, doctrinal gold, etc.  But I thought it was still good exercise since it makes me think about what three books I should eventually preach and teach through as a Pastor over the course of decades of ministry in order to best capture the main thrust of all of Scripture.

Here’s my answer which was expanded from my original comment:


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Susan Lutz. Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 1st 2002. 22 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This biblical counseling booklet addresses the issue of being thankful.  Specifically it addresses the need to be thankful to God even when there is life difficulties.  The booklet is part of a series called “Resources for Changing Lives” printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing and this was one of the earlier volumes.  Like other booklets in this series this was helpful.  Personally I have used this particular title for own edification, for counseling as a Pastor, for a devotional with my wife and also I’m planning on reading it together with one of our church’s small group.


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Point: Predictive prophecies are important in God’s attestation from His Word that Jesus is the Messiah. How could we further illustrate the importance of Messianic prophecies?


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