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Sometimes there’s those weeks where so many things happen all at once for the Pastor during the week.  Church members who are sick, believers who need rides, late night calls, evangelistic contacts happen, others outside of churches want to meet up with you and the business of the weekly routine of Bible studies during the week, studying and pastoral visitations.  So much happens it cuts into your Sunday sermon prep.  And its truly not because of laziness because everything else is done well during the week.  You are tired.  You are exhausted.  You have been around people with problems all week long but they don’t know…that Sunday’s coming.

But then sometimes its all these things during the week that prepare the preacher for the sermon on Sunday.  It prepares him to be pastoral.  To be practical.  To be doctrinal but in a way that desires others to also see the glory of God as it is unfolded.  To be tired and beaten up like the rest of the body of Christ during the week, lest we become like the condescending preacher Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice.  It makes us rely on the Spirit and his grace.

Preachers if tomorrow is one of those rare Sundays, pray for His grace and His mercy.

Give it your all.  Because He is worthy.  Because your people need it.  Because you need it.  Preach the Gospel and apply its truth like its the last sermon you will ever preach and preach it prayerfully.

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Exegesis Bible Contradiction

Since October 2015 I have blogged quite a bit on Bible contradictions.  As a result of blogger Wally Fry who encouraged me to have a post that lists all the posts I have written, I decided to put this together.  It is an update from the previous Provisional listing posted earlier some months back.

It is my hope that God’s people would be equipped, that those who are not saved would benefit from the defense of the faith as well.  I encourage you to bookmark this, share this with others via social media, emails, word of mouth, etc.

Methods and Approach

  1. Why Refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time?
  2. How to Handle Bible Contradictions
  3. John Frame Quote on Apparent Contradictions
  4. Apologetics Sermon Illustration: Bible Contradictions and Fitting Puzzle Pieces
  5. Apologetics Sermon Illustration:Idioms of Love and Bible Contradictions
  6. Apologetics Sermon Illustration: Whoppers and Bible Contradictions


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 22nd-30th, 2016.

1.) Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2016

2.) The Trinity and the Problem of the One and the Many

3.) Calvinist Cartoons: Round and Sound

4.) Why Temporal Moral Relativism Fails

5.) Video: Michael Kruger on What It Means That the Bible Is Self-Authenticating

6.) Perceiving God

7.) To Help Circulate the Truth

8.) The Assumption That Time Or Chance Is Ultimate

9.) October Ministry Update: Frontline 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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Reformed Theological Seminary has for the last three months or so posted short videos answering various questions with the hashtag “#WisdomWednesday.”  Here’s two that’s related to apologetics by Dr. John Frame and Dr. Michael Kruger respectively.


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In light of the upcoming season as we head towards Christmas today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Where did Joseph and Mary live before the birth of Jesus?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction (the emphasis and what is skipped over is done by the skeptic):

They lived in Nazareth, and traveled to Bethlehem because of a census.

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)

They lived in a house in Bethlehem, and moved to Nazareth after returning from Egypt.

Jesus was born in a house in Bethlehem, where he was visited by the wise men from the east.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?…They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea…After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they [e]fell to the ground and worshiped Him…. (Matthew 2:1-11)

An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, telling him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt.

Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and…14 So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He remained there until the death of Herod…” (Matthew 2:13-15)

SlimJim’s note: Verse 13 that’s skipped over: “ remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.

They stayed in Egypt until an angel told Joseph in a dream to return to Israel.

 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord *appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, 20 “Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel… 21 So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matthew 2:19-21; NOTE: The Skeptic Annotated Bible was wrong to cite it as Matthew 2:13-15)

SlimJim’s note: Verse 20 that’s skipped over: “for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.”

So they returned to Israel, where Joseph was told by an angel in a dream to go to Nazareth.

But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, 23 and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” (Matthew 2:22-23)

(Note: 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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Michael Kruger

We have in the past posted on our blog Michael Kruger Faith to Life Lecture on the Self-Authenticating Scripture and his Four Lectures on the Canon by Michael J. Kruger (Free MP3s!).  Dr. Kruger is a Seminary president, New Testament Scholar, Presuppositional apologists and author who has made his contribution towards the work of the Lord in more ways than one.  Here’s a short video on “What It Means That the Bible Is Self-Authenticating:”

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Last week Tom, one of frequent commentator on our blog wrote a reply to my question of how was church that got me thinking about the church loving those who are older.  Here’s portion of that comment:

Our church definitely aims at the younger (20-40) crowd, which creates some problems and tensions for us being 60 years old. The preaching is doctrinally sound and we enjoy/appreciate the sermons but the music portion is a Christian rock concert replete with lightshow, etc. The congregation’s singing cannot be heard above the din. That grates on us at times. There’s also lot’s of technology with many video messages on the big screen but I’ve noticed over the past year that not one “older” member has ever been featured, every speaker is under 40. In their goal to appeal to the young, older people are somewhat, no, make that pretty much ignored. As we get even older it’s going to feel less and less comfortable.

My heart was heavy reading this.  I’m relatively young and am part of the Millennial generation. I am aware that my generation can be quite self-centered (generally speaking, I’m not saying everybody).  And I want to share this to encourage those going to church who are younger than 40 to not forget those who are older.


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