Posted in Apologetic Links, Christianity, Reformed, Theology, Presuppositional Apologetics, James White, Islam, presuppositionalism, christian apologetics, Reformed Theological Seminary on October 5, 2015 |
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James White discusses the revealed nature of the Quran and whether it is the Word of God with a Muslim Imam name Muhammad Musri. This debate took place on March 21st 2015 at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando Florida. Alpha Omega ministry has just loaded up the debate on Youtube recently!
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The above is a sneak peak from an upcoming book. Those who love Philosophy, Theology and Presuppositional apologetics (the school of apologetics taught by Cornelius Van Til) should look forward to John Frame’s upcoming new book “A History of Western Philosophy and Theology.” John Frame has taught on theology and the Christian worldview for decades and has a sharp mind while being biblically faithful. I think the quote from Frame above is insightful. Lord willing our review of this book will come soon in the next few weeks. Stay tune for it!
You can pre-order the book through Amazon by clicking HERE. It should be available November 13th, 2015.
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Posted in Apologetic Links, Christianity, Reformed, Theology, Presuppositional Apologetics, Van Til, presuppositionalism, John Frame, christian apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, steve hays on October 1, 2015 |
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Two weeks ago I responded to a troll in a post titled “Troll on Veritas Domain: Jesus didn’t have any requirements about belief in Himself?” Here in this post I want to tackle another point with the troll’s comment here. I’ve already responded to the first half of his comment over there but I thought I take on the second half as a blog post in hopes that the following response would illustrate the importance of contextually driven interpretation in refuting an erroneous interpretation.
The troll have an interesting take on the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. In his own words:
in fact, in the garden, why was god pissed? what was he angry with? what was his first comment?
he was angry at adam and eve believing (because now they judged) they were not worthy to be in god’s presence! his only following comment was deducing why they now thought their metaphoric nakedness (ie insufficiency) … “ah! you ate from the tree, eh?”
Nothing speaks more of the height of folly of the ungodly gospel of self-esteem than to see this troll reinterpret the reason why God was upset in Genesis 3. He thinks God was upset with Adam and Eve for thinking they were not worthy of being before His presence! Our troll rejects the traditional interpretation that the reason why God was upset with Adam and Eve is due to their disobedience in eating the prohibited fruit.
But is our troll’s interpretation defensible from the text of Genesis 3 itself? Let’s take a closer look.
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Posted in Apologetic Links, Christianity, Reformed, Theology, Presuppositional Apologetics, Van Til, presuppositionalism, christian apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, apologetics methodology, Matt Slick, Sye Ten Bruggencate, Jeff Durbin, Joe boot, God Keep Our Land Apologetics Conference, Hill Country Reformed Baptist Church on September 29, 2015 |
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On May 22-23, 2015, Hill Country Reformed Baptist Church hosted a “God Keep Our Land Apologetics Conference” in which they featured four Christian apologists and taught on Presuppositional Apologists. What I found exciting about this conference from other Presuppositional apologetics conference is that it took place in Canada!
Here is the description of the speakers from their website:
- Sye Ten Bruggencate – creator of the film “How to Answer the Fool” and runs the website http://www.proofthatgodexists.org. He has debated atheists like Matt Dillahunty and appeared on many radio and internet radio programs defending the Christian faith. Sye lives near London, ON.
- Matt Slick – founder and president of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM.org), author of the fiction novel The Influence and host of “Matt Slick Live,” an FM radio program in Boise, Idaho.
- Joe Boot – Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a cultural theologian, leading Christian apologist, founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto and founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC). Originally from Great Britain, he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries for seven years as an apologist based in England and Canada. Joe has spoken all over the world in 25 countries at numerous universities, seminaries, churches, colleges, and conferences from Eton College and Oxford University, to Forman University in Lahore, Pakistan. He regularly addresses medical, legal, and business professionals in North America, Britain, and the Middle East and has publicly debated leading atheistic thinkers and philosophers in Canada and the United States (taken from ezrainstitute.ca; for more information please visit the website.)
- Jeff Durbin – founder and host of Apologia Radio and Pastor of Apologia Church in Phoenix, AZ. Jeff has witnessed to and debated many from all walks of faith through his ministry. He is also active in preaching and witnessing to those entering abortion mills.
There are ten sessions although there are eleven videos in total which can be seen below:
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Posted in Christianity, Reformed, Theology, Church, Book Review, Calvinism, RC Sproul, Protestants, ecclesiology, Ligoner Ministries on September 28, 2015 |
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R.C. Sproul. What is the Church? Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, October 7th, 2013. 82 pp.
I picked this book out to go over for a study for a small group since I wanted to review the basics of ecclesiology that was concise and Reformed. I was also hoping to glean from this book anything helpful as I was also preparing to preach for a retreat on the topic of the church. The author R.C Sproul is someone I esteem very highly and he is more than capable in writing on this topic. However I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed with this particular book even though I found his other works in his Crucial Question Series to be quite helpful. This short book has nine chapter in which some of them could have been made into one. For instance I felt the first two chapters could have been combined together. Some of the chapters were so short that I was surprised to find I was done with them even though I was just getting started! There were some chapters that didn’t have a single Bible verse in support of the discussion. Sproul has a chapter on the servants of the Lord and I wished he could have addressed the topic of serving in the church more practically. Upon further reflection after completing the book I think the book as a whole could have been more practical. Sproul did have a helpful discussion in his final chapter about the marks of a true church. I agree with Sproul that a true church must preach the Gospel but I had a harder time with Sproul’s position that an essential element of a true church include the fact that it must practice church discipline. Now don’t get me wrong I believe in the importance of the local church carrying out discipline but I do think it is possible that a church struggle to implement church disciple and still remain a church. In the end I would still say this book is still worth getting despite the drawbacks I’ve mentioned although I would also encourage people to read other works on the church alongside this book. Given how Sproul has made this book and others like it in the Crucial Question series free on Kindle, what’s holding you back?
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