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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from December 1st-7th, 2022.

In light of the Holidays here’s our 13th Annual Presuppositional Apologetics’ Christmas Books Recommendations:  Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2022

1.) Cave To The Cross Apologetics – Redux – J. Warner Wallace Interview

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was Solomon David’s second or fourth son by Bathsheba?

3.) Why They Reject the Truths of Design and Creation

4.) Biblical Theology and Self-Attesting Nature of Scripture

5.) eVideNce fOr eVoLutiOn!!!!

6.) Episode 19 – A Case for 6-Day Creation (Part 7) – Evolution vs Answers in Genesis

7.) David versus Goliath is a Messianic Type

8.) Rejoinder: The myth of secular moral chaos (Sam Harris)

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend 

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Establish the need: We already saw the last two weeks that the beginning and end of 1-2 Samuel has Messianic prophecies stated in poetic forms; but in between the bookends does any of the narrative stories gives us any types pointing towards the Messiah?

Purpose: We will explore how this story is a type pointing to Jesus with two points so that we would be at awe with God and Christ and the Bible as our act of worship.

  • We expect a Messianic typology in 1-2 Samuel because of the parallels between Abraham and David
  • The parallel with David and Jesus

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Resurrection Hope and the Death of Death

 

Mitchell Chase. Resurrection Hope and the Death of Death.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 25th 2022.  163 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

What does the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testment has to teach us about the resurrection and also life after death?  This book is a survey of that, giving us a biblical theology of God’s power over death and also the fuller doctrine developed in God’s revelation of a physical resurrection of all humans after death, either to judgment or salvation.  The author Mitchell Chase is a professor of biblical studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctoral work at Southern Seminary was on the topic of resurrection hope.  So it is fitting he authored this book on this topic for the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series which is published by Crossway.  Coming in at 163 pages it is a helpful survey of what does the Bible have to say about the resurrection that begins in seed form in the Old Testament but gets more developed as more of God’s Word is revealed in redemptive history.

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Pray Sermons online would be used by God.

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I have written a few years ago “Quick Thoughts on the self attesting nature of the Bible.”  I thought I add to that discussion on the self-attesting nature of the Bible and how Biblical Theology helps us crystalize how the Bible is itself self-attesting.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Solomon David’s second or fourth son by Bathsheba?

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

Second

“Then Nathan went to his house. Later the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s [a]widow bore to David, so that he was very sick…Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and slept with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the Lord loved him,” (2 Samuel 12:15, 24)

Fourth

“These were the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, four by Bath-shua the daughter of Ammiel;” (1 Chronicles 3:5)

(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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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 22nd-30th, 2022.

In light of the Holidays here’s our 12 Annual Presuppositional Apologetics’ Christmas Books Recommendations: Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2022

1.) Cave to the Cross’ 9th Book Announcement

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who tempted David to number Israel?

3.) Darwin Succeeded through Huxley Conspiracies

6.) Episode 18 – A Case for 6-Day Creation (Part 6) – Evolution vs Spike Psarris

7.) Outline Teaching on Messianic Prophecies from the Book of Moses Series

8.) Book Review: The Best Religion For the Task At Hand

9.) David’s Final Words are Messianic

10.) 5 COMMON Objections To Presuppositional Apologetics ANSWERED

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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Establish the need: How many of us would right away list 2 Samuel 23:1-7 as Messianic Prophecy when asked to list Messianic passages?

Purpose: We will consider four reasons why we know Jesus existed in history.

  • David is focusing on the Messiah (v.1)
  • Affirmation this is Prophetic (v.2-3a)
  • The Messiah’s Righteousness (v.3b-4)
  • The Basis of the Messiah’s Coming is the Davidic Covenant (v.5)
  • The Messiah’s Judgment (v.6-7)

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For our Tuesday series at church we have been going over a series on apologetics with the unit on Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament. Here specifically we share the outlines from passages from the Law of Moses (first five books).

Here are the links to the outlines below:

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I think most Christians who might be familiar with Jethro in Exodus 18 often hear about the passage as application of leadership where there’s the lesson of delegating tasks to others (see Exodus 18:13-27).
But I think there’s more to the passage than about leadership; especially in considering deeper what Exodus 18:1-12 is about.

Here’s the passage:

Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard about everything that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the Lord had brought Israel out of Egypt. 2 And Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took in Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away, 3 and her two sons, one of whom was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” 4 And the other was named Eliezer, for he said, “The God of my father was my help, and saved me from the sword of Pharaoh.” 5 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was camped, at the mountain of God. 6 And he sent word to Moses: “I, your father-in-law Jethro, am coming to you with your wife and her two sons with her.” 7 Then Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and he bowed down and kissed him; and they asked each other about their welfare, and went into the tent. 8 Moses told his father-in-law everything that the Lord had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardship that had confronted them on the journey, and how the Lord had rescued them. 9 And Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness which the Lord had done for Israel, in rescuing them from the hand of the Egyptians. 10 So Jethro said, “Blessed be the Lord who rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods; indeed, it was proven when they acted insolently against the people.” 12 Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat a meal with Moses’ father-in-law before God.

Here’s my thoughts:

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This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Express Gratitude for those who pick up the elderly to Church.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who tempted David to number Israel?

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

God

“Now the anger of the Lord burned against Israel again, and He incited David against them to say, “Go, count Israel and Judah.”” (2 Samuel 24:1)

Satan

“Then Satan stood up against Israel and incited David to count Israel.” (1 Chronicles 21:1)

(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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I’m especially excited to present our annual Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional apologetics and Van Til’s apologetics.  That is because this is our blog’s thirteenth year in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics or the Christian worldview!

Below are links to the recommendations from previous years, and if you are new to the whole thing with Presuppositional apologetics and want something introductory I highly recommend the first two books we recommend this year along with the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is listed below.  Each work will have a link to my fuller review and also links to where one can purchase the book.

Here’s this year’s recommendations:

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Thankfulness Free Grace Broadcaster

Various Authors. Thankfulness.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, November 8th 2016. 48 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read something devotionally on the topic of being thankful and thanksgiving to the Lord?  This resource from Chapel Library might be for you.  Feature in this pamphlet are essays of various historic Protestant preachers and pastors on thanksgiving to God.  These authors are all tested saints from centuries ago but the truth found in its pages is timeless.  There’s various compiled writings from William Cooper, Richard Sibbes, Thomas Mantion, Charles Spurgeon and others.  This is my third Free Grace Broadcaster I read.  The earlier one I read was on Messianic Prophecies and Fatherhood.  Like the first one this particular booklet too was a spiritual delight!

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Establish the need: To the untrained eye one can think a small book like Ruth that read like personal romance has nothing to do with the Messiah; but is this the case?

Purpose: We will consider three points of how the book of Ruth has Messianic trajectories.

    • It might have seemed that God had forgotten about His Messianic promises during the book of Ruth
    • The genealogy in Ruth 4 continues the Messianic hope
    • God works through unlikely situations

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