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The meme below is a defense of Timothy Keller by drawing a comparison with Keller to Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck (1854–1921).

There is so much going on in this meme. I won’t be able to speak about everything stated. Nor is this post going to be attacking Timothy Keller though I sometimes feel his tweet on Twitter is too generalized and/or cryptic and they can be understood both by Christians and non-Christians in their own ways and therefore cheered by all. Instead I want to focus on this meme saying these all these claims above can be attributed to Herman Bavinck. My post is narrowly focusing on the claim that Bavinck would see himself as a political liberal. I do have some serious reservation when people invoke someone esteemed to improperly and inaccurately support a partisan political cause. This is true of those who can make Jesus into a rifle owning, card carrying NRA member Republican or the other spectrum where Jesus is portrayed as this beta male Vegan hippy pacifist who drink latte soy milk and is a woke SJW New Age Eastern mysticism guru. While not as egregious still I think Bavinck is being misrepresented for a political agenda here. Let me explain.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for Churches Pray for Churches Facing Legal Matters with this Pandemic.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How old was Jehoiachin when he began to reign?

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

He was 18 years old and he reigned for 3 months.

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned for three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.” ( 2 Kings 24:8)

He was 8 years old and he reigned for 3 months and 10 days.

Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned for three months and ten days in Jerusalem. He did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 36:9)

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

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Purpose: In this lesson we will continue to see the universal scope of God’s control specifically over angels and demons and man.

  • God’s control over angels
  • God’s control over fallen angels
  • God’s control over man

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

Spiritual Peace

Charles H. Spurgeon. Spiritual Peace.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, May 13th 2016. 23 pp.

4 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

This was another booklet by Charles Spurgeon that I picked out to go through with our church youth (pre-teens and teens) concerning the topic of having peace that I thought was a relevant topic as our kids and many like them are going through a time of not being physically attending school, isolated at home and at times going though things in 2020-2021 with the Covid situation.  This booklet was published by Chapel Library.  Spurgeon is among my favorite past preachers to read and while I have appreciated other booklets and sermons from him, this specific work wasn’t bad but it didn’t stand out as much as some of the other works I enjoyed from Spurgeon.  Still Spurgeon still presents biblical truths and it is edifying for believers and evangelistic towards non-Christians.

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This is an apologetics discussion between two apologists about how to teach Presuppositional Apologetics to Children.

What a fascinating topic! The hardest things to teach often is to teach to kids something that is new to the kids for the first time. And teaching theology and apologetics is even more difficult!

Who are the speakers?

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Ask how youth workers are doing.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Adonikam’s offspring returned from Babylon?

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

666

the sons of Adonikam, 666;” ( Ezra 2:13)

667

the sons of Adonikam, 667;” (Nehemiah 7:18)

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

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Purpose: In this session we will explore the sovereignty of God by seeing the universal scope of His control specifically His control over inanimate creation, animal creatures and human history.

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Boy last week and weekend was quite busy and I’m falling asleep trying to read and write a post.  So here is quick post of a free Christian e-book I found this weekend! (The original post I’m working on will have to wait for another time).

Jesus A Biblical Defense Of His Deity

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

Selected Scriptures

Purpose: In this session we shall look first at what God cannot do and secondly resolve the potential tension and problems with the omnipotence of God so that we would draw implications for our lives from the truth that God is omnipotent.

    • What are things that God cannot do?
    • Potential problems resolved
    • Implications

Reminder of our previous working definitions of the omnipotence of God:

  1. Looking at the root of the word omnipotence: “The word omnipotence is derived from two Latin words, omni, “all,” and potens, “powerful,” and means “all-powerful.”[1]
  2. Wayne Grudem: “God’s omnipotence means that God is able to do all his holy will.”[2]
  3. John Frame: “The term omnipotence is not in Scripture, but the term is appropriate to refer to two biblical ideas, closely related to one another: God can do anything He pleases…Nothing is too hard for God.”[3]
  4. John Feinberg: “God is able to do everything Scripture shows him doing.”[4]

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Note: For fans of Spurgeon have you checked out my Review: Charles Spurgeon Framed Art Print?

 

 

Charles H. Spurgeon. The Gospel in a Single Verse.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, May 12, 2020. 23 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

I was looking for something that is a short read for our church youth (pre-teens and teens) that preaches the Gospel that is short and readable in one sitting that also introduce them to the heritage of sound Bible teachers from Church history and I thought this booklet published by Chapel Library might fit the bill.  I wasn’t disappointed with The Gospel in a Single Verse.  Spurgeon is among my favorite past preachers to read.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Forgive others.

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

 

Selected Scriptures

Purpose: In this session we shall look at what the New Testament has to say about the omnipotence of God so that we would draw implications for our lives.

Definitions of the omnipotence of God:

  1. Looking at the root of the word omnipotence: “The word omnipotence is derived from two Latin words, omni, “all,” and potens, “powerful,” and means “all-powerful.”[1]
  2. Wayne Grudem: “God’s omnipotence means that God is able to do all his holy will.”[2]
  3. John Frame: “The term omnipotence is not in Scripture, but the term is appropriate to refer to two biblical ideas, closely related to one another: God can do anything He pleases…Nothing is too hard for God.”[3]
  4. John Feinberg: “God is able to do everything Scripture shows him doing.”[4]

What does the New Testament have to say about the omnipotence of God?

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

 

Selected Scriptures

Purpose: In this session we shall look at what the Old Testament has to say about the omnipotence of God so that we would draw implications for our lives.

(Note: I will post the New Testament outline sometime this week, further editing is required)

Definitions of the omnipotence of God:

  1. Looking at the root of the word omnipotence: “The word omnipotence is derived from two Latin words, omni, “all,” and potens, “powerful,” and means “all-powerful.”[1]
  2. Wayne Grudem: “God’s omnipotence means that God is able to do all his holy will.”[2]
  3. John Frame: “The term omnipotence is not in Scripture, but the term is appropriate to refer to two biblical ideas, closely related to one another: God can do anything He pleases…Nothing is too hard for God.”[3]
  4. John Feinberg: “God is able to do everything Scripture shows him doing.”[4]

What does the Old Testament have to say about the omnipotence of God?

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