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All throughout the month I have posting resources and reviews of things related to the Reformation in light of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Here’s another one of those resource posts!

The following below are seminary lectures by Nathan Busenitz for a course at the Master’s of Divinity level on historical theology from the Reformation onward.  There are 26 lectures total and 11 of them alone are on the Reformation.  Lectures 12-15 also cover the Puritans which those who love Reformation history and Reformed theology often enjoy also as well.  What a treat!

If you enjoy these kinds of lectures don’t miss also 2017 Seminary Lectures: The Reformation by Dr. Carl Trueman.

Here are the videos featuring Dr. Busenitz:

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Shepherds Conference

The audio MP3s of the 2016 Shepherd’s Conference is now available online at Grace Community Church’s website!  It seems like they just have loaded it up and there isn’t a one central link for the series for the 2016 Conference just yet.

Here are the links!

General Session 1 with JOHN MACARTHUR

General Session 2 with PHIL JOHNSON

General Session 3 with STEVE LAWSON

General Session 4 with LIGON DUNCAN

General Session 5 with NATHAN BUSENITZ

General Session 6 with AL MOHLER

General Session 7 with TOM PENNINGTON

General Session 8 – Q&A with JOHN MACARTHUR & LIGON DUNCAN & AL MOHLER

General Session 9 with PAUL WASHER

General Session 10 with JOHN MACARTHUR

Enjoy!

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Note: This is my rough notes from my Kindle.  I shared this because today there are so many unbiblical ideas of what is “success” in the ministry.  This sermon is by a professor at The Master’s Seminary.

Nathan Busenitz

Nathan Busenitz’ Shepherd’s Conference: What does it mean to be successful?

2 Timothy 4

How do you measure success in ministry?  For the last two hundreds years it’s been about numbers…how many attending, how much offering, etc.  But is that how the Word of God measure success?

We must remember success isn’t necessarily a bad word.

Look at Hebrews 11:35; there are suffering.  From the world’s perspective they can hardly be consider successful since successful people don’t get mocking, imprisonment, etc.  If success is measured by prestige and popularity then these men were not successful.  But if success is measured by faithfulness then they were successful.  Many of our heroes of the faith were ridiculed and persecuted from the Bible and history.

Look at Jonah and Jeremiah and the stark contrast.  Jonah had numbers, Jeremiah didn’t but it was Jeremiah was more faithful.

2 Timothy 4 was written by Paul in the last leg of his life and ministry.  It was written to Timothy, a young man who was just beginning his ministry and he needed to be reminded of what is biblica ministry’s success.

Whether you are at the beginning or end of ministry, the principles articulated in this passage applies to all ministers this side of heaven.

Purpose: Three contrasts between worldly versus biblical success.

  1. A contrast in the motivation for service (v.1-5)
  2. A contrast in the measure of success (v.6-8)
  3. A contrast in the mindest about suffering (v.9-15)

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Editor’s note: The following is my transcript of the seminar on the New Atheism during the Shepherd’s Conference.  As I listened to some of the people’s question after wards, it occurred to me that some have been introduced to Presuppositional Apologetics for the first time.  I have recently blogged on some of the objections against Presuppositional Apologetics from a believer in Christ here and by an athiest here.  Stay tune to Veritas Domain as there will be more material coming up here in the next few days on Introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics.

Psalm 14:1

Two months ago a campaign began in Britain on buses saying “There’s probably no God”

First question to address, “What is the new Atheism”?

Coined in 2005 by Ronald Aronson, professor of ideas at Wayne State

Key books written in 2006 and 2007

The God Delusion

Breaking the Spell

Letter to a Christian Nation

Christopher Hitchens

A quote from Al Mohler, which in essence is talking about how the New Atheism is evangelistic and ambition in hope and see belief in God as down right dangerous

A quote from Simon Hooper of CNN, which states that New Atheists are confrontational rather than gently persuasive. He raised also the issue of whether they are preaching to the choir and a backlash of religious revival.

Six tenets of the New Atheism summarized by Andrew Brown of The Guardarian:

1.) Religions is based upon faith which is unjustified belief

2.) Antidote to faith is science, specifically naturalistic evolution

3.) Science is also antidote to religion

4.) Thus religion is doomed, because science will eventually triumph over religion

5.) Religion’s true nature is a homicidal zeal for power

6.) As a result, religion must be opposed since it is dangerous

Eight additional hallmarks of what set it apart as new:

1.) Unprecedented boldness

2.) A specific rejection of the Christian God of the Bible

3.) Explicit rejection of Jesus Christ

4.) Unwavering commitment to science and scientism (everything must be explained naturalism)

5.) Intolerance for even moderate and liberal form of religious belief

6.) Attack on toleration for religion in Western society

7.) Questioning of whether parents have right to indoctrinate their children

8.) Idea that religion must be eliminated to preserve human freedom

Who are the new atheist?

Many we can mention who have published and blog, but there are four leading ones:

1.) Richard Dawkins

Oxford biologist, VP of British Humanist

“Darwin’s Rottweiler”

Finds God ‘improbable’

Argues against design argument

2.) Christopher Hitchens

British born author, parents from religious backgrounds

Book is God is not Great (2007)

Argues against religion as that which limits human freedom; spends two chapters attacking the Old and New Testament

3.) Sam Harris

American author

Affinity for eastern religion/meditation

Book is The End of Fatih (2004)

Right now at UCLA working on his doctorate

Assert religion results in foolish idea

4.) Daniel Dennett

American philosopher of the mind, science and biology

Book is titled Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomenon (2006)

Attempts to explain everything (consciousness, free will, religion) in terms of Darwinism

Critical responses

Survey of some of the material responses

1.) Allister McGrath, The Dawkins Delusion?

2.) David Robertson, is a pastor in Scotland who wrote to Dawkin which resulted in The Dawkins Letters

3.) Alvin Plantinga The Dawkins Confusion

4.) Ravi Zacharias, The End of Reason

5.) Doug Wilson, Letter from a Christian Citizen

6.) Thomas Crean, catholic God is No Delusion

7.) John Haught, roman catholic of Georgetown University in God and the New Atheism

8.) Al Mohler, Atheism Remix

9.) David Aikman, the Delusion of Disbelief

These are highlighted to show that there has been a broader theistic/Christian community response to these groups and claims

Today, is not to go through the philosophical arguments and claim but to interact with it from a pastoral perspective

For instance, Alister McGrath in The Dawkins Delusion? Believes that the work is rhetorical style is to reassure and the death throws of the atheism movement

David Robertson who exposes it not as science per se but mainly because of philosophical

Plantinga who sees Dawkins work

Ravi Zacharias, sees that the ultimate debate is Islam vs. Christ in the West

Doug Wilson, who makes an argument to absurdity

Thomas Crean exposes how the presupposition of materialism is inherent within his worldview

Haught sees Dawkins of what the basis of morality to condemned Christianity that is not human convention or social constructions and the basis of absolute values

David Aiken-Much of what the atheist have written is not new, atheists have come and gone throughout history

Al Mohler- The Christian church must respond with conviction

Apologetics and Atheism

How do we practically respond as pastors,

2 Corinthians 10:5, 1 Peter 3:15, Jude 3, etc

6 principles to consider which are larger than the new atheism itself:

1.) Authority must be God’s Word not science or philosophy

Proponents want authority to be in pseudo-science, namely their philosophy of science

We need to go the Scripture for what we believe, and why we believe

2.) Aim is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ (not just argument for theism in general)

Anthony Flew now accept design argument, although he does not accept Jesus and his ‘conversion’ does not save him though

Evangelicals can make the sense of teaming up with other theist who are against the gospel

Secondary aim of apologetics is to

3.) The agent of change in apologetics is the Holy Spirit and not us

The Spirit primarily use the Word He inspires

We need to bring it back to the Scripture otherwise it is just a debate

You cannot force belief

4.) The Biblical assumption is that people already know God exists

Romans 1:18 and onward

We don’t need to spend a lot of time arguing for the existence of argument

We can give reason for why we believe, but when it comes to witnessing to others that God himself said that He has made himself known to all through creation and conscience (Romans 2:14)

5.) Anticipation is that the message will be ridiculed and rejected by majority of unbelievers

We should not be desiring intellectual respectability

Doesn’t’ mean we become anti-intellectual, but that the message we have will be inherently unpopular

Be very careful because it is a trap

6.) Assessment of our success must be measured in the faithfulness to the Lord and His Word

God himself is the ultimate measure of success

You can win the argument but fail when your tactics is unchristian

Success is determined by God

These are presuppositonal approach

There is a way of presenting evidence biblically

Reasons we believe in God

1. Because He has revealed Himself to us

Authorative Establishment

General revelation

Special revelation

Secondary reasons

2. Because the very existence of our universe points to a Creator

Authorative Establishment: Scripture

Secondary Affirmation: Evidence from science, philosophy, human experience confirms truth

3. A

Should we be surprise when science and philosophy confirm the Bible? No.

This should not surprise us as it has been here for centuries and millennium

3. Design of creation points to a Designer

Authorative: Job 38-41, Psalm 104:1-35, 139:13-14, and so on.

Secondary affirmation: Evidence from science, especially medical biology has made teleological argument one of the most potent.

4. Because the continuation of the universe points to a sustainer

Authorative establishment: Job 26:7, Psalm 74:16-17; 104:14, Isa. 40:26, etc

5. Because the human sense of morality points to a lawgiver

Authorative: Romans 2:14, Eccl. 12:13-14, Hebrew 9:27, cf. romans 1:19, 32; Exodus 20:13-17; Mark 12:31

6. Because eternity is written on hearts of men and women

Eccl. 3:11, 12:5; John 5:29, etc

Secondary affirmation: Anthropology shows that afterlife is such a universal phenomenon

7. Because life without God is ultimately meaningless

8. Because history conforms to a divine plan (prophecy)

9. Because miraculous events confirm Bible

Conclusion

1. A strong case for theism can be made, but it must be biblical and not be too quick to go after extrabiblical lines of argument

2. New Atheism is not new, and false religions, a faith based worldview committed to scientism and materialsm

3. Gospel is the only real answer to those who profess atheism and any other false view

We need to make sure gospel is the center of our apologetics

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