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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How did Saul die?  According to the Skeptic Annotated Bible their page said there is no Christian answer yet.

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

Saul committed suicide.

Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and pierce me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised Philistines will come and pierce me through, and abuse me.” But his armor bearer was unwilling, because he was very fearful. So Saul took his sword and fell on it. 5 When his armor bearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword and died with him. 6 So Saul died with his three sons, his armor bearer, and all his men on that day together.” (1 Samuel 31:4-6)

Then Saul said to his armor bearer, “Draw your sword and thrust me through with it, otherwise these uncircumcised Philistines will come and abuse me.” But his armor bearer would not, for he was very afraid. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it.” (1 Chronicles 10:4)

Saul was killed by an Amalekite.

Then he said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’ 9 And he said to me, ‘Please stand next to me and finish me off, for agony has seized me because my life still lingers in me.’ 10 So I stood next to him and finished him off, because I knew that he could not live after he had fallen. And I took the crown which was on his head and the band which was on his arm, and I have brought them here to my lord.”” (2 Samuel 1:8-10)

Saul was killed by the Philistines.

then David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan from the citizens of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them on the day the Philistines struck and killed Saul in Gilboa.” (2 Samuel 21:12)

God killed him.

and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom over to David, the son of Jesse.” (1 Chronicles 10:14)

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

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Brother Eriko Mendez of the Powerful Christian T-shirt Shop has turned into audios of 4 of our posts from Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.  These 4 audios are related to method and approach with dealing with Bible contradictions.

I appreciate brother Eriko as a fellow solid brother in Christ who loves the Lord, and is someone who loves Presuppositional apologetics and sharing the Gospel.

I thought this is might be helpful too as these days having the ability to listen to things helps one to redeem the time and allow one to read other materials.

Here are the 4 audios which I also have linked to the original article:

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Here are links gathered from July 8th-14th, 2021 on Presuppositional Apologetics/Presuppositionalism or subject matters that would be of interests to those who are into Presuppositional apologetics.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Who Is Jesus? – Ep. 132 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – God With Us – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How should the Ammonites be treated?

3.) No Truth, No Science

4.) Talk: The Christian Worldview Project on the Topic of Purgatory (An exegetical and theological system approach)

5.) What The Future Of Apologetics Looks Like According To An Old Testament Professor

6.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #65: Three Little Pigs and Apologetics’ Methodology

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8.) Issues in Biblical Anthropology by Owen Strachan: The Master’s Seminary 2021 Winter Elective

9.) Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3

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

This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Session 28: Righteousness of God Part 2: Forensic Justification by God’s grace alone

Review: Last session we defined and demonstrated that God is righteous and we also explored what that means for our lives. We often think of God’s righteousness as God treating the righteous righteously and punish the unrighteous.  But there is a third way that God’s righteousness is expressed and that God’s work of forensic justification of sinners.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore what is the doctrine of forensic justification followed by three reasons why we need the forensic justification of God and also explore some implications

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Reenchanting Humanity

I have been waiting for this to be online for awhile now and I just saw that this is online!  Dr. Owen Strachan is Provost and Research Professor of Theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary (he just moved there from Mid-Western Seminary).  He specializes in the area of biblical anthropology (theology of man).  One of the things from 2020 onwards that has become very important in much of the political discussion is what is one’s view of the nature of man.  I just bought his book titled “Reenchanting Humanity” and Lord willing I want to finish it sometime this year and write a review.

Here is his official biography:

Dr. Owen Strachan is Provost and Research Professor of Theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary. Before coming to GBTS he served as Associate Professor of Christian Theology and Director of the Residency Ph.D Program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Ph.D from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his AB from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He is married and the father of three children. Strachan has authored numerous books, including Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind, The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision (with Kevin Vanhoozer) and the forthcoming Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel – and the Way to Stop it (Salem Books, July 2021). Strachan is the former president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, the former director of The Center for Public Theology at MBTS and is the President of Reformanda Ministries.

 

The topic covered:

  1. Image of God
  2. Sexuality
  3. Wokeness
  4. Transhumanism/Technology/Other issues
  5. Vocation

I thought I make a post just so its easier to view it all in one place.
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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 6:27.  Here is my translation:

“τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν μεριμνῶν δύναται προσθεῖναι ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλικίαν αὐτοῦ πῆχυν ἕνα; ”
And who out of you by being worried, he is able to his stature one cubit?

Here are some observations:

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Point: Presuppositional apologetics is really a worldview apologetics that among other things, analyzes the foundational beliefs of those who challenge the Christian worldview.  In other words, Presuppositionalists engages in an internal critique against an opponent’s presuppositions to show how they cannot provide the “solid foundation” to make human experiences intelligible and meaningful.  Sometimes people might not understand what the presuppositionalists is doing so an illustration is in order.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for any future church retreat plans.

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The Christian Worldview Project is from the Philippines.  Their Facebook page can be accessed here.

The host of the show is brother Jordan.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How should the Ammonites be treated?

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

Do not fight against them or take their land.

When you come opposite the sons of Ammon, do not attack them nor provoke them, for I will not give you any of the land of the sons of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot as a possession.’” (Deuteronomy 2:19)

Only you did not go near the land of the sons of Ammon, all along the river Jabbok and the cities of the hill country, and wherever the Lord our God had commanded us to avoid.” (Deuteronomy 2:37)

Kill them and take their land.

So Jephthah crossed over to the sons of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord handed them over to him.” (Judges 11:32)

Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I will cause an alarm of war to be heard Against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon; And it will become a desolate heap, And her towns will be set on fire. Then Israel will take possession of his possessors,” Says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 49:2)

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

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Here’s the early 2021 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links gathered between July 1st-7th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Old Testament Christianity – Ep. 131 – Interview With A Pastor – Dr. Tiberius Rata

2.) Bible Contradiction? Have Christians been raised with Christ?

3.) The Final Reference Point of All Predication

4.) Does Presuppositional Apologetics’ impossibility of the contrary mean that we need to analyze every worldview?

5.) Review: By What Standard? An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til

6.) Reforming Apologetics (Wrap-Up)

7.) Creating A God Who Doesn’t Exist

8.) Calvinism and Art: Abraham Kuyper’s “Lectures on Calvinism”

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

This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Righteousness of God Part 1: Definition and Proofs

Purpose: Define and demonstrate that God is righteous follow by exploring its implications for our lives.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading some time ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Matthew 6:17.  Here is my translation:

“σὺ δὲ νηστεύων ἄλειψαί σου τὴν κεφαλὴν καὶ τὸ πρόσωπόν σου νίψαι,

”But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face

Here are some observations:

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By What Standard An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til

Rousas John Rushdoony. By What Standard? An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til.  Vallecito, CA: Chalcedon Foundation, August 28, 2012.  216 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book-length introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics?  If so this book might be for you!  Even if you are a season apologetics that skillfully employ Presuppositional Apologetics this book is still a good resource to read to remind, retain and at times sharpen one’s knowledge of Presuppositional Apologetics as taught by Cornelius Van Til.

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For this Sunday here’s what you can do: Pray for the Salvation of Americans .
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