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Jim Warner Wallace is a detective who started as an atheist and turned Christian apologist.  He prefer the term Christian case maker.  Over the years he has shared quite a number of our posts and I deeply appreciate it.  I have read and review two of his books God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation with a Real Detective and Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace and plan to read more of his works in the future.

As many Christians are thinking about the incarnation of Christ I thought I share a series of articles he’s written the last three weeks on Christ’ virgin conception and also Christ’s birth.  Be blessed.

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I want to make a bite size memorable witty ditty to make a point memorable.

Sometimes people think they will only become godly and lovely once they meet someone they love and they are in a relationship with that individual.

But is it union with someone in courtship or marriage that makes us bear the fruit of the Spirit?

Here’s a little rhyme to drive the point home:

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In another internet forum someone asked the hypothetical question of “What three Biblical books best encapsulates the message of the Bible?”

Now of course we can’t make the all the books in the Bible forced into three books; there’s a sense we can do injustice to the richness of God’s revelations in terms of each book being a masterpiece of literature, doctrinal gold, etc.  But I thought it was still good exercise since it makes me think about what three books I should eventually preach and teach through as a Pastor over the course of decades of ministry in order to best capture the main thrust of all of Scripture.

Here’s my answer which was expanded from my original comment:

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by  Μιχαήλ.  He is no stranger to some of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here and here.

Am I a slave of Jesus or a servant? 

We have lost this incredibly important concept of Jesus as Master and I am His slave. We have, in many cases, a man-centered emphasis in “the church”. Some have a man-centered theology that dominates evangelicalism, in which we talk about Jesus coming along as a kind of a buddy who loves you and wants to satisfy all your desires and give you everything you want. 

But that’s not what the new testament teaches. What scripture teaches is not that you’re Master and He’s your slave; it’s that He’s Master and you’re His slave. 

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Bruce.  Bruce is no stranger to some of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:1-4 NIV )
I don’t know about you but I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about this statement that Jesus made. What truth is Jesus telling us here? Is it a child like faith that He is speaking of? And if it is a child like faith, what exactly does that mean? And, as we notice, in the context of this statement, Jesus couples the child’s lowly position as a child, to the deeper meaning and truth of “greatness” in the kingdom of God.

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Here’s a 722 page book edited by Norman Geisler and David Farnell.

This is the book’s description:

THE MOST SHOCKING EXPOSÉ OF THE MASSIVE EROSION OF THE DOCTRINE OF INERRANCY IN THE EVANGELICAL CAMP SINCE BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE (1978)!
This work examines the historical and philosophical strengths and/or weaknesses of current evangelical approaches espousing some forms of post-modernistic historiography and its resultant search for the “historical Jesus.” It demonstrates the marked undermining impact these efforts have had on the biblical text, especially the Gospels, as well as inerrancy issues. It compares the Jesus Seminar’s approach with current evangelical practices of searching in terms of their evidential apologetic impact on the trustworthiness of the Gospels. A number of well-known, contemporary evangelical scholars are involved in the so-called “Third Quest” for the historical Jesus. This book raises serious questions about such an endeavor.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked:  How many blind men were healed near Jericho?

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

Two.

And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”” (Matthew 20:30)

Only one.

Then they *came to Jericho. And as He was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road.” (Mark 10:46)

As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging.” (Luke 18:35)

(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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