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sand dunes

A few weeks ago I wrote “Exodus 4: For or Against Presuppositional Apologetics? I thought today I look at the topic again on Exodus and apologetics.  Specifically I want to look at the fifth plague in Exodus 9:1-7.

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bahnsen tupac

A light humor post.

If you know know the reference to the rapper rapper name Tupac he has a lot of his songs released after his death.

My favorite apologist Greg Bahnsen is like Tupac as most of his books and audios were published and released after his death.

Bahnsen is like Tupac. Short life. Wrote a lot. Taught nonstop. Like a productive robot. More stuff came out after he got shot. Ok maybe not shot. But after his death, his content were still hot. New contents are still released and bought.

Here’s some of the books I recommend:

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sand dunes

Saw this from Exodus 8:24-28:

Then the Lord did so. And [v]thick swarms of flies entered the house of Pharaoh and the houses of his servants, and the land was laid waste because of the swarms of flies in all the land of Egypt.

25 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God within the land.” 26 But Moses said, “It is not permissible for us to do so, because we will sacrifice to the Lord our God [w]that which is an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice [x]that which is an abomination to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? 27 We must go a three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God, just as He [y]commands us.” 28 Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, so that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Plead for me.” 

I thought there’s a good lesson for us all.

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Someone ask:

I’ve recently been struggling with how certain miracles in the Bible appear to function towards unbelievers as an appeal to brute facts in an evidential sense.
One Biblical example would be when Moses asks God what he should do if people don’t believe that Moses has a prophetic message from God (Exodus 4). In order to convince the Israelites-and later the Egyptians-that God had actually spoken to Moses, Moses is told to throw his staff on the ground, which then turns into a snake. God also tells Moses to conduct the miracle of the leperous hand, and if that doesn’t doesn’t work, to transform the Nile into blood.
Moses is told to do all these things by God “that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you” (Exo 4:5)
Neither of these examples seems to appeal to the self-authenticating word of God. They don’t appear to involve demonstrations that indirectly prove the impossibility of the contrary.
Rather they seem to appeal directly to the brute fact of the miracle itself in order to authenticate the message/claim.

I think Exodus 4 and also onwards in Exodus does not conflict with Presuppositional Apologetics; rather it does reinforce Presuppositional Apologetics is Scriptural.  Here’s my thoughts:

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Unity is important. There are Bible verses that speaks on the topic of unity: Psalm 133:1, Philippians 2;2 and 1 Peter 3:8.  1 Corinthians 1:10 also talks about not having division.  And in an area like apologetics there’s always the danger of disunity since the nature of apologetics is polemical and sometimes people’s sinful nature with fighting and arguments comes out, and the root of sinful quarrelsome attitude (versus apologetics in a gentle and respectful matter) is pride.

So in this post I want to focus on Unity among a Diversity of Presuppositional Apologists (taught by Cornelius Van Til), though I think there’s implications of how we have unity among other school of apologetics too (and Christians in general).

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from December 1st-7th, 2021.

In light of the Holidays here’s our 12 Annual Presuppositional Apologetics’ Christmas Books Recommendations: Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2021

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Soul Making In The Best Possible World – Ep. 153 – What About Evil? – Working For The Greater Good – Part 2

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3.) Atheists and Evidence for God

7.) What is Presuppositional Apologetics? James Anderson interviewed by Marlon Wilson

8.) How not to do Apologetics: Michael Bird a Lesson on Sexual Crassness and Irreverence for Jesus

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The Impossibility of the Contrary by Greg Bahnsen

Greg Bahnsen. Against All Opposition: Defending the Christian Worldview. Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, May 2020. 254 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: American Vision

Looking for a book that teaches how to apply Presuppositional Apologetics?  Greg Bahnsen is one of my favorite Christian apologist and surprisingly most of his books are published after his death than when he was alive.  This latest book is published in 2021 by American Vision that is edited from the audio teachings of the last Greg Bahnsen from an apologetics’ conference during the 1990s sponsored by American Vision.  One might ask why another Bahnsen book on Presuppositional apologetics?  David Bahnsen, the son of Greg Bahnsen in the Foreword said it is his favorite book by his father (vii).  Reading David saying that made me want to read the book even more.  I thought this book is worth reading even if you read older published works by Greg Bahnsen since in this volume he does cover more refutation of false worldviews than some of the other books published pre-2020 and that’s a big plus for Bahnsen fans.  Please don’t think this book is just a repetition of materials in other books (there are of course some things that are constant).  Plus I think its always good to sharpen and be reminded of how Presuppositional Apologetics works and how is it applied; I don’t think this is going to be the only time I read this book especially when it comes to discipling others in apologetics. I also think for those new to Presuppositional Apologetics this book does give readers a good intro.

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from December 1st-7th, 2020.  While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2020 since we are in the month of December.

1.) Can Evolution Explain Altruism?

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3.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 101 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Is God Immoral Because Of Suffering – Part 2

4.) The Significance Of Jesus’ Being Raised In Nazareth

5.) Poor Excuses for Rejecting Creation

6.) Steve Hays’ Contribution To Christmas

7.) Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: His Approach to Apologetics – Part 6

 

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Greg Bahnsen. Against All Opposition: Defending the Christian Worldview. Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, May 2020. 254 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: American Vision

Want to read a book on what does Pesuppositional Apologetics looks like especially with its application?  This book is published by American Vision that is edited from the audio teachings of the last Greg Bahnsen of a conference called Life Preparation Conference during the 1990s sponsored by American Vision.  Greg Bahnsen is one of my favorite apologists and reading this latest book made me remember all the reasons I love about Bahnsen: He was biblically driven, worldview conscious, laid out his presentation clearly and rigorous in his refutation of unbelieving worldview.

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Someone online asked for help for dealing with this statement: “The Bible doesn’t promote consent because marriages were arranged, sometimes against the woman’s will.”

Here’s my quick thoughts.

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from December 1st-7th, 2019.  While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2019 since we are in the month of December.

1.) Bible Contradiction? Should we follow our own hearts?

2.) Do miracles have a higher burden of proof?

 

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Lauren.  She’s done a good job with her blog and podcast and rallying other Christian podcasts. Her blog be found here.

Hello, dear ones, my name is Lauren Hereford and I write the Tulips & Honey Hub blog. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to write this guest post for my dear friend, and brother in Christ, Jim. I’m joining with you all in praying for him, to see much fruit, and to return home safely. What a blessing it is, though many of us cannot go, we can pray for those that God has sent. Thank you, Jim, for giving me the honor of writing in your place while you diligently serve the Lord.  (more…)

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between August 15-21st, 2019.

1.) Cave to the Cross Show: Mitch Stokes Interview – How To Be An Atheist – Part 1

2.) Bible contradiction? Which tribe was Hyram from?

3.) Confronting Atheistic Worldviews

4.) Are UFOs, Aliens and Flying Saucers Real? Plus New Proof concerning God

5.) Pushing The Antithesis – Part 5 – Alternative Worldviews

6.) Life Has No Meaning? 9 in 10 Young People in the UK Believe That

7.) Evolution, Mathematics, and God

8.) Looking for Lay-Level Videos on the Origins of the NT Canon? Here’s My New @Ligonier Series

9.) Saturday Homeschooling Update: Apologetics, Gardening, and Books

10.) Gated gardens

 

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from December 1st-7th, 2018.  While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2018 since we are in the month of December.

1.) Refute Being in a Matrix or Brain in a Vat

2.) In Defense of Christianity Lectures: Foundational Principles for Engaging an Unbelieving World

3.) The absurdity of life in a Christian universe

4.) When Progressive Ideologies Collide

5.) Apologetics Done Right: Jeff Durbin

6.) Check out my Book – Science Requires God

7.) 11 Great Books on Apologetics

 

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GO TO PART 48

Point: Have you ever faced the objection to Christianity that there are too many religions out there, how can it be that Christianity is the one that is true?  Or maybe it is phrased as “I can’t believe in any religion (including Christianity) because there’s too many other contradiction religions out there…”  How should Christians answer?

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