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Eli Ayala of Revealed Apologetics ministry recently interviewed Dr. Vern Poythress of Westminster Theological Seminary on the topic of how the Trinity impacts and relates to everything else In the Christian life.

Dr. Poythress is one of those amazing scholars who are inter-disciplinary.  He has a Bachelor degree in mathematics from California Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University (1970), a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Th.M in apologetics also from Westminster in 1974.  He’s also have a M.Litt. in New Testament from University of Cambridge (1977) and a Th.D. in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Here’s the discussion below:

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Does the Trinity have practical impact on the Christian life?  It sure does!

How?  This series of four audio sessions is worth downloading and listening.

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A recent troll said to me:

Jesus himself said he wasn’t God! Mark 10:18 & Luke 18:19

Both Mark 10:18 and Luke 18:19 parallel each other.

This is what Mark 10:18 states:

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

This is what Luke 18:19 states:

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

This is how she would argue it:

Jesus denies he’s good: “no one is”

Only God is good

Ergo Jesus isn’t God

Does this show Jesus is not God?  I don’t think so.  Let me explain.

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This is for a retreat this weekend where I’ll be teaching on the topic of the Trinity and Christian life!

Purpose: In this lesson we will explore John 17:20-23 and see how the Trinity helps with Christian unity so that we would be united as a church spiritually.

  • Point 1: The result of Christian Unity
  • Point 2: Mirroring the Trinity for our Unity
  • Point 3: Means of Unity

Passage:I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20-23)

  • The context here is Jesus’ prayer to God the Father the night He is going to die.
  • Here Jesus’ prayer is for the believers of all time and not just His immediate disciples on that night.

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The Trinity is an important doctrine.

Here’s a series I did responding to certain objections against the Trinity that I never got around to compiling in one post as a table of contents until now.

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Note: I was working on a book review late last night but one of my daughter was really sick so I couldn’t finish the review.  I thought I share these helpful videos by Christian apologist Anthony Rogers.

The Doctrine of the Trinity is foundational to Christian thought.  Christian Anthony Rogers begins his series on the Trinity in Jewish and Christian Scripture with an introduction, then discusses the Trinitarian implication of Genesis 1:26, followed by a response to two objections.  These two objections are: (1) The text is using the “plural of majesty”; and (2) the text is including angels as co-creators with God.  After that Roger discusses the Trinitarian implications of Genesis 19:24 which teaches there are Two Divine Persons.  Finally there’s a discussion of the divine “Angel” of the Lord in the book of Genesis.  All of this is just from the book of Genesis!  This is a well done series.

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Dr. Vern Poythress is one of those incredible intellectual gift to the Church.  He’s a Christian professor, a Reformed theologian, New Testament scholar, expert on hermeneutics, linguist, a Presuppositional apologist and philosopher who was a prodigy that went to Cal Tech before he was 18 and have several doctorates including a PhD in Mathematics from Harvard University.

He’s recently was interviewed for a podcast on the Missions Podcast from ABWE International.  It’s a wonderful discussion on multiple things I’m excited about:  Missions, Language Presuppositional Apologetics and Theology!

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Ten days ago I got a comment on my post Who Is God? Trinity Debate: Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion that I want to respond to in this post.  For context the original post was a debate between Christian apologist James White and a defender of the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.

Iglesia ni Cristo denies the deity of Christ.  In the comment section of my post an individual name “TaTaton90” argued against the divinity of Christ. In this post I want address this specific argument:

Jesus Christ cannot be God and be praying to himself. 

Does the fact that Jesus prays to God mean that Jesus is not Divine?  I don’t think so.  Let me explain.

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of a Christian Children’s book.  This book just came out last week and its currently #1 in Amazon’s category of New Release for Children’s Bible study.  At this moment it is relatively reasonable in its price too!

 

Harvest House Bible Inforgraphics Team. Bible Infographics for Kids Volume 2.  Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, May 7th 2019.  56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a fun and informative book for kids concerning the Bible published by Harvest House Publishers.  I went through this book together with my kids at night and they enjoyed the pictures, graph and facts.  The details include truths that are more like “fun facts” but at times there were some very good instruction concerning more weighty matters that was extremely helpful.  The artwork is well done and really reinforce the content being taught.  After reading this volume I’m considering getting volume 1 which is my vote of approval for this book.

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There’s so many good free Christian E-books online these days.  This is one of them!

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Earlier this month was the third year of Veritas Conference, a weekend gathering of biblical like-minded churches in Southern California.  I have blogged about this conference in the past.  In 2016 the topic was on the Gospel followed by 2017 on Sanctification.  For 2018 the topic was on the Glory of God.

Here are the videos from the main session:

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This is an excerpt from the materials I’m teaching overseas.

Jesus’ Resurrection Proves the Members of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are Divine.  How?

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There’s a lot of bad arguments against the Trinity, more than I have time to fully respond to.  In one of the comments in my previous post “” there was a comment from “Alfeo piedad” that tried to argue against the Trinity:

If the trinity is true , it should have been complete from the beginning.”

I want to reply concerning the methodology behind the objection.  This objection sets up an artificial standard of proof against the Trinity in that the Trinity can only be true if the Bible has taught it completely from “the beginning.”  Here’s my reply:

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Sam Shamoun has two videos and a couple of posts on his blog critiquing Inglesia Ni Cristo arguments that Jesus is not God from the James White debate with Iglesia Ni Cristo apologist Joe Ventilacion.

It’s worth praying that God would use these resources knowing that this group is the third largest religion in the Philippines.

Here’s the first video:

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One of the comments in my previous post “” had a comment from “Javier” that tried to argue against the Trinity:

History and Archeology show that the Trinity comes from the false religion. You can find images and sculptures of trinitarian gods from Babylon and Egypt in museums and ancient churches. The Trinity had its origin and development by men in the councils of Nicaea (325 CE) and Constantinople (381 CE), not in the Bible.

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