This is our weekly roundup of posts for 6/30/2015-7/4/2015. If you have any feedback on how we can serve you our readers better, I would appreciate it. Thank you for reading and allowing us to minister to you throughout this past week through these posts.
The role of discernment in spiritual growth by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/the-role-of-discernment-in-spiritual-growth/
China’s Reforming Churches reviewed by Jonathan Tomes http://servantsofgrace.org/chinas-reforming-churches-ed-bruce-baugus/
A Balanced Study of the God-Man by David Dunham http://servantsofgrace.org/a-balanced-study-of-the-god-man/
Developing a Doctrinal Framework for discernment by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/developing-a-doctrinal-framework-for-discernment/
Arianism: Early Church Heresy and the Doctrine of Christ by Brian Cosby http://servantsofgrace.org/arianism-early-church-heresy-and-the-doctrine-of-christ/
The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament reviewed by Mike Boling http://servantsofgrace.org/the-world-and-the-word-an-introduction-to-the-old-testament/
Developing a personal plan for discernment by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/developing-a-personal-plan-for-discernment/
Counter Culture by David Platt reviewed by Mike Boling http://servantsofgrace.org/counter-culture-2/
The Human Growth of Jesus by Nick Batzig http://servantsofgrace.org/the-human-growth-of-jesus/
The New Man Becoming A Man After God’s Heart reviewed by Dave Jenkins http://servantsofgrace.org/the-new-man-becoming-a-man-after-gods-heart/
Assurance through Union by Nate Palmer http://servantsofgrace.org/assurance-through-union/
Inside the Nye Ham Debate: Revealing Truths from the Worldview Clash of the Century reviewed by Mike Boling http://servantsofgrace.org/inside-the-nye-ham-debate-revealing-truths-from-the-worldview-clash-of-the-century/
Deity of Christ Series Recap http://servantsofgrace.org/deity-of-christ-series-recap/
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2014 brought quite an interesting and entertaining event to the creation vs. evolution discussion, namely the debate between Bill Nye of Bill Nye The Science Guy fame and Ken Ham, founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis. This debate was broadcast live on the internet and the Creation Museum was host to a packed auditorium. News media from all over the United States and the world were in attendance. Both those of the creationist and evolutionary belief systems were present for this debate.
The complete video of the debate continues to be available for all to watch on YouTube and other websites. In an effort to provide background on how the debate came to be as well as a complete transcript of the comments made by Bill Nye and Ken Ham, Bodie Hodge has provided a play by play type book called Inside the Nye Ham Debate: Revealing Truths from the Worldview Clash of the Century.
The specific topic of discussion for this debate was whether creation is a viable scientific model. Nye and Ham both presented their perspective on that question. In this book, Hodge provides an intimate look at what transpired to include a valuable commentary on each element of the debate as well as both debater’s responses. Furthermore, Hodge asked Ken Ham to “go carefully through the book and add in his own insights, personal thoughts, and other information that would make this a unique appraisal of the debate.”
While Hodge is clearly of the creationist persuasion, works at Answers in Genesis and is the son-in-law of Ken Ham, Hodge interacts not only with Nye’s various points and rebuttals, he also provides comments on Ham’s points and rebuttals. With that said, the majority focus of Hodge’s interaction is on what Bill Nye presented throughout the debate. Hodge correctly notes his personal bias concerning this subject, noting that “If someone believes they are not biased, then part of their bias is that they have deceived themselves into thinking they are not biased.” I found Hodges’ comments to be fair and focused on analyzing the validity of Nye and Ham’s comments and responses to each other’s positions.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a more in-depth analysis of this momentous and important debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. This truly was an interaction of two diametrically opposing worldviews, one that supports a godless agenda, and one that looks to Scripture for truth. While the winner of this debate is subject to debate, the important and lasting result is the attention given to the biblical creationist position and the reality that it is a viable scientific model. While Nye may certainly be a more polished speaker and debater, his comments are smashed against the strong foundation of God’s Word. To that end, Ham represented biblical creationism quite well and Hodge does an excellent job of interacting with the debate in a way that truly sheds additional light on the points made, their overall importance, and why we must stand firm on the truth of Scripture in response to those who seek to denigrate God’s Word.
This book is available for purchase from Master Books by clicking here.
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Over the month of June, we have posted many articles here at Servants of Grace as part of a series on the Deity of Christ. The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through what the deity of Christ and it’s importance to the Christian faith.
This series has endeavored to help you our readers think through the crucial doctrine of Deity of Christ that is under attack from cults. To that end, the contributors have endeavored to help you understand what Scripture and church history teaches about the deity of Christ in order to contend for the Christian faith.
I hope this series has encouraged you, exalted in King Jesus, and has helped you grow in the grace of God.
Here are the articles in order:
1) Jesus the Divine Word by Dave Jenkins
2) Seeing But Not Believing by Dave Jenkins
3) The Revelation of the Father and the Son by Nick Batzig
4) Jesus, the True Light of the World by Dave Jenkins
5) The Strongest Evidence for the Deity of the Son by Nick Batzig
6) Killing Arianism With a Cross: Why Christ’s Deity Matters by Zach Barnhart
7) Why Did God Come as a Man? Part 1 by Dave Jenkins
8) Jesus’ Growth in Wisdom and Knowledge by Craig Hurst
9) Why Did God Come As a Man? Part 2 by Dave Jenkins
10) Why Did God Come As a Man Final by Dave Jenkins
11) Responding to the Claims of Deity by Jesus by Dave Jenkins
12) Four Important Implications to Jesus’ Claim to be One with God by Dave Jenkins
13) The Hypostatic Union: Its Construct and Importance for the Believer by Mike Boling
14) Jesus the Resurrection Life by Dave Jenkins
15) The Incarnation and High Priestly Ministry of Jesus by Dave Jenkins
16) A Balanced Study of the God-Man by David Dunham
17) Arianism: Early Church Heresy and the Doctrine of Christ by Brian Cosby
18) The Human Growth of Jesus by Nick Batzig
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