Category: Academic Work

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 19-25 February 2017

Current Events Andrew Walker – Transgenderism in Public Schools: What the Latest News Means for Christian Parents “With the decision to withdraw the guidelines, the federal government will now resume its original understanding of “sex” to refer to biological sex, rather than the amorphous and subjective “gender identity.”” Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics Joel Beeke – John Bunyan: The Faithful Tinker Joel Beeke provides an excellent short biography of John Bunyan. George Guthrie – How Word Studies Go Bad: A (Slightly Funny) Example “This is just a reminder that, while word studies can bring a rich depth to your Bible study,...

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The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain, and nothing makes any sense? Though all of God’s word is essential for us to read, learn, memorize, and study, and though all of God’s word teaches us all that we need to know to weather the storms of life, there is one theological truth that stands out in...

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Knowing Your Roots: The Place of Church History in the Christian Life

In recent weeks I’ve been asked a couple of questions that go along the lines of something like this “Why do you study Church History so much?” or even better “Why do you always lead off your sermons with some historical illustration, how is that applicable to me today?” As soon as this question is asked, I find myself methodically creating an argument for the importance of understanding church history as a modern day Christian. However, in recent days I have observed the argument has turned into the necessity of having an abundant knowledge of church history and how...

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The Necessity of Hardships: Why God Often Leads His Saints Into Dire Straits

2 Corinthians 1:8–9, “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” When Jesus announced his impending death, he just as quickly announced the kind of “death” required of his disciples. Luke 9:23–24 reads, 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny...

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Good & Angry (David Powlison)

Which angry person are you? The Domestic Gunslinger? The Volcano? The Iceberg? Maybe you don’t think you’re an angry person at all like I did before reading this book. Or maybe, you think your anger is always and on every occasion sinful. This book is for you. All of you, in fact, as Chapter 2 points out. In Chapter 2, called “Do You Have a Serious Problem With Anger?” author David Powlison says the following: “Yes” (23). That is the entire chapter. Simple as that. We all have a serious problem with anger. It takes different shapes and sizes...

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