Posted On December 17, 2016

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 11-17 December 2016

by | Dec 17, 2016 | Apologetics

Current Events

Joe Carter – What You Should Know About the Aleppo Crisis

Joe Carter outlines important facts about the ongoing crisis in Aleppo, Syria.

Stoyam Zaimov – 12 Recent Cases Where Christians Were Punished for Their Beliefs on Marriage: FRC

“The Family Research Council has compiled a reporting listing 12 cases this past decade in America where Christian business owners have been punished or threatened with punishment for holding traditional beliefs about marriage in order to comply with anti-discrimination laws regarding gay people.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Ray Ortlund, Jr. – How the Bible Is One Big, Divine, Holy Story of Marriage

“The Bible is nothing less than a history of the entire cosmos. And at each horizon of this grandeur is marriage: first the marriage of Adam and Eve, and now the wedding of the Lamb with his bride (Rev. 21:9).”

Erik Raymond – A Tip for Husbands

Erik Raymond shares some excellent reasons why husbands should write love notes to their wife.

Michael Kruger – Five Myths About the Ancient Heresy of Gnosticism

“In sum, popular perceptions about Gnosticism are just that, popular perceptions. And thus they do not necessarily have a basis in history. As we have seen here, the real Gnosticism was very different. And it reminds us that perhaps Gnosticism failed not because it was politically oppressed by those crafty orthodox folks, but because it simply proved to be less attractive to those in the earliest centuries who were seeking to follow Christ.”

R. C. Sproul – The Value of Scripture

“The value of Scripture in the life of the believer lies in its source and its function. In his exhortation to Timothy, Paul commended Scripture to Timothy by saying, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).”

Mark Jones – What If I Don’t Want to Pray?

“Habitual prayer tends to give rise to habitual prayer, as our dependence on and desire for communion with our Father grows the more we bring ourselves into his presence.”

Michael Boling – The Book of Ruth: Introduction

“Despite being only four chapters long, the Book of Ruth is packed with valuable truths that all believers need to take time to glean.”

Daniel Hyde – Continually Washed by the Gospel

“Just as the priests had to be washed again and again, we need to be washed continually by the good news that Jesus’ blood and Spirit have cleansed and continue to cleanse us of our sins.”

JR Vassar – Renouncing Narcissism

“In a world consumed with personal glory, Jesus shows us the way to life. His invitation is to lose our life—to renounce our obsessive concern with ourselves and make the glory of God our consuming desire.”

Origins/Science:

John Hartnett – Dark Matter Caused the Demise of the Dinosaurs?

“Well no! It does not! Nor does it tell us what happened to the dinosaurs. Noah’s Flood as the main cause of their demise is a far more reasonable explanation.”

Dr. David Menton – Did a Dinosaur Get Its Feathered Tail Caught in Amber?

“We conclude that DIP-V-15103 is a bird, and not a 99-million-year-old theropod dinosaur. This is supported by the discovery of 99-million-year-old bird wings including bones and feathers found by Lida Xing et al. in the same type of Burmese amber as DIP-V-15103.3 I reject the age assigned to these fossils, but it shows that small birds, perhaps juveniles, left evidence of their unquestionably bird-like anatomy in Burmese amber. So where is the evolution?”

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell – Discovery Said to Show Dinosaurs Walked with Their Evolutionary Ancestors

“If they ignore God’s Word — the only eyewitness account available that describes the origin of life in all its kinds — and demand what they see be interpreted within their own evolutionary worldview, then they inevitably draw evolutionary conclusions. They view the evidence in a way that only reinforces their evolutionary beliefs, even if they must make a few adjustments to accommodate new discoveries.”

Oldies but Goodies

J. C. Ryle – Our Hope

“It is worth while to carry the cross and follow Christ. Let the world laugh and mock, if it will; it is worth while to have “a good hope through grace,” and be a thorough decided Christian. I say again — Let us hope on!”

John Owen – Directions for Mortification

“His blood is the great sovereign remedy for sin-sick souls. Live in this, and thou wilt die a conqueror; yea, thou wilt, through the good providence of God, live to see thy lust dead at thy feet.”

A. W. Pink – The Doctrine of Mortification

“Mortification is a task to which every Christian must apply himself with prayerful diligence and resolute earnestness. The regenerate have a spiritual nature within that fits them for holy action, otherwise there would be no difference between them and the unregenerate.”

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