Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 14-20 May 2017

Posted On May 20, 2017

Apologetics

Colin Noble – Better Than Busy: Recovering Rest in a Burnout Culture

“We take a day of rest not by obligation, but out of a greater desire to pause, to remember, to look forward, and to worship. Declaring that we freely choose to celebrate freedom is a message sorely needed by those who are enslaved to the obligations of busyness and who feel like they cannot escape the tyranny of burnout.”

Mike Leake – Why Denying Future Judgement Undercuts the Call of Lady Wisdom

“The fool is complacent. And he is complacent because he doesn’t believe his life now will matter for eternity. He doesn’t heed the call of Lady Wisdom for this very reason. If there is a second chance after this life then the fool is correct.

Rather than trying to mute Lady Wisdom wouldn’t it be better for us to give her a megaphone?”

Nick Batzig – Old Man, New Man; Dead Man, True Man

“We have been raised from death to life. Our “old man” has been crucified with Him so that we are no longer slaves of sin–but are now slaves of righteousness. Nevertheless, an irreconcilably and ongoing war exists between “the flesh” and “the Spirit”–a war that will not end until Christ comes again and brings to full fruition what He began when He gave us new hearts.”

Josh Buice – Parenting is Discipleship

“Being a parent is far more than building relationships with our children. It is the duty of Christian parents to go beyond building your child’s athletic resume or teaching your child a trade. We have a much larger task and responsibility. Parenting is the work of discipleship.”

David Murray – How Stress Undermines Our Relationships

Michael Boling – Exposition of John 11:35: Jesus Wept

“John 11:35 really speaks to the very heart of who God is and what His plan has been from before the foundation of the world to deal with this sin and death problem. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Word wept with those who weep. The Word died on a cross in order to reconcile sinful man and a holy God. The Word of God points to the Word who brings life and who conquered the grave so that we might live. The Word wept when Lazarus died because He knows the impact sin has on our relationship with Him.”

John MacArthur – Watching Your Spiritual Diet

“Motivation for genuine spiritual growth flows out of a righteous discontentment, coupled with a sincere desire to be satisfied with nothing but the Word of God.”

Albert Mohler – Performing Abortion is “God’s Work?” The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion

“The shame is not that evangelicals hold these pro-life convictions now. The shame is that there was ever any evangelical equivocation on such a matter of life and death and human dignity. Furthermore, there can be no question that historic Christianity condemned abortion and affirmed the sanctity of human life, born and not yet born.”

Servants of Grace is walking through a study of 1 Timothy:

Landon Coleman – A Call to Persevere in Prayer

Liz Wann – Measuring Disunity and Modesty by the Standard of the Gospel

Dave Jenkins – What Paul Really Said About Women in the Church

Dave Jenkins – The Gold Standard for Biblical Manhood: Striving for the Standard of Godliness and Holiness by God’s Grace

Origins/Science:

Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson and Jeffrey Tomkins – Did Humanity Arise from a Large Population or a Pair of Individuals?

“A very simple alternative hypothesis resolves the conundrum and also makes straightforward scientific sense: God could have created Adam and Eve with genetic differences from the start.”

Simon Turpin – “In Adam’s Fall We Sinned All”: Does Genesis 3 Teach the Fall of Man?

“When we read Genesis 3 in its context, it clearly implies the effects of the Fall. Because of Adam’s disobedience God’s very good creation became a place marked by death.”

Mark James – Evolution vs Human Behaviour

“Only the biblical account of Creation and the Fall can provide a logically consistent explanation for human behaviour. Our best intentions are a natural outworking of the fact that man was created in the image of God and given dominion over His creation (Genesis 1:26–30). Our worst intentions are a direct result of Adams rebellion (Genesis 3:14–19). The evolutionary worldview fails to make sense of so many of our intentions because, as the Bible clearly teaches, we are not the result of evolution.”

Keaton Halley and Gary Bates – Faltering on the Flood

“But, far from being theologically inconsequential, our understanding of the Flood (Genesis 6–9) reveals whether we are approaching Scripture with the proper hermeneutic. The secular world pressures Christians to deny the catastrophic judgment of a global Flood. Instead, they interpret the evidence of rock layers and fossils as having formed over millions of years. Yet, because the Bible clearly teaches that the Flood was global (as shown below), it serves as a touchstone to see whether we will remain faithful, “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).”

Oldies but Goodies

Charles Spurgeon – Divine Forgiveness Admired and Imitated

“The forgiveness and the forbearance are needed all round, and we must both give and take. By the sweet love of Jesus, let us not fail in this business.”

A. W. Pink – Sanctification: Its Progress and Practice

“An increase of holiness should be desired and sought by us above everything else. What a high price should we set upon closer conformity to Christ. How diligently should we hide God’s Word in our hearts that we sin not against Him. How earnestly and frequently should we pray for the cleansing of our hearts and the renewing of a right spirit within us. Heavenly grace is to be prized above all the comforts, honours and riches of this passing world.”

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