Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 23-29 April 2017

Posted On April 29, 2017

Current Issues

Joe Carter – 5 Facts About Sexual Assault

“In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an observance to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.”


Joel Beeke – Should We Preach like the Puritans? Yes

“Only the Holy Spirit can imbue our preaching with such lasting, converting power. If you want to preach like the Puritans, or want your pastor to preach like the Puritans, then pray! “God will give His grace and Holy Spirit to those only, who with sincere desires continually ask them of Him, and are thankful for them” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 116).”

Matt Champlin – A Biblical Theology of Blessing in Genesis

“The message of Genesis is not simply a message about blessed people who are prosperous like Abraham and Isaac were, nor is it primarily a message about blessed people who were oppressed, like Jacob and Joseph were. Rather, Genesis speaks to all those who would walk with God; it recognizes the promise of the blessing and the devastation of the curse to each person, calling each person to live based on those realities.”

Dane Ortlund – Reflections on Handling the Old Testament as Jesus Would Have Us: Psalm 15 as a Case Study

“The Bible is endlessly rich and there would be multiple valid ways to handle the text or to fill out this approach, not least due to the diverse contexts in which it will be read and preached. But it is good to keep thinking together as the church, in these days of renewed interest in biblical theology and gospel-rich hermeneutics, about how to read the Bible as Jesus would have us, including texts that may seem to resist such treatment.”

Michael Boling – Rebellion: Brought to You by the Letter I

“Rebellion is a work of the enemy and engaging in a rebellious attitude against God and His will is the same as saying you embrace the enemy rather than hiding in the shadow of almighty God. May we reject the sin of rebellion and the many ways it reveals its ugly head in our lives. Seek after the things of God, draw near to Him, read His word, pray, put on the full armor of God, and surround yourself with godly men and women. In doing so, you will be equipped to put off the fleshly desire to thumb your nose at God which is the sin of rebellion.”

Tim Challies – 8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn

“It is sinful to lust after another person and to enable this lust through pornography. Yet the sin bound up in pornography goes far deeper than mere lust. It extends to idolatry, adultery, deceit, theft, greed, sloth, sexual violence, and ignoring the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:12 warns: “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Thankfully, what God demands God provides, and he does so through the gospel.”

Erik Raymond – Why You’ll Never Be Content Without God

Servants of Grace is taking a look at the Seven Deadly Sins. Take a look at what has been covered thus far:

Zach Barnhart – Pride: The Foe of Joy

Michael Boling – A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath

Eric Michalls – The Deceptive Draw of Greed

Dave Jenkins – Lust and Chastity

Dave Jenkins – Envy and Kindness


Nick Kastelein – Science of the Gaps

“Theism, as a hypothesis, is not gap-filling. Belief in God is both evidence-based and philosophically necessary. The universe as good as has His signature on it. If you claim science as your reason for not believing that, just check — is it real science, or science of the gaps?”

Adrian Bates – From a Frog to a…Frog!

“The tadpole may superficially look ‘fishy’ but it is totally frog from day one. Everything needed to reinvent itself (all the genetic information, plans and recipes) is already enshrined in the master DNA code implanted in the nucleus of the tadpole’s cells. At this profoundly miniaturised level we discover not only a complete froggy blueprint, but also a fully functioning factory with all the machinery and equipment to translate the plan into reality.”

Dr. Tommy Mitchell and Dr. Monty White – Is Evolution a Religion?

“This belief in molecules-to-man evolution can and does cause people to become atheists as admitted by leading atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins, the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. In answer to the question “Is atheism the logical extension of believing evolution?” Dawkins replied, “My personal feeling is that understanding evolution led me to atheism.”

Jeffrey Tomkins – The Untold Story Behind DNA Similarity

“The Bible makes clear that God made different kinds of creatures, including chimps and humans, from the beginning. The emerging field of genomics is revealing that God gave chimps and humans similar code to accomplish similar purposes. Yet He also gave them code that makes each of them unique. The similarities don’t have anything to do with chimps evolving into humans.”

Oldies but Goodies

A. W. Pink – The Scriptures and Good Works

“Unless our reading and study of the Scriptures is making us better soldiers of Jesus Christ, better citizens of the country in which we sojourn, better members of our earthly homes (kinder, gentler, more unselfish), “thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” it is profiting us little or nothing.”

John Flavel – Of the Imitation of Christ in Holiness of Life, and the Necessity of it in Believers

“Abiding in Christ is an expression denoting proper and real interest in Christ, and communion with him; for it is put in opposition to those temporary, light, and transient effects of the gospel, which are called a morning dew, or an early cloud; such a receiving of Christ as that, Mat. 13: 21. which is but a present flash, sudden and vanishing; abiding in Christ notes a solid, durable, and effectual work of the Spirit, thoroughly and everlastingly joining the soul to Christ.”

Horatius Bonar – Christ and the World

“The love of Christ will not only make you an out and out Christian, a thorough-going, decided man in all the things of God, but it will pour in a peace which you have never known, which you cannot know, save in simple faith in the heavenly Peacemaker, and in entire surrender of soul to Him who gave Himself for us, that He might deliver us from a present evil world, according to the will of God our Father.”

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