Posted On July 30, 2016

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 24-30 July 2016

by | Jul 30, 2016 | Apologetics

Current Events

More Bug Spray, Less Dining Al Fresco in Zika Zone

“More than 1,650 people in the mainland U.S. have been infected with Zika in recent months, nearly all while traveling abroad. The four people in Florida are believed to be first ones to contract the virus from mosquitoes within the 50 states.”

ISIS Slaughters French Priest in Terror Attack During Morning Mass at Normandy Church

“Jihadis affiliated with the Islamic State stormed a church in Normandy, France, during morning mass on Tuesday, and brutally murdered an 84-year-old priest and took nuns and worshipers as hostages.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Kevin DeYoung – The “I” in Faith

“There may be no “I” in team, but when it comes to claiming the specific truths of Scripture and God’s particular promises for the individual believer, there is an “I” in faith.”

Lane Keiser – Before You Post…

“Be wise about criticism, and not foolish. One has to think about these things in advance. There is no time to develop wisdom on the spot, in the middle of a cat fight. Think these things through in advance. Learn from your mistakes, and grow.”

Michael Kelley – How Would Jesus Respond Online?

“We forget, in a day and time of easy and cheap social interactions and confrontations, that the ones on the other side of the tweet are actually people made in the image of God. If we knew who they were, we might be much slower to speak and quicker to hold our tongues and listen.”

John MacArthur – How Does the Spirit Work Through Scripture?

This is an excellent mini-series by John MacArthur and I recommend all the posts in it. This one showed up this past week.

“As believers, we honor the Spirit when we honor the Scriptures—studying them diligently, applying them carefully, arming our minds with their precepts, and embracing their teaching with all our hearts. The Spirit has given us the Word. He has opened our eyes to understand its vast riches. And He empowers its truth in our lives as He conforms us into the image of our Savior.”

George Guthrie – Doin’ the Wonky with Words: 4 Word Study Missteps (Part 2)

George Guthrie continues his helpful series on doing word studies.

“Here’s the key: words are used variously in different contexts, and we need to discern the particular use in a given context. How do we avoid this fallacy? By discerning which possible meaning an author intended based on the context, or, in this case, how a given meaning is used.”

Origins/Science:

Nathaniel Jeanson – Did Natural Selection Do It?: How Species Arose after the Ark

“Once God created kinds with enormous genetic variety from the start, reproduction and migration were virtually all that were needed to produce a huge number of species.”

How did all the Animals Fit on Noah’s Ark?

“Many Christians believe that the Bible can only be trusted on matters of faith and morals, not scientific matters. But we should consider what Jesus Christ Himself told Nicodemus (John 3:12): ‘If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?’”

Oldies but Goodies

Octavius Winslow – Jesus: the All-Encompassing Theme of Scripture

“In a word, do we search the Scriptures humbly, prayerfully, depending upon the guidance of the Spirit, to find Jesus in them?”

John Newton – Happy Are They Who Submit to the Appointments of Their Maker!

“How highly does it become us, both as creatures and as sinners, to submit to the appointments of our Maker! and how necessary is it to our peace!”

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