Posted On August 6, 2016

Weekly Dose of Apologetics – 31 July – 6 August 2016

by | Aug 6, 2016 | Apologetics

Current Events

‘Gender Unicorn’ Cartoon Teaches Transgender Issues With Optional Parental Involvement in NC Public School District

“A North Carolina school district’s pro-LGBT character the “gender unicorn” is being used for a training session in which faculty are told parental involvement may not be required for students struggling with gender identity issues.”

New Boko Haram Leader Instructs Followers to Focus on Killing Christians

“The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram reportedly has a new leader who has said the group’s main objective is to target Christians.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Mike Leake – The Ear-Ticklers Carousel

“Gospel preaching will cause the legalist and the licentious to squirm in their seat. Jesus is opposed to both and yet is also radically dedicated to rescuing sinners of every stripe. Be about Jesus and leave the ear-tickling to those who never grow out of their love for the carousel.”

Tim Challies – The Utter Devastation of Sin

“One big sin is so awful, so evil, so sinful, that it generates a thousand little opportunities to compound the sin, setting off all those other whirlwinds.”

Richard Phillips – He Came to Save Sinners

“God presents us with opportunities to point others to Jesus, and it is important that we know what to say when those opportunities arise.”

Nick Batzig – Killing Envy

“We need to put covetousness, jealousy and envy to death in our hearts before it destoys us and those around us.”

Andreas J. Köstenberger and Margaret Elizabeth Köstenberger – 10 Things You Should Know about the Bible’s Teaching on Men and Women

This is a helpful and biblical reminder on what the Bible has to say about men and women.

Origins/Science:

Simon Turpin – In the Space of Six Days?

“Unfortunately, the denial over the length of the days of creation in Genesis 1 as being six 24-hour days is rife within the church. What is more unfortunate, however, is that many of the reasons given for not believing in six 24-hour days simply do not hold up to a careful examination of the text of Genesis 1.”

Michael Boling – Interpretations of the Genesis Creation Narrative

“It can be stated unequivocally that one’s position on the issue of origins does not determine their eternal destiny; however, it does affect how one views the tenets of scripture and God Himself. A holistic view of scripture clearly reveals a six day creation and the introduction of sin resulting from Adam’s sin as the means by which the decay we now observe has affected the universe.”

Russell Grigg – Light, Life and the Glory of God

“The Bible clearly teaches that each Creation Day was an ordinary (approximately 24-hour) day, with a night-day, evening-morning cycle. The fact that the sun was only created on Day 4 does not contradict this, as the sun is not required for such a cycle. What is needed, in addition to a rotating Earth, is directional light. Genesis tells us that light was already there from Day 1. Many other parts of the Bible strongly suggest that it would have been quite in keeping with God’s activity, recorded in many other parts of the Bible, for this light to have emanated supernaturally from God Himself.”

Oldies but Goodies

James Buchanan – The Work of the Spirit in Renewing the Heart

“Regeneration implies a great deal more than mere moral amendment, or external reformation of life. It is a change of heart.”

Herman Bavinck – The Universal Proclamation of the Gospel & The Particular Call of Grace

“Although it is beyond our comprehension, God must have been able to will all that is and takes place, subject to all his virtues and perfections, or else God would no longer be God. History cannot and may not be a sparring partner for God.”

Charles Spurgeon – Our Damnable Sins!

“What a work was here, then, for the only begotten Son of God to do! Speak of the labors of Hercules! they were nothing compared with the labors of Emmanuel.”

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