Presuppositional Apologetics tackling other religions and cults: Bibliography of Books and chapters of Books

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For my Presuppositional apologetics series I didn’t want to make it too long and I wish in the future to add more on critiquing other religions and cults from a Presuppositional Apologetics perspective.

I know sometimes some people feel Presuppositional Apologetics often deal more with atheism than the major religions.

I do want to provide a bibliography for others and also for my own reference in the future on Presuppositional Apologetics taking on other religions and cults.

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Meanwhile, in the 9th Circuit of Hell..

See, there's this thing called biology...

For those who don’t know, there’s been a bit of dust up in my neck of the woods that has now gone viral and even been picked up by several major media outlets.

An 80 year old woman objected to finding a young man in the women’s room at the YMCA while she was naked and showering. Naturally she has now been banned from the pool for all her alleged “bigotry” and “intolerance.”

That’s how it all works here in the land of peace, love, and patchouli. We’re completely dominated by authoritarianism and cancel culture and there is no justice, no grace, no compassion, it’s just, “my way or the highway,” 24/7.

If you want some good journalism and plain facts about the matter, here is who originally broke the story. There has also been some follow up here.

I actually have a lot of feelings about this incident, a…

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Apologetics Session 13: Jesus Existed in History

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Establish the need: Did Jesus exist?

Purpose: We will consider four reasons why we know Jesus existed in history.

  1. The New Testament itself as early witnesses to Jesus
  2. The Roman witness of Pliny the Younger
  3. The Roman witness of Tacitus
  4. The Jewish witness of Josephus

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Internet Atheists Proving God is Right about them — Again

The Creation Cowboy

On occasion, I would write a “Note” on Facebook for fans of my Pages. Since Fakebook took away the Notes and made them very difficult to find, I’m putting a few on my weblogs. This one was originally posted in 2020. It’s been edited.

Those “freethinkers’ marching in lockstep, getting their “facts” from atheopath talking points clearinghouses, seem determined to argue with Christians and creationists about practically everything. Can’t let those st00pid dujmb theist be right, especially when they have corrected us on science, logic, theology, or anything else. Nosiree! Although I should not feed these attention-craving trolls, this is a good opportunity to do a bit of teaching.

Many professing atheists seek their identities in denying the existence of God, which is galactically stupid even on the surface. Study on it a spell. How many a-Easter-Bunny-ists write and sell books, form groups, make videos, have people pay money to…

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A sermon on Hebrews 11:1-7

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.  By faith Noah, being warned by…

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The Shortest Distance

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Somebody smart said, “the shortest distance between our problems and the solution is the distance between our knees and the floor.”

I just thought that was really cute! So about 18 inches, maybe two feet? It’s a really good reminder for those of us who tend to become overwhelmed by the problems and issues we face. I can be one of those people who falsely concludes that if I can’t see the solution, then there isn’t one to be had.

Ha! I’ve got quite a bit of self reliance going on so, “let go and let God” is not my strong suit.

In our culture we’ve kind of demeaned or disparaged the idea of prayer, made it something casual, if we notice it at all. Like when something bad happens we’ll say, “praying” with a little high five icon. Hashtag, “#Icare.” That’s not “bad,” it’s just superficial and disconnected.

The…

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Helping our Child’s Anxiety

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Purpose: This session we will explore three points to think biblically how to help our child with his or her anxiety.

  1. Do you know what your child’s fears are?
  2. Beware of problematic solutions to your child’s fears
  3. Training a child to deal with fears biblically

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Being the Hero in Your Own Story?

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“Become the hero in your own story.” Anybody ever heard that saying? Everybody always wants to be the glorious hero, the dragon slayer, the good guy who wins the day. Nothing wrong with that, no shaming intended here, I’m just saying you will be enriched and blessed if you step out of that comfort zone a wee bit and explore some less glamorous roles.

I actually had to be the hero in my own life for a long time. I really wouldn’t wish that on anyone. A bit amusing, but when Bonnie Tyler sung her, “I need a hero,” song it finally all clicked. I have a Hero, Jesus, so I can just set that burden down. No heroics required on my end.

There is an on going imbroglio on the intertoobz about whether or not we should acknowledge that King David raped Bathsheba. Actually it doesn’t really matter to…

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Immune

Walking Beside the Boat by R.G.Henley

These days many of us are of differing opinions about vaccines, but most of us agree on at least some of them. As I read schedules for boosters, I reach back to a message I have shared before, and from where I now stand, it bears repeating.

I remember the drill. Wake the children, get them washed, dressed, and fed, and buckle them into the car. Drive to the clinic and wrestle them out of the car while they wail about another shot, and I mumble promises of ice-cream cones or big cookies. We get into the waiting area and join the chorus of children singing the high-pitched “another shot” wail, and moms (with an occasional dad) chanting the bass “ice cream cone/big cookie” augment.

In the office we wrangle the child into a modified basket hold while a nurse gently administers a pre-measured dose of vaccine that will protect…

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Apologetics Session 12: Old Testament argument for the New Testament

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Establish the need: If someone Jewish or others say they don’t think there is a need for the New Testament as long as you have the Old Testament, what do you say?

Purpose: We will consider six reasons based upon the Old Testament to argue for the need of the New Testament.

  1. Deuteronomy 18 anticipate the Prophet like Moses who will give more Word of God
  2. The Pattern of Redemption followed by Revelation
  3. Isaiah anticipate the Messiah will give more Word of God
  4. 1-2 Chronicles leaves us with a cliff hanger
  5. Malachi leaves us with a cliff hanger
  6. The Pattern of a New Covenant followed by Revelation

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Staying Healthy

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Something that has annoyed me during this whole pandemic is that we have gotten absolutely nothing from public health officials about staying healthy, supporting your own immune system, especially when it comes to colds and flu.

Worse yet, I actually have to be careful saying anything at all, even the standard mom advice, least I become public enemy number one. It’s much needed however, so I’m going to throw caution to the wind and just go for it.

Wash your hands, early and often. Try not to touch your face. Germs have no legs, they don’t drive, and they do not crawl. Sometimes they can float on an air current or be expelled by a sneeze, but for the most part you really have to rub them into your mucus membranes. That would be your nose, mouth, and eyes.

Get outside in the sunlight. That’s what all the focus on…

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THE MAN IN THE MIRROR

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I had agreed to take a week of vacation to go with 29 youths to camp near Lufkin.

My new friend, Michael (33)and I (70) were to be the leaders of the 18 boys, and we all stayed in the same cabin. One bunk short, Michael, ex Air Force, agreed to use the cot, placing it by the door that exited the cabin.

“Just in case someone wants to run,” he said.

For me, it had been 12 years since I had taken kids to summer camp. Wendy and I had run the Junior High program at our church, and took this group to camp four years in a row.

There seems to be a lot of difference between 58 and 70.

Michael established himself rather quickly as the father figure in the cabin, ping ponging between enforcer and encourager.

That left me the role of Grandpa.

I had been…

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What questions you ask for Bible Study Discussions?

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I think I really have a preacher’s mouth; I can go on and on and on about God’s Word, God’s truth and the Bible and theology and apologetics.
I always felt I can work on being a better facilitator of questions for Bible based discussion for things like youth group, Bible study, etc.
Still I see even with these settings it is important to teach the Word of God rather than go around and people just giving their opinion and worst, opinions that are unbiblical are disseminated and confusion sown.
After decades of being in small group or youth group I realize I can work on still asking good thoughtful questions.  Below are my questions I ask but I also want to hear what questions do you normally ask with small group discussions to facilitate Godly conversations based upon the Bible.

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Faith or sight?

Second Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” The Bible tells of a man, Heman the Ezrahite, who clearly did this. He was the author of Psalm 88.

“O Lord, God of my salvation,

I cry out day and night before you.

Let my prayer come before you;

incline your ear to my cry!

For my soul is full of troubles,

and my life draws near to Sheol.

I am counted among those who go down to the pit;

I am a man who has no strength,

like one set loose among the dead,

like the slain that lie in the grave,

like those whom you remember no more,

for they are cut off from your hand.

You have put me in the depths of the pit,

in the regions dark and deep.

Your wrath lies heavy upon me,

and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah

You have caused my companions to shun me;

you have made me a horror to them.

I am shut in so that I cannot escape;

my eye grows dim through sorrow.

Every day I call upon you, O Lord;

I spread out my hands to you.

Do you work wonders for the dead?

Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah

Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,

or your faithfulness in Abaddon?

Are your wonders known in the darkness,

or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

But I, O Lord, cry to you;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?

Why do you hide your face from me?

Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,

I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.

Your wrath has swept over me;

your dreadful assaults destroy me.

They surround me like a flood all day long;

they close in on me together.

You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;

my companions have become darkness.”

He saw no evidence that God was listening to his prayers and yet he still addressed him as the God of his salvation. It is easy to believe in God when we see him answering prayer and providing all we need for a happy, successful life, but sometimes God tests our faith by temporarily withdrawing these signs of his love for us. Anyone who is familiar with the Bible knows he did this to Job, but Job was not the only one tested in this way. If you are a worshiper of God who is experiencing what Job and Heman did it may be that God is testing you. It is important that you remain faithful and don’t give in to your doubts.

What’s Your Synergy?

Kingdom Pastor

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

Philippians chapter 3 verse 14 from the New Living Translation

Think about this: Energy produces synergy; and synergy produces energy! Perhaps I should take a step back and share the definition of synergy: the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. Maybe I’m the only one this morning thinking about that word synergy. But YOU, think about it. Synergy is producing the energy that keeps your house with light, a/c, and such going. Think about hydroelectic energy. Water flows throw a turbine, the turbine spins against that thingy, and electricity happens. Or think about your vehicle. The gas (or diesel as the case may be) in the…

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Two kinds of people

Apologetics Outline Series Unit 1: Worldview Lessons

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For our Tuesday series at church we have been going over a series on apologetics.  Unit 1 are lessons on Worldview is done and currently I’m going over Unit 2 on historical apologetics.

I thought I put together in a table of content the first unit.

Here are the links to the outlines below:

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The torch has been passed…

ALL IN! OR ARE WE ALL IN?

Kingdom Pastor

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 

Deuteronomy chapter 6, verses 4 through 7, from the New Living Translation

All means all, doesn’t it? At least that’s the way I think; and it’s very apparent that God feels the same way. In this season where the Orthodox faith has been thrown away like last week’s leftovers, this is even more true. Within many churches here in the good old U.S. of A., they are demoting their churches to a…

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Gah! Just Flush the Victim Card

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Don’t mind me, I’m just venting! Ha! I just cannot abide those who can’t “fight like a man” and that goes for the women, too. Conduct thyself with a tiny bit of maturity, for crying out loud.

It’s a real blight on the butt of modern humanity, I tell ya. It’s like a little child whining, “mom, mom, he just hit me for no reason……. because I kept poking him with a stick.”

I can’t stand people who create drama, self inflict their own wounds, and then they want you to not only heap compassion and sympathy on them, but also to fix it for them. Go punish the “bad guys” for me, I didn’t do nothin’.Just tell me I’m awesome.

Save me, rescue me, fix it. See, I told you they were bad people….

It never seems to occur to anyone that they are often their very own…

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