A Place for Verbal Aesthetics

 

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Right. What we want is people to know the truth and be drawn, not by our eloquence of speech, but by the work of the Holy Spirit. Even the Bible prompts us that the main tool of false teachers is their ability to scratch itching ears. But that doesn’t mean that truth possesses no beauty and that we are obligated to present it as dry and as mechanical as possible.

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Hope for the Depressed Christian

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Christians are called to rejoice… always (Philippians 4:4). The apostle Paul even says that this is how we make our “reasonableness made known to everyone” (v5).  And rightly so. Because it should be the glaring mark of those who have been brought from death to life, from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light. This black-to-white transition should cause them to always echo the redeemed’s praise, “Rejoice in the Lord!” Continue reading

God’s Holiness Defines All of His Other Attributes

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Because of God’s simplicity, that God has no parts and is the only being who is in absolute unity with Himself, it is not an easy matter to talk about a particular attribute of God as something central. But if there is any warrant for doing so, it would be the fact that among all of God’s attributes, it is undeniable that the Scriptures emphasize on His holiness. Continue reading

“He Has Perfected for All Time Those Who are Being Sanctified”

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“For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then He adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” (Hebrews 10:14-18)

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Shrekspectations

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I am a person bound by my commitment to well-constructed syllogisms. I always want to assure myself that my assessments are correct. So I calculate this and that, and will hardly put myself into something until I see that every single detail of my blueprint is in place. Everything has to be logical, with all the P’s and Q’s seated on their proper places. This is my way of avoiding the embarrassment of being proven wrong. Continue reading

[BOOK] Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practice in Defense of Our Faith – K. Scott Oliphint

 

It’s not a total dead ringer to the others, but as one who has read quite a few materials on presuppositional apologetics, the book didn’t give me anything new in terms of the methodology’s principles. Which, may I say, is not a bad thing at all. This similarity of expression among presuppositionalists is actually a sign of unity. And in terms of application, there are well-crafted simulations in the book that show how rubber meets the road even in philosophically complex conversations. Mind you, these simulations are not built upon strawman arguments (no apologist worth his salt should do that), but actual contentions from old and contemporary skeptics. What is taught by Dr. Oliphint is useful and workable whether you are new or already acquainted with presup. One may need to walk an extra mile due to some unfamiliar terms that he uses, but it’s worth it. Continue reading