Blogroll Update

Added a few more to my site:

New Epistles – Kevin Sam – Very informative, avid blogger, but the best thing about Kevin, he has a gentle spirit. We need more folks like him.

Communal Feast – RTJones – He is just really smart, if you got questions, so does he.

Challies dot com – Tim Challies – Not sure why I added him, he never visits, or contributes, and he is a Calvinist (but I won’t hold that against him). But he does write some cool articles, just published his first book. The good thing is that if I remove him he will never know

Upcoming Lectures – BIOLA

I am planning to attend the following seminars. If you are in So. California and might attend let me know and maybe we can meet up.

Apologetics Events

Evidence for the Reliability of the New Testament

with Craig Blomberg, Ph.D.

Are the biblical accounts of Jesus historically reliable, or are they merely legendary? How can Christians reconcile the many variations and alleged contradictions in the copies of the New Testament? How do we answer tough new challengers, like Bart Ehrman, who have emerged in recent years?

Oh, we have the right Jesus–and this seminar will show you how to make the compelling historical case yourself from a world-renowned expert on the New Testament documents.

March 6th, 7th, & 8th
Thursday and Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Biola University
Business Building Lecture Hall
Cost: only $95

Key Philosophical Issues in Apologetics

with William Lane Craig, Ph.D., D.Theol.

What has happened in philosophy recently that has turned the world upside down and catapulted Christians into a leading role? One of the key figures in the revolution will present and explain for the average person the cutting-edge ideas that have captured the minds of a new generation.

Dr. Craig shares from a wealth of knowledge and experience in this can’t-miss seminar dealing with everything from the existence of God and divine foreknowledge, to the Resurrection, and more!

April 24th, 25th, & 26th
Thursday and Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
Biola University
Business Building Lecture Hall
Cost: only $95

Justice League: The New Frontier

I am a big Comic Book fan, and this should be really awesome! It is out tomorrow.

Open Theism

I have been reading non-stop regarding this subject. Currently I have two books that I have been reading, one is by The Benefits of Providence
by James S. Spiegel, and What Does God Know and When Does He Know It?: The Current Controversy over Divine Foreknowledge by Millard J. Erickson.

I have dropped “The Benefits of Providence” over Erickson’s book, because he seems to address it in a more systematic way, plus he presents the open theist views in an understandable way. I plan to write more on this subject when I am done as I see danger in embracing this particular view of God. Will give a small review of each book.

It was brought to my attention recently, and I was asked the following question, “does God know everything?” I responded with “yes”. “Does he know the future?” they asked. “Of course” I responded. After a few questions it became apparent that they had been talking to someone who has an Open Theist view, and created this sudden questioning of God’s Omniscients. I am always amazed when these sorts of doctrine’s make their way into the church.

The chief proponent of this view seems to be Gregory Boyd. You can read a short bio at Theopedia

I also plan to hold a seminar at my church dealing with the subject “Does God Know All Things”. I am a Traditional Theist, and I have different points of views on this matter, but to deny that God does not know all things is a something that must be challenged, and confronted.  to deny that God does not know all things, I think presents a set of challenges for us, and what are the ramifications of embracing such a doctrinal position?  As C.S. Lewis once said

“Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow.”

You can read Justin Taylor’s introduction on this subject from his book “Beyond the Bounds – Open Theism and the Undermining of Biblical Christianity” Which is another book I plan to read as soon as I am done with the other two.

My question is:

  • have any of you had encounters with this subject?
  • do any of my regular visitors embrace Open Theism?

It must be flu season…

It seems like everyone I know has the flu.  So many people at my church are sick with the flu, I suppose it was inevitable for me to catch it.  It started late Friday afternoon, and just got worse from there.  Good thing we had Monday off as a holiday kept me from calling in sick more than I would have liked.  I finally returned to work today, still don’t feel 100% but well enough to get in.  I doubt that I am contagious at this point.

Bible Meme

Nick, from Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth is asking the following:

Here is my response:

1. What translation of the Bible do you like best?

Holman Christan Standard Bible (CSB) it is for now.

2. Old or New Testament?

New Testament

3. Favorite Book of the Bible?

Romans

4. Favorite Chapter?

Philippians 2

5. Favorite Verse? (feel free to explain yourself if you have to)

Philippians 3:8 “More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ” – CSB

6. Bible character you think you’re most like?

King David – many flaws, like me, loves God

7. One thing from the Bible that confuses you?

Eschatology – I get it. Just confused – it’s all of the Preterist fault 😉

8. Moses or Paul?

Paul – he’s my hero

9. A teaching from the Bible that you struggle with or don’t get?

King David – a man after God’s heart (this was a tough question, as I always found it interesting that David is the only man that the bible says this about.) Why not Joseph he is so good. I can’t even relate to the guy, he is good.

10. Coolest name in the Bible?

Methuselah

Now tag five people:

I tag: John Glass, Zack Williamson, Sam Nunnally, Kevin Sam, ElShaddai Edwards, and James Bradford Pate

What’s your favorite quote – serious or funny I’ll take either

My favorite quote is:

We all want to be like Paul, but we are all just a bunch of Peters

I have no idea who said this, or who I heard it from, it’s been years but it stuck.