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 Newsletter - September 16, 2013

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  1. From Frustration to Faith (John 11:17-28) 

    Martha responds in faith in the bold claim of Jesus that He is "the resurrection and the life" and that those who believe in Him will live beyond death. [71 minutes]

    Andy Woods

  2. Matthew 2 

    We consider the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, making sure not to neglect its very Jewish context. [24 minutes]

    Paul Henebury

  3. Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (Matthew 5:3-4) 

    Those who mourn over that which grieves God shall find comfort when God's Kingdom comes. [38 minutes]

    Greg Summers

  4. A Man of Sorrows (John 11:29-37) 

    After weeping at the site where Lazarus lies dead, Jesus prepares to raise Lazarus from the dead. [70 minutes]

    Andy Woods

  5. God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility (Acts 2:22-24) 

    The Bible teaches that God is ultimately sovereign over all that takes place in history yet man is still held responsible for his sinful actions, even when they ultimately contribute to the determined purpose of God. [47 minutes]

    Tony Garland

  6. The Rapture, Part 16 

    The fifth reason that the rapture will take place before the Tribulation period even begins relates to the fact the rapture doctrine is designed to comfort the believer.

    Andy Woods

  7. Book Review: "Who Made God" by Edgar Andrews 

    Andrews has produced a book which deserves a wide readership—especially among thoughtful Christians. For one, the book is a veritable tour de force exposure of the main problems inherent in the recent popular attempts by atheists to explain the world around us without the need of God. If that weren't enough to merit its consideration, the book exhibits a rare combination of searching logic, witty observation, familiarity with the arguments, thoroughness, penetrating clarity, and charity for alternate views which make for a profitable and enjoyable read.

    Tony Garland

  8. Book Recommendation: Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought (by John Frame) 

    Those seeking a better understanding of "presuppositional apologetics" as championed by Cornelius Van Til will find this book helpful. The author, being one of his capable students, provides an analysis of Van Til's system of thought along with constructive criticism of his own. The author is firmly in the presuppositional camp, yet steers a middle ground between those who are slavishly Van Tillian in their approach and those who are overly critical of Van Til. Frame's treatment is very helpful while charitable in evaluating Van Til and others who have championed and opposed his thought. The basic thrust of presuppositional apologetics is that one must start with the Biblical basis of God and man made in His image in order to have any hope of engaging in rational discussion concerning the existence of God, the characteristics of the universe, and man's place in it. In other words, the Bible-rejecting critic lacks an epistemological basis to support his "reasoned" rejection of God unless reality is as defined by the biblical revelation of God. As Van Til put it, "the unbeliever is like a child slapping her father while being supported by her father's lap."

    Tony Garland

  9. Q218 : Dispensationalism and the Gap Theory 

    What is the relationship between dispensationalism and the view that a gap of time exists between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2?

    Tony Garland

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