General Apologetics

4 Things Christians Must Reclaim – Christian Article

Rebecca McLaughlin: In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling sticks a knife into her readers’ hearts. Professor Dumbledore is the Gandalf of the series. He’s the only person who’s power for good can match Lord Voldemort’s evil. But in the sixth book a weakened Dumbledore stands at the top of the Astronomy Tower surrounded by his enemies and he appeals to Harry’s teacher nemesis Severus Snape for help. “Severus, please.” And Snape kills him. The scene is…

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20 Quotes on the Hardest Questions Christians Face – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I (Matt Smethurst) read Rebecca McLaughlin’s outstanding new book, Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Crossway, 2019) [TGC review | interview]. My secular friends are twice as likely to raise children who become Christians as I am to raise children who become nonreligious. And the kind of religious beliefs people hold today are not the kind that fit comfortably into the “Coexist” bumper sticker. In North America, partly thanks to immigrant…

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The Hunter/Pritchett Insult Fest, Kwaku El Concluded, Jared Wilson on George Whitefield’s Eternal Soul – Christian Article

Started off the program playing an 11 minute clip drawn from the 2-hour hit piece posted by Drs. Hunter and Pritchett relating to my review of the methodology used by William Lane Craig in his interview with Ben Shapiro.  Then we finished up looking at Kwaku El’s claims about the Trinity, etc., and finished the 90 minute program with a few thoughts on Jared Wilson’s article about George Whitefield’s final salvation (a topic most would just walk on by but…

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Jeff Durbin Joins James to Discuss Andy Stanley and Kwaku El – Christian Article

For the first half hour or so Jeff Durbin and I discussed my new role as his fellow elder at Apologia Church along with his experience in dialoguing with Andy Stanley on the Unbelievable radio broadcast.  Then we transitioned into a full analysis of Kwaku El’s new video promoting polytheism.  I will continue my response to Kwaku next week on the program.  Enjoy! Here is the YouTube link:Live Video StreamThe Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also…

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Gene Bridges, Anthony Bradley, Greg Johnson, Michael Heiser, and Bruxy Cavey! – Christian Article

Gene Bridges comments on a Facebook discussion, Anthony Bradley continues to swing wide left, Greg Johnson comes out as a homosexual, Michael Heiser demonstrates he has not done even the most basic reading in Reformed theology, and Bruxy Cavey gets a tattoo that demonstrates he has no idea what God’s law is all about.  Wow, talk about eclectic!  Enjoy! Here is the YouTube link:Live Video StreamThe Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of most…

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Debate Report from London, Open Phones, Twitter Questions – Christian Article

Gave a quick debate report from last nights encounter with Adnan Rashid in Selhurst, South London, and then started covering questions provided over Twitter and yes, open phones!  I was very pleased with how well the phones worked, in fact, so this means we will be able to focus more upon doing Dividing Lines even when I am traveling overseas (when my schedule allows for it).  Good questions on a wide variety of topics.  Enjoy! Here is the YouTube link:Live…

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Pennsylvania Homosexual Representative, Choose Your CT, Beza and Matthew 1:23 – Christian Article

Everyone is talking today about the homosexual Pennsylvania state representative who berated a Christian woman outside a Planned Parenthood abortuary, so we chimed in as well, and then moved on to make some more comments on what happens when you “swap CTs,” that is, when you trade covenant theology for critical theory.  The result is a big mess. Then we transitioned into a discussion of how Theodore Beza handled Matthew 1:23 and how this shines a light upon the untenable…

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1 John 1:5-2:2, Brief Discussion on Presuppositional Apologetics – Christian Article

Went a lot longer than I expected to on 1 John 1:5-2:2, but hope it is helpful for those who enjoy close discussion of the flow of a key text. Then I realized I had burned most of the hour and hence could not get into playing sections from the Mortification of Spin episode with Dr. Fesko, but I took a few moments to discuss some of the issues. Here is the YouTube link:Live Video StreamThe Dividing Line is on…

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Microphone Testing, Living Out, Traditional Textism and the Longer Ending of Mark – Christian Article

Started off with technical issues, to be honest (tried a new microphone that didn’t work out well, yet, anyway), and then eventually discussed Tom Buck’s currently running series of articles on Living Out. Then moved to the Traditional Text position (TR) finishing up with a look at the endings of Mark.  We will be back on Thursday of this week.  Don’t forget the South Texas Bible Conference this weekend, and then next weekend the Sola Scriptura conference in Morgan Hill, CA…

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Upcoming Debates, Tom Buck and Sam Allberry, Steven Anderson and Textual Traditionalism – Christian Article

Started off with some exciting news about possible upcoming major debates and pointing folks to the Travel Fund as the most important way of helping us to make this happen.  Then we looked at the fall out from the posting of the four-part series of articles by Pastor Tom Buck interacting with materials found on the Living Out website before turning back to textual issues in finishing up our response to Steven Anderson’s video on chapter three of the…

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City Council Video, Ekemini Uwan and Wicked Whiteness, Radio Free Geneva on Leighton Flowers – Christian Article

Started off with my 3 minute presentation to the Phoenix City Council from last Wednesday, then moved into a pretty full analysis of Ekemini Uwan’s comments at the Sparrow Conference focused on the “wickedness of whiteness.”  Looked a lot at the critical theory foundation to her views.  Then we fired up the Radio Free Geneva theme and looked at a portion of Leighton Flowers’ comments on a recent Unbelievable webcast on the topic of “meticulous providence.”  Nearly two hours…

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Cultural Madness, Atonement Issues, Textual Traditionalism – Christian Article

A morning DL for us here today, the only program for this week. We started with some commentary on current cultural madness and rapid decline, including a grandmother bearing a child for her homosexual son. Then we looked at issues relating to the atonement, first in comments from Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon on the Mass, and then from William Lane Craig on the extent of the atonement.  Finally we transitioned into a review of an article by Dr.…

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Life and Books with Rebecca McLaughlin – Christian Article

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Rebecca McLaughlin—regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition and author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Crossway/TGC)—about what’s on her nightstand, her favorite fiction, books that have most influenced her thinking about apologetics, and more. What books are on your nightstand? I tend to read dead people. There are upsides to this! It weeds out the flimsy literature…

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Responding to the IFB/KJVOs: James White and Jeff Durbin – Christian Article

Did a two part program today. The first (this portion) is a discussion between James and Jeff on the issues raised by a spate of IFB/KJVO videos coming out of the Steven Anderson wing of the IFB movement.  We discuss the gospel and the key issues that followers of this movement need to consider.   Nearly two hours of conversation! Here is the YouTube link:Live Video StreamThe Dividing Line is on YouTube video. Our YouTube channel also provides videos of…

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James White and Jason Robinson Discuss Romans 8:28-34 – Christian Article

Pastor Jason Robinson from West Virginia joined us on the program today to offer competing (and conflicting!) interpretations of this key soteriological text.  30 minutes of exegesis then 30 minutes of cross-ex, with ten minutes of closing statements. We developed connection issues during the cross-examination and had to go to the phone to finish things up.  Jeff Durbin joined me after the debate to discuss some of the issues raised in the program. Here is the YouTube link:Live Video…

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The Gospels Reading Plan for 2019 – Christian Article

It is about that time of the year when we are introduced to creative ways to read our Bible for the next calendar year. Did you do it this year? This is my eleventh year encouraging others to take each day of the year to read and reflect on a single unit in the Gospels. Did you know there are about 365 units in the Gospels? In the past, I cited five good reasons to own a Gospel Synopsis.…

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Textual Criticism and the TR Live from CBTS – Christian Article

About Rich Pierce Rich Pierce is the President of Alpha and Omega Ministries. Administration is Rich’s primary responsibility here and it is his job to see to it that the day to day operations are taken care of so that Dr. White can remain focused on research and teaching. Rich came from the private sector after working as an administrator and eventually getting into computer support. Rich has been with Alpha and Omega Ministries originally in a volunteer capacity since…

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