5 Questions A Biblicist Should Ponder

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The term Biblicist has a broad definition. However in this article, I’ll address the Biblicist as a Christian who claims to be neither Calvinist or Arminian and believes that the Bible alone is the only and final authority. You can find them in some fundamental, independent or Bible Baptist circles . They encourage us to be one rather than choose the two, because for them, the Biblicist stand is the biblical one. While it might look noble and virtuous, however by testing the Biblicist position with these five questions, you’ll be surprise that it won’t hold water.

Are you just ignoring the issue?

Some believers just don’t want to be caught in this controversial topic, so they use the position as a trump card to dismiss it. Rather than look at it as an opportunity to have a meaningful discussion and to hear both sides of the issue, they resort it by saying that they are a Biblicist. Well this is not merely an exercise of choosing which side. It’s a question on who or what is biblically sound.

Are you just ignorant of the issue?

Yet some doesn’t have any clue of the matter.  So they jump on the bandwagon to fellow Christians who holds the Biblicist position without thinking it over.  However, the first question and this one doesn’t solve the issue, rather it leads to further anti intellectualism that is so prevalent in this group.

How do you define the Biblicist view?

Whenever I hear someone explain what a Biblicist is, some automatically quote 1 Timothy 3: 16-17, then declare that their belief is on the Bible alone in matters of Christian living, ministries and doctrine.   If by defining Biblicist meant that you adhere to  Scripture alone as the final authority, then a Calvinist can also be called Biblicist (Remember the 5 Solas include Sola Scriptura). In fact,  looking at their theological richness biblically and historically, Calvinism fits in that category. And please don’t appeal on the catechisms or confessions and view it as equal to Scriptures. You’ll end up misrepresenting the Reformed view.  I cant speak for the Arminian but I believe they will also appeal and say that the Bible is their final authority. So by that they are also Biblicist.

What are the basic doctrines a Biblicist adherent to?

As a Calvinist I can point out the doctrine of grace through the TULIP acrostics. As for the Arminians, well I’m not sure but as I check out the web, some might sum it up with the acrostic DAISY (Diminished Depravity, Abrogated Election, Impersonal Atonement, Sedentary grace and Yieldable Justification) although our Arminian friends might disagree. So how about our Biblicist friends? What doctrinal points can they show that is neither Calvinistic or Arminianistic? If they claim to be neural from both and scriptural at the same time, then they have to present something distinct  from the two.

Which brings us to the last question….

Are you just a closet Arminian? 

When push becomes a shove, a Biblicist will try to defend their position against a Calvinist. As they defend their position, you’ll notice that their counter arguments are similar with what an Arminian. Sure, they might not believe in losing ones salvation (neither some Arminians), however by looking on what doctrines they stand you can easily say that their defending Arminianism. They might say they don’t but in reality they are.

As we question the so called Biblicist position, we can see that rather untangling themselves from the issue they further thrown into confusion.  Rather side stepping the issue why not confront it. Try studying it, checking the Scriptures and praying for it. By then we will really understand and know the issue.

7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free


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Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano once said “History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ Well it depends on what history we want to welcome. Its either mistakes or victories of the past that will be knocking at our doors.  However we can anticipate the comeback when we look at history. Christians should study church history. Here’s 7 ways to learn church history without breaking the bank. Of course, nothing can beat having a seminary training about church history and I highly encourage you to do so. However, for those who can’t go to a seminary or even buy a book in church history, this list can be a good place to know about this important subject:

1. Get church history daily/weekly in your inbox – Christian History Institute offers a daily  It Happened Today sort of a”this day in history” thing simply by subscribing to their e-mail list (scroll down to the bottom till you find the subscribe box.)

Christianity.com offers an e-mail newsletter which you can choose on either daily or weekly church history. Click here to subscribe and scroll down to click the church history newsletter offer.

Also you can check out Christianity Today’s Church History which gives you free weekly e-mails simply by subscribing.

2. Listen to a podcast – Aside from the cool Cranberries intro, this weekly podcast on church history hosted by Dr. Stephen Nichols takes a slice of church history and discusses how God works to events, people and places and how it’s relevant to our time. 5 Minutes of Church History is non technical in approach and because it’s brief, you can easily tuck it to your podcast listening list.

Another podcast that is like Dr. Stephen Nichols is Christian History Almanac. Presented by 1571, this daily podcast is 5 minutes hosted by Dr. Dan van Voorhis. Aside from the stories, every episode ends with a cool prose and poetry.

However, if you want a more lengthy (15 minutes or so), go check Today in Church His-Story It’s a weekly peek to the halls of history hosted by Dr. Andrew Smith. If you head to their website you’ll see past episodes that will invigorate your knowledge about church history.

For kids who wants to learn about important figures of church history, they can check out a podcast from Rebel Alliance Media. Click here for the latest episode of Fathers of Faith for Covenant Kids.

     Now for some hardcore stuff….

3. Watch lectures over Youtube – Ryan Reeves church history lectures are superb. If you check his Youtube channel, you’ll see his 64 k subscribers and some of his 20-30 minute videos had been viewed 500 k times. Very impressive. His videos consist of pictures and notes for viewers to catch the important words, names and events. The audio and images are great. Ryan Reeves  Historical Theology for Everyone is a must watch!

If you want, however, to see an actual lecture, you can also check Dr. Nathan Buzenitz Historical Theology and Carl E. Trueman’s lectures on The Reformation both presented in The Master’s Seminary.

Lastly, this seminar series by Berean Baptist Church of Queensland is a must watch if you want to know about Baptist History.

4. Listen to a Sunday School series – Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church, gives a series simply titled Church History, in engaging and exciting way, considering the dread of studying historical stuff.  The audio quality is good and you can feel the churchy setting to were this series is given.

Moving to Sermon Audio, I would like to recommend two Sunday School series that tackles church history. First is from Brian Borgman,pastor of Grace Community Church Nevada, A Survey of Church History . Love the audio quality and how Borgman articulate the teachings which are not intimidating. Last one is from Dr. James White Church History Series .  If you know James White, his debates and podcast, you’ll find this at par from what he dishes out. The audio quality is not that good but if you like what you hear and like White you’ll gonna stick around for this series.

5. Download a Seminary app – Reformed Theological Seminary has an app that you can download in various app stores for free. The lecturer is Dr. S. Donald Fortson and you can access these lectures on i-Tunes U from your i-phone and i-Pad.

6. Sign up on an online seminary level course – You can check out audio lectures of Ancient and Mediaval History and Reformation and Modern History courses at Covenant Theological Seminary. You have to create an account to access it complete with downloadable MP3, transcript and study guides. You can check other seminaries that has church history courses by clicking here.

7. Dowload e-books on Church History – If your’re not into the audio and video lectures, you can download free e-books on church history. A simple search on Mogernism.com yields some books that you can check out.

So thats my list, so what’s yours? Kindly comment in the comment section on what should be added on the list. By the way, I would like to thank Dead Men Community, TCB Family and the Baptist Review Facebook Groups for giving me some of what has been included on the list. It really helped me to write this article and gave me ways to self-study Church History.

The Digital Round-Up # 24

myptv2kHey folks! Prepare for another round of the “The Digital Round-Up” as we serve you interesting articles, freebies and videos. And if you’re enjoying this stuff, please do tell us on the comment section. So buckle up and enjoy the thrill.

FREE “The Treasury of God’s Wisdom” – A collection of essays from the Westminster Seminary Califonia faculty that focuses on the theme of biblical wisdom in a devotional style.

YouVersion Bible Lens App – Alan Noble takes on the new app from YouVersion and why we should be cautious on using this app.

What is Post-Modernism? – From my Facebook friends comes a new blog titled “Better Promises”. I hope you guys check it often. As a sampler of what they can offer, check this article they posted.

How Does Praying For Others Helps You? – This article from For The Church blog emphasize ways how praying for others can be beneficial for  believers.

Puritans started federalism – Its a hot topic here in the Philippines as the nation ponders on federal form of government. People want change and they want to start by changing the government. This article is so meaty on the history of federalism founded by the Puritans.

Tsundoku: The practice of buying more books than you can read – Interesting article describing this habit among hardcore bookworms.

Teddy Roosevelt Criticizing Cynicism – Excellent article on why cynicism according to Theodore Roosevelt doesnt really help and disrupts progress.

 

Book Review: Faker by Nicholas T. McDonald

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No one wants a faker.

In this age of social media we can easily hide real selves because we want to project a better us. So we put on the mask that will not just make us feel good but rise above anyone else. Teens and young ones sometimes struggle with this issue.

Yes, the struggle is real.

“Faker” is a short but spot on book by Nick McDonald.  In the book he admits being a former faker. He tells his story of his fakery that we can easily relate to. He became prideful and looks other down behind a mask. The problem with that he needs to maintain his status quo but ends up still feeling empty.  However that’s half of the book is all about. This is not your typical pep talk, think positive or self help for teens. In its 7 chapters the book, Nick expound Luke 18: 9-14 the story of Pharisee and the tax collector. As you read this book, Nick unleashed the power of the Scripture that will hold you till the last page. “Faker” hits the root cause of our pretension: sin and provides the solution: the gospel.  Well that something considering this is a book for teens and young ones. He even discuss the word propitiation, you might think it will turn off a teen reading the book. Well it won’t. The book ends with a plea to drop the mask and come to God.

“Faker” and “Something More” by Theron St. John (which I book reviewed previously) are spot on when it comes to addressing the younger generation by its unique way of presenting the gospel that doesn’t have to be watered down. The cool book design, artwork and pop culture references which are awesome in this book really helps the lesson stick to our mind. However  those elements doesn’t   overwhelmed  “Faker” because that’s not the star of this book but the message of Luke 18 that young people badly needs to hear. Highly recommended resource to reach out young people and teens.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

The Digital Round-Up # 23

myptv2kHey folks! Prepare for another round of the “The Digital Round-Up” as we serve you interesting articles, freebies and videos. And if you’re enjoying this stuff, please do tell us on the comment section. So buckle up and enjoy the thrill.

FREE “CHANGED: #oncegay stories” – is an ebook  compilation of 40 people who left homosexuality and found happiness and fulfillment outside LGBTQ circle.

Wigs and Wisdom – Its not just a fashion statement by men in the 18th century but a sign of something we ought to be. Are we willing to “wear” it again in this 21st century?

Let their books raise the questions – an excellent article that lets the secular book  raise important inquires on eternal matters.

Double the Trouble if You Ignore the Context – in interpreting the Bible, we need to remember the importance of context.

How to Remember What You Read – David Qaoud gives us 4 ways to ensure we get the most out of reading.

18 most recognizable book covers and fun facts about them – iconic books that has memorable covers.

3 Reasons you’re more productive in coffee shops – some of my blog post are done in Figaro , and in some ways this article is true.

 

 

5 Things I Love About YouVersion Bible App

7lusaz81Recently, my wife bought an i-Phone and she starts downloading apps. She asked me what Bible app should she download and use. Without hesitation I said YouVersion app. I love it and I think millions of users of this great Bible app will agree with me with these 5 reasons (And oh before I forgot it’s their 10 year anniversary and here’s how we can celebrate with the app):

Multiple Bible versions and Translations. Can you imagine a Bible app that has tons of Bible versions and translations free to download? Well YouVersion has it. With multiple versions and translation you can compare and understand any given passages. Also you can listen to the audio of the Bible.

Tracks and encourages you in your Bible reading. Keep on track with the progress of your Bible reading time by its built-in tracker. It gives you the streak and weeks of how many times you read your Bible. You also receive a “Verse of the Day” in this great app.

Add a friend or interact with someone on the app.  It’s like Facebook but with Bible verse or devotional plan progress as status. You can like and comment on you friends status. You can invite others from Facebook to check out this app and enjoy God’s Word.

Devotional plans and Video.There a many devotional plans you can use in YouVersion. You can choose a plan base on a passage of Scripture, topic you want to explore or if going through something your life. Videos are also awesome.  You can check some gospel presentation and some clips from The Bible Project.

Share the Bible over social media. Like any other Bible app, you can share God’s Word over Facebook or Instagram. What makes it cool is that you can post the verse with an image so it can be eye catching to your friends.

There you have it the 5 things I love about YouVersion app. I hope you check the app over your App Store or Google Play. God bless as you delight on God’s Word.

The Quotable Round-Up # 79

tpn6bjcHello guys! I hope you’re having a great day as you dive in this brand new collection of quotes! This time we are featuring fresh quotes from R. C. Sproul’s “The Consequence of Ideas” . And if you got stoked with these quotes, please get the book at your nearest Christian bookstore or on Amazon.

“Philosophy was born in the ancient quest for ultimate reality, the reality that transcends the proximate and commonplace and that defines and explains the data of everyday experience.”

“For Heraclitus the process of change is not chaotic but is orchestrated by “God.” I put God in quotes because for Heraclitus “God” is not a personal being but more like an impersonal force. Flux is the product of a universal reason Heraclitus calls the logos. Here we see the philosophical roots of the logos concept that the apostle John appropriated to define the preexistent and eternal person of the Godhead who became incarnate. It would be a serious mistake, however, simply to equate or identify John’s use of logos with that of Greek philosophy, because John filled the term with Hebrew categories of thought. At the same time it would be an equally serious mistake to separate completely John’s use of the term from Greek thought.”

“The true philosopher cannot be satisfied with empirical or sensory knowledge, which is not ideal knowledge but the shadowy knowledge of opinion—the “knowledge” of the cave. The true philosopher reaches for the essence of things, for the ideals. This allows the philosopher to rise above the superficiality of Sophism and the skepticism of the materialists. He seeks the universal and is dissatisfied with a list of particulars. After discerning that a particular object is beautiful or virtuous, he moves beyond that particular to discover the very essence of beauty and virtue.”

“As an organon, logic is the supreme tool necessary for all other sciences. It is the necessary condition for science even to be possible. This is because logic is essential to intelligible discourse. That which is illogical is unintelligible; it is not only not understood, but is also incapable of being understood. That which is illogical represents chaos, not cosmos. And absolute chaos cannot be known in an orderly way, making knowledge or scientia a manifest impossibility.”

 
“Aristotle understood that, to escape the illogical morass of infinite regress, the ultimate cause of motion must be an uncaused cause or an unmoved mover. Actuality must precede potentiality, just as being must precede becoming. Therefore being precedes becoming by logical necessity. This forms the classical root for the notion that “God” is a logically necessary being, an ens necessarium. Later philosophical theology would add that God is necessary not only logically but also ontologically. That is, pure being has its power of being within itself. It is self-existent and cannot not be.”
“The concept of divine revelation was central to Augustine’s epistemology, or theory of knowledge. He saw that revelation is the necessary condition for all knowledge. As Plato argued that to escape the shadows on the cave wall the prisoner must see things in the light of day, so Augustine argued that the light of divine revelation is necessary for knowledge.”

“Faith, says Augustine, is an essential ingredient of knowledge. Augustine does not restrict his notion of faith to what we typically refer to as religious faith. Faith also involves a provisional belief in things before we can validate them through demonstration. He adopted the famous motto Credo ut intelligam, “I believe in order to understand.”

The Digital Round-Up #16

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

Free “God’s Promise” by Charles Spurgeon – haven’t checked it out but if it’s from the Prince of Preachers it must be good.

Free “That’s Just Your Interpretation” by Paul Copan. Th_ book is available free till March 17, tackles questions skeptics often thrown to Christians.

12 Things I Learned about Reading Books from Tony Reinke – Kevin Halloran counts down 12 lessons found in “Lit” by Tony Reinke.

How to Encourage Intellectual Christians in the Evangelical Church – not only does this article encourage Christians but also teaches how church members sharpen their thinking and reasoning for the glory of God.

10 Things You Should Know About the Bible – some in the list are familiar but simply this article is a worthy read.

5 Promises for Your Bible Reading and Prayer – Are you discouraged in your quite time? Here are five promises from God that you’ll get in Bible reading and prayer.

Why No Altar Call – Aaron Currin of The Publican’s blog gives 4 reasons why not use altar call (and gives a history lesson and personal experience about it).

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Survival Guide for Parents– Ivy Guerrero writes how her family enjoyed this year’s biggest book sale and prepare you to the next book sale event.

The Story of Tetris – a very interesting documentary about a computer game from the 80’s in the midst of the US-Soviet Cold War.

The Digital Round-Up (Filipino Edition #1)

zkorsnzIt’s all Filipino content here on “The Digital Round-Up” (well except the Paul Tripp freebie). So enjoy these articles that are near to our Pinoy hearts.

Free The Invitation to Love – Written by Paul David Tripp, this free devotional aims to know what love means in the light of God’s Word.

What Keeps MeGoing – Pastor Derick reflects on his 9 years serving the church and God.

Five Brutally Honest Reasons Why You Should Study Church History – a long but awesome read on why we should check out our family heritage, the church.

The Slave Bible – According to Pastor Eyriche, misinterpreting the Bible is a equal as literally cutting some parts of God’s Word.

God’s Love? What About Wrath? – How does God’s love and wrath compliment each other? Read this great article from Pastor Noel Espinosa.

With Thy Might – An excellent article on how important work in the spiritual sphere by Elijah Abanto.

State of English in PH – PDI article on the state of English proficiency and a concern to level up to be competitive globally.

How This Pinay Started An Online Reading Community – An interview with Bookbed’s founder KB Meniado. Its a privilege to be part of this community and contributed book reviews to the website. You can check my book reviews on Private Iris and Pangkat Papaya  on Bookbed’s website.

 

The Digital Round-Up #13

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I want just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

Free Audio Books and Why You Should Try Them – This article is awesome. It gives you reasons why you should love audio books and gives out a dozen links to websites that carries free audio books.

Free “Absolute Surrender” by Andrew Murray – Read this book years ago and I was stoked. I hope to re-read this classic again if time permits.

Why Christians should strive for academic excellence – Ptr. Noel Espinosa writes that Christians should not hesitate to academic excellence and explains why.

Mayor Sara Duterte gets a Duterte gospel tract –  Read how a Duterte gospel tract by NeedGod Ph gets into the hands of the Presidential daughter. And for those who are wondering how to get those neat 1M Pesos gospel tract please contact NeedGod Ph over Facebook. The gospel tracts are 150 pesos per pack of 100.

How to Write Better Blog Posts with a Simple Template –  Michael Hyatt teaches us how to write a blog post with these easy to follow templates.

Inside Amazon’s Surveillance Powered, No Check-out Convenience Store–   We have seen the promotional video of this unique store by Amazon. Now someone tried out how this cashierless store works.

R. C. Sproul’s Final Sermon