Category Archives: Video Clips
The following is a brief discussion I had with Lisa Fields and Cam Triggs from the Jude 3 Project on the topic of apologetic methods.
Here we cover (among others) the follow questions:
- What are the different methods of apologetics and who are their models?
- Why is it important?
- What are some of the traditional arguments for God’s existence?
- How can a person utilize these arguments in everyday encounters with unbelievers?
I hope you find this beneficial.
Much thanks for Stand To Reason Ministries for creating such helpful videos.
Tomorrow I should have the next entry in our memeology series. But for now I wanted to notify you all that I’ve collected the biblical inerrancy series I wrote a few years back into a short 6 page document. You can find it here and on the ‘resources’ page. Below are a few videos on biblical inerrancy. The first is by Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler and Kevin DeYoung on why we defend biblical inerrancy.
The second is G. K. Beale addressing the question of whether there are contradictions in the Bible.
Michael Horton asks and answers the question, “Is Inerrancy Defensible?”
Scott Oliphint on inerrancy and apologetics.
There are many fine works on Christian ethics available on the book market. My top 3 are John Frame’s Doctrine of the Christian Life, John Jefferson Davis’s Evangelical Ethics, and John Feinberg’s Ethics for a Brave New World (a high-ranking honorable mention goes to Scott Rae’s Moral Choices). In terms of current discussions and at-length interactions with opposing views, Feinberg stands above the rest. Recently I stumbled upon these 18 videos of Feinberg’s ethics course taught at The Master’s Seminary a few years ago. One doesn’t have to agree with all of Feinberg’s conclusions to appreciate his vast knowledge of the subject, careful analysis, and fair representation of opposing views. Enjoy!
Christian Decision Making 1
Christian Decision Making 2
Christian Decision Making 3
Christian Decision Making 4
Christian Decision Making 5
Divorce & Remarriage 1
Divorce & Remarriage 2
Divorce & Remarriage 3
Divorce & Remarriage 4
In Vitro Fertilization
Robert Gagnon is perhaps the world’s leading authority on Christianity and homosexuality. His The Bible & Homosexual Practice is a wealth of scholarship addressing just about every possible attempt to read the Bible as endorsing a homosexual lifestyle. Now, thanks to Jim Garlow, much of Gagnon’s wisdom on this pressing issue is available in a few relatively short clips. With the cultural pressure to accept homosexuality as a positive and even God-pleasing option for human sexuality, this is study time well spent and well invested. Enjoy!
Part 1: The Old Testament – Genesis 1 & 2
Part 2: The Old Testament – Sodom
Part 3: The Old Testament – The Levitical Prohibition
Part 4: The Old Testament – David & Jonathan
Part 5: The New Testament – The Witness of Jesus
Part 6: The New Testament – The Witness of Paul
Part 7: The Hermeneutical Relevance of the Bible
For more from Gagnon, see his exhaustive work:
Here’s the lecture given by Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminar, titled “God’s Lion in London: Charles Spurgeon and the Challenge of the Modern Age,” presented at Reformed Theological Seminary in orlando, Florida on March 10, 2014.
Here is Mohler’s 10 point analysis:
- The modern age (MA) must be accepted as a fact.
- The MA is a challenge to be confronted.
- The MA is a great opportunity.
- The MA is deeply hostile to revelation.
- The MA is subversive to creeds and confessions.
- The MA reveals the simplicity of the Christian gospel.
- The MA requires evangelical definition.
- The MA requires a systematic understanding of revealed truth.
- The MA demands the preaching of the Bible.
- The MA will give way to something else.
Well, this is exciting. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has released 4 video lectures by D. A. Carson on the book of Hebrews. I’ve only made it through the first and have greatly benefited.
James R. White is one of the best teachers on the fundamentals of trinitarian doctrine. His book The Forgotten Trinity was extremely helpful to me during my formative theological years. Here White gives an overview of the book:
Here are this weeks noteworthy articles and blogs:
- Twelve good arguments atheists advance against Christianity– Peter Saunders
- John Piper Interviews Jerry Bridges (Video)
- The Lost Art of Apologetics– K. Scott Oliphint
- The Eternal, Inextricable Link– K. Scott Oliphint
- Chapter Outlines and Summaries on Greg Beale’s “A New Testament Biblical Theology”
- Law and Les Miserables, Revisited– Matthew Lee Anderson
- Grace, Law, and the Gospel of Grace according to Les Miserable– Michael. F. Bird
- 12 Primary Ways the New Testament Uses the Old Testament– Andy Naselli
- What is God’s Global Urban Mission?- Tim Keller (below)
One of the best Christmas sermons you’ll ever hear:
Here are some of my favorite links over the past 2 weeks:
- When is a Gospel not a Gospel?– Michael F. Bird
- Five Presentation Mistakes Everyone Makes
- Hermeneutic Humility– Tony Reinke. Here Reinke quotes one of my favorite passages from Jonathan Pennington’s latest book Reading the Gospels Wisely.
- Like a Blind Man Trying to Understand Color– Justin Taylor
- Top 12 Books of 2012- Tony Reinke
- An Interview with Bruce Ware on the Humanity of Christ– Justin Taylor (above)
Here’s a short clip from my lecture last week on the book of Hebrews. Here I discuss a major theme in Hebrews 7-10: Jesus as both high priest and final sacrifice.
Let’s focus on this verse;
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25)
Let’s ask a few basic questions: First, what’s the subject matter of this verse? Second, what’s the ground for Christ’s successful redemptive work? In brief, the answers are as follows: First, the verse speaks of redemption. Christ is able to save perfectly those to come to God through Him, “the way” (cf. Jn 14:6). Second, the verse also provides the reason why, or the instrumental cause, of His guaranteed success, namely his continual intercession for believers as priest. He saves perfectly “since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
Theological Inference. I find it very difficult, in light of this verse, to make sense of any understanding of Christ’s high priestly activity that states that Christ can mediate on behalf of someone who is ultimately lost in the final judgment. In continuity with the Old Covenant priests, Christ intercedes or mediates for all for whom a sacrifice is made. Yet, if all for whom Christ mediates are “saved to the uttermost,” then logical demands that Christ does not mediate for every single individual (cf. John 17:9). If He does, would this not, according to Hebrews 7:25, lead us to accept the doctrine of universalism? Do we really want to say Christ’s intercession could fail to save? I for one don’t. Christ always pleases the Father (John 8:29).
Let’s look at this from a slightly different angle. The argument of Hebrews as a whole is to demonstrate the superiority of Christ over the multitude of ways God spoke to his people in the Old Testament (cf. the “in former days” with the “but now” of Heb. 1:1). Jesus is greater than angels (who delivered the law), greater than Moses, provides a greater rest than Joshua, etc. How can we affirm that Christ is a better sacrifice and a better priest than those of the Old Covenant if he can present his perfect sacrifice before the Father in behalf of sinner X, yet sinner X is eternally lost? Such a conclusion would run against to the author’s argument. If his entire point is that Christ is not like the sacrifices of old, yet His sacrificial death and priestly mediation do not guarantee salvation for any one then Christ’s work is exactly like those offerings.
Clear and precise hermeneutics demand that we never interpret an author’s words in a particular passage so as to make it contradict his overall message. Instead, Jesus is the final sacrifice because his life cleanses those for whom it is made. He is the perfect high priest because his mediator secures the salvation of his people. Rather than demoting the work of Christ, the doctrine of particular redemption upholds, relishes, and adorns the complete saving power of Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension, and continued priestly work. He saves to the uttermost!
PS: My thanks to Matt Kenyon for providing and editing this clip.