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Christianity And… An Apologetics Podcast, etc.

Dear friends (Jeff Downs here) I want to inform you of some things that I’ve been involved in. First, and foremost is a new podcast called Christianity And…. An Apologetics Podcast.  We recorded our first episode a few weeks ago (hope to work out the sound issues).  Lord willing, future episodes will include a discussion on confutation in the pulpit, as well as working through Machen’s book Christianity and Liberalism.
Please like our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristianityAnd/
Podcast #1 is located here: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62171633352

In connection with the podcast, we’re also putting together some T-shirts with various quotations, etc.  Check out and like the FB page here: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62171633352

Finally (James will love this one), our family has been roasting coffee since 2005. We’ve decided that we’re going to roast and sell. If you’re interested, please check out and like our FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/DownHomeRoasters/

Some of may be wondering about a journal I announced with a similar name as the podcast.  That is not going to happen.  Sorry.

A New Journal – Call for Articles

Do you or someone you know (sounds like a commercial) have a special interest in the following area: cults, the occult, new religious movement, world religions, and general apologetics? If so please touch base with me. I am working on putting together a journal titled Christianity And…A Countercult and Apologetics Journal. In conjunction with the Journal I am hoping to do an online Colloquium with few of the authors.

I am currently waiting for confirmations from a few men for editorial work, and I am looking for articles to publish. I hope the Journal will be ready by January 2018 (perhaps a bit sooner), so there is plenty of time to research, write, and rewrite. If you have access to seminaries where men are writing papers on these topics, perhaps you can pass along the word.

Currently we have only FB page, please make sure you like the page, and pass the link around: https://www.facebook.com/Christianity-And-A-Countercult-and-Apologetics-Journal-252157268500719/.

– Jeff Downs

Atheism; No Good Reason

This morning we held our third Learning at Lebanon Seminar at Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Abbeville, SC. Dustin Segers was our guest speaker addressing the topic, “No Good Reason to be An Atheist.” The audio is now available by clicking here. Dustin also addressed the same topic back in 2006 at our No Other gods Conference. The audio (much different) is located here

Next Month Dr. Joseph Pipa will join us to address, “Preaching or Pragmatism: The Means to Disciple the Church and Win the Lost?” 9-10:30am.

New Books on Apologetics

Three new apologetic books (there are probably many others) are now available for you:

1. The Absurdity of Unbelief: A Worldview Apologetic of the Christian Faith, by Jeffrey D. Johnson. This one has an endorsement from James White, “In The Absurdity of Unbelief, Jeffrey Johnson provides a clear and compelling case for the Christian faith, readable and usable for believer and unbeliever alike.”

Here is a short description:
Because all non-Christian worldviews are indefensible, it is not sufficient for skeptics to attack Christianity without also defending the foundation for their own unbelief. Everyone has a worldview, even atheists and skeptics, but only the Christian worldview is not self-contradictory. The Absurdity of Unbelief demonstrates why every possible reason for unbelief is irrational and ultimately meaningless by exposing the various self-refuting systems of thought in which these objections are rooted.

2. In Defense of the Eschaton: Essays in Reformed Apologetics, by William Dennison. Of this work Lane Tipton states, “The essays in this volume are not mere restatements of Vos or Van Til. Rather, you will find here creative and constructive applications of their basic insights to topics that advance Reformed theology and apologetics. Dr. Dennison’s work as a whole represents a high-level synthesis of the methodologies of Vos and Van Til. He seeks to apply a radically non-speculative, revelationally regulated methodology to a host of issues that neither Vos nor Van Til had opportunity to address. I enthusiastically commend to the reader the work of Dr. Dennison. His insights are penetrating, and his interests are wide-ranging. He has taken up the mantle of Vos and Van Til in both the polemical defense and constructive extension of the Reformed faith. I pray this volume finds a wide and appreciative readership.” Click here to read a sample.

3. Christian Theistic Evidences (2nd Edition), by Van Til, Edited by K. Scott Oliphint. William Edgar says, “Christian Theistic Evidences represents Cornelius Van Til’s first, revolutionary statement of presuppositional (or covenantal) apologetics. It contains all his major statements against the pretended neutrality of fact, of reason, and of foundations. Dr. Oliphint’s masterful annotations clarify and enhance the beauty of the text. His introduction is pure gold. This is must reading for anyone who wishes apologetic method to be consistent with sound theology.” Click here to read a sample. Scott Oliphint was recently interviewed on the Reformed Forum podcast discussing this latest edition. Click here to listen.

On another note: “We should trust our salvation on Jesus Christ, not only on Him who alone can save and who is able to save perfectly, but on Him who has more good will to save than we can have willingness to be saved by Him.” Robert Traill