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Addressing The Problem of Evil

Today we welcomed Pastor Dan Caffese of The Sovereign Grace Bible Church to the Dividing Line.

Christians who believe in the Bible, and the God revealed there as good and all powerful, have always faced the challenge, “If God is good and all powerful how can evil still exist in the world?” This video summarizes the Bible’s answer by considering three areas: Sinners deserve to suffer, God uses evil to promote His people’s good, and God uses evil to promote the greatest good. The video also emphasizes that we should be sensitive to the fact that there is both an intellectual and an experiential struggle with this issue and that doctrine of the cross needs to be brought into this discussion. It is also pointed out that compromised theologies regarding God’s exhaustive sovereignty leave Christians in a position which cannot answer an atheist’s argument.

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WLC & Molinism then More from Russell Moore’s interview with Andy Stanley

James started off today commenting on the sudden death of a young woman, a mother of seven, from Apologia church. He asks for prayer for not only Apologia but specifically for the family. Then he plays a clip from a recent Reasonable Faith podcast regarding Molinism. Finally the fuller portion of Russell Moore’s interview with Andy Stanley where Andy reads a letter from a lady who now considers herself to be “a part of” Stanley’s church. The lady is an atheist.

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And They Just Keep Getting Longer….

Started off discussing the David Gushee article from a few weeks ago and his very truthful analysis that there is no middle ground on the issue of God’s law for the believing Christian.  Too bad Dr. Gushee has chosen to be on the wrong side of that divide!  Then we watched an entire section of a video from Israel United In Christ (IUIC), one of the Hebrew Israelite camps (the ones who wear purple and gold), where they discuss Vocab Malone and myself as fulfillment of biblical prophecy!  Then I was about to play Andy Stanley’s sermon from Sunday (well, just a portion), but I decided instead to go the dangerous route and follow a link provided in Twitter to Dr. Frank Turek and Dr. Richard Howe discussing “bad ways” to prove God’s existence.  Everyone was telling me this would give me background into what Stanley was saying, so we dove in live and responded as we went along.  So we will get to the Stanley sermon material on Thursday as we spent the rest of the time on the Turek/Howe discussion.

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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

The Trendiest Current Fad in the Study of the Gospels and Historical Jesus: Social Memory Theory

d8dc69063abe2ee4bec5c295a87f64a8With respect to social memory theory, it is doubtful whether Ehrman is the appropriate and accurate authority to cite in terms of the scholarly research done on the subject. He may just be, as he has been before, trailing along in public support of the latest fad…

In short, it is not a theory of history and cannot be used to determine historicality (such as whether or not Jesus existed). More than that, it is not even a theory of how memories are transmitted, even if it is (and this may be questioned in its details) a theory of how memories are formed.

https://domainthirtythree.com/2016/03/28/did-jesus-really-exist-and-social-memory/