Why we can trust the New Testament

Here is a excellent post on the authenticity of the Bible. One of the items Mel deals with is Biblical inerrancy. Since we don’t have any of the original books of the Bible, and we have copy errors, the discussion of the implications of that problem makes post worth reading.

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As Dr. Daniel B. Wallace says, one thing we need to do when talking about the historicity of the New Testament is avoid two extremes: radical skepticism on the one end and absolute certainty on the other.

This is a continuation of my series on Christian apologetics. In these posts I’m making a systematic argument for

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Moral Courage-Martin Luther King Jr.

The video with Martin Luther King is kind of short, but it is to the point. It gives us all something we need to contemplate.

If we live long enough, odds are good we will see a crisis that envelopes the entire world. Then we will surely see all our neighbors anxious, afraid, and wondering what to do.

Have I ever seen one of those times? No. Not really, but I expect I will soon. About ten years ago I wrote a couple of posts on a book called The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe:

Admittedly, when I wrote the posts, I let myself get a bit mixed up about the author’s terminology. Because I was so startled by how the events of the day were replicating those of the past, in my amazement I managed to conflate the word “unraveling” with “crisis”.

This Wikipedia article explains Strauss’ and Howe’s theory better than my posts:
Strauss–Howe generational theory.

According to that Wikipedia article, we are already is the midst of the crisis. We are just waiting for things to get real serious. We are waiting for the next great war to start.

Our people and our leaders are angry, ready to leap at each other throats. Our economy is dragging. The values of our society are degenerating. Our foreign policy remains a mess. Nations around the globe are building up their arsenals. God seems far away.

Has God left us or is the problem within us? Are we already dead, or do we have the right kind of faith in our Lord? In God’s name, are you ready to stand up for right, truth, and justice?

Matthew 5:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Beatitudes

5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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VIDEO: USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Commissioning Ceremony

The commissioning of a new class of aircraft carriers is a big deal. Check it out.

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On Saturday,  the super carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CNV 78), MADE IN THE USA, was commissioned at the Port of Naval Station Norfolk.

Published on Jul 22, 2017 by U.S. Navy

President Donald J. Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., July 22, 2017. CVN-78 is the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carrier, the first new class in more than 40 years and begins the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers. (U.S. Navy video/Released)

<span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em>NORFOLK (July 22, 2017) Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new U.S. aircraft carrier designed in 40 years.</em> (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Julio Martinez Martinez/Released) 170722-N-JH384-216 <a href="http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=242258">U.S. Navy News Service</a>.</span>NORFOLK (July 22, 2017) Sailors man the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CN 78) during its commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. Ford is the lead ship of the Ford-class aircraft carriers, and the first new U.S. aircraft carrier designed in 40…

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Somali cop shoots two to three bullets into yoga teacher, little emotion in audio released

When you consider this case, consider what the commenters on the post are angry about. Do they want to lynch Mohamed Noor because he is a Muslim? Well, there is sneaking suspicion that Noor shot a pajama clad yoga teacher because she was not wearing a burka, but that really is not the issue. Because shooting the lady was so utterly senseless, it is inevitable that people will speculate about Noor’s motive.

What infuriates the commenters is the news media, especially papers like The Washington Post. The news media readily stir up race issues when there is a white on black police shooting, but defend blacks, especially black Muslims, when the shooter is black. What excuses such blatantly racist reporting?

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

Now we learn that two to three shots were fired by the Somali police officer into the body of the pajama clad yoga teacher standing at the driver’s side window. The officers sure don’t seem upset in the audio report we have now do they? We find out that no Grand Jury will be impaneled. Anyone want to bet this gets buried?

Dispatch Audio:

The Medical Examiner labeled it murder. Why aren’t the people burning down the town?? The Washington Post of course gives the Officer a sympathetic article.

The Washington Post featured a sympathetic article on the Minneapolis, Minn. police officer who shot an Australian woman last weekend, a marked shift from their coverage on former officer Jeronimo Yanez.

The Tuesday article focuses on the Somali community fearing retribution because a Somali officer, Mohamed Noor, reportedly fatally shot a white Australian woman. The piece also emphasizes the praise that…

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