Monthly Archives: April 2005

Greek

It’s funny (well maybe not) how you can study hard for a whole week, stay up late the night before the exam, get up at 5:30 the morning of the exam to study and then go to the exam and have all the information leak out of your head only to be absorbed into the carpet (why couldn’t some of it hit the exam paper?).

That is exactly what happened to me.

I have a love/hate relationship with Greek.
I love the idea of knowing God’s Word in its original language. I hate having to learn it.

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Recent book purchases

Well, since I haven’t written for a while, I haven’t kept up on cataloguing the books I’ve recently purchased. I’m sure you’re all dying to hear what’s been added to my bookshelf!

So here ya go:

Bought that the P&R Publishing warehouse in New Jersey:
-Justification and the New Perspective: Review and Response – Guy Prentiss Waters
-The Eschatology of the Old Testament – Geerhardus Vos
-The Coming of the Kingdom – Herman Ridderbos
-The Infallible Word – Ned B. Stonehouse & Paul Woolley

Bought at the Bunyan Conference:
-Words to Winners of Souls – Horatius Bonar
-New Covenant Theology: Description, Definition, Defense – Fred Zaspel and Tom Wells (given to me from Fred)
-The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture – Vishal & Ruth Mangalwadi
-The Testimony of Baptism – Erroll Hulse

Bought in Windsor:
-The Epistles of St. Paul: Colossians and Philemon – J.B. Lightfoot (given to me from my mom)
-The Beatitudes: Soundings in Christian Traditions – Simon Tugwell (given to me from my mom)

Now, wasn’t that just a refreshing read?

I have about 50 pages left in “The Excellent Benjamin Keach” by Austin Walker. I’m enjoying it very much. I really do love reading biographies. I’m also almost done “Words to Winners of Souls” by Horatius Bonar. Anyone who feels called to ministry needs to read this book, it is absolutely wonderful. It is very warming to the soul and provides a good check for our spiritual lives. I liken it to a condensed version of Richard Baxter’s “The Reformed Pastor.” It isn’t as big and is much easier to read, but it packs the same wallop. Anything by the Bonar (said, Bonner) brothers is amazing.

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Oh so unfunny…but what can you expect?

It’s been a while since I’ve actually updated, and there is a lot I could put on here.  Unfortunately it is exam season, so any free time I have must be put into studying.  But at the moment I have a headache and looking at Greek paradigms isn’t going to make it go away.

I had a bad start to the morning today by turning 102.1FM on my radio to listen to some moron radio announcer have “jesus” as a guest on their show.  Well, for those of you who are shocked that the Second Coming already happened, and oddly enough it occured in downtown Toronto, don’t hold your breath.  jesus was none other than a Toronto area escort.  Hilarious it was not.  Lame – ya; typical – oh yeah; unfunny – even more oh yeah.
Why is it that in a world of “tolerance” people are so intolerant?  And why is it that people can make a complete idiot of themselves on broadcast radio, and nodoby seems to mind.  Y’know, the hypocrite of a radio announcer would probably never think of having a hooker come on impersonating Muhammed, or Vishnu, or Joseph Smith.  It’s funny how Jesus Christ is fodder for the world’s pundits – the very same people who are deeply offended when someone calls abortion murder, pornography perverse or unbelief sin.  I could probably walk up to a Christian and call him/her any name in the book, poke fun at his belief in God, and bend him/her over and kick him in the backside for good measure and that would be fine.  But if I told a homosexual that his/her lifestyle was not pleasing to God, or an atheist that his views are intellectually vagrant, or a Liberal that Conservative is the way to be I’d be crucified (metaphorically speaking).
I shouldn’t be too surprised as the Bible actually warns us of this attitude towards Christ.  He spoke very plainly that the world would hate Him, and would hate us for loving Him.  The Bible says that people will call evil that which is good and conversely good that which is evil.  Proverbs says that “the fool says in his heart that there is no God.”
None-the-less, it’s still very frustrating.

I wrote a paper for my History of 20th Century Thought class on the antithesis that exists between Christians and non-Christians.  This morning I just had the antithesis put plainly before me on the radio.  Thank God for the antithesis, because I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a darkened mind of unbelief again.  If it were not for the grace of God in saving me, I would be in the same stye as the guy on the radio and rolling in it.  My God what an awful and disgusting thing sin is.

I will update later about my awesome trip to Bunyan Conference in Pennsylvania and my trip home to Windsor.  Right now I’m too bothered by the radio jockey and his hooker girlfriend who calls herself jesus.  May God grant both of them the grace to repent and life a life that is glorifying to Him alone.

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It’s funny. I went home to Windsor on the weekend and while I was there I raided my CD collection. My boss’ son is getting into “rock” music, so I thought I’d lend him some stuff.
I’ve been listening to them again and am really liking them.

It’s funny.

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Dear  Physicians for Life

 

On June 16, the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) will be giving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Dr. Henry Morgentaler.  In 1968, he founded the first abortion clinic in Montreal.  He believed that a “woman had the right to choose”, eventually leading to a change in Canada’s abortion laws.

 

www.uwoprotest.com is “dedicated to protesting and reversing the plan of the University of Western Ontario to grant Henry Morgentaler an honourary Doctor of Laws.”

 

If you could help those who manage this website, and all other western students, in their fight to repeal UWO’s decision, please pass this link on to others.

 

Thank you,

 

Jennifer Vanderwoerd (BA ’08).

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Friends not long forgotten…

I’ve been carrying an “impending” feeling with me the last couple of days. I’ll give an example. Say you work for a real jerk of a boss who is constantly down your throat for something and you always feel like you’re gonna either get “written up” or fired. The feeling you’re likely gonna have is an “impending” feeling. You’ll walk around work all day with it. You’ll wake up with it, and you’ll go to bed with it. It’s rotten, and there’s nothing you can do to stop the gut wrench.
Now, my “impending” feeling isn’t all that bad, but it’s there none-the-less. Mine comes from the fact that mine and Vicky’s bestfriends are going back to Calgary for the summer. Clint and Christel live in on a farm south of Calgary, and go back there every summer so Clint can farm and ranch. They’re leaving May 8, and won’t be back until early Sept. That’s one heck of a long time to be gone.
This passed year I think we’ve averaged hanging out with the Humfrey’s at least four times a week. I see Clint practically every day at work, he’s professor of Greek and is also teaching a course on Isaiah. Both Vicky and Christel are in Clint’s Isaiah class. Wednesday nights are spent at Holy Word Church for prayer meeting; Vicky doesn’t go but the Humfrey’s and I do. Thursday night Vicky and Christel are part of a girl’s biblestudy on the book of Hebrews. Clint and I typically go for a pint while the girls are gone. Friday nights are spent at our Charis biblestudy and Christian and Melody’s with other people from Holy Word. We’re working through the book “War of Words” by Paul David Tripp (highly recommend it). Saturdays may or may not be spent hanging with Clint and Christel in some capacity. And then of course Sunday’s are spent at church that the four of us attend.
So, there’s going to be a gaping hole in our day to day lives when Clint and Christel go back to Calgary.
It’ll be worse this time next year, because they may not return to Toronto the following Autumn. Clint is going to spend next year applying to do a PhD. If he gets accepted and goes, we may very well never see them again. Ugh.

Enough of the downer, I’ll explain the weekend we had. Friday night was at the Charis study (mentioned above). It was good, but Vicky didn’t go.
Saturday morning we met the Humfrey’s and Josh and Lydia at TBS. The six of us embarked on a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake to spend the day. We had an excellent time together, shopping, eating and hanging out. We ate breakfast at McDonald’s on the way (the girls all love McDonald’s breakfasts). I was surprised at how good McDonald’s coffee was. From there we drove to a town called Jordan Station where there is a bookstore run by John Beeke (Joel’s brother). We spent a couple of hours perusing the books. It’s a very good store, although nothing like Joel’s in Grand Rapids (in terms of number of books). I bought “The Quest for Full Assurance: The Legacy of Calvin and His Successors” by Joel Beeke for $10. Both Clint and Lydia bought Horatius Bonar’s “Night of Weeping.” Clint bought some books either by, or about Robert Murray M’Cheyne.
After leaving Jordan Station, we arrived in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It’s a tourist town that has a very colonial/British feel to it. We ate lunch at a Tudor style restaurant called “The Buttery.” I had an English Tea (with scones!). We shopped at a bunch of cool places like “The Scottish Loft” and “Irish Design.” Lydia bought a cool Audrey Hepburn style hat in a hat-store. Josh and Clint bought some stogey’s which they had when we walked down to the lake.
We spent the better part of the day there and really enjoyed ourselves. We took a lot of pictures which I’ll try to post soon. It was fun sitting on picnic benches by the lake looking at Fort Niagara on the American side. The guys chatted about Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill, while the girls went for a walk. The Cohibo’s were a-blazin’.

We left at about 6pm and drove to Burlington and the Queen’s Head pub and stayed there for a while. We ended up back home at about 11pm.

Well, that was our weekend!

I leave to go to Dr. Haykin’s tonight. He and I are going to Pennsylvania for the Bunyan Conference tomorrow morning. Vicky’s gonna be sad. :(

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TEBK

I read from “The Excellent Benjamin Keach” last night. It’s a biography of the 17th century British Baptist, written by Austin Walker. It’s a very good read and I managed to get through over a hundred pages in two sittings. I’m enjoying it very much, and hope to finish it soon.
I told Vicky last night that right now I’m getting sick of reading propositional truth (not that I’m sick of propositional truth!). I need a good story to read. Narrative. It’s the difference between reading one of Paul’s letters to reading one of the Gospels.
I know Austin Walker fairly well. He came and lectured for us last fall at the International Baptist Conference. He spoke on the Spirituality of Benjamin Keach. It was a very good lecture and I enjoyed spending time with him. He is the pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, UK. Crawley is just south of London. One of my jobs at the IBC was to drive the speakers around. So I was Austin’s chauffer quite a bit. We also had him, and another speaker over (David Morris) for tea and pie. That was a fun night. The Humfrey’s came as well. It was great to hear David and Austin talk theology and history. Austin had been a part of the ministerial that Lloyd-Jones ran in London, so Austin knew “the Doctor” fairly well. He had some good stories.
I hope to see Austin in December at the Westminster Conference in London. Dr. Haykin invited me to go along with him. I’m very much looking forward to seeing England again. Reading this bio is helping ease the ache.

I went with Clint to prayer meeting last night at Holy Word. There was about a dozen of us in the little room praying together. It was a great time of prayer and very nourishing to my soul.

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Niagara-On-The-Lake

Hmmmm…what to update, what to update.
It’s nice outside. Yes, that’s a good start.
I need a hair cut.
I need a shave.

Oh yeah, here we go. A bunch of us are going to Niagara-On-The-Lake on Saturday. Four couples actually. Vicky and I, the Humfreys, Josh and Lydia, and James and Molly. Two carloads. We plan on stopping at John Beeke’s bookstore in Jordan Station on the way. I’m stoked about going; Niagara-On-The-Lake is a very nice place (although very hard to type). Vicky and I spent the first night of our honeymoon there and really enjoyed ourselves. I bought a cool picture of John Knox’s house there in the Scottish Store. When you’re there you feel like you either in England, or in colonial America/Canada.
There are some really nice restaurants and shoppes. You can ride in a horse-drawn carriage as well.
On the way back we’ll probably visit Ian and Natalie who are living in Binbrook, which is on the way.
All in all, it should prove to be a nice getaway from Toronto.

So there, I updated.

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The Christ-Haunted South…

I was just flipping through the latest “Christian Renewal” magazine, and of course, being me, I went to the book reviews.  I read a very interesting review of this:

What an awesome title.  I think I’m going to order it.  Ralph Wood is a Tolkien/Lewis scholar.  I saw him give an excellent lecture on the relationship of the two men here in Toronto last year.  I’m thinking this book should be good.

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I’m going to the Bunyan Conference in Pennsylvania in about a week or so. The speakers will include D.A. Carson, Jerry Bridges, Michael Haykin, James Zaspel and David Morris. It should be good. Although I don’t hold to New Covenant Theology, it should be interesting to hear about it.
I’m much more awake today thankfully. Yesterday was a total write-off.
Stupidly, we went out for Wendy’s last night, and it made me feel wretched as I tried to sleep. Burgers before bed is a bad idea.

And Ben, you bought Dr. John??? Is it any good?

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Night or day, the shadow never seems to fade away…

I’ve been so tired all day.  The sun is just gushing in through my office window and it’s having a very sleepy effect on me.  I was so hungry and tired at lunch today that I was actually shaking.  I felt light-headed and my arms didn’t feel like they were attached.  I ate a tonne of food, but it didn’t seem to satisfy me.  Even though I knew I was stuffed, I felt that I needed to keep eating.  Even the coffee I had afterwards didn’t help.  If I could, I’d just find a nice spot in an empty field to lay in.  Man, nice plush grass warmed by the sun would do nice right now.  What I wouldn’t give to be laying beside a lake, with the sun shining on me.  I love that feeling of the sun’s rays on my face as my eyes are shut.  Instead of the standard blackness, the light on my eyelids make everything seem red.

I guess I can dream.

Lately I’ve been having a hankering to go back to England.  The whole time I was there last year just gave me a different feeling.  I knew I was in a different world.  The sights, the smells, the sounds – everything was just so different.  To see a field that was vibrantly coloured green and yellow was a sight to behold.  To smell the rapeseed in the air, and hear the bees buzzing on the flowers.  What I would give to be travelling the narrow roads over the English hillside.  What I would give to drive on the other side of the road.
I’m supposed to be going to England in December for the Westminster Conference.  It won’t be totally the same as my last trip because we’ll be going in the winter.  English summers are so nice.

Right now I have what Vicky calls “Tired Eyes.”  She always laughs at me when my eyes get like this.  Very heavy.  I think she gets the name from a Neil Young song.  “Open up the tired eyes…”

And yes, I’m listening to The Band again.  And yes, it is groovy.

“And it makes no difference,
Where I turn…”

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Shields of Canada…

Well, it surely was a very busy weekend.  I don’t really feel as though I had a weekend to tell the truth.  Granted I had the Lord’s Day off, and I defintely took advantage of the rest, it feels like I’ve worked straight through.
We hosted a conference on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Thomas Todhunter Shields.  TT Shields was the founding president of Toronto Baptist Seminary, and was probably the most well-known preacher of his day in Canada.  He pastored Jarvis Street Baptist Church from 1910-1955.  Shields was known as the “Spurgeon of Canada” and was very active in politics as well as religious affairs.  When I first came to TBS two years ago I wasn’t much enamoured with Shields.  To me, he was the “Battling Baptist” who picked a fight with everyone.  And though that seems to be true in his later life, his earlier career was actually quite commendable.

We had four scholars lecture on aspects of the life and thought of TT Shields.
Saturday morning began the lectures with Dr. David Saxon speaking on The Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy that erupted in the late 1800s and continued on well into the 20th century.  Dr. Saxon focused primarily on the Baptist involvement in the controversy.  Although I would be hard pressed to consider myself as a Fundamentalist, I do have more of an appreciation of the role they played at that time.  It is harder now for me to consider them merely as anti-intellectual fighters who separated from anything or anyone who didn’t agree with them.  Granted, much of Fundamentalism can be characterized that way, but we can’t generalize completely.
Next, Dr. Gerald Priest lectured on Shields as a Controversialist, which truly he was.  In the early days of his fight with McMaster University over the modernism (aka, theological Liberalism) Shields was an ardent defender of doctrinal truth.  I see much of J. Gresham Machen in him and feel that he led a good charge against those who denied major tenets of the faith.  But as time went on, it seems that Shields fought with anyone who disagreed with him, including his own people.  This led to some devestating splits within his own ranks that were just horrible.  I thought Dr. Priest gave an excellent and balanced lecture.
In the afternoon Douglas Adams lectured on the Calvinism of TT Shields.  That was a very helpful lecture for me.  I had never drawn the connection before, but it really seemed apparent that Shields was seeking to transform his culture.  He wasn’t the type of Fundamentalist who sought to disengage from culture, rather for Shields, it was a head-on collision.  He seemed much more in the train of thinking that I tend to follow, ie. the theology of Abraham Kuyper and Cornelius Van Til.  It was neat to see Shields in that light.
Finally, Dr. Michael Haykin gave a lecture on the Educational Philosophy of Shields.  He did a great job in linking Shields to the earlier educational convictions of the early Canadian Baptists like RA Fyfe and DA McGregor.  Again, Shields looks less a Fundamentalist when considering his educational ideals.  He really sought to give TBS students a good and balanced education.  Languages, literature, culture, theology etc., were major components of what TBS students learned.  Shields provided a good model of one who could engage culture without succumbing to it.
The evening was dedicated to a DVD on the life of Shields and a lecture by Dr. Haykin on the legacy of Shields.  Afterwards there were some testimonies of men who had sat under the ministry of Dr. Shields.  The most compelling was the testimony of Bob Shaker, a man in his early nineties who had been a deacon at Jarvis Street during Shields’ ministry.  We had provided a chair for Mr. Shaker to sit on as we didn’t think he’d be able to climb the stairs to the pulpit.  But in a moment of resolve ole Mr. Shaker ascended the pulpit and spoke with great power.  The whole auditorium sat in silence listening to the words of wisdom that Mr. Shaker had to share.  It truly was a great moment to behold.

All in all, the day went well.  I was absolutely beat by the end of it as I did much of the preparation for it.  I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off.  If anyone who is reading is interested in me emailing them the lectures please let me know, I’d be happy to send them along.

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I just started an online community here:

I hope to see you all there!

God bless,
Ian<><

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It makes no difference, where I turn…

Yesterday, walking around downtown Toronto, I realised how fake the city was. I was coming back from prayer meeting and it was dark. The air I breathed was heavily tainted with the fumes from traffic. At one point I passed through an unseen cloud of garbage that stunk. Any lighting was from either traffic, traffic lights or lights from the buildings that surrounded me. As I walked I could hear the sounds of cars, of the endless chatter of people and music from storefronts.
How I long for the light of the moon and stars. The sounds of nature, and the smell of Douglas firs (!).

What things we do to our world.

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Our phone lines and internet have been screwed up the last few days. In a sense it’s been nice, I think I spend too much time on such forms of communication.
Now that I’m back, I don’t have anything to say.

Meh.

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Well, when we finally went to bed last night I found that I was too tired to sleep. I just lay there, tossing and turning. I had lent my Doug Moo commentary out to a student for the night, so to supplement I pulled “On Romans” by Cranfield from the shelf to read. I was just tired enough to not comprehend the book, but not tired enough to sleep. Greeeaaattttt.
When I finally did fall asleep, I had horribly stressful dreams that ultimately wound up in a nightmare that woke me up at 4am. I couldn’t sleep again and kept stressing out, so I got up to watch some TV. Of course, I can’t get anything good on regular TV, so I ened up just flipping around. I tried to read more of Cranfield (on the resurrection), but again I suffered from the lack of comprehension.
When my wife woke me up to take her to work, I was genuinely tired and could have stayed in bed. Now I’m typing away like a zombie.

We’re having a conference on Saturday, and I dreamt that

HOLY CRUD!!!!
I just saw the tallest man I’ve ever seen walk by across the street! He looked like a guy I remember reading about as a kid who was so tall that he’d walk down the street at night stealing kids from their bedroom windows.
He was easy 7 feet tall. Man alive.

Anyways, we’re having a conference on Saturday and I dreamt that I wasn’t prepared for it at all. I didn’t have any of the packages ready to hand out to guests, I still had to pick up a speaker from the airport, and I had to book the speakers’ hotel rooms.
I awoke from the dream very stressed out, and I couldnt’ stop thinking about it. Man did it suck.
I need a coffee and a paper.

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From an online debate with a local atheist…

Chris,

I’m sorry that this is so long, but over the last week you gave me a lot to account for, so in light of the short answers I gave you previously, this one’s a biggie! I’ll break this into three posts so it’s not too much to read at once.

Quote:
You can’t take me to task on the foundation of logic if you don’t have an answer for the foundation of your presupposition.

This whole interchange that we’ve been having has assumed a lot of things, such the tools of reason we’re both using, that our keyboards type letters on a screen that form intelligible sentences, that the chairs we’re sitting on will hold us up, etc. But all that we’ve been assuming (I’ve only listed a few, the list could go on), without even thinking about them, have their origins somewhere. To be able to make sense out of what we do, there has to be something “back of them” that makes each presupposition intelligible. For example, laws of logic, laws of physics, uniformity in nature, etc. This is all basic stuff, I’m not trying to test your intelligence by telling you this, I’m sure this is obvious to you.
This debate can only make sense if there are certain universal laws that govern it, such as the law of contradiction, excluded middle, induction, deduction, etc. ‘Man’ seems to think that the laws of logic, which he uses every day (I hope!), are mere conventions devised by men and women. If such is the case, laws of logic are subject to change. But if they are subject to change, and aren’t universal, using logic is pointless. How can we know if we’re actually saying anything that has meaning? They can’t be simply devised and agreed upon by the norms of a community, because it is quite plausible that a majority can reject fundamental principles of logic. If A can be non-A at the same time and same place, then nothing will ever make sense and we all might as well just go home and kill ourselves. Even then, killing ourselves wouldn’t make any sense.
But neither your worldview, nor mine, function that way. We both assume the laws of logic, and we live and act like they are uniform. You may have your reasons for it, which I would argue will lead you into contradiction, and I will have mine. Your reasons are located in your so-called autonomous human ability to think, independent of God; mine are located in the God of the Bible. The situation you find yourself in is much like the illustration that I gave a while ago of the little child sitting on her father’s lap, slapping him in the face. If it wasn’t for her father placing her on his lap, and holding her up so as to be able to reach his face, she wouldn’t be able to slap him. God allows you to use logic etc., even though you use it to slap Him in the face so-to-speak.
Ultimately speaking, I can give an account for why the very laws of logic that I use are uniform, and dependable, and have meaning. They are an extension of the thoughts of the Triune God whose very nature is logical and non-contradictory. On the other hand, by assuming yourself as the standard to determine reality, logic can only be explained as something internal to yourself, or arbitrarily chosen. Either way logic is demolished. Man is flawed, therefore logic needs to be something that exists outside of himself. (Note: I like using the term “man” in a gender-neuter sense, including both men and women. It gets to be too much to always be typing “men and women” I’m just assuming that I mean both).
This means that when you’re using logic, you by necessity have to use it the way the Christian defines it. As I mentioned, the Christian defines it according to the standards set forth in the Bible. Because it is impossible for logic not to exist the way it does, and because the Bible is the only source known to man that can account for logic, by inference we are certain that the Bible is true and any claim that contradicts the Bible is false.

Transcendentals are assumptions that occur a priori in our minds. I assume that God exists, you assume that He doesn’t. We bring these assumptions to any argument or evidence that is brought our way that contradicts our assumptions. That’s why I believe that the methodology used by Sproul et al., is deficient, because they assume that you and I will interpret “neutral” facts the same way.
But this isn’t so, as is evident, because your worldview and mine are at war. We have completely different theories of knowledge. On a surface level, you may say the same thing as me, such as “Hey, there’s a dog wagging its tail!” On the surface, we’re saying the same thing: there’s a dog wagging its tail. In that sense, we’re both correct. But in an ultimate sense, we’re saying things that are completely opposite, mutually exclusive and even antagonistic to one another.
Each of us comes to the statement with different presuppositions. So when you say dog (I do not know if you are evolutionary, I apologize for jumping to this conclusion if it is wrong), you may mean a species of canine that has evolved over so many million years, and is a product of random chance or natural selection. When I, on the other hand, say dog, I mean something that has its special creation by the Word of God and is a reflection of His glory in creation.
I can provide justification for my presupposition, but you can’t. It is irrational, based on your own assumptions, to believe that something comes from nothing, that order comes from disorder, that things are actually getting better etc. Evolution, from the outset is flawed and self-defeating. This is just an example, and whether you believe in evolution, or deism or whatever, the same principles can be applied.
No matter what evidence is brought before you, you will interpret according to the presuppositions that you already have. If I were an evidentialist and argued that by virtue of the resurrection the Bible is true, you would disagree based on the fact that your presuppositon doesn’t allow for miracles. You could say something to the effect, “Well, miracles don’t happen, so the resurrection of Jesus wasn’t a miracle, it was a case of a human coming back to life by natural means that might happen again, and will one day be explained by science.” You could totally buy into the resurrection, but explain it naturalistically. No matter what I put before you, your presupposition will drive your thinking (notice the circularity?). It will take the miracle of the Holy Spirit regenerating your nature to get you to ultimately change your presupposition.
That’s why this is an argument over worldviews. Your worldview falls flat on it’s face because you can’t stay consistent with it. Honestly, you don’t live as though reality is random and chance oriented. If you did, you’d probably get hit by a bus. What’s to say that this time that bus won’t kill you, maybe your body will turn to vapour the moment it strikes and return to it’s previous state after the bus happens? You live as though the universe has order, but your worldview is based on chance. This is totally inconsistent.
By providing me with that syntactical breakdown of religious language on the HAT forum you assumed order and intelligibility. (Note: you also failed to realise that the philosophers who developed those rules did so without the presupposition that God doesn’t exist, and therefore concluded their rules according to their presupposition). Because you did that, you handed the heavy-weight championship to Christianity without me having to even throw a punch. You assumed the existence of order, which assumes the existence of the Christian God.

What you need to do is repent before God and ask His forgiveness, based on the work of Christ, for your sins – including your intellectual rebellion. If you don’t, not only will you live inconsistently, but your rebellion, according the Bible, will be punished.
This is the honest to God reason why I’m telling you this. Not merely to walk away and say, “Haha, I won!” I want you to willfully bow before God and worship Him, so that one day you won’t be forced to against your will. The Bible says that every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. You’ll have to do it one way or another, my hope is that you’ll do it now, instead of later when it’s too late.

More to come…

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I got in to work really early this morning. Before 8am even! I’m the best worker in town.

Well, we hung out at Christian’s for Charis on Friday night. We’re all reading an excellent book together called “War of Words” by Tim Keller. I think it’s Tim Keller, heh, I can’t remember now. Anyways, I recommend it none-the-less!
We played some XBox afterwards. Dead or Alive. I was mostly dead.

Saturday was a good sleep in day, especially because it flippin’ snowed! I couldn’t believe it when I got up. I bought Doug Moo’s commentary on Romans the day before, so I just stayed in bed and read from that.
When I did get up, I went to the Seminary building and did Greek homework for much of the afternoon.
Clint and Christel came over on Saturday night and we went and got some chips and the movie The Sting. Man alive that movie was awesome. I’d seen it when I was a teenager, and I hardly remembered it. But it was excellent. Unfortunately the Guinness didn’t sit well with me and I woke up with a pounder of a migraine on Sunday morning.
We went to the joint service (hehe, by joint I mean that the Chinese and English congregation got together) and then had communion. I had to get out of there fast. The lights were too bright, and I was having a hard time paying attention. If you’re not super attentive when there is a Mandarin interpretor, you can get lost easy.

We came home and I buried my head under a pillow from 1:30pm to 6:45pm. Except for the fifteen minutes or so it took to eat the soup Vicky made for me, I was out like a light. I love night-time Excedrin!
It sucked sleeping that long for a number of reasons. I missed the evening service at Jarvis Street, and I wanted to go to communion again! (Can’t take it enough!). What was worse was that I could not sleep last night. I was up until gone 2am. I read for a long time on the couch. From Greg Bahnsen’s “Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings and Analysis” and from Doug Moo’s Romans commentary.
I’m about 100 pages into Moo and I absolutely love it. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a commentary so much. It’s not too critical or technical, most of which is left for the footnotes, so if you don’t read the footnotes, you can breeze through it. I do read the footnotes which are very informative. He has a good writing style and often puts in these cool quotes that help visualize what’s going on.
The commentary is around 900 pages! I’m reading it for a class in June.

I’m going out for breakfast with Christian and Clint. We go to Johnny G’s in Cabbagetown.

I’ve been in an online debate with a Toronto humanist. I think I might post some of it on here; see what you guys think of it.
He’s already pulled out the rules of language stuff from guys like Ayer. Pfffttt!!!

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