Did the Gospels “plagiarize” Pagan Myths? Jeff Riddle answers [AUDIO]

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Pastor Jeff Riddle
Pastor Jeff Riddle

Pastor Jeff Riddle:

I recently stumbled upon a youtube video by a young atheist apologist named Jaclyn Glenn titled “Disproving Christianity: Jesus is a Lie” (posted in 2013). I thought it might be worthwhile to offer a brief critique.

Her main argument: She claims that that Christians plagiarized the life of Jesus from myths of various pagan deities, including:

The Egyptian god Horus,
The Hindu/Indian god Krishna,
And the Persian/Roman god Mithras.

Here are five logical and factual problems with this claim…

Read or listen to his answer [mp3]:

AUDIO from the 2016 Keach Conf. “Of Effectual Calling” now online feat. Clevenger, McKinnon, Riddle, & Rice

2016 Keach speakers and worship leaders (left to right): Andy Rice, Bret Vincent, Steve Clevenger, Jeff Riddle, Lee McKinnon
2016 Keach speakers and worship leaders (left to right): Andy Rice, Bret Vincent, Steve Clevenger, Jeff Riddle, Lee McKinnon

Jeff Riddle:

The 2016 Keach Conference, sponsored by the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Providence Baptist Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  The theme was “Of Effectual Calling,” with four messages drawn from chapter ten of the Second London Baptist Confession (1689).

Audio:

Message One: Steve Clevenger, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, Virginia: Effectual Calling and Regeneration. [mp3]:

Message Two: Lee McKinnon, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Bluefield, West Virginia: Effectual Calling and Spiritual Ability. [mp3]:

Message Three: Jeff Riddle, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Louisa, Virginia: Effectual Calling and Elect Infants. [mp3]:

Message Four: Andy Rice, Providence Baptist Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Effectual Calling and the Reprobate. [mp3]:

New “Reformed Baptist Trumpet” e-journal [PDF] Vol.7 No.1 Summer 2016

The latest edition of the Reformed Baptist Trumpet, the e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, is out!

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In this issue:

  • An invitation to the 2016 Keach Conference (p. 2)
  • An article by W. Gary Crampton on “Special Revelation” (pp. 3-9)
  • An article by Felix Doulos on “Six Lessons for Christian Teachers” (pp. 10-14)
  • A review of Poh Boon Sing’s A Garden Enclosed (pp. 15-22)
  • paradosis article from Daniel King, A Way to Sion(pp. 23-25)
We hope you will join us for the Keach Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

 


Reformed Baptist TrumpetThe Reformed Baptist Trumpet is the quarterly e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of  Virginia (RBF-VA), a network of ministers, church officers, and congregations in Virginia committed to promoting renewal and reformation in congregations throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The RBF-VA gladly affirms the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The Reformed Baptist Trumpet editorial committee: Steve Clevenger, Pastor, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, Virginia; Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia; W. Gary Crampton, Elder, Reformed Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. The Editor is Jeffrey T. Riddle.

“Reformed Baptist Trumpet” e-journal [PDF] Vol.6 No.1 Summer 2015 out now

The latest edition of the Reformed Baptist Trumpet, the e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, is out!

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Inside this issue you will find:
  • An invitation to the 2015 Keach Conference to be held September 26, 2015 at Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Louisa, VA (see here for more info).
  • An article by W. Gary Crampton:  “The Word of God:  A Two-Fold Revelation”
  • An article by Jeff Riddle:  “The Administration and Administrators of Baptism”
  • A book review of Timothy Michael Law’s When God Spoke Greek (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • A Paradosis article featuring a sermon excerpt from Benjamin Keach:  “The Voice of Christ.”

27-page PDF:

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Reformed Baptist TrumpetThe Reformed Baptist Trumpet is the quarterly e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of  Virginia (RBF-VA), a network of ministers, church officers, and congregations in Virginia committed to promoting renewal and reformation in congregations throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The RBF-VA gladly affirms the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The Reformed Baptist Trumpet editorial committee: Steve Clevenger, Pastor, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, Virginia; Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia; W. Gary Crampton, Elder, Reformed Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. The Editor is Jeffrey T. Riddle.

Sept. 26, 2015 Keach Conf. “Of Free Will” [1689] in Louisa, VA feat. Wheeler, Clevenger, Atkins & Riddle

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What:

The Keach Conference is an annual theology and ministry conference presented by the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (RBF-VA). It is open to anyone to attend. There is no cost to attend, but participants are encouraged to pre-register.

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When:

Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Where:

Christ Reformed Baptist Church | 2997 Courthouse Rd, Louisa, VA 23093

Theme:

We are continuing our ongoing series through the Second London Baptist Confession. This year we are on Chapter Nine “Of Free Will.”

Speakers:

Bryan WheelerBryan Wheeler, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Verona, VA

Steve ClevengerSteve Clevenger, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, VA

Alpheus AtkinsAlpheus Atkins, Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Boone’s Mill, VA

Jeff Riddle Jeff Riddle, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Louisa, VA .

Schedule:

  • Coffee and Fellowship, 8:30 am
  • September 26, Saturday morning, 9:30 am:(Session I):
    • Message: Bryan Wheeler
    • Message: Steve Clevenger
    • Lunch
    • Fellowship and Literature Tables
  • Saturday Afternoon, 12:30 am (Session II):
    • Message: Alpheus Atkins
    • Message: Jeff Riddle
    • Question & Answer Session with the speakers

Register FREE!

‘Reformed Baptist Trumpet’ e-journal [PDF] Vol.5 No.3 Jul.-Sep. 2014 out now

The latest edition of the Reformed Baptist Trumpet, the e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, is out!

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In this issue:

–  Editorial: Keach Conference: 2014 Reflections and 2015 Prospects

 

– Article: “The Glory of the Mediator” by Jim Savastio

 

– Article: “The Knowledge of God” by W. Gary Crampton

 

– Book Review: John D. Currid’s Against the Gods by Jeffrey T. Riddle

 

– Paradosis: Keach Sermon excerpt: “The Blessedness of Christ’s Sheep”

22 Page PDF:

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Reformed Baptist TrumpetThe Reformed Baptist Trumpet is the quarterly e-journal of the Reformed Baptist Fellowship of  Virginia (RBF-VA), a network of ministers, church officers, and congregations in Virginia committed to promoting renewal and reformation in congregations throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The RBF-VA gladly affirms the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The Reformed Baptist Trumpet editorial committee: Steve Clevenger, Pastor, Covenant Reformed Baptist Church, Warrenton, Virginia; Jeffrey T. Riddle, Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Virginia; W. Gary Crampton, Elder, Reformed Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia. The Editor is Jeffrey T. Riddle.

“For David speaks concerning him….”: Christ in the Psalms [Riddle]

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Pastor Jeff Riddle offers some concise thoughts on finding Christ in the Psalms:

While preaching last evening at Bells Grove on a section from Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:22-31) wherein Peter exposits Psalm 16 as a prophesy of Christ’s resurrection, I was struck by these words, “For David speaks concerning him….” (v. 25).
 
This statement is a reminder:
 
1. That the Old Testament speaks about Christ…
 
2.  The Psalms, in particular, speak of Christ…
Rightly then, does Peter say, “For David speaks concerning him….” (Acts 2:25).

Read the full post here: stylos: “For David speaks concerning him….”: Christ in the Psalms.

2014 Mt. Zion Bible Church’s Family Conf. ‘Music in Worship, Family, & the Text of Scripture’ AUDIO now online feat. Pollard, Riddle, & Brown

Speakers Jeff Riddle, Scott Brown, and Jeff Pollard.
Speakers Jeff Riddle, Scott Brown, and Jeff Pollard.

Scott Brown reports:

I spent the weekend speaking alongside Jeff Pollard and Jeff Riddle at Mt. Zion Bible Church‘s Family Conference. Jeff Pollard leads Chapel Library which is a marvelous worldwide literature distribution ministry. Jeff Riddle is a Reformed Baptist Pastor and Church Planter in Charlottesville, Virginia…

Jeff Pollard
Jeff Pollard

MUSIC:

Jeff Pollard delivered a three part message on music, a topic in which he is well experienced.

Does Music Really Affect Us? | 11/14/2014 | [mp3]:

Can We Use Any Form of Music to Worship God? | 11/15/2014 | [mp3]:

How Does Music Affect the Worship of God? | 11/16/2014 | [mp3]:

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Jeff Riddle

The Text of Scripture:

Jeff Riddle gave three messages dealing with the text of Scripture and the history of textual criticism – a very important matter for those interested in the providential preservation of the Word of God. You can check out his work here at Stylos and here at Sovereign Logos. and here at Confessing Baptist. He discussed the differences between the traditional text and the modern critical text, and why it matters which source text and translation method your Bible uses.

The Text: from the Apostles to the Reformation | 11/14/2014 | [mp3]:

The Text: from the Enlightenment to Critical Text | 11/15/2014 | [mp3]:

The Text: Postmodern Challenges to the Text of the NT | 11/15/2014 | [mp3]:

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Scott Brown

FAMILY:

I [Scott Brown] gave four different messages dealing with different aspects of the family, such as raising children, the responsibilities of fathers and husbands, the gift of singleness, and the Christian family in corporate worship.

The Christian Family – Corporate Worship, a Means to Growth | 11/13/2014 | [mp3]:

Husbands/Fathers – a Position of Tremendous Responsibility and Needed Grace | 11/14/2014 | [mp3]:

Singleness – Serving the Lord Where You Are Wholeheartedly | 11/15/2014 | [mp3]:

Raising Children God’s Way for God’s Glory and the Good of the World | 11/16/2014 | [mp3]:

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Interview #69 – Dr. Michael Barrett – The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible [Podcast]

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Dr. Michael Barrett
Dr. Michael Barrett

On episode 69 of our interview podcast, we have Pastor Jeff Riddle interview Dr. Michael Barrett about the new Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, which he was Old Testament editor of.

We learn lots about this new study Bible. We even learn that there were several Reformed Baptist that contributed to it.

LISTEN:

Subscribe to the podcast in a RSS readeriTunesStitcherTuneIn or by Email.

LINKAGE:

TUNAGE:

Interview #68 – Earl Blackburn & Jim Savastio – 2014 Keach Conference ‘Of Christ the Mediator’ [Podcast]

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Jim Savastio
Earl Blackburn
Earl Blackburn

On episode 68 of our interview podcast, we interview Earl Blackburn and Jim Savastio after they finished speaking at the 2014 Keach Conference which went over chapter 8 of the 1689 “Of Christ the Mediator”.

We get to know them both and briefly talk about the conference.

We also have a short interview we tacked on that Jeff Riddle conducted with them both. They get into topics such as blogs, social media, the books they’ve written, Spiderman in preaching, future projects and more.

LISTEN:

Subscribe to the podcast in a RSS readeriTunesStitcherTuneIn or by Email.

LINKAGE:

TUNAGE:

‘Rejoinder: James White & 2 Peter 3:10’ by Jeff Riddle [AUDIO]

Jeff Riddle
Jeff Riddle

Jeff Riddle:

This is now the third in a series interacting with apologist James White on the text of Scripture (see WM # 25 and WM # 26).  In particular, I respond to segments of two James White videos which address conjectural emendations in the modern critical text at Acts 16:12 and 2 Peter 3:10.  Since 2 Peter 3:10 is a much more complicated textual problem I focused on this verse.

 

Here are some aids for following the WM # 27 […]

Here is the audio [86 min. MP3]:

Jeff Riddle’s “Rejoinder to James White: Erasmus & Apologetics” [AUDIO]

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Jeff Riddle

Jeff Riddle:

Last week’s Word Magazine #25, which reviewed a Wretched TV Interview with apologist James White, drew its fair share of interest.  Most notably, James White himself offered a screen flow video response to my presentation on Monday, August 25, 2014. (plus more here)

 

I have now recorded and posted a rejoinder to James White:

 

Word Magazine #26:  Rejoinder to James White:  Erasmus and Apologetics.

 

In the rejoinder I summarize and respond to four points regarding James White’s response []

Here is the audio [106 min. MP3]:

James White Encouraging Christians to be Truthful, More on Textual Criticism, Slippery Slopes + more [Dividing Line Audio & Video]

James White’s podcast/webcast, The Dividing Line, from Aug. 28, 2014 dealt with a wide range of theological and cultural issues.

Here’s the audio program:

And the video:

 

 

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Happy National Bow-Tie Day!

Audio timeline:

  • 03:30 – 15:29 We started out with an update on what is going on down in Australia with our brother David Ould and a reality TV show he did.  We hope to have David on, probably on 9/9, to discuss what is going on with the “spin” and the cultural response to a Christian witness regarding homosexuality.
  • 15:30 – 49:00 …discussed Yasir Qadhi and his response to ISIS and a recent article applying unfair standards to him. (mp3 tag: James corrects the record and encourages Christians to be sure of the truth of their sources when discussing Islam.)
  • 49:15 – 1:20:19 …a discussion of two textual variants.  That part has to be watched to have any idea what I’m talking about. (This is related to Jeff Riddle’s interaction with James White on Textual Criticism. Here is the screenflow of his first response to this that he mentions in the show)

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Jeff Riddle interacts with James White’s answers to issues related to Textual Criticism [Audio]

On the latest episode (# 25) of his podcast, Word Magazine, Jeff Riddle interacts with the following YouTube video from Wretched Radio in which host Todd Friel interviews James White regarding issues related to text and translation of Scripture:

This snippet is part of a larger resource we previously featured entitled, New Testament Reliability: Can you trust your Bible? [DVD].

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Pastor Jeff Riddle
Pastor Jeff Riddle

Jeff Riddle:

I took exception to several things in the video including:

 

1.  Confusing a concern for the traditional text of Scripture with KJV-Onlyism.

 

2.  Undermining the traditional text by disparaging Erasmus’ printed edition of the Greek New Testament (1516), including charges that the edition was riddled with errors because Erasmus rushed the work into print to beat Cardinal Ximenes’Complutensian Polyglott to the market and that the ending of Revelation (the last 5 or 6 verses) is filled with “bizarre” readings.

 

3.  The implication that the so-called Comma Johanneum (in 1 John 5:7-8) in the TR lacks ancient attestation.

 

4.  The implication that support for the traditional text is rooted merely in threadbare traditionalism.

 

Here also are some links to resources mentioned in the podcast:

a.  My blogpost (tract):  A Brief Guide to Bible Translations.

b.  Google Books entry for Anne Reeve, Ed., Erasmus’ Annotations on the New Testament:  The Gospels (London:  Duckworth, 1986).

c.  Franz Delitzsch’s Handschriftliche Funde (Leipzig, 1861).

Here is the audio [mp3]: