Episode 406: When it comes to pain, our culture is somewhat paradoxical: on the one hand, we will endure momentary pain for beauty (e.g. plucking eyebrows); on the other hand, we question why there is pain & suffering in the world. Can beauty come out of the ugliness of pain? Even self-inflicted pain for cultural beauty standards? Tune in as I explore the redemptive & holy purposes of suffering of Christ & the Christian.
Today in Church History: Handel’s Messiah is heard for the 1st time (1742)
Question of the Day: When you die, does your soul go straight to heaven?
Episode 405: Have you heard about the genocide taking place in Myannmar? The government is systematically killing the Royinga Muslims in that country. So where is God in that mess? What could possibly be the reason for the awful suffering happening there? Tune in as I tackle a very tough subject.
Today in Church History: Charles Simeon Shouts Hallelujah! (1779)
Question of the Day: Do “eye for an eye” & “turn the other cheek” contradict each other?
Episode 404: Every major world religion must deal with the problem of pain & suffering & how they deal with it is a reflection of their theology. So what does Christianity offer which is distinctive & unique from other world religions? Tune in as I explore how the Christian God is neither disinterested in nor absent from the suffering in the world, but comes in the Son to suffer with & for His creation.
Question of the Day: Where should my friend start reading in the Bible?
Episode 403: Boko Haram, ISIS, the government of Myanmar…all these terrorist organizations are guilty of unspeakable evil. How should Christians pray for these groups – both collectively & individually? What specifically should we pray? Are there any examples in the Bible of prayers made for oppressors? The Psalms of imprecation offer us examples & language which Christians can utilize in prayer for these brutal groups.
Episode 402: There are always those who run toward the danger when an accident or disaster happens. These are the helpers. But where is God when calamity strikes? Tune in as I show that God is one who runs into the chaos to be present as the Helper.
Today in Church History: Constantin Tischendorf was born (1815)
Question of the Day: Did Jesus die on the cross for everyone or only for a limited number?
Episode 401: “If only God spoke today…” The God most people want is a God who is vocal, speaking often directly to them. What we get instead is silence, especially when we are hurting & suffering. Interestingly, the God most people want today is the God we see in the Old Testament. Tune in as I walk through several examples of God’s communication and His silence with the faithful…and what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: Jesus was baptized (approx. AD 30)
Question of the Day: Does it matter if you are baptized as a baby or an adult?
Episode 400: Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty 1st graders & 6 adults were shot dead by a deranged young man who took his own life. What good could possibly come from such terrible evil? Tune in as I walk through a familiar story from a unique angle – the story of Joseph through the eyes of Jacob, the bereaved father – which offers possible answers to this difficult question.