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.
Episode 399: It is similar but different. John 21 is another instance where Jesus helps His disciples catch a mess of fish. What is the significance of another miraculous catch of fish? Tune in as I walk through John 21 backwards to see how important this miracle & the events surrounding it are.
Today in Church History: St. Nicholas died (343) & Thomas Aquinas has a vision (1273)
Question of the Day: My children were raised in church, but have turned away from their faith and deny Christ. What can I do? What shouldn’t I do?
Episode 398: It is the miracle upon which Christianity stands or falls – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So many try to deny it, even some who claim to be Christians. Nevertheless, the Bible says the tomb was open, empty, & His grave clothes lying there without His body. Tune in as I take look at the most important miracle of Jesus.
Today in Church History: Spurgeon almost quit (1856)
Question of the Day: If a person denounces Jesus, can they be saved?
Episode 397: With The Last Jedi set to hit theaters in just a few short weeks I thought I’d discuss how the Star Wars franchise is approaching the main characters’ story arc, both with the heroine & the villain. Related, how does Disney’s writing in the new & improved rebooted Star Wars franchise connect with the current target demographics? Tune in as I discuss these important topics & what they have to do with the church.
Question of the Day: What do you believe Jesus looked like?
Today in Church History: John Brown died (1858)
Episode 396: What is God’s reaction to the gospel? In a word: miraculous. Jesus’ death on the cross was accompanied by several miracles. Tune in as I examine each one, the significance of them, & what our reaction should be to Jesus’ death.
Today in Church History: Absalom Jones ordained the 1st black priest in the Episcopal Church
Question of the Day: Do you believe that after you die you sleep until Jesus comes?
Episode 395: One of the first, if not the first, Bible translations is also arguably the most important. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) was translated into the Greek in approximately the 3rd century B.C. & is known as the Septuagint (LXX). What is the story behind this translation & why is it so important? Tune in as we explore the interesting story behind this important work.
Episode 394: I cannot imagine how incredibly painful it would be to have my ear cut off. But it happened to a man named Malchus when he came to arrest Jesus. And Jesus restored him to wholeness. What do we learn from this miracle? Tune in as I discuss this miracle & what it means for us.
Today in Church History: Alexander Campbell was born (1788)
Question of the Day: I have heard “spare the rod, spoil the child” means to spank children. I also heard it means to discipline them. Which is correct?