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?
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)
Episode 393: We continue the journey of how we got the Bible by exploring the formation of the Old Testament. What is the timeline for the writing of each book? How did these 39 books come together in a single volume? Tune in as I do my best to build the timeline & examine the process of canonization.
Episode 392: It is a unique miracle, a one-of-a-kind miracle of destruction: Jesus withers a fig tree. What is it that Jesus is communicating through this particular miracle? And how does it square with His nature? Tune in as I explore why Jesus cursed a fig tree & what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: The question of the lapsed (256)
Question of the Day: I am living with a man. Both of our spouses are deceased. What does the Bible say about that situation?
Episode 391: It is amazing what we take for granted. In Luke 17.11-19, I believe we come across men who took for granted that Jesus could heal them. That assumption led them to just go about their lives without thanking God. Except for one “foreigner.” What can we learn from the miracle where Jesus heals ten lepers? Tune in as I explore this miracle & what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: Helena, mother of Constantine, dies (328)
Question of the Day: How many blind people were healed in the gospels?
Episode 390: The Bible is an ancient book written by people from long ago in ancient languages. What were the languages used by Moses, for example? And what kinds of materials were used in the writing process? Tune in as I explore these questions & take another step in the journey of how we today have the Bible.
Episode 389: Jesus had several encounters with His opponents on the Sabbath. Luke 14.1-6 presents with yet another instance of this & the final instance of Sabbath conflict for Jesus with His adversaries. Tune in as I discuss a miracle only Luke records & what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: Erasmus goes home to be with Christ (1536)
Question of the Day: I consider both candidates in an election to be evil. How would you handle it?
Episode 388: Who enjoys paying taxes? More than once Jesus was asked about paying taxes. Once He paid the temple tax with money from a fish’s mouth! What does Jesus getting money from a fish’s mouth have to do with us today? Tune in as I explore a rather strange miracle which contains a key element of the mind of Christ.
Today in Church History: Jonathan Edwards preaches “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
Question of the Day: If you’ve never been baptized does that mean you won’t go to heaven?