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 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 369: Many have lamented the fact that America has over 300 million citizens and yet Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two candidates put forward for President. They are the worst of both worlds. So why are we here and what do we do as Christians? Tune in as I explore these questions which may have startling answers. P.S. This will be the only episode about the election.
Today in Church History: John Gill baptized (1716)
Question of the Day: When Jesus drove the demons into the pigs, didn’t He cause loss of property & sin?
Episode 361: For a few years now philosophers and social commentators have been advocating the Benedict Option for Christians in response to the rise in secular influence and moral depravity in America. What is the Benedict Option? Tune in as I examine what this is, where it comes from, and if there is a better option for Christians in America today.
Today in Church History: The First Official Act of the Continental Congress (1774)
Question of the Day: Do I have to be baptized to go to heaven?
Episode 360: We’re back in action! And none too soon! Several news articles indicate that America is becoming less religious. Why is that? Several answers are put forward in each article (see below). However, Scripture may have the best explanation of all. Tune in as I look at Isaiah 6 & the ministry of Isaiah & how his mission is connected with ours.
Today in Church History: North African Bishops Conclude the Lapsed Question (256)
Question of the Day: Where do we go when we die?
Episode 359: The archdiocese of Chicago is being sued by a homosexual man who was fired from his position as music director when he made known his engagement (and subsequent marriage) to his male partner. These are but the birthpangs of the consequences of the legalization of homosexual marriage in America as the dissenting justices warned. How shall we live when surrounded by such immorality? Tune in as we allow the Bible to explain how to be holy in an unholy world.
Today in Church History: Christians in the Arena in Carthage (202)
Question of the Day: Was Jesus Sinless?
Episode 357: A billion Catholics and now more & more Protestants are observing the Lenten season which is kicked off by Ash Wednesday. For an in-depth historical account of the development of Ash Wednesday & Lent see here. But why is is this holy day so popular and seemingly gaining in popularity? Tune I ponder this question and more.
Today in Church History: Fanny Crosby dies (1915)
Question of the Day: Should we copy other churches?
Episode 356: The Iowa Caucus (Hawkus??) was earlier this week. Whether your candidate won or not, there is a principle or three from Scripture we need to keep focused on during the entire election cycle. What is it? Tune in as I unpack the Biblical view of nations, national leaders, and God’s involvement in all of this.
Today in Church History: Muslims execute Joseph of Aleppo, claiming he had promised to become a Muslim but reneged. (1686)
Question of the Day: Who do you think will become the next President?
Episode 354: You see them from the time to time on the side of the road. Usually they are armed with a sign which says something to the effect of “Anything will help. God Bless.” Sometimes they come up to you at the store asking for money. What do we do with these folks? I heard some pretty harsh solutions recently which I discuss as I consider the application of the Golden Rule to the poor.
“Aggressive Panhandler” in Fresno
Today in Church History: Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai are arrested (1956)
Question of the Day: Is it true there are not any marriages in heaven?
Episode 352: So much going on in the world, but I don’t really feel like tackling any of it. At random, I chose to pick on Richard Dawkins (he seems like an easy target). Tune in as I discuss his “very, very bad” best argument for God & against evolution. Word of the Day: Sardonic
Today in Church History: Death of Marguerite Bourgeoys (1700)
Question of the Day: Is pledging allegiance to the flag or any other material object right or wrong?