Episode 432: An episode about unbelievers who say the quiet part out loud. Richard Dawkins affirms only two sexes – male and female. Greta Thunberg is awarded an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Helsinki. These two events help us think through the nature of facts. What are facts? We explore the common ground everyone (except for the extreme fringe) would agree upon before pulling the carpet out from under the unbeliever to demonstrate their feet are firmly planted in mid-air when they claim to know facts.
Episode 431: Liberal/Progressive theologians reinterpret the cross of Christ in a variety of ways. On this episode of the podcast, I tackle two primary ways liberal theologians distort the meaning of the cross of Christ: claiming the cross is “cosmic child abuse” and claiming “there is nothing divine in the blood of the cross.” Then, utilizing John R. W. Stott’s work, I explain the centrality of the cross to the life and message of Christ and why it was necessary for the Son of God to go to the cross.
Episode 430: Andy Stanley has been the focus of controversy for several years due to his evolving views of Scripture. Recently, a clip from one of his sermons landed on Twitter and has sparked off a new wave of controversy. On this episode I play the clip and respond to it from the Scriptures (much to Stanley’s chagrin) in order to demonstrate the erroneous position he has assumed. Follow along in Acts 2, 17, & 1 Corinthians 15.
Episode 429: In a recent debate, a progressive Christian made the assertion that Jewish rabbis identified six different genders. In this episode I explore this claim by going to the Mishnah Bikkurim 4 to see what it says and whether or not this uninspired collection of rabbinic tradition actually affirms six genders. Then, I explore the unfortunate reality of chromosomal abnormalities which are not different genders but genetic disorders which numerous health problems. Finally, I take down the simply faulty reading of the Hebrew text by rabbis of Genesis 30.21 which they appeal to support their claim that Dinah was a transwoman.
Episode 428: Andy Stanley is the most recent example of the downgrade of Scripture with his insistence upon the resurrection above the Bible and claiming “the Bible says” is not an adequate answer in modern culture. But it is becoming a common occurrence for someone to say something like, “The Word of God is Jesus, not the Bible.” Or “the Bible never promised that the Bible was coming.” These & other claims are exposed in this episode as we take a deep dive into 2 Timothy 3.15-4.2, especially focusing on the phrase, “All Scripture is God-breathed” in verse 16.
Episode 427: “Could Jesus have sinned?” Most people assume that since Jesus was tempted, and for a temptation to be a true temptation it must be possible for the person tempted to sin, that “Yes, Jesus could have sinned.” In this episode, we cut this assumption out at the knees theologically and Christologically by situating divine impeccability, the doctrine that God is unable to sin, within the person of Christ, He being fully human and fully divine. Just in time for Epiphany!
Episode 426: The conclusion of the study where we explore the causes, both anthropological & theological, of unbelief. After a quick run through the final reason given by Wilbur Smith in chapter 3 of Therefore Stand, I turn to review & advance the reasons Jesus gives for people’s unbelief. I offer critique of a couple popular commentaries within the churches of Christ before wrapping everything up. A lot of ground covered in 30 minutes!
Episode 425: Why is it that some people believe but others do not? I pick up Wilbur Smith’s chapter “Some Reasons for the Unbelief of Men and Their Antagonism Toward God” from Therefore Stand, a prescient chapter which could have been written yesterday though it was written 80 years ago. Then, we discuss the theological reasons people do not believe based on Jesus’ words in John 10, esp. vs. 25-26.
Episode 424: Propositions 1 and 28 passed in California last week. The former amended the constitution to protect abortion. The latter provides funding for K-12 art education. In this episode, I expose the gross inconsistency of these seemingly diametrically opposed propositions which is a reflection of the noetic effects of sin on fallen humanity. Yet another sign of the judgment of God.
Episode 423: Why is it that some people believe but others do not? I take a look at Wilbur M. Smith’s chapter “Some Reasons for the Unbelief of Men and Their Antagonism to God” from Therefore Stand which, while written nearly 80 years ago may as well have been written yesterday, outlines several causes of unbelief. Of his fifteen causes I look at six before, during the back half of the program, launching into Jesus’ explanation of unbelief from John 8.31-47, especially verse 46-47.