Where is God in This Mess? – The Redemptive & Holy Purposes of Suffering

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?

Where is God in This Mess? – God Understands Suffering

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?

“It’s a Miracle!” – The Second Miraculous Catch

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?

“It’s a Miracle!” – The Resurrection

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?

Star Wars & Generations

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)

“It’s a Miracle!” – Miracles at the Crucifixion

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?

“It’s a Miracle!” – Healing Malchus

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)

Christianity Today Article about Campbell

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?