Episode 407: If a death row inmate’s death even hints at being the tiniest bit painful – LAWSUIT! Contrast this with Jesus who endures the worst imaginable suffering and death. So how is there victory in the death of Jesus? Tune in as I walk through the trauma & torture of the Son of God & what His death teaches us about suffering.
Question of the Day: Is capital punishment biblical?
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?
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?
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?
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 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 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 386: Jesus is the Light of the World & those who come to Him walk in the light. Those who reject Him walk in darkness. The miracle in John 9 is yet another key demonstration of Jesus showing He is exactly who He claimed to be. Will those who have rejected His testimony recognize the work? Tune in as I walk us through John 9 and see what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: Baptism of Abdool Musseeh (Sheikh Salih) (1811)
Question of the Day: Why does it take so long for God to answer prayers?