Episode 385: In Mark 8.22-26 Jesus heals a blind man twice – first, partially, then fully. What is going on here? Why does it take Jesus two touches to heal this man? Tune in as I walk through this text, look at the actual account, then discuss the significance of this miracle.
Today in Church History: John Wesley’s “heart strangely warmed” (1738)
Question of the Day: Why are so many young people leaving the church?
Episode 383: In this episode we take a look at one of the weirdest miracles we have seen so far: Jesus sticks His fingers in a man’s ears, then spits, & touches the man’s tongue presumably with His spit on finger. So what in the world is going here (Mark 7.31-37) and what does it mean for us? Tune in we walk through this miracle & better understand what it says about Jesus.
Today in Church History: Michelangelo begins work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Question of the Day: How could the resurrected Jesus move through walls when He wasn’t a spirit?
Episode 382: It is a miracle as familiar as any. We teach it in children’s Bible class with Goldfish crackers. We teach it in adult Bible class. Sermons are preached on it. It is the only miracle, save for the resurrection of Jesus, recorded in all four (4) gospels. So the difficulty is to read this miracle with fresh eyes. Jesus feeding 5,000 men was a miracle which left a deep impression on the early church. Tune in as I walk through this miracle and see what it says for us today.
Today in Church History: John Hooper refuses the bishopric (1550)
Question of the Day: The conversations at work almost always turn to inappropriate topics. When you don’t participate, you are looked down on. Do you have any sound biblical advice?
Episode 383: It is a familiar story about Jesus. One we teach the children in Bible school. The challenge is to read it with fresh eyes. So what does Jesus walking on water have to teach us? Tune in as I explore the miracle and the connections it has with the Old Testament in order to teach us a significant lesson about who Jesus is.
Today in Church History: Bishop Ambrose of Milan defies the Roman government (385)
Question of the Day: Why is Song of Solomon in the Bible? It reads like a romance novel.
Episode 381: Jesus healed a lot of people. Several of those people were blind. Up to this point in Jesus’ ministry we have seen him heal a blind person or two, but not two at a time. Granted, we have seen Him heal two people in rapid succession, but this is the first instance of simultaneous healing. Tune in as I explore this interesting miraculous event.
Today in Church History: Meeting houses of heretics confiscated and their meetings under imperial legislation (396)
Question of the Day: What credentials back-up Jesus’ claim to deity?
Episode 380: A child has died. The parents are distraught. Friends & family members mourn. Then Jesus shows up & ruins the funeral. When Jesus raises the synagogue ruler Jairus’ daughter from the dead, He once again demonstrates He is Lord over life & death. Tune in as I walk through the several accounts found in Matthew, Mark, & Luke about when Jesus brought a little girl back from the dead.
Today in Church History: John Gill is ordained a Baptist pastor (1720)
Question of the Day: Can someone who has been baptized lose their salvation?
Episode 379: The kind of demon possession we read about in Matthew 8.28-33, Mark 5.1-20, & Luke 8.26-39 is perhaps the worst case of identity theft ever. What is the story about & why is there such a difference in the parallel accounts? How do we explain away the alleged contradictions that seem to be in these various accounts? Tune in & explore this miracle in depth to work through these difficulties to learn how they are actually easily explained.
Today in Church History: Polycarp faces the fires for Christ (155)
Question of the Day: Can people be demon-possessed today?
Episode 376: Jesus was an emotional man. He loved, wept, got angry, etc. He also “marveled.” What could cause Jesus’ jaw to drop in amazement? Tune in as we walk through a miracle which is performed because of jaw-dropping faith.
Today in Church History: Pope Innocent I excommunicates Pelagius (417)
Question of the Day: Does God afflict people with the wounds of Christ, as in the movie Stigmata?
Is it OK to pray in silence, and when should you pray out loud?
Episode 375: Leviticus 13-14 gives the Law concerning leprosy. In the gospels, we read about a leper who disobeyed the Law in order to draw near to God. Tune in to hear the miracle in Jesus’ ministry when He extended His heart, hands, & healing when He cleansed a leper of his leprosy.
Today in Church History: Hilary of Poitiers Died (368)
Question of the Day: Why don’t preachers say the Lord’s Prayer?
Episode 374: Jesus was probably in the middle of His teaching in the middle of the synagogue in the middle of the Sabbath when a demon-possessed man interrupted His sermon. What’s a demon doing in church? We’ll explore this & other questions about this text in this episode.
Today in Church History: Lefevre teaches righteousness by faith (1512)
Question of the Day: Should you take communion if the person serving it is not living a Christian life?