God’s Freedom & Human Willing

Episode 412: Took time to provide an account of the nature of the will, both human will and God’s will. Broke down an Edwardsian model of thew will: nature –> desire –> will. More on divine foreknowledge as it relates to God’s power in relation to the created order. Defined will as “the mind choosing,” which is Jonathan Edwards’ definition also. Then explored the question, “How do you know you believe in Christ?” Spoiler: it’s related to the will.

Where is God in This Mess? – Evil & the Crucified God

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?

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? – Look for the Helpers

Episode 402: There are always those who run toward the danger when an accident or disaster happens. These are the helpers. But where is God when calamity strikes? Tune in as I show that God is one who runs into the chaos to be present as the Helper.

Today in Church History: Constantin Tischendorf was born (1815)

Question of the Day: Did Jesus die on the cross for everyone or only for a limited number?

Where is God in This Mess? – Is God Silent?

Episode 401: “If only God spoke today…” The God most people want is a God who is vocal, speaking often directly to them. What we get instead is silence, especially when we are hurting & suffering. Interestingly, the God most people want today is the God we see in the Old Testament. Tune in as I walk through several examples of God’s communication and His silence with the faithful…and what it means for us today.

Today in Church History: Jesus was baptized (approx. AD 30)

Question of the Day: Does it matter if you are baptized as a baby or an adult?

Where is God in This Mess? – God Brings Good Out of Evil

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.

“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)