“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Heals a Blind Man Twice

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?

How We Got the Bible – Preface

Episode 384: This episode begins to journey through the rich history of how we got the Bible in our language today. First, we need to lay some ground work concerning the nature of things, both physical & spiritual. This will orient us in our discussion of God’s providential care in ensure the survival of His word. Tune in as we explore important matters.

Today in Church History: or tomorrow, An earthquake shakes London about 2 pm as a synod, led by Archbishop William Courtnay, meets to condemn John Wycliffe for his efforts to reform the church (1382)

“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Feeds 5,000

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?

“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

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?

“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

Episode 377: Every funeral Jesus ever went to He crashed. The first funeral He crashed was in a little dusty town of no account called Nain and He walked 25 miles to do it. What does this miracle say about Jesus? Tune in as we walk through Luke 7.11-17 when Jesus raised a widow’s son from the dead.

Today in Church History

John Wesley plucked as a brand from the fire (1709)

Feydor Dostoyevsky dies (1881)

Question of the Day

What happens metaphysically at resurrection?

When do we get our resurrection bodies?

“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant

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?

AND

Is it OK to pray in silence, and when should you pray out loud?

“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Cleanses a Leper

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?

“It’s a Miracle!” – Jesus Drives Out a Demon on the Sabbath

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?

Portraits of Grace (7): Judgment & Restoration of Moab

Episode 368: God calls Moab “my washbasin,” that is, the place where He washes His feet. They were a Gentile nation, not part of God’s covenant, & prideful people. Yet God shows grace first to a widow from the washbasin in the book of Ruth, then the whole nation of washbasin dwellers in Jeremiah 48. Tune in as I explore the grace which is present even in a relentless proclamation of judgment upon the nation.

Today in Church History: Henry Dunster resigns as president of Harvard (1654)

Question of the Day: Why do my prayers not get answered?

Portraits of Grace (6): A Tale of Two Sinners

Episode 367: Genesis 38 is a chapter of the Bible we tend to steer clear of due to its mature content. There is sin in just about every verse of this chapter. Where is God’s grace in all of this? “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” Tune in as I take a look at this chapter & how God’s grace even reaches a man like Judah.

Today in Church History: English Parliament takes up a bill banning clergy from governmental positions (1641)

Question of the Day: How big is heaven?