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 405: Have you heard about the genocide taking place in Myannmar? The government is systematically killing the Royinga Muslims in that country. So where is God in that mess? What could possibly be the reason for the awful suffering happening there? Tune in as I tackle a very tough subject.
Today in Church History: Charles Simeon Shouts Hallelujah! (1779)
Question of the Day: Do “eye for an eye” & “turn the other cheek” contradict each other?
Episode 403: Boko Haram, ISIS, the government of Myanmar…all these terrorist organizations are guilty of unspeakable evil. How should Christians pray for these groups – both collectively & individually? What specifically should we pray? Are there any examples in the Bible of prayers made for oppressors? The Psalms of imprecation offer us examples & language which Christians can utilize in prayer for these brutal groups.
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 393: We continue the journey of how we got the Bible by exploring the formation of the Old Testament. What is the timeline for the writing of each book? How did these 39 books come together in a single volume? Tune in as I do my best to build the timeline & examine the process of canonization.
Episode 390: The Bible is an ancient book written by people from long ago in ancient languages. What were the languages used by Moses, for example? And what kinds of materials were used in the writing process? Tune in as I explore these questions & take another step in the journey of how we today have the Bible.
Episode 388: Who enjoys paying taxes? More than once Jesus was asked about paying taxes. Once He paid the temple tax with money from a fish’s mouth! What does Jesus getting money from a fish’s mouth have to do with us today? Tune in as I explore a rather strange miracle which contains a key element of the mind of Christ.
Today in Church History: Jonathan Edwards preaches “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
Question of the Day: If you’ve never been baptized does that mean you won’t go to heaven?
Episode 387: There are several different theories about how God breathed out His word. The question is: How did God preserve the personality & style of each writer while ensuring that what was written was exactly what He wanted written? I explore the different theories & then provide what I believe concerning how God inspired His word.
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?
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?