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 389: Jesus had several encounters with His opponents on the Sabbath. Luke 14.1-6 presents with yet another instance of this & the final instance of Sabbath conflict for Jesus with His adversaries. Tune in as I discuss a miracle only Luke records & what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: Erasmus goes home to be with Christ (1536)
Question of the Day: I consider both candidates in an election to be evil. How would you handle it?
Episode 369: Many have lamented the fact that America has over 300 million citizens and yet Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two candidates put forward for President. They are the worst of both worlds. So why are we here and what do we do as Christians? Tune in as I explore these questions which may have startling answers. P.S. This will be the only episode about the election.
Today in Church History: John Gill baptized (1716)
Question of the Day: When Jesus drove the demons into the pigs, didn’t He cause loss of property & sin?
Episode 356: The Iowa Caucus (Hawkus??) was earlier this week. Whether your candidate won or not, there is a principle or three from Scripture we need to keep focused on during the entire election cycle. What is it? Tune in as I unpack the Biblical view of nations, national leaders, and God’s involvement in all of this.
Today in Church History: Muslims execute Joseph of Aleppo, claiming he had promised to become a Muslim but reneged. (1686)
Question of the Day: Who do you think will become the next President?
Episode 354: You see them from the time to time on the side of the road. Usually they are armed with a sign which says something to the effect of “Anything will help. God Bless.” Sometimes they come up to you at the store asking for money. What do we do with these folks? I heard some pretty harsh solutions recently which I discuss as I consider the application of the Golden Rule to the poor.
“Aggressive Panhandler” in Fresno
Today in Church History: Elders of the Little Flock and twenty-eight other Christian leaders in Shanghai are arrested (1956)
Question of the Day: Is it true there are not any marriages in heaven?
Episode 340: We know as Christians that we are to pray for those who in positions of authority in government (see 1 Timothy 2.1-3). We also know, good Bible students that we are, that God is control of the political process. So what should we be praying for as the 2016 presidential election season approaches? Tune in as I explore several Psalms which I believe give language to our prayers for “kings and those in high positions.”
Episode 339: Behold, an apt description of America written in the first century (see Romans 1.31, ESV). Granted, Paul was not writing to describe American culture. Paul was writing to describe the then-present state of Roman society. Nevertheless, those four words accurately and succinctly characterize modern America.
The first word, “foolish,” can also be translated stupid. American culture is obsessed with the stupid. We even buy shirts with the phrase “I’m with stupid” plastered across the front. Turn on your television and watch the latest episode of anything on MTV and you will find stupidity rather quickly. Far too often stupidity is linked with ungodliness. So it is no wonder a secondary definition of this word is just that: ungodly. Yes, where folly is sin is crouching at the door.
“Faithless” means untrustworthy when it comes to keeping covenant (cf. ASV, KJV). Many so-called Christians live their lives as though there is no God with whom they have entered into covenant by the blood of His Son. In a broader sense America is witnessing the rise of the “nons” – those who do not identify with any religious group. America is growing more and more faithless.
Many Americans are “heartless.” Literally it is without familial affection. There is no love for the family. Indeed, this is the attribute which will cause a mother to abort her unborn baby, a father to abandon his family, children to talk back to and hate their parents, and government to pass legislation which is detrimental to the traditional family unit, viz. homosexual marriage.
“Ruthless” is the word which means lack of mercy. What comes to mind immediately is the political realm. Jay Leno once said that “politics” is a compound word from “poly” meaning many and “tics” which are bloodsuckers. The political game is a merciless one. But this is an apt description of what happens on the playground when parents raise children who will merciless bully other kids.
Welcome to America – the Rome of the 21st century!
Today in Church History: Tertullian (c.160-240 AD) on abortion
Question of the Day: Is abortion immoral? What does the Bible say about abortion?
Episode 336: With all the issues du jour which can excite, depress, distress, & anger Christians, it is vital that we remind ourselves of our identity in Christ and in relation to the world. How should the Christian respond when faced with societal shifts & cultural changes? Tune in I breakdown the epistle of 1 Peter to see what Peter wrote to Christian exiles living under empire.
Episode 334: Last Friday the Supreme Court of the United States legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. This is not the first time something immoral has been legal, but it is a seismic shift for America. Tune in as I explain how something can be legal but still immoral.
Just Getting Started – Churches Next Target in Gay Marriage War
Today in Church History: The Apostle Paul beheaded (67)
Question of the Day: Now what? What are Christians to do with this court decision?
Episode 333: Psalms of imprecation are those Psalms which make us squirm when we read them. “Break their teeth, O Lord” & “May his days be few.” They are the sons of thunder Psalms which call down fire from heaven. So what can imprecatory Psalms teach us today as New Testament Christians when it comes to our prayer lives, especially praying for our enemies? Tune in as I unpack the significance of these Psalms.