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 (5): A Tale of Two Graces

Episode 366:┬áThe story of Joseph in Genesis eats my lunch each time I read it. Joseph blows me away. He is a young man who does not have a Bible, grows up surrounded by family which has all kinds of issues, comes of age in a grossly idolatrous land (Egypt), and yet he never loses focus on God. Tune in as I walk through Joseph’s story & what he teaches about being gracious to others.

Question of the Day/Church History: Did the Jews successfully kill Lazarus as they intended (John 12.9-11)?

Portraits of Grace (4): What Is & What Should Never Be

Episode 365: Warning: Explicit Content. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God uses graphic language to describe his broken relationship with Israel. After He tenderly nursed her, bountifully lavished her with gifts, & graciously married her, she used his gold, silver, & clothing to pay men to sleep with her. It is a grotesque portrait, yet it is a gracious picture because of how God responds after his bride’s faithlessness. Tune in to see God’s grace in Ezekiel 16.

Today in Church History: Teresa of Avila Dies (1582)

Question of the Day: Will we know our loved ones in heaven?

Portraits of Grace 3 – The World’s Best Love Story

Episode 364: The story of Hosea is the tragedy of a broken marriage, both of the prophet of God & of God Himself. How can there be grace in such a sad, sordid story? Tune in as we find the grace of God behind the scenes & in the shadows of a loving husband’s actions toward an unloving wife.

Today in Church History: George Whitefield preaches his last sermon (1770)

Question of the Day: Are there degrees of punishment in hell?

Portraits of Grace (2): The World’s Weakest Strongest Man

Episode 363: As we continue our stroll through the gallery of grace which is the Old Testament, we come upon one of the more tragic figures: Samson. Of course, we typically do not think Samson as tragic; he’s a character we teach the children about with his incredible feats of strength. He reads more like a superhero than a sad story. Yet it is true. Samson’s story is a sad one. How is God’s grace on display in the life of Samson? Tune in as I explore how can use someone as flawed even as Samson.

Today in Church History: C.S. Lewis comes to believe in Jesus (1931)

Question of the Day: Are there degrees of reward in heaven?

Portraits of Grace (1): In the Beginning

Episode 362: When God chooses to disclose Himself & reveal His nature, He chooses grace as one of the primary, if not the primary, characteristic. Grace is a New Testament word, but it has Old Testament roots. In this episode, I explore those roots as we begin to stroll through the gallery of grace which is the Old Testament. We will also see from a very common story the gracious nature of God.

Today in Church History: Cyprian Beheaded (258)

Question of the Day: Do we go straight to heaven or wait for judgment when we die?