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)
Episode 341: Poor Kim Davis. You have probably been following the story of the Kentucky county clerk who because of her religious convictions refuses to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That decision landed her behind bars and only today was released. So how should we as Christians view what’s happening with Kim Davis? Tune in as I work through this current event.
Today in Church History: Massachusetts Puritans found Harvard College (1636)
Question of the Day: Is it sinful for Christians to go to/sign marriage licenses for/bake cakes for homosexual marriages?
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
Episode 335: Since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage last week social media has exploded into an idea food fight. Some Christians have inserted themselves into this firestorm. But how should Christians respond to the new law? Does Scripture give us any guidance on this? Tune in as I take a look at a well known Bible account which has an astonishing parallel.
Today in Church History: Lutheran Martin Niemoller arrested for resisting Nazi racism
Question of the Day: Why hasn’t God destroyed America?
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.
Episode 332: All the news this week has been about Bruce…er, Caitlyn Jenner – the former Olympian and former male. Now a woman, he finally feels like a natural woman. But is there more than here than meets the eye? Is this kind of behavior something to celebrated? Tune in as I approach the disturbing reality of sex reassignment from a Biblical worldview.
Episode 323: With court cases looming & a decision pending from the Supreme Court, it appears that soon same-sex marriage will be legal in the US. So what should Christians do? Tune in as I explore this question from a Biblical perspective.
Episode 318: The unfortunate truth is that many Christians claim to know God & Christ but practice sin. Someone has called this the Moral Lie: claiming to have fellowship with God (Who is absolute moral perfection) while walking in darkness (practicing moral imperfection, i.e. sin). Tune in as I discuss what Jesus, the Truth, prescribes for this monstrous lie.
Episode 317: Why are homosexuals & pro-homosexual groups so opposed to Christians? Recently passed legislation in Indiana is just the most recent example. But even over the pond in merry old England Christianity is not only on the decrease but it is being perverted by elements within. Tune in as I explore these topics and offer what the Bible says as to why people hate Christians.
Episode 313: Last night the final “yes” vote needed to gain a majority was cast and same-sex marriage was approved into the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA). They are but the latest denomination to do this and their move is instructive. What happens when people who claim to follow Christ approve of and even aid people in committing what God has categorically condemned throughout His Word? Tune in as I open the word and allow it to shed some light on this dark news.