Episode 407: If a death row inmate’s death even hints at being the tiniest bit painful – LAWSUIT! Contrast this with Jesus who endures the worst imaginable suffering and death. So how is there victory in the death of Jesus? Tune in as I walk through the trauma & torture of the Son of God & what His death teaches us about suffering.
Question of the Day: Is capital punishment biblical?
Episode 404: Every major world religion must deal with the problem of pain & suffering & how they deal with it is a reflection of their theology. So what does Christianity offer which is distinctive & unique from other world religions? Tune in as I explore how the Christian God is neither disinterested in nor absent from the suffering in the world, but comes in the Son to suffer with & for His creation.
Question of the Day: Where should my friend start reading in the Bible?
Episode 400: Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty 1st graders & 6 adults were shot dead by a deranged young man who took his own life. What good could possibly come from such terrible evil? Tune in as I walk through a familiar story from a unique angle – the story of Joseph through the eyes of Jacob, the bereaved father – which offers possible answers to this difficult question.
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 383: In this episode we take a look at one of the weirdest miracles we have seen so far: Jesus sticks His fingers in a man’s ears, then spits, & touches the man’s tongue presumably with His spit on finger. So what in the world is going here (Mark 7.31-37) and what does it mean for us? Tune in we walk through this miracle & better understand what it says about Jesus.
Today in Church History: Michelangelo begins work on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Question of the Day: How could the resurrected Jesus move through walls when He wasn’t a spirit?
Episode 383: It is a familiar story about Jesus. One we teach the children in Bible school. The challenge is to read it with fresh eyes. So what does Jesus walking on water have to teach us? Tune in as I explore the miracle and the connections it has with the Old Testament in order to teach us a significant lesson about who Jesus is.
Today in Church History: Bishop Ambrose of Milan defies the Roman government (385)
Question of the Day: Why is Song of Solomon in the Bible? It reads like a romance novel.
Episode 380: A child has died. The parents are distraught. Friends & family members mourn. Then Jesus shows up & ruins the funeral. When Jesus raises the synagogue ruler Jairus’ daughter from the dead, He once again demonstrates He is Lord over life & death. Tune in as I walk through the several accounts found in Matthew, Mark, & Luke about when Jesus brought a little girl back from the dead.
Today in Church History: John Gill is ordained a Baptist pastor (1720)
Question of the Day: Can someone who has been baptized lose their salvation?
Episode 379: The kind of demon possession we read about in Matthew 8.28-33, Mark 5.1-20, & Luke 8.26-39 is perhaps the worst case of identity theft ever. What is the story about & why is there such a difference in the parallel accounts? How do we explain away the alleged contradictions that seem to be in these various accounts? Tune in & explore this miracle in depth to work through these difficulties to learn how they are actually easily explained.
Today in Church History: Polycarp faces the fires for Christ (155)
Question of the Day: Can people be demon-possessed today?
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)
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?