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 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 401: “If only God spoke today…” The God most people want is a God who is vocal, speaking often directly to them. What we get instead is silence, especially when we are hurting & suffering. Interestingly, the God most people want today is the God we see in the Old Testament. Tune in as I walk through several examples of God’s communication and His silence with the faithful…and what it means for us today.
Today in Church History: Jesus was baptized (approx. AD 30)
Question of the Day: Does it matter if you are baptized as a baby or an adult?
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 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 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 373: We come to the shortest miracle, the miracle with the least amount of ink devoted to it – when Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law. What is so significant about this miracle? Tune in as I walk us through it and see how Christ is superior to sickness.
Today in Church History: Adoniram Judson dedicates his life to God (1808)
Question of the Day: What does the Bible say about addiction?
Episode 366: The 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)?
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.