https://open.spotify.com/episode/2BXNvhJanct6GZPUSm87NC?si=x7CVxe18QcW-cIzTOvZsvg This is Episode 79 of the Jesus Society Podcast. And on today’s episode, we're going to talk about how to find answers in the Bible to our questions. Well, when he first asked me to do this, I thought it would be simple, but the more I've ruminated on it, the less simple it’s … Continue reading How to Find Answers to Biblical Questions
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6vowjsHn1gHUGwQourH3vg?si=FQPh5x4QTFKr8cCy9VmxxQ This is Episode 76 of The Jesus Society Podcast, today I want to revisit a subject most Christians have fussed about since the Reformation. And that is the idea of faith and works. This is not an unimportant topic, but I believe it has been polarized by the issues of the Reformation, and that polarization … Continue reading Reformation Redux: Faith vs. Works
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0MMl45Af4IzJivWu3GuAQf?si=F8b09naZRpGZZHwbIe5www This is Episode 64 of The Jesus Society Podcast. Today I want to start a conversation about Men and Fathers and Families. This is something that’s been on my heart for a long time, and it’s probably something we’re going to talk about for the next few weeks. And as I look back on … Continue reading TJS Podcast – Men of God, Part 1: Growing Up Without a (Good) Father (Episode 64)
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0XrfmDCdrLrZts7UXsbzKg?si=bjryfLFnTPC_LwwTLOQ6sA Today I want to try, in as succinct a way as I can, to explain a phrase Paul uses in Romans 5:17 that I think has caused a lot of confusion for folks. Paul talks there about how Christians will “reign in life.” Now, if we just pull that phrase up off the page, … Continue reading TJS Podcast – What It Means to “Reign in Life” in Rom. 5:17 (Episode 63)
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6KVUOY9uPb3106fYp1DGyY?si=XyUGxuKnRwOIwTmuw6v0Dw So we’ve been talking about the story of the Bible, and we started with the premise that God’s goal in creation and everything that follows is to draw people into fellowship with himself so that they could experience his love in the fullest possible way. And we traced the contours of the Old Testament … Continue reading TJS Podcast – Episode 7 – The Story of the Bible – Part 7: What REALLY Happened on the Cross?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/2UBUBq5cf51EW8hQUCsrVm?si=x_sNjUHPRcu4Zc3OlEci9w Today, we’re back looking at the Story of the Bible and the Kingdom of God. And the piece we need to give some attention to next is the idea known as the Restoration of Israel. We’ve seen what Israel was supposed to be in the world — a people that would function in the … Continue reading TJS Podcast – The Story of the Bible – Part 5: Did God Give Up on Israel?
https://open.spotify.com/episode/397LI6ILW1FAB2I6260wz7?si=touNwBnjSnaAp1JXvbzBqA On today's episode, we’re going to begin to trace the story of Israel. Understanding Israel's role in God's purposes in this world is foundational for understanding Jesus and the Kingdom of God. We can’t just jump from Genesis 3 to the Gospels and think that once we understand the sin problem we can move straight … Continue reading TJS Podcast – The Story of the Bible, Part 3: Blessed to Be a Blessing (Episode 4)
https://open.spotify.com/episode/3cokszP25dT3xgPPRvnEVB?si=C3IlZpz7RWm0xtefdNECYg Today, we're going start unpacking my understanding of the Story of the Bible and the Kingdom of God. Everything we’re going to talk about in this podcast flows out of an understanding of who God is and what he’s trying to do in the world, so we’ve got to start there. We'll be looking … Continue reading TJS Podcast – The Story of the Bible Part 1: Why God Created Us (Episode 2)
In Christianity, we are often fond of talking about the importance of adhering to “sound doctrine,” a biblical concept to be sure (1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 4:3; Tit. 1:9; 2:1, NASB). Unfortunately, we often regard the word “sound” to be synonymous with the word “correct.” While I would certainly advocate correct doctrine over incorrect … Continue reading Christianity and Sound Doctrine
I believe the Bible is an essential part of the Christian life. In fact, I believe it is impossible to completely know God without scripture. I believe scripture is an inspired and inspirational book. Not surprisingly, I’ve lived most of my life as part of a religious tradition that places a high emphasis on scripture. … Continue reading A People of the Book or a People of God?