Today we consider the Christian virtue of chill by realizing that we live in a long line of chaotic times, and thus we don't panic - especially when everyone else is. To quote Jesus (loosely), "Who cares, follow me." (John 21:22)
Special guest Tommy Moehlman shares some thoughts about whether or not the "good news/ gospel" is appropriately titled. Though we translate the word Jesus uses as "good news", is it good for everyone?
What about civility? How does the Christian speak and act in a time of outrage and hostility? Meditating on 1 Timothy 2:2 and the meaning of a "dignified life." (Maybe something like the gif below?)
In this and the next episode we consider 1 Timothy 2:1, which exhorts us to live a "peaceful and quiet life." I translate that into modern parlance with an admonition: live a boring life! (Even Will and Jack recommend it.)
Thinking about confession and it's power to heal us from James 5:16, "Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed."
Today we think about how all music from Death Metal to Church Hymns is praising something. Music is also instructive, in that what we praise is also what we will increase our love for. So the Christian should think critically about music.
Also, just for fun, one of my favorite SNL skits with Garth and Kat below.
"Preach at all times and when necessary use words." A famous phrase, but is it biblical? Today we finish our three part series on Dr. Nugent's book Endangered Gospel.
Link to Dr. Nugent's podcast: http://afterclass.libsyn.com/
Link to the book: https://amzn.to/2tLys7q
Today we have part 2 of my interview with Dr. John Nugent about his book Endangered Gospel. We talk about how we can display the Gospel in our communities.
For the 50th episode, we have a short series of interviews with Dr. John Nugent about the gospel, and his book Endangered Gospel. Today John describes the gospel, and how we embrace it.
Some audio issues because it was my first foray into recording off of Skype.
How do we summarize all the clean/unclean and holy/unholy? I suggest that we are to be a reverent people, and that is difficult to cultivate in our society. I also suggest that this reverence emerges from a core belief that everything is more than the sum of it's parts.
In this episode I compare the Holy Spirit to a demotivational poster, which I don't think classifies as blasphemy. Also a couple audio problems so I can live up to the demotivational poster below. Also the importance of conviction in the Christian life.
Thinking about what sacrifice means, especially in light of the coming of Jesus. It seems to have more to do with the ethics of a redeemed people. In short we are to be a people of sincerity and truth.
Today we remember back to our experience of God, which functioned as a catalyst for our following him because remembering back will create in you a deepening experience of joy and love. Also noted is a new coffee blend check it out at https://www.fmsc.org/.
One of the first and most common practices in the Bible is that of blessing. We will talk a bit about blessings in the Bible, but also what it might mean for us to bless others. One of the biggest blessings in scripture is children. So enjoy this baby gif. Blessings.
Thoughts from James 4:11-12, "Do not speech evil against one another." We often assume the best of ourselves and the worst of others, and this is reflected in our speech. Let's be more generous with one another.
Why aren't Christians known for being glad and generous? Why aren't we known for our parties? Israel was, Jesus was, the early church was... maybe you should throw a BBQ with your church friends.
Who in your life is able to say "you are doing it wrong?" Some thoughts on how we grow into more faithful Christians. The Bible text mentioned is taken from Ephesians 2:11-22.
I want to spend a little time thinking about the need and benefits of sharing more deeply in community. I think that there is something deeply Biblical about this. Today we pose that question thinking about whether the current Christian practices match the Biblical patterns.
On the danger of getting caught up in controversy, and the intersection of the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Denzel Washington.
Jesus throughout his passion are exemplary of two central topics of his preaching, first his trust in God and second his practice of forgiving love. (Below the earliest picture of crucifixion in an illustrated (illuminated) Bible c. 586.)