Episode 84: How can I honor God in class discussions at my secular college?

– We are elect exiles in this world (1 Peter 1:1).
– We are tasked with spreading a message that is counter-cultural (1 Peter 2:9, 3:15).
– The apostles’ example was to take every opportunity to proclaim Christ (Acts).
– We should expect our gospel-spreading presence to bring opposition (1 Peter 4:12-14).

Episode 83: How do I deal with an emotionally/verbally abusive father?

Episode Highlights:
– All authority is to be respected.
– The Bible allows for respectful confrontation of authority figures.
– The strongest resource for confrontation is the Word of Christ in the hands of the Spirit of Christ spoken by the body of Christ.
– Respectfully confront your dad.
– Entrust yourself to the Lord.
– Comfort and exhort your family with the Word.

Episode 82: How should Christian’s consider a politician’s spiritual life when voting?

Episode Highlights:
– The predominant theme of the NT pertaining to the believer’s relationship to the government is to submit to authority (Rom 14; 1 Peter 2)
– The church, not the government, is God’s chosen instrument to spread the gospel (Matt 28:18-20)
– Our desire should be a government that honors God and allows the church to pursue her mission unencumbered (1 Tim 2:1-4)
– Given NT principles regarding government and the church, it may be best to lean toward candidates who are strong on religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Episode 81: (RE-DO!) My child has been a victim of bullying at school. How do I help him to deal with this as a believer?

1. Teach them first to turn to the Lord. Psa 3, 27; Rom 8:28-30
2. Teach them to turn to the governing authorities as God’s means of dealing with wrongdoers. Rom 13:1-4
3. Teach them it is never okey to retaliate, but that in cases of physical bullying, it is permissible to defend oneself. Matt 5:39b; Exo 22:2-3

Episode 80: My husband and I disagree about how much we should save every month…

– Submission is yielding from the heart to the will of another.
– One biblical exception: when an authority commands us to do something contrary to the will of God. Acts 5:27-30
– Submission does not mean keeping your mouth shut. Eph 4:15; Rom 15:14
– Submission shows itself to be submission when there is disagreement.