Episode 160: CCW for Christians?

Episode Highlights – The sanctity of human life based upon creation in God’s image leads to numerous injunctions to protect the weak from the wicked (Psa 82:3-4, Prov 24:11) – While we are not under the OT law, it does provide a window to the character of God. On this issue, the law indicates thatContinue reading “Episode 160: CCW for Christians?”

Episode 159: My life isn’t turning out how I’d hoped…

Episode Highlights: – This is the broad experience of man (Prov 19:21) – We should be thankful God’s plans are always fulfilled, even at the expense of our own, in light of His supreme wisdom and love (Rom 8:28-30) – The key to overcoming depression and despair over unfulfilled plans is desiring Jesus above allContinue reading “Episode 159: My life isn’t turning out how I’d hoped…”

Episode 158: Should Christians protest?

Highlights: – Believers are called to love and stand for justice (Psalm 9:7-8; Mic 6:8) – Believers are called to spread and live the gospel (1 Thess 1:8) – Believers are called to obey authority, understanding it is established by God (Rom 13, 1 Peter 2) – Christians can protest as long as their demeanorContinue reading “Episode 158: Should Christians protest?”

Episode 157: What are some of the signs I’m harboring bitterness? What can I do about it?

Episode highlights: – Eph 4:26-5:2 is a helpful guide. – What is your disposition toward the person? If there is not actual anger, do you struggle with your thoughts–re-living the offense? Eph 4:26 – How do you talk about the person to others and in your own mind? Eph 4:29 – Do you have aContinue reading “Episode 157: What are some of the signs I’m harboring bitterness? What can I do about it?”

Episode 156: “So I Don’t Have to Forgive…?”

Episode Highlights: – That an offender has not repented does not give a victim the right to hold a grudge, prolong their anger, or hold the person at arms-length. – Eph 4:26 is a command to be poised to forgive very quickly after the offense. – If we have obeyed Eph 4:26, our attitude towardContinue reading “Episode 156: “So I Don’t Have to Forgive…?””

Episode 155: Should I apologize for hurting a person’s feelings with truth?

Episode Highlights – We should not ask for forgiveness if we do not believe we have sinned. – We should take ample time to consider both the message and manner in which we delivered it. If either were inappropriate, we should ask forgiveness. – If after considering their hurt we still don’t believe we’ve sinned,Continue reading “Episode 155: Should I apologize for hurting a person’s feelings with truth?”

Episode 154: How should Christians observe a Sabbath rest?

Episode Highlights: – The Sabbath rest of the Christian is the new heaven and new earth earned by Christ, and theirs in Christ. – Hebrews 4:9 comes in a section spanning from 3:1-4:11. This context is crucial for understanding the one verse. – Hebrews 4:9 does not speak of a literal Sabbath rest for Christians,Continue reading “Episode 154: How should Christians observe a Sabbath rest?”

Episode 153: How do we tell the difference between error and heresy?

Episode Highlights – Three questions help us decipher heresy from error: Does it compromise the gospel? Does it compromise Christology? Does it compromise the nature of God? – We should be reasonably patient with new believers as they are corrected on matters of orthodoxy. – On differences that do not rise to the level ofContinue reading “Episode 153: How do we tell the difference between error and heresy?”

Episode 152: We disagree about discipling our kids…what should we do?

Episode Highlights: – The Bible gives us clear instruction on how to discipline our children. – The Bible prescribes loving corporal punishment as the norm for disciplining children (Pro 13:24; 22:15; 23:13-14; Heb 12:6-11) – We should incorporate loving corporal punishment without provoking our children to anger (Eph 6:4).