Episode 29: My daughter is really feeling the tension of being unlike the super-feminist culture around her. How can I encourage her?

Episode highlights: Parents need to understand complementarianism, why it’s biblical, and why it’s best for women. Parents should receive questions from daughters with grace. This is especially critical if she is starting to be persuaded by the world. Parents should disciple their daughters. Parents can prepare their daughters for these pressures by majoring on biblicalContinue reading “Episode 29: My daughter is really feeling the tension of being unlike the super-feminist culture around her. How can I encourage her?”

Episode 28: I’m not sure I want to have kids – would it be wrong not to?

Episode highlights: There is a mandate in the creation account to be fruitful and fill the earth (Gen 1:28).  There is no indication that this mandate is no longer a concern. Not having children requires preventing a pregnancy, which indicates purposefulness.  So the important question is “why?” Most motives for not having children are self-centeredContinue reading “Episode 28: I’m not sure I want to have kids – would it be wrong not to?”

Episode 27: As a Christian, how can I make the best use of Facebook, other social media?

Episode highlights: Christians should pray for an abundance of wisdom and humility regarding their online presence. (Jas 1:5, 4:10) Christians should be extremely judicious and gracious in their interactions regarding theological subjects online. (Col 4:5-6; Titus 1:16) Christians who want to use their online presence to further the kingdom should consider being as apolitical as possible. (1 Tim 2:1-7; RomContinue reading “Episode 27: As a Christian, how can I make the best use of Facebook, other social media?”

Episode 26: How should I use discernment in giving to the poor?

Episode Highlights: While giving to the poor is a good, godly thing to do, Matthew 25:31-46 is often misused to support this activity. We should always err on the side of generosity.  Psa 41:1-3 We should use discernment in we give to people.  Suggestions: Pray for discernment Resist giving money; give food or other resources insteadContinue reading “Episode 26: How should I use discernment in giving to the poor?”

Episode 25: Screwtape Edition – How can I demoralize my wife? (Pt. 2)

Episode highlights: (Like the Screwtape Letters, we’re thinking about an issue from the opposite angle to help move us to action.) Undermine her authority with your children. When they are disrespectful to her, do nothing. Make no attempt to learn her and prefer her. If you’ve already accidentally learned her, purpose not to live inContinue reading “Episode 25: Screwtape Edition – How can I demoralize my wife? (Pt. 2)”

Episode 24: Screwtape Edition – How can I demoralize my wife? (Pt. 1)

Episode highlights: (Like The Screwtape Letters, we’re thinking about an issue from the opposite angle to help move us to action.) Care nothing for your own spiritual well-being. You will then have no resources to lead your wife well, she’ll feel forced to lead, which she is not equipped to do. Do not meet withContinue reading “Episode 24: Screwtape Edition – How can I demoralize my wife? (Pt. 1)”

Episode 23: There is a transgender person at work. My employer is requiring people to call this person by their preferred name or pronouns. What should I do? (Pt. 2)

Episode highlights: To the objection “by using the opposite pronouns you’re endorsing their lifestyle,” we would say that’s reading too much into a simple agreement to call someone what they want to be called. Regarding the objection, “by using the opposite pronouns you’re lying about who they are,” we would say that lying is deception.Continue reading “Episode 23: There is a transgender person at work. My employer is requiring people to call this person by their preferred name or pronouns. What should I do? (Pt. 2)”

Episode 22: There is a transgender person at work. My employer is requiring people to call this person by their preferred name or pronouns. What should I do?

Episode highlights: We need to pray for humility and compassion. We need to do what’s necessary to avoid losing an opportunity to share the gospel. The secular narrative is “they don’t agree with us = they hate us.” By overtly loving them and pursuing relationships with them, we confound that narrative. By immediately refusing toContinue reading “Episode 22: There is a transgender person at work. My employer is requiring people to call this person by their preferred name or pronouns. What should I do?”

Episode 21: Where is the line to be drawn when putting others first?

Episode highlights: We’re called to go the extra mile (Matt 5:38-42) One priority should be to the household of faith (Gal 6:9-10) Another priority should be to provide for our own families (1 Tim 5:3-16) There are some situations where it is most loving to say, “no” (2Th3:10-13) Our willingness to help others should beContinue reading “Episode 21: Where is the line to be drawn when putting others first?”