Episode 147: Slow to listen, quick to speak?

Episode Highlights: – The admonition to be quick to hear and slow to speak comes from James 1:19-20. – Important principles pertaining to communication come from Proverbs 18:13, 17. We should be eager to have all the information we can get before seeking to resolve a situation. That means listening intently. – An important diagnosticContinue reading “Episode 147: Slow to listen, quick to speak?”

Episode 146: Should churches close for the virus?

Episode Highlights: – We should be gracious regarding others’ convictions. – Heb 10:24-25 regarding not neglecting the gathering of the saints, likely has in view those who for selfish or immature reasons do not engage in meaningful relationships with other believers. – We should not view government guidelines as anti-Christian persecution, but measures intended toContinue reading “Episode 146: Should churches close for the virus?”

Episode 145: Hand-raising in worship?

Episode Highlights: – The Bible both depicts and commands lifting our hands to the Lord in prayer and worship. (Psa 63:4; 134:2; 1 Tim 2:8) – Our discomfort with this expression of worship is likely more cultural than biblical. – Those who want to raise their hands should do so, unconcerned about any biblical expressionContinue reading “Episode 145: Hand-raising in worship?”

Episode 144: Does it matter how our bodies are treated when we die?

Episode Highlights – The Bible indicates that it is a blessing for one’s remains to be well cared for. (Gen 49:29, Exo 13:19) – The Bible indicates that it is a curse to have one’s remains dishonored in any way. (Jer 16:4; 1 Kings 21:19, 23) – The human body has been bestowed with dignityContinue reading “Episode 144: Does it matter how our bodies are treated when we die?”

Episode 143: What should do if I know that my friend’s child is involved in sinful activity?

Episode Highlights: – The Bible clearly teaches about the destructive power of sin (Rom 6:23; 1 Peter 2:11, 5:8) – NT passages giving instruction about how to help people in sin present a principle we might call “escalating confrontation.” (Matt 18:15-18; 1 Cor 5) – To not escalate the confrontation by bringing the parents intoContinue reading “Episode 143: What should do if I know that my friend’s child is involved in sinful activity?”

Episode 142: Taking up an offense? Part 3

Episode Highlights: – There is no biblical category for taking up an offense in the sense that the offender is required to ask my forgiveness for sinning against my friend or loved on. – There is nothing wrong with being angry/offended by another sinning against my loved one…as long as I obey Eph 4:26-27 andContinue reading “Episode 142: Taking up an offense? Part 3”

Episode 141: Taking up an offense? Part 2

Episode Highlights: – Forgiveness is not synonymous with putting away your anger and pain caused by another’s sin. Eph 4:26-27, 31-32 – Our anger/pain should be dealt with very quickly, whether the person has repented or not, whether there is reconciliation or not. Eph 4:26-27 – Biblical forgiveness is not a feeling, it is aContinue reading “Episode 141: Taking up an offense? Part 2”

Episode 140: Taking up an offense? Part 1

Episode Highlights: – Our forgiveness should be patterned after God’s. (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13) – Forgiveness should be gracious, but costly. (Rom 5:6-6; 1 John 4:10) – Forgiveness should be conditioned upon repentance. (1 John 1:9; John 17:3-4; Matt 18:15-17) – Forgiveness is a promise not to use another’s sin against them. (Rom 4:7-8; JerContinue reading “Episode 140: Taking up an offense? Part 1”

Episode 139: Should we give any credence to Enneagram personality tests?

Episode Highlights – Taking these tests can be harmless if they are not the basis for our identity or decision-making. – As a believer, my identity is in Christ. – As a believer, I am constantly changing by the power of the Holy Spirit. – The bible gives me moral-guidelines and wisdom principles for decision-makingContinue reading “Episode 139: Should we give any credence to Enneagram personality tests?”