Episode 137: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Perseverance of the saints

Episode highlights: – (Wayne Grudem) “All those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.” – Perseverance of the saints is not exactly the same as “onceContinue reading “Episode 137: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Perseverance of the saints”

Episode 136: When is it okay to pull the plug?

Highlights: – All issues surrounding end of life require wisdom that comes only from the Lord. James 3:17, 1:5 – Taking a loved one off life support is not analogous to assisted suicide or abortion. – All of us should talk to our loved ones long before decisions need to be made to find outContinue reading “Episode 136: When is it okay to pull the plug?”

Episode 134: How should I address the social justice issue with my believing friend?

Highlights: – Balance is needed on this issue. The Lord calls us to care for the weak and champion justice (Acts 20:35; Matt 12:18, 23:23). He also calls us to be all about gospel ministry (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:18-21) – We should beware of giving ourselves to any method of achieving reconciliation that isContinue reading “Episode 134: How should I address the social justice issue with my believing friend?”

Episode 133: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Irresistible Grace

Episode Highlights – The gift of faith, sovereignly given by God’s Holy Spirit, cannot/will not be finally resisted by the elect – Faith is a gift of God. Phil 1:29; Eph 2:8-9 – God saves without dependence upon man. Acts 9:3-16; 16:14; 1 Cor 1:30-31 – Those whom the Father chooses will be saved. ActsContinue reading “Episode 133: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Irresistible Grace”

Episode 132: Head coverings and short hair? Part 2

Episode Highlights: – Historical and theological background indicate that Paul was instructing against women showing overt signs of rebellion and promiscuity. – Symbols that would be more meaningful in our culture–showing faithfulness/submission to one’s husband–would be wearing a wedding ring and dressing modestly.

Episode 131: Head coverings and short hair? Part 1

Episode Highlights: – There is evidence in the OT that it is not inherently ungodly for men to have long hair, and by inference, for women to have short hair. (Lev 10:6; 21:10; Num 6:5) – It is likely that Paul’s comments regarding long and short hair are an application of the OT principle thatContinue reading “Episode 131: Head coverings and short hair? Part 1”

Episode 130: What should we do if we know the clock is ticking, but we’re not in a hurry to have kids?

Episode Highlights: – Having children doesn’t have to mean the functional end of your marriage. A commitment to prioritizing your spouse will make that closeness transcend the childrearing years. – We need to think deeply about what it means for children to be a blessing. They are a good, enjoyable, delightful gift. What other blessingsContinue reading “Episode 130: What should we do if we know the clock is ticking, but we’re not in a hurry to have kids?”

Episode 129: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Limited Atonement

Episode Highlights: – This question pertains to the extent of the atonement: Did Christ’s death pay the penalty for all individuals without exception or only for the elect? – A proper understanding of atonement itself excludes the possibility of a general or universal atonement. – This doctrine, more accurately expressed as “particular redemption,” leads usContinue reading “Episode 129: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Limited Atonement”

Episode 128: How should I think about a friend excited about particular gifts of the Spirit? Part 2

Episode Highlights: – Where should be cautious about the gifts in the ways Scripture instructs, i.e. how tongues and prophecy are to function in corporate worship. We should not assume a posture of automatic suspicion, since the Bible teaches they are good and beneficial for the upbuilding of the church. – We should not beContinue reading “Episode 128: How should I think about a friend excited about particular gifts of the Spirit? Part 2”

Episode 127: How should I think about a friend excited about particular gifts of the Spirit? Part 1

Episode Highlights: – Given that the issue of the gifts of the Spirit is a second or third tier issue, we should not consider it a reason to separate from one another. We can disagree. – All gifts will cease when the Lord returns. (1 Cor 13:8-10) – Until Christ returns, all gifts remain activeContinue reading “Episode 127: How should I think about a friend excited about particular gifts of the Spirit? Part 1”

Episode 126: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Unconditional Election, Part 2

Highlights: – While passages teaching unconditional election abound, in addition to Romans 9 (covered in part 1), John 6, John 10, and Ephesians 1 are key. – Practical implications of the doctrine of unconditional election are motivation to worship and motivation to evangelize. – We must be careful this and other doctrines not to goContinue reading “Episode 126: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Unconditional Election, Part 2”

Episode 125: What counsel would you give to parents navigating decisions about their teen’s smartphones/social media?

Episode Highlights: – Understand that the use of technology and social media are not inherently evil or good. They can be one or the other depending upon how we use them. – A parent’s main responsibility is to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, which assumes training a child toContinue reading “Episode 125: What counsel would you give to parents navigating decisions about their teen’s smartphones/social media?”

Episode 124: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Unconditional Election

Episode Highlights: – Election is the act of God from eternity past (before creation) in which He chooses whom to save, not on account of any foreseen merit in them, but only because of His own gracious pleasure. – Israel is the foremost paradigm for understanding God as an electing God. Gen 12; Deut 7:6Continue reading “Episode 124: What’s the deal with reformed theology? Unconditional Election”

Episode 123: Is it okay to withhold information from my spouse?

Episode Highlights: – The impulse to withhold from a spouse in response to their failure to love well comes from a worldly notion of love, “I am to love only as well as I’m loved.” Christlike love pours itself out regardless of the performance of the one loved. – Your responsibility to your spouse isContinue reading “Episode 123: Is it okay to withhold information from my spouse?”

Episode 122: Do I have to support LGBT at work according to biblical principles of submission?

Episode Highlights – We should resist supporting any ungodly lifestyle. Titus 2:11-12 – The Bible is clear about LGBT issues. Gen 1-2, 19; Lev 18:22; Judges 19; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 1 Tim 1:10 – In situations where an employer (or any other authority) asks us to do something ungodly, “we must obey GodContinue reading “Episode 122: Do I have to support LGBT at work according to biblical principles of submission?”

Episode 121: What’s the deal with Reformed Theology? Total Depravity

Episode Highlights – Total depravity asserts that every aspect of our human nature has been affected by sin (mind, will, emotions, desires, body). Rom 1:18-32; Eph 2:1-3, 4:17-19 – Because every part of our being is affected, we are not able to please God (total inability). Joshua 24:19 – Total depravity does not mean thatContinue reading “Episode 121: What’s the deal with Reformed Theology? Total Depravity”

Episode 120: Rightly Understanding God’s Desire to Be Glorified

Episode Highlights: – There are inherent differences between God and man that make it appropriate for God to desire worship and inappropriate for man to desire worship. (Psa 50:12-15; Acts 24-25) – God doesn’t need anything. When we conceive of Him as needy because He desires worship, we make the mistake of thinking about HimContinue reading “Episode 120: Rightly Understanding God’s Desire to Be Glorified”

Episode 119: What’s the deal with Reformed Theology?

Episode Highlights: – Reformed theology (as we are using the phrase) holds that God rules with absolute control over all creation, foreordaining all that happens, but doing so in a way that does not deny human will or make God the author of sin. – It is an important doctrine because it is founded uponContinue reading “Episode 119: What’s the deal with Reformed Theology?”

Episode 118: Does it really mean that? Matthew 12:32

Episode Highlights – The larger context is essential to understanding difficult passages. – Context: The Pharisees had already rejected Jesus and were determined to lead others to do the same. – Context: The Pharisees accused Jesus of casting demons out by the power of the devil…when He actually did it by the power of theContinue reading “Episode 118: Does it really mean that? Matthew 12:32”