We’re taking a short break!

Our podcast team is taking a short break from recording and posting new episodes so that we can do some important things like having babies, nursing loved ones to health, etc. We’ll plan to post our next episode on Tuesday, September 1. Until then, please find one below you haven’t heard and share it withContinue reading “We’re taking a short break!”

Episode 164: Can a seared conscience be re-sensitized?

Episode Highlights: – The conscience is our God-given capacity to make moral judgments about ourselves. (Rom 2:14-15) – A seared conscience is one that has become desensitized due to an individual repeatedly ignoring its voice. (1 Tim 4:1-2) – A seared conscience is dangerous because it makes us more vulnerable to the harmfulness of sin.Continue reading “Episode 164: Can a seared conscience be re-sensitized?”

Episode 163: How far should I pursue an estranged family member?

Highlights: – Such strained relationships with unbelieving relatives should not surprise us as Jesus came to “bring a sword” (Matt 10:32-38) – In all such situations, “as far as it depends upon you, be at peace with all men” (Rom 12:18). – Pray for the heart of Christ toward the estranged relative.

Episode 162: Opposing mask ordinances?

Highlights: – Depends upon what we mean by “oppose.” – Since our constitution gives us the right to redress in the courts, there is nothing wrong with seeking to have a mandate overturned. (Rom 13:1-2) – It is not biblical to simply disobey the mask mandates, even if we hold that the mandates are unconstitutional.Continue reading “Episode 162: Opposing mask ordinances?”

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”

Episode 98: Are meds always bad for depression/anxiety?

Highlights: – Psychology is based upon a different worldview than Biblical Christianity. – Whether or not to use medication for depression/anxiety is a wisdom/conscience issue. – Biblical counseling should be our automatic approach to depression/anxiety while seeing a medical doctor to rule out physiological issues. – There may be legitimate physiological issues that can beContinue reading “Episode 98: Are meds always bad for depression/anxiety?”

100 Episodes…Let’s Celebrate with a Contest!

Our 100th episode of Truth & Circumstances is rapidly approaching.  To mark the occasion, we are doing several things to celebrate. We’re holding a contest for the best question.  Like last time, “best” means the question that makes the judges most quickly say, “I really want to hear an answer to that!”  The contest hasContinue reading “100 Episodes…Let’s Celebrate with a Contest!”

Episode 95: Does it really mean that? Does 1 Corinthians 14 Mean Women are to Keep Silent in Church?

Episode Highlights: – Don’t violate your conscience. Rom 14:23 – Educate your conscience according to the Scriptures. – Paul allows for women to pray and prophesy in 1 Cor 11. – The prohibition against women speaking in 1 Cor 14:34-35 seems to refer to the judging prophecies (1 Cor 14:29-33). – Judging prophecies would fallContinue reading “Episode 95: Does it really mean that? Does 1 Corinthians 14 Mean Women are to Keep Silent in Church?”

Episode 94: How should I relate to my nudist father?

Episode Highlights: 1. The nudist lifestyle is a sexual perversion according to the Bible. Gen 3, 9:21-25; Lev 18 2. We should not subject our children to such sexual perversions. Eph 6:4 3. Sometimes the most loving thing is to allow someone to feel how their sin cuts them off from others.

NOT SAFE FOR CHILDREN – Episode 92: [Unscripted] Follow-up: My spouse wants me to do something sexually that I’m uncomfortable with…

Highlights: – No matter which side of the question you’re on, your disposition should be to serve your spouse. – Open communication and patience are highly important in this area. – We must differentiate between wants and needs. We need Christ all the time. Certain sexual acts belong in the realm of wants. – TheContinue reading “NOT SAFE FOR CHILDREN – Episode 92: [Unscripted] Follow-up: My spouse wants me to do something sexually that I’m uncomfortable with…”

Episode 91: How can I help my spouse in the battle against lust?

Episode Highlights: – Be encouraged by what your husband’s confession says about you and what it says about him. – Keep your spouse’s sin in perspective: it is not unique; God affords all the resources to fight; your identity is in Him. – Be available to your spouse sexually. – Insist that your husband getContinue reading “Episode 91: How can I help my spouse in the battle against lust?”

Episode 90: My niece is getting confirmed in the Catholic church. How should I handle the situation?

Highlights: – We would not encourage participating in the celebration or attending the baptism/confirmation as, like a gay wedding, they are denials of the true gospel. – It would be best to lovingly share the gospel with your sister beforehand, explaining why you cannot attend. – Love sometimes requires us to strain a relationship. –Continue reading “Episode 90: My niece is getting confirmed in the Catholic church. How should I handle the situation?”

Episode 88: Bullying follow-up: What about non-physical bullying?

Highlights: – We should look for opportunities to prepare our children for adulthood which may mean leaving them in difficult situations. – We should also understand that preparing our children for adulthood sometimes means sheltering them, which may mean saving them from severe situations. – We should try to gauge whether a particular situation isContinue reading “Episode 88: Bullying follow-up: What about non-physical bullying?”

Episode 87: My spouse wants me to do something sexually that I find unappealing…

Highlights: – Any sexual activity that is explicitly sinful should be out of the question in marriage. Prov 5-7 – Our primary aim in the sexual relationship in marriage is to give pleasure. 1 Cor 7:1-4 – We should never make demands of our spouses, but seek mutual pleasure.