Episode 50: Is it OK for a Christian’s primary community of friends to be outside the church?

Episode highlights:

  • We must have relationships outside the church.  Matt 28:18-20; 1 Cor 5:9-10; Matt 5:16
  • The believer’s primary community of friends should be the body of Christ. 2 Cor 6:14-18; 1 John 2:15-16, 5:19; Eph 4:18-19
  • If you already have a close community of unbelievers, be more and more overt with the gospel, while pushing into close relationships at church.

Episode 49: How would you counsel a husband who is married to a woman who was sexually abused and at times has a hard time with intimacy?

Episode highlights:

  • God expects spouses to serve each other sexually. 1 Cor 7:2-5
  • God expects spouses to be patient with each other. Eph 4:1-2
  • God fixes broken things, so neither spouse should be satisfied with a broken sexual relationship.  Isa 147:3
  • The husband should strive to be patient with his wife. 1 Pet 3:7
  • The wife should strive to serve her husband, getting counseling if necessary.

Episode 48: “I am a 14-year-old believer whose parents recently divorced. During one of my bi-weekly visits with my dad, he asked if he could introduce to me to his boyfriend. How do I respond to both my father and his partner? How am I to make sense of what has recently happened?”

Episode highlights:

  • Your parents’ divorce is between them.  It is not a reflection on you.
  • God has not abandoned you. Rom 8:26-39
  • You must love and honor your dad. Eph 6:1-2
  • You could ask your dad if a pastor could help the two of you work through things.

Episode 47: Can Christians (adult and child) play video games and still live in a manner that is consistent with the Gospel? Part 2

Episode highlights:

  • There are some video games – those in which we pretend to be persons engaging in sexual immorality, extreme violence, or criminal activity – that cannot be helpful to anyone spiritually.  1 Cor 6:12, 10:23
  • If there is a game I can play without my affections for the Lord being challenged or my biblical worldview being dismantled or my being called to celebrate ungodliness, I could enjoy that and be fine.
  • Anything can be damaging if it becomes an idol. 1 Cor 10:14; 1 John 5:21


Episode 46: Can Christians (adult and child) play video games and still live in a manner that is consistent with the Gospel? Part 1

Episode highlights:

  • To live in a manner consistent with the gospel means to live a transformed life. Eph 4:1; Col 1:10; Phil 1:27; Titus 1:16
  • There is nothing inherently sinful about playing video games, just like there is nothing inherently sinful about playing card games or board games.
  • When deciding what activities to enjoy, the best question to ask is not, “is it sinful?”, but, “is it helpful?” 1 Cor 6:12, 10:23
  • What hinders one person spiritually may not hinder another person.

Spurgeon Study Bible Giveaway!

How would you like some great news and even better news?  First, the great news.  Broadman and Holman Publishers has just released their new CSB Spurgeon Study Bible, edited by Alistair Begg, featuring thousands of excerpts from Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and sermon outlines.  Facsimiles of his notes in his own handwriting are placed right next to the corresponding biblical text.  Reading this Bible will be similar to reading the Word with Charles Spurgeon sitting next to you, giving his commentary.  spurgeonbible

Some people (especially ESV aficionados) may be leery about the CSB (Christian Standard Bible).  We’ll give you our opinion and you can take it or leave it.  It’s a fantastic translation – very readable and exceptionally faithful to the original text.  In our opinion, there is value in having more than one version of the Bible on your shelf.  We like reading a different version devotionally.  It helps us to shake off our familiarity with certain texts and read them with new eyes, so to speak.  And with the CSB, we know we’re reading a solid rendering of the Hebrew and Greek texts.

And now for the better news – YOU could win a Spurgeon Study Bible for free!  The Truth & Circumstances podcast is having a “most compelling question” context.  We’re asking everyone to submit the questions they’ve been wrestling with but have never asked.  Whoever asks the most compelling question will receive a free Spurgeon Study Bible.  (Some of you are wondering, “What constitutes a ‘compelling’ question?”  Admittedly, it’s subjective.  It may depend upon what the judges had for breakfast that day.  The best way to increase your chances of winning is to submit numerous questions.)

Those of you who are already listeners know the kinds of questions we answer on the podcast – “we apply the truth of God’s Word to the difficult situations of real life.”  Got a difficult family (marriage, children, extended family, in-laws) situation?  Financial situation?  Health situation?  Ethical dilemma?  Church relationship issue?  Send in those issues in the form of a question!  The most compelling questions tend to be “real” questions based upon issues we are actually going through rather than hypothetical situations.

Some people may be afraid to submit questions because they don’t want anyone to know what they are dealing with.  Rest assured that the sources of the questions we receive are always kept confidential and we don’t assume that the person asking the question is the one with the issue unless they say so explicitly.  So the question could be asked in a more generic way, like, “what advice would you give to someone who…?”

Questions can be submitted on the Contact Us page and via TwitterFacebook, and email (questions@truthandcircumstances.com).  The last day to submit questions will be November 30.  A distinguished panel of three judges will determine a winner, and that winner will be announced the following week.  If you win, we’ll contact you to get mailing instructions and send out your new Spurgeon Study Bible ASAP!