Episode 73: How should I deal with fellow believers, even family members, who have decided homosexuality is not a sin? Part 3

Part 3 Highlights: – New Testament texts condemn homosexuality in general, not merely homosexual promiscuity. Rom 1:18-32; 1 Cor 16:9-11; 1 Tim 1:8-10 – The New Testament holds out hope for change to all sinners, including those who struggle with same-sex attraction. – For any sin, hope comes not from becoming comfortable in your sin,Continue reading “Episode 73: How should I deal with fellow believers, even family members, who have decided homosexuality is not a sin? Part 3”

Episode 72: How should I deal with fellow believers, even family members, who have decided homosexuality is not a sin? Part 2

Part 2 Highlights: – What we believe should always be dictated by the Bible. John 17:17 – Everywhere that homosexuality is mentioned or depicted in the Bible it is condemned as sinful. – Typical objections to Old Testament passages ignore the context. – The Old Testament law is a reflection of the character of God.Continue reading “Episode 72: How should I deal with fellow believers, even family members, who have decided homosexuality is not a sin? Part 2”

Episode 71: How should I deal with fellow believers, even family members, who have decided homosexuality is not a sin? Part 1

Highlights: – A conversation is necessary because it is unloving to allow believers to misunderstand the Bible so badly. – A conversation is necessary because there are gospel implications. When we deny sin we also deny hope. – Choose a wise place and time for the conversation. – Listen before you speak. Find out whatContinue reading “Episode 71: How should I deal with fellow believers, even family members, who have decided homosexuality is not a sin? Part 1”

Episode 70: What should I do if I’m pressured by a friend to “like” their social media posts?

Highlights: – We need to be mindful of the spiritual dangers lurking behind some of the “fun” features of social media. – It’s impossible to love the approval of people and the approval of God at the same time. Gal 1:10; John 12:42-43 – For those drawn in by the need for social media approval,Continue reading “Episode 70: What should I do if I’m pressured by a friend to “like” their social media posts?”

Episode 69: Does it really mean that? Matt 18:20

Highlights: – This verse is typically used to comfort small gatherings of believers. “We don’t need a ton of people to have church…where two or three are gathered…” It’s also used as a general assurance of the Lord’s presence with His people. – The typical application of this verse misses the point of the contextContinue reading “Episode 69: Does it really mean that? Matt 18:20”

Episode 68: Am I pushing my kids too hard to excel?

Highlights: – Children should be taught to pursue godliness as a higher priority than athletic or academic achievement. 1 Tim 4:7-8; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Tim 6:10-11 – Children should be taught to do everything as unto the Lord. Col 3:17, 23; 1 Cor 10:31 – It’s possible to use athletics and academics as toolsContinue reading “Episode 68: Am I pushing my kids too hard to excel?”

Episode 67: What are the pitfalls of patriotism, and how should believers reconcile their identities as citizens of heaven and citizens of America?

Highlights: – When it comes to earthly patriotism, we must keep in mind that our ultimate citizenship is in heaven. Phil 3:20; Eph 2:19; 1 Pet 2:11 – As citizens of heaven, we must remember that we have a mission that is not of this world. Matt 28:18-20 – As citizens of heaven, we mustContinue reading “Episode 67: What are the pitfalls of patriotism, and how should believers reconcile their identities as citizens of heaven and citizens of America?”

Episode 66: How would you counsel someone who has been asked to participate in a Catholic wedding?

Highlights: – This is a good question because the Catholic church teaches a different gospel. The concern is, would I be endorsing Catholicism by participating in the wedding? – Ultimately, it is God who joins a man and woman in holy matrimony, no matter who the officiant is. Matt 19:6 – Participation in a weddingContinue reading “Episode 66: How would you counsel someone who has been asked to participate in a Catholic wedding?”

Episode 65: Does it REALLY mean that? Phil 4:13

Highlights: – This verse is typically used to mean, “I can do anything I set my mind to” and then apply it to various life goals or the overcoming of adversity. – Context always determines the meaning of words. “All things” means whatever the context dictates. Here, it is not literally all things. – TheContinue reading “Episode 65: Does it REALLY mean that? Phil 4:13”