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 expression of worship being a distraction to others.
– We should all give grace to the consciences of others around us on this issue.

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 dignity by God. (2 Cor 5:4; Phil 3:21; 1 Cor 6:13)
– Historically, the burning of remains has been associated not with Christian practice, but with paganism.

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 into the circle would be unloving and would allow sin to continue to have its way with the child.

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 and put that anger away in a timely manner.
– Our impulse as believers should be the pursuit of reconciliation (Matt 5:23-24; 18:15; Phil 4:2-3)

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 a commitment, a promise.
– Biblical forgiveness is a matter of obedience. Luke 17:3-4

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; Jer 31:34; Isa 43:25).
– Forgiveness is done with a view toward reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:17-18)
– Forgiveness may not remove all consequences. (2 Sam 12:1-23; Psalm 51)

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-making that are in-line with His priorities.

Episode 138: A much needed book: Transforming Homosexuality

Episode Highlights
– Sharing a much needed, gracious book for the church, Transforming Homosexuality: What The Bible Says About Sexual Orientiation And Change, by Denny Burk and Heath Lambert
– It holds the biblical line while offering hope for change and the HOW of change.
– Christians should not be content to condemn the sin without offering help for HOW to change.

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 “once saved, always saved”
– God is the author and perfecter of our faith, and yet we are exhorted to believe.

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

– 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 out what their wishes are regarding resuscitation and life-support.
– Clarity should be sought from doctors: is this a case in which there is no chance for improvement, or is the respirator allowing my loved one to heal?