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

– 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 is going to be a long-term benefit or detriment.

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

– 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.

Episode 84: How can I honor God in class discussions at my secular college?

– We are elect exiles in this world (1 Peter 1:1).
– We are tasked with spreading a message that is counter-cultural (1 Peter 2:9, 3:15).
– The apostles’ example was to take every opportunity to proclaim Christ (Acts).
– We should expect our gospel-spreading presence to bring opposition (1 Peter 4:12-14).

Episode 83: How do I deal with an emotionally/verbally abusive father?

Episode Highlights:
– All authority is to be respected.
– The Bible allows for respectful confrontation of authority figures.
– The strongest resource for confrontation is the Word of Christ in the hands of the Spirit of Christ spoken by the body of Christ.
– Respectfully confront your dad.
– Entrust yourself to the Lord.
– Comfort and exhort your family with the Word.

Episode 82: How should Christian’s consider a politician’s spiritual life when voting?

Episode Highlights:
– The predominant theme of the NT pertaining to the believer’s relationship to the government is to submit to authority (Rom 14; 1 Peter 2)
– The church, not the government, is God’s chosen instrument to spread the gospel (Matt 28:18-20)
– Our desire should be a government that honors God and allows the church to pursue her mission unencumbered (1 Tim 2:1-4)
– Given NT principles regarding government and the church, it may be best to lean toward candidates who are strong on religious liberty and freedom of speech.