Episode 122: Do I have to support LGBT at work according to biblical principles of submission?

Episode Highlights
– We should resist supporting any ungodly lifestyle. Titus 2:11-12
– The Bible is clear about LGBT issues. Gen 1-2, 19; Lev 18:22; Judges 19; Rom 1:26-27; 1 Cor 6:9-11; 1 Tim 1:10
– In situations where an employer (or any other authority) asks us to do something ungodly, “we must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
– We should be as loving, kind, and hardworking as possible so as to mitigate any fallout, while recognizing that we’ve been called to suffer for the Name. Acts 5:40-41

Episode 121: What’s the deal with Reformed Theology? Total Depravity

Episode Highlights
– Total depravity asserts that every aspect of our human nature has been affected by sin (mind, will, emotions, desires, body). Rom 1:18-32; Eph 2:1-3, 4:17-19
– Because every part of our being is affected, we are not able to please God (total inability). Joshua 24:19
– Total depravity does not mean that we do not make real decisions; we always do what we want to do. Gen 6:5, Jer 17:9, Psa 14:2-3
– This doctrine should lead us to humility and to live like those who were dead but who have been brought to life.

Episode 120: Rightly Understanding God’s Desire to Be Glorified

Episode Highlights:

– There are inherent differences between God and man that make it appropriate for God to desire worship and inappropriate for man to desire worship. (Psa 50:12-15; Acts 24-25)

– God doesn’t need anything. When we conceive of Him as needy because He desires worship, we make the mistake of thinking about Him as if He is a man. (Psa 50:12)

– We are worshipers by nature; the worship of false gods brings misery; by calling us to worship Him, God calls us to joy. (Rom 1:18-32; Ps 16)

– God is the greatest being conceivable, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. When He calls us to Himself to recognize this, it is a kindness.

Episode 119: What’s the deal with Reformed Theology?

Episode Highlights:
– Reformed theology (as we are using the phrase) holds that God rules with absolute control over all creation, foreordaining all that happens, but doing so in a way that does not deny human will or make God the author of sin.

– It is an important doctrine because it is founded upon the doctrine of God and therefore has implications for all other doctrines. It also has implications for ministry methodology and the Christian life.

– Reformed theology is not the most important component of what we believe and we should NOT break fellowship with those who disagree.

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 the Spirit.
– Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is slandering the Holy Spirit by attributing His work to the devil in an attempt to prevent belief in Christ.

Episode 117: How should we respond to those who reject cooperation with secular pro-lifers? Part 2

Episode Highlights:
– Christians should use whatever means God affords to preserve life.
– If our goal is the preservation of life, incremental progress in the fight against abortion should celebrated, while continuing to work toward its eventual eradication.

Episode 116: How should we respond to those who reject cooperation with secular pro-lifers? Part 1

Episode highlights:
– The issue should addressed with grace and kindness. Eph 4:1-2
– Abortion is murder. Gen 9:5-6
– Christians should not settle for less than the eradication of all abortion.

Episode 115: How can I love my uncaring spouse well? Part 2

Episode Highlights:
– Jesus gave Himself up for us. John 10:17-18
– Jesus offered Himself as an offering to God. Eph 5:1-2
– Christ gives us the power to do what He commands. Eph 1:18ff; 3:20
– Jesus is intended to be our ultimate fulfillment. Eph 3:16-19

Episode 114 – How can I love my uncaring spouse well? Part 1

Episode Highlights:
– We are called to love one another as Christ has loved us. Eph 5:1-2
– Jesus loves us unconditionally, calls us to do the same. Eph 1:4, 2:1-5; John 15:12

Episode 113: How can I stop blowing up at my kids?

Episode highlights:
– Apply the biblical principle of “putting off” and “putting on” in the realms of your worship and behavior.
– Discern what you’re worshiping in those moments – what do you want so badly that you’re willing to sin to get it and sin if you don’t get it?
– Grow in your worship of the Lord Jesus by meditating on the gospel daily.
– Identify the typical “pressure cooker” times of the day when you are most likely to be tempted.
– Prepare for temptation by praying, reviewing Scripture, and deciding how you will respond to the pressure.

Episode 112: How should we respond to objections about God “killing” people while requiring us to value life?

– The implication is that God is a hypocrite for taking life while expecting man to preserve life. The real question is, who has the right to give and take life – man or God?
– As the Creator of all things, God owns all life.
– God has the absolute right to give and take life.
– Man does not have the right to take life, except as directed by God.

Episode 111: Should a single person adopt a child?

Episode Highlights:
– In this case, I wouldn’t recommend adoption.
– Her commitment to singleness is simultaneously a commitment to fatherlessness for the child.
– There seems to be a misunderstanding of the purpose of the gift of singleness, which is unencumbered service to the Lord, undistracted by familial obligations.
– If a single was open to marriage, I would counsel one to adopt in situations where sufficient support was available.

Episode 110: How/when to defend ourselves against accusations?

Episode Highlights:
– We shouldn’t apply Jesus’ example of silence before accusers as a blanket over all conflict.
– For the sake of the relationship and the gospel, as much as possible, we should seek to remove misunderstanding.
– Our motive should be love and not vindication.
– Once we have tried to correct misconceptions, we should rest in Rom 12:18: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”

Episode 107: How to talk about God and suffering to unbelievers

– Start by building a bridge
– Relate their compassion to God’s
– Show that without God there would be no justice
– Share that any recognition of evil assumes the existence of God
– Share the gospel as God’s solution to evil and suffering

Episode 105: A biblical perspective on busyness?

– God requires us to be good stewards of our time. Eph 5:15-16
– The life of a disciple is a life of work and service. Eph 4:12
– God has given us a broad range of commands that require balance in order to be faithful stewards.
– Over-doing it in any one area can cause us to be unfaithful in other areas.

Episode 104: How should I respond to unloving correction?

Episode Highlights:
– Strive to see God as the ultimate agent working in your life.
– Value correction of all kinds as if it contained gold.
– Even mean-spirited correction can be helpful.
– Even inaccurate correction can be helpful.
– Recognize pride as the great killer of progress toward Christlikeness.