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Brax Tacks

Brax Tacks

By Braxton Carvette

A podcast that encourages us to find our happiness in God by learning and living according to His word and having a passion for the things that God is passionate about.
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If someone commits suicide, will they still go to heaven?
If someone commits suicide, will they still go to heaven?
This week, Isaiah Cruz and I talk about whether or not someone who commits suicide will go to heaven. With this, we talk about the importance of asking why someone asks you any question, anxiety, depression, the kingdom of God, assurance of salvation, and more! If you would like to ask your own question, use the link to the Google Doc that was sent to your email!
45:21
June 16, 2022
Why doesn't God stop war? Is the Bible a prayer?
Why doesn't God stop war? Is the Bible a prayer?
We're going to be doing an AMA (that's Ask Me Anything). This summer, we want to feature your questions (whether you’re a parent or youth) on this podcast. Ask me anything you want. For instance, you can ask questions about God, the Bible, faith, the world, ask for advice– anything. If you are a youth in our youth group or a parent of one, ask for the Google Doc link so that you can ask your questions anonymously or get in touch with Brax to get together and discuss your question. We also have an opportunity to discuss LGBTQ+ ethics and what the Bible has to tell us about our identity and behavior as well as how to love our LGBTQ neighbors. We're having a luncheon on July 10th from 12-2pm in our youth room. We will even have a Q&A time afterwards. Please RSVP so we can get enough food for everyone!
32:44
June 07, 2022
What does the Bible say about Hell? How do you listen to the Holy Spirit?
What does the Bible say about Hell? How do you listen to the Holy Spirit?
We're going to be doing an AMA (that's Ask Me Anything). This summer, we want to feature your questions (whether you’re a parent or youth) on this podcast. Ask me anything you want. For instance, you can ask questions about God, the Bible, faith, the world, ask for advice– anything. If you are a youth in our youth group or a parent of one, ask for the Google Doc link so that you can ask your questions anonymously or get in touch with Brax to get together and discuss your question.  We also have an opportunity to discuss LGBTQ+ ethics and what the Bible has to tell us about our identity and behavior as well as how to love our LGBTQ neighbors. We're having a luncheon on June 11th from 11:30-1:30 in our youth room. We will even have a Q&A time afterwards. Please RSVP so we can get enough food for everyone!
32:11
June 02, 2022
The King and His Kingdom: Marriage, Divorce, Sex, and Singleness
The King and His Kingdom: Marriage, Divorce, Sex, and Singleness
A condensed version of our conversation around Matthew 19:1–12. Resources that were used for this podcast are Rachel Joy Welcher's Talking Back to Purity Culture. Matt Chandler's sermon clip titled, "Jesus Wants the Rose". 
32:13
February 10, 2022
Marriage, Divorce, Sex, and Singleness in Matthew 19
Marriage, Divorce, Sex, and Singleness in Matthew 19
This was a lesson for our high school Bible class talking about marriage, divorce, sex, and singleness. Resources mentioned or drawn from in this lesson were Between Two Worlds by Elizabeth Marquardt and Talking Back to Purity Culture by Rachel Joy Welcher.
53:02
February 09, 2022
The King and His Kingdom: How to Fight the Fear of People
The King and His Kingdom: How to Fight the Fear of People
It's easy to be afraid of people sometimes and their opinions of us. How should Christians fight this fear?
15:19
November 09, 2021
The King and His Kingdom: Judging others and the fear of being judged
The King and His Kingdom: Judging others and the fear of being judged
We'll talk about judgmentalism and the fear of being judged by Jesus.
20:35
October 19, 2021
The King and His Kingdom and Your Anxiety in Matthew 6
The King and His Kingdom and Your Anxiety in Matthew 6
We know that anxiety and stress is not good for us. How can Jesus' words help us to overcome our stress?
24:51
October 12, 2021
The King and His Kingdom: Matthew 5
The King and His Kingdom: Matthew 5
This week, we look at Matthew 5:1-13.
20:54
October 05, 2021
The King and His Kingdom: Matthew 4
The King and His Kingdom: Matthew 4
A recap of our high lesson on Matthew 4:1–11.  If you would like to listen to the live discussion, follow the youtube link right here: https://youtu.be/ReDwnoUrFrA
20:46
September 28, 2021
J is for Jesus
J is for Jesus
Take a listen in on our Sunday School lesson from March 7th. For a fuller discussion of this topic, see Paul Miller's J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life 
47:25
March 12, 2021
How to Pray
How to Pray
Praying is one of the most life-giving and fundamental practices of the Christian life. We know that and yet our experience is that it is also one of the most hair-pulling and frustrating practices of the Christian life. Today, listen in to our Sunday School discussion on prayer and ask God to help you to pray.  (This lesson is heavily indebted to Paul Miller's A Praying Life.)
58:44
March 03, 2021
Racism and Christianity: an episode we wish we didn't have to make
Racism and Christianity: an episode we wish we didn't have to make
Brax and Zach talk about racism and the gospel in the wake of George Floyd's horrific murder. We hope that this conversation is helpful. 
45:34
June 03, 2020
Jesus's childlikeness and love in John Chapter 5
Jesus's childlikeness and love in John Chapter 5
What is Jesus like? He is like a child. He is the most dependent person who has ever lived. He is the most loving person who has ever lived.  Join us in this episode of Brax Tacks as we encounter Jesus. (This episode includes a new segment, Christianity at the Movies. We discuss the Christian realities in Pixar's Up and the Christlikeness of Michael B. Jordan's character, Bryan Stevenson in the movie Just Mercy). 
01:00:57
May 13, 2020
John chapter 4: Jesus' love and Jesus' food
John chapter 4: Jesus' love and Jesus' food
The extent of Jesus' love was astonishing for those who met him 2,000 years ago and it's just as astonishing for us today. What's more, Jesus loves to love us! It's not a duty for him-- it's his food!
56:33
May 06, 2020
John Chapter 4: The Way Jesus Loves Us in Conversation
John Chapter 4: The Way Jesus Loves Us in Conversation
John chapter 4 has one of the most beautiful conversations ever recorded between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. How does Jesus approach her? What is his attitude? How does he love her in her situation? We hope you'll listen and see how Jesus loves us when we have a conversation with him.
01:09:17
April 29, 2020
John Chapter 3: Believe in Jesus
John Chapter 3: Believe in Jesus
In this episode, we examine the context surrounding the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16.  Sorry for the technical difficulties, the audio quality was low for some reason and stopped recording before the end of our time together.
48:18
April 27, 2020
How to Love Your Muslim Neighbors
How to Love Your Muslim Neighbors
Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. As Christians, how do we love our Muslim neighbors well and point them to Jesus? Join us and special guest, Matt Hutchcraft as we explore the answers!
59:09
April 17, 2020
Who is Jesus? John 2 and The Water to Wine
Who is Jesus? John 2 and The Water to Wine
Who is Jesus and what is he like? Why does John's gospel include such a seemingly unimportant miracle at the start of Jesus's ministry? Join us for this exciting episode of Brax Tacks.
52:20
April 08, 2020
Jesus, the Person: The Word (John 1)
Jesus, the Person: The Word (John 1)
What is Jesus like? We hear about him. We hear that he's loving, kind, honest, joyful, sorrowful, etc. But what do those things look like? Those things are all detached and impersonal if they are not displayed in a person.  This week, we start looking at the gospel of John to try to see what Jesus is like. 
59:27
March 31, 2020
Hope in life, in death, and COVID-19
Hope in life, in death, and COVID-19
When the world is as chaotic as it is, we need something to grasp onto for stability. This is what we would call hope. As Christians, we need to understand the content of our hope. Today, Brax and Zach discuss what our hope is in both life and death.  Mentioned resources: New City Catechism Question 1 J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life by Paul Miller Future Grace by John Piper
55:36
March 24, 2020
Loneliness and COVID-19
Loneliness and COVID-19
With the spread of COVID-19 and increased social distancing, it's very easy to feel lonely. Even without the craziness going on in the world, loneliness is still an issue. Thankfully, as Christians, we don't need to feel lonely when we are alone. Brax and Zach discuss how to deal with loneliness and temptation in such loneliness. Books and verses mentioned: Genesis 2:18 Hebrews 3:13 and 10:25 Matthew 5:8 Psalm 23 Proverbs 18:1 Sojourners and Strangers by Gregg Allison A Praying Life and The J-Curve by Paul Miller Future Grace by John Piper
52:20
March 17, 2020