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Ultimate Questions Podcast with Jon Topping

Ultimate Questions Podcast with Jon Topping

By Jon Topping
Ultimate Questions is a podcast that offers bite-sized pieces of Christian apologetics, offering reasoned arguments and justification of the Christian faith. Helping listeners discover the believability of Christianity. Jon Topping wants to share what he has learned over his years of study in concise, easy-to-digest thoughts and teachings. Whether you’re a Christian looking for more certainty in what you believe, want answers to the questions you’ve been asking, or if you’re considering faith and want to understand the basis for the Christianity, we hope you'll tune in!
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UQ 017 - Textual Variances with Wesley Huff
For our new series, we will be looking at some of the strongest arguments against the New Testament. For this episode, we invite Wesley Huff to join us and discuss the different problems we find in the manuscripts of the New Testament books. Some find it terribly upsetting to learn that there are problems and errors in some of the manuscripts of the New Testament books. Does that defeat the New Testament as being the Word of God? Is the New Testament no longer able to be considered inerrant then? For more from Jon Topping, check out www.jontopping.com for his blog, podcast, articles, and other videos. Music from www.bensound.com. Audio of the Ultimate Questions Podcast is found anywhere podcasts are available.
42:52
September 25, 2020
UQ 016 - How to Read the Bible: An Example
For the past few weeks on the podcast we've been learning how to study the Bible for ourselves. I thought I would take a week to go through the steps I've been talking about with a specific passage, so that you can see how the process works. Hopefully you find this a helpful example of how to read the Bible, and get the most out of the process. For more from Jon Topping, check out www.jontopping.com for his blog, podcast, articles, and other videos. Audio of the Ultimate Questions Podcast is found anywhere podcasts are available.
18:22
September 14, 2020
The Golden Calf and Idolatry
Something I've always been confused by is, why did the Israelites worship a golden calf the moment Moses left? They had just witnessed the awesome power of God, and actually made a contract saying they wouldn't commit idolatry, so why did they do such a stupid thing? In this sermon I dive into some of the research I did, and the reasoning I discovered for this issue. This sermon is the example I used for the Ultimate Questions Podcast on how to read the Bible. Check out more at www.jontopping.com
48:02
September 12, 2020
UQ 015 - Cultural Context with Dr. Ben Shin
This week I had the treat of interviewing Dr. Ben Shin, who was my professor for Hermeneutics while I was in my grad studies. We discuss cultural context, how to step outside of our biases, and techniques for discerning when something is just a cultural difference versus when it's a moral issue. Check out more from Jon Topping at https://www.jontopping.com/
25:16
August 30, 2020
UQ 014 - Literary Tips to the Bible
The major problem people run into when reading the Bible is when they hit the books filled with laws. In this episode, apologist Jon Topping takes a look at how to appreciate the genre of law, and then finishes up by looking at a few extra tools to help appreciate the literary context of the passages we study. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/literary-tips-to-the-bible-gRqTN5KH7zy/
19:28
August 29, 2020
UQ 013 - Poetry in the Bible
One of the main sources of people pointing out contradictions in the Bible comes from poetry in the Bible. The person will find some poetic verse that "contradicts" another verse, and say that this means the Bible can't possibly be from God. The problem is, there hasn't been an appreciation for the genre in the literary context of the verse. In this episode, apologist Jon Topping looks at a few of the poetic genres in Scripture, so that we can better understand these sometimes difficult passages. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/genres-in-the-bible-part-2-k1AFlERGSxu/
23:23
August 29, 2020
UQ 012 - Genres 1: Historical Narrative and Epistle
A crucial element to understanding any book is to know what the genre is. Imagine trying to read some modern popular book series about wizards, but you believe these are historical books. Or, imagine reading the news, but thinking it's an SNL skit. In this episode, apologist Jon Topping begins a new our look at the genres in the Bible, evaluating both historical narrative and epistle as genres we need to understand to get the most out of Scripture. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/genres-in-the-bible-p5yPd8IVO9B/
15:59
August 29, 2020
UQ 011 - Historical Context
Ever wonder why Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey and not a horse? Or why slavery in the Bible is different than we think of it? A common theme you'll hear from a lot of pastors and theologians is that, in order to understand a piece of Scripture, context is everything. In this episode, apologist Jon Topping looks at historical context, and how it can help us better understand what we read in the Bible. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/historical-context-OL7-p0I1lDa/
15:55
August 29, 2020
UQ 010 - How to Read Your Bible
Beginning a new series on how to study Scripture, apologist Jon Topping goes into some helpful tips on how to get started reading the Bible. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/how-to-read-your-bible-0KMh-STBYc9/
17:10
August 29, 2020
UQ 009 - The Human Element of Scripture
What if differences in Gospel accounts actually favoured their reliability? In today’s episode of Ultimate Questions, apologist Jon Topping looks with a detective’s eye at some apparent Gospel contradictions. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/the-human-element-of-scripture-JTPCm2rLjA1/
16:31
August 29, 2020
UQ 008 - Helpful Details in the New Testament
Names, dates, and places are usually the more boring side of history. However, in this episode, apologist Jon Topping shows us how some of these details found in the New Testament can actually help us evaluate whether the people writing these accounts were actually present for what they're describing. In other words, were they really eyewitnesses? Here, we get to see another example of why we should have confidence in the eyewitness testimonies of the writers of the New Testament. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/helpful-details-in-the-new-zO9xRZ1hPtE/
19:27
August 29, 2020
UQ 007 - New Testament Authorship: An Early Understanding
Are the Gospels actually written by the people whose names are attached to them? How early are the Gospels? In this episode, apologist Jon Topping begins to look at whether the Gospels are pseudepigraphal, or whether they are written by their namesakes. Republished with permission. Original at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/new-testament-authorship-an-gjGxmP1tcIU/
18:40
August 29, 2020
UQ 006 - Eyewitness Testimonies
There is debate as to whether the Gospels and other New Testament books were written by eyewitnesses. In this episode apologist Jon Topping looks at some of the reasoning as to why we should consider these books to be eyewitness testimony, and that this gives them added credibility. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/eyewitness-testimonies-wicENYG6gAx/
14:06
August 29, 2020
UQ 005 - Historiography 3: Motivation, Explaining the Confusing, and Double Dissimilarity
Three new methods of historiography to look at. The motivation of the writers is crucial to seeing whether they're trustworthy. Other parts of history don't make much sense, so if we can find reasons for it, that helps us see it as worthy of believing. Lastly, when something doesn't match up to the cultural norm, that gives us a reason to think it's legitimate. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/historiography-3-motivation--mDrcSqBOkH/
22:10
August 29, 2020
UQ 004 - Historiography 2: Enemy Attestation, Aramaic Substrata, and Independent Sources
Continuing our examination of how to study history, apologist Jon Topping takes a look at three new methods. How the enemies of a view can accidentally support it, how the original languages help, and how multiple sources for a piece of info work for us. Reposted with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/historiography-2-enemy-215aOXMP4gt/
19:22
August 29, 2020
UQ 003 - Historiography 1: Early Reports, Embarrassment, and Coherence
Historiography is the study of how we go about doing history. Timing, coherency, and embarrassment are three historiographical methods used to determine the reliability of a document’s content.  In this episode, apologist Jon Topping uses these methods to help us study the historicity of the New Testament. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/historiography-1-early-OwyTnH_KJC0/
16:50
August 29, 2020
UQ 002 - The Reliability of the New Testament
Why bother putting your faith in a 2,000-year-old book written by fishermen? In this episode, apologist Jon Topping looks at some reasons to think the books written in the first century about Jesus are actually reliable. Reposted with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/the-reliability-of-the-new-0jMHcWrChe2/
11:40
August 29, 2020
UQ 001 - Why do I believe?
Apologist Jon Topping introduces the topic of the podcast - the believability and basics of the Christian faith. He tells us his personal story about how he started studying the reasonableness of Christianity, and became convinced that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Republished with permission. Original found at https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ultimate-questions/why-do-i-believe-RqyhxM52nIX/.
19:17
August 29, 2020
An Argument for God's Existence
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. I've heard many atheists say there are no arguments for God's existence. The problem with that is that there have been arguments for God's existence for literally thousands of years. Here's a contemporary version of an ancient argument for God - the Cosmological Argument for God's Existence. This argument deals with the idea of causation, and how everything that exists came about, and shows that something like God must exist in order to explain the existence of all the universe.
49:12
January 20, 2020
How to evangelize without it getting weird
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. What you know is definitely important, but we should also focus on how we convey what we know. It's scary to walk up to someone and share your faith. In this talk, I go through some ways of having meaningful conversations about difficult topics.
52:02
January 20, 2020
Does God Predestine People to Hell?
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. There’s a controversial topic within Christianity, which gets some Christians intellectually stimulated, others confused and doubtful, and others… well… angry. The concepts of God’s foreknowledge, predestination, and election, are all addressed in this talk, with a specific focus on whether God picks and chooses who will go to hell.
1:25:59
January 20, 2020
What is the Christian God like?
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. Jon Topping spoke at an interfaith dialogue, representing Christianity. The other two speakers were from the atheist/agnostic/humanist perspective, and the Islamic faith. This talk is addressing what the Christian concept of God is, with the background assumption that the audience would be primarily Muslim, with possibly some atheists/agnostics.
21:17
January 20, 2020
Developing Virtue
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. The concept of virtue is not really heard of anymore, but it's a critical aspect of what it means to be human.
34:44
January 20, 2020
God's Sovereignty
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. Addressing the issue of God's sovereignty.
52:54
January 20, 2020
Should we submit to our government?
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. It's obviously quite commonplace to have problems with the governments we live under. Should we rebel, or submit? Where does trying to bring about change fit in?
49:45
January 20, 2020
Spiritual Warfare - The Forgotten Battle
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. The concept of spiritual warfare is foreign to most people. We live in a culture that largely ignores the spiritual world, and yet, it's still a reality.
55:24
January 20, 2020
The Problem of God's Knowledge
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. A question that gets asked now and then is how we reconcile what the Bible says about the omniscience, or all-knowingness, of God. If God is all-knowing, how can He change His mind? Why does He seem surprised at times?
32:25
January 20, 2020
The Purpose of Life
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. The most important question that can be asked, and yet is often ignored.
36:26
January 20, 2020
Evidence that Christianity is true
A talk Jon Topping has given, outside of the podcast. Looking at the historical data, a good argument can be made that Jesus actually did historically rise from the dead.
48:47
January 19, 2020