Lockdown has given us an opportunity to spend time in God’s Word and with our families. But not everything about lockdown has been positive. We talk about some of the challenges Christians face in lockdown.
One of the dangers of not meeting with our fellow believers is confusion: false teaching. We need the truth of God preached and the encouragement of our fellow believers to remain steadfast in the faith.
Consumerism has effectively disguised itself as a form of Christianity: one that promises much and asks little. Consumerism turns the gospel into a self-help manual and robs Christ of his glory. This is not a new problem, but it has been made worse by the lockdown.
"There is no dignity when the human is elongated from the person. In short, the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little."
Pope John Paul II
At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. “Sex change” is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Dr. Paul McHugh
"The biblical teaching is consistent and unambiguous: homosexual activity is not God’s will for his people. Silence in the face of such clarity is not prudence, and hesitation in light of such frequency is not patience. The Bible says more than enough about homosexual practice for us to say something too.. "
"We are half hearted creature fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mudpies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. "
What is prayer like? Prayer is talking to or communing with God. It is a discipline, because it is something that we have to learn, to grow in, and practice. But prayer is also intimacy, because it is the most intimate expression of our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
What happens when we are saved? We often describe salvation as moving from death to life, or from guilt to acquittal. These are appropriate, but another biblical picture of salvation is moving from bondage to liberty, from slavery to freedom. We call this redemption.
Being born again sounds impossible, until we understand that it is an inward, spiritual change that results in a new life. Regeneration is the first step in our walk with God, and it is a step we cannot take without his help.
Let's be honest, when we speak of culture building, you dismiss it for the influential figures out there. Surely, culture has nothing to do with me you might be thinking. However, This is not the case. God has called all of us to the cultural mandate.
In todays episode, we look at your part to play in the culture and provide a basic framework in order to faithfully engage this world.
What does success in the culture look like?
To answer the question, we look back in history and glean lessons from Christians who lived in nazi Germany.
A summary of this success is stated by Hans Scholl who said "should one go off and build a little house with flowers outside the windows and a garden outside the door and extol and thank God and turn one's back on the world and its filth? Isn't seclusion a form of treachery - of desertion?... I'm weak and puny, but I want to do what is right "
In todays episode, we see how culture works and how it influences us.
Today, we cover quite a lot ranging from colorful skinny jeans to bell-bottoms.
We get somewhat technical as we look as sociological terms to make sense of how dynamic culture is.
Finally, we note that ideas have consequences. Ideas shape culture. Culture shapes us. Cultural influence can be summarized by stating that culture is most effective in what it presents as normal.
In todays episode, we start a new series on Christianity and culture.
Perhaps your antennas have already gone off alerting you to the dangers of such such language. Maybe certain questions like: "Aren't Christians supposed to simply preach the gospel?" and "What does culture have to do with it all?" have come into your mind.
Well, today we look at what culture is, and whether Christians should engage the culture or not.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them.
Ep. 71- The language of the gospel (sanctification ).
Perhaps you've heard this word from the pulpit countless times and you just aren't sure what is meant by it.
What is sanctification?
Is sanctification necessary to be saved?
How do I pursue sanctification?
In todays episode, I attempt to answer these questions.
Ep. 70- The language of the gospel (union with Christ).
Very often, when it comes to our gospel vocabulary, the phrase "union with christ" is skipped over as a mysterious, confusing and awkward phrase.
This was not always the case. Our union with christ is the very reason we have life, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Union with Christ is an essential element of Christian life since all gospel blessings flow from it.
Family worship isn’t rocket science, but that does not mean it will happen all by itself. We have to commit ourselves to worship, both as individual believers and as families. Today we talk about how to get it done.
Devotional reading of God’s Word is vital for the spiritual growth of individual Christians and for cultivating Christ-centered homes. So it doesn’t matter if you are a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt, make God’s Word the heart of your home.
In today's episode we look the the beginnings of modern theology and the two German philosophers who greatly influenced this theology: Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Schleiermacher. Although very different people, they came to similar conclusions. In the midst of this modernizing of theology, God's gospel was still going forth into the nations as the power of God unto salvation. Great missionaries were raised up such as William Carey, Henry Martyn, David Livingstone, Hudson Taylor and others. This century also saw the ministry of Charles Spurgeon rise to prominence along with the great Princeton scholars such as Charles Hodge.
In today's episode we look at revival and in particular the revival known as the "Great Awakening". This revival came at a time that no one could have expected. The church was in spiritual darkness as the ideals of the enlightenment were embraced and reason was accepted by many as the ultimate authority. The Great Awakening brought many to faith and the leaders of this revival are remembered to this day as an inspiration and source of encouragement for many Christians. They include Howell Harris, George Whitefield, the Wesley Brothers, the Moravians and Jonathan Edwards. What can we learn from this great movement of God?
In today's episode we look at the Reformation in England. The Reformation in England is a tale of political and religious strife. Yes, the reformation was a revival, but no revival is without its hurdles. And in England, there were plenty of hurdles. The Puritans come to the fore in the 17th century as they zealously sought for a pure reformed church. However, their desire for a reformed national church was not granted. When the Book of Common Prayer was forced upon the church, the Scottish Presbyterians and the English Puritans were determined to resist such tyranny. This resulted in a civil war. Eventually, the puritans were jailed as criminals.
In today's episode, we look at the birth of the protestant reformation and its chief figures in the 16th century. When we speak about the reformation, we have to speak about Martin Luther. We look at the circumstances which led him to nail his objections to the church door. The reformation never stood still. It spread throughout Europe. The reformation influenced John Calvin and his work of reform in France. Calvin's work was vast and some have said that "Calvin wielded greater influence over our history and culture than any other individual in the last millennium or since the close of the New Testament Canon".
In today's episode, we look at the importance of the European Renaissance under the banner "ad fontes" (back to the sources). It was this truth which spurred men to look at the Bible in its original languages (back to the source) instead of the received Latin translation. In the shadow of this Renaissance, we look at men like Jan Hus, and Savoranola. We find that once the gospel is discovered, nothing can had hold it back.
The 14th century was eventful. We see the that the church has ignored the attempts of early reform in order to pursue worldly power which eventually results in what is called "the great schism" where you have two popes reigning simultaneously in both Avignon (France) and in Rome. While the battle of the popes raged on, John Wycliffe was pursuing reformation. He has rightly been called "the morning star of the reformation."
In today's episode, we find the church preaching a theology of bloodshed to defend the "sacred" places of the Christian faith. In light of this, there were attempts at reformation which culminate and the famous and influential Francis of Assisi. Another important figure which rose to prominence in the 13th century was a man named Thomas Aquinas, who was also known as "the dumb ox" . We look at his contribution to the church.
In today's episode, we look at at one of the most controversial armies in history - the crusades. As Islam militantly made ground in the world, the church was ready and willing to respond. How? By assembling an army for battle whilst forgetting the very mission of the church. We also look at the noteworthy figures of Peter Lombard and Peter Waldo.
In today's episode, we look at at one of the most significant events in church history known as "the great schism", which divided the visible church. Although darkness was still within the church, God raised up Anselm of Canterbury who stood out as the great light of the 11th century. We briefly look at his theological contribution.
In the 9th century, we see the tension between the West and the East rising as the papacy claims absolute power. We find the "apostles to the Slavs" walking with "beautiful feet" and the controversial figure of Gottshalk imprisoned.
In todays episode, we note the rise of what we have come to call "nominal Christianity" coupled with the rapid spread of Islam. What was the church doing during this time? Well, interestingly, we find the synod of Whitby discussing the very "significant" issues of the time.
In todays episode, we look at Justinian I and his great achievements in the Roman empire. We also spend a bit more time on the conversion of Scotland and the power of a gospel community as lights that shine in a dark world.
In today's episode, we delve into the 4th century. This is one of the most pivotal centuries in Christian history. Here we find the beginning of a Christian empire, a battle over the person of Christ and we witness the birth of one of the greatest minds to ever grace the church in Augustine.
Today, we take a brief look at the second century in church history. The church faced severe opposition. Faithful Christians suffered much, such as Polycarp, who famously said these words before his death: “I have served Jesus Christ these eighty and six years. He has done me no harm; Why should I deny him now?”