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The Common Sense Gospel

The Common Sense Gospel

By The Common Sense Gospel
The Bible was written to be understood and believed. Join us every week as we investigate and discuss what The Bible has to say about age-old spiritual questions and modern cultural issues.

Created and hosted by Danny Simmons, Sam Tipton, and Kurt Norbut.

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Encouraging Words Ephesians 3:20-21
Our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think! What an amazing statement about God and His intimate love and care for us. Let's look at Ephesians 3:20-21 together and be encouraged.
September 29, 2022
Questions from Jesus - Do You Also Want to Go Away?
In John 6, we see Jesus delivering a very hard saying that the people couldn't understand. They were so troubled by His teaching, that they turned away and walked with Jesus no more. As the crowd walks away from the Son of God, He turns to the twelve and asks this very important question. "Do you also want to go away?"
September 26, 2022
Encouraging Words Proverbs 25:11
It seems like the only words that are noticed in society today, are those that harm, tear down, and destroy. Proverbs 25:11 speaks of words that are timely and beautiful to those who hear them. It is well worth our time to speak with grace and with great intention so that we might lift someone's troubled heart in their time of need.
September 21, 2022
Raising Godly Children
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 In this episode, Danny and Kurt look at the challenges that come with raising children in today's world. Let's go to Scripture and apply everlasting truth to help us with sound parenting and the raising of godly children.
September 19, 2022
Encouraging Words Psalm 50:15
"Encouraging Words" from Danny and Kurt. Three great lessons from Psalm 50:15.
September 14, 2022
Questions from Jesus - Why Are You So Afraid?
In this episode, Danny and Kurt will look at another question from Jesus. This time, He will ask His apostles, "Why are you so afraid?" after He calms the waves and the sea. They are afraid for the same reason that we would be afraid, and it is good for us to look at these moments in the gospels and consider our own lives when storms arise.
September 12, 2022
Encouraging Words Ephesians 2:4-5
"Encouraging Words" from Danny and Kurt. Be encouraged by the living word of God!
September 07, 2022
What Is Truth?
The question, "What is truth?" is asked by Pontius Pilate as he stands before Jesus during the trial. Danny and Kurt will look at that question and look for the right answer in the living word of God.
September 05, 2022
Encouraging Words Romans 12:10
The first of many "Encouraging Words" from Danny and Kurt. We will discuss short passages in the Bible and use those to encourage you as you go through your week in the Lord. All in under ten minutes! We hope you enjoy them and that you are truly encouraged!
August 31, 2022
The Joy Set Before Him
Hebrews 2:2 says, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Danny And Kurt will look at this passage and discuss what it means for the Lord in His passion and for us today, as we watch Him give His life for the whole world that we all may see His love for us.
August 29, 2022
The Christian Response to Climate Change
There is an ominous message that is going out from our world leaders and top scientists. If we do not reverse our course as it concerns climate change, the destruction that is coming will be devastating to all humanity. In this episode, Danny and Kurt will look at these warnings and use the word of God to understand our place in all of this worldly concern. 
August 22, 2022
The Joy of Trials
This is a title that needs some explaining. In this episode, Danny and Kurt talk about the difficult passage in James 1:2. "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." We should count it as joy when we face the trials that come our way and yet that is very hard to do. James tells us that we know the testing of our faith produces patience. 
August 15, 2022
A More Excellent Way
In 1 Corinthians 12:30-31 Paul says, "Do all have gifts of healings? Do all have gifts of tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet now I show you a more excellent way." In this episode, Danny and Kurt discuss the more excellent way in 1 Corinthians 13 and how excellent it truly is.
August 09, 2022
Questions from Jesus - Do You Love Me?
In John's gospel, Jesus asks Peter three times, "Do you love Me?" Danny and Kurt look at this moment between the Lord and His apostle and discuss the question, its depth, and what it means for us.
August 01, 2022
The Voice of the Devil - Part 3
The third and final time we hear the voice of Satan is found in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and fasted for forty days and forty nights. The tempter came to Him at that time and what He has to say to Jesus is recorded for us. Danny and Kurt will look at that important conversation between the father of lies and the Prince of Life and see what we can all learn from our Lord and Savior.
July 25, 2022
Eager to Forgive
Forgiveness is such a beautiful word. It's beautiful to the one who has been forgiven and it's beautiful to the one who forgives. In this episode, Danny and Kurt talk about forgiveness, its beauty, and the challenges that present themselves when it's time to forgive in a godly way.
July 18, 2022
The Voice of the Devil - Part 2
The second time we hear the voice of the devil in Scripture is found in the first two chapters of the book of Job. When the devil spoke to Eve in Genesis 3, he accused God before man. This time he will go to God and accuse man before God. Jesus says this about the devil in John 8:44. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it."
July 04, 2022
God Has Chosen the Weak
Why did the Lord choose a young shepherd boy to go out and fight Goliath? Why did the Lord tell Gideon that three hundred men would be enough to defeat the Midianites who were numbered as the sand of the sea? Why was Jesus, the Son of God born in a manger and why did He grow up in the home of a carpenter in Nazareth? Because God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty (1 Corinthians 1:27). In this episode, Danny and Kurt will discuss this amazing truth in God. He chooses the weak to defeat the mighty things of the world because no flesh shall glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:29).
June 21, 2022
The Voice of the Devil - Part 1
Throughout all of Scripture, we see the devil speak three times. In this three-part series, we will watch what he says and who he says it to. We know that God has given us these things because He does not want us to be ignorant of Satan's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). He is a liar and a murderer from the beginning so we will start in Genesis chapter 3 where the devil speaks to Eve.
June 13, 2022
Discernment is a very important word that is used in the Bible. As Christians, we are required by God to discern between good and evil. Danny And Kurt will look at this great responsibility that is enjoined upon us by God. 
June 06, 2022
The Marshmallow Test
The Marshmallow Test is a psychological study that was first performed by Walter Mischel, a professor at Stanford University. These studies were done to test delayed gratification and was designed to follow the children into their adult years. Would these young children who could delay gratification at an early age have a better chance of being successful later in life? These studies found that the children who were willing to wait scored higher on their SAT's, had higher GPAs in college, and a higher annual income as adults. Danny and Kurt will consider these studies and discuss how delayed gratification is a part of God's will for our lives.
May 30, 2022
The Son of Man
Jesus is called the Son of Man over 90 times in the gospels. We see that this term is very important because it tells us so much about who Jesus is, and the reason He has come and partaken of flesh and blood. Let's go to God's word together and see what we can learn about this title, "The Son of Man".
May 23, 2022
The Need for Elders
Paul told Titus that he left him in Crete so that he could set in order the things that were lacking and appoint elders in every city (Titus 1:5). In this episode, Danny and Kurt will discuss the need for congregations to have elders and the rich blessings that come to a local church when they have appointed qualified elders to serve in that capacity.
May 17, 2022
Questions from Jesus - The Baptism of John?
The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached Jesus during the last week of His life and asked Him two questions. Jesus responded by saying, "If you answer My question, I will tell you by what authority I do these things". Then He asked them about the baptism of John, is it from heaven or from men. What happens next reveals the hearts of the Pharisees and their unwillingness to tell the truth. Danny and Kurt will look at this moment in time and share their thoughts on what took place.
May 09, 2022
Be an Encouragement
What is one of the best ways that we can serve God and serve our brethren? By being an encouragement! Danny and Kurt discuss the important Biblical topic of encouragement, how the Lord sees it, and what a marvelous impact it can make on our own lives. "When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord." Acts 11:23
May 02, 2022
What About Racism?
With all of the discussion about racism in the world today, Danny and Kurt will address this difficult topic using the Common Sense Gospel approach. What does the Lord have to say about race and racism, and how should Christians approach this sensitive and sometimes divisive subject? Let's go to God's word together and see what we can learn. "But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him." Acts 10:35
April 25, 2022
Questions from Jesus - What Do You Want Me to do for You?
This is the first of several podcasts where Danny and Kurt will look at some of the questions that Jesus asked the people around Him. It is amazing to look at what God says to His people as He is standing right in front of them in human flesh. We are looking forward to studying the questions Jesus asked and the beautiful pictures of God that are found in those questions. Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the brightness of God's glory and the express image of His person, and He upholds all things by the word of His power.
April 11, 2022
Restore Such A One
In Galatians 6:1 tells us that if a man is overtaken by a trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one..." Danny and Kurt will discuss this passage and offer some suggestions for those who are trying to restore a Christian who has been overtaken by a trespass and needs help from God's people. Who is this person who has fallen away, and who is the spiritual person who should step in and assist? 
April 05, 2022
Pictures from the Water
As Marshall Keeble famously said, "There is water in the plan!" In this episode Danny and Kurt look at water and how it's used in the Bible and the many beautiful pictures that are seen there. "Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17
March 28, 2022
Deborah was a prophetess, a psalmist, a military leader, and a judge! She is a magnificent character in the Bible, and she is used by God to free His people from Jabin, king of Canaan. The Israelites come to her for judgment, and they know that she is led by God. 
March 21, 2022
At the Foot of the Cross
What lies at the foot of the cross? God's eternal love, the perfect and complete offering for our souls' salvation, and a determination from each one of us to give our lives to God. In this episode Danny and Kurt discuss the power of the cross and the influence it has on those who love and serve the Lord. "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." 1 Corinthians 2:2
March 15, 2022
Is Faith Blind?
It is often said that Christians have a blind faith. They can't explain what they believe so they just say, "I have faith". In this episode, Danny and Kurt will discuss their faith in God and how we should respond to the assumption that our faith is blind. Hebrews 11:1-3
March 07, 2022
Mephibosheth and Me
In this podcast, Danny and Kurt will look at the picture that is given to us in the life of Mephibosheth. As a direct descendant of Saul, he would normally be killed by the new king to keep him from claiming the throne to be his rightful place. David, the king, does not kill Mephibosheth but instead does something that surprises us all. This is a beautiful picture of our King and the way He feels about us. 
March 01, 2022
How Can I Know That I Am Saved?
This episode is the second part to "How Does God Save Me." Many people in the world ask this very important question, "How can I know that I am saved?" and truly need a Biblical answer. Danny and Kurt provide the answer from God's word to help all of us know if we are saved.
February 21, 2022
How Does God Save Me?
In previous Common Sense Gospel episodes, Danny and Kurt have often said, "We only need the Bible to know how to please God and to be saved." Saying that the Bible has given us all we need to know for salvation is right, but it could be that not everyone knows what the Bible says about salvation or how an individual comes to the knowledge of the truth and is saved. In this episode, they will look at those important conditions that God has laid out for all those who will obey Him and serve Him faithfully.
February 15, 2022
Is the Body Complete
Christ is the head, and the church is the body. Ephesians 4:16 tells us that the whole body is joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causing growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Danny and Kurt will address the question, "Is the Body Complete?" and look at the importance of the members of the Lord's body and their contribution to its effective working.
February 07, 2022
Is Being Good, Good Enough?
There are some fantastic people in this world who do a lot of good things in their lives. In this episode, Danny and Kurt talk about the good that we all have done, how God sees those deeds, and if it's enough to get us to heaven. If we are truly good people, but we have not obeyed the Son of God, will we go to heaven? John 14:6
February 01, 2022
The Temptress
The immoral woman is found many times in the book of Proverbs. We are warned about her in chapters 5, 6, 7, and 9. Danny and Kurt discuss chapter 7 and the way she seduces men. If he goes to her, he will lose his life. "For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life." Provers 6:26 
January 24, 2022
Speaking as the Oracles of God
"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God." 1 Peter 4:11  Danny Simmons and Kurt Norbut address three words that are commonly misused in the church today. They will give these three words, the meaning of these words, and the common misuses that are heard in the religious world today. 
January 17, 2022
Thou Shalt Not!
You may have heard your preacher say, "Nine out of the ten commandments in the Old Testament are repeated in the New." Danny and Kurt will look into this claim and see which Old Testament commandments are repeated in the New Testament.
January 10, 2022
Shelter in the Storm
Faithful Christians are in the middle of a terrible storm. Sin is pressing in on all of us as we strive to serve the Lord. We should be encouraged to know that there is nothing new under the sun and we are not the first to deal with these kinds of problems. In this episode, Danny and Kurt will remind our listeners that our confidence in God is a powerful shelter that will not be moved. "For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings." Psalm 61:3-4
January 03, 2022
The Fruit of the Spirit
Jesus tells us in John 15:5 that He is the vine, and we are the branches. Those who abide in Jesus and He in them will bear much fruit, but without Him we can do nothing. Danny and Kurt will take a closer look at the spiritual fruit that we should all bear in our lives, to the glory of God. 
December 27, 2021
Who Is Jesus?
In the Gospels Jesus asked one of the most important questions placed before humanity - "Who do you say that I am?". In this podcast Danny and Kurt look at the Biblical answer to this vital question.
December 20, 2021
Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
In this episode, Danny and Kurt discuss Christmas as the observance of the birthday of Jesus. What does the Bible say and how should a Christian approach this time of year? 
December 17, 2021
The Pain of Betrayal - *Return of Trivia Questions*
Betrayal is probably one of the toughest things to endure when it comes to our friends and loved ones. In this episode, Kurt and Danny will look at the betrayal of Jesus and how He endured this tragic moment with Judas Iscariot. We will also consider the lessons we can take from our Savior as He has shown us how to handle betrayal in a godly way.  *** Also, trivia questions are back! *** We have seen several requests to go back to the trivia question portion of our show and we are excited to do that with all of you again. This episode marks the return of the trivia questions!
December 13, 2021
The Power of Gratitude
It's always nice to hear someone say thank you when we've done something for their benefit. In this episode, Danny and Kurt discuss the power of gratitude toward God and how being thankful is so good for us, the recipients of God's love, mercy, and grace. Being grateful for what God has done should always cause us to reciprocate His kindness to those around us because of the great blessings we have received from Him.  Colossians 3:12-14
December 06, 2021
Sin, Who Cares?
Sin is an important word in the Bible that deserves our attention. It is on every page of Scripture in one way or another and it is the reason that we are separated from God (Isaiah 59:1-2). In this episode Danny and Kurt will discuss the way sin is portrayed in the Bible, what it does to us and to our precious souls, and the godly remedy for dealing with sin. 
November 29, 2021
Gossip is a way to share questionable information about someone else with others. It's very easy to get caught up in gossip or what people are saying about others but it is so painful to know that someone has been gossiping about you. the Lord doesn't want us to gossip. He wants us to follow Him and only speak the truth as He does. We'll tackle this tough topic, how to spot it, and how to avoid it in this episode.
November 22, 2021
Can I Stand Alone?
Social conformity is a very powerful thing and it can quickly lead us in a direction that God would not want us to go. In this episode, Kurt and Danny discuss the challenges of social conformity and how to make sure that we are doing all we can to stand in the truth and not where society says we have to stand. "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all to stand." Ephesians 6:13
November 08, 2021
Praising the Glory of His Grace
As we read the Bible it becomes clear that we are to praise God with our lives. We are to praise Him in song and service. In Ephesians 1:4-6 Paul tells us that God has chosen us in Jesus Christ, having predestined us to adoption according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the beloved. Danny and Kurt talk about this statement and how amazing it truly is that we should praise the glory of His grace!
November 05, 2021
Who You Are Matters!
In Matthew 5:13-15 Jesus tells His disciples that we are the light of the world. Faithful servants of God should have a strong impact on the people around them. We have opportunities all around us to encourage as we strive to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). May God bless us richly as we look for and anticipate the opportunity to speak a kind word to someone who is weary.
October 18, 2021
When Doubt Arises
Doubt is a very serious thing when it comes to our spiritual strength and our trust in God. Each one of us experiences doubt from time to time, but what should we do when it comes our way? Danny and Kurt explore this problem and the danger it poses to the believer. You can contact us at 
October 04, 2021
Drawing the Line
There comes a time in a Christians life when they must Draw the Line against sin or possibly lose their life. Being ready for that difficult moment takes a conscious effort and determination to have an answer in your heart and mind before that great challenge comes and we must do what we know is right. Danny and Kurt will look at a few Scriptural examples of this and discuss the application for Christians today. Contact us @
September 27, 2021
So You Want to Preach?
In this episode, Danny and Kurt discuss the challenges and potential pitfalls of having the desire to preach. This world is in desperate need of men who are willing to step into this work and share God's truth (2 Timothy 2:1-2). If you are considering this fulltime work, listen carefully to what these men have learned through the years. Their desire is to help you make a good decision for the glory of God. Contact us with comments or questions @
September 20, 2021
When You Are the Enemy
When facing evil in this life, we are fighting a spiritual battle against principalities and powers in the heavenly places. Evil hates truth and when we stand in God's truth we will be accused of being the problem. In this episode, Danny and Kurt discuss the reality of this attack and how God expects us to deal with it. Contact us with comments or questions @
September 11, 2021
Bonus Session - How Jesus Deals With Sin - Kevan O'Banion
We are very excited to have Kevan O’Banion with us for this special podcast. Kevan preaches at Kings Ridge church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. We’ll talk about two women in John’s gospel who were living in sin and how Jesus speaks to them and deals with their situation. We’ll also discuss how we can be more like Him. He is full of grace and truth. John 1:14
March 12, 2020
Why Are There so Many Churches?
Division is an unfortunate characteristic of modern Christianity. How can people with good intentions and an honest approach to the scripture come to starkly different conclusions about what the Church that Jesus built, the Church of the Bible, looks like? In this episode we discuss our plans to bring a series of podcasts comparing churches of today with the Church of scripture. 
March 09, 2020
The Good Samaritan
The story of the "The Good Samaritan", found in  Luke 10:25-37, is given by Jesus after he is questioned by a lawyer of the Pharisees on who is neighbor is. The lawyer may not have been at ease with the answer. Are you? Join us as we discuss.
January 13, 2020
Did Paul Change His Mind About Baptism?
What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 1:17, Christ did not send me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel... "? How can we reconcile this with the accounts of Paul in the book of Acts? This week we look at this question, as well as, what other scriptures tell us about baptism and its place in salvation.
November 24, 2019
Lessons from the Life of Paul the Apostle
This week we examine the Apostle Paul and what we can learn from the example of his character, his work, and his faith as recorded in scripture.
November 19, 2019
Transforming Our Minds
This week we discuss the challenge that Paul gives us to "not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2): why it is vitally important, what the ultimate goal of it is, and how we can do it.
November 04, 2019
The Goodness and Severity of God
God's revelation of himself to us through the scriptures describes him as merciful and loving yet also wrathful and avenging. This is not a matter of contradiction, as some might claim, rather it is the reality of God's personality and a consequence of his holiness and righteousness. We'll examine this and more in this episode. Join us and consider the goodness and severity of God.
October 28, 2019
The Rich Man and Lazarus
This week we finish up our series on parables with the teaching of The Rich Man and Lazarus. While considered a parable by some, it falls outside the normal parable structure in many ways. Join us as we discuss this lesson given by Jesus that gives us a glimpse into the next life and contrasts those who are rich in this life but without regard for their soul with those who are poor according to the things of the world but rich towards God. You can find our website at for more episodes and feel free to reach out to us at 
October 21, 2019
Parables Part 2 - The Prodigal Son
This week we continue our series on various parables by examining The Parable of the Prodigal Son. Please visit our website at for more episodes and feel free to reach out to us at Our podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, and Radio Public with more platforms coming soon.
October 14, 2019
Hard Sayings of Christ
This week we discuss three "hard sayings" of Christ that challenge us to live more holy and Godly lives. These sayings are difficult because they call us to a higher standard of living than what comes naturally. By studying these things, we may understand more the wisdom and love of God and obtain a Christ-like disposition towards others, letting the light of the gospel shine through us and bringing glory to God in so doing. Visit our website at or contact us at
October 12, 2019
What Can I Do?
I’m just one person. Not many care about God’s word or His will accept those who are faithful to Him. How can I help? What can I do? What’s the best way to share the truth with the ones I love? Consider a few Bible examples of what people did when they loved the Lord, trusted His word, and realized that He will bless their efforts to move according to His will.
September 30, 2019
Taking the Lord's Name in Vain
The name of God become a common word in the eyes of the world, even being used in slangs and curses. Does this bother you? Join us today as we examine what the bible says about the Lord's name. Please visit our website at for more episodes and feel free to reach out to us at Our podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, and Radio Public with more platforms coming soon.
September 17, 2019
The Unseen World
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Join us as we discuss with a special guest what the bible reveals about the world that we cannot see. Please visit our website at for more episodes and feel free to reach out to us at Our podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, and Radio Public with more platforms coming soon.
September 09, 2019
I Hate Work
According to a 2013 Forbes Magazine report, nearly 90% of the worlds workers are  unhappy with their current job. About 70% of American workers feel the same. There is a myriad of reasons for this serious problem, but the truth is, most people don't like their job. In this episode, Sam and Danny will address this difficult topic and discuss what God’s word has to say about it. If you are like so many other workers in the United States and you feel like screaming out, “I hate my job!” You would be well served to hear God’s will for your work life.  Please visit our website at for more episodes and feel free to reach out to us at  Our podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, and Radio Public with more platforms coming soon.
September 02, 2019
Are We Still Under the Old Law?
Are New Testament Christians still to keep the Law of Moses? Are we under law at all? Surprisingly,  you will be met with varied answers in the "Christian" world. So what does Scripture say about how faith, grace, and law intersect?  Contact us with comments or questions at We now have a website at Our podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, and RadioPublic with platforms coming soon.
August 26, 2019
Entrusted with the Gospel
In our second episode we discuss why we began this podcast. We believe the Bible is the living word of God and through the knowledge of Jesus Christ we can be saved. We hope that by studying together we can come to a more complete understanding and unity in that knowledge.
August 19, 2019
In the World but Not of the World - The Drag Queen Story Hour
In this episode, we recount our experience attending a "Drag Queen Story Hour" event in Leander, TX . Disturbing events like this are happening across the United States in an effort to normalize LGBT issues among children as young as preschool age. What does the word of God say about this matter?
August 13, 2019