Sometimes we forget that we have to be *in the world* but not of the world. The world can be discouraging and evil and unrighteous. Do we respond by being reclusive and keeping to ourselves, or will we let our light shine?
In this episode Forest sits down with Psychology student Konor Copeland to talk about the brain's amazing ability to repair itself and develop new habits and what this has to do with the Christian walk. Also, the psychological evidence for prayer in the context of helping with mental health is discussed.
Certain sections of God's word are easier to skip than others. Usually, genealogies are grouped into that group of easy to skip sections. But, there are definitely some things that are central to the gospel and important for us to see in Jesus' genealogy in Matthew. In this episode Forest explores some of these things. Maybe we shouldn't skip genealogies!
Reading through the Gospels is one of my favorite parts of a reading plan. Sometimes, however, we forget about how the Gospels connect to the rest of the NT. On this episode I introduce the Gospels Companion Reading Plan which pairs readings from the Gospels with correlating NT epistles. The plan is available under "Resources" on theologyetc.org. Let's read God's Word together!
We have many reasons to be thankful for God's Word. From what it is, to how awesome it is, to how we're able to have it in our language as English speakers. Hopefully, this thankfulness will create in us a sense of responsibility for those who don't have the Bible translated into the language they speak.
Forest sits down with Rich Beatty to discuss the "Pure Fire" app designed by Rich to be a modern evangelism tool. For some people, tracts and bulletins just aren't attractive. Let's try to support works like these that bring evangelism techniques into the 21st century!
A Republican and a Democrat walk into a church... what happens next? Imagine a world where Christians could discuss, debate, and even disagree about politics while still letting their light shine. Sam and Forest try to discuss what it would take to get there based on where we are now.
Praying the scriptures is a biblical (Acts 4:23-28) but often overlooked spiritual practice. In this episode, Forest discusses some of the blessing that can be found in praying the scriptures for yourself as well as how to do it.
35% of unchurched millennials say that "church" isn't relevant to them. 87% say that Christians are judgmental, 85% say Christians are hypocritical. As of 2013, 34% of America's atheists and agnostics were under 30. How can the church better reach the upcoming generations?
Blaine comes onto the show to discuss all things missions related: Is every Christian a missionary? What can the church do better in regards to missions? Also, Blaine shares some details about how long distance running teaches lessons about Christianity.