Thursday's Theology

Why is studying the lives of the Saints important?

An episode of Thursday's Theology

By Thursday's Theology
What is theology? Why is it important?

Well, 'theology' is simply the study of God and here at Thursday's Theology we're just a couple of nerds with a passion for combining some of our favorite things. Point and case, theology, video games and podcasting.

Join us on our youtube channel "Thursday's Theology" as we start the conversation on different theological topics. Then, join us here as we dive deeper into conversation about God, the Bible and life on our podcast.

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What is Evangelism? Why is it important? ft. Alex Smith from E3 Partners
Evangelism is one aspect of the Christian life that we are all called to do. Whether we feel gifted in it or not, we are called to share the good news of Jesus with whoever we meet. But, there has been a lot of toxic ways evangelism has happened in the United States which has given it a bad reputation.  For this Thursday's Theology podcast episode, I am joined by Alex Smith, a member of E3 partners and an expert in Evangelism and outreach. In this record setting episode (over an hour long!), Alex and I discuss a number of different things revolving around Evangelism, Discipleship and Faith. Some of the things we cover in this episode are;  Evangelism doesn't always mean success.  Evangelism is extremely hard sometimes  We are called to share a simple story of who Jesus is.  When it comes to our faith and lives, God gives us a compass, not a map.  Discipleship is a journey that requires endurance.  Evangelism is an invitation to relationship with God.  These are just a few of the topics we cover in this episode of the Thursday's Theology podcast. Thanks for joining us for this installment!  And remember, theology doesn't always have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is.  Show notes;  Thursday's Theology Website  Thursday's Theology Instagram Thursday's Theology Twitter Intro/Outro Music: "Shine" by Spektrem 
1:06:52
June 23, 2019
Is God's Love Reckless?
Is God's love truly reckless? Or is it more calculated?  Join us as we discuss the most hotly contested debate to come out of Evangelical Christian theology in the past year. In this podcast, Chrissy and I discuss Cory Ashbury's hit worship song "Reckless Love" (linked below) and how it has caused Christians to question the nature of God's love for humanity.  At the heart of the debate is whether or not God's love is reckless, and the ramifications of what we believe God's love to look like. As we talk, you'll hear our take on the nature of God's love and how it is informed by many of the parables Jesus uses to describe the love of the creator.  We will also discuss the politically subversive lyrics that address some of the turmoil in our current society and how it challenges us to apply our understanding of God's love for us to others (regardless of political, legal or racial status).  Thanks for listening to this installment of the Thursday's Theology podcast!  And remember, theology doesn't always have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is.  Links mentioned:  Website  Instagram Twitter "Reckless Love" by Cory Ashbury  Intro/Outro Music: "Shine" by Spektrem 
35:22
February 13, 2019
Santa vs. Jesus - Post Christmas Wrap Up
We all experience Christmas differently. Whether it is time with family or time away from family, our understanding of Christmas has been formed over the course of our lives. For Chrissy and me, we are now just getting to a point of understanding Christmas as a time to truly take in the magnitude of Jesus' birth and how it transforms our lives.  On this podcast, we discuss why we think that so often in the battle between Santa and Jesus, Santa wins. We get so wrapped up (no pun intended) in buying gifts for everyone else, that we forget to bring our gifts to the one whose birthday we're celebrating.  Overall, it is difficult to reconcile American and Christian Christmas because it means we have to ask ourselves difficult questions about which one is more important to us.  Join us as we discuss all this and more.  And remember, theology doesn't always have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is. Take care, we'll see you next time.  Links mentioned:  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thursdays_theology/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Thurs_Theology Intro/Outro Music: "Shine" by Spektrem (http://www.youtube.com/tobuofficial)
37:00
January 1, 2019
The "War" on Christmas
Is there really a war on Christmas? Or are American Christians over-reacting? Just because Starbucks does not say Merry Christmas to you, doesn't mean that your faith is under attack. Join me and Chrissy as we discuss why Christians get so offended during the Christmas season and what it says about the state of Christianity in America. ______________________________________________ Thanks for listening to the Thursday's Theology Podcast! And remember, theology doesn't always have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is. Take care, and we'll see you next time. ______________________________________________ Links: Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bTn2eNtYzz4j4Yxolruww Intro/Outro Music: "Shine" by Spektrem (http://www.youtube.com/tobuofficial)
34:45
December 13, 2018
Should Christians Get Tattoos?
Should Christians get tattoos? Can they get tattoos? What does the Bible have to say about permanently marking your body? For this podcast, my friend and colleague, Andrew, joins us to talk about his own tattoo, and his experience doing ministry with marked skin. We dive into the Biblical context of marking your skin and whether or not it is prohibited by the scriptures. Thanks for joining us for this episode of the Thursday's Theology podcast! Remember, theology doesn't always have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is. Take care, we'll see you next time. Vlog Episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEf0Y4FOU0U Homeboy Industries: https://www.homeboyindustries.org/
37:50
October 4, 2018
Should Christians Swear?
Should Christians swear? Is there a difference between swearing and cursing? What does the Bible have to say about it? Join us as we discuss what it looks like for Christians to swear and whether or not it is ever appropriate to use explicit language. Not only do we discuss our current context of language, but we dive into the Dueteromaic and Levitical law to see what the Biblical difference is between swearing and cursing and how that impacts the words we use today. Thanks for joining us for this installment of the Thursday's Theology Podcast, and remember, theology doesn't always have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is. Take care, we'll see you next time. Links; Vlog channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bTn2eNtYzz4j4Yxolruww
37:03
September 20, 2018
St. Therese of Lisieux and Paul Peter Waldenstrom
Welcome to the Thursday's Theology podcast! For this episode, Jake reveals why St. Therese of Lisieux is so compelling on how she became his patron saint. We also discuss the similarities between patronage and discipleship. How does Paul Peter Waldenstrom fit into the life of Therese of Lisieux? Both have an understanding of God's eternal love being present throughout the Bible. Both point us toward God's love and mercy and both play a foundational role in mine and Jake's lives. Join us as we discuss the life of St. Therese and what we can learn from her example! Links; St. Augustine of Hippo: https://youtu.be/VO-Phjw7rzw St. Mary of Egypt: https://youtu.be/y05Ba4GXR-Q St. Therese of Lisieux: https://youtu.be/QjQKwaHeQE0
31:50
August 23, 2018
Why is studying the lives of the Saints important?
Why is studying the lives of the saints important? What can we learn from them? Join us as we kick off our first ever podcast episode by diving into these questions with our special guest star Jake Taylor! Jake walks us through the importance of looking to the saints as an example of what it looks like to turn away from sin and turn towards God. The saints are our big brothers and sisters in Christ, and they have provided an important model for us to look to. Perfection is not a requirement for sainthood. As the wise philosopher John Foreman says "Every saint has got a past, and every sinner has a future." Every single saint has a sinful past, but it was their choice to turn to God and what God did through them that earned them their sainthood. Thanks for joining us for our very first podcast episode! Remember, theology doesn't have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is. Take care, and we'll see you next time. Vlog link: https://youtu.be/_X-NgELHxQA
32:56
August 2, 2018
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