Ask Pastor John: Is Body Image My Idol?

Body image is a preoccupation for many, and there are huge dieting and physical training industries in our culture today. So, we have this question from a podcast listener named Jon who lives and works in Washington D.C. and who wonders about what’s really motivating him to get to the gym. Here’s what Jon wrote: “Dear Pastor John, I’m committed to working out at the gym. I have, over the years, become fit because of my consistency. My temptation is in making my body a temple of self-glory. I want … [Read more...]

Unorthodox Man: Too Ugly To Be A Pastor

[display_podcast]I don't think I'm pretty enough to be a pastor. I'm 6’ 3’, 300-some-odd pounds, shaved head, goateed, 5 o’clock shadow, and I’m covered in tattoos and scars. I only wear Dickies & t-shirts and I don’t own an oxford shirt or pleated khakis. I look more like the guy who is going to repossess your car than the guy you ask for prayer. When I meet new people one of the things I hear the most is "Really? You work at a church? You don't look like a pastor." On one occasion t … [Read more...]

The Unorthodox Man Podcast: Introduction

Unorthodox [uhn-awr-thuh-doks] : not conforming to rules, traditions, or modes of conduct, as of a doctrine, religion, or philosophy [display_podcast]It means you are different – you aren’t like the rest of the world.My whole life I’ve felt unorthodox. Sure growing up I might not have had the vocabulary to call myself Unorthodox – I would have called myself – freak, outsider, loner, criminal, thug, not like you. You ever felt like that?For the longest time I thought it was wrong to n … [Read more...]

Reasonable Faith Podcast: Flawed Foundations in Atheist Debates, Part 1

Sometimes the debate is over before it begins! Dr. Craig examines common mistakes we make when debating [display_podcast]KEVIN HARRIS: Hey! Glad you made it to Reasonable Faith with Dr. William Lane Craig. It’s Kevin Harris. We’ve got a two-part podcast we are beginning today. Do you ever get into online debates on atheism versus theism or the Christian faith? I think it is pretty safe to assume that most regular listeners to this podcast get into debates online quite often. And I am not say … [Read more...]

First Liberty Briefing: Why the Framers Prohibited a Religious Test in the Constitution

Thank you for joining us for the First Liberty Briefing, an exclusive podcast where host Jeremy Dys—also First Liberty Senior Counsel—provides an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty. Tucked away in the corner of the United States Constitution is an important phrase that demonstrates our country’s commitment to religious liberty.Toward the end of the main part of the Constitution we find Article 6, dea … [Read more...]

5 Minutes in Church History: Philip Melanchthon

Who was "Master Philip" and what did he contribute to the Reformation? In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols tells us about the life of Philip Melanchthon.Philip Melanchthon is, after Martin Luther, likely the most prominent resident of Wittenberg, Germany. “Master Philip,” as Luther called him, was born on February 15, 1497. He came of age educationally just after Martin Luther did, but in many ways, Melanchthon’s education was very different from Luther’s. Luth … [Read more...]