5 Minutes in Church History: Bishop James Ussher

In this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols introduces us to the Irish Bishop who helped continue the Reformation in the 17th century. Bishop James Ussher came from a very long line in Ireland. If you go way back in his family line, you will find that his ancestor was named Ussher because of his occupation—he was usher to the king. When James had come of age, he was ready to go off to college. He… Read more

Reflections of Grace 139: The Spiritual Application of Falling Into a Hole

Greg was so excited about taking me out with him on a trip to the Trinity Alps of California in the fall of that year. We parked alongside a dry riverbed with huge purple mountains looming over us.  The mist hovering over the mountains gave a feeling of mystical reverence as we made our way across the dry river bed full of huge boulders that had washed down the gully from the previous winter’s snow melt.  I was bundled up like… Read more

Breakpoint: Progressively Regressive Sexuality

Sexual progressives claim to be ushering in a “brave new world” of freedom. But their “new” morality is as old as the hills. (This column originally aired September 8, 2016 and may not be suitable for all audiences. Parental discretion is advised)

How often have you heard sexual progressives claim that those of us who hold to traditional sexual morality and marriage are “on the wrong side of history?” But as one new book points out, it’s the proponents… Read more

First Liberty Briefing: Why Everyone Should Support RFRA

In 1993, RFRA or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by a bi-partisan vote in Congress. 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. In the past couple of years, there’s been a lot of talk about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or as it… Read more

WWUTT: Can Christians Celebrate Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa is a week-long African-American holiday celebrated from December 26 -January 1, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga (born Ronald Everett), a professor of African American studies at California State University, Long Beach. His original intention was to provide and alternative to Christmas, and “give blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” Karenga is a secular humanist. The holiday draws from African rituals and black national ideology… Read more

Ask Pastor John: How Does a ‘Man’s Man’ Sing to a ‘Beautiful’ Jesus?

Welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend to reflect on the Savior and his birth, and his sacrifice for us. Jesus is beautiful, and we talk about his beauty a lot as a way of fleshing out what it means to have faith and to treasure Christ for all that he is for us. But he is fundamentally beautiful — that’s common language for us. But that language leads to a… Read more

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 170: Christmas Memories & Gingerbread House Construction

Merry Christmas!! Every year, Christmas makes me feel like a kid again. In fact, years ago, I was a kid. And, as a kid, my mom would ask us to circle items in the JC Penny catalog in order to give her gift ideas of what we wanted. Well, I wanted everything. I’d circle toys, swimming pools, draperies… EVERYTHING. I think the only thing in the whole catalog that wasn’t circled was on page 918 – cologne. I could… Read more

White Horse Inn: The Theology of Christmas Movies

What’s the true spirit of Christmas? That’s the question at the heart of countless Christmas movies that clutter the airwaves and cable listings at this time of year. But the answer one typically receives from films of this genre is not merely a departure from the biblical narrative, but rather is a kind of anti-gospel that turns our attention completely away from the redemption provided by the incarnate Son of God. The hosts will discuss this topic by walking… Read more

Breakpoint: Merry Christmas Building and Loan! THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IN ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’

It’s one of the most beloved movies of all time. But I wonder how many people miss the gospel message in “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

I love the film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” My family watches it every Christmas. I sometimes think about how much fun it would be to visit Bedford Falls, and meet all those delightful characters—even Old Man Potter. My friend and long-time BreakPoint colleague, Anne Morse, recently did just that: well, almost. She visited Seneca Falls,… Read more

First Liberty Briefing: NFL Players and High School Football Coaches Support Coach Kennedy

Former NFL players, Steve Largent and Chad Hennings along with two Seattle high school coaches filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of Coach Kennedy’s right to take a knee after games. 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. You may be familiar with coach Joe Kennedy,… Read more

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