Ask Pastor John: The Heart of Christian Hedonism — and the Bible and Creation and Everything

Today’s question comes from an international listener named Waiganjo Kamotho. “Hello Pastor John! My question is over a few lines from your daily devotional, dated August 21, 2016. It all made perfect sense until I got to this line where you write: ‘All the works of God culminate in the praises of his redeemed people.’ And this was even more confusing: ‘The climax of [God’s] happiness is the delight He takes in the echoes of His excellence in the praises of the saints.’ Whew. Maybe it’s due to th … [Read more...]

School Circle 5: Investing our Talents and Saving our Nation with Bill Coate

[display_podcast]In this week’s show, Vince lays out in layman’s terms what stewardship really means.Being a good steward over what we are given – both physical items we own, as well as spiritual gift – boils down to what we read in Matthew 25:14-30, 14 “It will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his jour … [Read more...]

Ouxano 96: Christian Apologetics, Part 1 – Biblical Reliability

[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: In this week’s podcast, we begin a series where we will look into the basics of Christian Apologetics. Now Apologetics isn’t saying, “I’m sorry” for Christianity, it is actually the defense, or rational explanation of the Christian faith. First off, ask the question, “Why is the Bible different from other books?”  There are a lot of people in the world who contend that the Bible is just a collect … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 24: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus with Nabeel Qureshi

[display_podcast] From world-renown comedian Jeff Allen: We have an incredible man and scholar with us this week – and you’re probably wondering, “How smart could he be if he’s willing to be a guest on my podcast?” – But, I’m honored to be joined by Dr. Nabeel Qureshi. Dr. Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God.  Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast 54: Are There Atheists In Today’s Foxholes?

[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. I’m Joel Fieri and on this podcast, we seek to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society. On today’s podcast I’m going to change things up a little by combining the Big Picture segment of the show with the Great Cloud of Witnesses all into one segment, and also I’m going to let someone else do the talking, or the writing at least. I want to read an essay that was rece … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian 25: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]