Confessions of a Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard to Call Sin What It Is?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “sin”, I think of something dark and crusty, like liquid that dried and caked on a beating heart.If we believe that Jesus died for us, then our sins are washed from our hearts.  We’re clean.But still, we continue to sin.Those sins are forgiven, but we do still sin.Sometimes I think that I treat sin like an ostrich would.  I earnestly plant my head in the sand with the hopes that maybe – just maybe – if I don’t see it, it may not actually b … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast: Politics – Caesar vs. God

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[display_podcast]Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. I’m Joel Fieri.This podcast hopes to begin and sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society.Today I want to talk about politics. It’s an uncomfortable subject for many Christians, which is why so many of us avoid it. Some of us don’t avoid it and tend to over-emphasize it. These are my thoughts on politics, specifically on how we can strike a balance in the big picture.Many Chri … [Read more...]

Ouxano 55: 1 Samuel, part 2 – Hannah’s Heart

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[display_podcast]As we start reading the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, we meet Elkanah and his two wives, Hannah and Peninnah.  Now, right off the bat, we are hit with the question, “Why did God allow people of Israel who seemed to be righteous have multiple wives?”Well, it wasn’t the way things should have been done, but it is the way things were often done.  This also offers us a clue:  A man – for the most part – only had multiple wives if he was a wealthy person.  So Elkanah was mos … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 73: Two Roads, Two Gates, Two Destinies

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[display_podcast]Sometimes things really are as simple as they sound.As you will hear in this PODCAST, this little truism was never more true than it is of Jesus’ words here at the tail end of the Sermon on the Mount.And believe it or not, Jesus swerved right into the middle of what has become a tragic distortion of our beliefs, especially among a younger generation of pastors and the churches that they lead.It’s time for us to recalibrate our theology, in order for our beliefs to … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 35: Becoming Spiritually Healthy – Recognizing Spiritual Abuse

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[display_podcast]Often you don’t realize you’re in a abusive situation until, your soul is torn, or your outside relationships suffer. My heart in sharing this is to simply shed light on unhealthy, manipulative, controlling practices.Spiritually abusive ministries…Have a distorted view of respect. They forget the simple adage that respect is earned, not granted. Abusive leaders demand respect without having earned it by good, honest living.  Remember the pastor who tried to control m … [Read more...]

Loving God With All Your Mind, Part 1 with JP Moreland

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To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.orgThere are certain things you need to learn and know that will help you become a mature and flourishing adult.  If you get married, you want to be a good spouse, you wan tot learn how to be a great parent.  These, along with being a great friend an neighbor are all things you want to strive for.  Now, in order to gain these things, you need to attain knowledge about a number of things.Knowledge give people the ri … [Read more...]


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