Jesus in HD 165: “I Want to See.”

[display_podcast]Meet Blind Bartimaeus, a man who seems at first blush to be nothing more than a bit player in this most dramatic and poignant moment.As you will hear in this PODCAST, this wasn’t the first time that Jesus healed a blind man. Nor is this the first time we have talked about Jesus healing a blind man. Last November, Podcast 141, comes to mind. So I would totally understand if you were tempted to bring to this story a sense of “been there, done that,” Déjà vu all over again. … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 164: So Near, and Yet So Far

[display_podcast] You could call this story an epic “Opportunity Lost.” You talk about a guy presented with a once-in-a-lifetime golden opportunity, an opportunity that he squandered. An opportunity that he squandered Badly. And. Sadly. As you will hear in this PODCAST, we're talking about an offer rarely made, and shockingly dismissed. A young man who burst on the scene like a blazing comet streaking overhead, only to flame out and fall out of the sky to come crashing and burning to earth … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 161: A Fox in the Henhouse

[display_podcast]As you will hear in this PODCAST, there is No.Clearer.Picture in all of the Bible of the heart of God towards sinners -- I’m talking the hardest of hardhearted sinners -- than this one right here in Luke 13.A Scriptural snapshot that will go a long way to defining your Biblical view of God and your Biblical understanding of Jesus, both as a man and as God.If you think of the Bible as a picture book, Luke paints for us a portrait of Jesus that is, quite frankly, ir … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 156: The Most Profound Principle of Prayer I Have Ever Learned

[display_podcast]This week, I have been reading a fascinating book of historical fiction entitled,The Robe, by Lloyd C. Douglas.As you will hear in this PODCAST, in the book, Douglas records a conversation between Marcellus, son of a Roman Senator who has fallen out of favor with Emperor Tiberias, and Marcellus’ slave, Demetrius. The conversation goes like this: 'Demetrius'—Marcellus swept the sky with an all-inclusive arm—'do you ever believe in the gods?''If it is my master's wish, … [Read more...]

The Big Picture 73: Don’t Lose Heart and Don’t “Knock It Off”

[display_podcast]Pastor Andy Stanley says we’re scaring the children. But should they be scared? And just who are these frightened children he’s so concerned about?I’m Joel Fieri and this is The Big Picture podcast, where we try our best to separate the forest from the trees amidst the uncertainty of today’s Church and greater society.This is part two of my reaction to the viral video released from Pastor Andy Stanley’s ministry in which he called on those “over 45” in his church (and … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 154: The Parable of the Despised Samaritan

[display_podcast]It’s universally called “The Parable of the Good Samaritan.”Universally, that is, except where Jesus is concerned.As you will hear in this PODCAST, if Luke 10:33 in the NLT is any indication, Jesus would have most likely entitled this, “The Parable of the Despised Samaritan.”A title which goes to the heart of this story, really.Something that I need for you to feel as you listen, and to feel it deeply. For if not, this parable completely loses its punch.Fo … [Read more...]