Ask Pastor John: Is Pain Punishment for My Sin?

This is one of the most important questions we’ve gotten in the Ask Pastor John inbox, and it comes to us from a listener named Jesse. “Dear Pastor John, in a recent episode (#948) you note that: ‘God sent his Son into the world to suffer with us and for us. This means that, if we trust him, none of our suffering is punishment for sin. Christ bore all of our punishment for sin.’ But there are very real consequences for our sin in this world, both on ourselves and on others, both for believers and … [Read more...]

Reasonable Faith Podcast: A Critique of Dr. Craig’s Moral Argument

Dr. William Lane Craig responds to a critique from The Secular Outpost. [display_podcast]KEVIN HARRIS: Dr. Craig, we always keep up with some of the writers and bloggers at the Secular Outpost. They talk about your work quite often and reference your work. “Does Theism Explain The Necessity of Moral Truths?” This talks about your moral argument and says that it fails. What is your take from why there would be a bug (as Jeff says in this article) and not a feature in your moral argument for G … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 66: Who Really Means It?

[display_podcast] In studio with me, once again, sitting in for my dad is Executive Producer of the e2 media network, Joel Fieri with Real Stuff My Boss Says. Now, just like my dad has his “Rod-isms” – pearls of wisdom that he passes on to people, Joel has is own “Joel-isms”, many of which he discusses in The Big Picture Podcast. One of these golden nuggets is the question: Who really means it? To be fully transparent, Joel got the phrase from author Mark Steyn in an article that he wrote reg … [Read more...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics 34: Sinless Anger

[display_podcast] You will experience hurt, fear, frustration, and feelings of injustice.  I’m sorry. It happens to all of us. And then you die. But it doesn’t have to lead to sin. You see, if we allow ourselves to enter into a sinful attitude following the hurt, fear, frustration and feelings of injustice… then what?  Anger, rage, destruction? I submit that if you understand the source of sin and when somebody sins they have a problem with God, and not you, then you don’t have to get mad in r … [Read more...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics 32: Justice, Mercy, Grace & Cold Showers

[display_podcast] 15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15) To understand the grace of God, first we need to understand a few other things:  justice and mercy.  Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting all you deserve, and grace is getting something that you don’t deserve at all.An example:  Let’s say we’re a star basketball player who violated curfew.  We show up the next day at practice and the coach lays down the law.  Justice is this:  we … [Read more...]