Ouxano 69: Key Things To Consider Regarding Old Testament History

[display_podcast]The stories of the early nation of Israel begin in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, and continues through the Book of Esther, with portions of Jonah and Daniel as well. In order to get you into the feel of what it’s like to be in the ancient times that these books took place, we’re going to go through some general guidelines that will help you understand the text much easier as you read. Remember, some of these people lived up to 4,000 years ago. That is a long t … [Read more...]

Ouxano 68: Remember That God Is the Hero of the Story!

[display_podcast] God uses flawed people to do His work!  One of the most well-known example of this is from the Book of Judges in the Old Testament.  I give you:  Sampson!  If you look at the things Sampson was supposed to do and the life that he was supposed to lead, he basically did everything wrong.  And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!  He breaks his vow as a Nazarite, he hangs out with prostitutes, he compromises his faith and devotions with his relationship with Delilah... and y … [Read more...]

Loving God with Your Mind, part 5 with JP Moreland

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.orgIf I were to go home and my wife says, “You’re angry.”  To which I reply, “No, I’m not angry.” And we go back and forth – I need to take a second and decide whether or not what my wife is saying is true.I introspect.And, on this particular situation, I realize that I actually do have a seething rage down deep inside of me that my wife picked up on.Now, I have my thought:  “I am angry”;  I also encounter … [Read more...]

Loving God with Your Mind, part 3 with JP Moreland

To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.orgTruth is a matching between thought and reality.To illustrate this, consider a podium and a ball-point pen.  The podium exists and it has certain attributes.  It’s brown.  It’s rectangular.  It’s four feet tall.  It weighs 40 pounds.  These are all attributes that are true about the podium.  Not only that, but all these attributes are true independently of any other object.Likewise, my pen has attributes:  I … [Read more...]

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

[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...]

Ouxano: Old Testament Law

It’s funny.  Often times, well-intentioned people pick up the Bible with the desire to read and learn it cover to cover.  They open up to Genesis and enjoy its exciting stories as well as those found in the first half of Exodus.Then, seemingly out of nowhere, come a long, LONG list of laws.  These laws continue through Leviticus and Numbers and then are repeated in Deuteronomy.  Well, right around the middle of Exodus – at the beginning of these laws – is where people stop reading their Bible … [Read more...]