White Horse Inn: Implications of the Cross

[display_podcast]In the last program we took a look at Christ’s cross-centered mission, and in this program we want to ask what it all means. Why did Jesus have to suffer in our place, and what did his death accomplish? Why is the cross central to our redemption?As they attempt to unpack this topic, the hosts spend some time defining important words and concepts that the New Testament authors use to describe the benefits of the cross such as redemption, atonement, propitiation, and i … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: And These Will Be Added to You

Bright-eyed and 23 years old, John paced across his condo balcony. Houston’s medical center towers loomed in his twilit view. He gripped the phone by his ear and smiled as he waited for the answer. “Dad, hey! You won’t believe it—I got a new offer! No, not with the agency—they’ll keep me at the bottom at least another year. This could be my calling. It’s here with my church in Houston, in the youth ministry.”His face fell as his dad’s voice cut through the wires, “Don’t even think about it. I … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: What’s the Last Thing You Would Tweet?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Pastor John, what do you want to be as your final words on Twitter, in 140 characters? Brittany writes in to ask it: “Dear Pastor John, if you could say one last thing to this world, what would your message to us be? In other words, what is the one-sentence message, the one last tweet, that is the most important thing we need to hear from you, and why?”I took Brittany seriously when she suggested it be one last tweet, so here’s my exa … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Feeling Joy

“It is a very weird spot to be in—to know the truths of the gospel in your head, but feel nothing. How can you be expected to feel anything toward God, when you feel nothing toward anything?”As an adolescent, Lyndee began a journey through many deep and troubled episodes of depression. For years, she struggled to not only find joy, but to feel anything at all.Lyndee understood God’s joy in theory, but in her depression, she struggled to understand and grasp God’s joy personally. She strug … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Gift of Tragedy -God orchestrated tragedy for His glory and for Hien’s joy.

At the young age of eight, Hien was sexually abused by a close family member. The molestation was ongoing and lasted until she was in high school. Keeping it a secret from her friends and family, Hien felt used, reckless, and unworthy of love because of what was happening to her in secret.Uncontrollable shame and guilt over the abuse caused Hien to withdraw emotionally from the family she loved. Growing up, she was shy to the point of silence. “I didn’t tell my family because I was so ash … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Forgiven and Set Free

Michelle was always a people pleaser. An only child from a stable home, she was a responsible kid with decent grades and a job at age 16—things that made her parents happy. She often listened to the voices around her for both approval and acceptance, and she watched her friends for cues on how to act. Some of her friends had boyfriends, so Michelle decided she wanted one, too. Some of her friends were having sex, so when Michelle got a boyfriend at age 18, she didn’t see any reason not to sleep w … [Read more...]