Hell is, and always has been, a difficult subject to think about well. God is love – how do Christians get hell from that? Is hell a matter of choice? Punishment? Discipline? Reformation? Are any of those helpful tools to lead Christians to a more complete understanding of hell and God’s intention regarding it? Put [...]
This podcast continues last week’s discussion on the “visualization” trend in modern spiritual circles. How did “pop religion” develop such a following, and how can the Church avoid its nicely packaged seductions? Why are so many people convinced that they are transmission towers for positive energy? Tune in once again to hear Dr. John Mark [...]
One of the most popular trends in modern spirituality is the “visualization” approach, which claims that health, wealth, and happiness are only a positive thought away. These principles seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial for everyday life–but are there dangers below the surface? What’s in store for the many who follow these coffee-shop religions? Listen as [...]
As the internet grows more influential, its use in the church has increased as well. What are the benefits, as well of limitations, of doing church completely online? While its accessibility and ease of use may seem enticing to participate in a service from the comfort of your home, what is the effect of neglecting [...]
In an overly-sexualized society in which about 97% of people will be married at some point, how should a Christian (and the church in general) think about the devout single life, in comparison to the devout married life? What does a whole and meaningful life look like in both contexts? Join John Mark Reynolds, Paul [...]
Grab a cup of egg nog, seat yourself comfortably in front of the fire, and join John Mark Reynolds, Paul Spears and their special guest Dr. Charlie Chuck Chuckleman, a professor from the School for Seminary Preaching located at an undisclosed location on the East Coast, for a very merry Middlebrow discussion about the origins [...]
Reflecting on the upcoming holiday, The Middlebrow team discusses the value and purpose of Thanksgiving with a special guest, the Rev. Canon Dale Owen Th.D., of www.revdaleowen.org, who expresses cynicism about the object of gratitude on Thanksgiving and instead advocates the celebration of Self. Click here to listen!
In light of the recent court decision John Mark Reynolds, Fred Sanders, and Paul Spears discuss the current state of marriage in the U.S. and the philosophical and moral ramifications of culturally acceptable variations on traditional marriage commitments, and what it takes to have a successful and happy relationship. Click here to listen!
This week’s Middlebrow features the first of eight lectures off of the CD set “Knowledge of Christ in Today’s World” by Dallas Willard. The entire CD set can be purchased by following the link below. Middlebrow wishes to thank Dallas Willard, JP Moreland, and Eidos Christian Center for allowing us to publish this lecture. The [...]