The Father Effect

The relationship between a father and child or lack thereof plays a huge role in the formation of an individual. In this episode, we talk about why this relationship is so important and how understanding God as Father can be difficult for those who have a strained relationship with their earthly father.

6 Things Spiritual Leaders Do

In this podcast, we discuss six key insights about Spirit-empowered leadership offered by Pastor Bob Fox at a recent Acts 29 Heartland conference. Whatever your role as a spiritual leader may look like, we think you'll find these insights to be extremely helpful. Bob Fox is the founding pastor of Red Mountain Church in Mesa, AZ.

Is God the Author of Evil? - Part 2

In our last episode we looked at some of the theological answers and explanations to the question, "Is God the author of evil?" In this episode, we seek to make it practical. As a leader, how do you apply these truths as you care for and disciple people? And what does it look like to have a strong hope in God's sovereignty and goodness?

Is God the Author of Evil?

As we continue to discuss some of the various themes throughout the Minor Prophets, we come to the book of Habakkuk and ask the difficult question, "Is God the author of evil?" In this episode, we explore some of the different answers and explanations surrounding this question.

Article link: http://www.romans45.org/articles/cause.htm

Micah & Biblical Justice

The concept of justice has been at the center of many different debates over the last few years. And occasionally, the Bible's vision of justice gets pulled into these debates and conflated. In this episode, we spend time discussing biblical justice and some of its differences and similarities to the concepts of modern justice.

Imprecatory Language in the Old Testament

If you've spent any amount of time reading through the Old Testament you've likely come across strong language that invokes judgment and calamity. In this episode, we discuss how the use of imprecatory language functions throughout scripture and whether or not it's okay to pray for the downfall of one's enemies.

From the Archives: Does God Change His Mind?

In Jonah 3, God was going to overthrow Nineveh in 40 days, but after the Ninevites repented God relented and did not bring about the prophesied disaster.

On this week's podcast, we examine how the unchanging and sovereign nature of God is not compromised through the nature of covenantal contingencies.

Interview: Porn-Proofing Your Kids

In this special edition of the Wednesday Conversation, Bob interviews Kristen Jenson, author of the book "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures." Kristen discusses pornography's harmful effects on children and how parents can proactively protect their children from porn.

LINKS:

Bob's review of the book: http://www.bobthune.com/2017/02/review-good-pictures-bad-pictures/

"Protect Young Minds" website:

https://protectyoungminds.org/

Faithful Disobedience in China

In early December we learned that Pastor Wang Yi of China had been arrested and detained by the Chinese government. After 48 hours of detention a letter written by Yi was released called, "My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience." In this episode, we read Pastor Yi's letter and spend time discussing the church's relationship to culture.

Read the letter here: http://www.chinapartnership.org/blog/2018/12/my-declaration-of-faithful-disobedience

Four Views of Communion

It's easy for the sacrament of communion to become commonplace, and it can be tempting for Christians to participate mindlessly. Many Christians may not know the answers to questions like, "What is communion?" and "Why do we observe it regularly?" For this reason, we decided to spend some time discussing the sacrament of communion - the four main views surrounding it and how we choose to practice it in our local churches.

The Marks of a Mature Disciple - Part 2

In this episode, we continue exploring the question: "How do you actually know if your church is making healthy disciples?" We discuss some of the characteristics of mature discipleship and how these have helped us more clearly define success when it comes to disciple making.

The Marks of a Mature Disciple - Part 1

You've heard us talk a lot about discipleship on this podcast, but in this episode we ask the question: "How do you actually know if your church is making healthy disciples?" We discuss some of the characteristics that mark mature disciples and how these have helped us more clearly define what success looks like when it comes to disciple making.