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.
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.
In this episode from November 2015, we discuss the credibility and authority of the New Testament canon.
We live in an age where social media is seemingly unavoidable and places heavy significance on the individual. Today we question how discipleship to Jesus should change the way we engage with social media.
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.
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.
Bob's review of the book: http://www.bobthune.com/2017/02/review-good-pictures-bad-pictures/
"Protect Young Minds" website:
In a recent article on the ERLC website, Andrew T. Walker poses the idea that cultural winsomeness will not be enough for Christians in the coming years. We found this idea rather provocative, so we decided to discuss Walker's article in this episode.
Click here to read Walker’s article.
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
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.
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.
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.
As the season of Advent approaches and we look with longing and anticipation towards the second coming of Christ, our friend Laura stopped by to share how the hope of Christ's return has encouraged her in the midst of loss and suffering.
On this week's episode, we are joined by John Starke, pastor of Apostles Uptown in New York City. We spend time discussing what church planting and ministry look like in Manhattan, as well as his upcoming book on the topic of prayer.
After our recent marriage mini-conference, we decided to spend some time going over the definitions of biblical masculinity and femininity laid out in John Piper and Wayne Grudem's book, "Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood."
As we prepare for an upcoming marriage mini-conference, we decided to spend some time going over the definitions of biblical masculinity and femininity laid out in John Piper and Wayne Grudem's book, "Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood."
Gather 'round for a spooky tale about a recent kerfuffle that Bob got himself into on political Twitter. This caused us to wonder - is there any hope of ever having a thoughtful debate on the social media platform? What causes people to lose any and all civility when using Twitter? In this special Halloween episode, we explore whether or not it's worth it to engage on political Twitter.
On this week's episode we are joined by D. Valentine, an Acts 29 church planter from Cedar Hill, Texas. Valentine walks us through the story of how he came to plant Omni Fellowship and the adversity he's experienced along the way.
There couldn't possibly be any more from James K.A. Smith's "Awaiting the King" that we could talk about, right? Wrong. The idea of separation of church and state has caused many Christians to wear their christian identity and political identity separately. In this episode, we discuss the provocative question, "What would it look like to be the church FOR the state?"
Recent controversy in the Evangelical community got us thinking about how the gospel speaks to issues of social justice. In this episode, we explore how some of the ideas from James K.A. Smith's "Awaiting the King" might challenge the way Christians respond to and engage with social justice.