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Welcome to the podcast home of The BEST of the Bible Answer Man broadcast! The Best of BAM is a highlight of the best segments from the weekly broadcasts, where Hank Hanegraaff and his guests seek to offer well-reasoned answers to equip you in the essentials of the historic Christian faith and strengthen your walk with the Lord. And remember, when it comes to the essentials, there must be unity. In other words, "In essentials, unity; nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/04/21), Hank begins by talking about the star that the Magi had seen in the east. This star which the wise men saw in the east, says St. Matthew, “went before the Magi, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” Thus the question: what is this star? In the West, there have been all kinds of rationalistic efforts to explain its existence. Some suppose that it’s a comet, some speculate that it’s the convergence of two planets—Jupiter and Saturn or Jupiter and Venus—and others think it’s a supernova—a very bright exploding star. But there’s a problem with these rationalistic theories. They all fail to explain how the star which the Magi saw in the east went before them until it stood fixed over Bethlehem. Neither a fixed star nor a comet could ever have disappeared, reappeared, and stood still. Only a miraculous explanation suffices.Hank resumes his reading of Matthew chapter 2, picking up from verse 13 where we encounter a monster. Unlike the Magi, Herod had no interest in worshiping the Messiah. Instead, he wanted Him dead. He had every advantage that the Magi did not. He was a Jew, acquainted with the Prophets. He knew that Christ alone could emerge through the narrow doorway of prophecy. Yet it was the Magi, not the monster who saw the great light and followed it to the birthplace of the Messiah.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/03/21), Hank continues his series on teaching through the Bible, currently working his way through the Gospel of Matthew. Before moving on to chapter 2, Hank takes a moment to say a word about Mary, the mother of Jesus. For most of his Christian life, Hank lacked a proper appreciation for the grandeur and glory of the mother of his Savior. More serious than a lack of enthusiasm was his continual denial of the perpetual virginity of the mother of our Lord. While he has never supposed that Mary was not a virgin before the birth of Christ, he has both preached and written that Mary conceived children after the birth of Christ. And for that Hank is truly sorry.Moving on to chapter 2, Hank reads through the first twelve verses before pausing to point out an important distinction between predictive prophecy and typological prophecy. In chapter 1, we encountered the virgin birth prophecy, which is typological. Here in chapter 2, we encounter what is known as a predictive prophecy. Predictive prophecy is fairly straightforward, while typological prophecy is somewhat more complex.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/02/21), Hank follows up on yesterday’s broadcast where he gave an overview of the book of Matthew and read the first chapter as a part of his series on teaching through the Bible. As you go through the first chapter of Matthew, you realize that a lot of questions arise. For example, “Why organize the genealogy of Jesus Christ into three groups of four?”, “Why include women?”, and “What should our disposition be toward Mary?” Hank addresses these questions and more as he teaches through the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/01/21), Hank explains that he is going to start something that he probably should’ve started a long time ago. For years his wife Kathy has been telling him that he ought to teach through the Bible. Instead of just answering questions that people give to him on the broadcast, he ought to anticipate those questions as he goes through the Word of God. And so today Hank begins with the Gospel of Matthew, using his acronym LEGACY to set up a foundation to understand the background of this part of Scripture.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank laments the lack of discernment in the Christian community as scams continue to multiply. Years ago Hank wrote about Harold Camping, who on the basis of alleged biblical insight predicted that God would bring judgment day on May 21, 2011. It is ironic that Camping cited Amos 3:7 in vindication of his claims. Amos could rightly say “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” for he was a true prophet of God. Unlike Camping, who attempts through esoteric numerology to calculate the exact date of rapture as well as the precise date of Christ’s first advent; the prophets provided date parameters which in concert with ancestry, birthplace, and crucifixion prophecies; pinpoint Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. As much as one might hope that Camping was an outlier, in reality, his number is legion. Hank recently was sent a link to yet another sensationalistic Bible prophecy video, this one based on a prophecy by Alexander Cain. The video alleges to be a prophetic message to President Joe Biden. However, a little research demonstrates that Alexander Cain is a pen name and the video is a mere rehash of material produced back in 2015. The original video predicted that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would usher in “the greatest and darkest event in human history” which was to occur prior to January 1, 2017. Obviously, as with Camping, Cain proved to be a false prophet—not only because the EMP failed to materialize, but because the biblical passages to which it alludes have nothing whatsoever to do with the twenty-first century.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/26/21), Hank talks about learning to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy. Hank brings up a question he received from a Christian leader, who wanted to know why God chose to reveal Himself in the way that He did. Why the confusing prose of Genesis? Why bizarre prophecies such as those encountered in Daniel and Ezekiel? And why end the panoply of Scripture with a virtually unintelligible book chronicling the end of the world? In thinking about how he should respond, Hank was reminded of Rebekah Valerius’s inclusion of a quote by G.K. Chesterton in her article which is featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal. In the article, she quotes Chesterton who said, “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” And that is the essence of the matter. Scripture is a heavenly condescension. To explain the profundity and purposes of God to humanity is “like trying to explain Einstein to a little-neck clam.” This is precisely why we must approach the task of interpreting Scripture with a great deal of humility. As you read through the upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal, Hank hopes you will remember that while seeking to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy takes effort, it is well worth the investment.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/25/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, traditionalism vs. tradition and why so many people mistakenly describe liturgical worship as dead faith, Ignatius of Antioch’s desire for martyrdom and the role of suffering and persecution in Christianity, learning to thank God for suffering and allowing it to bring us closer to Christ, and what Christians today can learn from the example of Ignatius of Antioch.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/24/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the role of ideology in propaganda projects aimed at rewriting history, what the Bible says about race, the historical novelty of seeker-sensitive churches, the key differences between traditional liturgical worship and modern seeker-sensitive forms of worship, and the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/23/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the increasing pressure for pastors to adapt to changing cultural norms and narratives that conflict with traditional Christian teachings and practices, why misunderstanding the nature of love causes many Christians to change their theology on sexuality, Christians changing their theology on the basis of their own experience as opposed to biblical exegesis, the rise of secular beliefs within many churches and Christian organizations, the worldview of white privilege, the idea that all white people are systemically racist, and the role of ideology in propaganda projects aimed at rewriting history.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/22/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss what made Kennedy become a Christian, how misunderstanding the true meaning of love leads to misunderstanding God, the value of exegetical preaching and writing, why Kennedy left the Episcopal Church and joined the Anglican Communion, why parents of gay children change their theological minds, and increasing pressure for the pastors to adapt to changing cultural norms and narratives that conflict with traditional Christian teachings and practices.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:If my husband and I don’t tithe, will we stop receiving God’s blessing?My eleven-year-old daughter is struggling at school; how can I help her to stay strong in her faith?What do you think about Answers in Genesis with Ken Ham?I heard Creflo Dollar say that God made man a little lower than Elohim, not angels. Can you clarify this?How can I witness to Mormons on the nature of God?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/19/21), Hank answers the following questions:Does Daniel 11:37 prove that the Antichrist will be Jewish?Since you understand the Millennium to be eternal, how can Satan be released after the Millennium is over?I am making out my will, and in light of the current health care in this country, how heroic do I need to ask my representatives to be if I end up on life support?I use your FACTS model for prayer every day; how do I know this isn’t the vain repetition Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:7?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/18/21), Hank answers the following questions:What kind of person is Jesus referring to in Matthew 7:20-23? How can I know whether or not I am a participant in the kingdom or living in legalism?When Jesus told the thief on the cross that he would be with Him in Paradise, is Paradise heaven or something else?Is it okay to ask God to bind Satan?Is the book of Job the oldest text in the Bible, and who wrote it?Are we still supposed to obey the Mosaic Law?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/17/21), Hank laments the lack of discernment in the Christian community as scams continue to multiply. Years ago Hank wrote about Harold Camping, who on the basis of alleged biblical insight predicted that God would bring judgment day on May 21, 2011. It is ironic that Camping cited Amos 3:7 in vindication of his claims. Amos could rightly say “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” for he was a true prophet of God. Unlike Camping, who attempts through esoteric numerology to calculate the exact date of rapture as well as the precise date of Christ’s first advent; the prophets provided date parameters which in concert with ancestry, birthplace, and crucifixion prophecies; pinpoint Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. As much as one might hope that Camping was an outlier, in reality, his number is legion. Hank recently was sent a link to yet another sensationalistic Bible prophecy video, this one based on a prophecy by Alexander Cain. The video alleges to be a prophetic message to President Joe Biden. However, a little research demonstrates that Alexander Cain is a pen name and the video is a mere rehash of material produced back in 2015. The original video predicted that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would usher in “the greatest and darkest event in human history” which was to occur prior to January 1, 2017. Obviously, as with Camping, Cain proved to be a false prophet—not only because the EMP failed to materialize, but because the biblical passages to which it alludes have nothing whatsoever to do with the twenty-first century.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/16/21), Hank answers the following questions:What is the best translation of Isaiah 45:7, and how can I explain this to my wife?Does Amos 9:11-15 refer to the second coming?Can you contrast the fall of angels and the fall of man? Do angels have free will?In Revelation chapter 6, when John hears a voice saying not to harm the oil and the wine; what does that mean?Why doesn’t the exact phrase “Holy Spirit” appear in the Old Testament?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/15/21), Hank reflects on the words of one of the great presidents of the United States of America, George Washington. Every February we celebrate Presidents Day, a holiday that originated as Washington’s Birthday in 1885. The question Hank seeks to answer is, “why celebrate Presidents Day today—136 years after its establishment and 289 years after Washington’s birth on February 22, 1732?” There are some obvious reasons. Washington was, of course, our first president. He served as commander-in-chief of colonial armies during the American Revolution. He set the standard for all presidents that would follow in his train. He was a man of great personal integrity. He famously established the maxim that liberty is greater than any singular individual. And, Hank’s favorite reason for celebrating this holiday, he is eminently quotable. “It is better to live alone than in bad company.” “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” “All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” These quotes from George Washington show that he was a president that knew the Bible, as they all echo that which is taught in Holy Scripture.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:Can you clarify your statements on the Bible being infallible literature?Is there hope for an unbeliever who is demon-possessed?Is Matthew 7:21-23 referring to Christians?What was the meaning of Jesus saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”?Someone told me it is inappropriate to thank people because is it only proper to thank God. What do you think of this?What is the sin leading to death in 1 John 5:16?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/12/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss The 1619 Project and the goal of reframing American history, narratives concerning Islam, Christianity, and slavery; changing portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, the changing cultural narrative influencing American children today, Howard Zinn and the Communist Party USA, and the Marxist principles of the Black Lives Matter organization.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/11/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss why Grabar felt it necessary to write Debunking Howard Zinn, the narrative of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, if Christopher Columbus was motivated by greed or God, the popular idea that there is no objective history or truth, if America is the most racist country in the history of the world, and the 1619 Project and the goal of reframing American history.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/10/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss the altered narrative of Christopher Columbus as an example of Zinn’s use of rhetorical tricks to essentially rewrite history, radical liberalism, the radicalization of a Christian college like Spellman College, cultural Marxism in America today, the Zinn Education Project and the growing influence of Howard Zinn globally, and why Grabar felt it necessary to write Debunking Howard Zinn.
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Kelly Petruzzi-Hiller

why do we need to count on deceased saints to pray 4 us when we have the earthy body of Christ here to pray?

May 23rd
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Just an Opinion...

Who cares? One of the best arguments against religion is seeing how many people are worried about dogma and doctrines from a time when people believed that the universe revolved around earth. They didn't know about germs, scientific knowledge or even what causes lightening. And yet millions of people take advice and seek wisdom from iron and bronze age cultures. Unbelievable!

May 21st
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