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Just as our Messiah did, we are to care for others even at our own expense. Barry talks about altruism, some of the hurdles it faces, why it is so important for the world, and what it should mean for believers.       Scriptures: Matt 26:39 Romans 5:6-8 Phil 2:1-4   Referenced Episode: Control […]
What do drooling on one’s beard and finding victory through praise have to do with one another, you may ask? Barry talks about the background of Psalm 34 and the elements that lead to heartfelt praise: Praise rises when need becomes faith, faith becomes hope, and hope is in God.   Scriptures: Psalm 34, 52 […]
Have you noticed how many times you can repeat the same argument with your loved one and the outcome never change? Barry talks about seeing the structures or system behind a particular argument/situation in order to bring about lasting change.     Link to sign-up for the Texans for Life Annual Benefit Dinner Scriptures Ecc. […]
Information may be freer, but truth—not so much. Barry describes how we can see the truth and cling to it, while also improving our Spidey sense to recognize when something is wrong with the words we have received.     Scripture: 1 Samuel 28 Philippians 1 John 8:31-32
The modern and existential paradigms seem worlds apart, and neither is necessarily better than the other—so how do the different paradigm-holders connect with each other? The life change described in Psalm 32 is a great place to start.       Scriptures: Psalm 32 James 1 1 John 4:19-20 Referenced Episode: In Bad Faith: Part […]
In our second part of the In Bad Faith series, Barry provides another example of when the result of our faith’s practice contradicts its real end: inequality vs complementarity.     Scripture: Genesis 2:18-25 Referenced Episode: In Bad Faith: Part 1 (Ep 55)
Barry asks the question, “How do people improve?” He argues that we can both pray and practice medicine; we can lead people to forgiveness and provide counsel to help them deal with an old, clinging nature; and we can believe wholly in the power of redemption and practice daily the disciplines of sanctification.     […]
Barry revisits the topic of working through conflict together as a society, focusing on the narrative of human life. Staying on the path created for us is better than reinventing ourselves repeatedly.       Scripture: 2 Peter 1:5-9 Referenced Episodes: Self-Help for Society, Ep 53; Not as Different as We Think We Are, Ep […]
Barry asks the question: What keeps society together even when life and conflict fray the social fabric? Ultimately, we must recognize and measure the difference between what we ought to be and what we are–the only way to pursue virtue; the only way to take one step at a time together toward our perfection. Scripture: […]
Barry disagrees with the idea of imprisoning women who have abortions, focusing instead on the personal cost and heroic nature of mothering.       Scripture: John 10:10 Referenced Episodes: Can There Be Life on Earth Post-Roe? (Eps 17-19)  
Barry reminds us that in reality, everyone’s life is about others, whether we swim with that current or against it. It makes sense, then, that the greatest commandment provides for us an escape from the narrow limits of the self.     Scriptures: Proverbs 26:4-5 Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 Philippians 2:3-4   Referenced Episodes: Disagreeing to Agree […]
Barry shares some quotes from one of the most important books of the 20th century. Hannah Arendt leads us to look back at history to see the present more clearly.       Book: The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt  
Barry talks through a Psalm that applies to those who have ever known sorrow or distress. In it we learn that God is not only our refuge in those difficult times, but that he carries both us and our burdens to the cross in order to carry us through the resurrection.   Scriptures: Psalm 31 […]
This episode rounds out the series on how to do more than battle the other side when it comes to the important issue of abortion. Barry points out some of those shared values, the best way to begin a conversation (by listening), and how a tiny step for the culture might be a giant leap […]
In the second episode of the series, Barry invites us to see a few pro-life values in pro-choice arguments. Not possible, you say? Believe it or not (but we hope you do), there is more to being pro-choice than being pro-abortion, and there is more to being pro-life than being anti-abortion.  
Barry introduces a familiar topic, sanctity of life, in a very different way in this series. Amid the chaos created by the leaked SCOTUS brief on Roe v. Wade, many people on the pro-life side of the argument feel as if they are on the brink of obtaining the holy grail. However, simply winning the […]
Barry covers Psalm 30, a psalm of David meant to praise God at the dedication of the temple, even though there was no temple yet. And it just so happens that there is no temple now, either, but there is a God who cannot be contained by temples who is just as active in believers […]
Barry talks about what we do right, what’s okay, and what we should do more of when observing Memorial Day, and uses 3 poems to do it.       Poems: “In Flanders Field”, by John McCrae, “Iron” and “Statistics” by Carl Sandburg
People often follow a few steps when personally encountering the Problem of Evil: from complacency, to discontentment, then contentment, and lastly to thankfulness. It is by no means an easy journey, but faith can lead the way.       Scriptures: Psalm 10:1 Psalm 80:4-6 Habakkuk 1:2-4 Acts 1:6-8 James 4:4-10 Habakkuk 2:2-4 Philippians 4:11-13 […]
Barry begins a discussion of the Problem of Evil, which studies the question of how to reconcile the concepts of a good and all-powerful God with the existence of evil and suffering in the world. We are often tempted to doubt our faith when a theoretical argument turns practical in moments of suffering.     […]
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