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Every day it becomes more evident that our culture is actively and aggressively promoting ideas and agendas that go against God's Word. Whether it is abortion, gender issues, drugs, or other hot-button topics, those who hold to a biblical worldview are facing increasing pressure to compromise their beliefs to avoid being ostracized from society. With the news media, movies, music, sports, and just about everything else pushing an agenda that goes against Scripture, it is time for Christians to view themselves as rebels — rebels who stand for truth in a world gone mad. Listen as Sean McDowell shares why Christians must make bold stands for Jesus on controversial issues and how we can do so in a loving way. Sean is an author, speaker, and associate professor at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He’s authored or edited more than 18 books, including his latest book A Rebel’s Manifesto: Choosing Truth, Real Justice, and Love amid the Noise of Today’s World. On This Episode We’ll Discuss:Why standing for Christ makes us rebels in today's cultureWhy Christians need to speak into controversial issuesHow our view of God and His Word impacts how we engage with our cultureWays parents can prepare their kids to withstand the onslaught of anti-biblical viewsHow we can be both bold and loving as we make a stand for truthSee the Show Notes, Read the Transcript, and Watch the Video at ReasonableTheology.org/Sean Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
If you've sat under a good preacher or have opened a good commentary, you are aware that there is a depth to the original languages of Scripture that can sometimes be difficult to capture in our English translations.But have you ever considered learning biblical Greek or Hebrew yourself?Our guest today says this is not only highly beneficial for your study of Scripture but is also entirely possible - even if you are not a whiz with learning languages.His name is Ryan Martin and he is the founder and lead instructor for KairosClassroom.com, an online school that offers affordable and accessible courses in New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew.Listen as we discuss the many benefits of learning a biblical language, why having a command of Greek or Hebrew is not as difficult as you might think, and tips for picking up a language more quickly.On This Episode We’ll Discuss:The value of learning a biblical languageWhy Greek and Hebrew are not just for pastors and seminary studentsHow you can learn a biblical language in as little as 3 hours a weekWhy learning Greek and Hebrew might not be as difficult as you thinkTips for learning a biblical language more effectivelySee the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode53Use promo code THEOLOGY at KairosClassroom.com for 10% off your Greek or Hebrew classes! Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
If you spend much time on social media, you've likely come across RefToons - cartoons depicting figures from church history such as Calvin, Owen, Spurgeon, and many more.RefToons exists to preserve the legacy of theologians of the past by producing humorous and thought-provoking comic strips that bring clarity to various biblical teachings through visual storytelling.On this episode of the podcast we talk with Paul Cox, the artist behind RefToons, to learn about how his love for deep theology inspires his creative work.Along the way we'll also talk about the importance of church history, the value of catechisms, and which person is Paul's favorite one to draw.On this Episode We'll Discuss:How Paul became a cartoonistHow RefToons got its startThe impact older works from pastors and theologians have hadThe process of creating a RefToon comicWhy merging humor and theology is helpful in our social media ageThe importance of catechisms and how Paul's illustrated Baptist and Westminster Catechisms came to bePaul's favorite person to draw and what he hopes to create in the futureSee the Show Notes, including a video of our conversation and some of the RefToons comics at www.ReasonableTheology.org/RefToons Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
Jesus said "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."Despite this wonderful promise, we often allow hurry and distraction keep us from spending focused time with Christ in prayer. How can we build discipline in this area and how can we grow in our prayer lives?On this episode we are joined by Asheritah Ciuciu as we discuss a pattern for prayer that can help you deepen your communion with Christ and resist distraction when praying.On this episode we discuss:How Asheritah's book seeks to help others develop the habit of daily prayerHow the acronym of REST can help us focus our prayers and take the time to be still before the LordWhat we learn about prayer by looking at prayers in ScriptureThe value of praying through passages in the BibleHow we can cultivate the discipline of prayer in our personal lives and in our homesSee the Show Notes and Transcript at ReasonableTheology.org/Rest Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
The subject of sin is not a comfortable topic for study or discussion. Even so, there is great value in understanding the problem of sin, as it is by having a right understanding of the problem we are able to effectively fight against it and appreciate what Christ has done for us.On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Mark Jones, who uses his knowledge of the works of the Puritans to guide others into a greater understanding of the problem of and solution to our indwelling sin.Mark Jones is the author of the book Knowing Sin: Seeing A Neglected Doctrine Through The Eyes Of The Puritans.I trust that you will find this conversation an encouragement to renew your fight against sin while relying more fully on the finished work of Jesus Christ to do so.On This Episode We’ll Discuss:Why Mark wanted to write a book on the topic of sinHow the Puritans can help us better understand our sinfulness and Christ’s provision for our weaknessParticular Puritan works that we can all benefit fromHow the average Christian misunderstands sinThe differences between sins of omission and sins of commissionHow having a greater understanding of sin deepens our Christian lifeEncouragements we have from Puritan works for fighting sinSee the show notes, additional resources, and a full transcript at ReasonableTheology.org/KnowingSin Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
There is no joy on Easter Sunday without the sorrow of Good Friday. There is no resurrection without the cross. And there is no salvation without them both. Without the events of Sunday morning the events of Friday afternoon were merely a terrible tragedy.The cross was necessary, as it was here Christ bore the wrath of God against sin and took the full weight of its punishment so that our debt of sin against God could be paid in full. Romans 5:10 says “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.”The Resurrection was necessary, for a dead Savior cannot save anyone. As we read in Romans 4:25, Christ “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”That Christ rose from the dead three days later proves that His sacrifice for sin was accepted by the Father and that Jesus truly has power over both sin and death. The Resurrection proves that Jesus is who Scripture says He is!Listen to this sermon on Matthew 28 to gain a fuller appreciation for the reality of the Resurrection, the reactions people had and have to this reality, and the right response to the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.See the full transcript of this episode at ReasonableTheology.org/Easter Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
This is a 'best of' rebroadcast of the most popular episode of the podcast last year.  If you missed it, you'll want to listen to this conversation with Dr. Ray Rhodes Jr about the love story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon.In 1871, Charles Spurgeon wrote to his wife, Susannah "My Own Dear one - None know how grateful I am to God for you. In all I have ever done for Him, you have a large share. For in making me so happy you have fitted me for service. Not an ounce of power has ever been lost to the good cause through you. I have served the Lord far more, and never less, for your sweet companionship. The Lord God Almighty bless you now and forever!"On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Ray Rhodes, Jr. returns to the podcast to talk about his new book, Yours, Till Heaven: The Untold Love Story of Charles and Susie Spurgeon.On this episode we'll discuss: How Charles and Susannah first metWhat their courtship looked like in Victorian EnglandHow Susannah adjusted to life with the famous preacherSusannah's contributions to Charles' ministryHow Charles ministered to Susannah in their homeThe lasting lessons we can take from their marriageSee the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode38 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
The reliability of Scripture is among the most important truths that the field of apologetics deals with. In this radio interview I discuss four important areas of evidence to be familiar with when defending the Bible's authenticity.Listen as we talk about why we can trust that our Bibles have been faithfully preserved from the original writings until now.On This Episode We’ll Discuss:The vast number of early manuscripts we have - Scripture is by far the best attested of all ancient writingsThe archaeological support of Biblical people, places, and eventsHow  we know the writings were faithfully preservedWhen the New Testament accounts were written (and why that matters) Listen & See the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/reliable Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
In the 2nd chapter of Luke’s gospel we find the familiar passage recounting the birth of Jesus and the angelic announcement of “good news of great joy” to the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.As remarkable as this passage is its familiarity can cause us to look without seeing and hear without listening. When we come to familiar passages in our Bibles we have a tendency to read quickly over them, assuming that we have gained as much as we can from them already. And so my hope is that we will approach these verses – as much as possible – with a fresh perspective, eager to take in all of the wonder and amazement that we ought to have as we reflect on the truth that God took on flesh and dwelt among us. Let us behold the wondrous mystery that the 2nd person of the Trinity would condescend to be made in the likeness of sinful flesh and enter the world in such humble fashion. That while we were still enemies with God He came to seek and to save that which was lost.May we never lose sight that He is Savior. He is the Christ. He is the Lord.And as we keep these remarkable truths before us, we will be unable to do anything other than gaze upon our Savior in wonder; to eagerly share the good news of great joy with others; and to praise, glorify, and worship Christ our King. Listen & See the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode47 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
Every pastor knows the unique challenges of facing critics in their church. The question is, how should they respond to criticism?On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Nick Thompson, who is the pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and co-author with Joel Beeke of the book Pastors and Their Critics: A Guide to Coping with Criticism in the Ministry.Listen in as we discuss how pastors can lovingly respond to critics, learn from constructive criticism, and withstand unjust criticism in the church.On This Episode We’ll Discuss:The danger of pastors not being prepared for and not knowing how to respond to criticsPlaces in Scripture we see leaders face criticismThe role critics play in the sanctification of the pastorPractical ways that pastors and ministry leaders can respond wellWhy criticism isn’t always a bad thingHow pastors can become resilient to criticism without hardening themselves against helpful feedbackHow we as believers can be encouragers of our pastors rather than discouragers Listen & See the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/critics Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
After more than 2000 years, Jesus Christ remains the most influential figure in all of human history – even by secular standards! Examining the impact that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus has had on the world is helpful in establishing the reliability of the events recorded in the Bible. In fact, you can confirm the historicity and deity of Jesus from history alone, without relying on the New Testament manuscripts.Join former detective J. Warner Wallace and me as we discuss the incredible impact of and the undeniable evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.On This Episode We’ll Discuss:How J. Warner Wallace went from homicide detective to Christian apologistWhat the phrase “person of interest” means in police work and in relation to JesusHow a “no body” investigation mirrors the investigation into the resurrection of JesusWhy Wallace’s “fuse and fallout” approach helps validate the claims of the GospelsThe importance of historical records outside the BibleWhy every believer should be familiar with common objections to ChristianitySee the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode45 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
The preaching of the Word of God is a vital means of edifying, equipping, and encouraging believers and proclaiming salvation to the lost. But much of what passes for preaching in our day fails to stay tethered to the truth Scripture and instead focuses on man's ideas and methods.This is why expository preaching, or the comprehensive explanation of a Bible passage in which the text dictates the content of the sermon, is so vitally important. It is Scripture that "is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16), and so the task of the preacher is not to entertain or provide his wisdom but to explain and expound the text.Listen as we talk with Pastor David Strain about the importance of expository preaching and how we can grow by sitting under good preachers.On This Episode We'll DiscussWhat expository preaching is (and isn't)Why expository preaching is the most helpful means of preachingHow our view of Scripture impacts our idea of what "good preaching" isHistorical examples of great expository preachersContemporary examples of great expository preachersHow we all can get more out of the sermons we listen to on SundaysSee the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode44 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
In this 5 Minute Friday episode, I'll share a 3-step process I learned from one of my seminary professors. This process, he joked, was a secret that could save you $36,000 and several years of effort by eliminating the need for a master’s degree in counseling.The “secret” 3-step process is simple. It is to guide the conversation through three phases: External, Internal, and Eternal.Learn more here: https://reasonabletheology.org/a-3-step-process-for-having-spiritual-conversations/ Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
Attacks against the truth and reliability of Scripture are commonplace. Skeptical scholars have become mainstream, entertainment media mocks believers, and YouTube and podcasting have given a platform to just about anyone wanting to promote their arguments against Scripture and the Christian faith.Many of these attacks focus on a single assertion: the Bible is an ancient book written and assembled by flawed men with particular agendas.So can we trust that what is contained in the Bible is really God's Word? Listen as we speak with Bible scholar and translator Dr. Bill Mounce about why we can trust the Bible and the truth claims it makes.On this episode we’ll discuss:Common questions believers and non-believers ask about the reliability of ScriptureWhy skepticism is increasing in today's cultureWhy believers should not shy away from having and asking sincere questionsHow we can be better equipped to answer tough questionsReasons we can trust the reliability of our BiblesWhy Dr. Mounce personally trusts his BibleSee the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode43 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
Personal growth does not happen overnight in any area of our lives, and spiritual growth is no exception. In order to grow, we need to develop regular, consistent practices. These small daily habits are the key to life transformation.Listen as we speak with Darryl Dash, author of "8 Habits for Spiritual Growth" about 8 long-term practices that will help us become more like Christ.On this episode we’ll discuss:8 habits that help us grow: Making time, resting, reading Scripture, prayer, church involvement, exercise, simplifying our spiritual lives, and building a rule of life. Why these particular habits are so helpful for usHow some "non-spiritual" habits, such as rest and exercise, help us in our spiritual livesTips for staying on track when trying to develop new habitsImmediate actions we can take to start building good habitsSee the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode42 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast we speak with Kevin Halloran about his new book, "When Prayer is a Struggle: A Practical Guide for Overcoming Obstacles in Prayer."Listen as Kevin Halloran shows how gospel truths speak to your prayer struggles, diagnoses issues of the heart that hinder true prayer, and gives practical tips for moving forward. We'll talk about common struggles we all face in our prayer lives and resources for overcoming them.On this episode we’ll discuss:How Kevin's own prayer struggles led to his new bookThe most common struggles we face in prayingImmediate steps we can take to strengthen our prayer livesHow praying through Scripture can help us (and the '3 R' method for doing it)Practical tools we can use to overcome our prayer struggles See the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode41 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
Move over televangelists, there's a new prosperity gospel in town. Except this time, it's focused on personal fulfillment, "self-actualizing," and aiming to live an Instagram-perfect lifestyle.The contemporary church is heavily borrowing from the self-focused culture around us and it is leading many believers away from the simple, humble, God-focused truths of Scripture.On this episode, we speak with Dean Inserra about how we can guard against hollow, self-focused religion and instead pursue Christ-centered Christianity.On this episode we’ll discuss:Why self-focused Christianity is on the riseHow this trend compares to the traditional "health and wealth" prosperity gospelExamples of this new prosperity gospel and what to watch out forWhy the notion that God exists for our personal desires is antithetical to ScriptureHow we can avoid falling into believe-in-yourself-religion and help others out of it See the Show Notes at ReasonableTheology.org/Episode40 Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
In this final sermon in this series on the book of Titus, we'll look at Paul's encouragement to devote ourselves to good works, distractions that are enemies of those good works, and Titus' example of good works. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.For more resources, visit https://www.ReasonableTheology.org Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
In Titus 3:17 we will examine three crucial truths that every believer needs to be reminded of often. As we walk through our passage, we will be given a reminder of how we are to live, a reminder of who we once were, and a reminder of what Christ has done for us. Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.For more, visit https://www.ReasonableTheology.org/Titus Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
This sermon on Titus 2:6-15 explores how in a healthy Christian (and in a healthy church), godly living is motivated and made possible by God’s grace. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.For more information, visit https://www.ReasonableTheology.org/Titus Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to share it with a friend and hit the subscribe button so you don't miss what's coming up next.Also, if you've not already please leave a rating and review in your favorite podcast player - it helps others find the podcast.Support the show
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Timothy Lark

I wish I knew of more podcasts that increase your biblical knowledge like this one. Awesome thank you

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