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This is Thrive: Perspectives. An ever-growing discussion about the issues that shape our lives with your guides Dr Matthew Jacoby and DJ Paine.
17 Episodes
A very special two part series with our very first guest: Dr Clay Jones! Doctor Clay Jones holds a doctor of ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a Visiting Scholar for the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology. Clay has written two books we highly recommend: Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions (2017) and Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It (2020). Please head over to our website and get in contact.
If God exists then why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? If God is good, all-powerful and all-knowing, why would he allow so many terrible things to happen? In this episode DJ and Matt discuss this question and, in the process, land on some key elements of the biblical worldview. Matt's further reading list: "Can God Be Trusted? Faith and the Challenge of Evil" - by Stackhouse, J. G., Jr. (2nd ed.; Downers Grove: IVP, 2008). "God, Freedom, and Evil" by Plantinga, Alvin. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1977). "Evil and the Justice of God" by Wright, N. T. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006). DJ's further reading list: "The Weight of Glory" + "The Problem of Pain" + "Till We Have Faces" - all by C.S. Lewis "Why Does God Allow Evil? Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions" by Dr Clay Jones Remember to head over to ThriveToday.TV to support and get in contact!
THE BIG PICTURE OF EVERYTHING! Can Matt and DJ sum up the entire story of Christianity in an hour? You'll have to listen to find out! If someone has shared this episode with you and this is your first episode: WELCOME! We have a special offer for you - head over to the Thrive Today contact page and let us know your postal address and that you would like a copy of THRIVE NEW CHRISTIAN and we will post you a copy of this 50 day journey for free! {you can also ask us questions or anything else!}
If you LOVE what we do and find it helpful, please consider becoming a financial supporter. The Spirtual Realm & Spiritual Beings.... Part 2. {if you missed Part 1 - listen to Episode 13 here. We mention Dr Michael Heiser and his book "The Unseen Realm". {Matt mentions the review he read on TGC} We also mention the great work from The Bible Project and their Spiritual Realm series.
Are you ready to head into another spiritual dimension that we can bearly comprehend? If you LOVE what we do and find it helpful, please consider becoming a financial supporter. We mention Dr Michael Heiser and his book "The Unseen Realm". {Matt mentions the review he read on TGC} We also mention the great work from The Bible Project and their Spiritual Realm series.
It is a question that every child asks their parents at one stage.... What Happens When We Die? Our two trekkers through all things spiritual look at the different religions views of death and then look at an overview of what is presented and outlined in the Bible. Please get in contact with us at
Where do we draw the line of false teaching and orthodoxy? What is the evangelical protestant faith and what is a heretic? Dr Matthew Jacoby and our host DJ Paine wade into the waters of religious differences and the history of the Christian faith to discuss what Jude writes about: "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
Thrive Perspectives: Racism

Thrive Perspectives: Racism


Well if they didn't get cancelled last time talking about sex and gender.... they just might get it this episode talking about Race and Racism.... Join with Matt and DJ - two white Australian men - as we think out loud about racism and the concept of "race".
Can we have an honest discussion about Sex, Gender and Sexuality that is both honest and frank but also loving, gracious and truthful today? Matthew referrs to: "The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity" - by Douglas Murray (Author) “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it.” — G.K. Chesterton, March 15, 1919, Illustrated London News The state of modern commentary and discussion: DJ quotes and refers to this clip: "The Diversity of Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation" by Dr Eric Strong - a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University, and a practicing hospitalist. We recommend the resource of "Living Out" for those christians experiencing or living with Same Sex Attraction. Questions? Comments? Please head here.
THE BIBLE! can we trust it today? how did we get it? isn't there missing verses? is one translation better than another? is it really God's word? Plus follow @DJPaine for more information about his Bible 6 month chronological read through!
Revelation and Endings

Revelation and Endings


eschatology the book of revelation the end of history. send us your questions over at
On this our sixth episode Matthew Jacoby and DJ Paine dive into the first chapter of Genesis and look at the ORIGIN of ALL THINGS. Creation and Evolution. Mathew references: "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" is a bestselling book by [Francis Collins].( "The Folly of Scientism" by Austin L. Hughes.
HAPPY BLESSED EASTER 2020! On our fifth episode of Thrive Perspectives - Matthew Jacoby and DJ Paine cover the diet of our entertainment.... here is the actual text message Matthew sent DJ about the idea: " I want to talk about our media diet and our minds. Address entertainment addiction and how media causes mental hyperactivity and narrative dysphoria. The ethics of content too and the issue of intellectual passivity. Relevant now because I think people are now likely to be watching more TV etc than ever and it causes us to fall into a state of vegetation. I want to address this in the of the need to “be still and know God.” And the effect this has on prayer and our engagement with scripture. How does that sound?"
This episode Matthew and DJ discuss the current situation that we all find ourselves in.... If you are feeling very overwhelmed please call {in Australia} Lifeline 131114 If you would like someone to pray with or just really need a chat, a caring conversation is a part of Careline Connections: 03 5215 9329 For the current Australian information on the Covid-19 situation: The Australian government's latest resources: Matthew mentions the Author: Yuval Noah Harari and his books "Sapiens" and "Homo Deus" Matt mentions the Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor Oscar speech where he sums up the books. DJ and Matt mention the history lesson on "The Rise of Christianity" by Rodney Stark and lastly DJ mentions a lot of people talking about Psalm 91.... are people misquoting it? Somebody in history really misquoted it...
On this episode DJ Paine and Matthew Jacoby sit down and get a bit philosophical.... Bertrand Russell The New Atheists: These authors include Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens. "Empirical" knowledge. Scientism? Hebrews 11:5-6 "It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Romans 1:18-20 "But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." Alvin Plantinga and Reformed epistemology.
Episode 2 of our new podcast! we kick off with our FIRST question from Natalie B. "Hey guys! Really looking forward to Thrive Perspectives. Will there be a seperate FB page for this?? As I was wanting to suggest a topic. Universal Divine Laws. For example the law of supply and demand. The law of Conservation. The law of learning to handle what you have. The law of cause and effect. There are many others out there that people use in business and life. In all my Christian walk.....34yrs I can not remember these being instilled as principles of Life and practical disciplines to bring Life. They fascinate me!! What are your thoughts and do you apply them?" And then we get into PRAYER. The gospel of Matthew Chapter 6 verse 9 "Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one."
We begin a new series! Thrive: Perspectives, the second "show" on the Thrive Today Network. And what better way to begin a new series expolring the perspectives on this Christian Life than by being introduced to our two guides. Matthew Jacoby and DJ Paine. We want to hear from you! So send us your big questions and ideas. Our home on the internet is You can contact us, download other shows, see all of our resources and much much more at our website: Visiting really helps us reach more people! We hope that these shows will challenge you to look at life from a new perspective and THRIVE.
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