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The official podcast of The Greater Heritage. We equip listeners for an abundant life of service, personal spiritual growth and character development through the study of God's Word and more. Tune in for Bible studies, sermons, Christian book reviews and more in the conservative evangelical tradition.
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The world claims that Biblical Christianity and traditional societal values and gender roles keep women from expressing themselves, reaching goals and achieving success.However, what if women actually like how God has designed them and enjoy living out His will? It is our belief that countless women do, and that they need not be afraid of that. Instead they can enjoy and celebrate it.In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we compare what the world and God say about women's purpose, and we present a new paradigm for feminism in which women love who God has created them to be, and seek to live out His will for them.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we learn about the importance of keeping sin from beginning in us.Micah said of the ancient Near East city of Lachish that it was "the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion." (Micah 1:13)Lachish introduced the kingdom of Judah and Jerusalem to idol worship and other sins.As such, God pronounced judgement on the city, and the Assyrian king Sennacherib captured it in 701 B.C.As Christians, we must always guard against sin infecting our lives. This can only happen when our hearts are regenerated by Jesus. (Ezk. 36:26)Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius and published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press.In this classic work of patristic literature, St. Athanasius expounds a wonderfully simple yet rich apology on Christ's incarnation, death and resurrection.Though over 1,600 years old, On the Incarnation still stands as the high watermark of Greek Orthodox and Nicene theology.It is filled with timeless evidences and apologies for the Christian faith and comes highly recommended. Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy by Horatius Bonar. The book is published by Reformation Heritage Books.Both books are exceptional, and this single volume that contains them comes highly recommend. For a full text review visit our website. Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
In this episode of The Greater Heritage Podcast we learn about the background and historical significance of the Geneva Bible, the most important English Bible.A summary of the episode is below. For a full recap of the episode click here.In the 1550s, at the height of Queen “Bloody” Mary Tudor’s efforts to expel the Reformation from England, a group of English scholars fled to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1560 they created, printed and distributed the first Bible read by common people in English; the Geneva Bible.Its influence was widespread and almost incalculable in scope. It brought democracy, reform and civilization to the world.The legacy of the Geneva Bible is a testament to the power of God’s Word to change not just individual lives, but the lives of entire societies.We must never lose site of the preciousness and power of God's Word or take its possession in our hands for granted.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to visit their site today! To learn more about the 1599 Geneva Bible, visit Tolle Lege Press.
Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 to 430 A.D.) is one of the most important theologians in the history of Christendom.In this episode of The Greater Heritage Podcast we take a high-level look at 5 Essential Things About his life and teachings, including…The high value he placed on friendship and relationship.His acute self-awareness and introspection and their role in the first modern autobiography Confessions.His emphasis on government as ordained by God and as a curb to human evil as seen most notably in The City of God.His popularizing of the doctrine of predestination and its implications for the church and for human history.His thirst for knowledge, and how he applied classical learning to Biblical scholarship.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to visit their site today!
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review The Whole Counsel of God: Why and How to Preach the Entire Bible by Tim Patrick and Andrew Reid, and published by Crossway.Sadly, not all churches preach the entire Bible. Often today sermons are topical, short and focus more on the highlights of scripture. However, just because it is easy to approach church programming in this manner does not mean that it is best way to foster healthy and mature church communities.The Word of God must be the centerpiece. Ample time needs to be devoted to organizing and planning preaching programs that relate to the entirety of scripture. The best programs are well-defined, thought out and intentional. However, trying to develop a long-term plan can feel like a daunting challenge. So, where do you even begin? Thankfully, The Whole Counsel of God is a great help in this regard.  The goal of the book, as stated by its authors is that: "All vocational preachers should set themselves the goal of preaching through the entire Bible over a thirty-five year period."The book offers readers with practical insights and tangible takeaways regarding the development of long-term, theologically sound, preaching programs.The book teaches readers how to choose which books of the Bible to preach including when and how much at a given time. It also goes further and shows to how properly divide books of the Bible by topic and then by chapter. It then articulates how to map out (though generous pie chart and spreadsheet examples) a balanced preaching calendar.While long-term programming is the primary topic of the book, it also gives readers lots of nice, practical tips about studying the Bible, marketing sermons and ensuring that congregations are always receiving a steady and balanced diet of scripture.This was one of the more practical books we have read in a while. Lay readers will walk away with a better appreciation for their churches and ministers. However, we especially recommend this book for church staff members and for those who preach and teach the Bible regularly. Simply put, if you want to preach better, check this one out.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
In this episode of our podcast series Going through Galatians we look at how Paul teaches us the immense eternal plan inherent in our salvation.Our salvation always pleases God, no matter when God has ordained for the day of our salvation to be. This is because it is the outworking of His great plan for all who will be saved.Paul shows how God's plan of salvation encompasses four major steps. First, God chooses, then He calls, next He reveals Jesus in us and lastly he sets us out to accomplish His plan for us.Paul's response to his newfound faith involved wise discernment and deliberate preparation. He did not jump into his vocation as a preacher but instead took time to learn from God and the Bible.He didn’t get ahead of himself or God and that's an important lesson for all of us to follow. Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by Martyn Lloyd-Jones and published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.Jesus said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10 KJV) Yet many Christians do not enjoy the abundant life that Jesus promised. Rather, many struggle with spiritual depression.In this classic work Martyn Lloyd-Jones uncovers the root causes of spiritual depression and presents cures to overcome it. He points out that much spiritual depression is caused by an incomplete understanding of scripture and core doctrinal truths, resulting in an imbalanced or false view of the Christian life. Other topics addressed are how personality, faith, spiritual warfare and Christian living tie into spiritual depression.Lloyd-Jones paints a wonderfully challenging yet encouraging guide on how to overcome spiritual depression and live abundantly in Jesus Christ.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out!Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
As we continue our podcast series Going through Galatians we look at how Paul speaks to his testimony as a defense for his faith and authority. Paul shows that God authors our testimonies.God’s authorship of our salvation is the reason for our sanctification and an explanation for our zeal.Testimonies create captive audiences and they raise questions. Therefore, we must present our testimony to others as something that only God could do.In the end, our testimony is all for God’s glory.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
This episode continues our series entitled Going through Galatians. The series studies Paul’s monumental defense of the faith in the wake of those who were trying to distort the gospel.In today’s lesson Paul once more validates his authority. He teaches that he was not taught the gospel by man, but through revelation by God.Salvation is the greatest teacher. The supernatural revelation of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives is the only thing that can truly change men and teach them about God, their standing before Him and their eternal destiny.Every conversion experience is a miracle just like Paul’s because salvation begins and ends with God. We cannot clean ourselves; we cannot enter heaven on our own. Only by God’s grace and supernatural revelation can we really discover “what life is all about.” Namely, that we are sinners in need of a savior.Salvation teaches that we are sinners saved from death unto an eternal life of service to God. Therefore, just like Paul, we must ensure that we preach and teach the gospel for God's glory alone. We must neither twist the gospel to fit man’s conception of it nor must we preach solely to please ourselves.Salvation and doctrine are for God's glory alone. May we please Him and let His word stand in the wake of challenges to its authority.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
In this episode of our series Going through Galatians Paul continues to set the stage for his great defense of the faith against those who have added works to the doctrine of salvation.Paul “marveled” at the Galatian congregations' quick departure from the truth of the gospel.It is a seriously grave matter to leave the gospel. Christians must respond to those who depart from Jesus and the faith in a manner similar to Paul.The congregations of the churches in Galatia fell away. False teachers “troubled” their hearts. These teachers provoked them to questioning clear truths of major scriptural doctrine. They stopped taking God at His word alone.As Christians we must take God’s word alone as truth, even when we do not have all the answers, that is faith.It is paramount also that Christians build a strong doctrinal foundation. This allows them to better obey Jesus’ teaching: “Let not your heart be troubled” (Jn. 14:1a KJV)Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review New Testament Sermons by Robert Murray M'Cheyne and published by Banner of Truth. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
As we continue our series Going through Galatians, we turn our attention to the second part of Paul's introductory remarks.God’s salvation delivers us from an evil world. Specifically, deliverance means being “rescued” from sin. That is, the sin of others and ultimately from ourselves and our own evil tendencies.Jesus also delivers us from eternal separation from God and into His love forevermore through His death on the cross.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
This marks the first episode of the second season of The Greater Heritage podcast. This lesson also introduces a series on Paul's letter to the Galatians called Going through Galatians.In this lesson we cover the historical context and background of the letter and look at Paul’s introduction in verses 1-2. We learn that Christians derive their authority from none other than Jesus Christ and that our status as Christians, or those that are spiritually born again, informs us of our great commission to teach and preach the gospel.We are to exercise our God given authority with love towards others and must remember that we are Jesus' ambassadors who speak for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.Intro and outro music provided by Five Minute Plan. Be sure to check them out at: https://fiveminuteplan.com/
Psalm 117:1-2 (KJV)1) O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.2) For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we learn that God's truths not only last, they endure.Picking out individual words in Bible verses and meditating on them is a fruitful practice. It helps let God’s word open up to us and allows us to grow our understanding of His lasting truths.For instance, look at the word “endureth” or “endures” from Ps. 117:2  (KJV). Think about what that word means. It tells us that God’s truths not only last forever but also that they endure forever.God never changes and is never surprised when His truths are challenged and neither are we to be. Rather, the fact that God’s truths are questioned is a good thing. It is a way by which many come to trust in Jesus. In cases where the challenges are to disprove God’s word even then we can be encouraged because His truths have, can and will stand up to any and all challenges.An enduring truth is far better than a truth that just lasts.  Challenges to God’s word have only made it more valid and reliable over time and have given us even more reasons to believe them.This goes for all of God’s truths. His Word endures (it has for 2,000 years) and His promises endure. His church also endures for He has told us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18 KJV)And ultimately our faith endures because He preserves us. (Phil 1:6 KJV) While we will never lose our salvation because God preserves us, we must still endure trials in this life. As we run the race of endurance in this life we must always remember that trials are for our spiritual benefit. (Heb. 12:1, I Cor. 9:24 KJV)May we always glorify God and His eternally enduring truths!
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review Christianity and Liberalism: New Edition by J. Gresham Machen (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)J. Gresham Machen (founder of Westminster Theological Seminary) wrote this classic work of apologetics nearly 100 years ago.Despite being a century old, its reasoning is as relevant today (if not more so) as it was back then. At the time of its publication the traditional church was being flooded by attacks from liberal theology, much of which we still face today.The good news is that God’s word never changes neither do the many reasons for our faith. The world may devise new systems but we know the reality that “there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecc. 1:9 KJV)As such our defense of the Christian faith must always be based on sound reasoning and the claims of Scripture alone. In this classic, Machen takes readers on a journey of comparison between liberalism and Christianity.He looks at the differences between their approaches to understanding the Bible, Jesus, doctrine, salvation, the church and many other topics.In so doing readers learn that liberalism and Christianity are incompatible and they gain valuable insights into defending the faith. There are many reasons why this classic is still read today. Its writing is compelling, its reasoning is sound and its topics pertain to every generation in every age.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
In this episode we look at the various triumphant entries of Jesus, including Palm Sunday, the incarnation, Jesus entry back into Heaven after His ascension, His entrance into our hearts upon our belief in Him, His second coming and more.
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society (Commemorative Edition) by Eugene H. Peterson and published by IVP Press.The early stages of the Christian life are very important. Life is difficult. It's easy to come off the spiritual mountaintops of newfound faith when life becomes hard. It's also easy for a new Christian to not get the proper balanced guidance they need after getting saved. New believers need to surround themselves with good mentors and caring church communities. When new Christians build their lives on a strong foundation they start strong and have a higher chance of staying strong.Good books for new Christians, such as A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene H. Peterson (author of The Message Bible) also aid in forming strong foundations in the lives of new believers. The book is a well-rounded, accessible and approachable introduction to various Christian topics. It is practical and looks at topics such as repentance, hope, obedience, security and more all while comparing them to different Psalms.This book helps readers learn how to walk beside Jesus for the long journey of obedience and we highly recommend it. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
In this episode of The Greater Heritage podcast we review Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair B. Ferguson published by Banner of Truth.Life comes at us fast. We are busier than ever. Yet God never works slower or faster than He has to. In fact the Holy Spirit often works slowly and gradually in our lives.We need to slow down and listen to God’s still small voice and let Him work in us through the Holy Spirit. This is the essence of sanctification.In Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification Sinclair B. Ferguson teaches readers the importance of sanctification. He emphasizes critically thinking about what it means to be sanctified instead of glossing over familiar verses on the topic. In so doing readers gain a profound appreciation for God’s magnificent work in their lives. The complex and deep intricacies of Jesus’ death for us, our subsequent crucifixion with Him, our living by faith with Him and His dwelling in us are all wonderfully explained and detailed throughout the book.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of the reviewer. They do not represent any endorsement from the publisher.
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