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Join us for daily Bible readings and encouraging discussion. We will choose a chapter or two of the Word of God each day to read together, and then briefly discuss the passage, bringing in wisdom from ancient and modern Bible experts like Charles Spurgeon, C. S. Lewis, George Whitefield, John Piper,…

Chase A. Thompson

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    Can Christians Be Depressed? Are Depressed People in the Bible?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2023 22:10

    The following podcast is from a school project that I am working on in pursuit of a doctoral degree in counseling. This will likely be a pilot episode of a future podcast that is planned to release sometime in the Fall of 2023, but potentially under a new name. Stay tuned, or write with questions or updates.  Today we discuss whether or not Christians can be depressed and discover a whole slew of famous people - Christian and otherwise - who have struggled deeply with depression. We also discuss ways to wrestle with and overcome depressive episodes. 

    Abortion and the Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 78:15

    Abortion: the most controversial issue in America. Though the Bible doesn't use the word "abortion," the Bible most certainly speaks to the topic. Does the Bible teach that the unborn are persons? Is there scientific or philosophical evidence that could indicate the unborn are persons? Today we look at abortion through the lens of the Bible.

    Mike Licona #2 - Why Bart Ehrman Lost His Faith + How To Share Your Faith in Various Situations.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 38:46

    In part two of our interview with Mike Licona, we discuss his seven hour debate with religion scholar and skeptic Dr. Bart Ehrman. What caused Ehrman to abandon his faith and become an aggressive critic of Christianity? Dr. Licona also shares how he discusses faith and the resurrection of Jesus with skeptics and strangers.

    Dr Mike Licona: Is it Rational For a Skeptic to Belive in the Resurrection?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 35:54

    Today we interview best-selling author Dr. Mike Licona - a Youtuber and college professor who specializes in the resurrection of Jesus. Dr. Licona went through a long period of doubt - while in seminary! - and came through the other side convinced that Jesus historically rose from the dead. How did that transformation happen? Dr. Licona also discusses his relationship with his mentor Dr. Gary Habermas, probably the foremost expert on the resurrection in the world.

    What is the ONE Thing Necessary For Christians to Do, According to Jesus?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 51:31

    What is the most important way to live your life, according to Jesus? In this episode, we look at the life and habits of Mary of Bethany - a woman commended by Jesus. We contrast her with the irritability and anxiousness of her sister, Martha. How is it that Mary was praised by Jesus, while Martha was so disturbed and short-tempered? 

    Should Christians Be Pro Gun?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 59:05

    Over the last ten years, the United States has averaged MORE than one mass-shooting event PER DAY. How should Christians react to such violence? Should Christians loudly show their support for guns and gun ownership, or does God's Word call us in a different direction?

    Why Do Some Prayers Go Unanswered?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 64:41

    Does unanswered prayer prove that God doesn't care? How is it that a good God, who listens to and loves His people, sometimes doesn't answer their prayers? Unanswered prayer is an issue addressed throughout the Bible, and we will discuss several reasons prayers go unanswered. Today we also discuss how noted Bible scholar Bart Ehrman lost his faith, the origin of Thor's enemy Gorr, and what both have to do with unanswered prayer.

    How Should I Read the Bible? How Should I Study The Bible? #Shallowquestions Should I Read the Bible Cover to Cover? What Percentage of the Bible is the New Testament? #6

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 21:24

    One question that Christians don't talk about enough is HOW should we actually study our Bibles? Should we read them cover to cover, starting at the beginning? Should we follow a Bible reading plan? Should we spend more time in the Old Testament or New Testament? Today we discuss Dr. Sean McDowell's Bible reading plan and its merits. We also discuss what percentage of the Bible is Old Testament vs New, and how that should inform our Bible reading decisions.

    Are All Parts of the Bible Equally Important?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 24:55

    Today we discuss a question that probably isn't asked enough: Do all parts of the Bible have equal importance? Are there some chapters, or verses, or even books that are more important than others? Interestingly, as Jesus Himself will tell us - some parts of the Bible are indeed more important than others, and knowing this will better prepare us to study the Bible in a more advantageous way.

    Answering Skeptics of Christianity on the Internet + Does Craig Keener PROVE the Existance of Miracles?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 51:56

    Apologist and author Lonny Robison joins us to discuss interacting with skeptics, atheists and anti-theists (?) on the internet. Is that a fruitful and wise activity? We also discuss Dr. Craig Keener's massive work on miracles, recounting testimonies of people healed of migraines, holes in their hearts, and even an older lady who was enabled to walk again after years in a wheelchair! What do all of these miracles mean, and can they be used as evidence to prove biblical accounts to skeptics?

    Craig Keener on Modern Day Miracles Demonstrating the Reliability of the Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 29:13

    In part 2 of our interview with New Testament scholar and best-selling author Craig Keener, we discuss how modern-day miracles demonstrate how reliable the Bible is. Dr. Keener shares with us the mind-blowing story of how Barbara Cummiskey was healed of multiple issues after doctors sent her home to die. Multiple doctors and nurses are eyewitnesses of this incredible healing, and Dr. Keener will tell us all about it. We also discuss how Christians today might themselves experience more miracles. 

    Miracles Today With Craig Keener

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 46:56

    On this first episode of the Deep Questions Pod, our guest is Dr. Craig Keener, author of Miracles Today, and a two-volume (1200 page!) scholarly work on Miracles. Dr. Keener is a New Testament scholar, prolific author, and without a doubt, the foremost authority in the world on miracles in history, and modern miracles. Dr. Keener shares some amazing miracles stories today, including some that he personally witnessed and experienced! He also shares about his writing career, how he wrote his four-volume (4,400 page!) commentary on the book of Acts, and how he met his wife Medine, who was a refugee in Congo for 18 months. An absolutely fascinating interview - be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you can hear part two, coming in the next episode. 

    Deep Questions Podcast - TRAILER (2022)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 1:53

    This is a short trailer for the Deep Questions podcast - visit the show's website at! This is the Deep Questions Podcast, and I'm your host, Chase Thompson, a pastor and writer in Salinas, California.  On the Deep Questions pod, we want to dive into the deepest Spiritual questions that humans have: Is the Bible reliable? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Why are some churches and Christians toxic?  Was there a conspiracy in the early church to change the Bible and transform a humble carpenter into the Son of God? Is the Shroud of Turin a Hoax, or the genuine burial Shroud of Jesus?  That's just a sample of the questions we will tackle. Like I said, I'm Chase, and I've been podcasting since 2005. I'm also a writer, and the pastor of Valley Baptist church, in Salinas, California. I've got five kids and a lovely wife named Janet, and all of us originally hail from Birmingham, Alabama. If you want to get in touch with me with a question for the show, or a comment, then please go to our website, and hit the contact form there. I especially love to hear from critics, atheists and skeptics - even snarky ones, because I love critics, skeptics and atheists!  You can also find me on social media - chaseathompson on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

    Bible 2021 Podcast, Episode #365: The Impact of Two Years of Daily Bible Reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 15:00

    Today we finish the daily run of a Bible podcast that has lasted over 730 episodes - and I reflect on the incredible value of reading God's Word every day, without missing a day. We need the Word of God in our lives!

    What Does It Mean to Be Clothed With Power From On High? The Best and Only Biblical Church Growth Method. Reading Luke 24 #364

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 12:48

    Jesus sends His disciples out on the Great Commission to tell the Word about His death, resurrection and teachings, but FIRST, He tells them to WAIT in Jerusalem until they are clothed in power from the Holy Spirit - what does this mean?

    A Eulogy for Frank M. Barker - My First Pastor, and A Tremendous Influence In My Life + How Death is Overcome and Swallowed Up By Resurrection! Reading 1st Corinthians 15 #363

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 25:36

    Today is a very different episode - we look at the life of Reverend Frank M. Barker Jr., pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian in Birmingham, and see how the power of death is swallowed up by the resurrection of Jesus.

    How Does the Bible End? How Does the Bible Finish? What Happens at the End of the Bible? What is the Last Chapter of the Bible About? Reading Revelation 22 #362

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 13:08

    Revelation 22 is the last chapter of the Bible - what is it all about? How does the Bible actually end? What is the last word in the Bible, and the last promise in the Bible? What does the ending of the Bible mean?

    What is the Greatest Promise in the Entire Bible? We Are Approaching An Endless Age That Will Lack Pain, Death and Tears. Encouragement From Revelation. Will We Live Forever in Heaven? Reading Revelation 21 #361

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 13:41

    Today we look at one of the most hope-filled chapters in the Bible and find what may well be the single greatest promise in all of Scripture. Also - will Christians live forever in Heaven? Actually, we won't, according to Revelation 20!

    Will Christians Be Judged By Faith or Works? Why Are Christians Judged By Works at the Great White Throne Judgment if Salvation is By Faith? Reading Revelation 20 #360

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 12:18

    Both John in Revelation and Daniel in the Old Testament describe a "Great White Throne Judgment" of God where people are judged based on their works- their righteous deeds. Does this mean that salvation is somehow by works? If not, then why is this judgment at the end times based on works?

    Is the Institutional Church the Whore of Babylon? Who is the Great Harlot of Babylon in Revelation 17-18? (Part 1) Reading Revelation 18 #358

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 18:17

    Today we read a very unnerving chapter that discusses the downfall of Babylon the Great/The Whore of Babylon, and consider whether or not this refers to those who call themselves the church today.

    Will Jesus Return Meek and Mild and as a Servant?+ (part two!) Is the organized church the whore of Babylon? Is the Institutional Church Babylon the Great? Reading Revelation 19 #359

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 19:29

    Today we conclude our discussion of whether or not the whore of Babylon/Babylon the great - the evil entity that all of Heaven rejoices when it is burned - is actually the institutional church of today. Also: What will Jesus be like when He returns?

    How Did Solomon, The Wisest Man Ever, Fail and Fall Away? How Can We Avoid His Fate? Reading Proverbs 3 #357

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 13:36

    Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and blessed by God in every way. His life ended poorly, however, as he failed to live by his own wise counsel. How did that happen, and how can we avoid the same?

    The Two Women of Proverbs - the Forbidden Woman and Wisdom Herself. Where Does Wisdom Come From? Reading Proverbs 2 #356

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 11:02

    Where do we acquire wisdom from? How can we become wise? Does it take a great amount of effort to be a genuinely wise person?

    Who is the Whore of Babylon? Who is the Great Harlot? Who is Babylon the Great? Who is the Great Prostitute? Reading Revelation 17 #355

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 17:23

    One of the most mysterious and debated entities in the Bible is the "Whore of Babylon" or the "Great Harlot" Today we discuss various theories on who exactly this mysterious person or group actually is.

    How Does the World End? (Redux) Are God's Judgments Too Harsh? Reading Revelation 16 #354

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 10:58

    Seven angels pour out seven bowls of terrible judgment on the people of the Earth in Revelation 16. Are these judgments justified, or too harsh? What will the end of the world be like?

    What Worship Songs Will Be Sung in Heaven? What is the Song of the Lamb? Reading Revelation 15 #353

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 7:23

    In Revelation 15 we see a wonderful picture of the saints singing on Heavenly pavement - a sea of fiery glass, apparently - and they are singing two different songs: The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb. What are these songs all about?

    Who is the Beast in the Book of Revelation (part 2) and What is the Mark of the Beast? What Does 666 Mean in Revelation? Reading Revelation 14 #352

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 21:24

    Three interesting topics today: Who is the beast described in the book of Revelation? (Part 2) What is the Mark of the Beast, and could we get fooled into getting it, like by an injection or vaccine? (no!) and, finally, What does 666 represent?

    Who is the Beast in Revelation and Who is the Dragon? Part #1 Reading Revelation 13 #351

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 15:20

    Fascinating topic today: The book of Revelation talks about two figures that will be worshipped by everybody on Earth who is not saved by Jesus - these two figures are the dragon and the beast. Who could the dragon and beast possibly be? (part 1 of 2)

    How Can I Become Wise? How Can I Get More Wisdom? What Exactly is Wisdom, anyway? Reading Proverbs 1 @350

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 14:17

    Wisdom is a word that is used a lot, but how is it defined- how does the Bible define wisdom? Is there any difference between wisdom and smarts? How can somebody become more wise?

    How Many Ways Can We Praise the Lord and Why Should We Praise Him? Reading Psalm 150 #349

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 8:36

    Today we read the last Psalm and discover it is absolutely pure and single-minded in purpose - this Psalm is all about worship: Why praise? Where praise? How praise? And who praises? Let's dive deep into worship talk today!

    What is the REAL Biblical Story of Christmas? The Truth THEY Don't Want You to Know!! ;) What is the Most Hair-Raising Bible Verse? #348 Reading Revelation 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 11:53

    Today we discuss a little known Christmas passage - Revelation 12- which tells about the birth of Jesus from a spiritual and spiritual warfare perspective. We also learn from Scripture the key to overcoming Satan.

    What is the Identity of the Two Witnesses of Revelation? What Worldwide Holiday Involves Celebration and Gift Giving? Reading Revelation 11 #347

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 15:19

    Revelation 11 presents us with two mysterious figures who prophesy on earth for 3.5 years, do miracles, and call down God's judgments. Who are these powerful and faithful witnesses?

    What Does an Angel Look Like? Reading Revelation 10 #346

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 10:20

    If you were to see an angel, what would it look like? Do Angels have wings? Can they fly? Do they look human, or quite a bit different than humans? Why do people seem to pass out in terror every time an angel is around?

    Who is Apollyon? Who is Abaddon? Reading Revelation 9 #345

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 13:07

    Who is the King of the Abyss known as Apollyon? Is he Satan, or a demon, or some other mysterious and terrifying being? Also - who are the strange "locusts" that he is the king of? Reading Revelation 9 - a most mysterious Bible chapter!

    What Will the End of the World Be Like? How Much Do Our Prayers Matter to God? What Does the Star Wormwood Symbolize? Reading Revelation 8 #344

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 14:35

    Focused on the End Times today - what will they be like? Revelation 8 has a glaring description, which includes the mysterious "star" Wormwood. What is Wormwood?

    What is the Most Accurate Short Description of God? What is the Most Accurate One Verse Description of God in the Bible? What Does God's Compassion Look Like? Reading Psalm 145-146 #342

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 10:56

    How can we possibly describe God's nature and character in just a few words? In Psalm 145:8, we find what might just be the perfect short description of exactly who God is.

    Are Sea Monsters in the Bible? + A Wonderful Worship Song in Psalms. Reading Psalm 148 #343

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 11:08

    Psalm 148 is a wonderful and soaring song of praise to God - but, does it call for dragons or sea monsters to actually worship God from the depths of the sea?? Sort of.

    Who are the 144,000 in Revelation? Why is the Tribe of Dan Missing in the Book of Revelation? Reading Revelation 7 #341

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 15:12

    Two end-times mysteries today. #1 What happened to the tribe of Dan - who is not listed in the list of the tribes of Israel sealed in Revelation 7. More controversially - who are the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation? Are they faithful and elite Jehovah's Witnesses?? No!

    Who are the Four Horsemen in Revelation? How Does the End Times Begin? What Does The Scroll in Revelation Represent? What are the Seals on the Scroll in Revelation? Reading Revelation 6 #340

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 11:18

    Today our focus is on the end-times. Who are the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and what is an apocalypse, anyway? Also: What is the scroll that Jesus opens in the book of Revelation, and what do it's seals represent?

    Is Christianity Primarily a White Religion? Is Christianity Mainly an American Religion? NO! Reading Revelation 5 #339. The EXTREME Follow of "Christian" Racism.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 12:06

    Some have used the Bible to justify racism. Others have accused the Bible of somehow supporting racism. What's the truth of the matter - does the Bible teach that Christianity is to be a white person religion only? Is Christianity to be an American religion only. NO, NO, NO!

    What Color is God? Who Are The Seven Spirits of God? Reading Revelation 4 #338

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 10:47

    Does God have a physical appearance or a particular color? We might think the answer is no, but John describes God as having a very particular color in today's passage. Also: who or what are the Seven Spirits of God?

    Is it Wrong to Whine To God? Should We Ever Complain to God? How to Plead With God in Hopeless Times. Reading Psalm 142-143 #336

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 10:36

    Should we ever whine or complain to God in prayer? Today we discuss prayers for deliverance - how we should cry out to God when we are in desperate need for Him.

    What Does Jesus Have to Say to The Church? What is Jesus Saying Right Now to His Church? What Kinds of Churches Does Jesus Commend: Great and Powerful Churches or Weak and Poor Churches? Reading Revelation 3 #337

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 12:50

    Jesus wrote seven letters to His churches almost 2000 years ago, but what does He have to say to His churches TODAY? Aren't those old letters outdated? No, actually - they are as fresh today as they were then. Also: What Does Jesus commend in the church and what does He disfavor?

    Where Was I Before I Was Born? Did I Exist Before I Was Born?Is There Knowledge and Understanding of God Too Great For Us To Comprehend? Reading Psalm 139-140 #335

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 15:50

    When did you come into being? Did you begin to exist at conception or - did your soul exist before your body was made? Also- is it possible for us to fully understand God and His ways?

    Did Jesus Ever Write Letters To Anybody? Do We Have Any Surviving Writings of Jesus? How Was Satan's Throne in Pergamum? #334

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 16:10

    Did Jesus write or dictate any letters in His lifetime, or did others write about Him? Today we look at 4 of the 7 letters that Jesus wrote, and consider another possible/improbable letter written by Jesus. Also: Revelation says that Pergamum is the place where Satan's throne is - what does that mean?!

    What Does Jesus Look Like in Heaven? + What Has Jesus Done For Us and What Will His Return Look Like? Reading Revelation 1 #333

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 12:59

    What will the return of Jesus be like - will everybody around the world be able to see His return? Also: What does the risen and glorified Jesus look like in Heaven now? Does He still have an appearance like a human man? John answers both questions for us - and more - in the first chapter of the book of Revelation.

    How Can We Pray in the Holy Spirit- Does That Mean Praying in Tongues? + Do Not Slander Satan, Demons or Angels + Charles Spurgeon's Advice To Preachers on the Holy Spirit. Reading Jude #332

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 15:17

    Jude is a fascinating, but short book of the Bible. In it, the author warns us against slandering an sort of heavenly being, including Satan himself. We aren't supposed to talk bad about the devil? Also: How can we practically pray in the Spirit - is praying in the Spirit the same thing as praying in tongues?

    Is the Return of Jesus Taking Longer than We Thought it Would? + Doubters Who Scoff at the Second Coming. Reading 2nd Peter 3 #331

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 11:16

    Why has it taken so long for Jesus to return - what is causing His slowness? You might be surprised to find out that He hasn't delayed long at all, because time is quite different from God's perspective than from ours. Today we focus on the second coming and how time works differently for God!

    Did God Cast Evil Angels Into Hell? + The Dangers of False Teachers. Were the Sons of God in Genesis 6 Actually Angels That Had Sex With Human Females? Reading 2nd Peter 2 #330

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 14:57

    Both 2nd Peter 2 and Jude 6 talk about angels who are kept in dark chains for a particular sin they committed. Were these angels the ones referred to in Genesis 6:1-4 - the ones who had relations with human beings? Also: the dangers of false teaching.

    A Wonderful Thanksgiving Psalm + The Most Repeated Verse in the Entire Bible. Reading Psalm 135 and 136 #329

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 14:12

    What Bible verse is repeated more than any other? Plus: What a wonderful Psalm of Thanksgiving teaches us about the act of Thanksgiving!

    The Blessing of Unity + Should We Raise Our Hands During Worship? Reading Psalm 133 and 134 #328

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 12:31

    Two short, but deep Psalms today, and two topics. First, we discuss the wonderful blessing of unity and the strange use of metaphors in the Old Testament. Second we discuss "raising hands" in worship. Is this a charismatic-only practice?

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