A Podcast designed to help you dig deeper into the scriptures, grow in your discipleship, and live in the fullness of life in Christ.
The writer of Hebrews wants to train us to read the scriptures (what we call the Old Testament) through the lens of Jesus. He helps us to understand that Jesus is superior to Moses and since they heeded Moses' message, they should be even more obedient to Jesus'
Today, I interview one of my oldest and best friends, Dr. Ben Blackwell. Today we discuss reading the Scriptures faithfully in troubled times. Where is this world headed? What does "eschatology" mean, and how does it shape our reading? What does Paul believe about the ultimate hope for the world? To read more, check out his latest book https://www.christianbook.com/engaging-theology-biblical-historical-practical-introduction/ben-blackwell/9780310092766/pd/092766?product_redirect=1&search_term=ben%20blackwell&Ntt=092766&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP
These are certainly troubled times. If you are dealing with anxiety, he are some ways to find relief. I have more podcasts specifically about anxiety, check out the rest of the episodes. Turn off your phone Listen to music, watch a fun show, play a board game Exercise Find someone to help (keep social distancing) Don't self medicate (very important during these times) And most importantly, pray, read the scriptures, and practice gratitude
As we face the next few weeks and months of uncertainty, many of us will turn to our faith to give us strength. I'm beginning a series of podcasts that will give you time to meditate and pray through some of the Psalms. I'd love to hear how you are worshiping, praying, and reading scripture during these troubled times. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you. email@example.com
In this episode, Lee talks about the 2 objectives of Dallas Willard's "Curriculum of Christlikeness". To love God and delight in Him To remove our automatic responses to the Kingdom of God In the coming weeks we will talk about the process of discipleship.
In this episode, we dig deeper into how to read the Old Testament and Paul's understanding of Spiritual Warfare. The Old Testament is not immediately applicable to us, but it is meaningful for us. We must read responsibly in light of the whole Bible. We must discover what God has to say in the Old Testament in light of the larger story of God Paul sees the world through an Apocalyptic lens- he sees the forces behind the structures in our world. Paul urges us to put on the "whole armor of God"
In this episode we look at the first chapter and see the 7 days of creation. God is creating a cosmic palace or temple and on day 7 rests in that temple and begins His rule and reign On days 1-3 God sets the stage On days 4-6 he fills that stage (days 1 and 4 match up, days 2 and 5 match up, and days 3 and 6 match up) Day 7 God rests (he takes up residence in his great cosmic temple/palace For further reading: John Walton The Lord World of Genesis 1
In this episode, we try to discover the worldview of the Ancient Near East so we can read the Bible more faithfully There is no Natural/Supernatural divide--no distinction between sacred and secular One of the primary concerns of the ancient world was order Genesis in more concerned with "Functional Creation" rather than "Material Creation" The Bible lives in a culture with lots of creation stories, some of which are very similar. The Bible doesn't "borrow" stories from the cultures around, but rather it shares common cultural assumptions about the nature of the universe--this shouldn't worry us For more information see John Walton's The Lost World of Genesis 1
This week, we examine the worldview of the Ancient Near East to help us understand how God's people understood the nature of God's role in historical, natural, and political events. We also take a look at the complex political and social world of the Persian empire. I promise this will help you read the Bible.
In this episode, Lee begins a new series on Ephesians. This week we'll think through the following themes: Blessings- God lavishes blessings on us. This idea of blessing goes all the way back to Abraham in Genesis 12 Election- God's blessing is that he has chosen a people for a purpose. This is not an abstract theological problem to solve but a concrete blessing The Holy Spirit- God blesses us by sealing us with the Holy Spirit
This week, we dig deeper into the story of Ananias and Sapphira. We think about the connections between this story and the story of Achan in Joshua 7. We think about how easy it is for halfhearted worship to lead us to resentment and bitterness. What stumbling blocks keep you from full devotion to the Lord? What stumbling blocks in your life are keeping your church from full devotion?
This week we finish up our Bite Sized Bible Study on 2 Timothy. Here are some of the themes we have covered: Passing on the faith through parents and mentors The necessity of scriptural study in ministry The importance of relationships
This week we talk about praying Psalm 77. This is a song of lament- a complaint that is prayed to God. How does praying lament Psalms connect us to others who are suffering How can focusing on my struggles lead me to doubt God's character How can focusing on God's actions lead me to trust What role does community play
In this episode, we finish up 2 Timothy chapter 2. Paul uses the analogy of honorable and common household items Timothy is charged to flee youthful passions and avoid stupid arguments We get a glimpse at how to have dialogue with our opponents---helpful social-media etiquette Our music is courtesy of Kevin Dukes- kevindukes.com
This week we'll practice reading and praying Psalm 1. There are some practical suggestions for shaping your prayers with scripture. The new intro music is from Kevin Dukes. Check out his website at kevindukes.com. You can also see photos from our guitar build https://www.kevindukes.com/parlor-guitar-build
In this episode, Lee takes us through the controversy about the resurrection that is plaguing the church at Ephesus. What does Paul mean "arguing about words"? What is the controversy What is the solution How can we learn to "correctly interpret the word of truth"
In this episode, we are reminded to keep Jesus front and center. Though the Paul was imprisoned for his faith, he firmly believed that nothing could stop the Word of God. What pressures did Paul feel? How could he maintain his strength? What happens if we fail.