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The Paradigm Switch Podcast
Is the Church at Fault?- Part 2

The Paradigm Switch Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 38:15


The Western Church is bleeding membership, and a commonly cited reason for church departure, particularly among young people, is "the Church is too judgmental". But is this really true? Or has the younger generation been brought up to regard emotion above all else and thus they're too self-absorbed to accept church teachings? In this Part 2 episode of "Is the Church at Fault", the Paradigm Switch continues its investigation into whether the church is too judgmental or whether people just have unreasonable expectations.

The Church Planting Podcast with Greg Nettle
Episode 61 - Naturally Supernatural (with Alex Absalom)

The Church Planting Podcast with Greg Nettle

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 26:33


On today's episode, Greg talks to Alex Absalom, a leader of the missional church movement and co-founder of dandelionresourcing.com with his wife Hannah. Dandelion Resourcing is all about "equipping regular Christians for naturally supernatural discipleship and mission." Greg and Alex unpack what it means to be "naturally supernatural," the need for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the Western Church, and missional leadership and disciple making. Read this episode's transcrript: https://www.gregnettle.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/TCPP_EP61_AlexAbsalom.pdf Connect with Alex: https://www.dandelionresourcing.com Twitter and Instagram: @alexabsalom Connect with Greg Nettle and Stadia Church Planting: https://www.thechurchplantingpodcast.com https://www.gregnettle.com/thechurchplantingpodcast https://www.stadiachurchplanting.org Facebook and Instagram: stadiachurchplanting Greg's Facebook page: gnettle The Church Planting Podcast on Facebook and Instagram: plantingpodcast

The Paradigm Switch Podcast
Is The Church At Fault?- Part I

The Paradigm Switch Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 43:16


The Western Church is regarded as being in a state of decline. There is no doubt that church membership has fallen over the last 20 years. An often-cited reason for leaving by those who left the church is that "the church is too judgmental". Is this true? Is the Church too judgmental and because of this, it turns off people? Or is it that people today have unreasonable expectations about the Church and people are just looking to complain? Here, the Paradigm Switch dives into investigating these claims and makes a determination about whether the Church is too judgmental.

Theology in the Raw
#1024 - Living As an Exile in Babylon: Jon Tyson

Theology in the Raw

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 51:39


Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light. Jon lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York. This podcast episode is a recording of a talk Jon gave at last year's “Exiles in Babylon” conference, followed by our conversation together and audience Q & A. 

Today's Catholic Mass Readings
Today's Catholic Mass Readings Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Today's Catholic Mass Readings

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 Transcription Available


Full Text of ReadingsSolemnity of All Saints Lectionary: 667All podcast readings are produced by the USCCB and are from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States _______________________________________The Saint of the day is Solemnity of All Saintsof the Solemnity of All Saints The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons” (On the Calculation of Time). But the rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost. How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast, now recognized as a solemnity, in November is a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century. Reflection This feast first honored martyrs. Later, when Christians were free to worship according to their consciences, the Church acknowledged other paths to sanctity. In the early centuries the only criterion was popular acclaim, even when the bishop's approval became the final step in placing a commemoration on the calendar. The first papal canonization occurred in 993; the lengthy process now required to prove extraordinary sanctity took form in the last 500 years. Today's feast honors the obscure as well as the famous—the saints each of us have known. Enjoy this meditation on the Feast of All Saints! Saint of the Day, Copyright Franciscan Media

Bold Love Podcast
Jon Tyson: Cultivating Renewal in the Western Church

Bold Love Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 41:06


Jon Tyson and Bob Roberts dive into what it means to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western church along with how to learn from the global church. Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. Jon lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York. Pastor Jon will also be one of the keynote speakers at our upcoming Glocalnet annual conference called the Glocal Summit. This conference will be themed “In the Midst” as  as we know that pastors and church leaders are looking up from the middle of a valley. At this year's Glocal Summit ‘22  we are going to lean in together to face these challenges and learn about resilience from speakers like Pastor Jon Tyson, Pastor Glenn Packiam, and so many others. Come and get refreshed with the GlocalNet family while we encourage each other, as we learn together, as we face these challenges together and as we spend some time with Jesus in our midst, refueling us for the year to come. Register now for the event that will be help in Dallas, Texas on November 2-3. You can do so at glocal.net/summit now for only $99 and get $10 dollars off if you register using the coupon code “Podcast” by October 31.   Show Notes: Glocal Summit Event    Bold Love Podcast Website About Bob Roberts Jr GlocalNet Website

Brave Men podcast
BraveMen S4E146: Jon Tyson - Renewing a Dying Culture

Brave Men podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 38:00


Jon Tyson is a man on a mission – to cultivate renewal in the culture of the church – and rebuild the culture of nations. That's a man you need to meet at the Lions Roar Global Summit on Manhood  in Dallas – Nov. 3-5, 2022. Just being in the same room with Jon Tyson will move your life to a new level. He is a noted shaper of cultural thought - author, teacher, pastor and provocateur of Christian culture. His teaching, writing, and media are helping pastors and leaders navigate a quickly changing world.   Jon Tyson is an ally who pastors Church of the City in New York City. Originally from Adelaide Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Rumors of God, Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, The Burden is Light, Beautiful Resistance, and The Intentional Father which will be featured at the Lions Roar Summit. (details at CMNSummit.com)

Evergreen Church
Lessons from the Fathers - “St. Jerome: Word Made Accessible” - 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

Evergreen Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 62:51


One of the least likable of the Church Fathers, Jerome nevertheless had an influence which dominated the Western Church for a thousand years. Always torn between comfort of wealth and demands of holiness, he spent years of soul struggle in ascetic isolation. His legacy, however, is God's Word set forth in the language of the people.

KINGS DREAM LIVE [Podcast]
Did Western Church Create Andrew Tate & Sneako? W/ Young Don

KINGS DREAM LIVE [Podcast]

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 19:47


MY Devotional: Daily Encouragement from Leading The Way
Has the Western Church Adulterated the Gospel?: October 5, 2022

MY Devotional: Daily Encouragement from Leading The Way

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 4:20


The Good News of Jesus Christ is simple and transparently clear. Has the Western church clouded and adulterated it with false philosophies, ideologies, and doctrines? Listen to today's devotional for insight into this pressing question.If you would like more insight into today's devotional topic, listen to Dr. Michael Youssef's sermon The Secrets of Positive Living, Part 13: LISTEN NOWDr. Michael Youssef's timely book Is the End Near?: What Jesus Told Us About the Last Days will answer your questions about end-times issues by examining statements that Jesus Himself made about what was and is to come. You will be encouraged as you anticipate Christ's return. Purchase your copy exclusively from select retailers today by visiting IsTheEndNearBook.com for details!

Allison Park Leadership Podcast
False Prophets, Fake Christians, and the Failure of Modern Discipleship

Allison Park Leadership Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 62:16


In this week's episode, Pastor Jeff and Dave discuss the Western Church, whether it is doing a good job in making disciples, and answering the question: What does it take to make a disciple?

No Doubt No Fear Only Believe
What three areas would you change if you were in charge of the western church?

No Doubt No Fear Only Believe

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 6:13


310 In this episode, I begin new teaching on the three areas I would change if I were in charge of the Western church.It is going to be based on 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.This is one of our favorite Bible verses and we are going to use it to help encourage you to begin to operate your life with more love, unity, and a sound mind.I believe most of the Western church could grow more in all three areas.

Be the Bridge Podcast with Latasha Morrison
Be The Bridge 254 - Mekdes Haddis

Be the Bridge Podcast with Latasha Morrison

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 64:01


Description: Have you ever questioned if Christianity is a white man's religion? Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to do missions and church planting? African Missiologist and thought leader, Medkes Haddis joins Latasha Morrison on this Be the Bridge podcast episode to challenge the Western Church's view on missions. She invites listeners into a history of Ethiopian Christianity and how the Doctrine of Discovery remains embedded in the modern mission movement. Their discussion points to the brutal impact of good intentions and how church plants can often be facilitators of gentrification. Medkes reminds us that Black and Brown leaders and pastors are already doing the work and there are wholesome ways to empower, support, and join them in that work. This needed conversation, along with Medkes' book A Just Mission, encourages a reframing of missions and a pursuit of racial righteousness. Quotes: “Christianity is not Western culture.” -Latasha Morrison “For anybody that says Christianity is a white man's religion, I would say go and visit the ancient Ethiopian churches that have been there for centuries, before any white man ever came into Africa.” -Mekdes Haddis “Our good intent does not always produce good impact.” -Mekdes Haddis Links: Ads: Become a Recurring Partner of Be the Bridge Shop the Be the Bridge StoreResource Mentioned: A Just Mission book by Mekdes Haddis Connect with Mekdes Haddis: Her Website Just Missions Facebook Group Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Connect with Be the Bridge: Our Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Connect with Latasha Morrison: Facebook Instagram Twitter Host & Executive Producer - Latasha Morrison Senior Producer - Lauren C. Brown Producer, Editor, & Music - Travon Potts Transcriber - Sarah Connatser Not all views expressed in this interview reflect the values and beliefs of Latasha Morrison or the Be the Bridge organization.

Obedience on SermonAudio
The Western Church

Obedience on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 5:00


A new MP3 sermon from Biblical Restoration Ministries is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: The Western Church Subtitle: Sermon Speaker: Sadhu Sundar Singh Broadcaster: Biblical Restoration Ministries Event: Sermon Clip Date: 9/7/2022 Length: 5 min.

Biblical Restoration Ministries
The Western Church

Biblical Restoration Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 5:00


A Missionary from India, Sadhu Sundar Singh, traveled to America and Britain to share about the love of God. He saw things in the western church that is happening today. Where is our love and passion for God verses our love for things-

Dwell On These Things
Lessons from the Third World Church

Dwell On These Things

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 26:52


Clive Calver, author and former President of World Relief, argues that the Western Church has as much to learn from the Second and Third World Church as it has to offer.

Voices of Renewal
Episode 34: Dr. Ed Smither on St. Augustine of Hippo

Voices of Renewal

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 29:30


St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is widely considered the most influencial theologian and Christian thinker in the Western Church. His major writings – The City of God, On Christian Doctrine, and Confessions – are still widely read. He offered major contributions to the doctrines of predestination, original sin, the trinity, and ecclesiology. However, he was also a renowned teacher and mentor to the next generation of ministry leaders. To learn more about the life and renewal legacy of St. Augustine, hear from Dr. Ed Smither, Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies and Professor of Intercultural Studies and History of Global Christianity at Columbia International University. 

Today's Catholic Mass Readings
Today's Catholic Mass Readings Saturday, September 3, 2022

Today's Catholic Mass Readings

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 Transcription Available


Full Text of ReadingsMemorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church Lectionary: 436All podcast readings are produced by the USCCB and are from the Catholic Lectionary, based on the New American Bible and approved for use in the United States _______________________________________The Saint of the day is Saint Gregory the GreatGregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome. Ordained a priest, Gregory became one of the pope's seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, but at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome. Gregory was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services, emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and to care for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy, and for strengthening respect for doctrine. Whether he was largely responsible for the revision of “Gregorian” chant is disputed. Gregory lived in a time of perpetual strife with invading Lombards and difficult relations with the East. When Rome itself was under attack, he interviewed the Lombard king. His book, Pastoral Care, on the duties and qualities of a bishop, was read for centuries after his death. He described bishops mainly as physicians whose main duties were preaching and the enforcement of discipline. In his own down-to-earth preaching, Gregory was skilled at applying the daily Gospel to the needs of his listeners. Called “the Great,” Gregory has been given a place with Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, as one of the four key doctors of the Western Church. An Anglican historian has written: “It is impossible to conceive what would have been the confusion, the lawlessness, the chaotic state of the Middle Ages without the medieval papacy; and of the medieval papacy, the real father is Gregory the Great.” Reflection Gregory was content to be a monk, but he willingly served the Church in other ways when asked. He sacrificed his own preferences in many ways, especially when he was called to be Bishop of Rome. Once he was called to public service, Gregory gave his considerable energies completely to this work. Gregory's description of bishops as physicians fits in well with Pope Francis' description of the Church as a "field hospital." Saint Gregory the Great is the Patron Saint of: England Epilepsy Musicians Teachers Saint of the Day, Copyright Franciscan Media

Rebuilders
Rebuilders: Five things the Western Church can learn from the Iranian persecuted Church

Rebuilders

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022


Glawry Podcast
Faith and Fitness

Glawry Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 35:05


Faith and fitness. These are two topics M.O.N.K. has covered quite heavily on this show. Yet, we have not explored the connection between the two. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the relationship between faith, fitness and everything in between. Topics Covered: -Your body is your house, but your body is not you. -Disregarding physical health is a plank in the eye of the Western Church. -Fitness as a buffer for mental health issues. -If you feel better, you feel God better. *** Pick up the Book: Reclaiming the Man. You can connect with everything going on in the Glawry Universe by clicking here! Instagram: @_glawry_ or @xxmonkxx Twitter: @_glawry_

Table Theology
What's Wrong with the Western Church?

Table Theology

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 81:06


On today's podcast, we tackle the question of what's wrong with the western church. While this question has many variables and may be unanswerable, I think that this is a question that still needs to be asked and discussed. 

The SEND938 Podcast
Are We Reproducing Churches or Reproducing Western Church Culture - Jeff Brown and Dan Seely

The SEND938 Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 35:25


Veteran church planters, with experiences in Africa and Europe, Jeff Brown and Dan Seely join Steve Anderson and Steve Gault for a candid conversation about both the strengths and the weaknesses of the western church model in cross-cultural environments. The basics of church life and the culture of the church family can and should blend beautifully to produce national churches that look, sound, and feel like a church that belongs where it has been planted. You won't want to miss this episode!SEND938@bmm.orgwww.bmm.org

Bethesda Shalom
Setting the Sale to the Wind – Paul M. Williams

Bethesda Shalom

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 69:26


Psalm 127:1 Before the invention of the engine, there were only two ways to power a sea vessel; by human power or by nature's power.  You could row a boat or sail a boat!!  Without a doubt, rowing involves far more effort on the part of man than does sailing.  Those oars must be pulled through the waters at speed enough to create a drag that propels the boat forward. Stop rowing and the boat stops with it!  On the other hand, a sailing boat is oarless, and the means by which it is propelled is not by hand, but by the wind.  The art of sailing is setting the sail to the wind!!  The Western Church functions today like a rowing boat.  Its source of propulsion is based upon the principle of human power. Rowing strength is the model upon which it is founded.  Oh, how we need a divine interruption into the mundane affairs of Churchianity! How we need so desperately to see the utter futility of our endless Church activities in the absence of the presence of God the Holy Ghost!!!  Oh, how we need the fresh wind of revival to blow again amidst us that we might set our sails to the wind.  Do it again Lord!

Partakers Church Podcasts
Church History Part 16

Partakers Church Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 9:02


Church Part 16 Debates! Decretals! Donation! Doctrinal Disputes G'day and welcome to Partakers and to our series, HAHA – Heroes and Heretics Abound. Together we are looking at the story of the church from its origins to the Age of Reasoning in the 18th century. Today we will look very briefly at debates, decretals, a donation and doctrinal disputes! All of which help to make up what makes Church History so fascinating! Debates! Use of images and pictures - During the 8th century, there was intense debate over the use of images and pictures to aid in worship. Pope Gregory 1 had allowed them to stimulate worship, but was very clear in that they were not to be objects of worship or adoration. However, they quickly became objects of worship and adoration, with the Eastern Church eventually allowed salutation and honorific worship of images, which in turn led to the strong use of images. This practise is still alive in the Orthodox churches today. The Roman Church however, have resisted their use. The False Decretals In about the year 850, documents, which we know to be decretals or papal orders, purporting to go back to the 1st century, were discovered. These documents, or Decretals, contained decisions and laws of the Roman bishop, the Pope, and designed to elevate the power of the Papacy. This was an attempt to prove the original power of the Pope and the bishops against the metropolitan and secular authorities. These documents mainly consisted of material plagiarised from older writings, including genuine documents, and pieced together. The excerpts were freely altered, and at times concluded differently to the originals. Chiefly, these False Decretals safeguarded the privileges and choices of the bishops, because the bishops were the pillars of the Christian church. Therefore they deserved protection from the laity and other bishops. They were later found to be forgeries in the 15th century, but by that time they had already been well used by the Papacy. These were discovered to be a forgery in the 15th century by an Italian Catholic priest Lorenzo Valla. Donation of Constantine Part of these False Decretals was the Donation of Constantine, quite possibly the most famous of the Decretals. This forged document claimed that Constantine presented the Pope with the insignia of the Western Empire, giving him authority over all the Empire. However, there had been some doubt over their authenticity since the 11th century. Here is an excerpt: Emperor Constantine yielded his crown, and all his royal prerogatives in the city of Rome, and in Italy, and in western parts to the Apostolic See. … The Emperor Constantine the fourth day after his baptism conferred this privilege on the Pontiff of the Roman church, that in the whole Roman world priests should regard him as their head, as judges do the king. We-together with all our satraps, and the whole senate and my nobles, and also all the people subject to the government of glorious Rome-considered it advisable, that as the Blessed Peter is seen to have been constituted vicar of the Son of God on the earth, so the Pontiffs who are the representatives of that same chief of the apostles, should obtain from us and our empire the power of a supremacy greater than the clemency of our earthly imperial serenity is seen to have conceded to it, choosing that same chief of the apostles and his vicars to be our constant intercessors with God. And to the extent of our earthly imperial power, we have decreed that his holy Roman church shall be honoured with veneration, and that more than our empire and earthly throne the most sacred seat of the Blessed Peter shall be gloriously exalted, we giving to it power, and dignity of glory, and vigour, and honour imperial. The Pontiff, who at the time shall be at the head of the holy Roman church itself, shall be more exalted than, and chief over, all the priests of the whole world, and according to his judgment everything which is provided for the service of God and for the stability of the faith of Christians is to be administered. Doctrinal Disputes Eastern & Western Church Moves Apart - During this period there was also upheaval within the churches. The Eastern and Western churches moved even further apart during this period. What were some of the differences between the Eastern and Western churches? Language – Eastern church spoke Greek, and the West church therefore spoke Latin. Theology - There was debate over the role of the Holy Spirit. The Eastern Church believed that the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father through the Son. The Western Church believed that the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father and the Son. Transubstantiation - Paschasius Radbertus wrote a treatise in 831 'on the Body and Blood of the Lord' defining the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. This was accepted as official doctrine at the Lutheran Council in 1215. Confession - popularised during the 8th century, and first commanded by the bishop in 763. Priesthood - the priesthood was considerably elevated by now with the priests becoming a class of mediators between 'man and God'. Next time we will look at the Papacy at its very height! Thanks for listening! Come back to Partakers, where every day there is something new to encourage your walk as a Christian in the 21st century. Tap or click here to download and save this as an audio mp3 file

Partakers Church Podcasts
Church History Part 8

Partakers Church Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 5:11


Church History Part 08 Fall of Rome & Rise of Monasticism Last time we looked at some of the critical thinkers including both heroes and heretics! We also looked very briefly the councils as the church formulated its thinking in regards to what the Gospel is and for true doctrine in a bid to counteract the indefatigable rise of heretical teaching such as Gnosticism and Arianism.  All Emperors of the Roman Empire following the death of Constantine were nominally Christian. In the last half of the 4th Century, the northern borders of the Roman Empire were under intense pressure from invading forces - Vandals, Huns & Goths. Eventually the great city of Rome, the centre of the Roman Empire, was plundered in 410 & 455, before finally falling in 476.  Some of the major reasons for this to occur include: Strong pressures from Northern tribes. Within the Roman Government there was a great love and passion for luxury & corruption was rife. There was weak leadership, as the Christians tended to avoid public life. The West was less wealthy than the East. While the Empire declined, the Bishop of Rome grew more powerful, and Rome became the spiritual centre of the Western Church. ~ While all this was going on, there was a new movement within Christianity. We call this the Monastic Movement. The word monk, derives from the Latin word “monachoi” which means ”people who live alone”) ~ Reasons for rise of monasticism In the 4th century, there was major increase in pagan influence in the Church. Many people tried a solitary life as a means of achieving a purer devotion to God without outside pressure. Both Eastern & Greek thinking stressed that the physical was evil and that was to be suppressed. Inevitably this flowed into Christian thinking. ~ Benefits Many monasteries were centres for missionary training & care for the community, by helping with medicine, agriculture & education. Many people did indeed achieve a genuine devotion to God, a dedication to prayer and Bible study – all of which were strongly encouraged. Another benefit was that it encouraged a disciplined spiritual lifestyle. ~ However as well as significant benefits as we have seen, it also brought with it severe disadvantages. ~ Disadvantages It meant in many cases, Christians withdrawing totally from society, and retreating from their local community, instead of ministering to and being of encouragement to their community or society. There arose a kind of spiritual elitism. Many joined the monasteries because it became the thing to do, "the in thing" and was seen as fashionabler. “Look how good I am by withdrawing from you to dedicate my life to prayer and worship.” There was a tendency to wealth & degeneration after the original founders of monasteries died. Many equated spirituality with physical discipline. For example, Scripture promotes marriage & the physical side of life as being given by God. It is to be enjoyed rather than nullified and suppressed. Tap or click here to save this as an audio mp3 file

Partakers Church Podcasts
Church History Part 7

Partakers Church Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 9:50


Church History Part 7 4th & 5th Century - Leading Thinkers and Councils ~ G'day and welcome to Partakers and to our series, HAHA – Heroes and Heretics Abound. Together we will look at the story of the church from its origins to the Age of Reasoning in the 18th century. Last time we looked at the change for Christianity under Constantine – the church changed from being persecuted to being, as some would, compromised with its new found freedom. During this time as well, Christian thinking was being developed and clarified. There were several Councils called over the next 100 years which served that purpose. But let us look firstly at some of the leading Christian thinkers of the time, who helped formulate what we believe as 21st century Christians. Leading Christian thinkers of the 4th & 5th Centuries Athanasius 296-373. Deacon of the church in Alexandria, opposed Arius in the Council of Nicea. Became Bishop of Alexandria in 328. Athanasius was exiled 5 times because of his opposition to Arianism! Athanasius was the champion of orthodox Christian thinking! Hilary of Poitiers 295-368. Bishop of the Church at Poitiers, France. He was the main defender of orthodoxy in the Western Church who opposed Arianism. Ambrose of Milan 339-397. Ambrose became Bishop of Milan in 374 at the age of 34, and was in that role for 23 years. He was the Governor of Milan, the capital of the Empire, before being chosen as bishop by popular vote or choice. He was unbaptized, untrained, and resisted the peoples choice initially. Ambrose was noted for his courage and unbending character, completed the overthrow of Arianism in the Western church. Aurelius Augustine 354-430. Augustine was born of a pagan father and a Christian mother in Africa. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 32 and became Bishop of Hippo in 393. He is certainly one of the greatest theologians and thinkers in the history of the church. Most of mainstream Christianity today draws upon his teachings and thoughts. He was the first to clearly explain and express the doctrine of God's grace - that salvation was a gift of God and could not be earned. He taught that there was no salvation outside of the church. However he did promote a belief in purgatory and the use of relics, which much of the evangelical church today would consider in contrast to Christian teaching. John Chrysostom 347-407. He was known as 'John the Golden Mouth', because he was a great orator, teacher and preacher. He was the Bishop of Antioch & Constantinople in the Eastern Church. Jerome 340-420, was born in Italy, which was part of the Western Church. Jerome translated the Hebrew Old Testament into Latin (the popular language of the day) and the Latin Vulgate which was accepted by the Roman Catholic Church as its official Latin translation for centuries. Jerome lived in Bethlehem as a hermit for 35 years, and strongly promoted the monastic lifestyle as spiritually superior. Leo I (Leo the Great) 390-461. Bishop of Rome 440-461 was born in Tuscany, Italy. He made a major advance in acceptance of the Bishop of Rome as the universal Bishop, arguing as he did from Matthew 16:18. He was referred to as the Pope by many Bishops at the Council of Chalcedon (451), and this was largely accepted in the Western Church. This was strongly supported by the Roman Emperor, who made it an offence against the State to resist the Bishop of Rome, or Pope. As we can see by these people, Christian doctrine and thinking is continually developing. However some incorrect thinking was also invading the church. For example Arianism and the heretical thoughts of Arius were rife! Therefore over the next 100 years, various Church councils were called, not only to combat Arianism but also other heresies – some very subtle ones! Councils of the 4th & 5th Centuries The Council of Nicea 324 AD, called by Constantine to resolve the Arian heresy. Arius, an elder from Alexandria taught that Jesus Christ was merely a created being and denied his deity. Athanasius, a deacon in the Alexandria church, opposed Arius and supported Christ's deity. The debate raged over whether Jesus Christ should be described as 'the same essence as the Father' (homousious), or 'like essence as the Father' (homoiousios). Eventually it was accepted that Jesus Christ was 'the same essence as the Father '. The Nicene creed contains the final statement about Jesus Christ's deity. Council of Constantinople 381 AD, was called to discuss Apollonarianism and Sebellianism. Apollonarianism was a theory proposed by Apollinaris the Younger, Bishop of Laodicea. This theory was that Jesus had a human body and a human sensitive soul but didn't possess a human rational mind but rather a divine mind. There was the theory of Modalism or Unitarianism which proposed that the Heavenly Father, the Resurrected Son and the Holy Spirit were different modes one God, rather than three distinct persons within the Godhead. Sebellianism differed slightly from this in that Sabellius, its proposer, acknowledged that Jesus was fully God. At the Council of Constantinople, these teachings were condemned as unbiblical and therefore were heresies. The Holy Spirit was affirmed to be a person, equal with the Father and the Son. Council of Ephesus 431 AD, was called to discuss Nestorianism, at which it was condemned as a heresy. Nestorius protested, stating that Mary was the mother of the humanity of Jesus Christ, but not of His deity. Nestorian Christians engaged in a great missionary endeavour reaching across Asia to China in the Middle Ages. The council condemned and deposed Nestorius. Eutyches, Nestorius' opponent, was deposed 20 years later with being a heretic, teaching Jesus Christ had only a divine nature and was not fully human. Council of Chalcedon 451 AD 500 bishops met and affirmed that Jesus Christ had 2 natures, both divine and human, unchangeably united in one person. Condemned Eutyches who believed Jesus Christ had only the 1 divine nature. The heretical thoughts of Arianism, Nestorianism, Apollonarianism, Unitarianism, Modalism and Sebellianism are still in some religious thoughts today – particularly in the cults such as Mormonism and Jehovah Witnesses. Tap or click here to save this as an audio mp3 file ~

SkyWatchTV
Handmaidens Conspiracy (Part 2)

SkyWatchTV

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 28:30


DISCOVER THE FORGOTTEN AND UNSUNG WOMEN HEROINES OF THE BIBLE! When thinking of the most influencing female voices in scripture many of us instantly think of Ruth, Naomi, Hannah, Rachel, Esther, or even the first woman of all creation, Eve. However, few think about the various women mentioned by the Apostle Paul who greatly aided in the establishment of the New Testament Church. Who were these unsung heroines and where do their voices fit in Paul mentioning that “women should remain silent in church”? Find out today on SkyWatchTV! ______________________ “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection” This offer holds a retail value of $70.00! NOW FOR ONLY $35.00 +S/H Have erroneous Bible translations hijacked the women's empowerment movement started by Jesus Christ?!!! SkyWatchTV is proud to present “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection”! When you order Reverend Donna Howell's groundbreaking book “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” and Allie Henson and Reverend Donna Howell's book “Dark Covenant” from the SkyWatchTV store, you'll also receive the “Dark Covenant Companion DVD” packed with mind blowing information on the Western Church undergoing a dark transformation into a Cult! In the amazing book “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” Reverend Donna Howell uncovers the cultural and historic backdrop behind Paul's words in the New Testament that correct the record on some of the most misinterpreted scriptures in modern history in relation to women, their leadership role in the church, and helps you to understand properly what Paul was responding to when the Epistles were written! In “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” you will: • Follow the cultural and historical backdrop behind Paul's words in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy — the “trouble verses” in relation to the issue of women's leadership in the church! • Discover what the original Greek nouns and adjectives meant in Paul's “greeting” orders and meet the unsung heroines that Paul addressed as his co-workers in ministry such as Phoebe, Priscilla, Junia, and several others! • Reflect upon the women Jesus knew, both from Scripture as well as in person, and the groundbreaking, permanent changes He made regarding their rights, their value, and their role in delivering his message to the world! Also, included in this special offer, Allie Henson and Reverend Donna Howell's shocking written exposé “Dark Covenant” which details how the masses are being groomed to embrace the unthinkable while leaders of organized religion make a deal with the devil! In this jaw-dropping book you will learn: • How the church is being groomed to embrace the unthinkable in preparation for the enforcement of the mark of the beast! • How the true body of Christ is being slowly positioned to be considered a public enemy, with the Bible labeled as hate speech and possibly soon prohibited! • How much of western Christianity has actually become a cult! • And, what the TRUE body of Christ can do to survive the modern assault on Christianity! But that's not all, in this must have collection you'll also receive “The Dark Covenant Companion DVD”! Join Reverend Donna Howell, Allie Henson and the SkyWatch Investigative team for this original 4-Part series on DVD! This eye-opening expose is an essential teaching tool that is already sending shockwaves through the western religious establishment and is certain to help ready the true remnant of God with the tools needed to navigate the coming days of persecution! Find out what Jesus truly thought of women's roles in the church and become equip with knowledge and power to push back the powers of deception! This collection is available ONLY while supplies last! SO don't delay! “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection”, available now at skywatchtvstore.com, order now or call 1-844-750-4985!

Catholic Drive Time: Keeping you Informed & Inspired!
Are the Eastern Orthodox making the same mistakes the Western Church is making?

Catholic Drive Time: Keeping you Informed & Inspired!

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 120:00


Recorded on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 Are the Eastern Orthodox making the same mistakes the Western Church is making? Timothy Flanders joins us to discuss the first “openly gay” Orthodox couple baptizing a child. ALSO – David L Gray – Did the Pope just give Joe Biden a Pass on abortion? Speaking to the Spanish TV network Univision Pope Francis has noted the “incoherence” of President Joe Biden's support for abortion as a Catholic, but said that he “leaves it” to Biden's “conscience” whether to receive Holy Communion or not.

The Last Gen
America's Favorite False Teaching: Debunking Cessationism

The Last Gen

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 50:14


The Western Church, and American churches in particular, have become too smart for God. They think that, because a teaching might not make sense to their natural mind, it cannot be true. Though they mask this negligence in "intelligence", it's clear to see that the reason they oppose sound teaching is because the don't want to believe it. This is especially true of the cancer of cessationism: the belief that the gifts and miracles of the Holy Spirit have ceased and are no longer to be expected in the believer's life today. Join me as we debunk this false teaching!

SkyWatchTV
Handmaidens Conspiracy (Part 1)

SkyWatchTV

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 28:30


HAS ERRONEOUS BIBLE TRANSLATIONS HIJACKED THE WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT STARTED BY JESUS CHRIST?! The Church today frequently teaches that Paul, in his letter to Timothy and the Corinthians, prohibited women from becoming teachers, preachers, or pastors within Christianity. But is that what the GREEK said? Our guests today will uncover this and more, right now! ______________________ “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection” This offer holds a retail value of $70.00! NOW FOR ONLY $35.00 +S/H Have erroneous Bible translations hijacked the women's empowerment movement started by Jesus Christ?!!! SkyWatchTV is proud to present “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection”! When you order Reverend Donna Howell's groundbreaking book “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” and Allie Henson and Reverend Donna Howell's book “Dark Covenant” from the SkyWatchTV store, you'll also receive the “Dark Covenant Companion DVD” packed with mind blowing information on the Western Church undergoing a dark transformation into a Cult! In the amazing book “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” Reverend Donna Howell uncovers the cultural and historic backdrop behind Paul's words in the New Testament that correct the record on some of the most misinterpreted scriptures in modern history in relation to women, their leadership role in the church, and helps you to understand properly what Paul was responding to when the Epistles were written! In “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” you will: • Follow the cultural and historical backdrop behind Paul's words in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy — the “trouble verses” in relation to the issue of women's leadership in the church! • Discover what the original Greek nouns and adjectives meant in Paul's “greeting” orders and meet the unsung heroines that Paul addressed as his co-workers in ministry such as Phoebe, Priscilla, Junia, and several others! • Reflect upon the women Jesus knew, both from Scripture as well as in person, and the groundbreaking, permanent changes He made regarding their rights, their value, and their role in delivering his message to the world! Also, included in this special offer, Allie Henson and Reverend Donna Howell's shocking written exposé “Dark Covenant” which details how the masses are being groomed to embrace the unthinkable while leaders of organized religion make a deal with the devil! In this jaw-dropping book you will learn: • How the church is being groomed to embrace the unthinkable in preparation for the enforcement of the mark of the beast! • How the true body of Christ is being slowly positioned to be considered a public enemy, with the Bible labeled as hate speech and possibly soon prohibited! • How much of western Christianity has actually become a cult! • And, what the TRUE body of Christ can do to survive the modern assault on Christianity! But that's not all, in this must have collection you'll also receive “The Dark Covenant Companion DVD”! Join Reverend Donna Howell, Allie Henson and the SkyWatch Investigative team for this original 4-Part series on DVD! This eye-opening expose is an essential teaching tool that is already sending shockwaves through the western religious establishment and is certain to help ready the true remnant of God with the tools needed to navigate the coming days of persecution! Find out what Jesus truly thought of women's roles in the church and become equip with knowledge and power to push back the powers of deception! This collection is available ONLY while supplies last! SO don't delay! “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection”, available now at skywatchtvstore.com, order now or call 1-844-750-4985!

Dare 2 Hear - The Podcast
The Discipleship Dilemma

Dare 2 Hear - The Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 39:14


As a Pastor, I can attest to the first hand issues within the church on raising disciples.  Today's conversation on the podcast with Dennis Allen is a good one. We talk about how the church has lost sight of the great commision and Dennis jumps into the numbers and statistics, which are quite shocking and staggering if the church's great commission is to expand the Kingdom of God and reach the nations with the good news. Dennis, also looks back at church history and describes how the decline began in the Western Church. But he doesn't leave us there, there is Hope moving forward and to help get us back on track with what Jesus Christ commissioned us to do.    The book is organized into three sections: defining the dilemma from a leadership perspective, unearthing causes and effects, and a leadership path forward. The book is not just for Pastors, but lay leaders of all stripes, from small group leaders to Sunday School teachers to Elders, Deacons, Trustees, Committee leaders. And especially mature believers in Christ, who are to be out there inviting, living alongside, coaching discipleship.    You can purchase the book or connect with Dennis here: https://thediscipledilemma.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC2aXZKRvzW-8gpJ7l3SoeA  Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/thediscipledilemma/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thediscipledilemma/ Or check the book out on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B09TVF27PV/ref=nosim?tag=da2he-20

Finding Holy
123: Hope for the Western Church with Eric Costanzo

Finding Holy

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 37:51


Ashley talks with Eric Costanzo, an author (along with Daniel Yang and Matt Soerens) of Inalienable, about hope for the American church. We don't have to give up on Jesus' bride, but we do need to find ways to heal. Listen in to Eric's practical and thoughtful wisdom about how to live with hope for the church. Listening to and learning from marginalized voices shows us the way forward. LINKS Eric's book, Inalienable Ashley's most recent book, A Spacious Life is in paperback, ebook and audio. Sign up for Ashley's substack here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Growing and Witnessing
Renewal and Reformation

Growing and Witnessing

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 43:53


In the 6th video in our series on the disruptions in the history of the Church, we discuss the Protestant Reformation and the forces that led up to it. God worked through the cultural and intellectual renaissance to bring about a much needed Reformation in the Western Church. Luther's 95 theses accomplished more than he could have ever imagined (or intended) and set off a turn of events that changed the world.

Tales of Glory
Tales of Glory - Episode 43 - Fireside Chat - Interview with an Exorcist book

Tales of Glory

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 17:29


Episode 43 - the big mic check and diving into Fr Fortea's book Interview with an Exorcist (pgs 59-61). In this episode, we examine some common beliefs of the Western Church on demonology and how it differs greatly from what the second temple Hebrews believed. The show notes are on the hosting page at: Tales of Glory - Episode 43 - Fireside Chat - Interview with an Exorcist book Buy the books we're teaching from: www.afg2sw.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/michael-norton05/support

SkyWatchTV
The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection!

SkyWatchTV

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 3:08


“The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection!”   Have erroneous Bible translations hijacked the women's empowerment movement started by Jesus Christ?!!! SkyWatchTV is proud to present “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection”! When you order Reverend Donna Howell's groundbreaking book “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” and Allie Henson and Reverend Donna Howell's book “Dark Covenant” from the SkyWatchTV store, you'll also receive the “Dark Covenant Companion DVD” packed with mind blowing information on the Western Church undergoing a dark transformation into a Cult! In the amazing book “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” Reverend Donna Howell uncovers the cultural and historic backdrop behind Paul's words in the New Testament that correct the record on some of the most misinterpreted scriptures in modern history in relation to women, their leadership role in the church, and helps you to understand properly what Paul was responding to when the Epistles were written! In “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy” you will:   • Follow the cultural and historical backdrop behind Paul's words in 1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy — the “trouble verses” in relation to the issue of women's leadership in the church! • Discover what the original Greek nouns and adjectives meant in Paul's “greeting” orders and meet the unsung heroines that Paul addressed as his co-workers in ministry such as Phoebe, Priscilla, Junia, and several others! • Reflect upon the women Jesus knew, both from Scripture as well as in person, and the groundbreaking, permanent changes He made regarding their rights, their value, and their role in delivering his message to the world!   Also, included in this special offer, Allie Henson and Reverend Donna Howell's shocking written exposé “Dark Covenant” which details how the masses are being groomed to embrace the unthinkable while leaders of organized religion make a deal with the devil! In this jaw-dropping book you will learn:   • How the church is being groomed to embrace the unthinkable in preparation for the enforcement of the mark of the beast! • How the true body of Christ is being slowly positioned to be considered a public enemy, with the Bible labeled as hate speech and possibly soon prohibited! • How much of western Christianity has actually become a cult! • And, what the TRUE body of Christ can do to survive the modern assault on Christianity! But that's not all, in this must have collection you'll also receive “The Dark Covenant Companion DVD”! Join Reverend Donna Howell, Allie Henson and the SkyWatch Investigative team for this original 4-Part series on DVD! This eye-opening expose is an essential teaching tool that is already sending shockwaves through the western religious establishment and is certain to help ready the true remnant of God with the tools needed to navigate the coming days of persecution!   Sold separately these items hold a retail value over $70, yours now for your donation of only $35.00 plus S/H   Find out what Jesus truly thought of women's roles in the church and become equip with knowledge and power to push back the powers of deception! This collection is available ONLY while supplies last! SO don't delay! “The Handmaiden's Conspiracy Collection”, available now at skywatchtvstore.com, order now or call 1-844-750-4985!

Mornings with Eric and Brigitte
The Stranger At Our Shore

Mornings with Eric and Brigitte

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 12:13


A gripping tale of escape from Egypt, The Stranger at Our Shore is the true story of one young man's journey out of Islam into new life in Christ. On Friday's Mornings with Eric and Brigitte, Chicago pastor Joshua Sherif relates his remarkable testimony and calls the Western Church to reconsider the plight of the modern day sojourners in our land. We need to reexamine our thinking about the strangers at our shore and the ones living right next door—and to return wholeheartedly to the church's first charge: making disciples.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Missions Podcast
The Stranger on Our Shore With Joshua Sherif

The Missions Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022


Watch the video version of this episode here. Joshua Sherif grew up Muslim, escaped from Egypt, and found Christ in the US. In The Stranger at Our Shore, he shares his remarkable testimony, Chicago pastor Joshua Sherif calls the Western Church to reconsider the plight of the modern day sojourners in our land—the strangers at our shore and the ones living right next door—and to return wholeheartedly to its first charge: making disciples. Joshua was born in Egypt to a Muslim family and immigrated to the United States, where he later came to faith in Jesus. For the past decade, he has planted and pastored in Albany Park, Chicago, IL, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. His congregation represents more than thirty nationalities, speaking twenty languages. Josh has enjoyed his years equipping and coaching other missionaries and pastors around the world. His story was featured in Love Costs Everything, a documentary produced by CIY and Voice of the Martyrs, concerning Christian persecution. Support this podcast and impact God's mission. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com.

The One Minute Apologist Podcast
Same-Sex Relationship Affirmation Debate | Unapologetic 82

The One Minute Apologist Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 25:58


June is LGBTQ pride month and whether or not same-sex relationships are sinful is a point of contention in the Western Church. In this episode, Bobby and I take opposite sides of the issue and lay out our best case.

The Gospel for Planet Earth w/ Karl and Susie Gessler
Christian Fellowship in Political Turmoil (W/ Professor David Clements)

The Gospel for Planet Earth w/ Karl and Susie Gessler

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 56:34


The Western Church is amid a tremendous shake-up, just like the world itself. While corruption and leadership failures glare at us around every corner, we have found what we recognize as "church" to be not much different. But just because official church leadership has mostly failed us in this pivotal moment in history, the true Church is reforming, regrouping, and reigniting to contend for truth and justice. Professor David Clements knows a thing or two about justice as a former prosecuting attorney and Law professor. Today, Professor Clements is on the front lines of the battle for integrity in our government and elections. Because of David's engagement in the war against lies, he needs strong Christian fellowship more than ever before. Where can such fellowship be found in the middle of disappointments and chaos?➡️Telegram - https://t.me/FaithoftheFathers ➡️The Professor's Record: https://t.me/theprofessorsrecord➡️Gab: https://gab.com/KarlGessler➡️Truth Social: https://truthsocial.com/@KarlGessler➡️Frank Social: https://franksocial.com/u/KarlGesslerSupport the show

Living Words
Blessed is the One Who Stays Awake

Living Words

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022


Blessed is the One Who Stays Awake Revelation 16 By William Klock There's an old story of a clergyman, who out of concern for a parishioner who had been absent for some time, went to visit her at home.  He saw her car in the driveway.  The drapes were drawn, but he could see the lights were one.  He could hear the faint sound of the TV.  She was clearly home.  He knocked on the door and waited.  No answer.  Then he heard the TV go silent.  He knocked again.  Still no answer.  He waited.  Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint movement of the living room drapes, as if someone had peeked around the edge.  Still no answer.  He rang the doorbell and waited again.  Still nothing.  He sighed, pulled one of his cards from his pocket, and slipped it into the front door's weather stripping.  Then he had an idea.  If anyone needed to read her Bible, it was she.  So he took the card back, pulled out his pen, and wrote on the back “Revelation 3:20”—“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”—and slipped the card back into the weatherstripping.  “She'll have to look that one up,” he thought, “and maybe she'll keep reading while her Bible's open.”  He rang the bell one more time, waited again, and left. On Sunday morning he was pleased to see that the woman was in church, but she left too quickly for him to greet her.  Then, as he was getting ready to leave the church, one of the wardens approached, holding a little card.  “It was in the offering plate,” the warden said as he handed it to him.  The priest took the card and saw it was one of his own.  He turned it over and saw the Bible reference he'd written: “Revelation 3:20”.  Underneath it the woman had written another: “Genesis 3:10”.  He laughed.  That's Adam's answer to the Lord, “I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Revelation 16 continues with the Lord's judgement on Greco-Roman world.  We looked at Chapter 15 two weeks ago and saw the announcement of seven plagues, carried by seven angles in bowls like those used for drink offerings in the temple.  In Chapter 16 we'll now see those plagues poured out—the wrath of God revealed.  And in the middle of the plagues John stops—in verse 15—to give a warning to God's people: “Behold, I am coming like a thief!  Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”   It's a warning from Jesus for his Church to stay alert and on guard—not to be distracted, but to be diligently about the work he's given.  He gave similar warnings to the churches at Sardis and Laodicea.  The reference is to an officer in the temple in John's day, who was tasked with making sure that the men on watch stayed awake.  He would make the rounds of the temple and if he caught anyone asleep, he would beat him.  If he found the same man asleep a second time, he would strip the man naked and burn his clothes.[1]  One commentator writes, “The danger is of being caught not momentarily but habitually off guard—not, to put it crudely, with trousers down, but without trousers at all.”[2] Consider Jesus' warning to the Christians in Sardis: Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. (Revelation 3:2) Brothers and Sisters, it is easy to become complacent.  Either we become complacent and neglect our calling to proclaim and to live out the good news about Jesus and to declare the mighty works of God.  Or we become complacent in that we become worldly.  We live in the world and it's easy to be unconsciously influenced by it when we keep our guard down and neglect to feed ourselves on God's word and to share in the means of grace found in the Church.  It's also easy to become complacent through wilful compromise with the world.  We face opposition and instead of standing firm, we compromise in the hopes that the world will oppose us less—maybe that they'll even like us.  We see an awful lot of this today.  Churches looking to attract “seekers” structure ministry and worship around what is attractive to unbelievers—which can be great when done thoughtfully and carefully, but disastrous when, as so often happens, we end up looking more like the world than the church.  Or we cozy up to the world's system, especially to politics—Left or Right—it can go either way.  When we allow ourselves to be overtaken by the world's ways of thinking, whether that be commercialism and materialism or expressive individualism, the sexual revolution, and post-modern gender theory.  Or—I think most appropriate in light of our text today—we water down our message.  Large parts of the Western Church today are hesitant to talk about sin and about the consequences of sin, about the wrath of God and of judgement.  H. Richard Niebuhr famous described the gospel of much of modern Christendom as: “A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgement through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.”[3]  Such a faith is worthless—for those who believe—and for the world to which it is proclaimed.  The Church that preaches such a message is no church at all and when God's judgement does come, such churches will be swept away with everything else not of the kingdom—caught naked and asleep at her post.  It's important that the Church be clear about the difference between the things of God and the things of the world, the difference between godliness and sin, and knowing the kingdom of God, and be able to persevere in the midst of tribulation—that, to use John's metaphor, we stay awake and keep our pants on. As John announces the judgement that was soon to come on the pagan world of Caesar, using the language of cataclysmic plagues, the Church was expected to recognise the judgement of God in the same way that Israel had seen, recognised, and praised the judgment of God on Pharaoh, the supposed god-king, and on his pantheon of false gods.  John saw those who had conquered the beast, like Israel of old watching Pharaoh's army drown, singing the praises of their victorious God.  Brothers and Sisters, God's people are called to singing of his victory for the sake of the world and, in doing so, we glorify him.  Now look at Chapter 16.  John writes: Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”   Remember that in the last scene, John saw the heavenly tabernacle filled with smoke—so full that no one could enter.  And out came seven angels bearing bowls.  The image is of the priests of the old covenant bearing their drink offerings at the conclusion of the daily service.  Since no one could enter the heavenly tabernacle because of the smoke, this must be the voice of God directing the angels.  John then goes on: So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.   The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.   The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood.  (Revelation 16:2-4) Just like the plagues poured out on rebellious Jerusalem, the plagues poured out on the pagan nations are meant to remind us of the plagues the Lord brought on Egypt.  First, painful sores reminiscent of the boils that afflicted the Egyptians.  Second, the sea turning to blood and then, third, the fresh waters turning to blood as well. In contrast to the plagues poured out on rebellious Jerusalem, these plagues are universal in scope.  The earlier plagues were limited—a third of the water, a third of the people.  I think the idea in this distinction is that when God disciplined his rebellious children, there was an opportunity for the pagan nations to see, to take heart, and to repent of their wickedness themselves.  Now that opportunity has passed.  The wine of God's wrath has been tread out in the winepress and the wicked peoples who drank the blood of the saints are now—metaphorically—left with nothing but putrid blood to drink. That raises another question?  Are these plagues meant to be understood literally?  I think it's fairly clear, given the context, that they are not.  The imagery draws on the Lord's past judgement on the nations that afflicted his people, first Egypt and then, we'll see, Babylon.  The point is that the Lord is now going to judge Rome.  Remember the point of Revelation: tribulation, perseverance, and kingdom.  Jesus' main purpose in giving John this vision is to encourage the saints to persevere in the midst of tribulation.  The great New Testament scholar, George Caird, puts it this way: “The theme of the whole series [i.e., the plagues] is neither the collapse of the physical universe nor the punishment of individual men for their personal contribution to the world's iniquity, both of which come later when the record books are opened…but the ending of persecution through the removal of the persecutor.”[4]  The angels underscore this when they sing out between the third and fourth plagues.  Look at verses 5 to 7: And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,          for you brought these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,          and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!”   And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God the Almighty,          true and just are your judgments!”   The Lord's judgement vindicates his saints and brings justice on their persecutors.  The songs of the angels and of the altar—I assume these are the martyrs we saw earlier under the altar—the song is a needed reminder of the goodness of the Lord's judgement.  We modern Christians have often become uncomfortable with judgement—Niebuhr's God without wrath and kingdom without judgement.  One morning this week I left my prayer book at home.  I had left a Canadian prayer book on my desk—the 1962 edition—after looking up something in the lectionary last week, so I picked it up for Morning Prayer.  And I was jarred by the changes they made in the Psalter.  Wherever they could, they eliminated or watered down the passages that speak of or call for the Lord's judgement.  Whole psalms were removed.  Because modern Christians have—to our shame—become exceedingly uncomfortable with the topic of the wrath and judgement of God.  And yet, the angels sing here, it is God's justice which reveals his holiness.  Do we consider that when we sing “Holy, holy, holy Lord God almighty”?  And do we consider that it is the Lord's justice that is our consolation as we face a world that opposes us because it opposes him?  Brothers and Sisters, we need to remember that the Lord is revealed to be true and just because he judges wickedness and, in that, he deserves our praises.  There is no reason to preach the gracious mercy of the cross, if there is nothing from which we need deliverance. Now the fourth plague—verses 8 and 9: The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.  They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues.  They did not repent and give him glory.   The fourth of the trumpets that announcement judgement on Jerusalem heralded a plague of darkness.  Now the fourth bowl brings the opposite.  It metaphorically highlights the Lord's vindication of his saints.  The martyrs we saw under the altar back in Chapter 7 were consoled with the words: They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;          the sun shall not strike them,          nor any scorching heat.  (Revelation 7:16) In contrast, the wicked are exposed to the full justice of the Lord.  And yet, even as they experience his wrath, like Pharaoh, their hearts are hardened.  They know the source of their affliction, but rather than repent, rather than turn from their evil and give him glory, they curse him. With the fifth bowl, the judgement narrows from the wider pagan world of the Greeks and Romans to its throne—to the heart and embodiment of its wickedness. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness.  People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores.  They did not repent of their deeds. (Revelation 16:10-11) The Lord's judgement now falls on the beast, on Caesar, on Nero himself.  Darkness—political chaos—descends on the empire.  In a.d. 69 the Senate declared Nero a public enemy.  He fled and committed suicide.  A year of chaos—referred to as the Year of the Four Emperors—ensued.  Galba became emperor.  He was murdered by Otho.  Meanwhile, Vitellius popular for his military victories in Germany, vied for the throne and won the support of the imperial guard.  Otho committed suicide.  But Vitellius had his own rival in the general, Vespasian, who was besieging Jerusalem.  In the end, Vespasian's supporters in the military outnumbered those of Vitellius, who abdicated and was promptly lynched by a mob in Rome.  It was a year of chaos and civil war.  But again, even as the beast was toppled from his throne, there was no repentance.  Nero, who had initiated the empire's persecution of the saints, was cast down, but in quick succession four others seized his throne and made the same blasphemous claims to divinity that he had. And the sixth bowl.  Verses 12-16: The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.  And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.  For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.  (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)  And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.   John has referred to Rome symbolically as Babylon—historically the great enemy of the people of God.  And now the symbolism of the judgements recalls the fall of Babylon, while at the same time conjuring up the great fear of Rome at that time.  Ancient Babylon fell to the Medes when the invaders diverted the Euphrates River so that they could enter the city.  Now it's Rome's turn to fall.  Rome's great enemy to the east was the Parthian empire—on the other side of the Euphrates.  In the midst of Rome's political chaos, war was coming.  John writes of the kings of the nations assembling to battle at a place called in Hebrew, Harmageddon—the Mount of Megiddo.  It's a little interesting in that there's no Mount Megiddo.  Megiddo is a valley between the mountains—the route from the coastal plain of Palestine to the interior, to Syria and Damascus.  For that reason it had a been a place of many battles.  Deborah and Barak had won their victory there in Judges.  It was the place where King Josiah met his Waterloo, so to speak.  And that's precisely how John uses “Megiddo” here.  That there's no actual Mount Megiddo suggests strongly that John isn't using this location literally.  When we say someone has met their Waterloo, we don't literally mean that they've gone to Waterloo to lose a battle.  Waterloo is a metaphor for defeat and John uses Megiddo in a similar way here.  Rome will meet her enemies and she will fall.  The beast's own wickedness will catch up with him both at home and abroad and he will be toppled from his throne. But in the middle of all this there's that warning.  “Stay awake,” warns Jesus.  Hearkening back to the plague of frogs in Egypt, the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet spew forth demonic spirits imaged as frogs.  These unclean spirits perform signs that deceive the kings of the nations and summon them to the battle.  Jesus warns his people not to be conned by the false prophets and their lying signs.  Pharoah's magicians had once mimicked the Lord's miracles and the prophets of the dragon and the beast will do the same.  God's people must be alert, he warns, that they not fall prey to the enemy's propaganda. And in verses 17-20 the seventh and final bowl is poured out. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake.  The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath.  And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found.  And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.   The final judgement is poured out into the air, the space between heaven and earth, and the only language John can employ to describe the result is the language of de-creation used by the Old Testament prophets.  Zechariah had once described the fall of Jerusalem using this metaphorical language—the city being split in two by an earthquake.  Now Rome is metaphorically split in three in the chaos of lightning, thunder, and earthquakes.  I think it's very possible this is a reference to the civil war that was about the rattle Rome to its core, but it was a civil war that would topple the beast who had persecuted the saints.  And yet, still, the wicked continue to curse God.  The men who took Nero's place on the throne did not continue the persecution of the saints, but they continued with their blasphemous claims to divinity.  Nevertheless, John says, “God remembered Babylon the great”.  This is our lead-in to Chapters 17 and 18.  The great city will be revealed as the world's whore.  But in that revelation, the faithfulness and the beauty of the Lord's bride will also be revealed. John saw the end of pagan Rome.  Or it might be better to say that he saw the beginning of the end of pagan Rome.  As Caird also rightly points out, Israel's prophets had always used this kind of apocalyptic language “to give theological depth and urgency to this historical crisis which he and his people were facing at the moment.  John, too, had his vision of the End, but because he had learnt his theology at the foot of the Cross, he knew that an end could also be a beginning.”[5] The Lord's judgement would cast down the beast, break his empire, and in time the good news about Jesus, proclaimed by saints and witnesses by the blood of the martyrs would transform the world.  And, Brothers and Sisters, it will continue to do so.  Throughout history the power of the gospel has brought transformation, but it's never as simple as we might like: Okay, the gospel has conquered here, now the Church can go over there or over there to conquer and forget about here.  The Church triumphs there, and then wanes here, only to triumph again here, later.  We in the West are experiencing what it's like to live in a post-Christian world—the waning of the gospel here—to fall out of favour, to experience opposition.  If John were here today he would warn and exhort us as he did the Christians of his own day: “Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”  Don't give up.  Don't succumb to the spirit of the age.  Don't be swayed by the lies of the unclean spirits.  The gospel will triump here again and it will do so through the witness of faithful Christians.  So live in deep community with your church family.  Drink deeply at the well of grace provided by the sacraments.  Steep yourself in the word of God.  Don't be afraid to be different—to be holy—and to proclaim the sinfulness of sin, the gracious mercy of God revealed at the cross, and the lordship of Jesus over all things.  Be shaped by faith-filled hope for Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again. Let's pray: Almighty God, we thank you for the exhortation you have given us through John.  You judge the wicked and deliver your people.  Your gospel is powerful and transforms the world.  Strengthen our faith and fill us with hope in these truths, so that we can live courageously for Jesus in the face of hatred and opposition.  Renew us by your Spirit and make us faithful witnesses of the transforming power of your word.  Judge the wicked, we pray, vindicate your people, and set your fallen creation to rights.  Through Jesus we pray, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, new and for ever.  Amen. [1] Philip Carrington, The Meaning of Revelation (London: SPCK, 1931), 265. [2] J. P. M. Sweet, Revelation (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1979), 249. [3] The Kingdom of God in America (New York: Harper and Row, 1959), 193. [4] The Revelation of St. John the Divine (London: A & C Black, 1966), 201. [5] 210

dadAWESOME
227 | Intentional Fatherhood & Creating the Primal Path (Jon Tyson REPLAY)

dadAWESOME

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 40:03


“I wanted him in this liminal space. My goal was to irreparably break his heart for the poor of the world so he'd never just be a spoiled, complacent American ever – He'd always be haunted, because those years are so formative… I just wanted to get in there, God's heart for the poor.”   dadAWESOME   We're on a mission to add LIFE to the dad life. We're passionate about helping dads live fully alive as they lead their kids to God's awesomeness.  | YouTube |  Instagram | Facebook   Jon Tyson   Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Rumors of God, Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, The Burden is Light, and Beautiful Resistance. For the last 15 years Jon has lived in Manhattan with his family. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.   Ministry Shout Out! Adventures in Missions Adventures in Missions is an interdenominational missions organization that focuses on discipleship. We emphasize prayer and relationships in our work around the world. Since we were established in 1989, we have taken over 115,000 people into the mission field, some for as short as a week and others for as long as a year or longer. We minister year-round through our ministry bases and strategic ministry partnerships. We believe that by giving people the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones and join what God is doing in other cultures and nations, lives are transformed. We seek to disciple as Jesus did; our vision is that God would use us to raise up a generation of radically committed disciples of Jesus Christ. Family Mission Trips: https://www.adventures.org/family-mission-trips/   Conversation Notes   3:42  – Statement from a friend who works at Barna that heavily influenced Jon's life, “The church has basically reached a point of irreversible decline statistically,  and by radical discipleship of our children, what would be described as a historic revival the church is beyond human turnaround. So it's going to take an act of God and radical discipleship for our kids.” 5:00 – “The summer of covid-19 has probably been the hardest season of my life, but I've seen the greatest answers to prayer in my entire life this summer as well.” 5:28 – Thoughts on personal prayer life and for our kids. “Intercessory prayer for the places that we live, having a sense of call to shape a place through prayer, those are sort of the huge passions of my life and I think it's the number one thing most people want to do, but don't know how to do. And it's the thing the enemy attacks the most because it's where all the power and fruit lie.” 7:58 – How to coach our kids to pray? Make Jesus as compelling as possible. Also, stewarding your own life of prayer and sharing those answers with your kids. And make prayer fun. “The goal of prayer is to get your kids to love Jesus and I think when you're a kid, making prayer as enjoyable as possible and having consistency over intensity.” 8:19 – Dr. David Ireland. Jon Tyson's coach. 8:43 – Thoughts on having a coach, finding a coach, and what Jon has learned from that relationship and how it's changed his life. 11:11 –  Reasons to have a coach – “I think everybody needs someone older speaking into what they do. It's it's quite often in midlife…you've got enough success, you've sort of built your own coping mechanisms, tactics… you're kind of like ‘I can just keep it going… I've built a life [and] I can probably manage this thing out,' and I was just like I need to get better. The future's changing and as things grow I need to be more agile, so I need to get a different toolkit.” 13:25 – How to recognize a mentor? “I think… we all need to know what are we deeply called to, and then we'll know when we have the right person to speak into our lives.” 13:44 – The Primal Path: Raising a Son of Consequence 15:19 – Sharing about writing meaningful letters to important people in our life. 15:53 – His son's voluntary expression of gratitude and how it impacted him. 16:48 – Writing a letter to his dad to share with him what he got right. 17:52 – Richard Rohr – “Whatever pain is not transformed is transmitted.”  “We tend to break our kids in the same place that we are broken because we don't know a way through it.” 19:48 The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler 20:52 – The World Race 20:57 – Sharing about the experience for his son. “I wanted him in this liminal space. My goal was to irreparably break his heart for the poor of the world so he'd never just be a spoiled, complacent American ever – He'd always be haunted, because those years are so formative… I just wanted to get in there, God's heart for the poor.” 21:51 – Book: The compound effect. 22:21 – Sharing the story of his son's finishing The Primal Path with a 33 day hike across Spain 23:49 – Parenting through social contracts – agreements around responsibilities, rights and privileges. Inspired by Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families  26:32 – Book: Parenting With Love And Logic by Foster Cline 27:18 – “We have a responsibility to take the beauty of Jesus and make him come alive in our kid's hearts.” 28:03 – The Primal Path. “The missing piece in modern culture, designed to help you walk a kid from adolescence into adulthood.” 29:11 – “Designed to create a sacred relationship and a  sacred journey between his father and his kids to help them get into adulthood….if you don't initiate your kids and take them on a journey, they will self-initiate, often through tremendous harm, or the culture will initiate them….it's basically who's going to design the pathway of helping your kids figure out life? 30:11 – “I'm trying to disrupt toxic masculinity and reclaim as normal a formation pathway from adolescence into manhood.” 30:23 – Pathway for his daughter – “50 Pieces of My Heart: 50 key deposits every father needs to make in his daughter's life.” 30:50 – Jon's next book, Intentional Father, Outlines five kinds of dads: Irresponsible dads – come in, get out, do nothing Ignorant dads – don't know what they are doing and do damage Inconsistent dads – torn with their own ambitions – often absent Involved dads – our culture's version of a great dad Intentional Father – believes it's the primary responsibility and builds a pathway based on who those kids are 32:33 – Sermon series around Altars. Message about the Home 32:54 – Most recent book: The Beautiful Resistance  – Being a dad of conviction vs. compromise. “Part of it comes with a sense of sort of working through your own drama… and figuring out what it is that God's given you, understanding what faithfulness to Jesus looks like, and then fundamentally breaking the fear of man… I'm not going to give an account to our culture for my life, I'm going to give an account to Jesus and there's joy in having convictions and there's joy in keeping them.” 34:24 – “Work out the convictions that God puts in your heart, convictions about discipleship, and then just don't care what people think. And it takes a lot of work and maintenance to not care what people think. And then to raise kids who are not controlled by the fear of man or the culture. You can't impart that if you don't have that. So there's a lot of soul work that you need to do to understand your own values and your own convictions and then be willing to literally go to war for them.” 37:12 – “Maintain the emotional bond with your kid. Kids come out of the womb with an emotional bond. Cultivate it. Keep it. That's the most important principle. So whenever you want to do any of these things, there's a connection where they trust you and they see that it's worth it.”   Conversation Links   The Primal Path Course – Raise a son of consequence The Intentional Father: A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Courage and Character (available Father's Day 2021) Beautiful Resistance: The Joy of Conviction in a Culture of Compromise   Jon's Altars Series   The Heart The Home The Church The City   Jon Tyson   Instagram Twitter Church of the City New York   Links from dadAWESOME https://dadawesome.org/life/ Make a Donation to dadAWESOME Join the dadAWESOME Prayer Team https://dadawesome.org/tour/  

The LIFETalks Podcast
The Decline of the Western Church

The LIFETalks Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 22:28


The pastors discuss the cultural shift behind the digression of the Western Church. 

A Longer Table with Manda Carpenter
96: Ditching a Feel-Good Faith

A Longer Table with Manda Carpenter

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 41:08


Even though she was raised as a Christian and has a degree in religion, Phylicia Masonheimer came to a realization that she didn't know why she believed what she did. After seeking answers to her questions, she made it her goal to teach others how to discern truth, know what (and Who) they believe, and live their faith boldly in a post-Christian world. In this episode, she answers all Manda's burning questions about discernment, the Western Church, theological differences and more. Follow Phylicia on Instagram, check out her site Every Woman a Theologian, and her podcast Verity.

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast
Observing Holy Saturday, and Q&A

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 28:01


On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/25/22), Hank resumes his overview of the days of Holy Week, arriving at Holy Saturday, which was observed by the Eastern Church this past weekend and the Western Church the week prior. Holy Saturday marks one of the most enigmatic of all mysteries—the mystery of Christ's descent into Hades. Being “put to death in the body,” says Peter, he was “made alive by the spirit through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it, only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also.” Peter here reminds us of two great and glorious truths. First, that we are saved through water, and secondly that the descent of Christ into Hades inaugurates resplendent triumph. A triumph by which Christ “tramples down death by death.”Hank also answers the following questions:When a person is baptized, do they become a new creation right away, or is it an ongoing process?What provision does the Bible make for young children or some adults who don't have the mental capacity to accept Christ?I have a cross pendant that has discolored over time. I bought a replacement, but what should I do with the old one?

Turley Talks
Ep. 942 Ukraine and the Rebuilding of Christendom!

Turley Talks

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 29:08


“For right or wrong, Russia is claiming that the Western Church has been irreparably compromised by Western liberals.”“The Russian Orthodox Church, again for right or for wrong, sees itself with all of these developments as basically alone in defending a Christendom that has yet to be infested with secular liberals. It sees the Western Church as totally compromised.”Resources:  Subscribe to our email list here: https://www.turleytalks.com/subscribeSupport this channel. Get Your Brand-New PATRIOT T-Shirts and Merch Here: https://store.turleytalks.com/It's time to CHANGE AMERICA and Here's YOUR OPPORTUNITY To Do Just That! https://change.turleytalks.com/Get your own MyPillow here. Enter my code TURLEY at checkout to get a DISCOUNT: https://www.mypillow.com/turleyPatriotSwitch.comBecome a Turley Talks Insiders Club Member and get your first week FREE!!: https://insidersclub.turleytalks.com/welcomeFight Back Against Big Tech Censorship! Sign-up here to discover Dr. Steve's different social media options …. but without censorship! https://www.turleytalks.com/en/alternative-media.com Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and/or leave a review.Do you want to be a part of the podcast and be our sponsor? Click here to partner with us and defy liberal culture!If you would like to get lots of articles on conservative trends make sure to sign-up for the 'New Conservative Age Rising' Email Alerts. 

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast
Bad Answers, Spy Wednesday, and Q&A

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 28:01


On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/13/22), Hank discusses an article in USA Today titled, “Pandemic Spurs Big Questions Around Faith” by Lindsay Schnell. The article features Christian theologian Thomas Jay Oord, who is attempting to answer the question, “if God is good, why does the coronavirus exist?” According to Oord, there are a lot of bad answers to that question. The real answer—according to Oord—is that God cannot prevent the coronavirus without our participation and cooperation. This, says Oord, is the only tenable option in that it coheres with the overarching maxim that God is love. But is Oord right? Or is he badly mistaken? In the second segment of the broadcast, Hank notes the observance of Spy Wednesday in the Western Church, a day in which we remember the ultimate betrayal—Judas' betrayal of Jesus for a mere thirty pieces of silver.Hank also answers the following question:What does God mean when He says that He is a jealous God? My friend thinks that means that God is all-too-human and therefore not worthy of worship. How should I respond?

Kingdom Intelligence Briefing
UTK101 – Getting Free from the Tentacles of Babylon Part 3

Kingdom Intelligence Briefing

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 58:24


UTK101 – Getting Free from the Tentacles of Babylon Part 3 Understanding the Kingdom Series Biblical Life TV   The enemy and their priesthood of darkness seek to skew the perception of those within the Body of Messiah:  The end goal is to move God's people away from the Word and to entertain either carnality wrapped in tradition or veiled Mystery religion concepts.  In this episode, Dr. Lake examines three different versions of the Western Church that deviate from the biblical norm and provides a call back to biblicity.   Dr. Michael Lake is the Senior Pastor of Biblical Life Assembly, the Chancellor and Founder of Biblical Life College and Seminary. He is the author of the best-selling books, The Shinar Directive: Preparing the Way for the Son of Perdition, and The Sheeriyth Imperative: Empowering the Remnant to Overcome the Gates of Hell. Dr. Lake is a popular speaker at national Christian conferences and is a frequent guest on many Christian TV and radio/podcast programs in North America.

Everyday Discernment
S3 Episode 3- Jon Tyson on resisting contempt and the power of honor

Everyday Discernment

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 42:46


My guest this week is Jon Tyson. Jon is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of multiple books including The Burden is Light, Beautiful Resistance, and his newest book, The Intentional Father. For the last 15 years Jon has lived in Manhattan with his family. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.In this episode we discuss:Complacency in cultureGod's word and will in seasons of lifeDaily routines to keep your eyes on JesusLeading a church in New York during a pandemicPracticing the presence of GodExpecting more of God through revival and learning about past revivalsThe altar of the heart, home, church, and regionResisting contempt in cultureThe power of honorIntentionality in fatherhoodFor more on Jon Tyson: Go to his church's website https://www.church.nyc/Find more about the Primal Path curriculum https://www.primalpath.co/Follow Jon on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jontyson/This is one of the sermons on altars Pastor Jon gave that we discussed https://youtu.be/qC224-_Qbm8 For more information on the ministry of Discerning Dad:Check out my website!  https://discerning-dad.com/Order my newest book- "Eyes on Jesus: A 90-Day Discernment Devotional" now!  This is a must-read for your personal quiet time with Jesus. Order here https://amzn.to/3vIArYYGrow your YouTube account like I did with TubeBuddy!  Use my link https://www.tubebuddy.com/discerningdadYou can purchase my book that started it all, Everyday Discernment: The Importance of Spirit-led decision making, on Amazon https://amzn.to/3dDGKVwBecome a patron supporter and get exclusive benefits such as my second podcast and much more https://www.patreon.com/DiscerningdadSupport me on Faithful- I have exclusive content you can't find anywhere else! https://faithful.place/users/discerningdad

Saint of the Day
St Gregory the Great (the Dialogist), Pope of Rome (604)

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2022 1:50


He was born in Rome to a wealthy senatorial family. He received a good education in secular and spiritual learning, and became Prefect of Rome. While still in the world, he used his great wealth mostly for the good of the Church, building six monasteries in Sicily and another in Rome itself. At this monastery, dedicated to the Apostle Andrew, Gregory was tonsured a monk. He was appointed Archdeacon of Rome, then, in 579, Papal legate to Constantinople, where he lived for nearly seven years. He returned to Rome in 585 and was elected Pope in 590. He is famed for his many writings, his generous charity (he gave almost all his income to the poor, and often invited the poor to share his table), and for initiating missionary work among the Anglo-Saxon peoples. The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, celebrated on Wednesday and Friday evenings during Great Lent, was compiled by him. St Gregory introduced elements of the chanting that he had heard in Constantinople into Western Church chant: The Gregorian Chant which beautified the Western churches for many years is named for him. Its system of modes is related to the eight tones of the Eastern church. He is called 'the Dialogist' after his book The Dialogues, an account of the lives and miracles of Italian saints.   Saint Gregory reposed in peace in 604.

Undaunted.Life: A Man's Podcast
282 - JON TYSON | The Intentional Father

Undaunted.Life: A Man's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 63:40


In this episode, we welcome Jon Tyson to the show. He is a church planter and the lead pastor of Church of the City in New York City. He is originally from Adelaide, Australia but currently lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of NYC. He moved to the US over 20 years ago because he wanted to renew the Western Church. He is the author of books such as Beautiful Resistance, Rumors of God, Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light. We spent most of this interview talking about the book he released in August of 2021 called The Intentional Father: A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Courage and Character. In this interview, we discuss the difficulty of being a Christian pastor in NYC, why our culture doesn't focus on leading boys into manhood, how fathers can intentionally impact their sons over time, the four questions every father must answer about their son, why we should “sever” the relationship between our sons and their mothers, why initiation for young men is so important, and much more. Let's get into it… Episode notes and links HERE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices