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Theology For the Rest of Us Podcast

by Kenneth Ortiz

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Theology For The Rest of Us gives quick simple answers to some of the toughest questions about God, theology, religion, and the Bible. The show is designed to be a resource to help any person who wants to know more about God, regardless of background or denomination. This podcast is hosted by Kenneth Ortiz and a variety of guest co-hosts. Kenneth is an author, pastor, aspiring reformer, and sought after speaker. We answer questions from listeners on a variety of topics related to theology, but we do it in a way that any person can understand, not just the Ph.D. seminarians and theology experts. This show covers topics such as the Bible, systematic theology, prayer, new covenants, baptism, tithing, love, sex, homosexuality, church leadership, relationships, eschatology, abortion, legalism, gambling, fasting, Calvinism and Arminianism, the sovereignty of God, common heresies, the importance of global missions, and even some political topics. Some of the episodes feature subject matter experts such as Blaise Foret, Casey Cease, Ricky Jones, Aubrey Sampson, Courtney Reissig, Tony Merida, Don Whitney, Shannon Ethridge, Preston Sprinkle, executive editor of Desiring God David Mathis, several Gospel Coalition contributors, Acts 29 pastors, ARC pastors, Crossway authors, and many others. The podcast is produced and sponsored by Blue Sky Missions.


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207: Why is God Allowed to Break His Own Rules?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Wed, Mar 15, 2017


Often, critics of Christianity challenge the idea that "God is good" because it seems that God does things that He has told us not to do. Some people even claim that God is a moral monster because He chooses to do things that may seem wicked to us (from our human vantage point). Why is it that God seems to be allowed to break His own rules? This episode is inspired by two recent correspondences that Kenny has had; one was with a fellow air passenger and the other was with a listener of the podcast. In this episode, Kenny dives into the idea of God's goodness and justice and morality. In addition, Kenny also tackles the idea that we ought to refrain from judging God by the same set of rules that we judge humans, and with that in mind, Kenny answers this question: "By what standard should we judge God at all?" Kenny responds to this question by challenging listeners to understand that, if we ever determine that God is wicked, then our "measuring stick" is broken and needs a Biblical course correction.

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206: What is Liminality? with Tim Carson

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Tue, Mar 14, 2017


In this episode, Kenny interviews pastor and author Tim Carson about the concept of liminality, its importance to our faith journeys, and its transformational power in our lives when appropriately embraced. Check out Tim's book: Liminal Reality and Transformational Power  

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205: Is It Wrong for Christians to Sue a Non-Christian or the Government?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Sat, Mar 11, 2017


Is there ever a set of circumstances where it is appropriate for a Christian to file a lawsuit against the government, a corporation, or a non-believing individual? In our previous episode (#204) Kenny covered the concept of Christians abstaining from suing other believers, but what about non-Christians or non-religious entities? In response to an email from a regular listener, Kenny answers this questions by addressing the problem with our contemporary societies becoming overly litigious, but Kenny also explains that God loves justice, and that there might indeed be scenarios where a lawsuit might be the best option to bring forth justice.

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204: Should a Christian Ever Sue Another Christian?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


Should a follower of Christ ever file a lawsuit against another follower of Christ? Does the Bible address this? Is there ever a scenario wherein it would make sense or be appropriate for one believer to sue another believer? In the minds of many, this is a tough question, with many potential "grey" areas to consider. In response to a very sensitive email from a regular listener, Kenny answers this questions by giving pastoral advice and then by highlighting the words of the Apostle Paul from 1 Corinthians 6.

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203: The “Curious Christian” with Barnabas Piper

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Barnabas Piper God Jesus Bible Christianity Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Tue, Mar 07, 2017


Curiosity is such a childish word, right? Well, not so fast. Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we should lose our inclination towards curiosity. In this episode, Kenny interviews Barnabas Piper about his recent book "The Curious Christian" wherein Piper challenges Christians to keep their wonder of the world and the people around us. Barnabas Piper is an author, blogger, marketing guru, podcaster, father, and fan of Minnesota sports teams. Follow Barnabas Piper on Twitter: @barnabaspiper Check out Barnabas' Website: www.barnabaspiper.com Get a copy of Piper's new book: The Curious Christian Check out the "5 Leadership Questions" Podcast Check out the "Happy Rant" Podcast

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202: Holy Spirit in the OT vs. Holy Spirit in the NT

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


The Holy Spirit is often discussed and disputed by many Evangelical Christians. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, and He plays a vital role in our lives. As we evaluate the Scriptures, it appears that the Holy Spirit functioned differently in the Old Testament than He functioned in the New Testament. Is there truly a difference between how the Holy Spirit operated before Jesus came to planet Earth versus how he now operates after Jesus. Kenny dives into this vital topic here in the episode.

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201: Why Do Non-Christians Experience God’s Grace?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


Many people claim to experience the grace and presence of God, even those who do not necessarily profess faith in Christ. Is this possible? In response to an email from a regular listener, Kenny addresses the idea that all people experience God, and he specifically highlights the doctrine often referred to as "common grace" which is available to all people.

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200: What to Do When My Relationship with God is “Dry”?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Sat, Feb 25, 2017


In response to several recent personal conversations, Kenny addresses the idea of having a "dry" season, wherein we feel far or distant from God. What should we do when our passions or affections for God have faded? Kenny boldly answered this question, challenging listeners to be proactive in their faith.

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199: Does God Answer the Prayers of Non-Christian People?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Feb 20, 2017


Many people pray, not just Christians. But to whom are they praying? And are their prayers effective? In response to a recent email that Kenny received from a regular listener, that does not profess to be a follower of Christ, Kenny tackles a sensitive but important topic about the prayers offered up from those whom do not believe. Does God answer (or even listen to) the prayers of those people who are not Christians? If not, to whom are those non-Christian people praying? Is there anyone listening?

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198: Is Jesus Omnipresent?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


The Bible says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. Does that mean He is stuck only in one place? And if so, does that mean Jesus is not omnipresent? Can Jesus be every where at one time? Or is He limited to one location? In this episode, Kenny answers these questions by highlighting the fact that Jesus has two unique and distinct natures. The human nature of Jesus is not omnipresent, but His divine nature certainly is fully omnipresent.

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197: Does Jesus Know Everything? (The Omniscience of Christ)

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Wed, Feb 15, 2017


Jesus claimed to not know the day or hour of His return to Earth, but yet historical Christianity claims that Jesus is God. How can Jesus be God if He doesn't know everything? Is Jesus Christ omniscient? In this episode, Kenny responds to a regular listener that brought up these questions.  

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196: Did First Century Jews Embrace Reincarnation?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


In response to a recent email, Kenny makes clear what the first century Jews believed about reincarnation, specifically in regards to a prophecy given by the prophet Malachi about the idea of "Elijah" being sent back to Earth "before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes."

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195: How Should We Respond to Euthanasia?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere Matthew Vines Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan Justin Lee
Fri, Feb 03, 2017


Euthanasia and assisted suicide are growing in popularity throughout Western cultures. In this episode, Kenny address the ideology behind euthanasia and the "culture of death" that is promoted when euthanasia is allowed. Humans are created in the image of God, therefore any killing of human beings, no matter the scenario, is an assault on God himself.

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194: Why Were Moses & Elijah Selected to be at Jesus’ Transfiguration?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz God Jesus John Piper Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson Tony Merida Timothy Keller Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela Theology Calvinism Les Lanphere
Wed, Feb 01, 2017


One of the more unique events of the life of Jesus takes place on a mountainside and is often referred to as the "Transfiguration of Jesus." In response to two recent emails from regular listeners, Kenny talks about the importance of this event and why were Moses and Elijah the two Old Testament prophets selected to be there that day to be witnesses to this event. Kenny also addresses how Moses and Elijah were able to be transported from their eternal state to that spot for this event.

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193: Why Should We Care About Missions?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


The idea of sending people, money, and resources to other nations in hopes of proclaiming the Gospel is known as "missions" and it has been a big part of the Church since its inception. Why should Christians today care about missions?

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192: Should Christian Parents Raise Their Kids Believing in Santa Claus?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Santa Claus Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Thu, Dec 15, 2016


The Christmas season has many traditions. One of the most famous traditions in the United States is the Santa Claus myth. This is begs the question: Should Christian parents raise their own kids to believe in the myth of Santa? Why or why not? And if not, how do we handle this with our kids? In this episode, Kenny tackles the importance of being prayerful and intentional whenever we make decisions as to what elements of our culture we engage with and which elements we choose to abstain from. Kenny gives two compelling reasons as to why parents ought to seriously consider abstaining from the practice of raising kids to believe in Santa. And gives us some thoughts on how to handle this character with our children.

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UPDATE: More Episodes Coming in 2017

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, Dec 08, 2016


Podcast Update (Dec 7, 2016)

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191: How to Tell a Friend Their Church is Unbiblical?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


In this episode, Kenny answers a question from a regular listener about talking to friends who may be a part of a church that is preaching heresy or being unfaithful to Biblical texts. In essence, how do we talk to a friend about their church's bad theology? How do we tell a friend or family member that their church is not Biblical? Kenny tackles this topic by reminding us that we must be gracious and kind, but we must not be afraid to be bold to stand up for Biblical convictions.

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190: Are Statues of Religious Figures Wrong?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Thu, Nov 17, 2016


Some Christians claim it is sinful to make any statue or image of Christ because it is a violation of the second commandment. Some might even say that this applies to movies that depict Christ. Recently, a regular listener asked Kenny about this topic. In this episode, Kenny answers why he believes such statues are not necessarily a violation of the second commandment, but it depends on the motivation behind why the statues were created in the first place.

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189: What About the Letter to the Laodiceans?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


In episode 183, Kenny answered the question: Were There Any Writings From God that Are Not in the Bible? In that episode, Kenny mentioned the Letter to the Laodiceans that is mentioned by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 4:16. In response to some of those comments, Kenny received a critique by email from a regular listener. In this episode, Kenny responds to the critique from the regular listener about the Letter to the Laodiceans. Kenny expounds upon his thoughts about the letter and why he believes it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

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188: If Someone Commits Suicide, Will They Go to Hell?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


Suicide is a sensitive and sobering topic. Many people know someone who has committed suicide. Many Christians have asked, if someone commits suicide, will they go directly to hell? Or is there a chance they are in heaven? In this episode, Kenny points out that there are two different manners to answer this question, depending on the motivation of the person answering the question. Kenny tries to answer both motivations in the most sensitive and most Christ-honoring way possible. Related Episodes 43: Is Judas in Heaven or Hell? 71: Is Mental Illness Caused by Demons?

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187: Are Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses Cults?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Nov 14, 2016


Two of the most well-known non-orthodox faiths in American today are the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses. Most evangelical Christians would label these faiths as "cults" and would deny their orthodoxy. Is this a fair assessment? In this episode, Kenny explains the definition of a cult and why he treats these two faith groups differently than other cult-like groups.

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186: Can Psychics Talk to Angels?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Many people are fascinated with the concept of talking to angels or corresponding with other spiritual beings beyond our dimension. This is nothing new. And many of the celebrity psychics in our world take advantage of this fact. Some of these supposed psychics even claim to be able to correspond with angels. Is this true? Can certain psychics or spiritual mediums talk to angels? If not, who are they corresponding with? In this episode, Kenny answers this question by giving us a clear understanding of the Biblical purpose for angels.

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185: Is it Sinful for Christians to Listen to Secular Music?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


Quite frequently, younger Christians ask whether or not it is wrong or sinful to listen to secular music. In this episode, Kenny makes it clear that no, it is not necessarily sinful, but that music can influence us in a grand fashion and therefore we ought to be cautious with our music selection. Kenny highlights the power and impact music has on our lives, minds, emotions and souls. With that in mind, we ought to be strategic in utilizing music to cultivate our intimacy with Christ. Recommended "Secular vs. Sacred" Chapel Lecture by LeCrae at Liberty University  

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184: Are Christians Obligated to Vote?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Sun, Nov 06, 2016


There are many people who believe, and publicly assert, that Christians are "obligated" to vote in order to influence the direction of our government. In this episode, Kenny makes clear his profound appreciation for his right to vote as an American, but highlights the logical flaw in claiming that any person is ever obligated to vote.

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183: Were There Any Writings From God that Are Not in the Bible?

Author: http://theologyfortherestofus.com/2016/11/04/182-how-do-we-know-that-our-gospel-message-is-right-and-complete/
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


Some people have asked, "Are there any books, letters, or writings that were inspired by God that about to be in the Bible but, for some reason or another, was left out of the Bible by the early Christians? In this episode, Kenny gives an answer that will be somewhat surprising to some listeners, pointing out that there is some evidence that at least one divinely inspired letter written by the Apostle Paul wasn't included in the New Testament.

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182: How Do We Know that Our Gospel Message is Right and Complete?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


In this episode, Kenny addresses a point brought to him by a regular listener about the completion of the New Testament, the authenticity of the Biblical narratives, and the completeness (or wholeness) of the essence of the Gospel message, as well as the related theological elements and doctrinal components. Basically, how do we know that the message of the Gospel that we preach today is actually indeed the whole Gospel message that Jesus preached? How do we know that the early church didn't leave anything out (whether intentionally or maliciously)? Recommended Resources The Historical Jesus (by Gary R. Habermas) The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (by Gary R. Habermas & MIchael Licona) Christian Origins and the Question of God (4-Book Series) (by NT Wright)

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181: Should Doctrine Impact How You Choose A Church?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Wed, Oct 26, 2016


Many people have faced the choice: Which church should my family and I attend? When we are faced with this question, there are many elements that impact and influence our decision. In this episode, Kenny explains how doctrine should be one of those elements that greatly impact our decision as to which church we choose to attend and worship at, however more importantly, Kenny asserts and explains how the faithful preaching of the Word of God ought to be the highest priority when selecting a church. Resources Relevant Magazine Article About What People Are Looking For in Church

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180: Is It Wrong to Want to be God’s Favorite?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Mon, Oct 24, 2016


In this episode, Kenny answers the question: Is it wrong to want to be God's favorite person? Kenny answers this question by examining the words of Jesus in Mark 10 when James and John asked Jesus to allow them to sit next to Him at God's table in heaven.

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179: Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Halloween Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Sat, Oct 22, 2016


Halloween has been a popular, and overly commercialized, pseudo-holiday in the United States for more than a century. But many Christians have protested the tradition, claiming the pseudo-demonic nature of Halloween, as well as its pagan roots, makes it something Christians ought to abstain from participating in. Is abstinence the best approach? Should Christians participate in any Halloween festivities or not? In this episode, Kenny answers this question directly by pointing out that there are many different viable approaches to cultural traditions such as Halloween. Kenny also makes clear that his own approach is to use these sorts of events and traditions as an opportunity to prayerfully and intentionally penetrate the culture with Gospel-centered and redemptive purposes. Recommended Thoughts on Halloween from John Piper Open the Door to Halloween (article by Jonathan Parnell)

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178: Is the Gospel Too Good to Be True? with Ricky Jones

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Ricky Jones
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Occasionally, in life, we experience something that is simply so good, and so profoundly in our favor, that we feel like the thing might be too good! Or, when we sense that something is too good, we may begin to suspect that it isn't actually true. That's where the old adage comes in: "If it's simply too good to be true, it probably isn't." Well, is this the case with the Gospel? In this episode, Kenny interviews pastor and author Ricky Jones about his new book, wherein Ricky talks extensively about this idea of the Gospel being too good to be true. The book is rightly entitled, Too Good to Be True. Check Out the "Too Good to Be True" Facebook Page Get a Copy of the Book on Amazon Follow Ricky Jones on Twitter: @revrickydean Connect with Ricky Jones on Facebook Check out Ricky Jones' Sermons on www.sermonaudio.com

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177: Should Women Be Allowed to Preach?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


Traditionally speaking, the role of elder/pastor has been filled by men. But over the last 100-150 years, there has been a movement to allow women to fill the role of elder/pastor within Evangelical churches. With that comes the question as to what type of speaking and preaching women should be allowed to do within the church. That begs the question: Should women be allowed to preach? If not, why not? If yes, how should that play out in our contemporary church context? In 1 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul clearly outlines a form of preaching that ought not be made available for women, however in 1 Corinthians 11 there is a form of public speaking and "prophecy" that women are invited to do, and it seems that women are even expected to speak and lead the congregation in prayer at times. In this episode, Kenny dives into this topic, highlighting the important elements of 1 Corinthians 11 and 1 Timothy 2, and also giving some modern examples as to how this ought to be executed well by church leaders within our modern church context. Recommended The Accidental Feminist (by Courtney Ressig) Men and Women, Equal Yet Different (by Alexander Strauch) The Meaning of Marriage (by Timothy Keller) Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (by Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, John Piper) What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible (by John Piper)

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176: What About Deborah?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Thu, Oct 20, 2016


Quite often whenever the topic of women in ministry comes up, defenders of the egalitarian position mention the Old Testament judge Deborah. Some people believe that God's allowance of a female judge in the Old Testament means that women should be invited into ministry leadership positions with no restrictions whatsoever. Is this true? In this episode, Kenny elaborates upon the story from the Book of Judges and highlights the lessons we can learn from the life of Deborah.

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175 : Why Should Women Change Their Name When They Get Married?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Wed, Oct 19, 2016


It has been a typical practice in North America for women to change their last name when they get married. Is this a Biblical practice? If not, would it be wrong if a woman doesn't change her name? In this episode, Kenny dives into answering this question by pointing out the opportunity women have to demonstrate their own loyalties to their husband and their marriage covenant.

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174: Should Women Be Allowed to Be Pastors?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Tue, Oct 18, 2016


There has been a relatively recent phenomenon within modern church movements to open the office of elder/pastor to women. While this was not the historical norm of churches, it has become acceptable in many churches over the past century. So, is this Biblical? Is God okay with women being pastors? Or should churches embrace the traditional view of the office of elder and role of pastor where the role was reserved for men only? In this episode, Kenny dives into this potentially controversial topic. Kenny reviews the last several episodes of the podcast, reiterating the complementarian perspective, and then dives into answering this question by highlighting verses from the letter written by the Apostle Paul to his protege Timothy. Highlighted Verses 1 Timothy 2:11-14 Genesis 1 & 2 Recommended The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design (by Courtney Reissig) Men and Women, Equal Yet Different (by Alexander Strauch) Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (by Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, John Piper) What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible (by John Piper)

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173: What is Egalitarianism?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Sun, Oct 16, 2016


Egalitarianism is a thought within the world of philosophy that promotes precise equality among all people. But in Christian theology, the term egalitarianism typically refers to the concept that both males and females ought to be treated precisely the same and viewed the same, that men and women should not be assigned roles based upon their gender (but only upon their individual skill sets), and that all positions of church leadership within the local church should be open to both men and women. In this episode, Kenny explains the modern "Christian egalitarian" perspective, specifically contrasting it with the traditional complementarian perspective. Kenny articulates why he disagrees with the egalitarian position that has become popular amongst many modern Evangelicals. Additional Reading Is Galatians 3:28 An Egalitarian Text? Recommended Books The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design (by Courtney Reissig) Men and Women, Equal Yet Different (by Alexander Strauch) The Meaning of Marriage (by Timothy Keller) Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (by Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, John Piper) What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible (by John Piper)

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172: How Have So Many Christians Accidentally Become Feminist? with Courtney Reissig

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Sat, Oct 15, 2016


Many Evangelical Christians have allowed modern movements to influence their ways of thinking, and even compromise their ability to stick to Biblical values. One such modern movement that has influenced Christians is the modern feminist movement. In this episode, Kenny interviews author Courtney Reissig about God's perfect design of the genders and the roles each gender ought to serve in terms of how the genders ought to interact and work together. Courtney talks about how so many believers have allowed the feminist movement to influence their thinking when it comes to the topic of gender roles, instead of allowing the Scriptures to govern and inform their thinking in this arena. This has resulted in many Christians accidentally becoming feminists. In the interview, Courtney clearly defines Biblical complementarianism and elaborates upon how that plays out in the church and in the home. Courtney also talks about what forms of female leadership and speaking are appropriate, and which forms are not appropriate. Ultimately, Courtney encourages us to delight in God's good design. Recommended Get a copy of Courtney's Book: The Accidental Feminist Check out Courtney's Website: www.courtneyreissig.com Follow Courtney on Twitter: @courtneyreissig Other Resources Men and Women, Equal Yet Different (by Alexander Strauch) The Meaning of Marriage (by Timothy Keller) Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (by Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, John Piper) What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible (by John Piper)

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171: What is Complementarianism?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Complementarianism Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


Complementarianism is the idea that men and women have different complementary roles within marriage and church leadership. In this episode, Kenny explains the concept and how it ought to play out. Recommended The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design (by Courtney Reissig) Men and Women, Equal Yet Different (by Alexander Strauch) The Meaning of Marriage (by Timothy Keller) Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (by Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, John Piper) What's the Difference?: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible (by John Piper)

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170: Why Did Jesus Call John the Baptist the “Greatest”?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Wed, Oct 05, 2016


The Apostle Matthew records some interesting words for us, words that came from the mouth of Jesus praising his cousin and fellow rabbi John the Baptist. "Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." (Matthew 11:11). In response to these words, Kenny received an email question from a listeners asking why Jesus gave such high praise to John the Baptist. In this episode, Kenny answers this question, explaining John the Baptist's role in the ministry of Jesus, and giving us insight into how this applies to believers today.

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169: Why Wasn’t Jesus Named “Immanuel”?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Tue, Oct 04, 2016


The Old Testament prophet Isaiah declared that the Messiah would be born of a virgin and that He would be called "Immanuel" (see Isaiah 7:14). So with that in mind, why did Mary name her son "Jesus" instead of giving Him the name "Immanuel"? In this episode, Kenny answers this question, and makes clear the meaning of the name Immanuel and its overall significance.

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168: How to Be a “Relevant” Missionary in Your “Regular” Life? with Josh Armstrong

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Oct 03, 2016


  In this episode, Kenny interviews web developer, writer, blogger, and podcaster Josh Armstrong about being intentionally and purposefully culturally relevant and the importance of avoiding just being "casually religious" in our modern contexts. Josh and Kenny also talk about the importance of every Christian seeing themselves as "missionaries" in their own cultural context, no matter where in the world they live. Recommended Check out Project Faith Journey Follow Josh on Twitter: @pfaithjourney Church Leaders Podcast Tony Morgan Live Radical (by David Platt)

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167: Who Are the Nephilim? with Tyler Vela

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Sat, Oct 01, 2016


In Genesis, there is a group called the Nephilim. There has been much speculation as to who this group was. Many evangelicals believe that this group were the offspring of fallen angels whom had sexual relations with human women. But is this what the Scripture says? In this episode, Kenny interviews author, apologist, podcaster, and philosopher Tyler Vela to talk about the Nephilim and what the Holy Spirit is actually teaching us when we read through a passage like Genesis. Tyler Vela studied Philosophy and English at California State University, Sonoma. He also earned a Bachelors degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Moody Bible Institute. Currently, Tyler is working towards a Masters of Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). Tyler is the host of The Freed Thinker Podcast and blog and is a frequent guest on many Christian and skeptical podcasts and forums. Recommended Subscribe to The Freed Thinker Podcast: www.thefreedthinker.podbean.com Check out Dr. Preston Sprinkle's Contrasting View on the Nephilim  

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166: What’s the Difference Between Spiritual Gifts and Natural Talents? with Ken Freire

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


In this episode, our host Kenny interviews theologian and leadership expert Kenneth Freire about the primary differences between spiritual gifts and natural talents. We all have strengths and abilities, but Freire says that understanding which category your strengths fall into will be key in helping you figure out your life's callings. Kenneth Freire has a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and an M.Div. from Regent University. He has more than eight years of experience with leadership development, having trained over 500 men and women in leadership and theology. Kenneth Freire currently serves as a part of the ministry leadership team at Bethany Global University in Minneapolis, MN where he serves as a professor as well as serving as one of the Directors of their Lead Internship gap-year program. Read Kenneth Friere's Blog: www.kenfreire.com Follow Kenneth on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kenneth.freire Check out the Lead Internship: www.leadintern.com  

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165: Erik Guzman: Sometimes Our Faith is Messy, And That’s Okay

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Thu, Sep 29, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews author and broadcaster Erik Guzman about his new book "The Seed" and they dive into a great discussion about a variety of matters related to "messy spirituality" and the Gospel. This interview is one of the most unique interviews that our podcast has produced. Erik is super funny, transparent, raw, and encouraging. Erik Guzman has worked with the well-known author and broadcaster Steve Brown for over 18 years. Erik is VP of Communications & Executive Producer at Key Life Network. Erik is co-host of the nationally syndicated talk show Steve Brown, Etc. and Erick is also the announcer for Key Life. Erik has a Bachelors in Mass Communication and an MBA. Erik is also perpetually working toward a Masters in Theological Studies. Get a Copy of Erik's book: "The Seed: A True Myth"  

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164: How Should We Decide What is and is Not a “Closed-Hand” Issue?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Wed, Sep 28, 2016


On every major issue, doctrine, or point of theology, there are a variety of views and perspectives. Even within Protestantism there are many differing opinions and conclusions. In episode 101, Kenny discussed whether or not every area of theology and doctrine were of equal importance; making the point that some genres of theology are more important than others. In that particular episode, Kenny explains that he holds to a concept of "open-hand" issues versus "closed-hand" issues; in essence, we embrace the simple idea that some Christian doctrines are essential and extremely important, while some others are not as important and there can be room for disagreement among faithful believers in those areas. In response to that episode, Kenny received an e-mail from a regular listener asking how we determine what are the closed-hand issues and what are the open-hand issues? Basically, how do we determine the importance of a topic? In this episode, Kenny tackles that topic, explaining the history of how Evangelicals have come to the consensus of what are the closed-hand issues.

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163: Why Are There Two Different Genealogies of Jesus in the Gospels?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Tue, Sep 27, 2016


The Jews in the first century were meticulous record keepers, in particular with genealogies. The primary reason this was important was because they were awaiting their Messiah, whom they believed would be a descendant of King David. When we look through the Gospels of the New Testament, we see two different genealogies for Jesus. In this episode, Kenny explains why there are two different genealogies. The first is recorded in Matthew's Gospel. He wrote to the Jewish people to highlight Jesus' legal and judicial claim to the throne of David, so they would have been concerned with Jesus being the legal heir. The second genealogy we see in the New Testament was written by Luke, recorded in his Gospel, but written to show Jesus' biological relation to King David, as he wrote to a Roman Gentile audience that would not have cared about the Jewish throne nearly as much.  

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162: Can God Heal Addiction?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Mon, Sep 26, 2016


Addiction is a very sensitive topic that impacts the lives of many people. People can find themselves being addicted to drugs, sex, alcohol, tobacco, food, gambling, compulsive spending, approval, attention, adrenaline, and many more. In this episode, Kenny talks about addictions, and whether or not God can heal them. Kenny makes clear that addiction has strong power of how we make decisions, addictions are always rooted in some idol or some form of sin in our lives, but God's grace and power can deliver us from any addiction. Recommended Redemption (by Mike Wilkerson) Recovering Redemption (by Matt Chandler) Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction (by Mark Laaser) Faithful and True: Sexual Integrity in a Fallen World (by Mark Laaser & Eli Machen) How People Change (by Timothy S. Lane & Paul David Tripp)

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161: How Will We Be Happy in Heaven While We Have Loved Ones in Hell?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Each person who puts their faith in Christ will spend eternity with Him; basking in the love, joy, and peace of God forever. For all of eternity we shall sing His praises and delight in His glory. But each person who has trusted Christ surely has at least one person they love (likely many than just one), whom have not trusted in Christ and therefore shall be thrown into the "lake of fire" often called hell. How is it possible that we will be so happy and so joyful in heaven while we know that some of our loved ones would have been thrown into hell? This is a great question and a very sobering topic. In this episode, Kenny answers this question by reminding us that when we get to heaven the joy and glory that we experience will be far greater than anything we can even comprehend. The problem with these types of questions is that we view our future in heaven in the same way we view our lives here on planet Earth, and that is flaw. Kenny ends this episode with a reminder of the urgency that we ought to have when we consider the fact that our loved ones who do not know Christ are potentially facing eternity in hell.

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160: The Importance of Healthy Family Life with Ajith Fernando

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews author and international speaker Ajith Fernando about the importance of Christian leaders having a healthy family life. Anyone involved in Christian ministry knows how challenging it is to balance ministry and family responsibilities, but it is essential that we master this balance. Mr. Fernando provides us with a healthy and God-centered understanding of family that can help us cultivate to a flourishing home. Mr. Fernando was the National Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka for more than 35 years; today serves as their Teaching Director. He has also traveled extensively worldwide training and counseling leaders within the Youth for Christ movement. Mr. Fernando has written 16 books and many more booklets and articles, published in 20 different languages worldwide. Get a Copy of Ajith Fernando's Newest Book: The Family Life of a Christian Leader Follow Ajith Fernando and Check out his Resources: www.ajithfernando.com

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159: What is the Sabbath? Does it Apply to Christians?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Wed, Sep 21, 2016


The Sabbath was an essential part of the life, culture, and worship for the Hebrew people throughout the pages of the Old Testament; and still remains an essential part of the culture of Israel today. God mandated that the Hebrew people observe this "once a week" day of rest and reflection; it started Friday evening at sunset and would last for approximately 24 hours, until sunset Saturday evening. Does this mandate still apply to Christians today? Should Christians observe this? And if so, on what day should we observe this? In this episode, Kenny explains what the Sabbath was in the Old Testament and why God instituted it in the first place. When we understand the purposes for this institution, then it makes more sense how to apply it to our lives today. The mandate of observing the Sabbath does not apply to Christians today, but the purposes and disciplines related to and associated with the Sabbath are helpful to our lives, our spiritual health, and our relationships, therefore we ought to practice Sabbath rhythms on a regular basis in our lives, especially in light of our busy stressed out culture.

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158: What is Christian Fasting?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


In this episode, Kenny talks about the spiritual discipline of fasting. Kenny specifically talks about ways to fast and the power fasting has to usher you into deeper intimacy with the Lord. Recommended Resources Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough (Elmer Towns)

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157: Is God a Moral Monster? with Tyler Vela

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce David Smalley Dogma Debate Tyler Vela
Sat, Sep 17, 2016


Many atheists and secular progressives have sought to attack Christianity and undermine the integrity of the New Testament's message by pointing out things that God has done things throughout Biblical history that they judge as supposedly being "evil." In their way of thinking, God is somehow a "moral monster" because He has done some things that He Himself outlaws humans from doing. But this claim is absurd for many reasons. In this episode, Kenny interviews author, apologist, podcaster, and philosopher Tyler Vela to answer this question and give clear logical reasons as to why it is simply inconsistent to claim that God is a "moral monster." Tyler Vela studied Philosophy and English at California State University, Sonoma. He also earned a Bachelors degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Moody Bible Institute. Currently, Tyler is working towards a Masters of Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). Tyler is the host of The Freed Thinker Podcast and blog and is a frequent guest on many Christian and skeptical podcasts and forums. Subscribe to The Freed Thinker Podcast: www.thefreedthinker.podbean.com  

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156: What is “Soul Sleep?” Is it Biblical?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


The concept of "soul sleep" is the idea that humans are completely unconscious or unaware of their surroundings between their physical death and the end of this age when the dead are resurrected for the final judgment. This concept has been embraced by many different religious groups over the centuries, including the Jehovah's Witnesses and the Seventh-Day Adventists. In this episode, Kenny explains this concept in depth and points out the clear Biblical reasons why this doctrine is not supported by Scripture. Highlighted Verses 2 Corinthians 5:8 Matthew 17

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155: Why Is the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


The Book of Ecclesiastes is one of the most unique books of the entire Bible. It has some great wisdom and unique perspective from the wisest man to ever live King Solomon; but this book also possesses some odd words that may cause some people to raise an eyebrow because it can be easily misunderstood. The Book of Ecclesiastes also has some interesting language that, if taken out of its context, is highly likely to lead readers to embrace weird or bad theology. In fact, several religious groups have asserted some strange and false doctrines because of their misunderstandings of the Book of Ecclesiastes. In this episode, Kenny clearly explains why this book was written and explains King Solomon's circumstances when he wrote it. Kenny highlights what we can learn from reading this book, and points out how this book reminds us of the importance of always cultivating genuine vibrant intimacy with the Almighty.

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154: The Importance of Apologetics with Jason Ladd

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


There are many questions in the arenas of faith and spirituality. Many people wrestle with a variety of faith-related ideas, and there is no shortage of sources and outlets in the world giving answers to those questions. But are the answers that are being given always Biblical? Of course not. It is essential for all Christians to study apologetics and be immersed in truth, so that we can all develop a genuine Christian worldview, and so that we can recognize quality Biblical truth in our world. In this episode, Kenny interviews author and apologist Jason B. Ladd about his own story of coming to faith in Christ and how apologetics played a major role in that process. They also talk about several ideas related to logic, philosophy, spirituality, worldview, and theology. Jason B. Ladd is an award-winning author, US Marine, and Iraq War veteran. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16 fighter jets. Jason is the founder of Boone Shepherd, LLC and the creator of IndieListers.com, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. His newest book was an award finalist in the 2016 "Next Generation Indie Book Awards" and it has been endorsed by some of the world's preeminent apologists such as Michael Licona, Frank Turek, and John Njoroge. Jason lives in Alaska with his wife, Karry, and their five children. Check out Jason's Book: One of the Few Follow Jason on Twitter: @jasonbladd Check out Jason's Website: www.jasonbladd.com   Additional Resources  I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (by Frank Turek and Norm Geisler) Why Jesus? (by Ravi Zacharias) Tactics (by Greg Koukl) The Case for Christ (by Lee Strobel)  

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153: What About Reincarnation?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Wed, Sep 14, 2016


Many world religions embrace the concept of reincarnation; but it is a Biblical concept? Does the Bible teach that we will be reborn after we die? In this episode, Kenny makes clear what the Bible says about the topic of reincarnation. Highlighted Passages Hebrews 9:27 2 Corinthians 5:8  

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152: Did Jesus Have Children? What About “The Da Vinci Code?”

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Dan Brown Da Vinci Code Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Tue, Sep 13, 2016


Was Jesus ever married? Did He have any biological children? Was He married to Mary Magdalene? Or was she His concubine? And has there been a massive cover up by the Catholic Church to hide these facts, like we read in Dan Brown's best-selling fiction novel "The Da Vinci Code?" In this episode, Kenny answers these questions and talks at length about Dan Brown's famous novel. Kenny starts by making it clear that Jesus was not married, and Kenny highlights the fact that there is absolutely no evidence that ought to lead us to assume that Jesus was ever married or that He ever fathered any biological children. Secondly, Kenny goes through the supposed evidences used by some critics; evidences that supposedly point to the idea that Jesus fathered children. Kenny demonstrates that all of these evidences are fraudulent, hoaxes, or simply absurd. These supposed evidences include: 1) The absurd claims by the early Mormon leaders' asserting that the ancient Greek philosopher Celsus made a statement about Jesus being a polygamous; 2) The Coptic fragment found in 2012 which is known as "the Gospel of Jesus' wife" that eventually was proven to be a forgery; 3) The 2008 documentary "Bloodline" by Bruce Burgess that was based on faulty claims by archaeologist Ben Hammott; eventually Hammott issued an apology for his faulty claims. [NOTE: Click here to see a screenshot of his apology statement]; 4) A 13th century French monk mentioning that there were some people in his region who hypothesized that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' concubine, but doing so with no real evidence to support any such hypothesis; 5) The "Jesus Scroll" made famous by an Australian radio producer after his travel to Israel in 1970's to examine the Masada evacuations, but he produced no authentic evidence that the scroll ever even existed. Third, after going through those five false evidences, Kenny highlights the logical fallacies that critics often argument from in order to make claims that Jesus was married or that He had kids. Kenny finishes the episode by making the point that there is as much evidences for "Abraham Lincoln being a three-eyed Martian" as there is evidence for any supposed biological bloodline of Jesus.  

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151: What is Theonomy & Christian Reconstructionism?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


In this episode, Kenny explains and defines the concepts of Theonomy and Christian Restructionism. Theonomy is the idea that Old Testament law should be considered morally binding. Theonomists reject the traditional Reformed belief that the civil laws of the Mosaic Law are no longer applicable to us today. Most Theonomists are also proponents of Christian Restructionism, which is the idea that the Old Testament law should be considering binding on societies and modern governments.   Additional Links for Research: Westminster Confession on Old Testament Law Ligonier Article on Theonomy and Christian Reconstructionism Ken Gentry's Christian Reconstructionist Blog   Recommended Books: The Institutes of Biblical Law (by Rousas John Rushdoony with Gary North) God and Government (by Gary DeMar)  

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150: What’s the Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


Sometimes we feel remorse or guilt for our sinful actions. Is this good or bad? Well, it depends on the source of those feelings and impressions. Sometimes those feelings are coming from the conviction of the Holy Spirit and other times its emotions of condemnation. How can we tell the difference? Conviction is from God, and it causes us to feel sorry for our sin and ought to inspire us to repent. Condemnation is from the enemy of our soul, and it causes us to feel shame and run from from God. In this episode, Kenny discusses the difference in these two impressions, their sources, and their eventual outcomes. Kenny then gives us pastoral advice on how we ought to respond to conviction versus how we ought to respond to condemnation. Highlighted Passages John 3:17 2 Corinthians 5:21 Romans 8:1-2  

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149: Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


Theologically speaking, the Book of Hebrews is one of the most important books of the entire Bible. It eloquently defines Jesus Christ as our High Priest, supreme over all of creation, and highlights Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament Law and Prophets. But both the authorship and audience of this letter are in question. Church tradition had long embraced the Apostle Paul as the author of this letter, but the consensus among most scholars today is that we simply do not know precisely which early church leader wrote the Book of Hebrews. However, scholars today are certain that Hebrews was written by someone who was well educated and intimately acquainted with the Jewish Scriptures. We also know that it certainly written by an apostle or someone directly mentored by an apostle, which is why it was allowed into the Canon, but by which apostle, we're not 100% sure. In this episode, Kenny dives into all of the authorship questions around Hebrews. Kenny dives into the evidence for and against Paul as the author of Hebrews as well as giving us evidences for other potential writers such as Luke, Barnabas, Apollos, Priscilla, and Clement of Rome.

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148: What is the “Seeker Sensitive” Movement?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


The desire of church leaders to reach irreligious or unchurched people is certainly not a new desire, and there have been many movements throughout church history influenced by that simple desire. One of those movements influenced by that desire is a modern movement within North American Evangelical circles now known as the "seeker sensitive" movement. This modern movement has its roots in the philosophies of mega-church Willow Creek Community Church (pastored by Bill Hybels) in the Chicagoland region. In this episode, Kenny starts off by giving us the multiple definitions and understandings of the term "seeker sensitive" and some of the ramifications of this modern movement. He also highlights the core values of this modern movement, as well as its pros and cons. Kenny makes it clear that he believes church leaders ought to be cognizant and aware of the fact that there might be people in the church service that do not understand the Gospel, the Bible, modern Christian lingo, or modern Evangelical sub-culture, therefore we ought to be cautious about how we articulate certain things from the pulpit, being sensitive to their lack of knowledge. In his typical simply style, Kenny gives us illustrations and key points as to how we ought to view "seekers" in the church and how church leadership ought to approach unbelievers in the midst of the worship gathering. Kenny believes that the Gospel itself is offensive to the natural human mind, so when the Gospel is proclaimed, it will offend some people (and it should). So, with that in mind, Kenny believes preachers and church leaders ought to be cautious not to offend unbelievers with any non-Gospel-related topics. The other important element Kenny highlights in this episode is the primary purpose for church services. Kenny tells us that New Testament themes point to the fact that church services ought to be the place where Christians gather together for worship and to hear the Word preached. While we certainly ought to be sensitive to the fact that there might be "seekers" in the room, we must always remain faithful to this primary purpose. Kenny says that this is where many churches get it wrong; being too seeker sensitive, sometimes even catering to the seekers or seeking to entertain unbelievers to ensure that those unbelievers come back to church. This is where many churches end up compromising the quality of the worship service or they neglect rightly preaching the Word of God. Highlighted Passages Romans 1:16 Romans 10 Hebrews 4:12 Psalm 119 1 Corinthians 1:18  

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147: Do the Angels Really Celebrate When a Sinner Repents?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


There is a common saying in modern Evangelical circles that whenever someone repents and comes to faith in Christ (often called "getting saved"), the angels in heaven "throw a party." Is this true? Do the angels indeed celebrate? In this episode, Kenny explains the passage of Scripture that this idea comes from (Luke 15:7-10) and he highlights what those verses are actually saying. The Bible does indeed tell us about a form of rejoicing and abundance of joy that is in heaven whenever humans repent, but when we examine the passage closely, it becomes obvious to us that the source of the joy and rejoicing isn't the angels.

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146: What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls? Why Do They Matter?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Wed, Aug 31, 2016


In 1947, an incredible archaeological discovery was made in some desert caves located near the Dead Sea. Several hundred scrolls from ancient times were found; more than 200 hundred of them were manuscripts of Biblical text. Since the discovery, the region around the caves have been excavated and examined. The Dead Sea scrolls have been called the greatest manuscript discovery of modern times. In this episode, Kenny explains these scrolls and why every Christian ought to be familiar with this incredible discovery. The Dead Sea Scrolls have had an incredible impact on how many scholars view our modern Bible. Recommended Second Thoughts on the Dead Sea Scrolls (FF Bruce)

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145: Has the Bible Been Changed Over the Centuries?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible FF Bruce
Wed, Aug 31, 2016


A common question asked by new believers and those inquiring about the Christian faith, "How do we know the Bible hasn't been changed over the course of centuries since the early Church? How can we be confident that the words have not been edited, rewritten, or altered in any way?" This is also a topic often brought up by critics that would seek to undermine the authority and credibility of the Scriptures. One of the primary tenants of the Christian faith is the authority of the Scriptures, but if we cannot prove that the writings are authentic, then how can we know that they are authoritative? The answer has to do with the manuscripts and fragments of manuscripts discovered by archaeologists. In this episode, Kenny uses a fun animated narrative to teach how textual critics reconstruct writings from the ancient world. Then, Kenny examines the number of manuscripts we have today for many popular works from antiquity and compares those numbers with the numbers of manuscripts we have today for the Bible. The evidence we have for the authenticity of Bible is overwhelming!   Recommend Resources How We Got the Bible (Timothy Paul Jones) The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? (FF Bruce) The Books and the Parchments (FF Bruce) The Canon of Scripture (FF Bruce) Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Norm Giesler) The Text of the New Testament (Bruce Metzger)  

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144: How Was the Bible Compiled?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


One of the primary tenants of the Christian faith is the authority of the Scriptures. The Bible is heavily relied upon by many people for the development of theology and doctrine as well as personal guidance and advice. But where did the Bible come from? How was this book compiled? In this  episode, Kenny makes the point that we cannot understand the Bible, and its authority, unless we understand the history surrounding the Bible. Once we understand the first century context of how these letters were written, then we can understand how and why it was compiled. Kenny highlights the overall history of the Bible by using a fun animated narrative. Then, Kenny talks through the important moments and ecumenical councils throughout church history that solidified the ultimate compilation of Scriptures into the singular book we now call The Holy Bible.   Recommend Resources How We Got the Bible (Timothy Paul Jones) Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Norm Giesler) The Canon of Scripture (FF Bruce)  

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143: Who is Josephus? Why Does He Matter?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Josephus Religion Christianity Bible
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


The name "Josephus" is a name that is "thrown around" in many Jewish and Christians circles on a regular basis; but who was this man? And why does he matter to our lives today? In a previous episode, Kenny interviewed Dr. John Morris about extra-Biblical evidences for the resurrection of Jesus, and the primary source mentioned in that episode was the works of Flavius Josephus. In this episode, Kenny gives us a glimpse into the life of this influential man. Josephus was a Jewish religious leader who later became a military commander for the Jewish people in the "Jewish Wars" of the first century and then eventually became the state-sponsored historian for the Roman Empire. He wrote extensively about the Jewish people and their way of life. PBS ran an article about Josephus wherein he was referred to as "our primary source" for understanding the first century context of the Judean region and reconstructing first century history.   Recommended Resources Josephus: The Complete Works edited by J.I. Packer Resurrected! by Dr. John Morris

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142: Are All Sins Equal?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Thu, Aug 25, 2016


There is a common belief among many Christians that "all sins are equal"... but is idea this true? In this episode, Kenny dives into the history of this common belief and what passages of Scriptures, if any, that this idea is rooted in. Then Kenny gives us a more holistic Biblical approach to properly comparing sin. Yes, it is true that all sins have the same eternal consequences for your soul if you do not repent, so in that sense all sins are equal. But overall, all different types of sins have a variance of their impact on our own souls and upon others. Some sins cause more damage than others, therefore, in that sense, they are not equal.

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141: Should Preachers “Call-Out” Other Preachers? with Kenneth Freire

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


In this episode, our host Kenny interviews theologian Kenneth Freire about preachers publicly "calling out" other preachers with whom they disagree. Freire says that there is indeed a time and place for preachers to call out other preachers, but he warns against doing so too fast or too flippantly because of the repercussions such actions can have on that preacher's reputation. Kenneth Freire has a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and an M.Div. from Regent University. He has more than eight years of experience with leadership development, having trained over 500 men and women in leadership and theology. Kenneth Freire currently serves as a part of the ministry leadership team at Bethany Global University in Minneapolis, MN where he serves as a professor as well as serving as one of the Directors of their Lead Internship gap-year program. Read Kenneth Friere's Blog: www.kenfreire.com Follow Kenneth on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kenneth.freire Check out the Lead Internship: www.leadintern.com

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140: What is the Covenant of Redemption?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


The system and framework of theology which asserts that the covenants are essential to overall hermeneutics (Biblical interpretation) is known as Covenant Theology, and it is typically contrasted against Dispensationalism. Within the system of Covenant Theology, there are typically two overarching covenants that govern how we interpret the Bible. However some people within Protestantism assert that there is actually a third covenant, known as the Covenant of Redemption. In this episode, Kenny explains the Covenant of Redemption and the divide among Protestants over this doctrine. The Covenant of Redemption is an eternal agreement (or pact) amongst the members of the Trinity in which the Father appointed the Son to become a human, to suffer, and to die as the federal head of mankind in order to make an atonement for the sins of the elect. In return, the Father promised to raise Christ from the dead, glorify Him, and give Him a people (the elect).

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139: What’s the Difference Between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Wed, Aug 17, 2016


This episode is a follow-up to our previous episode about Covenant Theology. As stated in the previous episode, there are two primary frameworks used by most Protestants today to interpret Scripture: Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism. Dispensationalism considers Biblical history as divided deliberately by God into specific time periods (dispensations). In each dispensation, God governs and relates to his people in different ways. According to dispensationalists, each time period is thus administered in a certain way, and humanity is held responsible as a steward during that time. In this episode, Kenny highlights the key differences between the two theological systems. Then Kenny explains a few examples of how dispensationalism would interpret certain passages of Scripture versus how most theologians would interpret those same passages by taking a covenantal approach.  

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138: What is Covenant Theology?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Tue, Aug 16, 2016


There are two primary frameworks used by most Protestants today to interpret Scripture: Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism. In this episode, Kenny talks about both frameworks of theology, giving us a brief overview of their histories and the key contrasting points between the two systems. Then Kenny dives into the nuts and bolts of Covenant Theology, highlighting that this system is founded upon using the theological concept of a "covenant" as an organizing principle for Christian theology. Kenny specifically explains the primary covenants that God uses to relate to people: the Covenant of Works, which was established with Adam in the Garden of Eden and applies to humanity by default, and the Covenant of Grace, which is the covenant God uses to interact with and govern His people, the people of faith. (Note: There is a third covenant that Kenny mentions in this episode, but plans to elaborate upon that covenant in a future separate episode.) Covenant theologians assert that covenants in the Old Testament are an extension or manifestation of one of the overarching covenants, either the Covenant of Works or the Covenant of Grace.  

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137: What Should We Think of the Jewish People, Being that they Rejected Jesus?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Sat, Aug 13, 2016


We know that the Jewish people were God's chosen people, the nation that God chose to use as His instrument to bring forth the Messiah. This is a big deal that cannot be overstated. But many Jewish people in the first century rejected Jesus, and many more contemporary Jews reject Jesus as well. In this episode, Kenny answers the question: What should we, as Christians, think of the Jewish people, and how should we feel towards them, in light of the fact that they rejected Jesus?

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136: What Does It Mean to be Confessional?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Thu, Aug 11, 2016


In this episode, Kenny answers the question, "What does it mean to be confessional?" In essence, Kenny explains how subscribing to, or fully affirming, an historical confession can be helpful in our faith and church governance.

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135: What is the Unforgivable Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Wed, Aug 10, 2016


Many people have asked their pastors and church leaders about the topic of the "unpardonable sin" that Jesus talks about in Matthew 12:31-32. In that passage Jesus makes it clear that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. In this episode, Kenny dives into the context of Matthew 12 in order to give us insight into this question. There are several views of this passage but the view that seems most consistent with the rest of the New Testament is the idea that the only sin that God will not forgive is unbelief. The very nature of unbelief indicates that God cannot forgive it. The unpardonable sin is simply the complete and final rejection of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

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134: What Is the Prosperity Gospel Movement? Why Is It Dangerous?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Joel Osteen Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Religion Christianity Bible
Tue, Aug 09, 2016


What is the prosperity gospel movement? Why is it so popular? Why is it so dangerous? With the rise of this so-called " gospel" movement, it is very important to answer these questions. In this episode, Kenny clearly defines the prosperity gospel movement and its most extreme form, wherein preachers claim that God wants all Christians to always experience good things, mainly to be financially wealth. Many contemporary preachers would lead you to believe that your enjoyment and your financial resources are God's #1 priority... but His #1 priority is not you! God is consumed with His own glory and His own fame... that should also be our #1 priority. Misunderstanding this truth can lead people to continually cultivate a desire for something(s) that may or may not be what God wants for you. The prosperity gospel is consumed with material blessings, which cultivates desires in us that will ultimately lead to "ruin and destruction" but right Gospel preaching leads people to being willing to sacrifice all for the glory and fame of God. Highlighted Passages - Proverbs 30:7-9 - 1 Timothy 6:6-10    

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133: What Does It Mean to Have a Seared Conscience? Is It Irreversible?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


What does it mean to have a seared conscience? And, maybe more importantly, is this condition irreversible? Or once you have a seared conscience, is that the final condition of your soul? In this episode, Kenny addresses a listener question about our consciences and how sin impacts our souls. Kenny uses simple illustrations from his recent experiences with both his air conditioning repairmen and his dentist to explain how sin numbs our souls and impacts our spiritual health. Highlighted Passages 1 Timothy 4:1-2 Ecclesiastes 3:11 Romans 2:15-16  

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132: Is the Bible Trustworthy? with Kenneth Freire

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


In this episode, our host Kenny interviews his personal friend Kenneth Freire about the trustworthiness of the Bible and the importance of shaping our lives around the core values we see in Scripture. They also talk about the importance of allowing the Bible to be our ultimate authority when determining our beliefs. Kenneth Freire has proven to be an expert in the arenas of theology, apologetics, Christian worldview, and leadership development. He gives us three primary reasons why the Bible ought to be trusted: 1- Jesus substantiated the Scriptures. 2- The reliability of the New Testament manuscripts. 3- The living and active nature of the Bible. Kenneth Freire has a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and an M.Div. from Regent University. He has more than eight years of experience with leadership development, having trained over 500 men and women in leadership and theology. Kenneth Freire currently serves as a part of the staff team at Bethany Global University in Minneapolis, MN and he is one of the Directors of their Lead Internship gap-year program. Read Kenneth Friere's Blog: www.kenfreire.com Follow Kenneth on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kenneth.freire Check out the Lead Internship: www.leadintern.com  

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131: Is D?j? vu a Spiritual Experience?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Sat, Jul 30, 2016


D?j? vu is a French term that literally means "already seen" and refers to a phenomenon that many people have claimed to experience wherein they experience having a strong sensation that an event, that is currently being experienced, has already been experienced at some point in the past. So this begs the question: Is this phenomenon a spiritual experience? Is this experience, in some way, God speaking to us or guiding us? In this episode, Kenny highlights both the scientific and metaphysical explanations for this phenomenon. Kenny also addresses the wrong assumption and false belief that this phenomenon could somehow be evidence for reincarnation (see Hebrews 9:27-28). Kenny also gives us a great reminder that the only spiritual experience that we ought to be seeking is the cultivation of personal friendship and intimate communion with the Holy Spirit.

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130: Was Job Suicidal?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


Suicide is a controversial topic, as well as a sensitive one for many people, therefore we ought to not be flippant as we dialogue about the subject. With that stated, we know that suicidal thoughts and tendencies are very real in the minds and emotions of many people. As we examine the Bible, we sometimes see Biblical characters venting or lamenting, and sometimes they even seem suicidal. In this episode, Kenny dives into one specific Bible character that some people say seems suicidal; that is the Old Testament man named Job, whom suffered greatly after God gave Satan permission to attack Job. After facing much pain and suffering, Job certainly seemed to be "done with life" but to say that he was suicidal doesn't quite seem fair. Many times Job vented his frustrations to God, he lamented, and he even wrongly cursed the day of his birth, but many times Job would later acknowledge God's sovereign hand and God's right to determine when Job would die. Job often acknowledged the power and the majesty of God, which demonstrates that he still trusted God, even in the face of his incredible pain and his feelings of despair.  

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129: Does The Bible Support Slavery?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Wed, Jul 27, 2016


Some people claim that the Bible supports slavery; or that it does not say enough in condemning the institution of slavery. Are those people right? In addition, many of those same people claim that the Bible's stance on slavery proves that it is an antiquated irrelevant book. Are they right? In this episode, Kenny dives into the topic of slavery, starting off with the clear Biblical condemnation of any act of selling a human and/or treating any person like property (see Exodus 21:16), so to say that the Bible does not condemn slavery is simply inaccurate. Then Kenny specifically contrasts and highlights the distinction between the ancient Roman practice of slavery that would have surrounded the writers of the New Testament and the modern forms of slavery that we today are much more familiar with, such as the African slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries. Understanding the historical context gives you better insight into the passages of the New Testament that relate to slavery. Kenny finishes the episode with a quick examination of the Apostle Paul's most intimate letter, his letter to his friend Philemon, which gives us deeper understanding into the Apostle Paul's expectations of slave-owners in the first century.

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128: Is It Okay to Be Proud of My Country?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Many people are proud of their nation, but some people wonder whether or not it is wrong to have any love of country. Others have wondered if they can find a way to take any pride in a nation that has done bad or evil things around the world. Others have even grappled with the idea as to whether or not any national allegiance is helpful at all. In this episode, Kenny tackles to topic of patriotism and how we as Christians ought to approach love of country. For modern American Christians in particular, there might not be an issue more complicated or wrapped-up in history and politics than patriotism. Even saying the word patriotism in any gathering of Christians is likely to garner as many responses as there are people. A love for one's country is looked upon with both reverence and revulsion, depending on who you talk to about it... and Kenny believes that both sides seem to have good reasons for their positions. So how ought Christians think about patriotism? Kenny dives into the idea of having patriotism versus having nationalism. Kenny makes it clear that patriotism can be very good, but nationalism is nothing more than a form of arrogance. It is good to appreciate the things your nation has offered the world, but good patriotism also includes the ability to judge your own nation in both its successes and its shortcomings. It is good to have a love of your fellow countrymen, but arrogant to believe that your fellow countrymen are somehow inherently more valuable than people born in other nations. They major theme Kenny addresses is the idea of primary allegiances. Those of us that love God must never forget that our primary allegiance is to Jesus and the kingdom of God and the things that Jesus cares about most. Kenny challenges us to make sure that we are more passionate about defending the Gospel than we are about defending our nationalism or our brand of politics.

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127: Is It Okay For Christians to Be Cremated?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


In this episode, Kenny answers the questions whether or not it is okay for Christians to be cremated; or is it sinful. As with many topics, Kenny tells us that asking about whether or not it is "okay" is not the right question, but rather we ought to be asking whether or not it is ideal for us. We know that when we die we will either end up in heaven or hell, our soul leaves our body. But it is important to remember that whatever happens to our body after we are dead has no impact on our eternal destination. We also know that one Jesus will return to Earth and give new bodies to all those who were united with Him. Our souls will be reunited with our bodies, therefore no matter which we choose, burial or cremation, our new bodies will be perfect. With all this stated, Kenny recommends we choose burials whenever possible because it follows the biblical pattern followed by the Old Testament saints and the pattern observed by the early Christians.

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126: Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to Christians Today?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Sun, Jul 24, 2016


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) Several centuries before Jesus showed up on the scence, the propher Jeremiah was preaching to the Jewish people as they faced the judgment and discipline of God, meted out at the hands of the Babylonians. Jeremiah said many things, but there is one verse from his writings that is most commonly quoted within certain modern Christian circles. That verse that is famously quoted is Jeremiah 29:11, often used as a proof-text to demonstrate that God always wants us to prosper. In this episode, Kenny tackles the question head on: Does Jeremiah 29:11 apply to Christian believers today? If so, how does it apply? Kenny makes the point that the verse does indeed point to the fact that, overall, God wants good things for His people... He loves His people... He favors his people... just like any good daddy, God loves showering His children with goodness. He's the greatest daddy there is. However, most people quoting this verse ignore the context of Jeremiah's writing; the fact that the Jewish people were facing a fate that did not seem "good" by their standards. God declares to have good plans for us, but sometimes His plans do not seem good; but that is mostly because our definition of "good" is often skewed. God's greatest desire for His own people is to mold us to be more Godly and to shine His own glory through us. God's good plans for you may include some short-term forms of suffering because that may very well be the thing that enables you to receive the ultimate good plans that God has for you in the long-term and in eternity.

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125: Can We Sin in Heaven? If Not, How Come Lucifer Sinned?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Joel Osteen Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Sat, Jul 23, 2016


It is widely believed by most Evangelical Christians that once we get into heaven and with Jesus, that we will not ever be able to sin or ever choose to walk away from God. This begs the question: How did Lucifer sin in heaven? Lucifer did indeed sin while he was in heaven (Note: Today Lucifer is often called "Satan" or "the devil" or "the enemy"). So, what confidence do we have that we will not ever sin when we are in heaven? In this episode, Kenny answers this question by making sure that we understand that it is not the place that keeps us from sinning, but rather the state we find ourselves in once we are in eternity. Once we are in heaven we will be fully transformed, given new bodies, and enter into a state of holy perfection. This will protect us from sin and this shall only be made possible by the power of Christ at work within us. Highlighted Passages: Philippians 3:21 Jude 1:24 Revelation 21:27 1 Timothy 5:21  

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124: Is Gambling a Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Joel Osteen Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


Gambling, card games, sports betting, games of luck or chance, poker tournaments, and even raffles. These are all forms of contests that have been labeled as "gambling" by many people. And with the label of "gambling" comes a taboo within North American evangelicalism. So that begs these questions: Is gambling a sin? Should Christians participate in any such events or contests? Why or Why not? In this episode, Kenny gives a thorough response to the topic of gambling. The Bible does not directly label these contests or games as sinful, but as with many things in life, we need to examine the topic more closely before indulging. Kenny opens the episode giving us an important warning about gambling addictions. Just like addictions to drugs or porn, addictions to gambling have destroyed families, therefore we must be extremely cautious and careful before participating. Kenny encourages anyone dealing with a gambling addiction to immediately seek help from a church elder or visit www.gamblersanonymous.org. The Bible does not specifically condemn gambling, so Kenny makes the point that he does not have any specific issues with people participating in contests where money is on the line such as a sports pool or a poker tournament (and Kenny makes the admission that he himself has participated in some such activities), but there are several important elements to remember before choosing to gamble in anyway whatsoever: 1- The Bible warns us about the dangers of loving money (see 1 Timothy 6:10 and Hebrews 13:5). 2- The Bible encourages us to stay away from attempts to “get rich quick” (see Proverbs 13:11 and Ecclesiastes 5:10) 3- Gambling is often a waste of money, but so are many other things we indulge in or purchase (ie: going out to eat, cable television, owning a more expensive car than what we actually need, many forms of entertainment, etc.). Seek to be consistent in your convictions. 4- The Bible tells us that all things are "permissible" but not all things are "beneficial" (see 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23). This should always be our guide when these topics arise. After highlighting these important reminders, Kenny then closes the episode by reminding each person to also consider their own personal evangelism opportunities and Christian witness. We must always ask the question: "Will this hurt or help my chances to preach the Gospel?" There is a strong argument to be made for either position. Some people say that some forms of gambling could harm your credibility, and therefore harm your opportunities for evangelism. However, other people might state that participating in such activities could lead you to building relationships that help bring the Gospel to unsaved people that otherwise might not have heard it. Kenny feels that each person ought to prayerfully seek wisdom from the Holy Spirit as to what he/she ought to do, but none of us ought to be flippant or careless when making this sort of decision.  

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123: Did Jesus Have Siblings?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Did Jesus have physical siblings? If so, wouldn't that prove that Mary was not a virgin for her entire life? And, if that is the case, why do Catholics still refer to her as the "Virgin Mary" even though she conceived and gave birth to several children after Jesus? These questions and thoughts came to Kenny by email from a listener. In this episode, Kenny makes the point that Jesus did indeed have physical siblings, children of Mary and her husband Joseph. Catholics have been known to have a deep reverence for Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was very deserving of honor for her role in God's redemptive story, however some of the beliefs embraced by Catholics (and some other Christians) about her "perpetual virginity" may not be a Biblically-founded doctrine. Some other Christians may not embrace the doctrine of her perpetual virginity, however they may still refer to her as the "Virgin Mary" simply a sign of respect, although she clearly was not a virgin for her entire life. The Biblical evidences for Jesus having biological siblings: - Matthew 13:55: A group of people questioning Jesus' authority, referring to His Earthly parents and siblings. - Matthew 12 and Mark 3: Mary and the brothers of Jesus sought to talk with Jesus. - John 7:5: Makes mention that even some of Jesus' siblings didn't believe He was the Messiah. - Galatians 1:19: Paul mentions meeting James, the younger brother of Jesus.  

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122: Should Christians Give to Charities?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Wed, Jul 20, 2016


In this episode, Kenny responds to a regular listener asking about giving to charities. Kenny opens the episode by making it clear that Christians should be extremely generous; God has given us so much, we ought to demonstrate His generosity by choosing to be generous to others. There is no set amount that we ought to give, but we should seek to be sacrificial in how we give. There are no shortage of options when it comes to organizations that are in need of money, so where should we give our money? Kenny gives us three primary places where we ought to consider giving: 1- Your local church. 2- Missionaries that you know personally or missions organizations that you trust. 3- Any cause or campaign focusing on social justice that reflects well on the Gospel. Kenny's encouragement and advice to believers: Determine a vision for what types of causes that you want to give towards, based on your personal passions and the specific arenas that grab your heart, and then seek to give as much as possible to those types of causes and organizations. This also allows you to develop a clear strategy as to when you ought to say "yes" and when you ought to say "no." Eventually, many of us will end up giving money to non-profit organizations and charities. Kenny closes the episode by giving us the parameters he uses when determining which organizations to give to, and he also encourages us to vet the organizations, as best as we can, before giving them money, and he gives us some resources to help us in our quest to determine which charities are the best to consider giving our money towards. Recommended Helps When Vetting Charities: Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) CharityWatch.org CharityNavigator.org Information on Pulling 990 Forms

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121: What Are Angels? Why Do They Exist?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Joel Osteen Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Tue, Jul 19, 2016


Throughout the Scriptures we see these supernatural creatures called "angels" highly involved in a variety of things that God is doing with and through His own people. While we don't have a lot of specific information about angels, there are plenty of things about them that we can observe. In this episode, as a response to an e-mail from a regular listener, Kenny tells about these creatures, their nature, and their purpose. Angels are supernatural spiritual creatures that God employs in His service to accomplish tasks as God sees fit to employ them. They are living beings with personality, intellect, emotions, and their own sense of determination. They are powerful, but not omnipotent. They are wise, but not omniscient. We don't know precisely how many angels there are, but we do know that there are a lot of them; maybe thousands, or maybe even billions. We know a few of their names, such as Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer (check out episode 17), but overall we don't know much about specific angels. They were likely created in eternity past, they never die, and it appears that God isn't going to create any more of them. In the Bible, angels always appear male, however gender is not ascribed to angels in the way we understand gender. Highlighted Passages:  Colossians 1:16-17 Luke 20:36 Luke 16:22 Hebrews 13:2  

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120: Does God Give Personal Revelations to Certain People?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Thu, Jul 14, 2016


Throughout the centuries God revealed His truth to certain people, and in most cases those persons documented the revealed truth. Typically the truth was revealed for some specific contemporary purposes, but those truths were also typically transcendent and therefore valuable to all peoples of any time period. God did this many times throughout the pages of the Old Testament through the prophets. Any time God revealed some element of truth to His people, this was referred to as a form of revelation. One of the greatest forms of revelation we have ever received has come through the writers of the New Testament, after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, giving us the clarity of the full Gospel message and its implications. In this episode, Kenny explains that we, as orthodox Christians, believe that the "cannon has been closed" ever since the death of the last Apostle; meaning there will be no more new writings ever added to the Bible. The Apostles and the New Testament writers were the last group of people God gave special revelation to; everything we needed revealed was fully revealed to us through the pages of the New Testament. Kenny makes the point that any truth that God has ever intended to reveal, about Himself and about His plan of salvation for humanity, has indeed already been fully revealed through the Bible, therefore there is no longer any need for anyone to ever experience any sort of personal revelation of any kind. Kenny makes the simple point that any revelation that agrees with the Bible is unnecessary, because we already have that truth, and any revelation that disagrees with the Bible is false, which means it must be completely disregarded. Any and all contemporary revelations are either wholly unneeded or are completely false, there are no other options.

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119: Does God Still Speak Through Dreams?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams Joel Osteen
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


Throughout the Bible we see several moments when God spoke to people through dreams and visions. Does God still do this? Does He still speak to people in this manner? In this episode, Kenny reminds us that the Bible is sufficient in terms of knowing what God desires from us. The Scriptures must always be the ultimate authority in our lives when it comes to determining the will of God and determining what we believe to be absolute truth, therefore we should not ever expect God to speak to us through a dream or vision in order to directly reveal any new truth to us. We should not be getting our primary spiritual guidance or our doctrine through dreams. However, there is nothing in the Bible that ought to lead us to believe that God has stopped doing this as a secondary manner of getting people's attention and helping them see that Jesus is indeed the only way to God. In addition, there have been some contemporary accounts of people around the world seeing dreams that eventually points them to the Gospel. While these events are rare, Kenny challenges us to consider that God is using these supernatural dreams to draw people unto Himself.

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118: Why Did God Declare Pork Unclean and Then Clean?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Joel Osteen Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Tue, Jul 12, 2016


In the pages of the Old Testament, we see God declare pork (and several other foods) as unclean. Any person that ate these foods would be labeled "unclean" meaning that he/she would be unfit for worship. But when we fast forward to the New Testament, we see God declare pork clean. Why? In this episode, Kenny dives into understanding why God declared pork unclean in the Old Testament but then declares it clean in the New Testament. Kenny reminds us that we must consider why God told them to refrain from eating pork in the first place. The Old Testament mandates do not apply to New Testament believers, however when we examine God’s purposes and motives in these matters, we learn valuable lessons that do indeed apply to the lives of New Testament believers.

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117: What’s the Importance of World Missions? with Jonathan Ferguson

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Mon, Jul 11, 2016


God cares deeply about the world. As Christians, one of our greatest desires ought to be to see the Gospel proclaimed in every place on Earth. In order to do so, we need to engage people-groups all around the globe. In this episode, Kenny interviews missionary Jonathan Ferguson about the theology of world missions and the importance of all believers engaging in world missions. Jonathan was a youth pastor in Southern California for more than 9 years, but has now been living in Kenya for more than 6 years. Find and Friend Jonathan on Facebook Follow Jonathan on Twitter

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116: What About Churches that Use Video Preaching?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Sun, Jul 03, 2016


  Since the late 1990's, the concept of multi-site/multi-campus churches has grown is great popularity across North America. One model for church "scalability" has been the idea of "video campuses" wherein one campus of a church has a video feed or prerecorded sermon played during the teaching time of a Sunday morning service in lieu of a live communicator. Is this sinful or wrong? In this episode, Kenny dives into this topic and gives us his thoughts about this specific model of church growth. Kenny makes it clear that he does not necessarily believe it is wrong or sinful for a church to have video preaching, but Kenny asserts that he believes that it is not necessarily the ideal scenario. Kenny makes it abundantly clear that he does not think that the video campus model is inappropriate, and he concedes that in some cases it can maybe even be a useful tool, but Kenny gives us three reasons why he believes that the video campus model is not the ideal scenario; one practical reason tied to preaching style and tempo, one philosophical reason tied to contextualization, and one theological reason tied to the regulative principle.  

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115: Are Tattoos Wrong?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Sat, Jul 02, 2016


In this episode, our host Kenny answers the question "Are Tattoos Wrong?" He reminds us that God did indeed command the Jewish people in the Old Testament to refrain from tattoos, but Kenny makes the point that New Testament Christians are no longer under the mandates of the Old Testament. We can reasonably state that there is no Biblical argument against tattoos for modern Christians. However, Kenny reminds us that we must consider why God told them to avoid tattoos in the first place. Old Testament mandates do not apply to New Testament believers, however when we examine God's purposes, we learn valuable lessons that do indeed apply to New Testament believers. In addition, Kenny closes the episode with some quality practical advice for youth and young adults that may be seeking to get a tattoo.

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114: Is It Okay for Women to Wear Pants?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz Blaise Foret Aubrey Sampson God Jesus Tony Merida Timothy Keller John Piper Desiring God James White Norm Geisler Abdul Saleeb Matt Chandler Francis Chan Preston Sprinkle Corey Allan Sam Storms David Platt David Mathis John Morris Casey Cease Mark Driscoll Wayne Grudem Reformed Pubcast Greg Dutcher Gary Habermas Michael Licona NT Wright CS Lewis Rick Morton Rick Warren Theology in the Raw Andy Stanley Craig Groeschel Chief Sinner Mike Adams
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


While it may be rare in our modern Western world, there are some Christian communities and church leaders that hold to a more strict and more conservative view on women's fashion and modesty. Some church leaders prescribe what types of clothing a woman should or should wear in her everyday life, and sometimes that may include the claim that women ought to never wear pants or jeans. Again, this is a rare assertion, but it does exists in some contemporary church circles. In this episode, Kenny talks about how modesty shifts dramatically from culture to culture, therefore specific prescriptions as to what a women should or should not wear misses the more important Biblical value. Ultra-conservative specific prescriptions on women's fashion or clothing miss the grander point of how we ought to approach modesty in our culture in a way that points people to the Gospel; and Kenny goes as far as to say that making any such specific clothing prescriptions certainly leads Christians into the burdensome category of legalism. Kenny makes it clear that he is far more concerned with how you determine what you wear than the actually outfits themselves. He then gives listeners four reminders to consider as we approach the topic of modesty: 1- Be different than the society in which you live. 2- Be more modest or more conservative than others in your culture. 3- Be careful that your clothing doesn't cause the opposite gender to lust. 4- Make sure you spend more time on your heart and character than on your outward appearance.  

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113: Should Christians Date Non-Christians?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


In this episode, Kenny addresses a question that he has been asked many times over the course of his ministry experience. Often young Christians have asked him whether or not they should jump into dating someone who is not a Christian? Kenny makes it clear that, if you understand the purpose of marriage, then you will know that it us unwise for Christians to date non-Christians.

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112: Is It Okay to Skip Church and Just Watch the Live Stream?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Along with the expansion of new technologies and new media forums, has also come the availability of new Christian media too. One of the forums that has grown in popularity and availability over the last ten years is the live streaming of church services and sermons. So this begs the question: Is it okay for me and my family to just skip attending church services, and just watch the live stream at home? The other related topic involves how much I ought to rely upon preaching and teaching from sources such as YouTube or Podcasts? In this episode, Kenny dives into the question about live streaming as well as listening to sermons from other media platforms. Kenny makes the point that attending church and worshiping with people that you know and are "living life with" is a vital part of the Christian life. Kenny also highlights the New Testament markers for church gatherings: corporate worship, preaching/teaching, and the sacraments.

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111: How Can Ordinary People Change the World? with Tony Merida

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


We live in a world filled with people in need; people facing difficulties such as hunger, poverty, educational needs, advocacy, injustice! One very simple way to serve people is to meet these needs with a Gospel focus. In this episode, Kenny interviews pastor, author, professor Tony Merida about the importance of "mercy ministry." In the interview Tony challenges all "ordinary" people to change the world by meeting the needs of others; both here in the USA as well as abroad and across the globe. Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is the author of several books including his most recent book Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down and eight volumes in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series (B&H), of which Tony also serves as a general editor, along with Danny Akin and David Platt. Tony Merida is happily married to his wife Kimberly; they have five adopted children. Visit Tony's website: TonyMerida.net Follow Tony on Twitter: @tonymerida Recommended Resources:  Generous Justice (by Timothy Keller) Orphanology (by Tony Merida and Rick Morton) Ordinary (by Tony Merida) Ministries of Mercy (by Timothy Keller) The Locust Effect (by Gary Haugen)  

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110: Why is Jesus Called the “Son of Man”?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Jun 16, 2016


Multiple times in the Gospels, Jesus is called the "son of man." In fact, it seems to be Jesus' favorite term to use when referring to Himself. In this episode, Kenny dives into the importance of the term "son of man" and its reference to Jesus' humanity. The term also refers to a Messianic symbol found in the book of Daniel. When Jesus uses this term to describe Himself, He is indeed affirming that He is the Messiah that will "stand for the saints of the Most High."  

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109: Why is the “Fruit of the Spirit” Important? with Matt McAfee

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Matt McAfee
Tue, Jun 14, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews pastor Matt McAfee for a second time. In this interview, Kenny and Matt dive into a conversation about understanding the "fruit of the Spirit" and why that is more important than seeking the "gifts of the Spirit." Matt makes two great points that all of us need to consider: 1- The fruit of the Spirit is how we judge the Christian life, not the gifts of the Spirit. 2- Only those people with the fruit of the Spirit can truly be trusted with the gifts of the Spirit.

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108: Are We Always Going to Understand Everything About God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sun, Jun 12, 2016


In the Gospel of John, Jesus uses the term "earthly things" as He is telling the inquiring Nicodemus that some spiritual things are simply just not going to be understood by humans (see John 3). A regular listener of the podcast sent in an email asking for clarity on Jesus' intent when using that specific term. In this episode, Kenny explains what the term "earthly things" means, but more importantly, Kenny also dives into the some of the great lessons we learn about God from this famous passage of Scripture.

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107: Why Did God Wait So Long to Send Jesus to Earth?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


  Many people have asked, "Why didn't God send Jesus to Earth sooner?" It seems that God waited too long. Why did God choose to send Him at that particular time in human history? In this episode, Kenny highlights Galatians 4:4, which tells us that Jesus came when the "fullness of time" had come. Kenny makes the case that, in essence, God waited for the perfect moment in human history; the specific time period that would make the most sense for the rapid expansion of the Gospel message. Then, Kenny expounds upon the things that made it more likely for the Gospel to spill over into Gentile nations. 1- The nation of Israel needed to be prepared to receive the Messiah in the way God wanted them to receive Him. God was waiting for there to be a culture of "expectancy" amongst the Jewish people. 2- God wanted people of Jewish decent to be living around the world because they would be the initial conduits for the Gospel to spread. 3- God waited for the development of Roman civil affairs and physical infrastructure that would allow for the rapid expansion of the Gospel message and the circulation of Apostolic writing. The primary elements that contributed to this were: the Pax Romana (time of peace), the Roman trade roads, and the establishment of a common trade language.

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106: How to Experience “Abundant Life?” with Josh Reich

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Josh Reich
Wed, Jun 08, 2016


Jesus promised us "abundant life" but whenever we honestly consider and examine the life of most believers, we discover that most believers are not experiencing an abundant life at all. The problem is that many believers have never found the "breathing room" they actually need in this life in order to experience the vibrant abundance that Jesus wants to give to His followers. Finding breathing room in our finances, daily schedules, and interpersonal relationships leads to enjoying and savoring life instead of simply going through the motions. Most followers of Jesus never even scratch the surface of experiencing the freedom that Jesus wants them to experience, but it doesn't have to be that way. In this episode, Kenny interviews pastor and author Josh Reich about the topic of finding "Breathing Room" in our lives, which happens to be the topic of Josh's newest book. In this interview Josh talks about diagnosing the bad habits and distractions of our lives (often rooted in identity issues) and then he challenges us to shift our attitudes, carve out time for new habits, and chase after Jesus-focused disciplines that will do more than just help us "catch our breath" but will help us find the ultimate road to experiencing the vibrant abundant life that we may have come to believe is impossible. Josh says abundant life can be found in Jesus! Josh Reich is the founding pastor of Revolution Church in Tucson, AZ. Connect with Josh Reich Get a copy Pastor Josh's book "Breathing Room" Follow Pastor Josh Reich on Twitter: @joshuareich Check out Pastor Josh's Website: http://joshuareich.org  

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105: Should We Use Sources Other than the Bible to Determine our Beliefs?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


We received an email, from a regular listener, asking about how we, as Bible-believing Christians, ought to approach areas and genres of our lives that the Bible isn't totally clear about, and whether or not our convictions in those genres of life should or should not be built upon any sources of information other than the Bible. In this episode, Kenny dives into understanding how we ought to approach all sources of information other than the Bible. Kenny makes it clear that we ought to have a very high regard for the Bible, and it should be the primary source of truth in our lives, but should it be the only source of truth? To that question: Kenny says no! The Bible should not be the only source of truth in our lives. "All truth is God's truth" therefore anything that is true can be embraced, regardless of its source. The Bible should be the ultimate authority when we are determining our convictions and developing our philosophies, because it is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. The Bible should be the filter through which we examine all other observations, advice, and sources of information, but when we couple the Bible with those secondary sources of information, we will likely end up with a more holistic view on how to practically apply theology to our lives. Highlighted Passages: 1 Corinthians 10

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104: Why Did the Holy Spirit Descend on Jesus Like a Dove?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, May 31, 2016


  The baptism of Jesus is outlined in all four Gospels, and in each case we are told that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove immediately after His baptism. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit (the 3rd person of the Godhead) took on a bodily form and descended on Jesus. Why did this happen? And what is its significance? In this episode, Kenny explains that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus to symbolize that the power of God was on Jesus, but the Holy Spirit specifically took on the form of a dove to symbolize certain things about Jesus. The "dove" is a symbol of purity and innocence. Jesus possessed the fullness of the power of God, but He also possessed the fullness of the purity and innocence of God as well. Highlighted Passages: Luke 3:21-22 John 1:32-34 Mark 1:9-11 Matthew 3:13-17  

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103: Why Do You Call Jesus the “God-Man”?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sun, May 29, 2016


In this episode, Kenny responds to an email that came from a regular listener, asking him to clarify a term he used in a previous episode. Kenny used the term "God-Man" in a previous episode, and he explains what that term means by explaining the doctrine known as the "Hypostatic union."

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102: If Jesus Commanded Us to Take Care of the Poor, Why Are You a Republican?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sat, May 28, 2016


There are two commonly held beliefs examined in this episode. The first is the fact that most people believe that one of the greatest themes of the New Testament is taking care of the poor. The second common belief among many people in modern Western societies is the idea that American Conservative Republicans don't care about the poor, and that Republican politicians supposedly are fighting to pass legislation that is harmful to people living in poverty within the United States. It is certainly true and right that one of the greatest themes of the New Testament is indeed taking care of the poor. However, is that second common belief true? Is it true that Republicans don't care about the poor? If so, why would anyone, who embraces the New Testament as true, support any Republican candidate? If Jesus commanded Christians to take care of the poor, why do some many Christians vote for Republican candidates; when these candidates supposedly don't want to take care of the poor? In this episode, Kenny challenges some of the presuppositions held by many people and then outlines several important historical truths that must be fairly examined. Kenny concedes that some Republicans haven't cared about the poor like they should and he highlights the fact that he does not agree with several of the elements of the Republican platform. But Kenny points out that conservative Republicans in America give more money to charity than liberal Democrats, so it seems unfair to claim that they don't care about the poor at all. Kenny also reminds us that the mandate to take care of the poor was given to Christians and churches, not government officials. We must take the mandate very serious, but this is to be taken up by individual people and churches, not the central government. Individual people, as well as local churches and charities, ought to be the ones providing for the poor and meeting the needs of society's most vulnerable. The government should not ever be the primary long-term provider, but rather the government ought to be the protector of the system which enables individual people or individual groups of people to serve those people living in poverty. Christians are mandated to step in and serve the poor and meet the needs of the people in their communities. Government must never make this task difficult or burdensome. In this episode Kenny gives us three reasons why he believes the government should not be the primary source of long-term provision for people living in poverty: 1- Historical research and trends show that government provision, in the name of helping poor people, will eventually make the poor people dependent on the government. 2- Any central government that becomes the primary long-term provider will eventually need to grow in scope and size and power, and world history has proven to us over and over again that any central government that grows in such a manner will eventually become oppressive towards its people. In order to protect the people from tyranny, the government must be intentionally limited. 3- Free market enterprise/capitalism is the greatest system the world has ever seen to pull people from poverty. More than 1 Billion people have escaped poverty over the last 20 years because of the expansion of free market principles around the globe. There are some very real negatives to capitalism, so it must be implemented fairly and the central government must properly protect the people from abuse and exploitation, but even with the very real potential pitfalls of free markets, capitalism is still the greatest system in the world, without a close second.   Recommended Resources: Liberty and Tyranny (by Mark Levin) When Helping Hurts (by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert) God & Government (by Chuck Colson) Politics - According to the Bible (by Wayne Grudem) God's Politics (by Jim Wallis)  

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101: Is Every Area of Theology of Equal Importance?

Author: Mark Driscoll and Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, May 27, 2016


Is every area of doctrine important? Or are there areas of doctrine that matter more than others? Yes, every area is important, but not every area of doctrine is of equal importance. Some issues are "closed-hand" issues and some are "open-hand" issues. Closed-hand issues we hold tightly; these are essential and non-negotiable). But open-hand issues are areas of doctrine where we can lovingly agree to disagree with other believers. In other words, there are doctrines that need to divide us and there are those doctrines that need not divide us. The key is to know what to hold in which hand. Tragically, some people make open-handed things into closed handed things, which causes unneeded division among believers. In this episode, Kenny explains the difference between closed-hand issues and open-hand issues, and outlines for us how we out to approach debates and disagreements within Christianity. Closed-hand issues include the deity of Jesus, the Trinity, the inspiration of Scripture, the sinfulness of humans and our need to be rescued, the atoning death of Jesus and His physical resurrection, and a few other areas of doctrine. Overall, this list is short. Other issues concerning God’s foreknowledge, baptism, worship style, the precise understanding of the doctrine of election, eschatology, the atonement of Jesus, the spiritual gifts, our understanding of hell, how prayer works, Bible translation preferences, women in ministry, age of the Earth, and dozens of other areas of doctrine. These are things that should be held in humility in the open hand. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have convictions or strong opinions on those secondary issues, but there is no reason that Christians need to divide over these kind of issues.

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100: What’s the Greatest Lesson I’ve Learned From Doing this Podcast?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, May 26, 2016


As a celebration for the 100th episode of the podcast, Kenny shares the greatest lesson he has learned since launching the podcast back in January 2016: God can use anyone! After giving us that lesson, Kenny then gives us a preview of what to expect over the course of the next 100 episodes.  

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99: What’s the Minimum a Person Needs to Believe to be a Christian?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Wed, May 25, 2016


What does it take to be a genuine Christian? What must a person believe and embrace in order to be considered a true Christian? Must a person embrace everything related to Christianity? There are certainly many different perspectives on this topic, and many related sub-topics as well. Many different church leaders would likely answer this question in a variety of different ways, but Kenny takes a simple approach. In this episode, Kenny examines one of the most basic and most popular passages of Scripture that give us a clear understanding of what it takes to be a Christian. Highlighted Passages: Romans 10:9-10 Acts 16:30-31  

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98: How to Engage with the Holy Spirit on a Daily Basis? with Matt van Winkle

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Matt van Winkle
Sun, May 22, 2016


We believe that every Christian ought to cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit; seeking to engage with the Holy Spirit, His supernatural wisdom, His sanctifying power, and the spiritual gifts that He gives. In this episode, Kenny interviews charismatic church planter Matt van Winkle to discuss engaging with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Matt tells us that each believer ought to be looking to "live by the "nudge" of the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit is constantly nudging us in the directions that He desires for us to pursue, and He is constantly giving us the power and wisdom to do the right thing at the right time. In addition, Matt also talks about how the corporate church ought to engage with the Holy Spirit, making sure that there is always proper order in the public church services whenever the gifts of the Holy Spirit are being used by believers.

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97: What Does It Mean that the Holy Spirit “Convicts” the World?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, May 21, 2016


In John 16, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit would come into the world and "convict" people in the areas of sin, righteousness, and judgement. What does this mean? In this episode, Kenny explains that the term "convict" comes from a Latin origin which means "to know" or "to point towards truth." That is what the Holy Spirit does in our lives; He points us towards truth and He helps us see things clearly. The Holy Spirit does this so that we will better understand sin, so that we can better understand what it means to live a righteous life, and so that we can have a better understanding of the impending judgment on humanity. As we have a better understanding of these things, we are much more likely to become people of conviction. A person of conviction is any person that has a track record of being a person of high character or a person with a strong moral resolution. In essence, whenever a person sees something as true and begins to live their life in accordance with that truth, they are often called a "person of conviction." That's what the Holy Spirit is seeking to transform us into, people of conviction whom have built their conviction on God's morality.

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96: Why Do Some Call Him the “Holy Ghost” Instead of the “Holy Spirit”?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Wed, May 18, 2016


The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, but why is there confusion around His name? Why do some Christians refer to Him as the "Holy Ghost" instead of calling Him the "Holy Spirit"? In this episode, Kenny answers this question by reminding us that language evolves and transforms over the course of time. The term "ghost" meant something different several hundreds of years ago, which is why many Bible translations used that term. However, as language has evolved, the term "ghost" has taken on a different meaning, which is why the term "Holy Spirit" is now more accurate.

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95: Are the Gifts of the Spirit for Today? (The Case for Cessationism) with Greg Dutcher

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Wed, May 18, 2016


As a part of our series on the Holy Spirit, Kenny interviews pastor and podcaster Greg Dutcher about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, specifically talking about the more "ecstatic" gifts of the Spirit, and their uses within contemporary charismatic churches. In this episode, Kenny and Greg dialogue about the modern ongoing "charismatic versus cessationist" debate. Despite his disagreement with charismatic Christians, Greg approaches them with incredible grace and respect. Greg makes his case for cessationism and points out the inconsistencies that he sees within modern charismatic theology, highlighting why he believes the cessationist position is the most accurate position. Follow Greg Dutcher on Twitter: @DutchDawgyDawg Check out The "These Go to Eleven" Podcast Recommended Resources:  "Why I Am A Cessationist" (article by Thomas Schreiner) "Why I Am a Continuationist" (article by Sam Storms) Systematic Theology (by Wayne Grudem)  

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94: Are There Any Spiritual Gifts Not Mentioned in the Bible?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, May 17, 2016


There are many spiritual gifts listed in the Scripture; gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit, so that we will have the ability to accomplish certain tasks or take on certain roles, so that we can build up the people within the church. But sometimes we observe people that are seemingly supernaturally gifted in an area that is not mentioned explicitly within the pages of Scripture. What are we to make of those sorts of observations? In this episode, Kenny explains that there are not any spiritual gifts left out of the Bible (the list in the New Testament is absolutely exhaustive). However, Kenny believes that our contemporary Christian view of each spiritual gift may be too narrow. Sometimes we confuse roles with spiritual gifts or we confused natural talents with spiritual gifts, and in doing so, we often thrust onto people unfair burdens and unrealistic expectations because our views of the spiritual gifts are far too rigid.

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93: Why the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Have to be Weird? with Matt McAfee

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Matt McAfee and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, May 16, 2016


As a part of the recent mini-series on the Holy Spirit (and the gifts of the Holy Spirit) Kenny has interviewed several pastors about the importance of approaching the Holy Spirit in a Biblical and "non-spooky" manner. The bottom line: Engaging with the Holy Spirit does not have to be weird! But why does He seem so weird to so many? And how do we get past the many weird things that we often see in some churches? In this episode, Kenny interviews charismatic pastor Matt McAfee to discuss the Biblical and non-weird ways to approach the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Matt shares his own wrestling with non-Biblical and extra-Biblical things that he has witnessed in charismatic churches that frustrated him, but also explains why he has not embraced cessationism either. Matt concedes that being a cessationist would be "cleaner" but he clearly asserts that it would not be the most Biblical perspective to take. Recommended Resources: The God I Never Knew (by Robert Morris) How to be Pentecostal Without Speaking in Tongues (by Tony Campolo) Holy Fire (by RT Kendall) Forgotten God (by Francis Chan)  

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92: What’s the Difference Between Prescriptive and Descriptive Bible Passages?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, May 16, 2016


In this episode Kenny explains the difference between prescriptive forms of writing in the Bible and descriptive forms of writing in the Bible. When we misunderstand the style of writing we run the risk of misunderstanding the character and nature of God. Descriptive passages describe what happened; they give us the historical narratives and the stories of the events that took place. Prescriptive passages give us clear commands and instructions as to how we are to live our lives. Kenny explains how we can diagnosis whether a passage is prescriptive or descriptive by reading through whole passages and whole books of the Bible over time. Kenny also asserts that we should primarily build our doctrine on prescriptive passages and then supplement that doctrine with the overall themes and trends and patterns that we learn from descriptive Biblical passages. We should avoid building our doctrine on individual descriptive passages that describe individual events. Recommended Resources: Exegetical Fallacies (by D.A. Carson)

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91: Do All Christians Have the Ability to Speak in Tongues?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sun, May 15, 2016


There is a segment of contemporary Evangelical Christianity that believes that every true Christian has to ability to speaking in tongues. Those Christians typically fall into the Charismatic/Pentecostal camp. Is this true? Does every Christian have the ability to use this spiritual gift? Should every Christian be speaking in tongues? In this episode, Kenny says, "No!" Not all Christians speak in tongues. Kenny clearly combats this belief by examining several Bible passages. Kenny proclaims his appreciation and admiration for certain elements of the Charismatic movement, but he clearly challenges the belief that all Christians should be speaking in tongues, as espoused by most Charismatics. Kenny examines the passages that mention the gifts of the spirit (1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12) and makes the point that God works in different ways in each believer. Highlighted Passages: 1 Corinthians 12:4-31 Romans 12:3-8 Acts 2:4 Acts 10:44-46 Acts 19:6 Acts 2:41 Acts 8:5-25 Acts 16:31-34 Acts 21:20 Romans 8:9 1 Corinthians 12:13 Ephesians 1:13-14    

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90: What is Speaking in Tongues?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, May 14, 2016


There is much controversy around the topic of speaking in tongues within contemporary North American Evangelical churches. In this episode, Kenny clearly explains that speaking in tongues is a supernatural ability, given to believers through the power of the Holy Spirit, to have the ability to speak in a language that they have never learned on their own accord. Kenny outlines the different forms of speaking in tongues in the Bible, or the different ways this spiritual gift is used in the Bible. Kenny also points out the importance of identifying when the Bible is being descriptive versus prescriptive, and how that identification has major implications on how we interpret many of the passages that mention the spiritual gift of speaking in tongues. Recommend Resources:  Lecture from Dr. Wayne Grudem: "Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Tongues" | MP3 | PDF Outline Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist (by Dr. Sam Storms) Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? (multiple authors)   Diagram Outlining the Different Views:    

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89: What’s the Difference Between Charismatics and other Christians?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Wayne Grudem and Sam Storms
Fri, May 13, 2016


There are a variety of views of the Holy Spirit and how He interacts with believers. There are three main perspectives among modern Evangelical Christians, as well as a fourth minority view. In this episode, Kenny unpacks the three main views, explaining their differences and the implications of each. Recommend Books: Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist (by Sam Storms) Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? (multiple contributors)   Diagram Outlining the Different Views:    

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88: What Are the Spiritual Gifts?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Fri, May 13, 2016


Whenever God gives a person a supernatural ability to do some particular thing or to fulfill some particular role, it can be said that specific person has been gifted by God to do that specific thing. The person of the Godhead who administers these gifts is the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit of God that enables us to use these gifts, that's why these gifts are often called the "spiritual gifts." In this episode, Kenny unpacks the passages of Scripture that explain how we are to use these gifts as well as the passages that list the many different types of spiritual gifts that are available to believers. Highlighted Passages: 1 Corinthians 12:1-12 Romans 12:3-8 Ephesians 4:10-13 1 Peter 4:9-10 1 Corinthians 7:7-8 Ephesians 3:6-8 1 Corinthians 13:3

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87: What is Prophecy?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, May 12, 2016


Prophecy is a grossly misunderstood spiritual gift that often gets maligned or abused. In this episode, Kenny explains what the Old Testament office of "prophet" actually consisted of and how that changed in the New Testament, being imputed to every believer because we now all have access to the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Kenny highlights spiritual gifts as they are related to prophecy (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), explains how prophecy ought to be used today in the church, and why it is important for us to understand the difference the gift of prophecy and the gift of utterance of knowledge.

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86: What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? When Does it Happen?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, May 12, 2016


Whenever a person puts their whole faith in Christ, they are forgiven of their sin and invited into friendship with God. This is the moment when someone becomes a genuine Christian; in our contemporary evangelical circles we often call this "getting saved." The other major event that takes place is this thing we call the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit." So, what exactly is this baptism? In this episode, Kenny explains what this event is and why it matter to the life of the believer. In addition, Kenny addresses the debate among evangelicals as to when this baptism actually takes place; some Christians say it happens as salvation while others claim it happens at a later time.

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85: What is the Role of the Holy Spirit?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Francis Chan
Wed, May 11, 2016


There is much confusion in the modern church about the Holy Spirit. One of the greatest gifts God has given us is His Holy Spirit; it is an absolute privilege to have God with us all the time. In this episode, Kenny kicks off a mini-series to give a clear explanation of the power, work, personage, and role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Recommend Resources: Forgotten God (by Francis Chan) Highlighted Passages: John 16:7-8 John 14:16 Galatians 5:22-23 1 Corinthians 12 John 16:14 John 15:26 John 16:13 1 john 2:27 Romans 8 John 6:44,65    

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84: Does God Love Everyone Unconditionally?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, May 05, 2016


In this episode, Kenny responds to a question from a regular listener: Does God love everyone unconditionally? First, Kenny notes that God does indeed love every person, but it is actually more than that. Love isn't just something God does or something God feels, God is love! (1 John 4:8) God is passionately, head over heals, in love with you and I, because He is love and He allows that love to ooze out of Him in everything He does; everything God does is driven by love. However, God's love for everyone is not the same, He loves certain peoples differently and uniquely. It is also important to note that sometimes the love of God is misunderstood and wrongly equated with the approval of God. Just because God has a passionate love for you, does NOT mean that He approves of everything you do. Kenny explains why it is essential to understand this truth.  

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83: Muslims Accept Jesus, But Why Don’t Christians Accept Muhammad?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb
Thu, May 05, 2016


  Many Muslims claim that their religion embraces Jesus as a great prophet and a great teacher, so many of them find it odd (and even offensive) that orthodox Christians do not embrace Islam's prophet Muhammad. Why is it that Muslims accept and embrace Jesus, but but Christians reject Muhammad and his message? In this episode, Kenny explains the theory of abrogation, upon which Islam is built, and why Christians ought to reject that theory. Kenny also highlights the fact that Muslims do not embrace Jesus in the same manner that Christians do (Muslims reject His Deity) and they do not embrace the narratives of the Old Testament and the New Testament in their entirety, as Christians do. Finally, Kenny reminds us of the challenge given to us from the Apostle Paul to reject any and all other versions of the Gospel that do not match the version of the Gospel given to us by the Apostles (Galatians 1:6-9). Recommended Resources: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an (by James R. White) Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (by Norman L. Geisler and Abdul Saleeb)

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82: Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb
Wed, May 04, 2016


Over the centuries religious skeptics and critics have claimed that all religions are just different perspectives of the same God. Others have claimed that the world's three major monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) all worship the same God. Is this true? In this episode, Kenny addresses the questions: "Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?" The answer is a resounding "No!" Kenny gives a timeline of Old Testament history, highlighting the two lineages after Abraham: the line of Isaac (the Jewish people) and the line of Ishmael (the Arab people). Many centuries after Ishmael, in 610 A.D., Muhammad began a new religion, claiming to have received revelations from the God of Abraham, and claiming that Jews and Christians had corrupted the true religion of the one true God. Muhammad became a crusader, and for several centuries Islam was the fastest growing religion in the world. However, it is important to note that Muhammad's new religion was not a "purified" form of the ancient religion of Abraham, but rather nothing more than a repackaging of the polytheistic pagan religion that was popular throughout the Arab world in the 6th and 7th centuries. Recommended Resources: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an (by James R. White) Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross (by Norman L. Geisler and Abdul Saleeb)

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81: When Did Jesus Become the Son of God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, May 02, 2016


Jesus is called the Son of God throughout the New Testament. But He is not the only person given the label "son of God." The term occurs more than 40 times in the Bible, mostly in the New Testament. God is not the "Father" in a biological sense, but the term describes the nature of the relationship between God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. In this episode, Kenny explains that Jesus never became the Son of God, but rather has always been the Son of God. Furthermore, Kenny explains what the term "only begotten son of God" means and how it should impact how we see Jesus. All believers are adopted as sons and daughters of God, meaning that God chooses to treat us as if we were His own children, but Jesus is unique from us in that He has always been the Son of God, from the very same essence of God Himself. Highlighted Passages: Matthew 3:17 Matt 11:27 Luke 10:22 Hebrews 13 Colossians 1 Hebrews 1  

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80: Can Gay People Go to Heaven?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


A regular listener of the podcast sent in an email asking, "Can gay people go to heaven?" This is a question often asked when people read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 where it states that a person practicing homosexuality will not "inherit the kingdom of God." In this episode, Kenny gives a clear answer about all sin, not just homosexuality. If you have a pattern of practicing sin over and over again, without any resolve to overcome that sin, then your faith in Christ may not be genuine. If you continue to live in sin, then we need to examine whether or not you are really a believer. If you are a genuine believer, you are labeled as righteous, you have been justified, therefore you are not identified as a sinner. Anyone with faith in Christ is labeled as a "saint" not a sinner. Saints will inherit the kingdom of God. But if you have not placed your faith in Christ, then you are labeled unrighteous, enemy of God, therefore you are indeed still identified as a sinner and the passages that talk about not inheriting the kingdom of God do indeed apply to you. This ought to be a sobering and inspiring truth. Highlighted Passages: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Revelation 22:15 Galatians 5:19-21 Ephesians 5:5 2 Corinthians 5:21 Romans 5:1-2 Romans 5:8-11 Related Episodes: WHAT IS JUSTIFICATION? WHY IS HOMOSEXUALITY A SIN?

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79: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an “Issue”? with Dr. Preston Sprinkle

Author: Preston Sprinkle and Kenneth Ortiz and Wesley Hill and Sam Allberry and Justin Lee
Thu, Apr 28, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews author, speaker, and college professor Dr. Preston Sprinkle about homosexuality, but more specifically about how Christians ought to engage with people who identify as gay. Dr. Sprinkle makes it clear: Homosexuality is not about an "issue" to be dealt with, but it is much more about people than need to be loved. Dr. Sprinkle gained national attention several years ago when he co-wrote the best selling book Erasing Hell with Francis Chan, which was a response to Rob Bell's Love Wins. Dr. Sprinkle has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Master's Seminary as well as a Ph.D. in New Testament from Aberdeen University in the Scotland. He currently serves as the Vice President for Eternity Bible College's Extension Campus in Boise, ID. He previously taught at Cedarville University (Ohio) and at Nottingham University (U.K.). Check out Dr. Sprinkle's Personal Website Follow Dr. Sprinkle on Twitter: @prestonsprinkle Check out Dr. Sprinkle's podcast: Theology in the Raw Resources Recommended by Dr. Sprinkle:  People to be Loved (by Preston Sprinkle, Ph.D.) Washed and Waiting (by Wesley Hill) Is God Anti-Gay (by Sam Allberry) Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate (by Justin Lee) Additional Recommended Resources: What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (by Kevin DeYoung) Tim Keller's Response to Matthew Vines & Ken Wilson Resources from Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan's Response to Justin Lee's "Torn" Christopher Yuan's Response to Matthew Vines Is Gay the New Black? (Video) How Can Homosexuality Be Wrong If It Doesn't Harm Anyone? (Video) Previous Related Episodes:  78: Why is Homosexuality a Sin? 70: How Does God Determine What Is Sin And What Is Not Sin? 65: Is It Wrong To Live Together Before We’re Married? 58: Why Is God Consumed With His Own Glory? 55: Why Does Sexual Purity Matter? With Dr. Corey Allan 11: Why Is Premarital Sex Sin?

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78: Why is Homosexuality a Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Voddie Baucham and J. D. Greear and Russell Moore and Kevin DeYoung and Ken Wilson and Matthew Vines and Justin Lee and Tim Keller
Wed, Apr 27, 2016


In this episode, Kenny clearly explains why God labels homosexuality as a sin. Kenny starts the episode apologizing to any person who identifies as gay who has been mistreated by Christians. Kenny then challenges Christians to be consistent in their evaluation of sins. Kenny then makes the point that the Bible does indeed label homosexual behaviors as sinful (citing 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, 1 Timothy 1:10, Romans 1), but then Kenny begins to answer the question "Why?" There are typically multiple levels as to why something is sinful. The deepest layer when it come to understanding sexual sin is rooted in understanding God's ideal design, and that is one man and one woman, within the bounds of covenant marriage. During the act of sex there is something mysterious and supernatural that happens that emotionally unites the man and woman. The book of Genesis says they will become "one flesh" which is translated from the Hebrew word "echad" which speaks to plurality and diversity, but still points to a perfect unity. This is designed to reflect the Trinity. Through the creation of genders, God is reflecting both His unity and His diversity. The members of the Trinity are committed to one another, they are in covenant with one another, therefore God desires covenant before the unity, which is why we believe premarital sex is wrong. God's design for humans is for us to function as He functions, that we would mirror Him and His character. Therefore, when two men have sex, they are not mirroring the diversity of the Trinity, for this reason God labels this as sin. Our understanding of the creation account and our understanding of the Trinity point towards God's ideal for sexuality. Any behavior outside of the ideal design is sinful, including homosexual behavior. Recommended Resources:  What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (by Kevin DeYoung) Tim Keller's Response to Matthew Vines & Ken Wilson Resources from Rosaria Butterfield Christopher Yuan's Response to Justin Lee's "Torn" Christopher Yuan's Response to Matthew Vines Is Gay the New Black? (Video) How Can Homosexuality Be Wrong If It Doesn't Harm Anyone? (Video) Previous Related Episodes:  11: Why Is Premarital Sex Sin? 55: Why Does Sexual Purity Matter? With Dr. Corey Allan 58: Why Is God Consumed With His Own Glory? 65: Is It Wrong To Live Together Before We’re Married? 70: How Does God Determine What Is Sin And What Is Not Sin?       

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77: What About Sex Toys? with Dr. Corey Allan

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Apr 26, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews Dr. Corey Allan for a second time. This time they talk about "sex toys" and how married couples can approach the topic of being "diverse" in their quest to enhance their sexual relationship. Dr. Allan is a therapist, author, blogger, speaker, and podcaster. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has coached hundreds of people through issues related to sexual integrity. After the interview, Kenny gives some additional thoughts and commentary on the issue of sex toys related to single people, masturbation, celibacy, and homosexuality. Resources: Check out our previous interview with Dr. Corey Allan (Episode 55: Why Does Sexual Purity Matter?) Connect with Dr. Corey Allan at www.simplemarriage.net Check out “Sexy Marriage Radio” co-hosted by Dr. Allan & Shannon Ethridge Check out our interview with Dr. Corey Allan on the Inspiring Awesome Podcast  

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76: How to Work for a Company You Morally Disagree With?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Apr 25, 2016


With the ever changing cultural landscape of North America, many companies are now passing policies that are not in line with a Biblical worldview. This means more and more that Christians will be faced with the predicament of working for a business that promotes something that Christians may morally object to. In this episode, Kenny dives into this topic and gives Christians several things to remember as they navigate these sorts of issues. The legal questions around this topic are certainly still very "grey" in many ways, but we need to make moral resolutions and build our ethics upon Biblical truth, regardless of whatever laws are passed. But it is also imperative to remember that our convictions will vary from person to person. As we determine our convictions, we must do these things: 1) Ask the Holy Spirit to guide us into truth (John 16:13; 1 John 2:27); and ask yourself good questions as you determined your convictions such as: - Is this really a big deal? - Can I reconcile this? - Am I being inconsistent or being a hypocrite? - Am I directly participating in the destruction of another human being or their God-given potential? 2) Be clear and precise with your language. 3) Dialogue with your boss, peers, or clients. 4) Be kind, respectful, and gentle (1 Peter 3:15).  

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75: How Should We Respond to the Transgender People and Bathrooms Debate?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Apr 25, 2016


There has been a recent debate around the topic of transgender people, specifically their usage of public bathrooms. So, that begs the question, How should we, as Christians, respond to this recent transgender people bathroom usage debate? In this episode, Kenny attacks this recent debate with clarity. First, Kenny reminds Christians that we need to be sensitive to people with emotions we may not be familiar with. Secondly, Kenny affirms that it is okay for Christians to reject certain ideologies based on Biblical convictions. Lastly, Kenny gives Christians three practical things to remember as they engage with this debate: 1- Be kind. 2- Invest extra energy into protecting your children. 3- Be consistent with your voting and how you spend your money.

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74: How Should Theology Impact Our Eating Habits? with Stephen Mackey

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Stephen Mackey
Sat, Apr 23, 2016


Many Christians compartmentalize their lives in such a way that their theology never bleeds into certain areas, but our theology should impact every area of our lives. In this episode, Kenny interviews pastor and podcaster Stephen Mackey, for a third straight episode, but this time they dive into a topic that few Christians ever talk about: "How should our theology impact our eating habits and our approach to being physically healthy?" Mackey has lost more than 70 pounds over the last few months and he has become passionate about living a healthy life. Mackey says that living a healthy lifestyle does two very important things: 1- Health honors God. 2- Gives us the power to say "no" to things that are unhealthy, physically and spiritually. 3- Exposes the fact that we find satisfaction in food more than Christ. 4- Enables us to live a longer healthier life, so that we can do more Gospel work. 5- Impacts our self-esteem and how people see us.

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73: Is Jesus a Liar, a Lunatic, or the Lord? with Stephen Mackey

Author: Stephen Mackey and Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


In this episode, our host Kenny is joined, once again, by pastor, speaker, and podcaster Stephen Mackey (M.Div.) to discuss the importance and magnitude of each individual person's view of Jesus Christ. The most important answer you will ever give in your life is the answer you give to the most important question in the world: Who do you say Jesus is? In this conversation, Mackey examines and unpacks a famous quote from C.S. Lewis wherein he made the claim that Jesus must be either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord; there is no fourth option, neither is there a hybrid. You must either reject Jesus' words or embrace them as absolute truth. We must either reject Jesus as having any value or we must worship Him, there is no middle ground option.

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72: Does God Give us the Power to Forgive Sin on His Behalf? with Stephen Mackey

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Stephen Mackey
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews a pastor friend Stephen Mackey (M.Div) to answer a tough theological question that came in from a regular listener of the podcast. The question was: "I came across John 20:23. After appearing to the disciples, Jesus breathes on them and says, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive another's sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." Doesn't this seem to negate the work Jesus just did on the cross. I am not sure from a historical point how his was interpreted." Kenny and Mackey dive into the Greek nuances of the Gospel of John to help in order to help bring clarity to this particular passage.

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71: Is Mental Illness Caused by Demons?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


Topics related to mental illness are very sensitive for many people, therefore it is essential that we have quality Biblical theology around the topic of mental health and related issues. A few weeks ago Kenny received an email from a regular listener, in response to episode 43: Is Judas in Heaven or Hell? In the email, the listener praised Kenny for not "blanketly condemning" all mental illnesses, and those individuals who suffer from them, as merely being "unChristian." In this this episode, Kenny addresses that comment and clearly answers the question: "Is mental illness caused by demonic activity?" There are some people that believe demons cause mental health issues and mental illness. In response to that, Kenny says that sometimes they do, but other times they cause other health issues. Furthermore, there is Biblical evidence that only some health issues can be directly attributed to demonic activity. Recommended Resources: Overwhelmed (by Perry Noble) Highlighted Passages: Luke 17 Mark 6:5 Matthew 13:58 Luke 8:2 Mark 16:9 John 21:25 Luke 9:39 Luke 13 Mark 9:17 Mark 9:25 Matthew 12:2 Luke 8:27-28 Luke 9:1-2 Luke 13:32 Acts 5:15-16

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70: How Does God Determine What is Sin and What is Not Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Sometimes people believe that God seemingly condemns certain things or certain behaviors arbitrarily, randomly, or haphazardly. This is not true. In this episode, Kenny explains that we were created to glorify God and reflect His character, therefore anything in us that does not glorify or reflect Him violates the purpose for which we were created. Furthermore, we were all created by God to function in certain ways, with an ideal design in mind. Anytime we do not function as we were created to function, or anytime we go outside of His perfect ideal design for us, then we will cease to glorify and reflect Him. Kenny asserts that God determines certain things to be sinful based upon the ideal design with which we were created. Anything that goes outside that design can potentially be labeled sinful, or at least will eventually lead us down the road to sin.

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69: Does God Punish Christians?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, Apr 16, 2016


In this short episode, Kenny makes it clear that God never punishes believers. The Father has already punished his own Son Jesus at the cross, therefore there is no need to punish you. However, God does discipline His people. God steps in to coach us and He also corrects us, and sometimes those moments of correction can be painful, but we are never being punished. Our discipline comes from the hand of a loving Father, molding us into the image of His Son Jesus. Highlighted Passages: - Romans 5:1 - Romans 8:1 - Romans 8:29 - Hebrews 12:5-6  

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68: Theology is Not Just for Theologians with David Schrock

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and David Schrock and Albert Mohler and Southern Seminary
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


In this episode, Kenny interviews David Schrock (Ph.D., SBTS) about the importance of studying the character and nature of God; being diligent in seeking to understand all areas of theology. David outlines that theology isn't just a study or discipline, but a delight in getting to know God better. He also tells us about the importance of theology because good theology has real positive impact on our lives and bad theology has the potential to be a significant detriment to our lives.   Recommended Resources:  Blog: Theology is Not Just for Theologians David Schrock's Blog The Gospel Coalition 9 Marks of Healthy Church Desiring God Ministries Timothy Keller Ministries

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67: Was God Unjust When He Asked Abraham to Kill Isaac?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Apr 14, 2016


A somewhat frequently asked question is, "Was God unjust when He asked Abraham to kill his own son Isaac?" Sometimes this question is asked by Bible skeptics as an attack, while other times this is asked by inquiring believers. In this episode, Kenny answers the question with several thoughts: 1- Every human deserves to die, so decreeing Isaac's death would not be unjust. 2- We are not entitled to anything at all; Isaac was not entitled to life, therefore God can take away Isaac's life if He sees fit to do so. 3- God has the right to do whatever He pleases with His own creation, at any times, for the expansion of His own glory and His own pleasure. 4- The point of the story is the foreshadowing of the cross; we are "Isaac" and Jesus is the "ram in the thicket" that is ultimately killed. This Bible narrative was orchestrated by God to illustrate the Gospel.

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66: Are We Made Up of Body, Soul, and Spirit?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, Apr 14, 2016


The discussion about the duality (or dichotomy) of mankind versus the triune nature (or trichotomy ) of mankind is a mini-debate among some Christian theologians. People have asked, "Are we made up of a body, a soul, and a spirit?" or "Are we just a body and soul?" In this episode, Kenny defines the difference between the material substance of humans versus the immaterial substance of humans. Then Kenny uses several passages of Scripture, as well as our overall understanding of the "imago dei" that is indwelled within humanity, to point to the fact that we are indeed made up of three substances: Body, Soul, and Spirit. Highlighted Passages: - Mark 7:19 - Proverbs 4:23 - Luke 16:19-31 - 2 Corinthians 5:8 - Romans 12:1-2 - Hebrews 4:12 - 1 Thessalonians 5:23    

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65: Is it Wrong to Live Together Before We’re Married?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Apr 14, 2016


The question answered herein this episode comes from a regular listener, after he listened to episode 55: Why Does Sexual Purity Matter? His questions is about cohabitation before marriage. Many people in today's culture have abandoned traditional values, and many couples jump into cohabitation situations before marriage. In this episode, Kenny answers the questions, "Is it Wrong to Live Together Before We're Married?" Kenny says yes, and he gives three primary reasons: 1) The reality of sexual temptation makes cohabitation a really bad idea. 2) If we live with our future spouse before marriage, we are not above reproach. 3) Living together violates the pattern God established in Genesis. These reasons need to be seriously considered and evaluated before any person jumps into any cohabitation situation.  

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64: Why Does God Seem Angrier in the Old Testament?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Some times people claim that the God of the Old Testament seems so much angrier than the God we see in the New Testament, reflected in the man Jesus. But the God of the Old Testament is the same God that is incarnated in the New Testament. God never changes. In this episode, Kenny explains how God has always been loving and kind and gracious and merciful, and that God has also always hated sin; God demands that sin be atoned for and that justice be served. God has always loved human beings, and yet God has always hated the sinful choices committed by human beings. The God of both Testaments (Old and New) is the same God, filled with desire to glory Himself through demonstrating His kindness to us, while simultaneously being filled with the desire to glory Himself through the justice that we see when sin is thoroughly punished. That is why the cross took place. The cross is where both the kindness of God and the justice of God are fully on display. Sometimes people believe that God was angrier in the Old Testament than He was in the New Testament, but that is simply a flawed perspective that must be challenged and corrected. Highlighted Passages: Malachi 3:6 Hebrews 1:8 James 1:17 Hebrews 13:8 Psalm 103

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63: How Should Christians Properly Judge?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Many of us have heard someone say, “Don’t judge me!” or "Only God can judge me!" Should we, as Christians, follow those sorts of requests? Kenny answered this question in a previous episode entitled: Should Christians Judge? In that episode Kenny made the point that we need to judge rightly and fairly. After that episode, Kenny received an email from a listener challenging the idea, claiming that Christians should never judge other people at all. In this episode, Kenny responds to the email and defends his original point. Kenny also seeks to bring clarity to several elements presented in the previous episode that may have needed to be clarified. Kenny explains that we all make judgments of people and we all make conclusions about people, this is not inherently evil or wrong in any way at all, but we ought to seek to be Christ-honoring in the way we come to those judgments. There is a righteous form of judgment and there is an unrighteous form of judgment. When we make wrong judgments, we hurt people. When we judge rightly, we honor God. It is essential that we know the difference and we seek to honor Christ through righteous judgments.

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62: Is it Ever Justified to be Angry at God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Apr 11, 2016


There are many people in the world that claim to be angry at God. That begs the question: Are we ever justified in any such anger towards God? Are there any circumstances that would allow this to be an appropriate emotion towards God? In this episode, Kenny starts off by talking about how pain and suffering are often the cause for any anger towards God, and Kenny explains the appropriate manner to handle such feelings towards God. Then Kenny explains the moments when it is appropriate to be angry towards a person, and demonstrates how God never falls into any such category, therefore it is always wrong to be angry with or at God. Furthermore, it is extremely important to remember that it is God who has many reasons to be angry with us because it is we, humans, that have sinned against Him. It is God who has the right to be angry, but instead of remaining angry, and instead of holding a grudge, God demonstrates His love towards us by coming to planet Earth and making a way for us to receive grace and mercy (Romans 5:8-10).  

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61: If Martin Luther Was Antisemitic, Why Do You Praise Him?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Martin Luther and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan
Mon, Apr 11, 2016


Throughout the course of the podcast's history thus far, Kenny has mentioned, quoted, and even praised Martin Luther several times. However, history tells us that Martin Luther was extremely combative. In addition, there is some evidence that he held to some antisemitic views. If this is the case, why quote from his works? And more importantly, why praise him at all? In this episode, Kenny explains why Martin Luther is worthy of the praise he is often given, but Kenny also clearly outlines the areas where Luther was flawed; and Kenny makes no attempt to condone or justify Luther's negative words about the Jewish people. Kenny clearly condemns any antisemitic sentiments Luther may have embraced. Kenny points out that Luther was profoundly flawed, as all humans are flawed. However, Kenny also points out that Luther was still profoundly used by God. This is the evidence that God is gracious, choosing to see beyond our flaws, using us for His glory in profound ways, despite our own profound weaknesses and flaws.

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60: How to Handle Doctrinal Differences Among Believers? with Jerome Danner

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Jerome Danner
Mon, Apr 11, 2016


Theology is extremely important because theology impacts how we live our lives. Theology is simply learning more about God. If we refuse to study theology, we are then, in essence, refusing to learn more about God. Our lack of understanding in the arenas of theology will eventually have a negative impact on our lives. It is also very important to note that, as we study theology, we develop doctrines, and there is always the potential to develop doctrines that are different than those developed by some of our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Knowing how to deal with those types of disagreements is vital to the unity and health of the church. In this episode, Kenny interviews blogger Jerome Danner about the importance of guarding our theology and our doctrines. They also talk at length about how to properly manage and navigate doctrinal disagreements amongst our fellow believers. How we handle such differences can make or break our Christian relationships as well as potentially impact the unity and health of our local churches. Connect with Jerome Danner at watchyourtheology.blogspot.com

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59: Why Didn’t God Just Create Us in Heaven?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


It has been asked by inquiring minds, "Why did God create us as humans here on planet Earth? Why not just create us in heaven?" Sometimes this question is rooted in legitimate curiosity, while other times it is used by secular progressives seeking only to antagonize the Gospel. In this episode, Kenny refers to the fact that everything God does is for His own glory. God intentionally created us, and the world in which we live, with specific purposes in mind, and those purposes all feed into one greater overarching purpose. That grander purpose is His own glory. Everything God does is to maximized His own glory and for the maximum amount of His own pleasure. God saw fit that creating us on planet Earth and living this life would bring Him more glory than if He had just created us in heaven in the first place. Highlighted Passage: Revelation 4:11 (KJV): “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

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58: Why Is God Consumed with His Own Glory?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Apr 07, 2016


Sometimes people accuse God of being an egomaniac. People often wonder, "Why Is God Consumed with His Own Glory?" This is a great question that has a very simple Biblical answer. In this episode, Kenny explains what it means to "glorify" something or someone by using a silly metaphor from his favorite Chik-fil-A sandwich. Then Kenny uses the recent Villanova University Men's Basketball National championship as a metaphor to explain the absurdity of any being praising something or someone other than God; and this includes God Himself. It would be absurd to assume that we should be consumed with His glory, but expect God to be consumed with something other than His own glory. Highlighted Passage: Revelation 4:11 (KJV): "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

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57: Why Do So Many Christians Disagree on Doctrine?

Author: Rick Warren and Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Wed, Apr 06, 2016


There are many different Christian denominations around the globe, with a variety of different theological perspectives. In response to a recent episode, Why Are There So Many Denominations?, one of our regular listeners asked about the fact that so many Christians disagree on doctrines. The listener asked, "How can we read the same Bible and claim the Holy Spirit guides our interpretation of the meaning of Scripture and yet believe mutually exclusive doctrines?" This is a great question. In this episode, Kenny gives three reasons: 1) In some cases the people are not really Christians. 2) Humans are all incredibly biased and overly subjective. 3) Mass ignorance is rampant among contemporary Christians. Kenny also outlines why it is important to always keep an open mind when studying theology and keeping quality dialogue open with other believers to guard ourselves against our own arrogance and biases. Then Kenny pivots to explain closed-hand theology versus open-hand theology, with the understanding that there are only a few areas where the Bible is absolutely clear, and in those areas we happen to see a lot of agreement and unity among believers. Kenny then outlines why it is important that we do not allow our doctrinal differences to fracture our friendships and relationships.

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56: If the Reformation Caused Division, Why Was it a Good Thing?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Apr 05, 2016


In a previous episode of the podcast, episode 35: Why Are There So Many Different Denominations?, a regular listener of the podcast made this comment: "[You described] the Reformation as being a significant benefit for mankind. How can splintering dogmas and denominations be beneficial for the church?" This a great question that deserves a quality answer. If the Reformation caused so much division among Christians, how can we consider it a positive event in human history? In this episode, Kenny makes the point that the positives of the Reformation far outweigh the negatives. The Reformation was started by a German monk and Catholic priest named Martin Luther. This event ushered in an era where hundreds of thousands of people all across Europe were reacquainted with the essential doctrine of justification; and the Reformation caused a mass revival, which has had incredible positive impacts on the world.

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55: Why Does Sexual Purity Matter? with Dr. Corey Allan

Author: Corey Allan and Kenneth Ortiz and Shannon Ethridge and Sexy Marriage Radio
Mon, Apr 04, 2016


Some of the most frequently asked questions asked by younger believers are about the topic of sexual purity and sexual integrity. In essence, does it really matter? Do my sexual choices today really have any impact on my life in the future? In this episode, Kenny interviews therapist, speaker, author, and podcaster Dr. Corey Allan about the topic of sexual purity and sexual integrity, particularly about the impact sexual choices have on our future marriages. Dr. Allan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor who has coached hundreds of people through issues related to sexual integrity. He makes it clear that all of our choices in life have impact later on, positive and negative, in every arena of our lives, but especially when it comes to the arena of sexual purity. Connect with Dr. Corey Allan at www.simplemarriage.net Follow Dr. Corey Allan on Twitter: @simplemarriage Check out "Sexy Marriage Radio" co-hosted by Dr. Allan & Shannon Ethridge Check out our interview with Dr. Corey Allan on the Inspiring Awesome Podcast  

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54: What is Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sun, Apr 03, 2016


While it may seem like there's an obvious answer to the question "What is Sin?" our podcast host Kenny feels that many people often miss the real definition of sin. Many people would define sin as "bad things." While there is certainly an element of "bad" when it comes to our sin, the idea of sinning against God is much bigger than just doing something that might be classified as a bad thing. In this episode, Kenny gives a clear, holistic, and Biblical definition of sin. In addition, Kenny explains God's ultimate desire to have humans reflect His character and nature to one another, as well as the damaging effects on our lives when we fail to reflect God well.

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53: Three Essentials to “Enjoying Jesus” with David Mathis

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and David Mathis and Desiring God and John Piper and Richard Foster
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


The now-famous Quaker author Richard Foster wrote a well-know book Celebration of Discipline to discuss the things that we can do to engage with God and grow in our faith. However, our guest on this episode of the podcast has a different perspective on how we grow in our faith. Our interviewee David Mathis points to grace as the means for growth in faith. Grace is abundantly available to us each day, and it us by the grace of God that we enjoy Jesus. There are a variety of things we can strive to do everyday to enjoy Jesus, but so often as many of us seek those "things" we end up falling into legalism. Enjoying Jesus is not about doing something, but rather it's about engaging with His grace. There are three seemingly unremarkable principles that can shape and strengthen our Christian life: 1) Hearing His voice. 2) Having His ear. 3) Belonging to His body. In his recent book, Habits of Grace, David Mathis talks about the importance of listening to God’s voice, speaking to him in prayer, and joining together with his people as the church. Though seemingly normal and routine, the everyday "habits of grace" that we cultivate each day in our lives give us access to these God-designed channels through which his love and power flow; and it is by engaging with these habits that we can truly know and enjoy Jesus. - Get a copy of David Mathis' book: Habits of Grace - Follow David Mathis on Twitter: @davidcmathis - Check out the great ministry of Desiring God - Check out more info about Bethlehem College & Seminary  

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52: Why Do I Believe in the Resurrection? And Why Does it Matter?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Gary Habermas and William Lane Craig and NT Wright and Mike Licona and Josh McDowell
Thu, Mar 31, 2016


The last several episodes of the podcast have been a mini-series on the doctrine of the physical resurrection of Jesus from the dead, including several evidences for the resurrection and responses to several common attacks from skeptics and liberal theologians. This is the capstone episode, bringing the mini-series to a close. In this episode, Kenny answers the question: "Why do I believe in the resurrection of Jesus?" highlighting the eye witness accounts from the people who saw Him on planet Earth after He rose from the dead. And then Kenny outlines why this doctrine matters so much. Kenny asserts that the resurrection is the lynch-pin of the Christian faith, the foundation upon which our entire faith rises and falls. There is no doctrine more important to examine, critique, defend, and embrace than the resurrection of Jesus. Recommended Books: - The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (by Gary R. Habermas and Michael Licona) - Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (by N. T. Wright) - The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Josh McDowell) - The God Who is There (Frances Schaeffer) - The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Michael Licona) - Resurrected! (John Morris) Other Resources: - "He Has Risen: The Worldview of Easter" DVD Series (by John Stonestreet and T. M. Moore) - Chuck Colson's Classic Commentary about The Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Article from 1992 published in the New York Times about Discovery of the Bones of Caiaphas

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51: How to Respond to Three Common Attacks of the Resurrection?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Gary Habermas and William Lane Craig and NT Wright and Mike Licona and Josh McDowell
Wed, Mar 30, 2016


Over the last several episodes, Kenny has been in a mini-series about the evidences for the physical resurrection of Jesus. There are three common theories used by skeptics and liberal theologians to attack the validity and credibility of the traditional resurrection story. Those three common attacks are: 1) The Swoon Theory 2) The Stolen Body Theory 3) The Wrong Tomb Theory In this episode, Kenny explains the basics of all three theories and thoroughly explains why he rejects them. Kenny highlights several concessions made by skeptics that point to the credibility of the resurrection as well as outlining the reasons why these three theories are simply illogical, and in some ways they ignore several well-documented historical facts. The most rational and most logical explanation for the events of the first century is the fact that Jesus did indeed raise from the dead. Recommended Books: - The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict (Josh McDowell) - The God Who is There (Frances Schaeffer) - The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (Michael Licona) Other Resources: - "He Has Risen: The Worldview of Easter" DVD Series (by John Stonestreet and T. M. Moore) - Chuck Colson's Classic Commentary about The Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Article about The Church of the Holy Sepulchre from RC.net - Article from 1992 published in the New York Times about Discovery of the Bones of Caiaphas

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50: How Is Paul’s Conversion Evidence for the Resurrection?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Gary Habermas and William Lane Craig and NT Wright and Mike Licona and Josh McDowell
Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Can you imagine if the world's biggest terrorist, all of a sudden, based upon an experience he claims to have had, changed his mind about his ideology? What if the biggest enemy of a particular group of people, all of a sudden, became their biggest advocate? Well, this is exactly what happened in the first century with a man named Saul of Tarsus. In this episode, Kenny examines the conversion of a man named Saul and his transformation into becoming the Apostle Paul. Saul was the biggest enemy of the church; he was zealous and passionate about stopping the spread of Christianity. But he would later become the biggest proponent of the church and did more to spread Christianity than anyone else in human history. Why did he transform? Because he saw the resurrected Jesus!

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49: Were the Apostles Hallucinating When They Saw the Resurrected Jesus?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Gary Habermas and William Lane Craig and NT Wright and Mike Licona and Josh McDowell
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


Some skeptics and opponents of Christianity will concede that the early Christians did in fact believe that they had seen the resurrected Jesus Christ, but that those early Christians were actually hallucinating. Some critical scholars will claim that the early Christians, led by the disciples, were so passionate about their movement that they began to see visions of Jesus after His death, and therefore they began to proclaim that Jesus had risen from the dead. In this episode, Kenny examines this claim. When we rationally consider the facts surrounding the claims of the early Christians about the resurrection of Jesus, as well as what we know about how hallucinations take place, we begin to quickly see that this skeptical claim cannot be true. Recommend Resources: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (by Gary R. Habermas and Michael Licona) Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (by N. T. Wright)  

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48: Is Easter a Pagan Holiday?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


This episode is a part of the mini-series on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Herein Kenny examines the historical nature and historical evolution of the holiday that we now called Easter Sunday. There are many contemporary revisionist historians and liberal theologians that would seek to discredit the Christian faith by making claims that the early church did not celebrate the same things we celebrate today, and more importantly, that the early Christians supposedly did not believe the same things we believe today. However, there is substantial historical evidences that show that the early Christians did indeed believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus and that they celebrated the resurrection each year as an official holiday. In this episode, Kenny covers the history of the lustful, warring goddess known as Eostre, tracing back to the days of Nimrod in ancient cities such as Babel and Ninevah, and the influence that specific goddess had in ancient Germanic and Old Saxon tribes as well. Kenny does concede that the word Easter may have pagan roots tied to this ancient goddess, but that the framework and reason for the holiday is clearly and distinctly Christian in nature. Kenny also covers important people related to the conversation such as Polycarp, Victor the Bishop (also known as Pope Victor), Irenaeus, and the Venerable Bede. Kenny also covers topics related to Easter such as the Council of Nicaea and its impact on Easter, the development of how we calculate the Easter holiday date, the tradition of dying eggs, and even the Easter bunny. Recommended Resources: - In Three Days-The History & Traditions of Lent and Easter (EG Lewis) - Christian History Made Easy (Timothy Paul Jones) - Historical Theology: An Introduction to the History of Christian Thought (Alister E. McGrath) - Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians (Joseph Barber Lightfoot)

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47: Is it Possible the Apostles Fabricated the Resurrection Story?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary R. Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


There are many skeptics that claim the resurrection never happened, but rather it was a fabrication by the early Christians, led by the Apostles. But this does not make sense. When we consider the persecution they faced, it is both illogical and irrational to believe that they would have conspired to fabricate it. In this episode, Kenny examines several elements surrounding the resurrection narrative. As we study this, we see that it is more likely than not that the early Christians did indeed see the resurrected Jesus. Recommend Resources: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (by Gary R. Habermas and Michael Licona) Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (by N. T. Wright)

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46: Are There Any Historical Mentions of the Resurrection? with Dr. John Morris

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sat, Mar 26, 2016


The central and foundational truth upon which Christianity is built is the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the lynch-pin of our faith. If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then Christianity is false. The question has been asked many times: What are the evidences for the resurrection? In addition, many people have asked: Are there any historical documents or reliable ancient sources that mention the death and resurrection of Jesus? In this episode, Kenny interviews lawyer and evangelist Dr. John Morris about the historical extra-biblical evidences that do indeed point to the life, death, and physical resurrection of Jesus. Recommended Resources: - Check out Dr. John Morris' new book: Resurrected! - Check out Dr. John Morris' Website: http://yourgreatgrace.net  

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45: Why Should Christians Care About People in Other Countries?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Mar 22, 2016


In this episode, Kenny records on-location, from Guatemala City, while on a mission trip. He talks about the importance of loving people from all over the world, not just your own backyard. Kenny makes the point that God loves all peoples, and if we are going to be His followers and His ambassadors, then we need to love the same things that He loves, mainly all the peoples of the Earth. Recommended Resources: - Radical (by David Platt)

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44: How is Suffering an Opportunity to Know God Better? with Alexis Muscarella

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Alexis Muscarella
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


Our special guest in this episode Alexis Muscarella covers the topic of suffering and the importance of viewing suffering as an opportunity to know God better. As she has faced a myriad of health issues in her life, including many weeks spent in a hospital, she has found herself in multiple "bad circumstances" where she was faced with grappling through her own understanding of suffering. Alexis says that she has come to learn and discover many different ways to face suffering, many different attitudes, but embracing suffering as an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of God's character and nature is the only attitude that leads to a stronger relationship with God. Alexis says that pretty much every other possible attitude typically leads to bitterness. Suffering can be negative or positive. It can be an opportunity to fracture our relationship with God in a very bad way or it can be the opportunity to strengthen our faith; the result typically depends on our posture towards God in the face of tough times. Alexis closes the interview by reminding us that our story doesn't end in suffering, and that even if our suffering leads to death, our story isn't over. God is bigger than anything we face, and He is writing our story! Connect with Alexis Muscarella: Twitter: @lexis_elise Facebook: facebook.com/AlexisMuscarella Blog: Alexiselise.blogspot.com Recommended Resources: - Hinds Feet on High Places (by Hannah Hurnard) - The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected Paperback (by Nik Ripken and Gregg Lewis)

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43: Is Judas in Heaven or Hell?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, Mar 17, 2016


There are a variety of theories surrounding Judas, the disciple whom betrayed Jesus. Sometimes the question arises: Is Judas in heaven or hell? Most Christians assume that Judas is in hell, but the Bible doesn't clearly state that. In this episode, Kenny addresses why we cannot know for sure where Judas went. Some say that Satan entered Judas, so that is evidence that he's in hell. Others say that he's definitely in hell because he betrayed Jesus, but in this episode Kenny highlights the fact that Peter betrayed Jesus by his denial, and many of us betray Jesus everyday of our lives with our actions. Some people say Judas repented, so he must be in heaven, but we're not so sure that he really repented. It does appear that he felt guilty for what he did, but was it only regret? Or was it true repentance? We're not sure. Feeling bad for your mistakes doesn't automatically equate to true Biblical repentance. Others say that Judas is in hell because he committed suicide, but no where in the Bible are we told that suicide automatically means that you go to hell. Kenny highlights the fact that it is likely Judas did indeed go to hell, but regardless of whatever point anyone mentions, we simply cannot know for sure whether or not Judas went to heaven or to hell because the Bible does not give us clarity.  

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42: Why Did Jesus Change Peter’s Name?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Wed, Mar 16, 2016


Ever wonder what God thinks of you? Or what type of potential He sees in you? The answer is simple: God sees greatness in you, and it's because He put it there. In this short episode, Kenny explains what we learn about ourselves from the simple name changing of an inconsistent fisherman named Simon, whom Jesus renamed "Peter" which can be translated "rock" or "big boulder." Many times in the Bible, God changed someone's name because He was calling them to live out a new mission or identify with a new identity that God was giving them. This is exactly what Jesus was doing with Simon, seeing in him some great potential that no one else saw. Everyone else saw Simon, Jesus saw Peter.

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41: Why Should Christians Stop Tithing Immediately?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Mar 15, 2016


The topic of money is a controversial topic within Christians circles, but it is far too important to ignore. This topic demands a quality Biblical response and examination. In this episode, Kenny tackles the topic by making it clear that Christians should not ever tithe, but rather we should cheerfully and sacrificially give generously; giving to causes that spread the Gospel. Kenny dives into the actual meaning of the word "tithe" and the Hebrew words that we translate into English as "tenth" or "tithe" throughout the Old Testament. He then examines the Old Testament Law that required multiple types of tithes from the land, not general income; he also explains that those monies were generally earmarked for these three items: 1- One tithe for the Levites 2- One tithe for the use of the temple and the feasts 3- One tithe for the poor people The tithe laws only applied to those in the land of Israel, and they were a part of the Old Covenant, therefore they do not apply to Christians today. But the principles and lessons that we learn about giving certainly still do apply to all believers today. In fact, Kenny believes that Christians ought to be the biggest and most generous people around. In New Testament we are never told to tithe, but there are many times that we are expected to give. Many times in the book of Acts people brought money to the Apostles and we also see this alluded to multiple times in the epistles as well. In Acts 5 we see a story of a couple that sold their land and claimed to have given all the proceeds to the Apostle (they lied and God struck them dead); but it is important to note that it is clearly apparent that large extravagant gifts to the church were common in that time period. In Mark 12:41-44, we see Jesus being more impressed with a poor woman who gave a few pennies than those who gave big amounts, because Jesus is not impressed when we give from our abundance. The Apostle Paul spoke to the Corinthians about giving regularly and cheerfully (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7). He also wrote to both the Corinthians and to his protege Timothy about collecting and using monies to pay pastors and church leaders as needed (1 Timothy 5:18; 1 Corinthians 9:3-10). In this episode, Kenny also talks about how church leaders must be responsible with those funds, being above reproach, and how those funds are to be used for building the church and serving other churches and ministries. Kenny talks extensively about how we give, why we give, and how much we ought to give. He closes the episode with a great quote from one of his favorite authors Randy Alcorn: "When God blesses you financially, it is not to raise your standard of living, but to raise your standard of giving." Highlighted Passages: - Genesis 14:20 - Leviticus 27:30 - Numbers 18:26 - Deuteronomy 14:24 - 2 Chronicles 31:5 - Malachi 3:10 - Mark 12:41-44 - Matthew 6:21 - 1 Corinthians 16:2 - 2 Corinthians 9:7 - 1 Timothy 5:18 - 1 Corinthians 9:3-10 Recommended Resources: - The Treasure Principle (by Randy Alcorn)  

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40: Why is the Local Church Important? with Tori Mayo

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Tori Mayo
Sun, Mar 13, 2016


The Church is the group of people who are followers of Jesus, called to "live life" together. Christians are called to meet together on a regular basis for worship, prayer, fellowship, building relationships, hearing teachings, and for the sacraments (ie: baptism and communion). We as Christians are at our best when we have quality Christ-centered friendships in our regular everyday lives to challenge us and encourage us. Jesus and His Apostles established the Church to be for all people, from any ethnic group or nation, that wanted to be followers of Jesus. In this episode, our guest Tori Mayo talks about how the concept of the local church has been attacked in our contemporary culture, and he answers the question as to why being a part of a local church is so important. Tori is the Lead Pastor at The Well in Austin, TX. Tori tells us that the local church is God's preferred manner to grow us and build us up as believers. He talks about several key elements: the process of sanctification being cultivated within the bounds of the local church; the importance of using our gifts and talents for the edification of others within the local church; the significance of church discipline in the lives of believers; and the commands of Scripture for us to serve one another in a variety of ways (commanded 100 times in 94 verses throughout Scripture). Towards the end of the episode Tori also hits on the topic of spiritual abuse and hurt caused within the local church. There have been many people who have been hurt by Christians or feel as if they have been hurt by leaders of the church. Tori talks about how to deal with those sorts of very real issues that are more prevalent than we sometimes realize. Check out The Well Church in Austin: thewellaustin.com Connect with Tori Mayo on Facebook: Facebook.com/toriano.mayo Email Tori Mayo directly: tmayo@thewellaustin.com Highlighted Passages: - Hebrews 10:25-26; Hebrews 3:13; 1 Peter 4; 1 Corinthians 4; Ephesians 4 Recommended Resources: - Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus (by Jonathan Leeman) - What Is a Healthy Church Member? (by Thabiti M. Anyabwile) - Thabiti Anyabwile's Blog "PURE CHURCH": blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/thabitianyabwile

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39: Why Do We Go to Church on Sundays?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Fri, Mar 11, 2016


In this short episode, Kenny answers the question as to why we attend church services on Sundays opposed to any other day of the week. The Bible encourages us to meet with other believers on a regular basis for things such as prayer, worship, teaching, fellowship, and the sacraments (ie: baptism and communion). The early Church were mostly Jews, so they observed the Sabbath (Friday evening thru Saturday evening). They were already accustomed to doing these sorts of things. However, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday morning, it became tradition to meet together every Sunday morning for corporate worship and to hear preaching from one of the Apostles, in honor of the Resurrection of our Lord. Many of the Gentile churches began to follow that tradition. It is important to note that Christians are never commanded to worship on any particular day, it was the common practice and tradition of the early Church to do so. Because we value the heritage that we have inherited from the early believers, we have chosen to follow their example. However, we are not required to worship on Sundays together, we can choose to do so on any day we feel like getting together for worship. In addition, we should not only meet together for corporate worship, but we ought to be "living life" together, meeting regularly with other believers for fellowship, prayer, accountability, Bible study, and other things that can encourage our faith as well as deepen our friendships with other believers.

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38: Why is Temptation the Greatest Invitation to Worship? with Casey Cease

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Many times we see worship as something that is segmented from the rest of our lives. But everything in our lives is a form of worship. In this episode we are joined by pastor, author, blogger, podcaster, and book publisher Casey Cease. In our conversation, Casey beautifully highlights the importance of seeing temptation as an opportunity to worship God. Every time we are tempted to sin and disobey God, we have the opportunity to reject that sin, which in-turn honors God. It makes God look good and brings Him joy. Saying no to sin is a form of worship. Whenever we say no to sin, we are telling God that we value what He values. Anytime we say no to sin we are communicating to God, to ourselves, to other people, and to Satan that we see great worth in the words and commands of Scriptures. Casey reminds us that temptation in and of itself is not at all sinful. The struggle itself isn't wrong, but sometimes we see temptation as bad. Sometimes when we are tempted, we feel like we have failed. But temptation should bring a different attitude. Temptation isn't sin, temptation is an invitation to worship God. Temptation is the invitation, the opportunity, to shout to all peoples that we value God above all others. Casey Cease is the Lead Pastor at Christ Community Church just outside Houston, Texas (in the Magnolia/Woodlands region). He is also the CEO of Lucid Books, a unique Christian book publishing company that focuses on Partnership Publishing. Their unique Partnership Publishing model allows our authors to reap long term benefits while maintaining creative control over their own work. Listen to Casey's Podcast: C3Magnolia.org/Gospel-Matters Get a Copy of Casey's Book: Tragedy to Truth: A Story of Faith and Transformation Check out Lucid Books: Lucidbooks.net Check out Casey's Website: Caseycease.com Follow Casey on Twitter: @caseycease  

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37: Was Jesus Human or God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Wed, Mar 09, 2016


Orthodox Christianity holds to high Christology, meaning we believe that Christ is "higher" than other beings, not just a good human. We believe that Jesus was both fully human and fully God. Jesus was not half God and have man, but rather He was simultaneously 100% God and 100% human. His divinity and His humanity united together perfectly, this is what we call the "hypostatic union." In this episode, Kenny explains how the second member of the Trinity became fully human. Jesus, the second member of the Trinity, stepped into the bounds of time, took on human flesh, and lived among us; we call this the "incarnation" of Christ. Some critics claim that this isn't possible so Kenny uses an example from the world of physics, explaining that light exist simultaneously as both a wave and a particle. Physicists never challenge this, although it seems illogical and impossible, because it has become an indisputable fact of science. Just because we cannot explain something doesn't make it untrue. In the same manner, Jesus' hypostatic union, while seemingly illogical and impossible, is still indisputable Biblical fact. The hypostatic union of Christ should be embraced and defended by believers. Highlighted Passages: - John 8:58; John 5; John 10; Mark 14; Luke 5:20; John 1:1; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 13:8; Hebrews 1; John 20:28

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36: How Do We Believe in a God We Don’t Understand?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Mar 08, 2016


We recognize that in life there are going to be things about the character and nature of God that we simply do not understand. God is complex and infinite, therefore He is beyond our comprehension. We can, however, observe lots of things about God and His attributes, and we ought to seek to understand Him as much as possible, even with the presupposition that we'll never fully comprehend Him. In this episode, Kenny highlights God's infinite nature and compares that with out finite nature, explaining that we are better-off when we relinquish our desire to fully understand God and simply worship Him in light of the attributes that we do already understand. Also, Kenny highlights that there are other things in our lives that we do not understand but we continually embrace. Not fully understanding something is not sufficient grounds to dismiss its existence. Highlighted Scriptures: - 2 Peter 1:3 Resources: Interview with John Lennox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcoDM9U39GQ

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35: Why Are There So Many Denominations?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Mar 07, 2016


There are more than 40,000 Christian denominations in the world today. But this wasn't always the case. For the first several centuries of the church, there was only one branch of Christianity. But in 1054 the Great Schism took place, separating the eastern churches from the western churches. This formed the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, and the beginning of major factions within Christianity. In this episode, Kenny gives us a "mini history lesson" about the development of the Roman Catholic Church and its evolution away from quality Christian doctrine. This drift away from orthodoxy eventually causes certain priests and church leaders to rebel against the church, which turns into the Protestant Reformation, ignited mostly by Martin Luther, a German monk and Catholic priest seeking to bring reforms to the Catholic Church. Kenny outlines Luther's impact and explains how the launching of the Lutheran Church eventually led to the launching of many other denominations within Christianity.

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34: Why Do We Say “In Jesus’ Name” at the End of a Prayer?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, Mar 05, 2016


Praying in the name of Jesus is extremely powerful. Through prayer, we can literally change the course of human history. Unfortunately, most people do not understand what it means to pray "in Jesus' name." Most people just say a prayer and then simply tack on the words "in Jesus' name" at the end of the prayer, but this is done out of ritual, and becomes a form of legalism. In this episode, Kenny explains that praying "in the name of Jesus" means to pray in the manner Jesus would pray and to pray for things that Jesus would pray for. If you are asking God for the things that Jesus Himself would have asked for, when He was on planet Earth, and you pray with the same attitudes and sentiments with which Jesus would have prayed, then you are praying "in his name" even if you don't actually say those words at the end of the prayer. Highlighted Passages: John 14:14 1 John 5:14-15

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33: Why is it so Hard to Believe that God Loves Me? with Mike Adams

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Mike Adams
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


Our friend Mike Adams returns to the podcast for a second time to talk about God's affection for us. In our previous episode with Mike, we talked about "performance based" Christianity. In this episode, Mike talks about our fear of embracing grace and our misunderstanding of God's love. Mike spends time making clear to us that God's affection is always "full on" for us. So often, we as Christians struggle to really believe that God loves us. We struggle to really believe that God is not mad at us. And we often have a very hard time embracing the unconditional grace that God has made available for us. But Mike's message is very clear: God likes you, God delights in you, God loves spending time with you, God has made unconditional grace available for you. Mike is a former pastor and church planter. Today he is a podcaster and blogger, focusing these life transforming truths. Follow Mike on Twitter: @chief_sinner Check out Mike’s Podcast: http://chiefsinnerpodcast.com Check out Mike’s Blog: http://chiefsinner.org  

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32: What is Discipleship?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


Discipleship is the process of becoming a better disciple of Jesus and the process of intentionally building and cultivating relationships with others in order to help them become better disciples of Jesus. Tragically, discipleship is often misunderstood and simply relegated to a Sunday school class or curriculum, but discipleship is learning how to live a life fully engaged with the God, not just learning information about God. In this episode, Kenny unpacks the origins of the word disciple, tracing its roots back to the first-century-BC rabbinical system where rabbis recruited disciples to preach and teach their methods, theology, and philosophy. We are to take the principles of the rabbinical system and apply them to our local contemporary context. In discipleship we do two things: - We seek to know Jesus well - We seek to mentor others so that they will know Jesus well

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31: Why Does Understanding the Trinity Matter? with Ricky Jones

Author: Ricky Jones and Kenneth Ortiz
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


In this episode, guest host Ricky Jones talks about the Trinity being a "spiral of delight" between three distinct Divine persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) wherein they are absolutely in love with one another, gushing over one another, crazy about one another. Ricky paints the picture of incredible love between the members of the Trinity. In addition, Ricky makes clear that God's mission was to invite us into that spiral of delight, so that we can experience the love and affection God has for us. Furthermore, understanding the depth of this spiral of delight helps us see how much God loves us. God was willing to rupture the spiral of delight for a period of time, sending Jesus to Earth, so that we could be saved. The members of the Godhead love each other desperately, and hate being separated, but were willing to be separated for a brief moment in history (the time that Jesus was on Earth), to make a way for our sins to be forgiven. God was willing to rupture the perfect harmony that He has been experience for all of eternity past, so that Jesus could accomplish a task on our behalf. God loves us so much, He was willing to break Himself apart, so that we could be rescued. God's affection for us is so great, He would do anything to bring us into the spiral of delight. Without understanding the nature of the Trinity, it is impossible to see and understand how much God loves us. Understanding the Trinity gives us insight into understanding just how far God was willing to go to bring us into the spiral of delight. Follow Ricky Jones on Twitter: @revrickydean Find Ricky Jones on Facebook: facebook.com/ricky.jones.923

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30: What is “Performance Based” Christianity? with Mike Adams

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Mike Adams
Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Jesus didn't say, "It is MOSTLY Finished!" Of course, most Christians know that Jesus actually proclaimed: "It is finished!" while He was hanging on the cross, but so many of us sometimes live as if He didn't finish the job; like we've got to come up with the finishing touches. Many Christians believe they must "perform" for God. Many of us can accept the fact that we need Jesus to secure our salvation, but we often then move into feeling like we must "do" something to make ourselves into good Christians. However, when we begin to believe or feel this, it always leads us into legalism. In this episode, our guest host Mike Adams talks about the different forms of legalism, and spends time unpacking the common trend of many Christians falling into a "legalism of do" that is devastating to our lives, our relationships, our spiritual health, and always leads us to being "fake" with other people. Mike says this happens when we jump into sanctification without focusing on our justification. He tells us that performance-based Christianity is "sanctification gone wild." Mike also talks about the antidote to the problem: Embracing God's true love and affection for you! Mike Adams was a pastor and church planter for more than 20 years. Today he focuses on blogging and podcasting. Follow Mike on Twitter: @chief_sinner Check out Mike's Podcast: http://chiefsinnerpodcast.com Check out Mike's Blog: http://chiefsinner.org

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29: What is Sanctification?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Sanctification is the process that God takes us through to make us more like Jesus. The goal of sanctification is that we will live and love the way Jesus did. This process is ignited when we place our faith in Christ, which is the moment that God fully justifies us and also fully transforms us and indwells us with the Holy Spirit. The process of sanctification continues in our lives as the Holy Spirit continually works in our hearts and minds. In this episode, Kenny clearly explains what sanctification actually is, how it works itself out in our lives, and he highlights the promise that God has made to complete the work of sanctification in our lives. Kenny also outlines several different views on sanctification (the traditional Protestant view, the Wesleyan view of achieving Christian perfection, and the "new mystics" view of instant sanctification). Highlighted Passages: – Romans 8:29-30 – Philippians 1:6 Recommended Books: - Five Views on Sanctification (various authors, published by Zondervan)  

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28: What is Justification?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


Justification is the central doctrine at the heart of the Gospel message. Justification is the act of God whereby God chooses to completely remove the guilt sin. Justification was the central doctrine by which the entire Protestant Reformation was ignited, and brought massive change and revival across Europe in the 16th century. Justification is much greater than merely a pardon. A pardon is declaring that a guilty person does not have to suffer the consequences of his guilt, but justification is something different and greater. Justification says that the guilt itself has been removed, declaring the person innocent and therefore not deserving of any penalty whatsoever. In this episode, Kenny clearly explains what justification actually is, and makes the point that justification is not progressive. Kenny also outlines how we can receive justification (by faith alone, not by works we do), and he explains how justification tangibly impacts our lives.   Highlighted Passages: - Romans 4:20-5:1 - Romans 5:10 - Galatians 2:16   Recommended Books: - Redefined (by Kenneth Ortiz)

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27: What is Legalism? Why is it Dangerous?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Feb 25, 2016


If you've been around Christian circles for a while, at some point you've probably heard someone talk about legalism, or at minimum you've probably heard someone mention something they found to be legalistic. Legalism is relying upon your own effort to get God to like you more or make yourself feel more spiritual. Legalism can take several different forms. Regardless of the form, legalism can be devastating to our emotional and spiritual health. In this episode, Kenny defines "legalism" and unpacks the different forms of legalism we face. By highlighted the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians and by examining some contemporary Christian trends, Kenny clearly explains how legalism impacts our lives in a negative manner. Kenny also talks about how we often fall into legalism and he gives us some insights as to how we can avoid it. Recommended Books: - Scandalous Freedom (Steve Brown) - Ragamuffin Gospel (Brennan Manning) - What's So Amazing About Grace (Philip Yancey)

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26: Should Christians Judge?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Wed, Feb 24, 2016


We've all heard someone say, "Don't judge me!" Should we follow that request? Or we've heard someone say, "Only God can judge me!" But is this true? What does the Bible say? In this episode, Kenny defines the word "judge" and points out how the words of Jesus have often been manipulated. Some people claim that we should never judge, but the truth is judging is both appropriate and expected, as long as we judge righteously. There is an RIGHTEOUS form of judgment and there is an UNRIGHTEOUS form of judgment. It is essential that we know the difference. Highlighted Passages: Matthew 7:1-5 John 7:24

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25: Why Do We Say “Amen” After We Pray?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Tue, Feb 23, 2016


In this short episode, Kenny answers a few simple questions about the word "Amen"? Kenny also makes several jokes, talks about his love for Chick-fil-a sauce, and there's even an appearance from the Beetles. For centuries, it has been the tradition of Christians to say "Amen" quite often. Many times we say it after a prayer, and sometimes we say it when we agree with the pastor's "good preaching" in church. But what does this word mean? And why do we say it? This episode answers those questions.

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24: The Importance of Embracing Grace with Blaise Foret

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


In this episode, Kenny continues his interview with author and speaker Blaise Foret, talking about the power and importance of discovering and embracing grace. When we truly see grace, it greatly impacts our lives. In this interview, Blaise talks about fear-based church ministry cultures, his journey away from the mainstream Charasmatic church, and his discovery of grace-filled ministry. Blaise challenges listeners to always remain "open minded" and objective when evaluating doctrines, and reminds us that focusing on Christ is always greater than focusing on our specific doctrines. Connect with Blaise Foret at www.blaiseforet.com  

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23: Seeing People Through the Eyes of Jesus with Blaise Foret

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


In this episode, Kenny talks with author and speaker Blaise Foret about seeing people the same way Jesus saw people. Blaise has often been accused of being a "hyper-grace" preacher, but Blaise feels that he's simply trying to get Christians to view all people through the lens of love and grace. In this interview, Blaise makes the point that many Christians have fallen into the trap of seeing people as "projects" that need to be fixed instead of humans that long to be loved. Connect with Blaise Foret at www.blaiseforet.com

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22: Does Genesis 38 Condemn Masturbation and Birth Control?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Paul Barth
Wed, Feb 17, 2016


This episode is a response to a comment that was left on our website. The comment challenged Kenny's thoughts on masturbation, outlined in episode 14: Is Masturbation Really Sin? In the previous episode, Kenny outlined his opinion that masturbation is not necessarily sinful, but that it could be harmful, therefore it ought to be avoided. However, the comment/charge (to which we are responding) sought to make the case that Genesis 38 does indeed condemn both masturbation and birth control. So, does Genesis 38 actually condemn masturbation & birth control? Or not? In Genesis 38, God labels Onan wicked and eventually puts him to death. What was Onan's sin? Why did God kill him? Some commentators and preachers might say it appears that God is angry with Onan for "wasting his semen" on the ground, so this has caused some people to condemn masturbation. Onan was also having sex in a way to avoid pregnancy, which has led some Christians to say that birth control is sinful. But is that what the passage is actually talking about? In this episode of the podcast, Kenny addresses these thoughts and concerns, and he points out that Genesis 38 is actually pointing to something much larger and grander; and that is the importance of men fulfilling their responsibilities and duties as men. Highlighted Passages: - Genesis 38:8-10 - 1 Corinthians 10:23  

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21: Is the Holy Spirit Fully God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Mon, Feb 15, 2016


Many people would verbally claim to believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God, but yet there is still a lot of confusion about the nature of the Holy Spirit. Some people seem to believe the Holy Spirit is some sort of "cosmic force" like we see in the Star Wars movies. But Christian orthodoxy tells us that the Holy Spirit is far greater than that. God exists in three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Godhead is distinct and unique from each other, but they are each fully God. In this episode, Kenny specifically focuses on the divinity of the Holy Spirit, clearly making the case that the Holy Spirit is God.   Highlighted Passages: Acts 5:3-4 Psalm 139:7-8 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 1 John 2:27 John 14:26 John 14 & 15 Job 33:4 Psalm 104:30

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20: Regret vs. Repentance with Mary Butler

Author: Desiring God and John Piper and Mary Butler and Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


Many people walk around in life with regret, carrying the wait of their past sins and mistakes. Often times there are people who even allow the potential fear of regret to govern how they make choices in their every day lives. In this episode, our guest Mary Butler tackles the importance of having a "big view" of God because that is the only thing that leads to genuine repentance and joy, but having a "small view" of God leads to regret and sucks the life right out of us. Mary is a student at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, MN.

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19: If God is Good, Why is There Evil in the World?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Some times people challenge God on the sole basis that there is evil in the world. The question has been asked, "If God is so good, then why is there so much evil in the world? Why does He allow evil to still exist in the world? Why doesn't He intervene?" This is a great question, worthy of a thoughtful Biblical answer. In this episode Kenny gives five responses to this important question: 1- Sometimes evil is the consequence of our own actions. 2- Maybe God is restraining some evil, but we just don't realize it. 3- How much should God intervene, because eliminating all evil could mean eliminating all people on the planet. 4- God has a purpose in allowing some evil to continue. 5- God actually has already responded to evil in the best manner possible: By sending Jesus!   Highlighted Passages: Genesis 1:28 Romans 5:12 Ephesians 2:3 Genesis 3:17-18 Romans 8:22 James 1:13-17 Colossians 1:16-17 Isaiah 55:8-9 Romans 5:3 Romans 8:28 John 3:16 Romans 10:9-10   Recommended Books: "Problem with Pain" (C.S. Lewis) "If God Is Good" (Randy Alcorn)

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18: Why Doesn’t God Kill Satan Today?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Mon, Feb 08, 2016


Sometimes Christians wonder why God has not already gotten rid of Satan? I think most of us would agree that the world would be better without Satan, so if God continually allows him to live, then there must be a reason. In this episode, Kenny makes the Biblical argument that God is, by His own sovereignty and providence, using Satan's attacks and schemes for the betterment and development of the people of God and, ultimately, for the expansion of the glory of God. Highlighted Passages: Revelation 20:10 2 Corinthians 12:6-8 Luke 13

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17: Who is Satan?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sat, Feb 06, 2016


For as long as humans have been on the planet, Satan has been working hard at tempting us to sin and he seeks to wreak havoc. But who is this creature? Who is this character we often call the devil? In this episode, Kenny gives us Biblical insights into who this character is, where he came from, and what his goals are today. Kenny also highlights several Scriptures that encourage us to never be afraid of Satan and trust in the power of God that indwells us. Highlighted Passages: Ezekiel 28:12-19 Isaiah 14:12-15 1 Timothy 3:6 Ephesians 6:10-18 1 Peter 5:7 Job 1 Genesis 3 Revelation 20:10 John 10:10 James 1:13-17 John 14:30 1 John 4:4

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16: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Thu, Feb 04, 2016


This question has been asked many times, whenever tragedy strikes; asked by many different people, from all different walks of life. But, unfortunately, it is the wrong question to ask. In this episode, Kenny gives very clear and bold response to this question, that is surely likely to offend some people. But this episode is laced with pastoral love and packed with clear Biblical exposition that is essential for all of us to hear and embrace. Highlighted Passages: Psalm 14:1-3 Psalm 53:1-3 Romans 3:10-18, 23 Romans 6:23 James 1:13-17 Luke 13:1-5 Romans 8:28

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15: What About the Separation of Church & State?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Often times, certain secular progressives attack Christians by asserting that any person of faith should not ever use their faith or religious beliefs to determine their political ideologies. There is supposedly a "separation of church and state" and that's supposed to keep Christians from using the Bible to determine how they vote or to keep Christians from using the Bible to determine which political policies they support or challenge. The challenge usually includes a demand for a secular moral code, separate from the Bible, or the challenge includes a demand that Christians back up their moral beliefs with something other than the Bible. Is this challenge consistent with the beliefs of our founding fathers? In this episode, Kenny examines the origin and meaning of the phrase "separation of church and state" in its historical context, highlighting that the term never appears anywhere in our founding documents. Kenny clearly explains that the First Amendment was designed to protect the people from the government, not keep religious ideology out of the legislative process; and by using quotes from the Founding Fathers, Kenny makes the case that we are expected to use our religiously-informed morality to develop our political ideologies. Recommended: Words of the Founding Fathers (ed. Steve Coffman)  

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14: Is Masturbation Really a Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


Many people have been told by their pastors or parents that masturbation is bad and sinful, while there are some other church leaders that have told their flocks that masturbation is normal and maybe even helpful. So, is masturbation really a sin or not? This is a question often asked by many people, particularly young unmarried men. The Bible never clearly or explicitly condemns the act of masturbation, but it does give us some ideas and insights into how we ought to approach this topic. In this episode, Kenny seeks to examine God's original design for human beings and our sexual cravings, and examines the ideal design for the satisfaction of those cravings. While the Bible does not clearly condemn masturbation, Kenny makes the point that we probably should still seek to avoid it, and he also gives us some additional thoughts on the topic that we ought to consider. Highlighted Passages: Song of Solomon 2:6 1 Corinthians 7 Matthew 5:27-28

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13: What’s the Trinity?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Thu, Jan 28, 2016


Many Christians often ask about the Trinity. It can be a very difficult doctrine to understand because it defies our human logic and transcends our human understanding. In this episode, Kenny makes a clear case for the Trinity; the fact that God is made up of three co-equal persons, but He is still just one God. Highlighted Passages: Deuteronomy 6:4 Revelation 4, 5, & 6 Colossians 2:9-10 Philippians 1:2 John 1:1 Acts 5:3-4 Genesis 1 Isaiah 64 Job 33:4, 14-15 Genesis 18 & 19

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12: Overcoming Shame with Aubrey Sampson

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Aubrey Sampson
Wed, Jan 27, 2016


Whenever we discuss shame, we are typically referring to feeling embarrassed or humiliated because of something wrong we did, but shame actually goes much deeper than that. Shame is not just feeling guilty for something foolish you did, but shame is feeling bad for who you are. If you are ever feeling ashamed, your spiritual health is at risk. But the beauty of the Gospel is that we can overcome our shame. We know that shame reminds us of our character flaws, our inadequacies, and our patterns of foolish choices. Simply put, shame reminds us that we are "not enough." Shame can be an incredible determinant to our lives, to our relationships with others, and to our friendship with God. But the Gospel shatters our shame. The Gospel shatters our "not enough-ness." In this episode, Kenny interviews Aubrey Sampson (author of Overcomer) and she gives us some incredible insights on how to overcome our shame through embracing the truth of the Gospel! Connect with Aubrey Sampson: www.aubreysampson.com Recommended Book: Overcomer (by Aubrey Sampson)  

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11: Why is Premarital Sex Sin?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


Sex is most certainly the juiciest topic. It's the topic that everyone is interested in. Our church leaders and pastors often do a very good job of telling people to abstain from sex before marriage, but overall most of our leaders and preachers don't give us a decent "why" with that thought. The question has been asked often: "Why is Premarital sex sin?" Sometimes scare tactics are used when answering this question, other times the question is simple ignored or neglected. In this episode, Kenny gives us a clear Biblically founded answer. Highlighted Passages: - Songs of Solomon 2:7 - Songs of Solomon 3:5 - Songs of Solomon 8:4 - Matthew 19:4-5 - Ezekiel 11:18 - 1 Corinthians 6 & 7 - Hebrews 13:4 - Proverbs 5:15-19 - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 - Ephesians 5 - Galatians 5:16 - Leviticus 18, 19, 20 Recommended Books: - Every Man's Battle (Fred Stoeker and Steve Arterburn) - Every Young Man's Battle (Fred Stoeker and Steve Arterburn) - Every Woman's Battle (Shannon Ethridge) - Sexually Confident Wife (Shannon Ethridge) - Sex and The Supremacy of Christ (ed. John Piper and Justin Taylor) - Sacred Sex (Tim Gardner)

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10: Why Do You Oppose Abortion if the Babies go to Heaven?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


Most Christians believe that aborted babies go to heaven. And most Christians are vehemently against the practice of abortion. So that leads some people to ask the question, "Why oppose abortion if those babies go right to heaven?" In this episode, Kenny gives seven reasons: 1) Sin should never be condoned no matter what. 2) Abortion is murder, and this argument could be used to justify the murder of all small children. 3) This same logic could be used to justify the murder of all Christians. 4) We ought to never choose to sin just so that we can see grace exhibited. 5) Abortion kills the beauty of potential. 6) This logic presumes to rob another human of their opportunity to choose God. 7) This logic presumes to take the place of God.

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09: Why is Abortion Wrong?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


Abortion is one of the hot button topics in our nation, often argued as an issue of choice or equality for women. However, these views are skewed and miss the bigger picture. God is grieved by the mass killing of our unborn babies. But why does this grieve God? And why is it some important that Christians stand against the practice of abortion? In this episode, Kenny gives three reasons: 1) Life begins at conception 2) Abortion is inhumane 3) The foundation of abortion is the opposite of the Gospel Highlighted Passages: - Jeremiah 1:5 - Exodus 21:22-25 Additional Resources: - Hope After Abortion: http://hopeafterabortion.com - Abort 73: http://www.abort73.com  

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08: Do Babies Go to Heaven When They Die?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


There are few things in this life that are more painful for a parent than the lost of a child. So, when an infant dies, we're left with the question: What happens to them when they die? Do they go to heaven? In this episode, Kenny gives a clear and simple answer to this very important question. Highlighted Passages: Romans 5:12-19 Psalm 51:5 2 Samuel 12:23 Romans 1:18-21  

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07: Is Jesus Really the Only Way to Heaven?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sun, Jan 24, 2016


In this episode, Kenny clearly points out the Bible verses and passages that give us confidence that Jesus really is the only way to get to heaven. Highlighted Passages: John 11:25 John 8:24 John 8:58 Exodus 3:14 John 10:30 John 14:6 Matthew 7:13-14 Acts 4:12 Romans 10:9

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06: Should Christians only read the KJV?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, Jan 23, 2016


The King James Version (KJV) was the "gold standard" of all English translations around the world for nearly 350 years. Originally published in 1612, it has past the test of time. It has an incredible legacy. However, with newer more modern English translations, most Christians have gone away from using the KJV. But there are some people within Christianity that believe that the KJV is the only English Bible that we should read; others even go as far as to say that all other English translations are nothing more than a corruption of God's Word. How should we respond to the KJV-only debate?

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05: Why Can We Confidently Speak on Behalf of God?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, Jan 23, 2016


Why do we presume to teach anyone anything about God at all? This question posed by a friend of Kenny (the friend is not a follower of Jesus). This is an important question. Why is it that we can speak about God confidently? Why do we feel the confidence to speak on His behalf? What makes us so sure about God? Kenny answers these questions in this episode.

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04: Which Version of the Bible is Best?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Sat, Jan 23, 2016


A frequently asked question by many believers revolves around the desire of knowing which English Bible version they ought to read to best understand what God is saying to us. There are many different contemporary English translations, each with its own flavor and philosophy. In this episode Kenny unpacks: 1) The different philosophies of modern Bible translations 2) Which versions are the most trustworthy Kenny's two favorite and most trusted Bible translations are: - English Standard Version (ESV) - New Living Translation (NLT) This episode is a follow-up to our previous episode "Why Are There so Many Bible Translations?" wherein Kenny gives us some good insights into the incredibly difficult task of Bible translation.

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03: Why Are There so Many Bible Translations?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Fri, Jan 22, 2016


People often ask, "Why are there so many different translations of the Bible?" The answer simply lies in two facts: 1- Translating ancient languages into contemporary language is a very difficult task. 2- There are several different philosophies of how to translate the Bible. In this episode, Kenny gives us insights into the difficult task of Bible translation and clearly answers the answer to this question in a way that anyone can understand.

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02: What is Theology? Why Does it Matter?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz
Fri, Jan 22, 2016


Whatever you believe about God matters a lot, because it'll impact how you live your life. Theology is simply the study of God. The more you study about God, then the more you'll know and understand about God, his character, his nature, and his dealings with mankind. The more you know, then the more you'll be better equipped to make better choices in life. Theology matters because it greatly impacts how we live our lives. If you have bad theology (meaning you believe the wrong things about God) you could make decisions that are potentially detrimental to you or those around you. But if you have good theology (meaning you believe the right things about God) then you are more likely to make good decisions in life and, more importantly, you are more likely to embrace all of life's circumstances with a Christ-honoring perspective.

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01: What’s This Podcast all About?

Author: Kenneth Ortiz and Blaise Foret and Aubrey Sampson and Tony Merida and Timothy Keller and John Piper and Desiring God and James White and Norm Geisler and Abdul Saleeb and Matt Chandler and Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and Corey Allan and Sam Storms and David Platt and David Mathis and John Morris and Casey Cease and Mark Driscoll and Wayne Grudem and Reformed Pubcast and Greg Dutcher and Gary Habermas and Michael Licona and NT Wright and CS Lewis and Rick Morton and Rick Warren and Theology in the Raw and Chief Sinner and Mike Adams
Wed, Jan 20, 2016


This is the very first episode of Theology For the Rest of Us. This podcast is designed to help any person who just wants to learn more about God or learn more about whatever it is orthodox Christians actually believe about God. Lots of people have questions about God. That's totally acceptable. But, far too often many of our pastors, preachers, church leaders, and seminarians are way too complex in their speech when answering these questions, sometimes making the topics and issues even harder to understand. This podcast is aimed at giving simple quick answers to some of those tough questions that people ask. In this first episode, our host Kenneth Ortiz explains the genesis of the show, its format, and its goals. Typically each episode will answer one question related to theology, God, religion, history, or the Bible. If you have a question that you'd like to have answered on the podcast or you'd like to connect with Kenneth, you can connect with him directly: E-mail: Heyortiz@theologyfortherestofus.com Twitter: @kennethortiz Podcast Website: www.theologyfortherestofus.com Personal Website: www.kennethortiz.com  

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