Is “Complementarianism” an Essential Bible Doctrine? (04.15.21)

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This week we’re discussing the topic of “complementarianism” – a fancy word referring to the belief that men and women have different (complementary) roles in the home and in the church. This idea is not popular in the world today – even the religious world. Yet we need to recognize and uphold what the Bible teaches about this.Continue Reading

Fewer Than Half of Americans Belong to a Church (04.08.21)

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This past Sunday, many made it a point to attend a worship service for Easter. However, there are now a majority of Americans who are not members of any local church. Yet the local church is part of God’s plan and our membership in a local church is important. Following the influence of the religious world in this regard will result in weaker churches and weaker Christians. In this episode, we will discuss why church membership is important.

STORY – Fewer Than Half of Americans Belong to a Church

“For the first time since it began its survey eight decades ago, Gallup finds that fewer than half of Americans have a formal membership in a local church.

“‘The U.S. remains a religious nation, with more than seven in 10 affiliating with some type of organized religion. However, far fewer, now less than half, have a formal membership with a specific house of worship,’ Gallup said.

“The survey, which began in 1937, found only 47% of Americans have a formal membership in a church.

“‘While it is possible that part of the decline seen in 2020 was temporary and related to the coronavirus pandemic, continued decline in future decades seems inevitable, given the much lower levels of religiosity and church membership among younger versus older generations of adults.’” (WND)

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What Americans Believe about the Resurrection (04.01.21)

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With Easter Sunday being this weekend, many people are focused on the resurrection of Jesus. While “Easter” may not be in the Bible, the resurrection is a fundamental fact of the gospel. What do people believe about Jesus’ resurrection? What lessons do we learn from the resurrection? We’ll discuss this in this week’s episode.

STORY – “What Do Americans Actually Believe About the Resurrection?”

“The truthfulness of the resurrection is not as controversial today as many Christians may assume. The bigger issue, however, may be helping Americans recognize the relevance of Jesus rising from the dead.

“Two-thirds of American adults (66%) say they believe the biblical accounts of the physical resurrection of Jesus are completely accurate, according to the 2020 State of Theology from Lifeway Research. One in 5 (20%) disagree, and 14% are not sure.”

“One group that is more likely to deny the resurrection is the next generation. A majority of 18- to 34-year-olds (59%) say they don’t believe the biblical accounts of Jesus bodily resurrection.” (Lifeway Research)

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Monthly News Roundup (03.25.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of March. I plan to use the last episode of the month to highlight and briefly comment on some of the news stories from the last month that we haven’t discussed yet here. In this episode, we’ll be talking about the charge of Jesus being a racist, three men being named the legal parents of two children, and the discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls.Continue Reading

A Year After the Start of the Pandemic – Some Lessons (03.18.21)

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Last week was the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. This has impacted all of us over the past year. As we look back on what has transpired and consider all of it in light of the Scriptures, there are some lessons we need to learn.

STORY – The Covid-19 Pandemic Is Now One Year Old

This has been a difficult year for all of us – whether we have been directly affected by the virus or not. As bad as the virus might be and the number of deaths have been attributed to it, that’s not even the whole picture. We have faced economic shutdowns, businesses being closed, many people out of work, schools have been closed, many churches stopped meeting, mental health is declining, relationships have been strained, and people are isolated from others. It’s been a difficult year.

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Progressive Christianity and the Inspiration of the Bible (03.11.21)

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This week, we’re talking about “progressive Christianity” and why it must, by necessity reject the inspiration of the Bible. Sadly there are some “churches” that promote this ideology that is rooted in our secular and godless culture. We need to understand why progressivism is dangerous. In this episode, we’ll discuss seven reasons why we must guard against it.

STORY – “Progressive” Church in Nashville Says Bible Isn’t “the Word of God…Inerrant or Infallible”

“A so-called progressive ‘church’ in Nashville is drawing opposition after posting a message on social media stating that the Bible isn’t ‘the Word of God … inerrant or infallible.’

“The organization, calling itself ‘GracePointe Church,’ led by false teacher Josh Scott posted the disturbing message on Facebook on Sunday, February 7. The post related to a message he delivered on YouTube called ‘What Is Progressive Christianity?’ as a part of GracePointe’s online service.

“‘As Progressive Christians, we’re open to the tensions and inconsistencies in the Bible. We know that it can’t live up to impossible, modern standards. We strive to more clearly articulate what Scripture is and isn’t,’ the organization posted before citing what they claim the Bible isn’t and is.

“‘The Bible isn’t: the Word of God, self-interpreting, a science book, an answer/rule book, inerrant or infallible,’ it listed. ‘The Bible is: a product of community, a library of texts, multi-vocal, a human response to God, living and dynamic,’ it continued.” (Christian News)

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“When interviewed about the controversy, the church’s pastor, Josh Scott, argued that the Bible is at times inconsistent with the ‘character of God.’” (Disrn)

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Number of Young Americans Who Now Identify as LGBT (03.04.21)

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This week, we’re talking about an alarming study about the percentage among each generation who identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender). Not surprisingly, the numbers are rising. But the dramatic shift upward should tell us something. It is also a reminder that we need to hold onto a Biblical world view – and teach our children to do the same – as our society rapidly moves in the opposite direction.

STORY – Dramatic Shift: 1 in 6 Young Americans Now Identify as LGBT

“Gallup’s most recent update on LGBT identification in America shows a massive increase in the number of young people who claim an LGBT identity. Almost one in 6 adult members of Generation Z (which would include those aged 18 to 23) claim to be something other than heterosexual.

“With 15.6% of the entire Gen-Z demographic self-identifying as LGBT, that accounts for an enormous increase over the ‘traditionalists,’ [those born before 1946] that registered at just 1.3% LGBT.

“Within this large LGBT contingent of Generation Z, almost three-quarters claim that they are bisexual, by far the largest subset within the LGBT acronym. When extrapolated outward, that means that just over 11% of all Americans aged 18-23 claim to be bisexual. Another 2.1% claim to be gay, 1.4% lesbian, 1.8% transgender, and 0.4% some other gender.” (Disrn)

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