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Episode Date
If We Read Our Bibles, Why Do We Need Sermons?
The Bible is perfect; preachers are not. So, why listen to the sermons of fallible men when we can read God’s infallible word for ourselves?
Jul 30, 2021
How to Argue Like a Calvinist
John Newton cherished the doctrines of grace. And he knew that the best way to commend them was with a spirit of graciousness.
Jul 28, 2021
Doing Math to the Glory of God
Why learn math — especially if studying math feels agonizing? Pastor John addresses an 8-year-old boy struggling to persevere in school.
Jul 26, 2021
Can I Marry a Woman Half My Age?
The Bible doesn’t say how old Christians should be when they marry — or how close in age. So, can a Christian marry someone significantly younger?
Jul 23, 2021
The Strong Murder the Weak Every Day in America
Killing an unborn child is illegal if the mother wants the baby — but legal if she doesn’t. The rights of the weak rest in the hands of the strong.
Jul 21, 2021
How Much Media Is Too Much Media?
In a media-saturated age, obedience to Jesus requires intentional detachment from the patterns of the world — especially its patterns of entertainment.
Jul 19, 2021
Will I Suffer More If I Follow Jesus?
Those who follow Jesus may suffer more in this life than those who don’t. But from the standpoint of eternity, they will suffer infinitely less.
Jul 16, 2021
The Supremacy of God in Preaching: Conclusion
People are starving for the grandeur of God. Christian preachers, more than all others, should know this truth — and shape every sermon accordingly.
Jul 15, 2021
Faith Won’t Survive Without Friends
We all need people who will remind us that Christ is far better than sin, and that unrepentant sin destroys. Without friends, our faith won’t survive.
Jul 14, 2021
Does the Bible Say I Am Unique?
God made everybody, knitting each of us intricately in our mother’s womb. Does that mean we are each unique, unlike any other person God created?
Jul 12, 2021
Will God Really Praise Us?
If God deserves all glory and praise, what does Scripture mean when it mentions God’s glorifying and praising us?
Jul 09, 2021
Why Comfortable Christians Go Prayerless
Until we come awake to the great spiritual war that surrounds us, we will never truly know the privilege and power of prayer.
Jul 07, 2021
Do Angels Walk Among Us Today?
Hebrews tells us that, by showing hospitality to strangers, “some have entertained angels unawares.” Does this suggest that angels walk among us in human form?
Jul 05, 2021
On Codependent Dating Relationships
God made us to need other people — but not to be codependent on them. So, how can we tell the difference between healthy need and disordered neediness?
Jul 02, 2021
Why Would God Create a Baby to Live for Two Minutes?
With eternity in view, any span of life is a vapor. However long we live, our time here is preparation for the endless days of heaven.
Jun 30, 2021
Should We Watch for Signs from God?
Some Christians seem to be always on the lookout for signs from God in creation or circumstances. Does the Bible encourage us in that search?
Jun 28, 2021
Should Christians Visit Cemeteries?
Should Christians make a habit of visiting loved ones’ graves? And if we do visit, how can we honor Christ in the cemetery?
Jun 25, 2021
One Surprising Reason for Pain
Many wonder how a good God could govern a world filled with pain. But sometimes, pain becomes the very means God uses to awaken us to his goodness.
Jun 23, 2021
Who Is the Disciple Jesus Loved?
The Gospel of John speaks of a “disciple whom Jesus loved” five times. Who was this beloved disciple, and why does he single himself out like this?
Jun 21, 2021
Plans for 2021 and Beyond
After a year unlike any other, Pastor John looks ahead to new books and renewed ambitions to spread Christian Hedonism farther across the globe.
Jun 18, 2021
How Not to Correct a Fellow Christian
How can Christians challenge and correct one another in a way that honors Christ and acknowledges our common neediness before him?
Jun 16, 2021
The Disabled Wife and the Proverbs 31 Woman
God expects faithfulness of all his people. But faithfulness for one Christian may look far different than faithfulness for another Christian.
Jun 14, 2021
Are Our Enemies Spiritual, Human, or Both?
Paul tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. But Paul himself had many human enemies. So, are our enemies spiritual, human, or both?
Jun 11, 2021
To Be Loved Infinitely
The essence of God’s love is not that he makes much of us, but that he frees us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.
Jun 09, 2021
How Do I Serve Dying Unbelievers?
Many medical professionals regularly find themselves around people only hours or minutes from hell. How would love call us to act in those moments?
Jun 07, 2021
Should Christian Jurors Show Mercy to the Guilty?
Christians display the character of God through both mercy and justice. But how do we know when to show mercy and when to give justice?
Jun 04, 2021
Why Do You Want to Be Loved by God?
Almost everyone wants to be loved by God. But our reasons for wanting God’s love may reveal whether we truly know him or not.
Jun 02, 2021
Is It Sinful to Pray for a Larger Income?
When God restored Job’s fortunes, he also doubled his wealth. Should Christians pray for God to do the same for us today?
May 31, 2021
A Better Promise for Serial Daters
Serial dating, if left unconquered, often turns into serial marriage. So, what hope does Jesus offer to those addicted to the pleasures of a new relationship?
May 28, 2021
Flee to Christ in Fear
God commands us both to fear him and to flee to him for refuge. How can we possibly do one without contradicting the other?
May 26, 2021
Where Is Providence in the Vanity of Ecclesiastes?
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “all is vanity.” But if God providentially guides all things, then doesn’t he give meaning to everything in this world?
May 24, 2021
What Is a Baptist?
As with other Protestants, many Baptists trace their lineage to the Reformation. But what makes Baptists unique among the heirs of the Reformation?
May 21, 2021
The Key to Killing Lust
Strategies are important in our battle against lust. But nothing arrests our souls with the urgency of purity like the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
May 19, 2021
What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory?
What is purgatory, and why have thoughtful Christians like C.S. Lewis believed in it? Does this belief in afterlife cleansing find support in Scripture?
May 17, 2021
How Do I Love Neighbors Who Ignore Me?
Jesus commands us to love our neighbors. But how can we love them if they don’t want our help, or if they even actively ignore us?
May 14, 2021
Reckoning with Personal Failure
Christians are new creations in Christ — yet we still feel the familiar pull of the old self. How do we reckon with the persistence of indwelling sin?
May 12, 2021
Why Have Africans Suffered So Much?
Some parts of the world seem to endure far more sorrow than other parts. Does God favor some places and peoples more than others?
May 10, 2021
Is My Repentance Real If I Keep Committing the Same Sin?
Some of us find ourselves confessing the same sins over and over. How do we know our repentance is real if we repeatedly lose the same battles?
May 07, 2021
How Churches Sabotage the Love of God
If we try to make much of the love of God by downplaying the wrath of God, we destroy the love of God.
May 05, 2021
How Can I Protect My Child from State Indoctrination?
The primary responsibility for a child’s education belongs to parents, not to the state. So, what can parents do when the state tries to take control?
May 03, 2021
Why Did the First Humans Live for So Long?
The book of Genesis records life spans in the hundreds of years. Why did the first humans live for so long — and why are our life spans today so short?
Apr 30, 2021
How Have You Processed the Sin of Ravi Zacharias?
How might Christians process the failures of once-beloved figures like Ravi Zacharias? Pastor John draws out lessons from the ministries of fallen leaders.
Apr 29, 2021
What’s Stopping You from Coming to Christ?
Some wait to come to Christ because they feel powerless to live the Christian life. But that power becomes ours only by coming to Christ.
Apr 28, 2021
What Are Angels Doing Today?
Angels appear all over Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. But why did God create angels in the first place — and what are they doing today?
Apr 26, 2021
How Should We Respond to Christian Conspiracy Theories?
Conspiracy theories — Christian or otherwise — are nothing new. But how can we talk to friends who find themselves gripped by them?
Apr 23, 2021
What ‘No Condemnation’ Does to a Heart
“No condemnation” means that you are finally free: free to love, free to serve, free to forgive, and even free to die for the good of others.
Apr 21, 2021
Did Abraham Laugh at God’s Promise?
Paul looks back to Abraham and celebrates his unwavering faith. But is Abraham’s laughter at God’s promise in Genesis 17 really a faithful response?
Apr 19, 2021
What Makes Women the ‘Weaker Vessel’?
The differences between male and female are not obstacles to overcome or facts to ignore. They are distinct glories that God calls “very good.”
Apr 16, 2021
The Problem with Asking, ‘What’s Wrong with It?’
If we want to follow Jesus, we will need to give up more than just sins. We will also need to give up everything that dulls our hearts for him.
Apr 14, 2021
Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families
How can children who come from dysfunctional or abusive families begin to embrace the perfect fatherhood of God?
Apr 12, 2021