Coffee with Creamer

By Barry Creamer

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Coffee with Creamer, where you get to sit down with our host, Dr. Barry Creamer, for a conversation about faith, life, and culture. We’ll look at old ideas through a new lens, turn the culture wars on their head, and paint a picture of the way things could be. If you like your thinking deep, and your coffee hot, pull up a chair—you’re in the right place.

Episode Date
A Familiar Phrase That’s Hard to Say | Episode 49
Barry talks through a Psalm that applies to those who have ever known sorrow or distress. In it we learn that God is not only our refuge in those difficult times, but that he carries both us and our burdens to the cross in order to carry us through the resurrection.   Scriptures: Psalm 31 […]
Jun 29, 2022
Can There Be Life on Earth Post-Roe?: Part 3 | Episode 48
This episode rounds out the series on how to do more than battle the other side when it comes to the important issue of abortion. Barry points out some of those shared values, the best way to begin a conversation (by listening), and how a tiny step for the culture might be a giant leap […]
Jun 22, 2022
Can There Be Life on Earth Post-Roe?: Part 2 | Episode 47
In the second episode of the series, Barry invites us to see a few pro-life values in pro-choice arguments. Not possible, you say? Believe it or not (but we hope you do), there is more to being pro-choice than being pro-abortion, and there is more to being pro-life than being anti-abortion.  
Jun 15, 2022
Can There Be Life on Earth Post-Roe?: Part 1 | Episode 46
Barry introduces a familiar topic, sanctity of life, in a very different way in this series. Amid the chaos created by the leaked SCOTUS brief on Roe v. Wade, many people on the pro-life side of the argument feel as if they are on the brink of obtaining the holy grail. However, simply winning the […]
Jun 08, 2022
A Sometimes-Silent Savior | Episode 45
Barry covers Psalm 30, a psalm of David meant to praise God at the dedication of the temple, even though there was no temple yet. And it just so happens that there is no temple now, either, but there is a God who cannot be contained by temples who is just as active in believers […]
Jun 01, 2022
Memorial Day, Because the Shovel Is Brother to the Gun | Episode 44
Barry talks about what we do right, what’s okay, and what we should do more of when observing Memorial Day, and uses 3 poems to do it.       Poems: “In Flanders Field”, by John McCrae, “Iron” and “Statistics” by Carl Sandburg
May 25, 2022
Our Problem with the Problem of Evil: Part 2 | Episode 43
People often follow a few steps when personally encountering the Problem of Evil: from complacency, to discontentment, then contentment, and lastly to thankfulness. It is by no means an easy journey, but faith can lead the way.       Scriptures: Psalm 10:1 Psalm 80:4-6 Habakkuk 1:2-4 Acts 1:6-8 James 4:4-10 Habakkuk 2:2-4 Philippians 4:11-13 […]
May 18, 2022
Our Problem with the Problem of Evil: Part 1 | Episode 42
Barry begins a discussion of the Problem of Evil, which studies the question of how to reconcile the concepts of a good and all-powerful God with the existence of evil and suffering in the world. We are often tempted to doubt our faith when a theoretical argument turns practical in moments of suffering.     […]
May 11, 2022
It’s Good to Hear Your Voice | Episode 41
What do severe thunderstorms, earth-swallowing floods, decimated forests, and teeth-shattering earthquakes have in common? They all evoke the voice of God. Feel a little frightened? No need—God uses that voice to give strength and peace to his people.       Scriptures Psalm 29 1 Samuel 5:1-5 Genesis 1:6-8 Psalm 30 1 Kings 5 Numbers […]
May 04, 2022
So Heavenly Minded | Episode 40
Barry talks about why it is important to consider the ramifications of a choice before one needs to make it. He covers some fundamental aspects of ethics, reviews what ethics can’t do, and explains why on earth he is talking about what most people often ignore.     Scriptures Romans 2:12-16 Psalm 15:1-5   Referenced […]
Apr 27, 2022
Control Freaks | Episode 39
Why is it that sometimes we bring about the very thing we are trying to avoid? Barry provides some all-too-true examples and encourages us to be the kind of people that keep the faith, sacrifice our own will, and love our enemies instead of clinging to the delusion that we can control our lives and […]
Apr 20, 2022
Modus Vivendi | Episode 38
Sometimes we can be dualistic in our thinking—especially when it comes to us and our competitor/adversary. However, Barry reminds us that there are often three options: we win, they win, and modus vivendi.     Scriptures: James 4:11-12, 5:7-10; 1 Peter 3:13-17, 4:1-5; Jeremiah 29:7   Book: Eisenhower in War and Peace, Jean Edward Smith […]
Apr 13, 2022
Parts Per Million | Episode 37
Barry talks through Psalm 28 and leads us to the time-worn and yet sometimes surprising message that we are separated from those who face judgment only by the grace of God, without anything to earn it on our part. And then what naturally follows: If we can receive this grace, then so can those we […]
Apr 06, 2022
Getting Along with Those People: Part 2 | Episode 36
Barry finishes up a two-part series in response to a question from a listener: How do we get along with others whose Christian and non-Christian beliefs are in opposition to ours, both within Protestantism and across the lines? Part two covers our interactions with Christian non-Christians and Christian Christians. We promise: it will make sense […]
Mar 30, 2022
Shepherding Like Jesus | Episode 35
Barry talks with Andrew Hébert, author and lead pastor of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas about his new book. Shepherding Like Jesus challenges Christian leaders, pastors, and churches to highlight the right things in leadership—things like humility, purity, sympathy, and reconciliation.       Book: Shepherding Like Jesus: Returning to the Wild Idea that […]
Mar 23, 2022
Getting Along with Those People: Part 1 | Episode 34
Barry begins a two-part series in response to a question from a listener: How do we get along with others whose Christian and non-Christian beliefs are in opposition to ours, both within Protestantism and across the lines? Part one covers how we can find common ground and look for an ally rather than an enemy. […]
Mar 16, 2022
Reading (People) without Margins | Episode 33
Barry covers a sentiment that is easily overlooked by every human everywhere. God said it in the Old Testament: Treat one who comes from outside your group as one who is inside your group (Lev 19:34). Jesus repeated this concept in his story of the Samaritan that does good to the Jew (Luke 10:25-37). So […]
Mar 09, 2022
Why What We Want Least Is What We Need Most | Episode 32
Barry talks about the experience of faith, anomalies, and doubt. How does one come to faith and how does one maintain it? What types of situations tempt one to give it up? There are a lot of reasons not to have faith, and that is why faith is so important.       Suggested Reading: […]
Mar 02, 2022
Location, Location, Location: The Hill of the Lord | Episode 31
Psalm 24 includes seeking and finding, and what we find might surprise us. We start out seeking the hill of the Lord because even though he is Lord of everything he can seem absent at times. However, what we find is that God has come to us and brings an unbelievable offer with him.   […]
Feb 23, 2022
An Insult to Your Sovereignty: Part 2 | Episode 30
This episode completes our insult to your sovereignty and holiness. A thorough insult requires two steps: 1) acknowledging that our moral duties may oppose one another at times (there are several right things we should do but choosing one negates the other) and 2) understanding the reality that every time we fulfill our obligation, we […]
Feb 16, 2022
An Insult to Your Sovereignty: Part 1 | Episode 29
We place too much confidence in our ability to work our way into good standing with God and not enough confidence in the power of God’s grace and mercy. Because we begin and end each day in the latter, it would be silly not to live the in-between there as well.     Scripture: 1 […]
Feb 09, 2022
Children Are a Blessing—No, Really! | Episode 28
Many times in scripture, when people are looking for mercy, a future, hope and a purpose, kindness, encouragement, or acknowledgement, God provides for their needs by giving them a child. This episode will give weight and content to the sometimes-doubted phrase “Children are a blessing.”     Scripture: Genesis 4:12-26, 17:15-21, 16:7-12, 30:22-24; Judges 13:21-24; […]
Feb 02, 2022
Signs That Do More Than Point | Episode 27
Watching the fulfillment of prophecy throughout history is one thing, but understanding its content, repeated messages that describe God’s character, will change your life.     Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25, 2:14-15, 22:37-40, 27:46 28:18-20; Revelation 21:1-4; James 1:27; Galatians 5:22-23 Books: Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain  
Jan 26, 2022
When Evil Tends to Look Like Us | Episode 26
Barry begins the episode by pointing out that evil is more normal than we like to think. In honor of Sanctity of Life Day, he teases this out in our culture with issues like abortion and women’s rights and the ways in which the structures in our culture will continue to haunt us until we […]
Jan 19, 2022
The Danger of Earplugs Outside the Echo Chamber | Episode 25
It is easy only to listen to voices that agree with our own. Barry suggests that fear and a desire for comfort keep us content with our current opinions, and yet growth requires the interjection of something new, something different. Let’s remove our earplugs and evaluate information on its own merit, while simultaneously valuing those […]
Jan 12, 2022
Perfectly Normal and Totally Strange: Part 2 | Episode 24
Who knew we could mix culture and religion in so many ways! Barry describes extraordinary religion in this episode and challenges us to begin exploring what may be silly hills on which to die.     Book: America: Religions and Religion, Catherine Albanese    
Jan 05, 2022
Perfectly Normal and Totally Strange: Part 1 | Episode 23
Barry starts a conversation about how we mix culture and religion. All groups and nations do it but being aware of it is important for us to live our Christianity.     Book: America: Religions and Religion, Catherine Albanese Poem: “The Gift Outright”, Robert Frost Article: Senate Democrats support conservative-backed Texas bill requiring pro-sports teams […]
Dec 29, 2021
Merry Torn Veil Day! | Episode 22
The good news of Christmas Day sweeps through the countryside and temple, past and present, and brings with it a promise as old as our wildest dreams—Emmanuel.     Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-3 Ruth 1-2 2 Chronicles 3:10-17 Luke 1:76-79, 2:4-14, 23:44-49
Dec 22, 2021
Meek and Wild | Episode 21
Barry talks about why sometimes we front-load the good news with bad news instead, and he offers a new way of thinking about our part in sharing the gospel.     Scriptures: Acts 14:8-17, 17:22-31, 3:13-15 Ephesians 4:15 Matthew 23 Ezekiel 34: 1-6 Luke 12:13-21, 16:1-9, 16:19-31, 9:51-5, 18:9-14 Romans 1:18-20 Matthew 7:1-5 1 Peter […]
Dec 15, 2021
Personal Faith: Just How Personal Is It? | Episode 20
The sentiment, “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself” doesn’t work when it comes to faith. Barry talks through James 5:12-20 and discusses the somewhat uncomfortable truth that our faith depends on others as much as theirs depends on us.     Scriptures: James 5:12-20, 1:26, 2:14, 1:16-18 Matthew 9:2-7 […]
Dec 08, 2021
Disagreeing to Agree: Part 3 | Episode 19
In the last episode of our Disagreeing to Agree Series, Barry returns to the issues of economics, race, sexuality and gender, and abortion, and points out the common ground from which we can begin to build our bridges.     Scriptures: Joshua 7 Joshua 8:30-35  
Dec 01, 2021