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Episode Date
What’s the Significance of Simon Carrying Jesus’s Cross?
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell us that Simon of Cyrene helped carry Jesus’s cross. What’s the significance of this story?
Apr 19, 2019
Where Was the Holy Spirit on Good Friday?
At the cross, the triune God was at work, securing our redemption. But what role did the Holy Spirit play in Jesus’s crucifixion?
Apr 17, 2019
Is There Any Place for Fear in the Christian Life?
Fear does not govern the Christian life. But we have a skewed view of the Christian life if we exclude fear.
Apr 15, 2019
How Does God Answer Today’s Skeptics?
Many of today’s skeptics ask questions that God himself has already addressed. Sometimes, we just need to hear how God responds to his critics.
Apr 12, 2019
How Do Christians Survive in Middle-Class America?
“Woe to you who are rich. Woe to you who are full now. Woe to you who laugh.” What do Jesus’s woes mean for middle-class Americans?
Apr 10, 2019
What Is the Sovereignty of God?
God’s sovereignty over all creation is one of the grandest themes in the Bible. Pastor John overviews some of the basics.
Apr 08, 2019
Why Have Kids If They Might End Up in Hell?
Every child is an eternal being, someone who will live forever. So if our children may end up in hell, would we be better off not having kids?
Apr 05, 2019
I’m Eager to Pastor Now — Should I Skip Seminary?
With so many urgent spiritual needs in the world, is it wise to spend years of life in a seminary classroom? If someone is eager for ministry, why wait?
Apr 03, 2019
Why Did Jesus Need to ‘Become Superior’ to Angels?
If Jesus is God, why does the Bible say that he “became” superior to angels? Hasn’t he always been superior to angels?
Apr 01, 2019
How Much Can Christians Learn from Non-Christians?
Christians can learn many important facts from non-Christian teachers. But they cannot learn the most important facts — or how to love them.
Mar 29, 2019
He Killed His Wife and Children — Can He Really Be Forgiven?
Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters. A few months into his prison sentence, he said he found God. Can he really be forgiven?
Mar 27, 2019
Does the Old Testament Alienate the Disabled?
In the Old Testament, the disabled were excluded from the holy place. In the New Testament, Jesus touched and healed the disabled. Why the difference?
Mar 25, 2019
Why Does God Choose Some and Not Others?
God could have chosen all to inherit eternal life, but he didn’t. So why would God choose some and not choose others?
Mar 22, 2019
Money, Mardi Gras, and Something Far Better: Stories from South America
Dozens of countries are experiencing a resurgence of biblical Christianity. Pastor John shares several stories from his recent trip to Brazil and Argentina.
Mar 20, 2019
How Do I Resist Smartphone Overuse?
Your smartphone is changing you, whether you realize it or not. Tony Reinke explains the costs of smartphone overuse, and how we can resist.
Mar 08, 2019
Can a Coin Flip Reveal God’s Will for My Life?
Making a decision with a coin flip glorifies chance. But making a decision from a renewed mind glorifies God.
Feb 27, 2019
My Girlfriend Affirms Homosexual Love — Is This a Deal-Breaker?
“My girlfriend affirms homosexual love — is this a deal-breaker?” Yes. Pastor John gives five reasons why.
Feb 25, 2019
What Does Jesus Mean by ‘I Never Knew You’?
When Jesus says, “I never knew you,” he means, “I don’t recognize you as my disciple, as my follower. You are a spiritual stranger to me.”
Feb 22, 2019
My Husband Is Passive — What Can I Do?
God may use you to change your spouse. But if you press in to him, no matter how disappointed you are in marriage, he will certainly change you.
Feb 20, 2019
How Do I Break My Entertainment Addiction?
As God’s child, you are not enslaved to entertainment or anything else. Christ has purchased a way out for you.
Feb 18, 2019
How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?
Watching a movie, playing a board game, reading a novel — is God disappointed if we use free time for these instead of reading Scripture and praying?
Feb 15, 2019
I’m an Anxious Person — How Do I ‘Rest in Christ’?
In Jesus, God has given us what we need to rest — even while we work. To every anxious soul, Jesus says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.”
Feb 13, 2019
How Can I See the Beauty of God?
Seeing and loving art and seeing and loving divine glory are not the same. They require different ways of seeing. So how can we see the beauty of God?
Feb 04, 2019
Is Street Evangelism Better Than Building Relationships?
God has not given us a formula for when to share the gospel quickly and when to share over time in the context of a relationship. Both are needed.
Feb 01, 2019
Why Global Missions Requires Healthy Churches
The Great Commission isn’t disconnected from the church — it’s given to the church. God designed the local church and missions to be wed together.
Jan 30, 2019
Should Hell Motivate Our Missionaries?
We cannot afford to ignore hell. Christians must care about suffering, but especially eternal suffering. And it must mobilize us to go and to send.
Jan 28, 2019
I Feel Trapped in My Job — What Should I Do?
We were made to work, and we are happy only if we do work. But what should we do if our job makes us feel trapped, not fulfilled?
Jan 25, 2019
How Your Career Could Crush You
If we are not finding purpose in our work from God, then we will likely turn our job into a means of self-fulfillment and self-advancement.
Jan 23, 2019
Is Investing in Stocks Any Better Than Gambling?
Wherever we put our money, we are accepting risk. So is there any difference between educated sports gambling and investing in stocks?
Jan 21, 2019
Did Jesus Endorse Polygamy in the Parable of the Ten Virgins?
“The bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast.” Did Jesus endorse polygamy here?
Jan 18, 2019
Why Is God Withholding Marriage from Me?
How can single people who desire marriage keep those desires in proper perspective? Pastor John offers six ways to cultivate godly desire.
Jan 16, 2019
Are Calvinists Inconsistent with Romans 9?
God sends the wicked to hell because they deserve it. God welcomes the humble to heaven because Christ secured it. This isn’t inconsistent. This is the gospel.
Jan 14, 2019
How Can We Prioritize Our Marriage over Work and Kids?
Marriages die from neglect but grow with God-centered time and attention. Pastor John gives six ways to feed your marriage the time it needs.
Jan 11, 2019
When Does Bible Neglect Become Sinful?
When does diminishing time in God’s word become sinful? Pastor John identifies five symptoms of Bible neglect.
Jan 09, 2019
I’m Tired and Busy — How Do I Make Time for the Bible?
We wake up every day needing to meet God in his word. Don’t leave the word to fill the cracks. Force other things into the cracks.
Jan 07, 2019
I Have an Hour a Day to Read — How Much Should Be Bible?
If I have only an hour a day to read, how should I divide my time between the Bible and great Christian books?
Jan 04, 2019
Three Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day in 2019
As we begin another year of Bible reading, Pastor John takes us back to the basics: feed your motivation, grow in skill, and pray for illumination.
Jan 02, 2019
How Do I Make the Most of Daily Bible Reading?
As you plan your Bible reading for 2019, know yourself, know your tendencies, but know most of all that you desperately need God’s word.
Dec 31, 2018
Can a Christian Survive in Silicon Valley?
Can the Christlike virtues of patience, forgiveness, and gentleness survive in a cutthroat technology sector like Silicon Valley?
Dec 28, 2018
How Do I Welcome Christ at Christmas?
The famous hymn calls every heart to “prepare him room.” But what does it mean to receive Christ this Christmas?
Dec 25, 2018
What Makes Christmas So Controversial?
The wrath of God is our biggest problem. If it didn’t exist, we wouldn’t need the gospel, and we wouldn’t need Christmas.
Dec 23, 2018
What Is the Rapture?
Will Christians be raptured before the tribulation? Or will we rise to meet the Lord only at his final coming?
Dec 21, 2018
Will We Meet Jesus as Soon as We Die?
We often say that our dead loved ones are with Jesus now. But Paul seems to say that Christians will meet Jesus at the second coming. Which is right?
Dec 19, 2018
How Will Christ ‘Reconcile’ Unbelievers to Himself?
Colossians 1:20 says that Christ will reconcile “all things” to himself. Does that include demons and unbelievers?
Dec 17, 2018
Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?
Gift giving, done rightly, doesn’t distract from the meaning of Christmas. Pastor John puts Christmas gifts in biblical context.
Dec 14, 2018
What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?
If we think Christ cannot compete with Santa in the hearts of our children, we don’t know the real Christ.
Dec 12, 2018
How Do We Know Jesus Is the Messiah?
When we say “Jesus Christ,” we should be thinking “Jesus the Messiah”: the promised Priest, King, and Prophet, the one God anointed to redeem us.
Dec 10, 2018
I Will Die Young — How Do I Fight for Hope?
When the prognosis is an early death, how can we live in a courageous manner that honors God and refuses to be jaded toward him?
Dec 07, 2018
My Friend Claims She’s Gay — What Do I Say?
What do you say when a professing Christian is ready to embrace the gay lifestyle? Pastor John offers a place to start.
Dec 05, 2018
How Do Introverts Guard Against Selfishness?
Instead of seeing introversion as a fatalistic limitation, ask, “How can I make my peculiar personality bent a means of grace to others?”
Dec 03, 2018