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Biblical Interpretation Series – 1 of 3 – CTJ #54

This week, in episode #54, we are starting a 3 part series on Biblical Interpretation and Understanding.  Now, we realize that none of us are Biblical scholars but we feel that is exactly what our podcast highlights – ordinary people who are seeking to follow Jesus the best that we can everyday.  This includes constantly studying the Bible to see how we can better represent God to the world.  We start the discussion this week talking about inspiration, interpretation, and what non-scholars should be doing about the difficult passages that have caused debates for millennia. 

As a side note, the third episode of this series will feature Dr. John Walton, so if you have any topics you want discussed or specific questions, please submit them to us before May 22nd, 2019.

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Christian Grieving with Sharon Byrd – CTJ #53

This week Tim and Jordan have Sharon on to discuss Christian Grieving.  This is one of those topics that is part of the human experience that even the Lord Himself displayed at times (think of Jesus weeping at the tomb of Lazarus in John 11).  Dealing with grief is different for everyone so we brought Sharon on to discuss her recent (and still current) season of grief in the passing of her mom due to cancer.  Tim and Jordan discuss her grief, how God helps in these times, and how a church community should support someone grieving.  We hope this helps you in these difficult seasons of life.

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Hoodology 101 with Pastor Carl Day – CTJ #52

This week we have a discussion with Pastor Carl Day, who works in the inner city of Philadelphia, PA and Glen Ridge, NJ for Culture Changing Christians Worship Center as well as the President and Founder of the outreach non-profit organization “Culture Changing Christians, Inc.”  We had Pastor Carl on to discuss race, reaching those that society has forgotten, and honestly get a little lesson in hoodology, as he called it.  We begin the episode by hearing his personal testimony which launches the conversation into many different areas. We learned a lot and had a great discussion and hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Links:
http://www.pastorcarlday.com/home.html
https://www.facebook.com/carl.taj
http://www.cccworshipcenter.org/

Leaving Calvinism, An Interview with Dr. Leighton Flowers – CTJ #51

We’ve hinted at this topic for a few episodes now and it’s finally here!  This week we interview Dr. Leighton Flowers on his journey of leaving Calvinism.  Dr. Flowers currently serves as the Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists, an adjunct professor for Trinity Seminary, and host of Soteriology 101 podcast.  Our intention of this interview was to get the personal story behind Dr. Flowers journey into and out of Calvinism.  This discussion covers many aspects of the debate including definition of terms, humility in Biblical studying, the impact of “reformed” theology, and more.  Join us as we interview Dr. Flowers on leaving Calvinism.

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Dr. Leighton Flowers Links:
https://soteriology101.com/
https://www.amazon.com/Leighton-Flowers/e/B06VWXZBXM?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1555510138&sr=8-1
https://texasbaptists.org/



Public Prayer – A Response to Rep. Stephanie Borowicz

Well, we reached episode #50!

This week we don’t have a guest but we wanted to take the time to discuss the public prayer of Representative Stephanie Borowicz prior to the swearing in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell.  Of course this prayer leads us into a broader discussion of the gospel and the appropriate means of communicating it as well as prayer in general.

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Israel: Today’s Issues & Tomorrow’s Promises – CTJ #49

This week we have guest Matt Taylor on to discuss Israel.  Matt is currently in the military but also started a drone cinematography business and was part of the filming crew of a project called Covenant and Controversy.  With Matt’s experience of being in the middle east for filming and seeing the current status of the conflict first hand we had him on to discuss Israel and the church.  What is the current situation like?  Is peace a possibility? Should a modern Christian care about Israel?  What side of this hot topic should we fall on?  We discuss all of this and more with Matt!

 

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Video Series Referenced:

https://www.covenantandcontroversy.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/CovenantControversy

 

Happy Wife, Happy Life – CTJ #48

Welcome to Episode #48, where we have guest Erica Renaud on to join the conversation on an article that lays out several cliché and misleading phrases about marriage life (including Happy Wife, Happy Life).  We use the article as a spring board for conversation about marriage, gender roles and distinctions, leadership, and the practicality of living out the Christian faith in a marriage.  Be sure to check out the link for the article we are referencing as well as the website and social media accounts for Erica Renaud.

Article Referenced:
https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/happy-wife-happy-life

Guest Information:
http://www.ericarenaud.org/

https://www.facebook.com/EricaRenaudSpeaker/

 

 

An Evangelical’s Guide to Lent – CTJ #47

We are about two weeks into the Lenten season this year so this week we have Paul Gutaker back on the show to discuss Lent.  We wanted to talk about what it is, what is the purpose, what should we do, and the application personally and corporately in the church.  As always, we find ourselves talking about a lot of the surrounding issues but discover some good guidelines for our attitude and activities during this particular season.

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Resources/Notes:
https://www.brazosfellows.com/

https://brazosfellowsblog.wordpress.com/

I’m Going Catholic With Russ Wills – CTJ #46

We are going Catholic!  Well, not really us… we have Russ Wills on to discuss his experience in going from the Protestant Evangelical side of Christianity to Catholicism (aka the Dark Side).  We wanted to get his perspective on the “deal breakers” that most evangelicals are taught against Catholicism and see what we can learn.  While we hadn’t the time to cover every topic, we had an open and honest discussion on salvation and works, praying to saints, infant baptism, and more.

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Sabbath for Christians? – CTJ #45

Sabbath for Christians?!?

This week we cover the topic of Sabbath in the believer’s life.  We try to answer the question, could the intention of Sabbath in the OT law have application to believers living today in a post Jesus age?  We have a special guest, Paul Gutaker, on this episode to aid the discussion of developing a mindset that looks back to the OT roots and use it to practice Sabbath even today.

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Resources/Notes:
https://www.brazosfellows.com/

https://brazosfellowsblog.wordpress.com/

info@brazosfellows.com

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