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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

Toxic Masculinity & Gillette – CTJ #44

Here we are in Episode #44, about to get ourselves in trouble.  We decided to take on some recent viral news, the Gillette ad.  While our segway story left a bit to be desired our purpose in talking about this topic is start the discussion of where toxic masculinity comes from, dispel any rumor that the Bible is to blame, and encourage all of us to be the men, or women, that God called us to be.  Let’s join the conversation for this week.

 

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God(s) of the Bible?

We have recently been introduced to a theology called “The Divine Council” to explain God’s hosts of heavens that were created to rule on His behalf.  We decided to have an introductory discussion on the concept of “God” in the Bible and the groundwork for the Divine Council worldview.  We will say over and over that we are not biblical scholars but we wanted to bring these ideas to our listeners and start a discussion about the impacts of a variety of gods (small g) ruling in the world, both still in submission to Him and in rebellion to Him.

 

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Resources Referenced:

The Bible Project Podcast:

https://thebibleproject.com/podcasts/the-bible-project-podcast/

Dr Michael S. Heiser’s website:

http://drmsh.com/

Can Christians Change Views? Part 2: CTJ #42

This is the second half of our discussion about Christians changing views throughout our lives.  We continue the topic and talk about maturity in our faith and how maturity lends itself into growing past some views while becoming more firm in others.  The challenge to each of us is to focus on the commands of scripture and how to apply them to every aspect of our lives.  Join us as we finish out this interesting conversation.

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Can Christians Change Views? Part 1: CTJ #41

When we are new Christians, we develop absolutes as to what we think is 100% right and 100% wrong rather quickly.  Without a doubt, some truths in the Bible are very clear and remain this way throughout life.  What we discuss in this podcast are perhaps some of the “secondary truths” that as we mature, we learn more about grace and have an open mind of various interpretations.  Join us as we discuss changing views, the local church and worship, and so much more in the first part of this two part series.

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