This episode of Sin Boldly looks at Demonic Possession and asks if it is a spiritual or psychological reality. With very special guests Father Gary Thomas and Bryan and Baxter (www.bryanandbaxter.com), we traverse the world of the supernatural. One surprise is how much agreement there is among the speakers as we also look at some of the more extreme and non-Roman Catholic practices out there. Enjoy!
No guest on the show today so a hodgepodge of topics. We take a quick look at Joel Osteen's latest sermon, the Jediism phenomenon sweeping the globe, the necessary arguments in the contemporary v. traditional worship divide, and Rome seeking to "recall the Reformation."
This episode of Sin Boldly features an interview with former Christian Scientist Linda Kramer. She examines her life in this cult, its history and beliefs, the differences between it and other "faith healing" ministries, and the good news that orthodox Christianity offered her. She references http://www.christianway.org as well as http://ffcsministry.org.
This debate, held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church January 16, 2016, asks whether the Bible teaches that the charismatic gifts of tongues, healing and prophecy are for today or ended with the last apostles. Highly focused on specific biblical passages, both scholars use the New Testament to justify their claims. Dr. Sam Waldron, a Reformed Baptist, is dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt Slick is the Founder and President of the Christian Apologetic Resource Ministry (www.carm.org) and is Presbyterian. The format of the debate includes 15 minute opening remarks, 7 minute rebuttals and 2 10-minute cross examinations each, followed by Q and A. Learn more about this debate series by going to www.felchouston.org.
Pastor Phil Gagnon joins Pastor McClanahan again to discuss another of the major theological derivations of Christianity, Jehovah's Witnesses. You know them as those who are wiling to knock on your door. But what do they actually believe? This episode is a concise summary of their beliefs, especially as they are different from orthodox Christianity.
This episode is a bit of a primer on Mormonism. It is an overview of the history and theology of the LDS Church, an important arrow in every Christian apologist's quiver. Pastor Phil Gagnon joins me to lend his expertise to the conversation.
This Christmas episode looks at the accidents of Christmas, or the peripheral distractions that compete with the real deal. It also examines how Christmas ended up on the 25th of December.
This episode concludes the trilogy with Tom Peeler which justifies belief in the revealed God of the Bible via logical inference and simple observation. Tom is the President of Reasons to Believe, Houston and a great apologist here in Houston.
Pastor and Historian Dennis Di Mauro joins Pastor M for an oft-neglected look at abortion, its history from ancient times to modern. The influence of Christianity on the protection of young life is impossible to ignore. They also contextualize the social catastrophes that have taken place with the massive use of abortion for sex selection in Asia.
In case you haven't heard enough about the existence of the soul (!) Pastor M. and Eric Hernandez do a recap of his debate with Matt Dillahunty on the existence of the soul. In a debate, there is only so much ground that can be covered. We did an extra long podcast to cover more ground in-depth and revisit some of the more difficult teachings found in the debate.
Atheist Matt Dillahunty and Christian apologist Eric Hernandez debated at First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 15, 2015. The spirited discussion was on the existence of the soul. Essentially this debate explores the topic of the philosophy of the mind. Are we only our bodies? Are our brains our minds? Are we only physical or transcendent? What are some of the consequences of these beliefs either way? This is the debate in its entirety. Learn more Eric at www.erichernandezministries.com and learn more about Matt at http://www.atheist-experience.com.
Dan Cogen joins Pastor M. again, this time to look at the scriptural problems with the Charismatic movement. Growing up in the movement, Dan began to question whether it conforms to the life of the Church the Bible describes in the post-apostolic age. You can visit Dan's website here: http://www.dancogan.com. The video of Benny Hinn can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJfaaPdP0kI.
Some say Christianity is just another religion. But what if it merely makes and has common religious elements? Christians who believe the only way to the Father is through Jesus Christ should not put Christianity on par with other religions but should understand their faith as the revelation of the one true God? Or else we are condemned to the likes of Oprah who seek to relativize all religious truth, making them all useless. And what of bad religion? We'll look at that too, including the exorcism of the entire nation of Mexico. What?!
When the word capitalism is used, images of greedy fat cats getting rich at the expense of the poor is what often comes to mind. Or at best, many Christians are closet capitalists, afraid or unable to defend capitalism as an actual moral good. Peter Johnson from the Acton Institute (www.acton.org) visits the studio to look at whether or not Christians can and should be advocates of free market economics.
Given that Sin Boldly is recorded in Houston, it was time to do a Joel Osteen sermon review. After all, the show is a combination of Christian apologetics, current events and discernment. I don't like it, but its your right to reject Christianity. But at least reject true Christianity, if you must. Not preaching that never mentions the core of the faith. The show begins with some parameters for what Christian preaching even is and what it should strive to do.
Church historian Dr. Richard Johnson joins Evan in the studio to discuss the reformations of the 16th century that had a profound impact on the world. This is a great podcast to set the stage for the various reformation movements that would lay the groundwork for many of the church bodies that exist today. It also looks at some of the reform that took place within the Roman Catholic church. Hence, reformation(S) of the 16th century.
Everyone assumes they know what time is. But that question is a hotly debated topic and has large ramifications for apologetics, offering proofs for God's existence, and more. Time is either real, it actually is moving forward and therefore has a past that originated at a point, or it is just an illusion. Joined by Pastor Gary Driver who has offered a book by the same name as this podcast, Pastor M. opens the door to this large and complex topic.
Why do Christians - at least some of them - use traditional liturgy in worship? When did it begin and what are its origins? Is it idolatry in some way, or simply an orderly expression of what Christians believe. Liturgical scholar Frank Senn (www.frank-answers.com) joins pastor M. to offer an apologetic for Christian Liturgy. Enjoy!
Dr. Jonathan Sorum joins Pastor M. for this week's Sin Boldly radio program. Dr. Sorum, a scholar of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, looks at the main foci of Bonhoeffer's life and work, a commitment to being a true follower of Jesus in spite of the costs. As one of the most important theologians and public figures of the 20th century, this is a great primer and introduction to the life and work of Bonhoeffer. More will come! Thanks to Dan Cogen for his musical offering.
Pastor M and Pastor Phil Gagnon from Saint Albert, Alberta, Canada discuss the rite and need for exorcism. While a rare rite to be performed, Pr. Gagnon argues it is still needed in the world. After all, the scriptures do say that “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Plus, forays into witchcraft and the proliferation of so-called ghost hunters.
When Dan Cogen's blogpost about his journey away from contemporary worship music went viral, he joined the ranks of many who have been questioning the use of contemporary music. This podcast looks at what drives musical styles for the act of worship, and looks at the theology behind those choices. As one who has spent two decades in worship leadership, Dan has seen at all and tells his story here. This is not a contemporary music bashing session, but an examinination about what kind of contemporary music is appropriate and why, and why hymns (and the psalms!) make for great worship music.
Pastor M. interviews architect Julien Meyrat to talk church architecture and a bit about architecture generally. The interview covers historical trends in church architecture and looks at what churches can do to maximize their design dollars while not forsaking beauty.
In this episode, Pastor McClanahan discusses the controversial subject of abortion and its effects with Dr. Jim Lamb of Lutherans for Life. The wide-ranging conversation looks at the question of when life begins, post-abortive counseling, abortion in the case of the mother's health, the role of the Gospel concerning this issue and much more. This episode is a great primer for those who aren't sure what to think of the issue and a review for those who have studied it already. To learn more about Lutherans for Life, visit their website at www.lutheransforlife.org.
This episode explores whether or not the soul exists. Many Christians assume it does, but atheists absolutely cannot. For in the naturalist or materialist worldview, only phsical things exist. By the way, do dogs have souls? You might be surprised at the answer. Thanks to Eric Hernandez for lending his time and mind to the topic!
Tom Peeler drops in again to continue the conversation from Episode 2. Observing that we exist and that there are certain laws of logic, we work to understand the implications of those observations, i.e. what kind of being could bring this about? We conclude by logically inferring the characteristics of such a being. This sets the stage perfectly for exploring the God that is revealed in the Bible...which we'll get to next time. First things first!