This episode features a debate between yours truly and Fr. John Nelson, an Orthodox deacon who hosts the Facebook page "Christians for Bernie Sanders." We have a friendly debate about the Christian values and how the influences our political choices. We look at the military and foreign policy, taxation and economics, socialism at large, and, of course, abortion and marriage. How can a Christian who differs from Bernie Sanders so much support him? And is it possible he's right?
**For some reason, only one channel recorded, so there's static in one ear and sound in the other. It's never done that before, and I couldn't fix it. Sorry!
In this episode, we interview Dr. Paul R. House, author of Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision about his latest book. This book looks again at the life of Bonhoeffer from 1935-1940 when he served as director of the illegal Confessing Church seminary in Nazi Germany. What lessons does Bonhoeffer's model and vision have for us today? What might it teach us about online seminary options? Dr. House offers a wonderful summary of Bonhoeffer's life, times and seminary as well as contextualization for today's seminary (and beyond!) contexts. Thanks also to Dr. Wes Jackson of Houston's Center for Public History for joining me in studio.
This episode is a part of election coverage that KPFT is offering this year on a show called Undecided. I was asked to offer my thoughts on the intersection of faith and politics and describe how I came to hold my religious and political views. And yes...I also offered commentary on the current field of candidates. The show is political in nature, different from anything I've done on this feed before. I don't hold back, but I do my very best to concisely offer reasons for the "moral conservative" worldview I hold to, and offer reasons to be concerned by socialism, demagogues, and other malcontents who run for office. Ernesto Aguilar, my Program Director at KPFT is at the helm. (And it was fun to be on the other side of the microphone!)
This episode reviews a debate held at First Lutheran (and available on this podcast feed) between Matt Slick and Dr. Sam Waldron on the charismatic gifts. There are several reasons to believe these gifts have ceased, but this episode focuses on the two Greek words for gift (doma and charisma) and asks if the gift of apostleship is one or the other. If apostleship can be definitively proven to be a charismatic gift, and that gift can definitively be said to have ceased, then such charismatic gifts can cease. If that is the case, we are warranted to believe other charismatic gifts may have also fulfilled their purpose in time and also have ceased. Furthermore, reliance on the Word of God as a sufficient means of grace follows from such a view. This episode features Dr. Sam Waldron and is a fantastic summary of why the gifts of apostleship, tongues, healing and prophecy have ceased in the modern day, and most importantly, why we can trust we have God's sufficient Word for today.
This episode of Sin Boldly features a radio debate between two friends: Lutheran Pastor and scholar Dr. Scott Murray of Memorial Lutheran Church and School in Houston and Reformed Baptist Dr. Sam Waldron, Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary. While both men agree on many Reformation doctrines, why do they part company on who can be baptized? This debate is a great introduction to the topic and will drive you into the scriptures and the constant exploration of God's grace.
This radio debate between New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Evans of Houston Baptist University and soon-to-be Classics Ph.D Matthew Ferguson looks at when the Gospels were written and why it matters. Were the synoptics written within the lifetime of eyewitnesses? Or long after, combining some elements of history with some elements of myth? Do the Gospels correspond to what we know about the context of the ancient world and might that point to the authenticity of Jesus' person? Or were the authors of the Gospels writing what they wanted to satisfy their bias. This interesting back and forth begins to answer those critical questions. Enjoy! Learn more about Craig Evans at http://craigaevans.com and Matthew Ferguson at http://adversusapologetica.wordpress.com/. Learn more about First Evangelical Lutheran Church at www.felchouston.org.
This episode is devoted mostly to The Donald. It asks a fundamental question for those who care: is he really a Christian? How can we tell one way or another. The episode briefly looks at other candidates and closes with an essay from an atheist who defends the Judeo-Christian roots of American society. This is definitely one to share with Christians considering voting for Trump.
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!