16:18

16:18

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “On this rock, I will build my church.” While the church has been established for over two millennia, how do we engage with our local communities? This podcast offers insight into how the church should take on current issues, cultural barriers and religious differences in order to evangelize the lost and preach the Gospel to all people.

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December 3, 2021 37 min
16:18 Podcast – #17 Anthony Russo

In today’s episode, I am interview a Christian author and fellow podcaster, Anthony Russo. Anthony is the Founder & host of Grace and Peace Radio podcast which I will post a link for in my description. He holds an mDiv and MA in Biblical counseling from Luther Rice, and is also the author of Pleasant Places: Reflections on the Christian Life, and his new book, Jesus Changed Everything.

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16:18 Podcast – #16 Christians and Election

In this episode, I discuss election, or predestination, and free will. Are these two ideas mutually exclusive and how does this affect our evangelism?

What is free will?

Free will is the idea that sinful humans can choose to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. (e.g. Arminius, Erasmus, Pelagius)

Where do theologians get the idea of free will?

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November 26, 2021 29 min
16:18 Podcast – #15 Detective Brandon Queen

In this episode of 16:18, I interview Detective Brandon Queen from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Detective Queen is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Thibodaux, which is part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination. In this interview, we briefly discuss his childhood, how faith played a role in his house and how his personal faith in Jes...

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November 23, 2021 16 min
16:18 Podcast – #14 Christians and the news 2 reasons to watch the news:
  • In order to effectively evangelize or encourage others, it’s important to know what is happening in our world.
  • – Abortion
    – Religious Liberty
    – Rittenhouse
    – Social Justice & CRT
    – Terror attacks and wars
    – Natural disasters and other tragedies

    Many times current events give us a good conversation starter and allow us to begin talking about the gospel as ...

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    November 19, 2021 8 min
    16:18 Podcast –  #13 Christians and self-defense (part 2)

    What does the Bible say about Christians acting in self-defense? Do Christians have permission to act in self-defense? What are the Biblical permissions of the citizen vs. the state?

    Two important distinctions: Citizens and the state. Citizens:
  • A citizen does not have total permission to use the “sword.” (Romans 13:1-4)
  • A citizen does not have permission to seek revenge. (Rom...
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    November 16, 2021 12 min
    16:18 Podcast –  #13 Christians and self-defense (part 2)

    What does the Bible say about Christians acting in self-defense? Do Christians have permission to act in self-defense? What are the Biblical permissions of the citizen vs. the state?

    Two important distinctions: Citizens and the state. Citizens:
  • A citizen does not have total permission to use the “sword.” (Romans 13:1-4)
  • A citizen does not have permission to seek revenge. (Rom...
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    November 12, 2021 26 min
    16:18 Podcast – #11 Interview about Delia’s home

    In this episode, I interview my uncle, Joel Sprecher, and his friend Ryan who just spent a week with me in Medgidia, Romania working on Delia’s home; a project for a needy family in our church.

    Who is Delia?

    When I walked into Delia’s yard, she was naked, sitting in a little green tub with a few, shallow inches of muddy water that didn’t manage to cover her thin legs. There were a lo...

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    November 9, 2021 10 min
    16:18 Podcast – #10 Mission field update: November

    In this episode, I give an update from the mission field: Medgidia, Romania.

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    November 5, 2021 11 min
    16:18 Podcast – #9 Across the Aisle: Environmentalism

    In today’s episode we will be looking at the topic of environmentalism. What does the secular world say about our place in this world, what does the Bible say, and how can we reach “Across the Aisle” to evangelize on this issue?

    Defining our terms: Ecocentrism vs. Anthropocentrism

    Environmentalism can be defined as “a general term to refer to concern for the environment and part...

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    November 2, 2021 15 min
    16:18 Podcast – #8 Do I have to evangelize?

    Do I have to evangelize or is that a job for the church leaders? What if I am afraid or I don’t know what to say? In this episode, I talk about every Christian’s role in evangelism and whether or note we all have to do it.

    Introduction

    According to the Barna Group, “In 1993, 89% of Christians who had shared their faith agreed this is a responsibility of every Christian. Tod...

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    October 29, 2021 10 min
    16:18 Podcast - #7 Across the Aisle: Abortion With the debate on abortion dividing the country in half, how do Christians effectively evangelize with people “Across the Aisle?” Introduction According to most sociologists, there are six different generations living in America ranging from those born at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.1 Out of those 6 generations, 2 of them, namely, Millennials and Generation Z, ha...
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    October 26, 2021 12 min
    16:18 Podcast - #6 A silver bullet? What if I were to tell you that there is a “silver bullet” for proving the Qur’an, and thus the Islamic faith, false? Introduction What if I were to tell you that there is a “silver bullet” for proving the Qur’an, and thus the Islamic faith, false? Admittedly, I may be oversimplifying things, but, as Christians, we know that all other systems of belief will ultimately prove to be false befor...
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    October 25, 2021 2 min
    16:18 Podcast - TRAILER: What is 16:18? Since I came to Christ, and especially since I have been working in Romania, I have seen over and over again the church’s struggles in how it should properly address cultural, social, and religious differences in order to reach the lost. Why I started the 16:18 podcast With this on my heart and mind, I have decided to do spend time studying the Word of God, praying, and seeking other, smar...
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    October 22, 2021 3 min
    16:18 Podcast - #5 What do you want me to do? After we give our life to Christ, what's next? What are we supposed to be doing in this life? How do we live as Christians in a fallen world? Saul's conversion When Saul the Pharisee was on the road to Damascus, the Resurrected Christ appeared to him and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Most of us are familiar with this great moment in history; ...
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    16:18 Podcast - #4 Yahweh or Allah: What's the difference? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Introduction This week, I have engaged my Muslim friends and neighbors with the question of whether or not we, as Christians, worship the same God as they do? Is there a difference between the God of the Bible, Yahweh, and the god of the Qur’an, Allah? It can be hard to have this discussion when we use the...
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    October 18, 2021 4 min
    16:18 Podcast - #3 Who do they say I am? Whether or not we realize or accept it, every one of us must answer this question from Jesus, “Who do you say I am?” Introduction Last week, I talked about syncretism in evangelism, the melding of differing beliefs into one complex, distorted belief, and I was specifically talking about a scenario when we are evangelizing Muslims. Today, I would like to focus in on something that I menti...
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    October 15, 2021 3 min
    16:18 Podcast - #2 Evangelism or Syncretism? At what point does cultural sensitivity and awareness become syncretistic? In this episode we discuss the importance of preaching the Gospel in every context. Introduction One of the biggest religious conflicts that we face here is an ever-growing Islamic presence. While most of the population in Medgidia are of Romanian descent, there is a steady influx of Turkish immigrants and desc...
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    October 13, 2021 2 min
    16:18 Podcast - #1 Why do we give out food? Monday through Friday, our ministry team in Medgidia, Romania, evangelizes the community by giving food to the poor, the orphans, and the widows. Our goal is not to feed stomachs, however, but to feed hearts. Why do they come for food? Why are all of you here? Why do you come to our van every day? Because you are hungry, you come for food. Because you are in need, you come for sa...
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