Coffee with Creamer

Coffee with Creamer

Coffee with Creamer, where you get to sit down with our host, Dr. Barry Creamer, for a conversation about faith, life, and culture. We’ll look at old ideas through a new lens, turn the culture wars on their head, and paint a picture of the way things could be. If you like your thinking deep, and your coffee hot, pull up a chair—you’re in the right place.


February 21, 2024 37 mins
Barry covers the very good news of the gospel: God loves you. This love is the grounding for the commandment and invitation to love others. This “others” will include all kinds: those who are easy to love, those we are afraid to love, and those who don’t love us. If we don’t love others this […]
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On this Valentine’s Day, Barry starts a series focused on love. How important is this thing anyway? What is it not? What does it produce? And what drives it? God answers all these questions in his son, and we ought to be taking notes in preparation for how we treat our neighbors.       […]
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February 7, 2024 45 mins
Barry walks us through an addendum to the On Purpose episode (131), highlighting the differences between being human and being a human. While all humans are equally valuable, God’s purpose for each sets them apart. Scriptures: Psalm 139, 116; Gen 9; Lev 19; Acts 3, 2 Cor 1:4-6; Mk 5  
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January 31, 2024 48 mins
We may prefer our day-to-day experiences, to understand and measure out our lives with coffee spoons. But Barry reminds us that God is beyond understanding. The fact that our relationship with God is the most fulfilling thing we can experience means we must also be intentional to welcome inexplicable encounters.  
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January 24, 2024 49 mins
Barry revisits a well-known set of verses in a somewhat less known Psalm for Sanctity of Life week. While Psalm 139 does indicate that our beginning is “fearful and wonderful” it also explains why our end is sacred.     Scriptures: Psalm 139, 119:105 Job 38:1-4 James 1:16-18 Gen 3:16
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January 17, 2024 48 mins
Barry highlights newsworthy events from 1984 to the present. These events gave shape to America. Will only the events shape 2024, or will we determine the outcome? Articles: The Biggest News Story Every Year Since 1950, 24/7 Wall St.; A Guide to Middle East Politics in 2014, The Guardian  
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January 10, 2024 43 mins
Barry walks down Decade Lane a bit, starting with 1954 to talk about events occurring in the world that shaped America. As we look at our future through the past, a question comes to mind: is time hurtling us down the path, or do we have a say in the matter? Referenced Episode: Colorblindness Rehab […]
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January 3, 2024 47 mins
In Psalm 63, Barry traces a pattern that leads to praise through some very difficult times. Picture the context of a wilderness with the strength of a memory that enables us to relive the faithfulness of God. It’s strange that the loss of something creates room for its memory, which then opens a hidden path […]
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December 27, 2023 44 mins
Barry talks with Dr. Scott Bridger about Christians in Gaza, their struggles during wartime, and why their presence is necessary if peace is ever to come to the region. We must cheer the gospel on as we see the teachings of Jesus offer the world peace through his ambassadors. Article:  
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December 20, 2023 47 mins
Barry looks at Matthew 2’s account of the birth of the world’s King. His entry into the world brought down the powerful, lifted up the lowly, and invited in the outsider. And it still does.     Scriptures: Matt 2, 4:12-17 Micah 5:2 James 4:1-10 Eph 3:1-7 Hosea 11:1 Jer 31:15 Is 11 John 1:46
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December 13, 2023 49 mins
Barry finishes up his discussion of the hot topics free speech and vulnerable people groups. Despite the dilemmas and conflicts that emerge he reminds us to act first in the interest of others, and last in the interest of self. Article:  
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December 6, 2023 45 mins
Barry brings up two hot topics: free speech and vulnerable people groups. How does a society protect both at the same time and, more importantly for us, how should Christians think of these topics in the light of our calling to be peacemakers? Scriptures: Lev 19:13-15, James 5 Referenced Episode: Terms of Peace Ep 1 […]
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November 29, 2023 43 mins
Barry walks us through Psalm 70, reminding us that humility is the best place from which to cry out to God. His ears are tuned to need—not because he wants to be needed, but because our true selves need.       Scriptures: Psalm 70, 13:1-2, 79:5-7, 89:46-47 Rev 6:9-11 2 Cor 12
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November 22, 2023 37 mins
Reminiscing about radio shows from back in the day, Barry and Daisy resurrect the “Free-For-All Friday” format to talk about common things for which to be thankful and what an attitude of thankfulness can do for us and could do for others. Article: Frontiers | The Cultivation of Pure Altruism via Gratitude: A Functional MRI […]
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November 15, 2023 52 mins
Barry heads to some uncomfortable scriptures to begin a conversation about community. Just when we think scripture limits itself, we realize the limit is the hardness of our hearts. Thank goodness (literally) God created community to soften those hearts by providing a place to belong.       Scriptures: Judges 15:18-20 2 Chron 10:19 Gen […]
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Barry follows up on the conversation with Rachael Denhollander and Tiffany Thigpen, asking why we sometimes find ourselves doing the opposite of our own chosen values? Two examples, racism and sexual abuse, provide the opportunity to look at this moral failure more closely—and find a strategy in Scripture to make the right decision. Scriptures: Luke […]
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Barry interviews Rachael Denhollander and Tiffany Thigpen about the recent case in Kentucky and the amicus brief submitted by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Executive Committee of the SBC, and Lifeway. Hearing the witness of these women and the information and statistics they share will open your eyes and break your heart. Scriptures: Micah 6:8, […]
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October 25, 2023 50 mins
Barry highlights the limitations and importance of intellect, calling believers to acknowledge and baptize all parts of the Christian soul: volition, emotion, and reason. Scripture: 1 Cor 15:12-20; Rom 8: 29-35, 12:1-2; Psalm 65:11  
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October 18, 2023 43 mins
Barry covers Psalm 66, choosing an Old Testament account in Israel’s history to highlight the fact that God is good, powerful, and loves us. God uses difficult times to make us holy and for the world to see his power in our transformation. Someone may want to create singing telegrams to remind us of these […]
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Barry speaks about the Israel-Hamas conflict with Dr. Scott Bridger, Dr. Sarah Spring, and Jenna Coombs, who spent time in Israel and Palestine recently as part of Criswell College’s Global Learning and Service Experience. The conversation hinges on how meeting human beings changes our engagement with the affairs affecting them. Article: Hamas-Israel Conflict: Here’s What […]
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