Resident Strangers

Resident Strangers

Christian thinking in a foreign world. Hosted by Steve Engram and Rich Holland. Episodes released every Tuesday starting August 8th.

Episodes

July 16, 2024 26 mins

Today's episode of Resident Strangers covers a topic that was submitted by someone before this podcast officially began. Rich and Steve are discussing the age of the earth. Is there a Biblical age of the earth? What is the relationship with science and the Bible when it comes to the age of the earth? Is the earth billions and billions of years old? Rich starts the conversation with a lot of the science behind how earthly thing...

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Welcome back to Resident Strangers! As this podcast was being developed last summer Sarah collected some questions from people relating to theological topics. Today Rich and Steve are finally answering one! This discussion will cover the books that were left out of the Bible. Rich gives some basic overview of books that were left out, the Apocrypha and some of the history that surrounds that. Steve points out that Jesus and the New...

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July 2, 2024 24 mins

With 4th of July being later this week Steve, Rich and Sarah wanted to take the opportunity to talk through Independence Day and how a Christian should respond. The conversation begins with everyone sharing memories and traditions revolving around this summer holiday. Like many things there can be extreme views and sometimes Christians have gotten caught up in these things. Rich shares that the ideals of freedom and individual libe...

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It's Tuesday which means we have another episode of Resident Strangers to share! This episode serves as a part 2 to last week's conversation on how to study the Bible. The conversation begins with Sarah, Rich and Steve reflecting on Bibles they have had and how they've seen God's faithfulness through studying. At the end of last week's episode Rich began explaining inductive Bible study. Rich and Steve both...

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June 18, 2024 25 mins

Welcome back to Resident Strangers! This week's episode is somewhat of a continuation of last week's as Rich and Steve dive into the practical steps to study the Bible. Steve brings up a quote that meant a lot to him as he was learning to study the Bible, "this book will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from this book." We all have access to the Word of God, isn't that an incredible thing to think abo...

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June 11, 2024 24 mins

Today is a new day on Resident Strangers as Steve and Rich begin to cover topics outside of the doctrinal statement that Desert Springs holds. There are plenty of episodes to catch up on if you'd like to get through that first 😉 Rich references the very first episode of Resident Strangers in which theology in general was discussed. What is focused on today is the idea that sometimes systematic theology can cause issues in tru...

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June 4, 2024 28 mins

This is a monumental episode on Resident Strangers today as Steve and Rich have officially reached the end of the doctrinal statement of Desert Springs Community Church. Have no fear! This is only the beginning of topics that will be covered on this podcast. Over the last two weeks all things marriage have been discussed. There are so many things to include and discuss as this is an area the enemy seeks to attack. Core to how we as...

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May 28, 2024 30 mins

Welcome to part 2 of the discussion surrounding marriage! Last week the conversation centered around what God wants in and through marriage. This week Steve and Rich are discussing the difficult topic of divorce. The reality is that divorce trends are similar between the world and the Church. Steve states that divorce is not this "scarlet D" people have to wear as an unforgivable sin, but we do know that it is not God&apo...

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May 21, 2024 23 mins

Believe it or not Steve and Rich have reached the end of the doctrinal statement they've been working through. Time flies when you're having fun, right? This point will be split into three parts over the next three weeks. No need to worry about being at the end of the doctrinal statement as Steve and Rich have plenty more to talk about when it comes to thinking like a Christian in this foreign world. Today on the podcast ...

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May 14, 2024 26 mins

Welcome back to Resident Strangers! Steve and Rich are picking right back up with the importance of the Church. When someone comes to faith in Christ their priorities should certainly include the body of Christ. We are not only saved from sin but saved into the Church. Have you ever thought about what it would like if everyone was living fully invested in the body of Christ? God designed each person to be a part of this community. ...

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May 7, 2024 25 mins

Steve and Rich are continuing in the Desert Springs doctrinal statement today talking about something very near and dear to their hearts; that is the church. What exactly is the church? Is it a specific building or place? How much do the people in the church matter? Does the church exist to merely provide "religious services"? What does it mean to be a member of a church? Rich encourages us to start with Jesus when thinki...

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This week on Resident Strangers Steve and Rich are continuing their discussion on the future bodily resurrection. Everything about the future bodily resurrection has to do with the resurrection of Jesus. Rich points out that Paul really frames this as something to bring believers hope. What exactly does it mean that bodies will be raised and restored? Paul again focuses on it being a spiritual body and not necessarily a physical bo...

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April 23, 2024 25 mins

The whole gang is back together on Resident Strangers! Rich is back from his break and is once again joining Steve and Sarah in the studio. They're jumping right back into the doctrinal statement held at Desert Springs, talking about the future bodily resurrection. This is a concept that brought hope to people who heard it then and continues to bring hope to believers now. Eternal life is truly brought through Jesus. The physi...

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April 16, 2024 29 mins

Our beloved co-host Rich will be joining back in again next week so this episode will just be a conversation with Steve and Sarah. If you've been a regular listener, you know that Steve and Rich have been working through the doctrinal statement that our church (Desert Springs Community Church) holds. Since August of last year, they have been breaking down each element of the doctrinal statement week to week with a few one-off ...

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April 9, 2024 26 mins

Shawn Jones once again joins Steve and Sarah in the studio to continue the discussion on witnessing, specifically diving into the concept of oikos. Many might be familiar with Oikos the yogurt brand, but did you know that oikos is an important word to know for a Christian wanting to make a difference in Jesus' name? If you attend Desert Springs, you're hopefully already familiar with this word but if you're not it is...

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April 2, 2024 27 mins

We hope you enjoyed the Passion Week devotionals and had a wonderful Easter weekend! It's back to business as usual this week; well, kind of. Rich is taking a little break for the next few weeks and with that Steve and Sarah decided to invite a special guest host to join in for this discussion on witnessing and evangelism. There was not a better person to join in than Shawn Jones! Shawn works at Desert Springs as the Evangelis...

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Happy Easter! Or should we say, Resurrection Day! Today we are sharing with you a conversation we had back in November on the incredible value of the resurrection. You've heard this conversation before, but it is a great listen for this resurrection Sunday!


Steve and Rich specifically highlight the incredible value the resurrection has in this episode. The latter part of 1 Corinthians 15 is referenced throughout this episo...

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This episode focuses on silent Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter. It's not a day that is typically recognized. Have you ever stopped to think about what that day might have been like? We know the end of the story but those that were there in that time had to face whether what they had been told about the resurrection was true. What we can gather from scripture is that those who had followed Jesus were huddled to...

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This episode focuses on the events of Good Friday. Steve walks us through a timeline of that day, starting very early in the morning on Friday. The episode ends with a reading of John 20:30-31. John recorded the events in this book to persuade us to believe that Jesus truly is the Messiah. We hope this helps you to reflect on your belief in Jesus and the magnitude of the cross. 


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Today's episode focuses on John 13:1-14 (NIV). Rich gives us some background on what some know as Maundy Thursday. This is a remembrance of the night that Jesus spent with His disciples. An amazing thing to draw out from this passage is that Jesus washed His disciples' feet. His care for His disciples was so evident, He loved them until the very end. He even washed Judas' feet knowing that he would betray Him. This i...

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