Bible in Life

Bible in Life

Following Jesus by Learning and Living the Bible

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April 11, 2024 13 mins

Four Final Reflections on Faith and Politics 

On this episode we wrap up our series on Faith and Politics with four final reflections. 

 

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What's Better than Criticizing Culture? 

Fact: it’s easier to criticize “them” - those people out there - than to do the hard work needed to offer something better.

Post mocking memes.

Ridicule on Reels. 

Use spiteful or derogatory rhetoric. 

That’s easy. 

But the early Christians model a more powerful path. They show us what's better than criticizing the culture and what's more powerful for changing culture. 

 

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March 21, 2024 22 mins

How to Live in Exile?  

Since the New Testament, describes those of us who follow Jesus as foreigners and exiles, how does God want people to live in exile? In this episode, we look at Jeremiah 29 and 1 Peter 2-3 to answer that question. 

Jeremiah 29:4-7

4 “This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gar...

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Reflections on Healthy Detachment and Civil Disobedience 

In this episode, I offer some reflections on two questions:

1. With all the anxiety, fear, and emotion around the political season, what should the disposition of disciples of Jesus be?

2. When should we disobey the governing authorities? 

At the heart of this episode is this: as disciples of Jesus our deepest allegiance is to Jesus and His kingdom and hope lies with Him. So...

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The Values of God's Kingdom are Good for the World

Christianity emerged in a world vastly different from the values espoused by followers of Christ. Slavery was assumed a necessary part of a functioning society and slaves could be thought of as living property and tools. An adulterous wife was a disgrace to be dealt with harshly, but men were free (even expected!) to have numerous sexual partners. Infants were routinely abandoned, ...

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February 29, 2024 21 mins

A Foreigner in Your Own Land 

Here’s a question for you: are you an American who happens to be a Christian or are you a Christian who happens to live in America? 

In other words, what is your core identity that shapes your beliefs, values, and practices? Is it being citizen of the USA (or whatever country you live in)? Or is it your allegiance to King Jesus? 

Philippians 3:20 says that followers of Jesus are citizens of heaven, reg...

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February 22, 2024 21 mins

What is the Purpose of Government? 

The Bible is a bit conflicted about human government.

In an ideal world, God would be king and his will would be done on earth as in heaven. Humans would live in loyal partnership with him and serve a viceroys of his rule, extending his aims and agendas on earth. That was the plan when God created the world and human beings.

The problem? We don’t live in an ideal world.

We live after the fall in ...

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In this episode, I give a short update on life and ministry and then explore this question: How does our discipleship to Jesus affect our political engagement?

The fact is that since the beginning proclaiming Jesus as Lord has been a political statement with huge implications. For example, in Thessalonica, the accusation agains the apostle Paul was that he acted "contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king,...

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In all of life, a certain status carries with it specific responsibilities. 

  • You make the sports team, so now you have to go to practices and train. 
  • You get your driver's license, so now you have to follow the rules of the road.
  • You become a pet owner, so now you have to feed and care for the animal. 

And the same is true in God's kingdom. Being "saved" brings specific responsibilities. In other words, you're saved; now...

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February 1, 2024 19 mins

On this episode, we explore two more questions sent in by a listener.

Question 1 - How can I deal with doubts and uncertainties that arise along the journey of life?

The key thing here is honesty. You’ll probably never have 100% absolute certainty on everything (I don’t) and but loyal trust is key. And keep your eyes focused on Jesus, confident that he rose from the dead. 

Question 2 - What are some important life lessons or advice...

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January 25, 2024 19 mins

Questions about Living for Jesus  

Listener Questions:

1. How can I discover and pursue my true calling or purpose in life?

2. What principles and values should I prioritize to live a life in accordance with my Christian beliefs?

3. Are there any practical steps or habits I can incorporate into my daily routine that would help me stay on the right path?  

 

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January 18, 2024 21 mins

Learning to Receive Feedback

Feedback can be hard. It can sting. But...

We can't grow and change without it. 

Receiving feedback is essential if we want to grow as a person and as a disciple. 

In this episode of the Bible in Life podcast, I explore how we can learn to receive feedback well. 

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Live Intentionally - You Don't Drift into Christlikeness 

Becoming like Jesus from the inside out takes intentional effort. Paul uses athletic imagery for it, comparing it to going to the gym and getting in shape and to an athlete who is training for a contest. In this episode we give 4 keys for training to become godly. 

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The Bible changed my life. I believe it can change yours. I believe that by sharing it, God can use you to help change someone's life. 

That's the heart behind the Bible in Life story. 

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December 26, 2023 15 mins

Love Involves Presence.

You want to be with someone you love... and they, if they love you, want to be with you.

And Advent is about presence... coming to be with. It really is the culmination of the whole story of the Bible because the Bible is a true love story. 

So in the episode we wrap up out Advent series by reflection on God's loving presence. 

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How to Have Peace in an Un-peaceful World | Advent 2023

The angels announcing the news of Jesus' birth proclaimed,"Peace on Earth!"

But ...

Even though Jesus has come, the world is still full of unpeace. Wars. Famine. Political infighting. Hostility. Inflation. Conflict of all kinds.

Where's the peace and how can I have it?

Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribul...

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Joy to World!

Why? How? 

The world can seem pretty bleak. Does realism make joy senseless? 

Or is there good reason for joy even in a dark world?

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December 7, 2023 19 mins

Hope - A Posture of Waiting | Advent 2023

We stand between Jesus' first advent and his second. And in this place we can look back at what God already has done to fulfill his promises. 

And yet...

There's still more. 

So we live in hope, waiting, like children who can't wait for Christmas, eagerly looking for Christ to come again!

Romans 8:18-25

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared...

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Genesis 1:26 tells us something crucial about human nature: "Then God said, 'Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness.'"

What does it mean to be "made in the image of God"? 

And why does that matter? What difference does it make that you and I and everyone else is made as the image of God? 

On this episode, Dr. Carmen Imes helps us explore this subject. Dr. Imes is associate professor of Old Testament at Talbot S...

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November 23, 2023 26 mins

Why are you here? What's purpose and meaning of life? 

Human beings are meaning-seeking creatures. We need purpose and meaning for our life. So why do you and I exist? 

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