Through the Lens of Scripture

Through the Lens of Scripture

In this podcast I take a close look at a wide variety of topics using the Bible as my lens. When we look at the world through the lens of scripture we discover life-changing truth that transforms us. We discover our identity, purpose and worth. We find answers to life's most pressing questions. “If you don't know where you're going any road will take you there.” But when we look at the world through the lens of scripture we find the "way, the truth and the life;" then we live life to the fullest.

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June 7, 2023 2 mins
these alter calls last forever. It lasted for at least an hour. I think it was longer than that. I think it was an hour and a half. Yeah, I think it was an hour and a half long alter call. And they were singing "Lord let your spirit fall on me" by Shirley Ceasar and I was soloing almost like the whole time for about an hour and a half. And my Grandfather looked at me dead in the eye the moment I was born again, which reminded me he...
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I realized that I did not have a basis for deciding what is right or what is wrong, and that was very uncomfortable. And so, the discomfort intensified.




Making a long story short, once I went back home to Omaha, Nebraska I actually reached the point where life seemed meaningless because those were the logical conclusions of my atheistic assumptions. And when I reached that point where I couldn't care whether I lived or died (because...
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I quit my job and eventually went back to Omaha Nebraska. (I was in Washington, DC.) What happened when i went back home--I'm leaving out a lot of details--I had gotten so good at making so many arguments against the Christian faith that it became clear to me what the implications of my own arguments were--the implications of my own arguments that so firmly demonstrated, allegedly, that there is no Go.



But the reality is that if the...
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Warrior Richardson: Originally I went to the University of Rochester first and then I hated it; so, I transferred to Howard University and I continued to be atheistic. That was a very Christian campus. The student president was a Christian--openly Christian, an avid Christian; so, I was atheistic on a very Christian campus. Not that everybody was Christian; bur far more were Christian than at the University of Rochester.



I graduated...
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Warrior Richardson: Horace was unusual. I was playing my saxophone in the practice room and I went and went out and he was in the cafeteria that was supposed to be closed, but it wasn't like that and there he was studying and it was like 4:00 in the morning; so I went up to him and thought, "I finally got it." It was like my precious catch. So he was going to shake his faith. So, I went in there and he was his usual happy smiling s...
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Dr. Monica Larson: What made you play that song?


Warrior Richardson: Oh. It’s a jazz standard. A lot of jazz musicians play Amazing Grace. Well, it’s not a jazz standard; but a lot of jazz musicians play Amazing Grace. It’s just a tune that we play.


Dr. Monica Larson: Hmm, well, for your particular case God had another purpose. It was a spiritual setup.

Warrior Richardson: Very clear in hindsight.

Dr. Monica Larson: Mm hmm. You felt th...
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Dr. Monica Larson: You were talking about how you had a lot of atheist friends and you intentionally tripped up Christians and terrorized them, were your words. It kind of reminded me of Paul in the scriptures a little.



Warrior Richardson: That’s what everybody says.



Dr. Monica Larson: Yeah, It did remind me of that and, so, did you feel any tugging at your heart prior to your conversion or did you feel anything or were you just stil...
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Warrior Richardson: I had questions and got no answer and I was a kid and so it angered me as a kid and even as an adult. As an adult I simply rejected it and walked away from it until I was 33.

Dr. Monica Larson: So you were met with resistance or just this is the way it is and accept it.

Warrior Richardson: Well, because I was told not to do this, but I must do this but never told why; so I was like "OK you need to explain why" and...
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INTERVIEW WITH DR. MONICA LARSON (Part 1) Dr. Monica Larson: I just wanted to ask you a few questions about your upbringing. Did you attend church or was church later on in your life? Warrior Richardson: Church was 24/7 all my life as a child. My father was a pastor. My grandpa was a pastor. My uncle was a pastor and my brother became a pastor. We were in church almost seven days a week. Dr. Monica Larson: Wow. So you came from a f...
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October 17, 2022 3 mins
our trust in God is based on what we know about him. Stated differently, saving faith is not arbitrary; it is grounded in concrete reality—absolute truth. Christians keep saying we believe and that we have faith but tend not to say we know anything; but we do know some things—quite a few things actually. We say things like "I just believe there is a God", or "I believe there is a God by faith." You don't just believe there is a God...
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October 7, 2020 6 mins
There is a God. The bible is true. It all makes perfect sense. There is no other way to make sense of the world. The bible explains reality, including our identity, purpose and worth. It answers the ultimate questions. It satisfies our need to know. These are the answers to the kinds of questions a lot of suicidal teenagers ask when going through their phase of existential angst. A lot of suicides could be avoided if the person wou...
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September 30, 2020 7 mins
Some people argue that you cannot prove there is a God. But just because something cannot be proven doesn't mean it is untrue. Consider how geometry consists of proofs that are based on other proofs. Of course, these proofs cannot stretch back endlessly. There must be a starting point—an unproven axiom. That starting point is the notion of the point. The system of proofs that we call geometry is based on the notion of the point; ye...
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September 23, 2020 4 mins
The disciples deserted Christ because they weren’t sure he was who he said he was. After he rose, they endured pain and suffering and ultimately death for him, because they knew he was who he said he was. They could have deserted him even after knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that he rose (even though it proved he was who he said he was), but they could never trust a dead savior, because they know a dead man can save no one. Rea...
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September 16, 2020 6 mins
How do we come to believe? Justin Martyr says:
1) "A man seeks the truth by the unaided effort of reason and is disappointed.
2) It is offered him by faith, and he accepts.
3) And, having accepted, he finds that it satisfies his reason."

In other words, God reveals to us things we could never figure out on our own. Upon receiving his revelation, we then realize it makes perfect sense.

In their book entitled Handbook of Christian Apologe...
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September 11, 2020 5 mins
The repeated references in scripture to empirical evidence as reasons to believe should tell us something about faith. Why do we have faith in the God of the bible and not the god of the Koran or other gods?—because all the evidence points to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the one we should trust. The Evidence establishes parameters as to who or what should be the proper object of our faith. To have faith in anything else w...
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September 9, 2020 4 mins
Christian faith is based on reality not wishful thinking. It is based on empirically verifiable facts that can be discussed and even debated in a public forum (Acts 18:28). Scripture clearly states that we “tear down arguments” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
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September 7, 2020 5 mins
Jesus spoke logically and convincingly because he pointed to evidence to support his claims. The Christian faith is based on empirically verifiable evidence.
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September 5, 2020 4 mins
Christian faith is a belief with rational foundations. It is based on empirical evidence; the most salient of which is the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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September 2, 2020 6 mins
In this podcast I take a close look at a wide variety of topics using the Bible as my lens. When we look at the world through the lens of scripture we discover life-changing truth that transforms us. We discover our identity, purpose and worth. We find answers to life's most pressing questions. “If you don't know where you're going any road will take there.” But when we look at the world through the lens of scripture we find the "w...
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