Episodes

Episode 1819

What Makes Christian Love Different?

Regeneration
What makes Christian love different from non-Christian love? It is rooted in the cross of Christ, sustained by the Holy Spirit, and aimed at the glory of God.
Episode 1818

What Does It Mean to Be ‘Overly Righteous’?

Ecclesiastes tells us not to be “overly righteous,” but Jesus calls us to a righteousness that exceeds even that of the Pharisees. How can we put these two texts together?
Episode 1817

Gospel Drift — and How to Avoid It

The Power & Effects of Sin
You don’t have to commit great sins in order to fall away from Jesus. You just have to neglect your great salvation.
Episode 1816

Why Did Jesus Need to Suffer and Die Publicly?

The Death of Christ
Did Jesus have to die a public, agonizing death, or could he have saved us by living sinlessly and dying in obscurity?
Episode 1815

Does God Ever Tempt Us to Sin?

Indwelling Sin
God clearly tests his people, but does he ever tempt them to sin? Pastor John explores the distinction between tests and temptations in James 1.
Episode 1814

Trembling Before God on Sunday

The Wrath of God
Hundreds of times, God tells us to “fear not.” So why does he also call us to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling”?
Episode 1813

Is My Humorous Personality a Liability?

Joy
Sober-mindedness keeps us from the silliness that is allergic to serious moments, but it also keeps us from the somberness that doesn’t know how to be joyful.
Episode 1812

Are Eternal Rewards and Inheritance the Same?

Heaven & Hell
Peter assures us of an inheritance kept safe in heaven; Jesus calls us to lay up treasures in heaven. Are eternal inheritance and rewards the same?
Episode 1811

Fighting for Faith in the Entertainment Age

Faith
In an age inundated with entertainment, how do Christians stay awake to the glory of Christ and help others do the same?
Episode 1810

Should Non-Christians Pray for Faith?

Faith
Saving faith is the gift of God, who opens blind eyes and raises dead hearts. So what can unbelievers do when they find themselves unable to believe on their own?