Episode 1293

What Makes Christmas So Controversial?

Topic: Family, Worldview
The wrath of God is our biggest problem. If it didn’t exist, we wouldn’t need the gospel, and we wouldn’t need Christmas.
Episode 1292

What Is the Rapture?

Topic: End Times, Heaven & Hell
Will Christians be raptured before the tribulation? Or will we rise to meet the Lord only at his final coming?
Episode 1291

Will We Meet Jesus as Soon as We Die?

Topic: Heaven & Hell, Death & Dying, End Times
We often say that our dead loved ones are with Jesus now. But Paul seems to say that Christians will meet Jesus at the second coming. Which is right?
Episode 1290

How Will Christ ‘Reconcile’ Unbelievers to Himself?

Topic: Salvation, Heaven & Hell
Colossians 1:20 says that Christ will reconcile “all things” to himself. Does that include demons and unbelievers?
Episode 1289

Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?

Topic: The Christian Life, Money
Gift giving, done rightly, doesn’t distract from the meaning of Christmas. Pastor John puts Christmas gifts in biblical context.
Episode 1288

What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?

Topic: Worldview, Family
If we think Christ cannot compete with Santa in the hearts of our children, we don’t know the real Christ.
Episode 1287

How Do We Know Jesus Is the Messiah?

Topic: Jesus Christ, The Deity of Christ
When we say “Jesus Christ,” we should be thinking “Jesus the Messiah”: the promised Priest, King, and Prophet, the one God anointed to redeem us.
Episode 1286

I Will Die Young — How Do I Fight for Hope?

Topic: Death & Dying, Heaven & Hell
When the prognosis is an early death, how can we live in a courageous manner that honors God and refuses to be jaded toward him?
Episode 1285

My Friend Claims She’s Gay — What Do I Say?

Topic: Homosexuality
What do you say when a professing Christian is ready to embrace the gay lifestyle? Pastor John offers a place to start.
Episode 1284

How Do Introverts Guard Against Selfishness?

Topic: Spiritual Growth, Identity in Christ
Instead of seeing introversion as a fatalistic limitation, ask, “How can I make my peculiar personality bent a means of grace to others?”