Ep.527: Is Christianity a Cult?
Defining cults & defining Christianity
Theme Scripture: Matthew 4:19-20
When we hear the word “cult,” we generally don’t get a very good picture in our heads. For many of us, we envision some fanatical group enticing and manipulating young people to leave their homes, denounce their past as unclean, sever their relationships with their family and join with other “disciples” in the following of some charismatic leader who has a golden tongue, an iron grip and an agenda that somehow ends up being all about the leader and not about anything else. So, is this accurate? Is this what a cult is, or are there other variations on this theme that are not damaging? Stay with us as we look at this fascinating and serious subject in general and as it relates to Christianity.
Ep.526: How Fearful Should We Be?
The financial crisis and our reaction
Theme Scripture: Luke 21:26
We are living in a fearful time. Over the past few weeks, the world has plunged into a gripping financial crisis that has nearly paralyzed world economics. Credit on an international level is nearly frozen and this has a trickledown effect that has the potential to be more like a waterfall than a trickle. So, what do you and I do? How should we acting and reacting? Should we be afraid? How afraid? How did we get here? Whose fault is it? Stay with us as we look into this crisis, attempt to understand it and most importantly, look to put fear in its proper perspective.
Ep.525: What about the “Laying on of Hands?”
Defining the ritual of laying on of hands
Theme Scripture: Acts 8:17
So, what about the laying on of hands? The Bible is full of examples of this ritual and as our theme text suggests, it seems to have something to do with the passing on of the spirit. As we look further into the Scriptures, we see it is a ritual also used in healing, praying, the raising of the dead and imparting spiritual authority. So, what does it all mean? Into what part of the Christian culture does the laying on of hands fit? Stay with us as we look into this fascinating topic and try to understand what “laying on of hands” should mean to us.
Ep.524: How May We Be Pure in Heart?
The inward and outward requirements of purity
Theme Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:22
Everyone loves things in their purest form. We love the pure innocence of small children, we love the feeling of drinking pure water and we love to breathe pure air. Now, what about our heart? What about our intentions, our thoughts and our actions? Do we still have that love of purity when it comes to these things? What I am asking is, is our desire for purity, well...is it impure? Stay with us as we look into purity – what it means, how it works and how the Bible teaches us to strive for it. How can we be pure in heart?