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Kitchen Table Theology

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Where Coffee, Conversation, and Theology Meet. During my 40 years in ministry, I’ve developed an increasing burden for what I sense to be an increase in biblical illiteracy, not only among those in our churches, but also in the young men and women entering the ministry. Conversely, I am hopeful, because I also sense a hunger from people to learn and know biblical truth and the things of God has revealed to us in Scripture. Our Kitchen Table Theology team has developed a list of over 150 doctrinal topics which I, along with one of my cohosts, Jen Denton or Tiffany Coker, examine weekly. Our goal is to educate and share biblical truth on the same level as if we were sitting at your kitchen table with a Bible and a pot of southern pecan coffee in front of us. Welcome to the table!

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Where Coffee, Conversation, and Theology Meet. During my 40 years in ministry, I’ve developed an increasing burden for what I sense to be an increase in biblical illiteracy, not only among those in our churches, but also in the young men and women entering the ministry. Conversely, I am hopeful, because I also sense a hunger from people to learn and know biblical truth and the things of God has revealed to us in Scripture. Our Kitchen Table Theology team has developed a list of over 150 doctrinal topics which I, along with one of my cohosts, Jen Denton or Tiffany Coker, examine weekly. Our goal is to educate and share biblical truth on the same level as if we were sitting at your kitchen table with a Bible and a pot of southern pecan coffee in front of us. Welcome to the table!

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English


Episodes

194 Bonus Episode: Q&A

4/14/2024
Are church services designed more for believers or for those still searching? In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston addresses two listener questions on the role of church services and the relevance of Old Testament laws for Christians today. He debates whether church services should cater to believers or non-believers, suggesting that while they should primarily build up Christians, they also need to be accessible to non-Christians. Pastor Jeff then tackles the applicability of Old Testament laws, explaining that Christians are not bound by these laws due to the New Covenant through Christ, emphasizing love for God and neighbor as the guiding principles of Christian life. [00:00 - 05:21] Introduction and Question on Church Services [05:22 - 11:14] Analysis of Church Services for Believers vs. Unbelievers [11:15 - 20:35] Discussion on the Relevance of Old Testament Laws Direct Quotes: "Healthy sheep naturally reproduce." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "The law serves to demonstrate that we are unable to adhere to it fully and that we need Jesus Christ as our savior." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Bible Verses Mentioned: Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:24

193 Bible Overview: Hebrews

4/7/2024
Have you ever wondered who wrote the Book of Hebrews and why its mysterious authorship might actually deepen our understanding of its message? In this episode, hosts Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston delve into the Book of Hebrews, discussing its authorship, audience, and unique aspects. Pastor Jeff highlights the anonymity of the author, theorizing Paul and Luke's potential collaboration. They explore the title's significance, suggesting the letter was primarily aimed at Jewish Christians, and reflect on the broader theme of Christ's superiority across various elements. The episode also touches on the canonicity of scripture, the theological themes within Hebrews, and its contribution to the New Testament canon, affirming its divinely inspired nature and historical acceptance. [00:00 - 03:20] Introduction and the Authorship of Hebrews [03:21 -06:17] The Book of Hebrews and its Theories on Authorship [06:18 - 10:33] Canonicity and Divine Inspiration [10:34 - 23:25] Unique Aspects and Theological Themes of Hebrews Direct Quotes: "The authorship of Hebrews is a puzzle with no solution... the author was ultimately the Holy Spirit." - Jeff Cranston "Hebrews is a divinely inspired book of the Bible and therefore it belongs in the canon of scripture." - Jeff Cranston Resources Mentioned: Michael J. Kruger, The Biblical Canon Soteriology: doctrine of salvation KTT Episode 50 Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:23:25

192 Bonus Episode: Interview with Charlotte Clay

3/31/2024
Have you ever wondered how the Bible has influenced art, history, and culture across the globe? In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston interviews Charlotte Clay, the marketing and communications director for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. They discuss the museum's features, exhibits, and its impact since opening in 2017. Charlotte highlights the museum's unique collections, interactive experiences, and the broad appeal it has for people of all ages and backgrounds. They also touch on future exhibits and the museum's role in educating the public about the Bible's historical and cultural significance. [00:00 - 03:26] Overview of the Museum of the Bible [03:26 - 07:50] Exhibits and Engaging Younger Audiences [07:51 - 10:22] Rare Collections and Visitor Experiences [13:54 - 17:05] Upcoming Attractions and Conclusion Resources Mentioned: www.museumofthebible.orgToday at Museum of the Bible Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:17:06

191 Bible Overview: Psalms

3/28/2024
Today we dive into the longest book of the Bible, The Psalms. With 150 chapters written by at least seven authors over a span of 1,000 years, we'll explore how these ancient songs of praise reveal the overarching message of worship and thanksgiving to God. Join us as we unpack the power and significance of the Psalms in our lives! [00:00 - 06:05] An Introduction to Psalms [06:06 - 18:53] Understanding The Structure of Psalms [18:54 - 24:00] Theological Themes in The Psalms Quotes: "The Psalms continually exhort readers to give thanks to God for who He is and what He has accomplished." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "The Psalms demonstrate the majesty of God, attest to the faithfulness of God, especially to us during difficult times, and they serve as a constant reminder of the supreme importance of God's Word." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:24:00

190 Bible Overview: Philemon

3/17/2024
Did you know that a single letter can change a life? Hosts Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston explore the New Testament, focusing on Paul's letter to Philemon. The episode begins with a fictional story, illustrating themes of change and redemption, paralleling the transformation experienced by Onesimus, a runaway slave mentioned in the letter. They delve into the background of Philemon, and Onesimus, and their connections to Paul, emphasizing the theological themes of love, forgiveness, and reconciliation presented in the letter. They also cover the historical context of the letter, Paul's personal touch in its authorship, and the broader implications of the gospel's power to reconcile and transform lives. [00:00 - 03:18] Introduction and Story of Two Brothers [02:09 - 06:25] Introduction to Paul’s Letter to Philemon [06:25 - 10:04] Theological Themes and Practical Application [10:04 - 19:56] Conclusion and Theological Implications Direct Quotes: "The gospel changes everyone that it comes into contact with." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "Based on the work of love and forgiveness that has been wrought in your own heart by God, show the same to the escaped and now believing slave Onesimus." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:20:45

189 Bible Overview: Job

3/10/2024
Have you ever faced a situation so challenging that you questioned everything, even your faith? In this episode, host Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston delve into the Old Testament book of Job, exploring its key themes and relevance. The episode begins with a celebration of the podcast's success, including reaching over 80,000 downloads and being accessed in 84 countries. Jeff Cranston discusses the book of Job, highlighting its exploration of suffering, God's sovereignty, and the human condition. Job's story is presented as a profound narrative of faith, perseverance, and the quest for understanding in the face of immense personal loss. Through discussions on authorship, historical context, and theological themes, you will learn insights into one of the Bible's most complex and compelling books. [00:00 - 07:01] Podcast Milestones and Overview of the Book of Job [07:01 - 21:57] Theological Themes and Takeaways Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:57

188 Bible Overview: Titus

3/3/2024
Who are the unsung heroes in history, like the inventor of the seatbelt, whose contributions have profoundly impacted countless lives without receiving widespread recognition? The episode delves into the significance of Titus, an often-overlooked figure in the New Testament. Hosts Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston explore Titus's pivotal role in Paul's ministry, discussing his background, contributions, and the theological themes found in Paul's letter to him. They emphasize Titus's importance in early church leadership, his Gentile origins, and his involvement in various missionary endeavors alongside Paul. The episode highlights theological themes such as the importance of good works, the centrality of Jesus Christ, and the call for believers to live godly lives while awaiting Christ's return. [00:02 - 00:08:55] Influential but Lesser-Known Figures in History [00:08:55 - 14:50] Paul's letter to Titus and its Significance [14:50 - 21:26] Examination of theological themes present in the letter to Titus Direct Quotes: “Our faith places good deeds at the core of our values. While at the same time, we believe that salvation is a gift from God alone, Our salvation has nothing to do with our good works, but once we are saved, one of our core values is good works.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:26

187 Bible Overview: Esther

2/25/2024
How do the parallels drawn between the plot elements of the book of Esther and typical romantic movie tropes enhance our understanding of the narrative's theological themes, particularly God's hidden presence and faithfulness? In this episode, Tiffany Coker and her father, Pastor Jeff Cranston focus on the Old Testament book of Esther. They introduce key characters such as Esther, Mordecai, King Xerxes, and Haman, providing insights into their roles within the narrative. The theological themes of God's hidden presence and faithfulness throughout the book are explored, emphasizing how despite God not being explicitly mentioned, his hand can be seen orchestrating events for the deliverance of his people, the Jews. The episode concludes with a reminder of the faith-building nature of the Book of Esther and an encouragement for listeners to engage with its contents. [00:00 - 05:00] Introduction to the Book of Esther [05:00 - 11:01] Authorship of Esther and Introduction of Key Characters [16:00 - 20:40] Theological Themes in Esther: God's Hidden Presence and Faithfulness Direct Quotes: "God's promise to Abram is brought to mind by the seemingly inevitable consequences that the Jews will survive all of this and that their enemies will be vanquished." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:20:40

186 Bible Overview: 2 Timothy

2/18/2024
What does it mean to say goodbye in a way that leaves a lasting impact, both emotionally and spiritually? In this episode, Tiffany Coker and her father, Pastor Jeff Cranston, delve into the emotional and theological depths of Paul's second letter to Timothy, highlighting its significance as Paul's final written words before his martyrdom. They explore the context of the letter, written during Paul's second Roman imprisonment under Nero's reign around A.D. 64-65, and discuss its personal tone, theological themes, and the enduring message of faithfulness amidst suffering. Pastor Jeff emphasizes the importance of suffering for the gospel, adherence to true doctrine, and the wise use of words in Christian life and ministry. The episode also touches on personal anecdotes, reflecting on the human aspects of saying goodbye and the impact of such farewells on individuals and their faith journeys. [00:00 - 06:00] Introduction and Background [06:00 - 12:00] Authorship, Date, and Background of 2 Timothy [12:00 - 18:00] Theological Themes [18:00 - 20:13] Conclusion and Reflections Direct Quote: "Suffering for Christ's sake is one of God's primary ways of spreading the gospel." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Bible Verse Mentioned Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:20:13

185 Bible Overview: Nehemiah

2/11/2024
Ever wondered how the ancient story of Nehemiah rebuilding Jerusalem's walls can inspire modern leadership, prayer, and perseverance? In the episode, hosts Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston explore the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, focusing on its significance within the biblical narrative and its theological themes. They highlight Nehemiah's role as a layman and his efforts to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, emphasizing his leadership qualities, dedication, and reliance on prayer. The discussion also covers the historical context of Nehemiah's time, the layout of the Old Testament, and the major and theological themes found in Nehemiah, such as prayer, providence, grace, and the importance of remembering God's judgment and mercy. [00:00 - 04:25] Introduction and Bible Jokes [04:25 - 09:37] Introduction to the Book of Nehemiah [09:37 - 19:50] Why is the book of Nehemiah important? Bible Verses Mentioned: Quotes: "Recognizing the human proneness to wander from God, his prayer for God's remembrance is an implied request for God's preserving work in his own life." - Pastor Jeff Cranston “A good leader always offers his or her followers a picture of a better future.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:19:50

184 Bonus Episode: Burial vs Cremation

2/4/2024
Are you wrestling with the decision between cremation and burial from a Christian standpoint? In the episode of Kitchen Table Theology, Pastor Jeff Cranston addresses the topic of cremation versus burial from a Christian perspective. He discusses the recent trend towards cremation over traditional burial. He explores the biblical mentions and practices regarding burial and cremation, stating that while the Bible does not explicitly command against cremation, it has been historically less common among God's people. He emphasizes the importance of personal conviction and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit in making such a decision. He concludes by inviting listeners to reflect on their preferences for burial or cremation, guided by Christian principles and the overarching goal of glorifying God. [00:20 - 05:21] Special Bonus Podcast: Cremation vs Burial [05:21 - 12:11] What Does the Bible Say About Cremation and Burial? [12:11 - 15:22] Three Questions to Consider When Choosing Between Burial and Cremation Resources Mentioned: Joe Carter’s article in The Gospel CoalitionTo Bury or Burn? By Dr. David Jones Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:15:22

183 Bonus Episode: Quiz

1/28/2024
In this episode, host Tiffany Coker, alongside her father Pastor Jeff Cranston, challenges listeners to a Bible knowledge quiz. Covering insights from 30 books of the Bible that have been discussed in previous episodes, the quiz offers a fun interactive component and a tool for reinforcement learning. Featuring questions from both Old Testament and New Testament books, the quiz covers the theology of various key figures and events in the Bible. Tune in and test what you have learned so far! [00:00 - 11:10] Testing Your Old and New Testament Knowledge: Questions 1 to 5 [11:10 - 17:03] Testing Your Old and New Testament Knowledge: Questions 6 to 10 [17:03 - 25:12] Testing Your Old and New Testament Knowledge: Questions 11 to 15 Quotes: "This is the secret: Christ lives in you. This assures you of sharing his glory." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God who is the savior of all people and particularly of all believers." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:27:30

182 Bible Overview: 1 Timothy

1/21/2024
In this episode, hosts Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston, discuss one of Paul's pastoral letters to Timothy. The main theological theme explored is 'godliness with contentment', which encourages Christians to pursue holiness in their conduct, attitude, and thought, regardless of their circumstances. They also tackle the subject of greed and the dangers of pursuing earthly riches instead of spiritual wealth. They emphasize the need for contentment with what God has provided and the pursuit of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. [00:00 - 06:03] The Pursuit of Temporary Satisfaction [06:03 - 12:20] Theological Themes in First Timothy [12:20 - 18:31] The Dangers of Pursuing Riches and The Heart of Contentment Bible Verses Mentioned: Quotes: "We can find joy in certain things and we wind up disappointed... the more we try to use these things to feel contentment, the more we realize it just doesn't work." - Tiffany Coker "Godliness with contentment is great gain." - Tiffany Coker "Both greed and contentment are states of the heart. And when we choose to be content with the riches of Christ, rather than pursue material riches, our lives will be more in line with God's desire for us." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "Wherever your treasure is, there will be your heart also." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:18:31

181 Bible Overview: Ezra

1/14/2024
How can our modern-day challenges and experiences relate to the ancient struggles and triumphs of the Israelites, as they navigated their return from captivity and the rebuilding of their spiritual and cultural identity? In this episode, host Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston discuss the Old Testament book of Ezra. They offer context on the era the book was written and share key figures featured in it, including King Cyrus, Zerubbabel, Haggai, Zechariah, and Artaxerxes. They address Israel's return from captivity and the rebuilding of the temple. They also tackle the theological themes portrayed in Ezra, such as God's providential hand and the theme of separation. [00:00 - 05:47] Introduction and Welcome [05:47 - 10:26] The Importance of Ezra in Israel's History [10:26 - 21:59] Historical Contexts and Theological Themes of the Book of Ezra Quotes: "The Book of Ezra... delves into the struggles [the Israelites] faced in coming out of being in exile for 70 years and the lessons they learned... concerning disobedience to God and the consequences of sin." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "Both Ezra and Nehemiah claim that 'the hand of God' was upon them directing their missions... We're seeing God's providential grace, sustaining them through their captivity." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Bible Verses and References: Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:59

180 Bible Overview: 2 Thessalonians

1/7/2024
How did the Thessalonians' beliefs about the imminent end times influence their daily lives and behavior, and what insights can Paul's letters offer modern Christians regarding faithfulness in times of uncertainty and persecution? Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston kick off the new year with a deep dive into Paul's second letter to the church at Thessalonica. They discuss the backgrounds of Thessalonica and the newly established church, as well as Paul's reasons to write these letters, which revolve around misconceptions about the end times and idleness among believers. The key theological themes addressed in the letter include Jesus’s coming, the day of the Lord, persecution, vengeance, and eternal destruction. [00:00 - 04:08] Introduction and Background of Thessalonica Dave Stotts with Drive Thru HistoryThe Bible Project [04:08 - 09:11] The Early Church and Paul's Concern for Thessalonica [09:11 - 14:06] Idleness in the Church and Theological Themes in 2 Thessalonians [14:06 - 20:34] Understanding the Day of the Lord Quote: “We've just got to be careful that while we are looking for the coming of the Lord to not be so caught up in that, that we forget. The calling that God has given to us to fulfill while we are yet here on earth.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston Bible Verses Mentioned: Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but app

Duration:00:20:34

179 Bible Overview: 2 Chronicles

12/17/2023
In this episode, host Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston delve deep into the theological insights that can be gleaned from the Old Testament book of Second Chronicles. They explore the significance of the temple in Jerusalem, the concept of believers' bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, and how the Second Chronicles highlight God's everlasting faithfulness. Additionally, they discuss the intriguing designation of Second Chronicles as 'the most underrated book in the Old Testament' and its comparison to the 'Acts of the Old Testament'. They also share personal reflections on parenting and the role of the temple in worship. [00:00 - 01:22] The Old Testament Book of 2nd Chronicles [01:22 - 11:16] Wishes and King Solomon's Choice [11:16 - 21:23] The Importance of the Temple in 2nd Chronicles Bible Verses/Resources Mentioned: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/2-chronicles-underrated-book-bible/ Quotes: "If you could have anything you wished from God, what would you ask for?" - Pastor Jeff Cranston "The greatest blessing we can ask from God is the ability to carry out his will for our lives." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "History can jog our memories... can you remember times when God has blessed you... those kinds of memories are blessings in themselves but they're also encouragement to press on in difficult times with hope and confidence." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:23

178 Bible Overview: 1 Thessalonians

12/10/2023
In this episode, host Tiffany Coker along with Pastor Jeff Cranston delves into the book of First Thessalonians. They discuss the background of the book, context, and theological themes, linking it to actual events described in the book of Acts. They also discuss reasons behind Paul's writing of this letter, predominantly aimed at instilling hope among the Thessalonica church members, particularly in the face of unexpected deaths and concerns about the second coming of Christ. Key themes such as the second coming of Christ, hope, and holiness are further scrutinized in light of this book. The hosts provide insightful commentary and explore practical applications of these themes in modern Christian life. [00:19 - 01:12] Introduction and Welcome [01:12 - 06:21] Exploring Paul's Letters to Thessalonica [06:21 - 13:47] Understanding the Letter of 1 Thessalonians [18:13 - 20:37] Conclusion and Wrap Up Resources Mentioned: ESV Study Bible (English Standard Version Study Bible) Quotes: "By clinging to our hope in Christ, we may see several clear results in our lives." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "Every Christian should expect to grow in holiness throughout his or her life." - Pastor Jeff Cranston "Hope is closely and very specifically connected to the expectation of Jesus's coming." - Pastor Jeff Cranston Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:20:37

177 Bible Overview: 1 Chronicles

12/3/2023
“The volumes of Chronicles describe Israel's history in a way that's distinct from that of some of the other history books. Just as the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each give a unique viewpoint on the life of Jesus, the history books of the Old Testament bring unique viewpoints in.” – Pastor Jeff Cranston In today’s episode Pastor Jeff and Tiffany dive into 1 Chronicles, its authorship, setting, theological lessons, and how it offers a distinctive perspective on Israel's history. Pastor Jeff and Tiffany discuss why this book, with its extensive genealogies and unique insights, is essential to the Old Testament and how it holds profound relevance for us today, encouraging steadfastness, gratitude, and trust in God's providential care. [00:01 - 10:17] An Introduction to 1 Chronicles [11:19 - 18:45] Why is 1 Chronicles Important? [19:07 - 21:57] Theological Themes in 1 Chronicles Quotes: “The goal of narrating Israel's history from a priestly and kingly perspective was ultimately to get the people ready and in the mindset for a coming Messiah.” – Pastor Jeff Cranston Resources Mentioned My Christmas Book by F.W. BorehamEugene H. Merrill, "1 Chronicles," in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Old Testament, ed. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1985), 589Larry Richards, The Bible Reader's Companion (Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books, 1991), electronic ed., accessed through Libronix Digital Library System Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:57

176 Bible Overview: Colossians

11/26/2023
“Christ's power is more than sufficient to enable every believer to live the transformed Christ-filled life and help us deal with every situation in life.” – Pastor Jeff Cranston We are walking through every book in the Bible, discovering the theological context, themes, and application contained in each book. In this episode, Pastor Jeff and Tiffany cover the letter of Paul to the Colossians and what we can learn about the preeminence of Christ, His sufficiency, and our identity in Him. [00:01 - 11:18] An Introduction to Colossians [11:19 - 19:06] Theological Themes of Colossians [19:07 -21:13] Closing Up Quotes: "Paul presents Christ as the center of the universe, not only as the active creator but also as the recipient of creation." – Pastor Jeff Cranston "Christ is the source of all knowledge, of all spiritual wisdom, and of all understanding." – Pastor Jeff Cranston Resources Mentioned Michael Trainor: Colossae—Colossal in Name Only?Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

Duration:00:21:13

175 Bible Overview: 2 Kings

11/19/2023
“We can't play hide and seek with God.” – Pastor Jeff Cranston In this episode, Pastor Jeff and Tiffany dive into 2 Kings. They talk about the challenging story of the prophet Elisha, the Assyrian invasion, the rise of Babylon, and the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. They dive into the consequences of Israel and Judah's actions, their apostasy, and God's unwavering covenant with David, alongside the omnipresence of God. 2 Kings is a profound reminder that actions have consequences, reminding us of the importance of heeding God's call and embracing repentance! [00:01 - 11:03] An Introduction to 2 Kings episode 73 [11:04 - 25:11] What Happens When We Walk Away From God? [25:12 - 28:58] How To Apply 2 Kings: Actions Have Consequences Quotes: “The author of 2 Kings identified the Israelite’s national demise as God's retribution and judgment against his rebellious people.” – Pastor Jeff Cranston “Their apostasy is directly linked to God's judgment… When you abandon God; The demise and attacks that were brought on them, the capture, all that is viewed in 2 Kings as God's retribution and judgment because they left God.” – Pastor Jeff Cranston Resources Mentioned Will David reign with Jesus in the Millennial Kingdom?The Eschatology Series Part 1God Is Omnipresent Join the Conversation We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org. Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

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