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Christianity and Jerusalem

2/16/2018
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Do Christians believe God wants modern-day Jews to hold the land of Palestine? This episode begins by examining how Christianity has traditionally interpreted God’s covenant with Abraham. Then we see how, in the 1800’s in Britain, a new idea arose that challenged not only that interpretation but also the basic Christian views of Jesus Himself. […]

Duration:00:24:48

Coptic Orthodox Christianity in Ethiopia

2/9/2018
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Coptic Christianity, also called Oriental Orthodox Christianity or Monophysite Christianity, is distinguished by the belief that there was only one nature in Jesus. Western Christianity, however, maintains that there were two separate natures in Jesus. Why does it matter? In this episode, we see that each belief leads in a completely different direction. Also in […]

Duration:00:33:58

The Only Way to Salvation

2/2/2018
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Some Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Sometimes it’s used in the “my way or the highway” sense. In this episode, we look at a different way of looking at “Jesus is the only way to salvation,” one which concentrates on the concept of messiah. The concept of messiah is found […]

Duration:00:15:30

Why Christians Are Changing Morality

1/26/2018
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Virtually all Christians agree that morality is unchanging and universal. So why are so many Christians today changing their ideas about what’s right and what’s wrong?

Duration:00:31:09

Who Decides Morality?

1/20/2018
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Who decides whether something is right or wrong? Is God the Great Rulemaker In The Sky who makes the rules, tells us what He has decided, and them expects us to play the game by those rules? Or is there something else going on? For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

Duration:00:26:24

What Does It Mean to Believe?

1/12/2018
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There is a lot of emphasis in the New Testament on “believe.” Why is that emphasized so much? In this episode, we look at an ancient Jewish idea and, from that, consider the possibility the emphasis on believe in the New Testament is trying to tell us that our beliefs create reality. An interesting idea, […]

Duration:00:23:29

The Concept of Ages in the Bible

1/5/2018
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Most Christians assume the creation account in Genesis is a description of the beginning of everything. But what if it’s just a description of the beginning of this age? The concept of ages is found throughout the Bible but is obscured by English translation. In this episode, we examine some of the hundreds of times […]

Duration:00:25:27

Dreams in Christianity

12/29/2017
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In the Bible, dreams are a way God communicates with individuals, and dreams are also used to predict the future. In this episode, we’ll look at the importance of dreams in both the Old and New Testaments as well as the importance of dreams in early Christianity, and then we’ll talk about how and why […]

Duration:00:26:54

Christian Meditation

12/22/2017
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Meditation is not a widely-accepted practice in Christianity. In this episode, we examine the reasons for that and offer a suggestion for the practice of Christian Meditation. For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

Duration:00:25:40

Spiritual Disciplines

12/15/2017
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It’s perfectly natural to want a personal connection with God and a personal experience of God in our own lives. Many Christians don’t have that though, because organized Christianity leads people to have a connection with church, not necessarily with God. To counter that, many people turn to spiritual disciplines in order to cultivate a […]

Duration:00:28:34

Doing Our Part

12/7/2017
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A look at the Orthodox concept of Theosis, sharing in the nature of God. How the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus changes human nature, and also how a response is required from each individual in order to realize the benefits of what God has done. For a transcript of this podcast, click here.

Duration:00:23:32

What Did Jesus Do?

11/30/2017
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A look at what it means to say that Jesus is the “Son of God,” and from that, an interpretation of what Jesus did without using the doctrine of original sin. For a transcript of this podcast, click here

Duration:00:28:06

How Many Gods Are There?

11/24/2017
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Christianity is a monotheistic religion. Christians worship one God. But does that mean Christians believe God is the only spiritual power? What does the Old Testament mean when it talks about other gods? Do they exist, or are they just figments of peoples’ imagination? Does the New Testament indicate there are other spiritual powers? If so, […]

Duration:00:14:22

Trusting the Bible

11/16/2017
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The Bible contains accounts of some fantastic things, things our scientific minds tell us could not have happened. It’s virtually impossible for modern Christians to accept that those things really happened. Faced with that, there seems to be only three options: either you reject science, reject Christianity, or classify the Bible as a storybook that […]

Duration:00:19:12

An Alternative to Original Sin

11/9/2017
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Augustine’s idea of original sin became the lens through which Western Christianity views everything, including Jesus. It paints a horrible picture of God. But actually, original sin is just an interpretation, so we don’t have to be bound by it. In this episode, we go back to the account of Adam and Eve, look at it differently than Augustine, […]

Duration:00:23:07

The Christian World View

11/3/2017
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Using an analysis of the first 34 verses of the Gospel of Mark, we see the world view of the New Testament. Then we see how that goes along with how the Gospels present what Jesus did, what happened to Him while He was on earth, and why. We rediscover what the Gospels say about […]

Duration:00:25:48

The Bible

10/26/2017
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The Bible is the scripture of Christianity. The beliefs of Christianity are derived from the Bible. But where did the Bible come from? Who chose what to include and not to include, and why did they choose what they did? If they left some things out that should be in, how can we trust it […]

Duration:00:28:54

The Early Development of Christianity

10/19/2017
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Christianity had its beginning in a man named Jesus. But the real shape of Christianity was determined after the Roman Emperor Constantine created The Church. The Church soon realized it needed a source of power independent of the shaky foundations of the Roman Empire. What developed as that source of power determined the direction of Christianity. But, are […]

Duration:00:50:44

Introduction

10/11/2017
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The very basic beliefs of Christianity. Who Christianity says God is. What Western Christianity says is the fundamental fact about our relation to God and God’s relation to us.

Duration:00:42:53