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Ep. 358 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 6

Ep. 358 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 6 (1)

Shows Main Idea – This sixth edition of Christianity Today’s podcast series, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, discusses the brand and how to promote yourself to become somebody. Then Mike Cosper shared how Mark Driscoll associated himself with the gospel community to spread… Continue Reading …

Ep. 357 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 5

Ep. 357 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 5

Shows Main Idea – This review is of episode five in The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast series from Christianity Today. It begins with a warning similar to the last episode about prescreening before listening to it with others. This episode is not… Continue Reading …

9/11: A Study in Misplaced Faith and a Hardened Conscience

911 A Study in Misplaced Faith and a Hardened Conscience

We will never forget the tragedy of 9/11. Many of us remember where we were on that tragic day. I was sitting in my counseling office when the news came. It continues to boggle the mind to think how anyone could be so twisted that… Continue Reading …

Ep. 353 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 1

Ep. 353 The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 1 Response

Shows Main Idea – Christianity Today (CT) put together a multi-episode podcast series that chronicles the story of Mars Hill Church (MH) led by Mark Driscoll. The church was planted in 1996 and dissolved in 2014. At its height, they had 15,000+ attendees/members from fifteen… Continue Reading …

An Appeal from a Former Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor

An Appeal from a Former Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastor

I wrote this piece in 2012 originally. I’m republishing it with a few edits since the sad saga continues to unfold. I was part of Sovereign Grace Ministries from 2003 to 2008, and for four of those years, I served as a pastor. It was… Continue Reading …

Why Can’t I Have My Life the Way I Want It, on My Terms?

Why Can't I Have My Life the Way I Want It, on My Terms

Every person has an idea of the kind of life they want. There is nothing wrong with thinking about your life while planning for a preferred outcome. But because of our universal fallenness, things do not always work out the way we hoped. How we… Continue Reading …

I Met a Christian Who Refuses to Walk Away from His Sin

I Met a Christian Who Refuses to Walk Away From His Sin

Can a Christian walk away from God? To help work through this question, we must recognize that Christianity is not neat, and sin has never been respectful of our preferred categories. The Hebrew writer is suggesting there can be this kind of Christian—a believer who… Continue Reading …

Ep. 349 Overview of How We Help Local Churches, Practically Speaking

Ep. 349 Overview of How We Help Local Churches, Practically Speaking

Shows Main Idea – We’re nearing the end of thity-five out of forty days on the road, mainly in the midwest. In this episode, Rick shares highlights and interesting perceptions from traveling, speaking, and engaging with the body of Christ in the midwest. You will… Continue Reading …

Church Discipline: How to Help a Person Get Right with God

Church Discipline How to Help a Person Get Right With God

What do you do when a Christian does not want to restore his relationship with God and others? Fortunately, the Bible does not leave us in the dark about this vital subject. Some people call it church discipline. Others call it church restoration. Both of… Continue Reading …

What’s Happening When I Won’t Forgive Someone?

What's Happening When I Won’t Forgive Someone

Forgiveness is one of the most challenging concepts for the Christian to come to terms with, particularly when someone has hurt the believer. The victims of crimes suffer the most. I know that was true for Jesus: He suffered for my sins, making the call… Continue Reading …