Can ambassadors be swept up in the currents of thought and busy-ness of the foreign land in which they serve? Of course, and so much more easily when our human nature has its origins in that foreign land. The consciousness of our mind never actually changes and so remains bound up in this world. (Just … Continue reading Podcast #31: Renewal in Scripture: New and Old Wineskins
As ambassadors of the kingdom of heaven, we are called and we desire to share the good news. But it can be a real challenge to communicate it. The gospel that we share is often reduced to forgiveness and faith. What are the limits of that, and what else does the Bible have to say … Continue reading Podcast #30: Sharing the good news
https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=15852143 I’d like to begin to explore the practical, daily significance of the models we have considered so far. As ambassadors of God’s kingdom, we must continually toggle back and forth between understanding and remembering the nature of the people to whom we are ambassadors and understanding and remembering the nature of the kingdom which … Continue reading Podcast #29: How to be an ambassador
https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=15598148 Now that we have seen models for two vastly different worldviews and considered how that affects the meaning of words we use, it is time to take up our work as ambassadors for the kingdom of heaven. First, let us consider the advantages of the kingdom to which we belong and represent as ambassadors. … Continue reading Podcast #28: Being Ambassadors for the Kingdom of Heaven
The assumption that each of us has a free will is powerful … but is it true? The idea of a free will is attractive and popular because it promises people happiness in the choices they make. I would like to assert that this notion is deceitful and a trap, and not where true joy … Continue reading Podcast #27: Do we really have a free will?
If there is a God, and God is good, why is there evil in the world? That is the premise of the problem of evil, and it's overwhelmingly why people move in the direction of atheism. But I'll challenge that idea by considering life through the lens of different worldviews. https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=15397136 What challenges do you … Continue reading Podcast #26: The Problem with the Problem of Evil
A three-dimensional worldview provides for Christianity X, which begins with the good message that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” From before creation, God had accomplished universal redemption. It is an accomplished fact, the polar opposite of the nearly universal idea in popular thinking that Christianity only gives a person the opportunity … Continue reading Changing the direction of the conversation
Green V world allows for Christianity X. Both terms are intended to reverse the direction of questions and conversations, to see the opposite of what we are used to, and to turn things “right side up.” For example, Red Pyramid world, understandably, makes people preoccupied with themselves as physical beings in time. Green V world … Continue reading Who can be lost?
https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=14767997 What if you can’t die and all things are yours? There is no longer any reason to fear and there is no longer any need to get anything you don’t already have. Now what? When I asked students this question, some were excited about being free to love others. Some students expressed a mixture … Continue reading Podcast #19: Contentment, Love, Honesty
Question: What’s your outlook on the current events? Or better yet, the Green V outlook versus Red Pyramid? Answer: Let's start with the familiar: the Red Pyramid world. When considering things from this worldview, most everyone is in this for him/herself, like drowning people all flailing about in different ways, all grasping at different things, … Continue reading Q&A: How to consider current turmoil in the world