There are some healthy tensions in this passage that cause us to consider many questions. What is the sin against the Holy Spirit? How is a tree made good? How can we know what is in a person's heart? What answers does Jesus provide in Matthew 12? Listen to hear about them! https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=20105162
How many religions are there? There are 4 answers? First, there are as many religions as there are people because every person has his/her own ideas about what governs his/her life. Second, there are 9 world religions, recognized for their age, size, and significance; “Christianity” is one of them. Third, there are just 2. “You … Continue reading On Religions
Podcast episode 75 considers Jesus’ observation that the multitudes were like sheep without a shepherd and that the fields were ripe for harvest. Then Jesus commands us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. At least two important topics here; prayer and laboring in the harvest. Prayer? God … Continue reading Prayer & Laboring in the Harvest
Jesus reminds us that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath and that it is perfectly lawful to do good on the Sabbath. What day is the Sabbath following Jesus’ fulfilling of all the law? Is it still Saturday? Is it Sunday? Is it no more … or is it everyday? … Continue reading You Can’t Have To
“Moreover it is required of a steward that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:3). What is the trouble with thinking of ourselves as owners and possessors: I – my – mine? It is hard and ill-advised to walk with your eyes focused on your own feet. I asked a student if she was the source … Continue reading Owners or Stewards?
This past Sunday was the third Sunday in Lent (the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, not counting Sundays). The gospel lesson for that Sunday records Jesus cleansing the temple at the beginning of John’s gospel, soon after we are told that the Word became flesh and tabernacle among us. What happens when the … Continue reading Third Sunday in Lent
After “functionally atheist,” what is likely the next most critical problem for Christians? How about self-righteousness? There are three main problems, dire threats, having to do with self-righteousness. One, self-righteousness is a determination of the corruption in our human nature; pride makes us self-righteous. Two, we are greedy because we have an intense sense that … Continue reading Self-Righteousness?
Functionally atheist? Of course not; I’m a Christian. If we are Christian, why do our lives seem to be so much like the lives of non-Christians? This is the very question that is on the minds of many non-Christians. What is going on? First, our human nature has not and will not change: "That which … Continue reading Functionally Atheist?
Dr. Eschelbach was interviewed by Abigail Lorenzen of Right to Life of Northeast Indiana. Abigail is Dr. Eschelbach's daughter! Click below to listen to this special episode. https://www.ichooselife.org/resources/past-episodes/christmas-edition-121920
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