This episode is the conclusion and a summary of the Next Generation Theology series. What does the Bible actually say? How can we open the door to conversations with others? What are good questions to ask? https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=25816614
What has become of the church we knew and what is going on with the church today? For centuries, until the last half of the 20th century, people could experience the life of the church, all in one place, at one time. This was my experience: great architecture of a building near-ish to my neighborhood; … Continue reading What’s going on with the church today?
The gospel or “good message” of the Bible is NEVER anything that sounds like a condition you have to meet, like “you can be saved if….” One of the essential elements of the good message—evident all through Jesus’ teaching in the New Testament—is that “YOU CAN’T HAVE TO.” Consider an example of someone who offers … Continue reading Podcast: You can’t “have to”
How should we be sharing the good news with others? What does it really mean? The way most people experience the good news message in their encounters with Christianity doesn't sound like good news at all. How can we begin conversations in a compelling and grace-filled way that reflects the actual good news of the … Continue reading Podcast: What is the actual good news?
God has already saved everyone from before creation. Like a mother’s womb and the atmosphere of our world that provides our life – this is the context we are conceived in. Thus life and salvation isn’t something you get yourself into, but something you grow in awareness of, realizing the reality surrounding you. This is … Continue reading Podcast: God has already saved you. Now what?
What is the connection between the pursuit of happiness and the pursuit of religion as a means of obtaining that happiness? How about the brief and vulnerable nature of materialistic happiness, the burden of saving oneself as counterproductive in the pursuit of happiness? Contrast all that with a religion where all depends on God. God … Continue reading Podcast: God Provides
Religion, to most people, means a system of thinking and practices; most think of one of theworld religions. For our conversation, “religion” means “what governs.” Everyone does something religiously, and what governs a person can be known with accuracy, in contrast to what a person may say they believe. How many religions are there? There … Continue reading Podcast: What is religion?
As the next point of consideration for Next Generation Theology, let's consider happiness. It's something that everyone desires. What is the difference between joy and happiness? How about biblical happiness versus that which comes from human invention? https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=25552164
Young people from mid-40s to teens have abandoned traditional religion in general and what they assume is Christianity in particular. Their world and language has changed so dramatically that traditional ways of communicating no longer work. Is the truth and grace of God of such a nature that it can be communicated to the younger … Continue reading Podcast: Intro to Next Generation Theology
Everything in the Bible and human history is a result of what is recorded in Genesis 1--3. Biblical history points to and then flows from the fulfillment of God’s promises of a Savior, evident in the Gospels that record the life of Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit of the … Continue reading Podcast: Gen. in Hebrews