The Great Shift with Alex Hall

May 31, 2009

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Alex Hall of London, UK, describes with gusto and detail how the early Christian movement shifted away from the Hebrew mindset as it was persecuted in its native land and driven out into the Greco-Roman world. Alex basis his commentary on volume one of the German church historian Adolf Harnack’s tome called History of Dogma. (Accessible online at ccel.org)

Listen in as Alex discusses the major reasons why Christianity began to shift its thinking towards Greek philosophy and how important it is that we be informed about this great shift.


The Shema with Brian Kelly

May 24, 2009

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Brian Kelly has been studying the Bible for over three decades and leads a home fellowship in Syracuse, NY. On this show he talks about the importance of the core creed of the Bible: the Shema. The word “Shema” means “Hear” or “Listen up” and it is the shorthand way of referring to Deuteronomy 6.4-5.

 Deuteronomy 6.4-5 
4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

When a Jewish scribe asked Jesus what the foremost commandment was, Jesus immediately quoted this text. This tells us that the God Jesus worshiped is the same as the God of Moses and the Old Testament.

In this show, Brian leads us to consider the two parts to the Shema. (1) To recognize that Yahweh alone is our single God (2) to love this God with everything (holding nothing back). Download this file to learn more about biblical monotheism and how to avoid the pitfalls of ancient Israel’s idolatry.


Resurrection with Joe Martin

May 3, 2009

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Dr. Joe Martin earned his MA in sociology from Arizona State University, a second MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the academic dean of the Atlanta Bible College and has been professor of Old Testament for almost twenty years.

The subject focused on the resurrection of Jesus as well as the coming resurrection of the people of God. Dr. Martin explains the Old Testament underpinnings of the idea of resurrection and demonstrates conclusively that the biblical idea is incompatible with the pagan notion of the immortal soul. By comparing Jesus’ death with that of Socrates, we are able to see that, for Christians, death is not a friend to be greeted with kindness, but the bitterest of enemies. Furthermore, Dr. Martin points out that a good deal of modern scholarship is moving in this direction, which means that people are coming to understand with more clarity that God is not planning on destroying the earth, rather his goal is to redeem it at the return of Christ. Therefore, as Christians, believers in the resurrection of Jesus and the future resurrection of the righteous, what sort of people are we to be?


Jesus the Messiah with Richard Elton

April 26, 2009

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Richard Elton converted to Christianity from atheism more than thirty years ago. He led a home fellowship for decades and now is active in prison ministry. Furthermore, he recently made a trip to Israel with another of our guests, John Cortright, and therefore he brings a fresh Hebraic perspective to our topic for this show–Jesus the Messiah.

Though many may not realize it, Christ is not Jesus’ last name. Rather, the word simply means Messiah–one who is anointed to rule God’s people on his behalf. From the birth narratives to his triumphal entry and beyond, the humble recognized that Jesus was the Messiah. But, sadly, today many of us who confess the words, “Jesus is the Christ,” do not even know what they mean. Download this show to learn the biblical meaning of Jesus as Messiah.


The Rapture with Delroy Gayle

April 19, 2009

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Between the Left Behind movie series, big selling apocalyptic books, and end-of-the-world Christian radio pundits, the Christian notion of the rapture has become fantastically popular. No one would guess that this upstart doctrine is only 179 years old. Now that may seem like an antique to some, but in light of the fact that church history spans twenty centuries, a 19th century doctrine is a spring chicken. But, just because the idea that Christ will come to rapture the church to heaven for seven years is young, does that automatically make it wrong? Of course not. Ultimately, as Christians, the Bible is our source for making such determinations, though we would have to admit that any doctrine that eluded the church for eighteen centuries should be subjected to the most rigorous testing.

Author and speaker, Delroy Gayle of London is our guide to discuss the history and biblical support for the pre-tribulation rapture. He has done his homework, and confidently explains where the idea came from, why it is incorrect, and what we should believe instead. Tune in to this show and you too will become equipped with what you need to know in order to distinguish between the hype and the truth.


Churchology vs. Christianity with Matt Elton

April 12, 2009

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Matt Elton is a senior at Glens Falls high school in upstate New York and he has recently been accepted into Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He intends to major in communications and concentrate in film and digital media. He attends Living Hope Community Church and is the co-founder of Plasma Productions, a Christian videography studio, which has produced several short documentaries and promos for Living Hope. Their latest video addresses the greed that is at the root of the current economic crisis.

This show focused on Matt’s high school experience with Christianity. Today’s schools emphasize tolerance and pluralism in an effort to provide an atmosphere that is non-sectarian and peaceful. However, in Matt’s experience, this thinking has produced a religious climate which really just favors agnosticism while looking down on anyone who has firm convictions in anything. In our discussion, we address the issues of timidity and its polar opposite–coercion–in order to find the biblical balance between standing up for our faith without stepping on others.


How to Get Saved with Greg Deuble

April 5, 2009

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Greg Deuble was born in Queensland, Australia. He graduated from the Churches of Christ N.S.W. Bible College in Sydney and had pastoral ministries in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. Greg has conducted many evangelistic meetings in a wide variety of settings in all of the Australian states except Western Australia. As he searched the Scriptures he became increasingly convinced that the gospel he and others were preaching didn’t sound like what Jesus preached in the Gospels. As a result, he embarked on a journey that led him to peer under every doctrinal stone and repeatedly carry out the Berean exercise in order to discover the truth.

In this episode we focus on what one needs to believe in order to become saved. Is the gospel solely a matter of believing in Jesus’ death for our sins? Is it solely about God’s dream to redeem the whole world when his Son returns? Greg shares with us what he has discovered in this inspiring and biblical conversation, or as he would put it, “chin wag.”