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Holiness: Our Greatest Need, Our Greatest Lack

October 25, 2014

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Guest: Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness and Holiness Day by Day Devotional

“ … like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”  1 Peter 1:15-16

The attributes of God are endless—He is all-powerful, all-knowing, always present, forgiving yet just, loving yet perfectly wrathful.  But God’s most distinguishing quality above all these, one that completely separates Him from us, is holiness.

“Holy, holy, holy” is the way the angel in Isaiah 6 describes God, emphasizing that just one “holy” isn’t enough to capture His inconceivable righteousness.

And then there’s us.  Fallen.  Prone to sin.  Weak in our flesh.  And yet God calls us to “be holy, for I am holy.”  But how?  What does being holy even mean?

We have just the right guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss holiness.  84-year-old revered author Jerry Bridges will join us to talk about “the pursuit of holiness” (which is also the title of his bestselling book) and how we can make progress in a world and in a body that pulls us the opposite way.

NOTE: Our NEW FEATURED RESOURCES for a donation of any amount are Jerry Bridges’ books, The Pursuit of Holiness (softcover, 179 pages, $12.99 retail) and Holiness Day by Day devotional (hardcover, 336 pages, $19.99 retail).  Either or both would be great to read yourself or to give as a gift.

Choose one for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.  Or better yet, bundle them for a donation of $30 or more.

 

The Journey from False Profession to Assurance of Salvation

October 18, 2014

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Guest: Pastor Greg Lundstedt, Equipping the Saints radio program

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

One pastor called the above passage from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount the scariest statement in Scripture.  Imagine the horror of going through life thinking you’re a Christian and headed for eternity in heaven, but then standing before Christ on Judgment Day and hearing Him declare, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

According to this passage, a person can profess Christ as Lord and do amazing works in Christ’s name, yet not possess a genuine saving relationship with Him.  So the question is: When we examine own our profession of faith, how can we know if we are truly saved?  Is it a matter of praying the right prayer or doing the right things?

Pastor Greg Lundstedt of Vancouver (WA) Bible Fellowship and Bible teacher of Equipping the Saints radio program will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his own journey from being a professing—but unsaved—Christian to being a true follower of Christ with assurance of salvation.  I hope you will join us for this important discussion.

Proclaiming Christ in a Troubled Urban Culture

October 11, 2014

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Guest: Christopher Brooks, Campus Dean, Moody Theological Seminary

“Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:9-10)

While poverty, government dependency, fatherless families, educational lag, out of wedlock births, abortion, and drug use exist all across America, the large urban centers of our country are particularly characterized by these problems.

The people who populate these urban areas are mostly minority groups, such as blacks and hispanics.  Even 50 years after the civil rights movement and now with a black president, cries of “structural injustice” and “institutional racism” persist as being causal for urban plight.

Whatever the reasons for the problems, how should Christians and churches be reaching into urban areas with helpful solutions, and most importantly, the gospel?

Christopher Brooks, an African-American pastor in Detroit and the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about urban culture in light of his recent book, Urban Apologetics: Why the Gospel is Good News for the City.

Taking a Time Out to Discuss Spanking

October 4, 2014

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Guest: Dr. John Street and Dr. Ernie Baker, Professors of Biblical Counseling, The Master’s College

Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:13-14

A national debate on spanking children has been taking place over the last few weeks (watch, for example, a recent segment on ESPN NFL Countdown) after one of the National Football League’s top running backs, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, was charged with child abuse after spanking his four-year-old son, causing visible cuts and bruises.

The Bible, most specifically in the Book of Proverbs, commands parents to physically discipline their children (Proverbs 13:24, 22:15, 23:13-14, 29:15).  And yet our culture today—and even many professing Christians—say that a child should never be subjected to corporal punishment (i.e. spanked).  In fact, parents can have their child taken away if the state decides that “abuse” is taking place.

What is the difference between spanking and abuse?  Why does the Bible command “using the rod,” and for what kind of transgressions should a child be spanked?  Are other forms of discipline just as effective as spanking?

Dr. John Street and Dr. Ernie Baker, Professors of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others on spanking.  Between them, they have raised ten children, and thus have the experience to go with their expertise.

Why Christ Needed To Be Fully God and Fully Man – rebroadcast from 04/19/14

September 25, 2014

Guest: Greg Gilbert, pastor and author, What Is The Gospel

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

What took place on this weekend 2000 years ago was the most significant event in all of history.

Jesus Christ, having lived a perfect life, offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin, satisfying God’s wrath and justice for our sin. And then Christ rose victoriously over sin and death three days later, thus providing the one way for all of mankind to be reconciled with God.

To accomplish His work, Jesus Christ was and needed to be fully God and fully man. This is known as “the hypostatic union of Christ.” Why is this and how can that be? And what aspects of the gospel message are sometimes overlooked by biblical Christians? And what does the Christian’s union with Christ mean?

Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and author of What Is The Gospel, joins us this Easter weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others.

Jesus As He Is (Not As The World Portrays Him)

September 20, 2014

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Guest: Todd Friel, author, Jesus Unmasked

jesus unmasked thumbHe was never the president of a nation or a military conqueror.  He had little money and lived just 33 years.  Yet Jesus Christ is the most well-known and influential person to ever walk the face of the earth.

The four gospels in the Bible are biographies of Jesus’ life.  Scores of other books have been written about Him to discover who He really is.  Is Jesus primarily a champion for the poor and oppressed?  Is Jesus mainly a role model for us to “be good”?  Is it even possible to gain an accurate understanding of Jesus, a man who lived 2000 years ago and who has been defined and redefined so many different ways?

Todd Friel, our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, will answer these questions and others about the true identity of Jesus.  Todd is the host of the syndicated radio and television programs called Wretched.  Todd will show that all of Scripture points to Jesus the Christ, from the Old Testament to the New, and that Jesus is who He claimed to be—the Son of God and Savior of mankind.

NOTE: For a limited time, we are offering Todd Friel’s just-released book, Jesus Unmasked, for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

“Jesus Unmasked will strengthen believers in their faith, and will convict and convince unbelievers to repent and trust in Christ.  The book is highly-readable and is marked by Todd’s trademark wit.” – David Wheaton

Jihad and Dhimma: Two Pillars of Islam the West Ignores

September 13, 2014

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Guest: Pastor Mark Durie, author, The Third Choice

“Our talks with the infidel West and our conflict with them ultimately revolve around one issue – one that demands our total support, with power and determination, with one voice – and it is: “Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword to submit to its authority corporeally if not spiritually?” [The answer is:] Yes. There are only three choices in Islam: either willing submission; or payment of the jizya, through physical though not spiritual, submission to the authority of Islam; or the sword – for it is not right to let him [an infidel] live. The matter is summed up for every person alive: Either submit, or live under the suzerainty of Islam, or die.”  Osama Bin Laden

The world watches in shock and befuddlement as the Islamic State’s (formerly known as ISIS) takes over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, killing, beheading, and enslaving all who stand in their mission of a revived Islamic kingdom (caliph).  Meanwhile, President Obama just announced this week a “counter-terrorism” strategy to push back against the group he calls “ISIL” (our guest will tell you why).

Who is the Islamic State?  A fringe group of thugs that are “not Islamic,” as President Obama said?  Or are they operating according to a historic theological worldview central to Islam?

Australian pastor Mark Durie, who has written three books on Islam, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss his recent column, “Three Choices and the Bitter Harvest of Denial” where he examines two pillars of Islam — jihad and dhimma — that the West ignores.

Processing the News—from the Evil to the Trivial

September 6, 2014

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Guest: Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-Chief, WORLD Magazine

Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13)

Watch the various television news channels on a given day, and as a Christian, you might struggle to process it all.

In one segment, you’ll hear about Islamists beheading American journalists, U.S. citizens joining the Islamic State (ISIS), and Russia advancing into Ukraine.  In the next, you might hear celebrity news, cooking tips, or “history” being made with a homosexual NFL player or a women’s college changing their admissions policy to allow biological males who identify as female.  Depending what channel you’re watching, you’ll probably hear about President Obama playing another round of golf.

Is what is taking place in the world any worse—or any more trivial—at other times in history?  Do most Americans pay attention or even care about what is going on internationally and domestically?  Does the media blow things out of proportion or try to shape the way we think about the news?

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about some of the major news stories presented in the media and how Christians should respond.

Living on Earth and Looking toward Heaven

August 30, 2014

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Guest: Anne Graham Lotz, author, Heaven: My Father’s House

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. — Jesus (John 14:2)

It is a reality that no one can avoid—death.  Whether one exercises daily, eats healthy, gets plenty of rest, has access to the best health care, and is born with good genetics, the fact is that everyone eventually dies as a result of the fatal effect of sin on our world.

Death is one of man’s greatest fears, partly because the dying process can be drawn out and painful and partly because many people are unsure what will happen afterward.    But what if you knew for certain that you would spend eternity in a perfect place in God’s presence after you die?  Would that change the way you face a terminal diagnosis, old age, or an unjust, sinful world?

Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview, Anne Graham Lotz, author, speaker, and daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, thinks so.  She has watched her mother die and her father and husband nearing that day.  In her book, Heaven: My Father’s House, Anne reminds readers that all the ills and trials of this world are nothing to fear in light of the believer’s future hope and home in heaven.

Cancer and the Christian

August 23, 2014

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Guests: Jeff Schurrer and Tamara Windahl, Christ-Followers, Cancer-Battlers

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).

The C-word.  Cancer.  The very thought of it makes most people shudder.  Over one million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in America—children, the elderly, and all ages in between.

There are many kinds of cancer that afflict almost every part of the body: lungs, skin, liver, brain, colon, prostate, and more.  Some of the causes of cancer are known (smoking, diet, environment), but much more is still unknown about this often deadly disease.  Worse, treatments for cancer can be as debilitating as the illness itself.

Cancer is a life changer … and for Christians, a real faith tester.  This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we are going to hear from Jeff Schurrer, who is currently in the throes of battling cancer, and Tamara Windahl, who survived several bouts with the disease.

How can we find strength and hope when we face the trial of cancer in our own lives?  How should we encourage others in the midst of their severe trial?  We will try to answer these questions and more this weekend as we discuss “Cancer and the Christian.”

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