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Finley on Richard Rohr’s Emerging Church, A New Reformation

Posted: December 13, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017 I believe that what some refer to as the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before… Read More

Summary of article by Claudia Wallis, “Marijuana and the Teen Brain: How much should we worry?”

Posted: December 10, 2017

Summary of the article by Claudia Wallis, “Marijuana and the Teen Brain: How much should we worry?” (Scientific American, Nov 2017, in The Science of Health). Adults have been warning their… Read More

A Guide for 33 Different Bible Versions

Posted: December 8, 2017

 December 8, 2017 The Holy Bible: A Buyer’s Guide This free eBook guides you through 33 different Bible versions Walk through the religion section of any major bookstore, and you’ll… Read More

Work Hard, Pray Hard

Posted: November 30, 2017

Students should take Bible study as seriously as school and sports practice. Article from Christianity Today: Work Hard Pray Hard

Triple Evolution

Posted: November 26, 2017

To play the podcast Triple Evolution (21 minutes), click on the play arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and then on ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. What… Read More

Museum of the Bible – now open in Washington, DC

Posted: November 24, 2017

Museum of the Bible | MOTB Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the history, narrative and… Read More

Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage, by Jerry Jones (review by Bob Young)

Posted: November 24, 2017

Jones discusses divorce and remarriage with objectivity By Bob Young In Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: Seen Through the Character of God and the Mind of Jesus, Jerry Jones — a longtime… Read More

White Privilege: The Ability To Walk Away, by Jon Sherwood

Posted: November 23, 2017

November 22, 2017 In Daniel Hill’s new book released this year, White Awake: An honest look at what it means to be white , he explores and shares about his own “awakening” and… Read More

Crossing the Line (the ministry of Michael Burns)

Posted: November 21, 2017

Crossing the Line Workshop Overview: Crossing the Line workshops seek to begin or continue the conversation at the local level, on the topics of race, ethnicity, and culture within the body… Read More

Discipleship in the Ministry of Jesus (Jerry Jones)

Posted: November 21, 2017

This is a 5-hour workshop on Discipleship in the Ministry of Jesus. Although it was recorded in the 1980s, it is still good. Excellent, in fact. The link will take… Read More

My 5 Personal Reflections on the Forum (Bobby Harrington)

Posted: November 17, 2017

Here are my top five personal reflections from the Forum. 1. Pastors and Leaders are Hungry to Learn about Making Disciples Last year we were told that if we had… Read More

Four Kinds of Leaders Who Will Not Successfully Lead a Church Revitalization – Revitalize and Replant #013

Posted: November 17, 2017

www.thomrainer.com Leadership is critical to successful revitalization. Today we discuss what kind of leaders often fail in the task. To listen to, or to download the audio lesson, click here…. Read More

Why Have Americans Stopped Reading the Bible?

Posted: November 12, 2017

No verse is in a vacuum, and it is important to always read a passage as part of the larger story. Why Have Americans Stopped Reading the Bible? By KATHLEEN COOKE | October… Read More

Fishers of men, farmers of nuts

Posted: November 11, 2017

At 50, African Christian College strives for self-sustainability — in its students and its campus. Continue reading here. Note: Douglas has taught at the African Christian College (first-, second-, and… Read More

Paul and the Gift: Six Perfections of Grace

Posted: November 10, 2017

Grace is both an incredibly important and an incredibly difficult concept, explains John Barclay in Paul and the Gift. When boiled down to its purest form, or “perfected,” as Kenneth Burke… Read More

Great discipleship resources (Bobby Harrington)

Posted: November 8, 2017

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for great discipleship resources. That’s why I wanted to share with you the website URLs for seventeen of the top disciple making organizations… Read More

Q&A 1508 – Noah’s Flood Global?

Posted: November 5, 2017

Was Noah’s Flood really global? Is there evidence for this? Please help me think this through. I am happy to help. Let me say, first off, that whatever one’s conclusion… Read More

Children of Priests

Posted: November 4, 2017

The Boston Globe Spotlight team did a series on it that is getting a lot of attention.  Seems it may be a scandal even bigger that the clergy abuse issue…. Read More

Review of Terry Whalin’s Billy Graham: A Biography of America’s Greatest Evangelist

Posted: November 4, 2017

When I was a teenager, I remember how my heart was moved by Billy Graham’s Peace with God. The simple way in which Graham is able to express profound truths has enabled him to connect with… Read More

TEAMwork, by Steve Kinnard

Posted: November 2, 2017

OCTOBER 30, 2017 / STEVEKINNARD TEAMwork A Bible Talk for Athletes (and everyone else) Opening question: Name someone who has been a great teammate to you. Explain why. I think of a… Read More

Towers in the Bible

Posted: November 1, 2017

If you’re like me, you are intrigued by tall towers and buildings. Whenever I visit a new city, I want to ascend to the highest point and look out. My… Read More

Nepal Criminalizes Christian Conversion and Evangelism

Posted: October 27, 2017

Last week, Nepal enacted a law to curb evangelism by criminalizing religious conversion, joining neighboring countries like India and Pakistan, where the region’s small-but-growing Christian minority faces government threats to… Read More

Q&A 1507 (0177, español) – Halloween

Posted: October 27, 2017

No celebramos Halloween. Solía tener la idea de que los satanistas ven a Halloween como un día especial. Sin embargo, he intentado investigar en libros, publicaciones periódicas, e internet sobre… Read More

Science or Faith: A False Choice

Posted: October 25, 2017

In your school days, maybe you loved science class, or perhaps you dreaded it (I hope not). I’ve been a science lover since childhood — these were the early years… Read More

The Impact of Idolatry

Posted: October 24, 2017

Class taught by Douglas during the continuing midweek series called ‘Sharpening the Sword’ at the North River Church of Christ on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Watch the video here.

Some Early Christian Symbols (from Orthodox website)

Posted: October 24, 2017

In the ancient world, written symbols were viewed with a sense of mystical fascination. Pagans and Christians alike had a coded language of symbolism to express the mystical and mysterious… Read More

Q&A 1506 – Is the earth young, only 1000s of years old?

Posted: October 20, 2017

Scientists say the world is really old, but my Bible teacher says it only appears old — but it actually young, only 1000s of years old. What is the truth?… Read More

Q&A 1505 – What was the Inquisition? (Torture, witches, Galileo… and lessons for today)

Posted: October 17, 2017

What exactly was the Inquisition? (If you prefer to listen to my reply, click on the arrow for the podcast, The Inquisition (20 min). If you want to save and… Read More

Right or Righteous, by Fred Faller

Posted: October 13, 2017

What do you think of when you hear the word “righteousness”? About a year ago I was challenged about my understanding of the nature of righteousness in the Bible and… Read More

The Tower of Babel

Posted: October 11, 2017

The following material appeared in the weekly newsletter from 27 September to 11 October 2017. This series was adapted from The God Who Dared (1997), the next version of which was titled Genesis,… Read More

Soul to Soul: Forging & Maintaining Godly Relationships, Part 3

Posted: October 5, 2017

Sermon by Douglas Jacoby on 10.1.17 at the North River Church of Christ, Marietta, GA

Excellent Science & Religion course, by Denis Lamoureux

Posted: October 4, 2017

This course examines the nature of both science and religion and attempts to explore the possible relationships between them. The primary purpose is to dispel the popular myth that science… Read More

Prosperity Preaching – unhealthy and unbiblical (Costi Hinn)

Posted: October 2, 2017

Read the powerful testimony of Costi Hinn, nephew of multi-millionaire health & wealth preacher Benny Hinn. From the Christianity Today website. Click here.  

Daylight from a Deerstand, by Jerry Jones

Posted: September 27, 2017

http://marriagematters.ws/daylight-from-a-deerstand/

An online trove of Biblical manuscripts

Posted: September 26, 2017

An extraordinary collection of 68 New Testament and other Biblical manuscripts dating from the fourth to the twentieth centuries has been digitized and made available for study online. Continue reading… Read More

“Holiness” – Douglas Jacoby

Posted: September 25, 2017

This is Douglas’ second message from the series ‘Sharpening the Sword’ at the midweek service of the North River Church of Christ on 9/20/17. (Note from the AV team: the… Read More

Do We Actually Know What The Gospel Is? (Altar & Throne)

Posted: September 23, 2017

If you asked 20 separate Christians “What is the gospel,” you’d likely get 25 different answers. If you asked the same question in a group of 20 Christians, they might… Read More

Understanding Love, Sex, and Marriage, by Dave Lomas

Posted: September 23, 2017

Dave Lomas speaks on the sexual brokenness found in the Old Testament, which points to our own desperate need for God’s renewing grace in Genesis 38. Watch the video here.

Beyond Accountability, by Nate Larkin

Posted: September 18, 2017

I’m pleased to announce the release of a new FREE eBook from the Discipleship.org eBook series:Beyond Accountability by Nate Larkin. DOWNLOAD FREE NOW Beyond Accountability tells an important story about pornography and… Read More

The Gospel – Douglas Jacoby

Posted: September 15, 2017

Lesson given on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the North River Church of Christ, to bring Christians to maturity through examining the nature and implications of the gospel. Video is… Read More

No One Follows Their Heart, by Jon Bloom

Posted: September 13, 2017

Jon Bloom, in this fascinating article (posted at Desiring God), gives reasons that we don’t “follow” our hearts — which is backwards. We are supposed to lead our hearts. Intrigued? Click here for the article.

Q&A 1504 – Women prophesying (1 Cor 11)

Posted: September 8, 2017

What do you think is the most accurate translation of “propheteousa” in 1 Corinthians 11:5? A conservative translation would be merely “speak,” but I don’t think that translation accurately captures… Read More

Postmodernism, by Jordan Peterson (3 links)

Posted: September 6, 2017

Jordan Peterson is a historical philosopher who speaks broadly on, among other things, postmodernism. He outlines how this philosophy has affected political policy and thinking in the Western world. Here are 3… Read More

A Psychiatrist Who Defied the Transgender Movement, by Chuck Colson

Posted: August 28, 2017

Chuck Colson on Dr. Paul McHugh Back in June I [Colson] told you about renowned psychiatrist Paul McHugh. He’s won numerous international awards for his work, but he’s recently been… Read More

Gibbon on Rome

Posted: August 27, 2017

According to Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), author of The Fall and Decline of the Roman Empire, five signs characterized Rome as she was deteriorating from within: Mounting love of show and… Read More

“Where Are You?” by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: August 23, 2017

Sermon, based on Genesis 3 & 4, given on August 20, 2017 at the North River Church of Christ. Watch video here.

Embracing Change (Craig Groeschel)

Posted: August 16, 2017

The talk (about 20 minutes) contains some clear-minded input for church leaders. Watch the podcast by clicking here.

Men vs Women: Google Guy Right about Sex Differences

Posted: August 13, 2017

The Science Says The Google Guy Was Right About Sex Differences A myriad of distinguished professors and social scientists have already confirmed what James Damore wrote in his Google memo:… Read More

Terminal Punishment – Portuguese Translation

Posted: August 11, 2017

Here is an article in two formats (Word of pdf) on terminal punishment, translated into Portuguese. Tradução Jacoby Terminal Punishment Portuguese

The Rest of Genesis: [Supplement to Paul Copan & Douglas Jacoby’s Origins]

Posted: July 28, 2017

Departing the Primeval Period The stage has been set. We have explored the Primeval Period, and it’s time to transition into the next epoch. All the major themes of the… Read More

Q&A 1497 – What were the Crusades, and why does it matter?

Posted: July 19, 2017

Our church is initiating a “Crusade” to take our city for Christ. This makes we wonder, what about the Crusades in the Middle Ages. What were they? As a Christian… Read More

Q&A 1496 – Miraculous knowledge in the numbers of the Qur’an?

Posted: July 12, 2017

Is there miraculous knowledge in the numbers of the Qur’an? I have heard it said, for example, that the word “day” turns up exactly 365 times in the Qur’an –… Read More

Sister of the Earliest Compete Old Testament Found

Posted: July 6, 2017

Press Release: SISTER OF THE EARLIEST COMPLETE OLD TESTAMENT FOUND Tyndale House, Cambridge, announces a new discovery made by young researcher Dr. Kim Phillips published in its latest Tyndale Bulletin… Read More

Q&A 1495 – Islam means peace?

Posted: July 5, 2017

Is “Islam” really the Arabic word for peace? For some time now, and especially since the attacks of 9/11, many Muslims have made the claim: Islam means peace. (Not that it’s… Read More

Q&A 1491 – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse indicated by Islamic flags?

Posted: June 28, 2017

I found a website proving that radical Islam is prophesized in the book of Revelations 6:1-8. Surely it cannot be a coincidence that the colors of the four horsemen of the apocalypse –… Read More

“Forged: Writing in the Name of God” – Book Review

Posted: June 27, 2017

Bart D. Ehrman, Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2011), 307 pages. The review is by… Read More

Gender & Sexuality – 3 Articles

Posted: June 24, 2017

Children being Experimented on and Scientist speak out against this … http://www.christianpost.com/news/gender-confused-kids-are-being-experimented-on-with-hormone-therapy-experts-188757/?utm_source=newsletter Johns Hopkins Researcher finds no conclusive evidence people are born gay or transgender … http://www.christianpost.com/news/no-scientific-evidence-that-people-are-born-gay-or-transgender-johns-hopkins-researchers-say-168263/page1.html Here’s the full… Read More

Q&A 1490 – The race to Mars: a waste of money?

Posted: June 23, 2017

What is your viewpoint on scientists’ attempt to land on Mars in order to search for signs of life? Is the exploration of Mars a progressive endeavour, or is it a waste of… Read More

Why I Am Not an Evangelical (or am I?), by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: June 21, 2017

To listen to the third podcast in the series on Christian identity, Why I Am Not an Evangelical — or Am I? (32 min), click on the arrow. To download… Read More

Why I Am Not a Fundamentalist, by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: June 14, 2017

To hear the podcast (44 mins), Why I Am Not a Fundamentalist, click on the play arrow. To download and listen to it later, right click here and then on ‘save link as’… Read More

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: June 12, 2017

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

Why I Am Not a Protestant, by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: June 7, 2017

To hear the podcast (54 mins) titled Why I Am Not a Protestant, click on the arrow. To download and listen to it later, right click here and then on ‘save… Read More

Why It’s So Hard for Scientists to Believe in God – Video

Posted: June 5, 2017

By Francis Collins, Medical Researcher, on bigthink.com. Some scientists see religion as a threat to the scientific method that should be resisted. But faith “is really asking a different set… Read More

Arguing about Politics (sermon), by Timothy Keller

Posted: May 9, 2017

“What are Jesus’ politics?” That’s what the opposing parties of His day wanted to know. To listen to this sermon, click here.

The Evidence – Reasons for Faith, Parts 1 and 3

Posted: May 9, 2017

Watch the first and third classes Douglas offered at the North River Church of Christ in his new series The Evidence on March 2 and May 4. (Sorry, the second… Read More

Crossing Denominational Lines, by Guy Hammond

Posted: May 4, 2017

In April, at the Unboxed Conference in Orlando, Florida, Guy Hammond, Executive Director of Strength in Weakness (SIW), spoke on the topic of “Crossing Denominational Lines” and our SIW volunteer,… Read More

The UNBOXED 2017 videos are available!

Posted: April 28, 2017

You don’t want to be the LAST person to watch the 2017 Videos… Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, buckle up and enjoy! Click here for this year’s presentations.

Verge Network

Posted: April 25, 2017

An advocate and champion for movements of gospel-centered Missional Communities, Verge Network exists for church leaders, students, entrepreneurs, artists, urban innovators, business leaders, community development specialists, non-profit leaders, church planters… Read More

All is Dust and DNA by Jim Stump

Posted: April 14, 2017

  Note: This article was originally published on February 18, 2015, at OnFaith. It is reprinted with permission. I grew up in what is sometimes called a “low church” tradition that didn’t… Read More

7 LAST SAYINGS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS

Posted: April 9, 2017

Sermon given on April 9, 2017 at the North River Church of Christ by Douglas. Watch the sermon here. Click HERE for the notes accompanying the sermon.

What If My Husband Looks at Porn? by Kara Garis

Posted: April 8, 2017

It was such a kick to the stomach. A nauseating, heart-pounding kick. I remember staring, confused, at the computer screen. What exactly was he looking at, anyway? Is that what… Read More

NEVER Work like Elon Musk – Michael Hyatt

Posted: April 5, 2017

Elon Musk is widely regarded as one of the most influential entrepreneurs working today. He’s one of the founders of PayPal and the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He wants… Read More

“What am I supposed to do?”, by Geoff Surratt

Posted: March 14, 2017

I recently had a fascinating conversation with a sharp young leader, who had just returned from an amazing vacation in the Caribbean. The food, the scenery, the weather, the company;… Read More

Another Old Torah Found

Posted: March 8, 2017

Used by permission of John Clayton, Q1, 2017 Does God Exist In 1970 an ancient copy of the Torah was found in the Jewish village known as En-Gedi. It has recently… Read More

How the Entitlement Mentality Crept into our Churches, Thom Rainer

Posted: March 6, 2017

In 1974 Burger King made a bold move to take market share from McDonald’s. At the time, McDonald’s made burgers en masse. If you wanted a special order, you had… Read More

“Misquoting” Jesus? Answering Bart Ehrman – CBN.com

Posted: March 6, 2017

In Misquoting Jesus, the New York Times bestseller subtitled The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, author Bart Ehrman fires a shot meant to sink the ship of… Read More

Our Mother Who Art In Heaven?

Posted: March 4, 2017

With the recent launch of The Shack movie, we are reminded of a whole mix of theological questions raised by the novel, and the problems of projecting the divine onto… Read More

Book Launch: When God Says “Wait” (Elizabeth Thompson)

Posted: March 2, 2017

My friend Elizabeth Laing Thompson has just released a new book, When God Says “Wait”: Navigating Life’s Detours and Delays Without Losing Your Faith, Your Friends, or Your Mind. We… Read More

Aliens & Strangers, by Brett Kreider

Posted: March 1, 2017

Part of my ministry as a teacher is to put excellent biblical material into the hands of Bible students — including those who teach. So I’m proud to recommend by friend… Read More

12 Reasons Millennials Are Over Church, by Sam Eaton

Posted: February 21, 2017

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why Only 4 percent of the Millennial Generation are Bible-Based Believers. This means that… Read More

A 12th “Dead Sea scrolls cave” found. Or was it?

Posted: February 13, 2017

On Feb 8, 2017, Israeli and U.S. archaeologists announced they’d found compelling evidence for a 12th Dead Sea Scroll cave. This is the first such discovery in 60 years. Click here to… Read More

“Trump, Christianity, and Social Media” by Daniel Berk

Posted: February 3, 2017

This week, last week, and nearly every day since midway through 2015, I’ve observed a progressive and polarizing social media war between Christians, non-Christians, liberals, conservatives, men, women, black people,… Read More

Q&A 1461 – Should I work for a company producing weapons?

Posted: February 3, 2017

I am considering a job offer from a company whose parent company is involved in the weapons industry. This obviously raised some questions for me as a Christian. On the one… Read More

Q&A 1460 – Muhammad prophesied in the Bible?

Posted: February 3, 2017

I happened to watch a video by a Muslim apologist. He claims that the Comforter mentioned in the Bible [in John 14] is Muhammad, and that he is also mentioned in… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 31 (The Eternal Vision of Purity)

Posted: January 31, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 31, Concluding Challenges (17 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction Last time we… Read More

JESUS: Legend, Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

Posted: January 30, 2017

Attached is a pdf of an abbreviated version of the PowerPoint. Jesus-LLLL For the text, please refer to the corresponding chapter in Compelling Evidence.

CLEAN – podcast 30 (Purity & Transformation in Christian Theology)

Posted: January 30, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 30, Purity & Transformation in Christian Theology (12 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’…. Read More

CLEAN – podcast 29 (Jesus’ Resurrection)

Posted: January 29, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 29, Jesus’ Resurrection (7 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Scriptural study: Luke 24:1-6; 1… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 28, Eutychus (= NT character podcast 66)

Posted: January 28, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 28, Eutychus (15 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introductory The miracle will take… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 27, Tabitha (= NT character podcast 65)

Posted: January 27, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 27, Tabitha (Dorcas) (13 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introductory Today’s reanimation is well-known… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 26 (Lazarus) = NT character podcast 20B

Posted: January 26, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 26, Lazarus (15 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introductory For most people, this is… Read More

CLEAN – Podcast 25, Jairus & Daughter (= NT character podcast 64)

Posted: January 25, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 25, Jairus & Daughter (13 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction Review: There are three… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 24, Widow of Nain & Son (= NT character podcast 63)

Posted: January 24, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 24, The Widow of Nain & Son (13 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 23 (OT Saints of Matthew 27)

Posted: January 23, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 23, The OT Saints of Matthew 27 (9 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 22 (Reanimated by Elisha’s Bones)

Posted: January 22, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 22, The Man Reanimated by Elisha’s Bones (6 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction The… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 21, Wealthy Shunammites’ Child (= OT character podcast 64)

Posted: January 21, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 21, The Wealthy Shunammites’ Child (16 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction CLEAN 21,… Read More

CLEAN- podcast 20, Widow of Zarephath & Son (= OT character podcast 63)

Posted: January 20, 2017

We are now begin CLEAN sub-series Reanimation. To listen to CLEAN podcast 20, The Widow of Zarephath & Son (17 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 19 (The House Swept Clean)

Posted: January 19, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 19, The House Swept Clean (7 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Context (A) Luke… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 18, The Slave Girl of Acts 16:16 (= NT character podcast 62)

Posted: January 18, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 18, The Slave Girl of Acts 16:16 (14 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 17, The Crazy Man in the Synagogue (= NT character podcast 61)

Posted: January 17, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 17, The Synagogue Demoniac (11 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Scriptural study: Mark 1:21-28 Jesus… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 16, Father & Son (= NT character podcast 60)

Posted: January 16, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 16, Father & Son (14 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction Yesterday: mother/daughter;… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 15, Mother & Daughter (= NT character podcast 59)

Posted: January 15, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 15, Mother & Daughter (14 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction Some of those… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 14, the Gerasene Demoniac (= NT character podcast 58)

Posted: January 14, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 14, The Gerasene Demoniac (14 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Scriptural study: Mark 5:1-18… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 13, Mary Magdalene (= NT character study 57)

Posted: January 13, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 13, Mary Magdalene (13 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction Demons are never explicitly… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 12b (32), The Leper (Kevin Agot)

Posted: January 12, 2017

Here’s a guest podcast, The Leper, by Kevin Agot, who lives in the Washington DC area. I hope you enjoy it! To start the podcast (6 minutes), click on the… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 12a (the Leper of Mark 1)

Posted: January 12, 2017

To listen to CLEAN podcast 12a, The Leper of Mark 1 (11 minutes), click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’…. Read More

CLEAN – podcast 11 (the 10 lepers of Luke 17)

Posted: January 11, 2017

To hear podcast 11, The 10 Lepers (10 minutes), click on the play arrow. Or, to download, right click here, and choose ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Introduction… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 10, the Four Lepers (= OT Character podcast 58)

Posted: January 10, 2017

To listen to lesson 10 in the CLEAN series, The Four Samaritan Lepers (10 minutes), click on the play arrow. Or you can download the podcast by right clicking here and choosing ‘save… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 9 (= OT Character Podcast 59, Uzziah pt. II)

Posted: January 9, 2017

To listen to lesson 9 in the CLEAN series, The Leprosy of Uzziah (9 minutes), click on the play arrow. Or you can download the podcast by right clicking here and choosing… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 8 (= OT Character Podcast 57, Gehazi pt. II)

Posted: January 8, 2017

To listen to lesson 8 in the CLEAN series, The Leprosy of Gehazi (13 minutes), click on the play arrow. Or you can download the podcast by right clicking here and choosing… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 7 (= OT character podcast 56, Naaman)

Posted: January 7, 2017

To listen to lesson 7 in the CLEAN series, The Leprosy of Naaman (14 minutes), click on the play arrow. Or you can download the podcast by right clicking here and choosing ‘save target… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 6 (= OT character podcast 55, Miriam pt. II)

Posted: January 6, 2017

To listen to lesson 6 in the CLEAN series, The Leprosy of Miriam (17 minutes), click on the play arrow. Or you can download the podcast by right clicking here and… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 5 (Walking in the Light)

Posted: January 5, 2017

For CLEAN podcast 5, on Walking in the Light, click the play arrow. The podcast (14 minutes) can also be downloaded. To listen later, download by right clicking here, and ‘save target… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 4 (Purity in James-Peter-John)

Posted: January 4, 2017

For CLEAN podcast 4, on Purity in James, Peter, & John, click on the play arrow. The podcast (14 minutes) can also be downloaded. To download, right click here and… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 3 (Purity in Paul)

Posted: January 3, 2017

For CLEAN podcast 3, on Purity in Paul, click on the play arrow. The podcast (12 minutes) can also be downloaded. To download and listen later, right click here and choose… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 2 (Purity in Proverbs)

Posted: January 2, 2017

This is the second of 31 podcasts in the CLEAN series, Purity in Proverbs. To listen now, click on the arrow (8 minutes). To download and listen later, right click here and… Read More

CLEAN – podcast 1 (Cleansing & Purity in Psalms)

Posted: January 1, 2017

The first of 31 podcasts, Purity in Psalms, launches the CLEAN series. The first section of our series (5 podcasts) focuses on Purity & Cleansing (in both testaments). To listen… Read More

CLEAN – PODCAST 0 – Listen to this podcast first

Posted: December 31, 2016

This podcast (7 minutes) explains the purpose of the CLEAN series. To listen now, click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click here and ‘save target as’ or… Read More

Q&A 0007 – The Trinity

Posted: December 20, 2016

Can you recommend reading material about ‘Trinity’ theology? — Joel Hughes, Triangle, North Carolina Many works – thousands of pages! – have been written about the Trinity. Because this is… Read More

Q&A 1448 – Giving to those who beg

Posted: December 18, 2016

Whet about the issue of giving to people who beg on the streets? I am conflicted as to when that is the right thing to do and when it might… Read More

“Empty!” – by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: December 5, 2016

Sunday sermon given at North River Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA, Nov 27, 2016

The Bible vs. other Religious books—SLC*—28/11/2017

Posted: November 28, 2016

OPENING OBSERVATIONS The similarities (ultimate truth, longing for the holy) are greatly outweighed by the differences (God, goal, salvation…) General Revelation & Special Revelation Special Scripture (Bible) The person of… Read More

Q&A 1446 – Jesus and protesting

Posted: November 21, 2016

A disciple recently posted this article. https://sojo.net/articles/jesus-was-protester. I’m not sure why, but it bothered me. What do you think about it? Interesting…  Yesterday I passed a group of protesters — in front of… Read More

Nietzsche: God is Dead, and other views

Posted: November 16, 2016

Listen to a podcast on The Life and Thought of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (32 mins). Click on the play arrow. To listen later, right click here and click on ‘save link… Read More

A Transgender Person: Coming to YOUR Church Soon! by Guy Hammond

Posted: November 6, 2016

The phone rings, and I pick up. “Hello.” A panicked voice blurts out “Is Guy Hammond there?” “This is Guy, who’s this?” “My name is Henry James (not his real… Read More

Bercot lessons at YouTube

Posted: November 3, 2016

Listen to David Bercot’s lessons (Scroll Publishing) through its YouTube channel. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL6qGDn7Nnd84-UgURpw8Dw Description Welcome to the Scroll Publishing YouTube channel. We are a small publisher of Christian books… Read More

Walls of “Jesus’ Tomb” Exposed for the First Time in Centuries

Posted: November 2, 2016

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walls-jesus-tomb-exposed-first-time-centuries-180960953/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&no-ist

Torn Between Two Lovers – Sunday sermon

Posted: October 19, 2016

Sermon done at North River Church of Christ, on Sunday, October 18, 2016

Kidneys in the Bible

Posted: October 12, 2016

The following appears in the abstract of Garabed Eknoyan, The Kidneys in the Bible: What Happened? The abstract is available at http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/16/12/3464.full. “The kidneys are mentioned… sometimes in direct connection… Read More

Creation / Evolution reading

Posted: October 12, 2016

Although a non-scientist, since the 1970s I have read over 50 books on biological origins, as well as scores of scientific articles. Here are (in my opinion) some of the… Read More

Animated Audiovisual Bible

Posted: October 4, 2016

https://jointhebibleproject.com/about/ This is an animated audiovisual Bible. One episode typically summarizes a book of the Bible—in part or in whole—in 6-8 minutes. It’s very well done.

A Review of Reza Aslan’s ZEALOT

Posted: September 27, 2016

To hear my review of Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (2013), click on the arrow. The review is 58 minutes in length. Listen, or just read… Read More

“The Day of the Lord” – sermon, Sunday, August 28, 2016

Posted: September 8, 2016

Given at the North River Church of Christ, Marietta, GA, USA. Based on Amos 5.

Supreme Court Wrestles with Lesbian Adoptions (by John Clayton)

Posted: August 23, 2016

Used with permission by John Clayton, of Does God Exist? On March 7, 2016, the Supreme Court reversed Alabama’s refusal to recognize same-sex adoption, saying that same-sex couples cannot be… Read More

Risen (Joseph Fiennes)

Posted: August 23, 2016

For a podcast (42 mins) on the 2016 film Risen, click on the arrow below. Great lines: “The gods are angry” [Lucius]. — “One of them is [Clavius].” “Did he… Read More

A great new thing: COME & STAY

Posted: July 27, 2016

If you are traveling (anywhere in the world) and would like to stay with devoted disciples of Christ, consider supporting the creation a brand new platform: Come & Stay. Hundreds… Read More

Q&A 1426 – The Pledge

Posted: July 21, 2016

My 14 year-old son fancies himself a deep thinker/seeker, and our spiritual “household culture” conforms to your “unexamined faith” mantra: we try to encourage independent examination and free discussion. This has… Read More

Response to terror attack in France (Bastille Day 2016)

Posted: July 16, 2016

I asked a French brother how he felt about the terror attack on Nice, 14 July 2016 (Bastille Day). His response: While I’m truly grateful that no one I know… Read More

Don’t Listen to Guy!!

Posted: July 6, 2016

Guy Hammond’s ‘Strength in Weakness’ ministry is not without opposition. Click here to see some of the backlash.

Q&A 1422 – How can we prove Jesus is the Messiah from the O.T.?

Posted: June 30, 2016

I am from a Jewish background. Would you please explain how Jesus Christ can be the Messiah, using the Hebrew Bible? Thanks. A fair question — and especially when you’ve… Read More

La Bible, Mythe ou Réalité par Douglas Jacoby/The Bible, Myth or Reality?

Posted: June 21, 2016

Message done in Brussels, Belgium on June 19, 2016 Question & Answer session that followed

Missions Update & Message on Philippians – Douglas & Vicki Jacoby

Posted: June 20, 2016

The “M” Word

Posted: June 16, 2016

 Issue 69 • June 2016 Are There Health Benefits to Masturbation? [Video] Matt Fradd • Since the days of psychologists like Sigmund Freud and Alfred Kinsey, people picture the sexual impulse as… Read More

Q&A 1421 – Is contraception biblically permissible?

Posted: June 14, 2016

What does the Bible say about contraception? I belong to a church that forbids it. Can you please help me figure this out? I would like to invite you to… Read More

What Can We Learn From the Deadliest Shooting in U.S. History?

Posted: June 13, 2016

What Can We Learn From Deadliest Mass Shooting in U.S. History? June 12, 2016, by Jon Sherwood In what has become a far too common occurrence in recent American history,… Read More

Are Christian converts seeking asylum getting a raw deal?

Posted: June 6, 2016

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36430880

Q&A 1419 – Mutations really random?

Posted: May 13, 2016

When Calvinist scientists and theologians embrace evolutionary creationism, do they deny that random mutations are random? Maybe this is a silly question, but could creation ever be considered truly random… Read More

The Structure of the Old Testament

Posted: April 18, 2016

Here are a lesson and notes on The Structure of the Old Testament (46 minutes). Download it from here. To download the podcast, right click on the download link, and choose “save target… Read More

Miracles of the Messiah

Posted: April 16, 2016

Sunday Message at North River Church of Christ – April 10, 2016 http://bit.ly/1Sho5NH  

Christians, Politics and Social Media – Part 1

Posted: March 29, 2016

Article by Daniel C. Berk. Click here to read.

What God Has Joined Together

Posted: March 17, 2016

For an excellent article by David Instone-Brewer on the topic of Divorce & Remarriage, click here.

Divorce and Remarriage: A scholar’s take on the ancient issues

Posted: March 17, 2016

To read this article, please click here.

Annas & Caiaphas

Posted: March 16, 2016

To hear the podcast on Annas and Caiaphas, click the play arrow. This podcast (25 minutes) is N.T. Character podcast 42. To download the podcast, right click on the download… Read More

OT54 – The Ethiopian Eunuchs (= NT character podcast 36)

Posted: March 16, 2016

To hear the podcast on The Ethiopian Eunuchs (25 minutes), click the play arrow. You can download it from here. This podcast is O.T. character podcast 54 and N.T. character… Read More

Things You Don’t Talk About in Church – J. Robbins

Posted: March 9, 2016

Greetings, The Jacksonville Church recently wrapped up a sermon series called Taboo Topics; Things You Don’t Talk About in Church. The series tackled some very sensitive issues and was meant to… Read More

Cosmic Fall & Natural Evil, by Denis Lamoureux

Posted: March 5, 2016

Cosmic Fall & Natural Evil

Q&A 1403 – Thirteen the minimum age for baptism?

Posted: March 2, 2016

“I wanted to ask your opinion about an article I wrote on the ‘age of accountability.’ At age 12, Jesus is referred to as a ‘boy/child,’ and the (little) girl… Read More

Christian Education

Posted: February 25, 2016

Here are two links containing schools, colleges and universities affiliated with Churches of Christ and the Christian Churches: http://kingstonchurchofchrist.com/christian-education/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_and_colleges_affiliated_with_the_Christian_churches_and_churches_of_Christ

Nehemiah 8 – “How’s Your Biblical Stamina?” – Douglas Jacoby

Posted: February 17, 2016

Sermon done on Nehemiah 8, at North River Church of Christ, on February 14, 2016.

Q&A 1401 – Contradictions invalidate the message?

Posted: February 16, 2016

We are studying Bible with a Muslim friend who is asking us a lot of questions. For him it seems like the Bible is self-contradictory. For example, he finds contradictions in the books of Samuel,… Read More

Q&A 1400 – Christ in Zechariah

Posted: February 16, 2016

I came across Zechariah 14, and am hearing lots of interpretation, from future apocalyptic to that these events have already happened. Since much of the material in the prophets (like… Read More

The servant girl who challenges Peter

Posted: February 15, 2016

To listen to the podcast (16 minutes), click on the play arrow. To listen to it later, download by right clicking here, and choose ‘save link as’. Introduction There are… Read More

Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 13, 2016

Here are a podcast plus notes on Valentine’s Day (7 minutes). To listen now, click on arrow. To download the podcast, right click here and select “save link as” or “save target… Read More

Q&A 1398 – Randomness, Suffering, and the Will of God

Posted: February 10, 2016

I frequently think about the suffering in this life — more and more with every year — including very painful emotional distress. It seems like there is a randomness to life. We… Read More

The Twain Shall Meet – Science & Religion

Posted: February 9, 2016

New York Times article on science and religion http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/books/review/the-twain-shall-meet.html?_r=0

Q&A 1397 – Jesus in the O.T. (study ideas)

Posted: February 6, 2016

I was wondering if you had any suggestions on books to read. I’m looking for something that traces the threads of the Gospel and Jesus through the Old Testament. Any suggestions? — Guy… Read More

Q&A 1396 – Aliens seeding life – no need for a creator God?

Posted: February 6, 2016

A non-believing friend counters the idea of a creationist God by contending for seeding from aliens. I realize this idea is preposterous to you, but I didn’t find anything specifically… Read More

9 Sins the Church is Okay With

Posted: February 4, 2016

Are we changing the Bible to fit our culture or are we changing our culture to fit the Bible? http://www.faithit.com/9-sins-the-church-is-okay-with/

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 31

Posted: January 31, 2016

You made it!  You have reached the finish line.  You persevered, demonstrating the stick-to-itiveness so often commended in Proverbs. Here’s the final podcast in A Disciplined Life (16 minutes). Click the play button… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 30

Posted: January 30, 2016

Listen to lesson 30 in A Disciplined Life (17 minutes) by clicking on the play arrow. You can also download it from here and listen later on. Salient points: Vs.3-4 –… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 29

Posted: January 29, 2016

Learn more about A Disciplined Life as you listen to lesson 29 (19 minutes) in the series. Click on the arrow or download from here. Salient points: Notice how much shorter… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 28

Posted: January 28, 2016

Lesson 29 from A Disciplined Life (13 minutes) is now ready. Click the play arrow, or download it from here. Salient points: Here is the truth about the psychology of guilt… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 27

Posted: January 27, 2016

The twenty-seventh lesson in our series (17 minutes) can be downloaded here or listened to immediately by clicking on the play arrow. Salient points: Don’t boast about tomorrow (v.1). See James… Read More

Thriving Beyond the Margins — A Resource That Every Christian NEEDS‏

Posted: January 26, 2016

Help for Christians who are helping their gay friends. A resource that every Christian needs in their library! Are you studying the Bible with someone who is gay? Where should… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 26

Posted: January 26, 2016

This is our 26th lesson from Proverbs on A Disciplined Life (16 minutes). Listen now or download for later on. Salient points: The first section of this chapter deals with fools (vs.1-12, with… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 25

Posted: January 25, 2016

Listen to A Disciplined Life lesson 25 (16 minutes) by clicking on the play arrow. Or download it from here. Salient points: Note on v.1: the compilation of sayings in… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 24

Posted: January 24, 2016

To hear today’s podcast (17 minutes), click on the arrow. If you want to listen to it later (away from the device you are using, download it from here and… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 23

Posted: January 23, 2016

Click on the play arrow to hear lesson 23 in the series (15 minutes). Alternatively, you can download it from here. Salient points: There’s a connection between insatiable appetite for… Read More

Q&A 1394 – Trial by ordeal?

Posted: January 22, 2016

“Number 5:11-31 speaks of a test for an unfaithful wife and the law of jealousy. I’ve read some insightful commentaries, but would love to hear from you your understanding of… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 22

Posted: January 22, 2016

Lesson 22 in the series A Disciplined Life (13 minutes) is available for download here, or for immediate listening by clicking on the play arrow. Salient points: Reputation is better than… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 21

Posted: January 21, 2016

Listen to A Disciplined Life 21 (length 17 minutes) by clicking on the play arrow below. If you prefer to download it, click here. Salient points: V.1 alludes to the irrigation… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 20

Posted: January 20, 2016

Click on the arrow to listen to the podcast (21 minutes), or download it from here.     Salient points: Beware alcoholism (v.1). Indiscipline (v.4) cannot wait, or pace itself…. Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 19

Posted: January 19, 2016

Click the arrow for the podcast (16 minutes), or download it from here. Reading advice: Keep noticing how sayings are related, if only loosely. Notice how themes introduced in previous… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 18

Posted: January 18, 2016

Listen to podcast 18 in our series (14 minutes) by clicking on the arrow below. You can also download it from here and take it with you. Salient points: Fools enjoy… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 17

Posted: January 17, 2016

Listen to the next lesson (15 minutes) by clicking the arrow, or download A Disciplined Life 17 for later listening here. Salient points: It can be painful when the Lord… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 16

Posted: January 16, 2016

Listen to the middle lesson of our 31-part series on A Disciplined Life: A Study of Proverbs (16 minutes). Or download it here and listen later. Salient points: Judging motives… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 15

Posted: January 15, 2016

Today’s podcast (13 minutes) comes from Proverbs 15. Download it from here or listen to it immediately by clicking on the arrow. Salient points: When someone becomes angry with me,… Read More

Q&A 1391 – Consummating a marriage?

Posted: January 14, 2016

If possible, a couple should consummate the marriage sexually, fulfilling the physical aspect of the “one flesh” principle. But if they don’t, is such a couple still considered married in… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 14

Posted: January 14, 2016

Listen to the podcast (17 minutes) by clicking on the arrow, or else download it from here. Salient points: Productive and counterproductive — the wise constructs, the foolish destructs (v.1)…. Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 13

Posted: January 13, 2016

Listen to another lesson on the Disciplined Life (or download it from here). The podcast is 15 minutes long. Salient points: Undisciplined people are usually not good with money things… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 12

Posted: January 12, 2016

This podcast is the twelfth in our series on disciplined living. Its duration is 14 minutes. Click the arrow to hear it now, or else download to hear it later…. Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 11

Posted: January 11, 2016

For the 11th lesson in our series on discipline (16 minutes), click on the play arrow. If you want to take it with you, download from here. Salient points: The… Read More

What to Do When your Boss Asks You to Break the Rules

Posted: January 10, 2016

See the helpful article at the Harvard Business Review, 7 January 2016, by Peter T. Coleman and Robert Ferguson. CLICK HERE.

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 10

Posted: January 10, 2016

Lesson 10 in our Proverbs series (19 minutes) can be downloaded here, or listened to immediately by clicking on the play arrow: Scholarly background: This is the first chapter with… Read More

Proverbs on Politics, Power & Governance

Posted: January 9, 2016

Politics in Proverbs (selected) In 2015, while studying the Proverbs on a visit to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, I was struck with just how many of them are political in… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 9

Posted: January 9, 2016

Click the play arrow to hear the lesson (8 minutes), or download it from here. Salient points: Multiple voices vie for our attention. Wisdom calls us to a banquet. Think… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 8

Posted: January 8, 2016

Listen to lesson 8 in our series (17 minutes) by clicking the play arrow below. If you prefer, you can download it from here. Salient points: Wisdom speaks to all… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 7

Posted: January 7, 2016

Click on the arrow to play the seventh lesson in the series on Disciplined Life (13 minutes). Or you can download the lesson from here, and play it later. Salient… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 6

Posted: January 5, 2016

Hear below the lesson from Proverbs 6 on living the disciplined life (17 minutes). Download it from here. Salient points: Although generally we need to keep our word, because being… Read More

Q&A 1387 – Generational curses?

Posted: January 5, 2016

I would like to find out about generational curses, which seem so common here in Africa. Are they real? What should a Christian’s response be? What are practical, biblical ways… Read More