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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

CLEAN – podcast 5

Posted: January 5, 2016

For CLEAN podcast 5, on Purity \, click on the play arrow. The podcast (12 minutes) can also be downloaded. Download here. for Challenge Thought q [Tomorrow: Purity in the… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 5

Posted: January 4, 2016

To hear the lesson from Proverbs 5 on disciplined living (16 minutes), click on the link. Download it from here. Salient points: The wayward woman is blind to spiritual reality…. Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 4

Posted: January 4, 2016

To hear the lesson from Proverbs 4 (14 minutes), click on the link. Download it from here. Salient points: Training instills obedience. Jesus himself underwent this process (Heb 5:9). It’s… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 3

Posted: January 3, 2016

To hear the lesson from Proverbs 3 (20 minutes) click on the link. Download it from here. Salient points: Keeping the commands in our hearts, or writing them on the… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 2

Posted: January 2, 2016

To listen to the lesson from Proverbs 2 (13 minutes), click below. Or download it from here. Some salient points: Wisdom is a true treasure. The Lord wants us to… Read More

A Disciplined Life – Proverbs 1

Posted: December 31, 2015

Proverbs 1 (15 minutes) – please listen below or download it from here. Some salient points: Purpose of Proverbs: to help us to get control of our lives, to live… Read More

A Disciplined Life—Intro & Responses

Posted: December 30, 2015

This podcast (8 minutes) will introduce you to the Proverbs Podcast series. This podcast covers the preface to Proverbs (1:1-7), and explains how the thought behind the Disciplined Life series…. Read More

Q&A 1386 – Elf on a Shelf

Posted: December 19, 2015

What do you think about this “elf on a shelf”? A fictional character watches your children and reports to Santa. They are told to be obedient so that the elf… Read More

Q&A 1385 – With human divinity, is there a “quadrinity”?

Posted: December 19, 2015

Is there a quadrinity? Clearly, the Bible supports the triune nature of God. Moreover, the Scriptures demonstrate mutual love, honor, submission, and dependency between each part. I cannot help but notice… Read More

The 12 Terms of Christmas

Posted: December 16, 2015

In this brief seasonal podcast (15 minutes) we will cover the meaning of 12 familiar, yet seldom understood, terms related to Christmas. Download here. Christmas: Christ + mass. Mass <… Read More

Responses to the Paradigm Shift series

Posted: December 6, 2015

Here is an assortment of comments on the Paradigm Series, sent in from all over the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australia). We have edited some of them… Read More

India’s Debate on Anti-Conversion Law Deepens

Posted: December 5, 2015

The Indian government (as of December 2015) is attempting to push through an anti-conversion, anti-evangelism law, with up to a 10-year jail term for those convicted. Already 6 of the… Read More

St. Nick: Historical Core of Xmas Lore

Posted: December 5, 2015

Famous Christians 1: Nicholas of Myra This is the story (16 minutes) of Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century Christian leader, who became “Saint Nick.” Though Christmas lore is nearly… Read More

Q&A 1382 – Baha’í and Christian at the same time?

Posted: November 30, 2015

Dear Dr. J, I just found, and listened to your podcast. I enjoyed listening to it. Thank you!  Here is a challenging question for you: Can you be both a… Read More

Alexander Campbell Documentary

Posted: November 25, 2015

This presentation (2:40:00), hosted By David Kenney, covers the life and influence of Alexander Campbell, probably the most influential leader in the Stone-Campbell Movement, better known as the Restoration Movement…. Read More

Q&A 1379 — How should we read the Great Commission (Matt 28)?

Posted: November 19, 2015

After his death and resurrection, Jesus gave the charge, the “Great Commission,” to the eleven faithful apostles. Let’s take a look at this passage and see what conclusions we can… Read More

Missions Report & Sermon – “Lost”

Posted: November 16, 2015

Watch as Douglas and Vicki share about their recent 5-week visit to Europe on 11.8.15 http://nrcoc.onthecity.org/groups/167707/topics/2362256

Q&A 1373 — Turning the other cheek?

Posted: November 12, 2015

How should I respond when I am unjustly treated or wronged? When I know I am right or I see the situation as unfair, I plead my case for justice…. Read More

Lessons from the Protestant Reformation

Posted: November 8, 2015

Here are the links for the major classes given in the 2015 Biblical Study Tour. The theme was “Finding God When the Church is Adrift,” and the teaching took place in… Read More

Q&A 1370 – Shouldn’t we observe the regulations for the Year of Jubilee?

Posted: November 8, 2015

Is there any country that celebrates or follows the rules for the Year of Jubilee? And when I say follow, I mean they follow what it says in Leviticus 25:8-55:… Read More

Recommended Book: “Revolution in World Missions”

Posted: October 26, 2015

Click here to learn more or to order.

Q&A 1366 – Time waiting in Hades counted towards final punishment?

Posted: October 18, 2015

You argue that it does not make sense for God to punish a certain number of years of sin with an infinite punishment. What about Hades, the intermediate state of… Read More

Counter Cultural Christianity, Part 2

Posted: October 8, 2015

A Biblical “Whack” Upside the Head – class given in Hampton Roads, VA on Sept. 26, 2015 during their Fall campaign, “Closer”. Click here to download.  

Counter Cultural Christianity, Part 1

Posted: October 8, 2015

A Biblical “Whack” Upside the Head – class given during the “Closer” campaign in Hampton Roads, VA on September 26, 2015. Click here to download.  

Evil & Suffering: Cruciform living, pt. 1

Posted: September 23, 2015

This is the full newsletter article for 23 Sept 2015. Evil & suffering Today and next week, when we conclude our exploration of the problem of suffering, we will discuss… Read More

Jesus: Historical Evidence

Posted: September 19, 2015

Jesus: The Historical Evidence To hear the podcast (34 minutes), just click on the link. Click here to download.  Historicity Three possibilities Mythological Existed, but the Bible has reinvented him… Read More

Why Christian Leaders Need to be Exceptionally Good Bible Students

Posted: September 18, 2015

To listen to the podcast, “Why Christian Leaders Need to be Exceptionally Good Bible Students” (30 minutes), click on the link below. Click here to download. Scriptures referred to: James… Read More

Fresh Thoughts on Elders

Posted: September 18, 2015

Here I share some of my own thoughts about elders (overseers) and church leadership. I do not speak for a congregation or denomination. These are simply my own reflections on… Read More

Loosening the Bible Belt – Tom Brown & Douglas Jacoby

Posted: September 17, 2015

Class given during the ‘Compelled2015’ Southeast Evangelism Conference (SEC) in Greenville, SC on Sept 5, 2015. Click here to download.

If God is good…

Posted: September 16, 2015

The following is a 7-fold response to the problem of suffering, complementing the Newsletter of 16 September 2015, in the Answering Skeptics series. The Problem of Suffering In all my… Read More

Q&A 1361 – Lower than the angels?

Posted: September 11, 2015

In Hebrews 2:9, why does God make Jesus a little lower than the angels? As God’s Son, he had no sins — right? How should I understand this? Originally Psalm 8,… Read More

The Great Ptolemaic Smackdown

Posted: September 10, 2015

My next door neighbor, enjoying the recent articles on evolution in which I reference the slowness of the academic world to accept heliocentricity (earth orbiting sun), sent these links. The… Read More

Paradigm Shift I – X, by James Robbins

Posted: September 3, 2015

Here are a series of lessons by my friend James Robbins, preacher in Jacksonville, Florida. In these intriguing talks, he reconsiders how we do evangelism. Don’t miss it! PARADIGM SHIFT

How Wide the Divide: Sexuality & Culture

Posted: August 17, 2015

“How Wide the Divide: Sexuality at the Forefront, Culture at the Crossroads”, by Ravi Zacharias on July 15, 2015. http://rzim.org/global-blog/how-wide-the-divide-sexuality-at-the-forefront-culture-at-the-crossroads

“Every Saul Needs an Ananias”

Posted: August 11, 2015

Sermon done on August 9, 2015 at North River by Douglas Jacoby

Deacons: 1 Timothy 3

Posted: August 11, 2015

Sermon by Douglas Jacoby on deacons from 1 Timothy 3, done on 2/6/2011 at North River. To listen now, click on arrow below. To listen later, right click on download… Read More

The Bonfire – Acts 19

Posted: August 11, 2015

Sermon done by Douglas Jacoby on June 26, 2011. To listen now, click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click on download podcast, and ‘save target as’ or… Read More

‘Oldest’ Koran Fragments Found

Posted: July 23, 2015

It will be interesting to see how the wording in this fragment compares to the present-day canonical Qur’an. ‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University What could be the world’s… Read More

“Every Saul Needs a Barnabas”

Posted: July 8, 2015

Sermon given by Douglas at the North River church on Sunday, July 5, 2015 To listen now, click on arrow. To save & listen later, right click on ‘Download Sermon’… Read More

Universities & their mottos

Posted: July 8, 2015

Universities & their Mottos is a podcast (25 minutes) examining how university education has changed in the last 1000 years, from training for Christian ministry to secular study, from broad… Read More

Gay Unions: A Response

Posted: July 6, 2015

How should Christians think in response to the legalization of “gay marriage” in their home countries? The following podcast (23 minutes) makes a few suggestions, challenging us to respond maturely… Read More

Q&A 1357 – Same-sex Unions: A Response

Posted: July 4, 2015

What is your take on the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriages? And advice? Following the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize “gay marriages,” here are a… Read More

Q&A 1356 – Sleeping = dead?

Posted: June 28, 2015

In several passages the dead seem to be described as though they were asleep. For example, 1 Cor 15:6 says “Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at… Read More

Jehovah’s Witnesses: I’ve Got Some “New Light” For You!

Posted: June 5, 2015

This site is full of great information, studies and explanations about the Jehovah Witness doctrines. http://thewatchtowerfiles.com/

Was oldest gospel really found in a mummy mask?

Posted: May 29, 2015

Click on the link to read this article posted on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/living/gospel-mummy-mask/index.html

Uncommon Memorial Day Thoughts

Posted: May 27, 2015

You will want to read Nikole Mitchell’s uncommon Memorial Day thoughts — recommended by Tom Jones. Click here.

America’s Changing Religious Landscape

Posted: May 12, 2015

http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/

Understanding the Apocalypse 7: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted: May 9, 2015

To listen now, click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click on “Download Podcast” and ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Download Podcast Schedule of Classes 8… Read More

Blog post on “Rethinking Hell”

Posted: May 6, 2015

http://rethinkinghell.com/2015/05/rethinking-hells-second-book/

From Facts to Faith

Posted: May 4, 2015

Message given in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 26, 2015 https://player.vimeo.com/video/126517890

Holy Spirit 7

Posted: May 2, 2015

In this seventh and final podcast in the series on the Spirit, we consider further areas in which the Spirit works. In particular, we consider what it means to the… Read More

Holy Spirit 6

Posted: May 1, 2015

To hear the sixth podcast (11 minutes), click on the link below. Scriptures mentioned include John 14 (the go-to chapter on the indwelling); Acts 13:1-4; Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:18; Psalm… Read More

Holy Spirit 5

Posted: April 30, 2015

2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Acts 10:24; and other passages were referred to in the fifth podcast. To hear this podcast (15 minutes), click below. Click here to download.

Holy Spirit 4

Posted: April 29, 2015

Click below to listen to Holy Spirit lesson 4 (11 minutes). Scriptures referred to in this podcast include 1 Corinthians 14:23; John 16:23; Luke 1:15, John 10:41; and 1 Corinthians… Read More

Holy Spirit 3

Posted: April 28, 2015

Our third podcast (17 minutes) covers a number of scriptures, like Acts 19 (Sons of Sceva), 2 Thessalonians 2:9ff (the powerful delusion), Matthew 6 (“many words,” a possible reference to… Read More

Holy Spirit 2

Posted: April 27, 2015

In lesson 2, we examine scriptures in Colossians 2, Deuteronomy 13, and 1 Samuel 19. 1 Kings 13 contains another superb illustration of the danger of elevating anything above the… Read More

Holy Spirit series 1: Introduction

Posted: April 26, 2015

Listen to the introductory podcast in a series on the Spirit (17 minutes), in which I begin to share about my experience in the Charismatic Movement, and broach the subject… Read More

Understanding The Apocalypse – Class 6: The Deceit of Politics & Wealth vs The Power of Heaven

Posted: April 21, 2015

To listen now, click on arrow. To save and listen later, right click on ‘Download Podcast’ and ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Audio Player Download Podcast One podcast… Read More

Understanding The Apocalypse – Class 5: Armageddon: The Vengeance of the Lord

Posted: April 16, 2015

To listen now, click on arrow. To save and listen later, right click on ‘Download Podcast’ and ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Download Podcast One podcast will be… Read More

Abortion, Conception & the Beginning of Human Life

Posted: April 9, 2015

Here are a podcast and notes on Abortion, Conception & the Beginning of Human Life (42 minutes) Click here to download. ¶1 Introduction   What does the Bible say on the… Read More

Thyatira: The Pressure to “Tolerate”

Posted: April 7, 2015

Click in the arrow to listen to the message (21 minutes). All the notes are below. Click here to download. Thyatira: Introduction 4th and middle letter to the 7 churches in… Read More

A note about the kingdom

Posted: April 6, 2015

Since the King is the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), the kingdom is not about power or coercion, but about love and service. Christians are forbidden to lord it over… Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 4: The Dragon and the Beast

Posted: April 3, 2015

The fourth of 7 classes on the Book of Revelation, taught live at the North River Church of Christ at 9 am on the dates below. To listen now, click… Read More

The Holy Spirit 4

Posted: March 30, 2015

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Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 3: Portents of Doom, Promise of Salvation

Posted: March 25, 2015

This is the 3rd class in a series on Revelation, done live at the North River Church of Christ in 2015. The classes and dates are below. The teacher, John… Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 2: The Shortfall of Earthly Worship, the Bliss of Heavenly Worship

Posted: March 25, 2015

The second of 7 classes on the Book of Revelation, taught live at the North River Church of Christ at 9 am on the dates below. Click here to download…. Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 1: “Rome, Apocalypse, & The Temple of God”

Posted: March 10, 2015

The first of 7 classes on the Book of Revelation, taught live at the North River Church of Christ at 9 am on the dates below. To listen now, click… Read More

River of Fire: Did God Create Hell? (Alexander Kalomiros)

Posted: February 24, 2015

For an unusually insightful perspective on hell by a Greek Orthodox perspective, read River of Fire. The author is Dr. Alexander Kalomiros.

Lording it Over Others (Mark 10:42)

Posted: February 20, 2015

The purpose of this podcast is to foster a Christian leadership culture. This is an important study for anyone in leadership, or considering it. Please listen to this podcast (18… Read More

The Decline and Rebirth of a Christian Anarchist Movement

Posted: February 20, 2015

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/c-allen-hobbs/anti-war-anti-state-christian-leaders/

Alias Christians, by Daniel Berk

Posted: February 12, 2015

With the increase of iPhone holders, Facebook users, video-game players, Instagram posters, Snapchat senders, Spotify listeners, text-message writers, and hashtag creators, the word “friendship” has dwindled in the last 30… Read More