“Are you or someone you know in the midst of raising a teenager? As a parent, are the teen years right around the corner for you?
In today’s podcast and post, we begin a series that many of you have asked me to do, as we look at the wisdom required to raise teenagers. My first series on the Power of Parenting looked at the counter-intuitive philosophies of biblical parenting, and remains the most forwarded series to date.
Join me now as I introduce this series and invite you and your family into a transformative, sacrificial path along a loving, respectful, transition from childhood to adulthood.
“Do you know what lies behind the shortest chapter in the Bible?
In today’s podcast and post, we continue our series of Psalms Greatest Hits with a look at the 117th Psalm. Not only is this the shortest chapter in the scripture, but it’s placed in the exact center of the whole thing.
Join me now as we read between the lines of a song which has been sung since the 3rd Century BCE, as it invites us to See Beyond Everything.
“Do we really want forgiveness if it means we have to forgive others?”
Today we continue our series of Seeing Beyond the Parables with a look at the Unforgiving Servant. Our lives are completely infused with harsh, critical judgments on just about everything around us. We will examine why this appears to be an unchangeable reality.
Join me now as we discover the way out of our objective prison of condemnation, and discover the principle to which many pay lip service, but few can actually apply.
“Do you believe a great day of judgement awaits everyone?
For centuries, religion has taught us that heaven is on the other side of our death and a great day of judgement where good and bad people are sent to their eternal destinations. Join me now as we take a scholarly look at the parable of the Dragnet, where the text reveals an alternative way this great separation can look.
Join me now as this often intimidating and threatening parable suddenly offers the good news and hope for the world which religion is unwilling to proclaim.
“Do you have sense like you need to get your life on track spiritually? Is it possible to have spiritual renewal without getting sucked into a religion, a cult, or become weird?”
In today’s podcast and post I am going to unpack five questions that will help you understand how you can find spiritual renewal within the privacy of your own soul and how to navigate a world of competing religions and truth claims.
Join me now as we see beyond the religious containers and all their propaganda, and discover how to extract the contents by following the same voice which has called all people, in all times, and in countless ways.
“Is Heaven objectively real? Or is it subjective? Why is the heaven depicted in our religions and our movies so different than what the parables teach?
Today we continue our series on Seeing Beyond the Parables with a look at the treasure and the merchant. We’ll explore why these parables are saying so much more than heaven is important.
Join me now as we extract this teaching from 2000 years of church history and stumble upon a freedom which produces such an advantage here and now, that we no longer have to concern ourselves with the end of life.
“What does it mean that Heaven is like a mustard seed or a pinch of yeast?
Today we continue our series on Seeing Beyond the Parables with Jesus’ next parable that describes Heaven. How can heaven be a blissful kingdom that is only accessible when we die, if the point of these parables is to reveal that Heaven is here and now?
Join me now as these parables illuminate that Heaven has come, is here now, but isn’t fully baked yet. We’ll discover that Heaven is about participation, rather than a destination.
“Is it possible the meaning of the parable of the weeds has been obscured by religion?
In today’s podcast and post, we continue our series of “Seeing Beyond the Parables” with an important parable which reveals something contrary to most people’s belief about Heaven and Hell.
Join me now as we look at the relationship between the Wheat and the Weeds, and discover that the burning of the weeds is not a threat to coerce religious behavior, but a promise of hope for all people.
“Did you know the parable of the Sower is the first parable in each Gospel except John? Do you know why?
In today’s podcast and post, we backfill our series of “Seeing Beyond the Parables” with the cornerstone parable which starts them all off. I’ll list four observations which will allow us to see “the moral of the story.”
Join me now as we look at the relationship between the Sower and the soils, and extract it’s real meaning from 2000 years of Church history.
“Is the parable of the talents and the minas about spirituality or diligence? Faith or Works?
In today’s podcast and post, I’m continuing my series on seeing beyond the parables. Our world sees the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer and blames this on corruption or inequity. Is this really the case? Come see how the Master wants all to enter his Joy, by why only the diligent ever will.
Join me now as we see beyond our talents and minas to discover why outer darkness is reserved for those who squander their lives.