“That’s true you, but not for me.” Ever hear anyone say that? Instead of comparing and contrasting competing truth-claims, it seems today the topics of religions, worldviews, and life-philosophies more resemble a buffet table from which you get to choose the things you like and leave the things you don’t.
Today Ian and I discuss not only what it means to say something is true, (like, Jesus is the Way the Truth, and the Life), but we also talk about the practical implications that should show up in a changed life.
Why do some people become Christians and others don’t? Why does Christianity seem to be relevant for some folks and not for others? Is Christianity relevant to everyone, or just a few? Should Christianity be only a private belief or should it also have public consequences?
These are a few of the things Ian and I discuss in today’s podcast.
During the podcast, I also ask these questions:
1. Where did we come from?
2.) Who are we?
3.) What’s gone wrong with the world?
4.) What can we do to fix it?
5.) Where are we going?
Walking Points Questions for Reflection
Before our next podcast, begin to ask yourself those questions and formulate your answers. If you’re a Christian, how would you answer those questions asked by someone who was not a Christian? If you’re not a Christian, how would you answer those questions asked by someone of another faith?
Where did I come from?
Why am I here?
What happens after I die?
Why is there pain and suffering in the world?
Does God exist?
Those are deep and meaningful “worldview” questions that many people ask every day. Do you know how to help a person answer them? Others are more skeptical and even antagonistic toward your faith. Would you know how to respond to them when they start in with their cross examination of your faith?
In this week’s episode, Ian and I barely scratch the surface in introducing the topic of Christian Apologetics (which simply means, “defense” of the Christian faith). This is nota highbrow discussion about philosophical matters. Instead, this is a discussion for every Christian.
In this episode I mention a post I wrote a while back which lists some of my favorite Apologetics Websites. Click the link to check it out.
I have also posted about two people I mention in this podcast. Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis. Click those links if you would like to learn more about them.
Thanks for listening. If you have any questions or comments, please share them in the comments below.
This week’s podcast is on a tough subject: forgiving ourselves. Ian and I discuss the book, How to ForgiveOurselves Totally, by R.T. Kendall. What makes letting go of guilt from the past so tough? Why do some find it easier to forgive others but not themselves? These are a few of the questions Ian and I wrestle with this week.
How well and/or often do you practice the spiritual discipline of fasting? While recently studying the Sermon on the Mount, some of the men in our small group were surprised to read the words of Jesus, “whenyou fast…” His teaching on the subject carried with it the expectation that his followers would be practicing it. And yet, as small as the amount of Christians who regularly pray is, those who regularly fast is even smaller. Yikes!
On this week’s episode, Ian and I interact with Donald Whitney’s great chapter on fasting from his book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. I think it’s fair to say Ian and I were both convicted to more faithfully pursue this spiritual discipline in our lives. Whitney provides some wonderful guidance toward that end.
You can order Whitney’s book by clicking here. It really is a very fine book. I’ve used it twice with my church’s men’s groups.
Father’s Day was this past Sunday and so Ian and I thought it would be a good idea to talk about… fatherhood. In particular, we interact with an article on Crosswalk.com entitled, Ten Tips for First-Time Dad by Whitney Hopler. What we both realized was that this was wisdom for all dads (and moms), not just first-timers. So enjoy today’s episode of Walking Points.
Have you ever been distracted in the middle of prayer? Maybe a better question is… have you ever not been distracted in prayer? Distraction in prayer happens to the best of us. This week, Ian and I continue talking about the importance of prayer and ways to fight distraction in our prayer lives.
Here are some links to resources that I mention in today’s (and last week’s) podcast.
Have you ever been distracted in the middle of prayer? Maybe a better question is… have you ever not been distracted in prayer? Distraction in prayer happens to the best of us. This week, Ian and I talk about the importance of prayer and ways to fight distraction in our prayer lives.
Here are some links to resources that I mention in today’s (and next week’s) podcast.
This week Ian and I compare our physical health and fitness with our spiritual health and fitness. In particular, we discuss eight areasthat are good to have a handle on at the beginning of the journey. And, in the event we didn’t learn those things at the beginning of our walk with Christ, it’s good to learn them now.
The article I refer to in the podcast can be found here.
If you are a follower of Christ, you are ordained. Perhaps you have never seen yourself that way before, but it’s true. You may be an ordained mom or dad, barista or elementary school teacher, or mechanic or lawyer. This is part of what we call, the priesthood of all believers. This week Ian and I explore what it means to represent and serve Christ as “priests” in our various spheres of influence.
The text we interact with is 1 Peter 2:9-10.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”