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Your weekly guide to solid Christian thinking on faith, science, culture, and Christian confidence. Thinking Christian is hosted by Tom Gilson, who also runs the top-ranked blog of the same name. He's a senior editor at The Stream, (stream.org) and the author of multiple books including the 2020 release, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality

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    • Religion & Spirituality

Your weekly guide to solid Christian thinking on faith, science, culture, and Christian confidence. Thinking Christian is hosted by Tom Gilson, who also runs the top-ranked blog of the same name. He's a senior editor at The Stream, (stream.org) and the author of multiple books including the 2020 release, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality

    The Unimaginable Greatness of God

    The Unimaginable Greatness of God

    A creative-thinking reflection on God's greatness — using imagination to see how far God's imagination, power, knowledge and love exceeds even what we can imagine it to be.

    • 14 min
    Episode 18: Thanksgiving in 2020? A Message from a Psalmist Who Wondered, Too

    Episode 18: Thanksgiving in 2020? A Message from a Psalmist Who Wondered, Too

    Thanksgiving in 2020? You're not the first to wonder about that! I'm right there with you. And without using the year 2020 as the reason, one of the psalmists was, too.

    Psalm 89 begins with praise and promise, recalling gladly God's covenant to keep the seed of David on the throne of Israel. A great opening! But then takes an abrupt turn to, "But You have cast off and abhorred, You have been furious with your anointed. You have renounced the covenant of Your servant; You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground." The psalmist is actually charging God with breaking his own promises — and he keeps that charge going all the way to the end of the psalm. No return to praise there. Maybe that was the end of it all?

    But no, it wasn't. The psalmist asked (vs. 46-48), "how long, Lord?" He even reminded God he was running out of time, as if he were saying, "Look God, if you're going to keep your promise, you'd better start soon!" Sounds familiar, if you ask me. It's hard to hold on, even to the end of 2020, much less until we see God fulfill all we're praying for. How long until we can really give him thanks?

    The answer, of course, is you can give thanks as soon as you're convinced he's still a faithful God. We see how God answered this psalmist's prayer: Not during the author's lifetime, but that's okay: He knew what he was doing, and the answer he gave is truly magnificent.

    The Covenant Song snippet in this podcast episode came from a YouTube video by Dale's Bible Week. The song was written by Karen Barrie.

    If you like the podcast, you'll love A Christian Mind: Thoughts on Life and Truth in Jesus Christ, by Tom Gilson.

    • 24 min
    Episode 17: 'The Other Worldview,' and How Jesus is So Much Greater Than You Knew

    Episode 17: 'The Other Worldview,' and How Jesus is So Much Greater Than You Knew

    The Thinking Christian podcast is back! I'm returning with thoughts on Peter Jones's excellent 2015 book The Other Worldview: Exposing Christianity's Greatest Threat. There are just two worldviews, says Jones: Oneism and Twoism. Of course these two have different manifestations.

    "Twoism" is Jones' term for the view that reality is two things: There is God, and there is his creation, and they are not the same sort of reality in any way. Near the start of this podcast I invite the listener into a new way of recognizing just how transcendent God is. Near the end, it's a study, drawn from Too Good to be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality, in how amazingly transcendent Jesus was even in his ministry on earth.

    Oneism, Jones's term for what we usually call monism, is the view that reality is basically just one thing. It could be one spiritual thing, as in Eastern religions, or one material thing, as in atheistic naturalism. Either way Oneism's effect is to erase distinctions. We see it playing out in the call to destroy the gender binary, in animal rights activism, in the call to grant human rights to rivers and forests. Oneism ultimately fails due to its own internal contradictions.

    Twoism, by the way,  is the view of all three Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, although Jones and I both focus on Christianity. Philosophers typically call it dualism, but Jones was wise to avoid that word, I think, since there are so many different "dualisms." this helps the reader focus on the one he's talking about.

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    I'm returning now after a long hiatus for health-related reasons (not COVID). My time away has given me opportunity to re-think the structure and schedule of this podcast. I'm still experimenting with it.

    • 30 min
    Episode 16: Jesus' Incomparable Authority (from Luke 4 and 5)

    Episode 16: Jesus' Incomparable Authority (from Luke 4 and 5)

    Jesus heals in Luke 4 and 5, and we're used to reading about his doing that. There's more to it than meets the eye, though: Unexpected authority in teaching, unexpected authority in forgiving, and unparalleled wisdom in giving a paralyzed man something he needed even more than legs to walk on — something I can speak on from personal experience.



    Based on material in my book Too Good to be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality, available here.



    Many who’ve read this book have had their lives lit up for Christ, so I encourage you to see what God does for you through it!



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    • 12 min
    Episode 15: Jesus, the Hometown Hero?

    Episode 15: Jesus, the Hometown Hero?

    Jesus' first message in Luke was to his hometown crowd, who wanted to make him their hometown hero. See his integrity in action as he holds on to his true identity and mission.



    Based on material in my book Too Good to be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality, available here.



    Many who’ve read this book have had their lives lit up for Christ, so I encourage you to see what God does for you through it!



    Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or Stitcher. Also on YouTube! Please take a moment to rate the Thinking Christian podcast on your provider of choice. It really helps make this content visible and available to more people. Thank you!

    • 10 min
    Episode 14: With All His Power, Jesus Still Came to Serve

    Episode 14: With All His Power, Jesus Still Came to Serve

    At the time of his temptation in Luke 4:1-13, Jesus showed character like no one else's. He had the power — Satan was right about this! — he had the power to turn the stone into bread. He was hungry enough, too. Yet here, as throughout the Gospels, Jesus refused to use his power to serve himself. He never used his extraordinary power for his own benefit. He came, as it says in Mark 10:45, to serve. This is Jesus' incomparable uniqueness.



    Based on material in my book Too Good to be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality.



    Many who’ve read this book have had their lives lit up for Christ, so I encourage you to see what God does for you through it!



    Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or Stitcher. As of this episode it also begins on YouTube. Please take a moment to rate the Thinking Christian podcast on your provider of choice. It really helps make this content visible and available to more people. Thank you!

    • 8 min

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