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Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.

Jesus at 2AM - A Humorous, Intelligent Look at the Bible, Church History & the Life of Faith Kirk Winslow | Canvas | Irvine, CA

    • Spirituality
    • 5.0, 11 Ratings

Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.

    Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 03 - Suffering, Character and Hope

    Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 03 - Suffering, Character and Hope

    What most of us want amidst suffering is for the pain to end - to be quickly delivered from our distress. And it is tempting to imagine that if God loves us, this must be what he desires as well - a quick and sudden end to our hardships. Perhaps that is the hope of faith, that if we are sufficiently obedient, God will prevent our suffering in the first place (or remove it quickly)? But the Bible makes no such promises. Indeed Jesus himself insists that we will face pain. So what then is our hope? And why?

    • 32 min
    Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 02 - What We Know for Sure

    Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 02 - What We Know for Sure

    One of the hardest parts of enduring this crisis is coping with so much uncertainty: How long will it last? Who will be affected? What about the economy? Will there be a vaccine? Who should I trust for information...? The questions can be dizzying and tempt us in some moments to grasp at any hope offered, and at others, to nearly abandon hope.

    In this episode, we look at the biblical promises of hope - what God does (and does not) assure to his people. Here is where we find both comfort and inspiration.

    • 32 min
    Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 01 - Never Waste a Crisis!

    Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 01 - Never Waste a Crisis!

    This is the first in an entirely ad hoc series on hope and transformation and how they fit together. It is born out of the pandemic that has swept our world, and my ponderings on what defines the Christian hope and how that hope can shape the world that emerges on this other side of this crisis.

    This sermon is from March 15, 2020 (the first week of California's social distancing order) and looks at the theological and practical sides of loving our world in the manner of Jesus.

    • 32 min
    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 08 - What Does God Really Want?

    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 08 - What Does God Really Want?

    Isn't the main point of Christianity to be a good person (and thereby to secure my place in heaven)? I mean, if one is basically moral, reasonably charitable and occasionally saintly, doesn't that please the Almighty? Is the point to please the Almighty? Come to think of it, what IS the point of Christianity? If one were to boil it all down, what's the message of the gospel? In this episode we take up these questions and arrive at a vision of faith that goes far beyond ethics.

    • 35 min
    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 07 - How Does Sanctification Work?

    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 07 - How Does Sanctification Work?

    I know that as a Christian I am called to sanctification - to a life shaped ever more into the image of Jesus, in short, to a life of sinning less and loving more. And in some areas of my life, I see progress! But in other areas...not so much. Indeed in some facets of my life, I see almost no inner change at all, despite genuine effort. What gives? Do I just need to try harder? (Frankly, I'm ready to give up and just make peace with a besetting sin or three.) What does actual sanctification look like???

    • 54 min
    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 06 - Does Prayer "Work"?

    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 06 - Does Prayer "Work"?

    Does prayer work? By which we mean, does prayer change anything? Is it supposed to change things? Change external circumstances? Or merely the disposition of the pray-er? And if God knows all that we need and loves us dearly, does his help depend on our prayers or the prayers of others??? In this episode our beloved Ian Farrell takes up the topic of prayer - a practice with which he is intimately familiar - and offers his insights on the purpose of prayer and the means by which prayer affects us and others.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

AndrewWickham ,

Refreshing and thought-provoking!

I have just recently started listening to this podcast since the start of the unORTHODOX series. While I studied some church history as part of a theology degree some years ago, it was not my favourite aspect of the course... However, I really appreciate the way the history of christian heresy is presented in these episodes - engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking! I am learning so much and have found myself really looking forward to hearing about the next heresy each week!

Mosswalker? ,

Down to earth in your face teaching

I have been meaning to send a review for quite a while since I first came across the podcasts early one morning when I couldn't sleep. It certainly didn't put me back to sleep but i found many hours of entertaining relevant and insightful teaching delivered in a fresh and thought provoking style. Since then I have hungrily listenend to the numerous podcasts sometimes one after the other and often repeated listening as they contain so much worth pondering on. I have heartily recommended these in-depth and broad ranging teaching podcasts on the Bible, theology, church history and spiritual life to my friends and family. Thank-you Kirk and well done for all your efforts in using your gift this way. God bless.. Aidan

Jonathan_Wheeler ,

Clear, inspiring and incredibly informative

I've listened to Kirk's series on Church history and the Gospels and currently working through the overview of the bible. It's just brilliant and I've learned so much. I recommend these podcasts to you.

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