Podcast from the monthly theology series by Paul Callan, Loughborough UK, exploring hot topics in current evangelical theology in an easily accessible way - designed to build your faith!
Homosexuality: What does God think? How can we respond?
Few subjects are as hotly contested today in Christian circles as that of homosexuality. In this final episode of the series, Paul sets out to see how the principles of hermeneutics that have been outlined and used throughout TLS could impact on our understanding of the Bible in the area of gay sex and marriage.
Differences of opinion can and do exist, including within Paul's own home church. Acknowledging this, Paul expresses his personal view whilst remaining open to others and the possibility of God bringing more revelation to light in the future.
The End-Times - Can we be optimistic or should we worry?
The subject of the "end-times", especially the events surrounding the return of Jesus, can be a thorny subject - much debated, disagreed over and misunderstood. But our understanding of it will colour our expectations, our level of optimism about the future and our confidence in what the church can become and achieve as a transforming force in the world.
In this episode of TLS, Paul tackles many aspects of this huge subject, seeking to apply good principles of Bible interpretation, and asks the question - should we be worried about the future, or can we look forward to what is coming?
Violence in the Bible - How do we handle it?
The subject of violence in the Bible and God's apparent complicity in it has troubled people for centuries. Did God command genocide and, if he did, what does that say about God? How do we reconcile the difficult passages with the image of a loving God revealed by Jesus whilst holding to the Bible as God's Word?
In this episode, Paul addresses not only this question but along the way takes in the whole nature of the created universe, wrath, suffering, mercy, power and the cross, asking the question, how does God rule - through coercion or selfless love?
(As with all of the TLS sessions, PDF notes are available at https://kingschurch.co.uk/tls/)
Creation or Evolution: Or both? What are the issues?
TLS gets restarted after the Summer break with a fascinating look at the creation of the world - a subject that often raises passions and can divide people sharply. Is there a way to cut through this? In this session, Paul takes a look at Genesis Chapter 1 through the eyes of its original readers. Why was it written and what did THEY think it meant? As with all good hermeneutics, only then can we understand how to read it today. When we do, we discover the richness and the beauty of God in his creative love and grace towards humanity!
Free Will - Calvin, or not? If not, what?
How do we think about God's power and sovereignty in the light of the human ability to make free choices? Do we really have free will at all? The way we attempt to answer these questions is not just theoretical - it deeply affects our view of God and of ourselves, and makes a huge difference in both our approach to evangelism and the atmosphere in our church communities. In this session, Paul Callan introduces three ways people have used to explain how free will works and then asks, 'Is God about control, or love?'
Hell - What does the Bible really say about it?
Hell features heavily in much modern gospel preaching, but is completely missing from the preaching of early Christians in the book of Acts. Have we got the emphasis wrong? The traditional view of hell ("eternal conscious torment" as the destiny for a large majority of humankind) comes in for some critical analysis in this session of TLS. So, what does the Bible actually say about this important but often misrepresented subject?
Don't forget - PDF session notes are available on the TLS page at www.kingschurch.co.uk
A fantastic resource!!
I can highly recommend this podcast and Paul as a theologian, he comes with a balanced and well thought out approach to tackle head on some of the big questions we ask in our faith. Well worth a listen to get you thinking and learn about what the Bible means and how we can apply it to our lives.
Being present in the sessions has provided excellent revelations that have changed my life. Enjoyed the approach and discussion times.