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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

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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.

    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
    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 05 - Sharing My Faith???

    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 05 - Sharing My Faith???

    Few words in the Christian vocabulary evoke more discomfort than "evangelism" - sharing the story of Jesus in hope that another will join the community of faith. In the 21st century, such efforts can feel relationally disrespectful and intellectually...crazy. Oughtn't we let everyone have their beliefs, not seek to influence them? And do we really expect people to believe in God? The Trinity? The resurrection? Yet one cannot be a follower of Jesus and not hear the call to "make disciples." What to do..???

    • 44 min
    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 04 - What Is Heaven Like?

    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 04 - What Is Heaven Like?

    Pop culture overflows with visions of "heaven" - from floating cities with streets of gold to childlike cherubim to the white robed "saved" joyfully playing the harp unto eternity... But these images have little to do with the actual biblical portrait of life in the age to come. In this episode we examine what scripture intends to communicate about New Creation, a world set right. And, even more importantly, how this vision of salvation calls us to life today.

    • 46 min
    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 03 - What Happens When We Die?

    8 Questions on Life, Death, God and Faith, Part 03 - What Happens When We Die?

    Of all the subjects we choose to avoid, death is probably first on the list! We fear it for ourselves, and perhaps even more, we fear the pain of the loss of those we love. But at the heart of the Christian life is a discussion about death and our hope in the face of it. In this episode we examine that hope and the courage it gives us to live generously. Specifically we'll look at the tragedy of death, our confidence in the resurrection, and what happens in the time in between...

    • 49 min

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Theology of Courageous Love

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