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Where Coffee, Conversation, and Theology Meet. During my 35+ years in ministry, I’ve developed an increasing burden for what I sense to be an increase in biblical illiteracy, not only among those in our churches but also in the young men and women entering the ministry. Conversely, I am hopeful, because I also sense a hunger from people to learn and know biblical truth and the things of God as revealed to us in Scripture. Our Kitchen Table Theology team has developed a list of 100 doctrinal topics which I, along with my co-host Jen Denton, will examine weekly over 15 to 20 minutes. My goal is to educate and share biblical truth on the same level as if you and I were sitting at your kitchen table with a Bible and a pot of southern pecan coffee in front of us. Welcome to the table!

Kitchen Table Theology Pastor Jeff Cranston

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 77 Ratings

Where Coffee, Conversation, and Theology Meet. During my 35+ years in ministry, I’ve developed an increasing burden for what I sense to be an increase in biblical illiteracy, not only among those in our churches but also in the young men and women entering the ministry. Conversely, I am hopeful, because I also sense a hunger from people to learn and know biblical truth and the things of God as revealed to us in Scripture. Our Kitchen Table Theology team has developed a list of 100 doctrinal topics which I, along with my co-host Jen Denton, will examine weekly over 15 to 20 minutes. My goal is to educate and share biblical truth on the same level as if you and I were sitting at your kitchen table with a Bible and a pot of southern pecan coffee in front of us. Welcome to the table!

    106 Adoption

    106 Adoption

    In today’s episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton discuss the two types of adoption in Christianity - positional and experiential. When we are saved, we become children of God. We are no longer dependent on our parents or anyone else for our salvation. We are in a position of responsibility and maturity just like an adult. Jen and Jeff discuss how adoption works differently in Christian life than it does in human life, and how adoptive parents do not have to be related to the child they adopt. They also discuss how positional theology is the idea that we become heirs of all that Christ and heaven have to offer.


    [00:10 - 05:11] OpeningSegment
    Being adopted into the family of God at the moment of salvation Being forgiven for our transgressions

    [05:13 - 09:06] Adoption in Christianity
    The difference between the Romans and how God adopted the ChristiansRoman law did not recognize adoption of daughtersAn outsider becomes an insiderComing to faith is becoming a child of GodBabes in Christ and matured Christians

    [17:08 - 19:40] Closing Segment
    Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen

    Quotes:


    "The Bible tells us that everyone who's accepted Christ's Savior has been adopted into the family of God, and it pleases God to make us a part of his family." - Jen Denton


    "When we have a principle to live out, when we have a command to obey, if you're in Christ one day or you're in Christ 50 years, the command is exactly the same." - Pastor Jeff Cranston


     
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    Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

    • 19 min
    105 Forgiveness

    105 Forgiveness

    Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton discuss the concept of instant Salvation. Christ's death on the cross was a complete and total atonement for our sins, which resulted in forgiveness being applied to us as a result. They also  talk about the fact that there are no conditions necessary to receive forgiveness, which includes being baptized in water. Finally, they encourage listeners to constantly remember God's amazing work in their lives and to live for Him completely.


    [00:10 - 04:11] Opening Segment
    Being redeemed, reconciled to God, and forgivenThe importance of forgiveness

    [07:02 - 17:56] Forgiveness and Salvation
    Salvation comes as a free gift from God, and it is not based on anything we do or don't doSalvation for non-believersSeparated from God spirituallyThe spiritually dead person cannot please God and has no capacity to know GodThe issue of non-Christians who have stepped across God's standards

    [17:56 - 21:53] Closing Segment
    What to expect in the next episodeFinal words from Pastor Jeff and Jen

    Quotes:


    "Among the many things that instantaneously occur, we are redeemed. We are reconciled to God through Christ and the shocking reality of propitiation is applied to us." - Pastor Jeff Cranston


    "Before we received forgiveness in Christ, we were dead to God by existing in a state of violating his standards. That's where we live." - Pastor Jeff Cranston


    Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:
    Colossians 2:13

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    We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org
    Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. 
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    Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

    • 21 min
    104 Part of God's Eternal Plan

    104 Part of God's Eternal Plan

    Welcome to Kitchen Table Theology! In this episode, we explore what Salvation is, what it means to be in a covenant relationship with God, and how we can experience eternal life. We discuss how we can understand that God has a plan for our lives and that that plan is good. No matter where we are in our spiritual journey, God has a specific plan and destiny for us. And as we come to understand and appreciate that truth, it becomes a source of comfort and strength in our times of trial and heartache.
     
    [00:10 - 06:50] Opening Segment
    Pastor Jeff talks about the next 100 episodes of Kitchen Table Theology33 works of God that happened to the believer at the moment of Salvation 
    [06:51 - 13:26] The Family of god
    Restoring faith through the joy of salvationGod has a sovereign purpose for every believerGod made us for a reasonWe discover that reason the moment we acquire our faithParents were chosen for a reason 
    [13:26 - 18:02] Predetermined Life
    God has determined our appointed times and boundariesAccepting Jesus as our savior means we become part of God’s eternal plan 
    [18:03 - 21:02] Closing Segment
    Final words 
     
    Quotes:
     
    "God made you for a reason. Your life has profound meaning." - Jeff Cranston
     
    "God foreknew from all eternity, every step in the entire program of this universe down to its minutest detail." - Jeff Cranston
     
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    We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org
    Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. 
    Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston
    Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

    • 21 min
    103 Bonus Episode: Interview with Lee Strobel

    103 Bonus Episode: Interview with Lee Strobel

    In today’s episode, we welcome Lee Strobel to discuss Biblical Theology in a way that is engaging and detailed. 
    Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty books and curricula that have sold fourteen million copies in total. He currently serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. 


    [00:10 - 01:48] Opening Segment
    Lee talks about how he regained his fathIt would take more faith to maintain his atheism than to become a Christian. Going into Christianity focused journalismHow his family affected him in being a Christian

    [07:33 - 18:45] The Afterlife
    “The Case for Heaven” bookLee shares his brush with death experience and how that affected his faithThe evidence that people have an out of body experience after they have diedThe Afterlife Revealed by Michael TymnHow science supports what Christianity teaches

    [18:46 - 22:46] Spreading the Right Word
    How the pandemic has affected people’s viewpoint on deathColorado Christian University Fully online, accredited, and affordableThe Lee Strobel CenterA course by Dr. Melissa TravisUnderstanding faith through scienceWe talk about a “progressive movement” within the ChurchThe theological slippage in many evangelical churches in AmericaProtestant churches in America are struggling to keep up with the changing trends of society

    [32:47 - 34:58] Final Words
    Be discerning when it comes to theology and to stay true to Scriptural doctrineBe involved in the solution, not the problem, by becoming educated in theologyFinal words


    Quote:
     "We can live out our faith as best we can. We can pray for them. We can look for opportunities to share with them. But often we kind of plow the ground and someone else comes in which is great and leads them to the Lord." - Lee Strobel
     
    Sources Mentioned:
    The Case for Heaven by Lee StrobelThe Afterlife Revealed by Michael TymnScience and the Mind of the Maker - Melissa Cain Travis

    You can connect with Lee through Twitter, or you can visit his website at https://leestrobel.com.


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    We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org
    Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. 

    • 40 min
    102 KTT Rewind: The Unpardonable Sin

    102 KTT Rewind: The Unpardonable Sin

    In this episode, Pastor Jeff Cranston and Jen Denton discuss one of the least understood passages in the New Testament. They shed light on the unpardonable sin is, what it is, how we know if we have committed it, and so much more! 
    This is a re-broadcasting of one of Kitchen Table Theology’s most popular episodes. Stay tuned for a brand new season coming May 1st!  


    [00:01 - 05:59] Opening Segment
    Jen talks about the topic of today’s episode.The Unpardonable SinPastor Jeff talks about the fear and self-doubt of guilty feelingsBreaking down the true meaning and the nature of unpardonable sinMost believers have asked themselves whether they have done something unforgivableThe debate about what unpardonable sin is amongst people[06:00 - 13:54] The Unpardonable Sin
    Pastor Jeff breaks down what Jesus said in the scripture about the unpardonable sinThe meaning of the word ‘Amen.’The definition of blasphemyThe hope of forgivenessForgiveness was possible for those who despise Christ [13:55 - 18:34] Blasphemy Against The Holy Spirit
    What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? The historical context of Jesus’s opponent Rejecting the witness of words and works of Christ Can sin against the Holy Spirit be committed by Christians? The requirements to commit blasphemy against the Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit in us would never allow us to commit that sinOvercoming self-condemnation and doubt [18:35 - 20:37] Closing Segment
    Final words from Pastor Jeff and Jen

    Tweetable Quotes:
    “if you worry that you have committed the unpardonable sin that's a pretty reliable sign that you have not committed it.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston.


    Bible Verses and Other Sources Mentioned:
    Mark 3Matthew 12:32Luke 12:8Luke 23:34Acts 3:17Matthew 12:24 
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    We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org
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    Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

    • 21 min
    101 Bonus Episode: Interview with Dr. Mark Smith

    101 Bonus Episode: Interview with Dr. Mark Smith

    In this episode of Kitchen Table Theology, Pastor Jeff, joined by Dr. Mark Smith, discuss the need for biblical literacy, especially among young people. They also tackle the future of the American Church and how people can tackle biblical illiteracy through modern resources that are available.  
    Dr. Mark A. Smith is currently the President of Columbia International University with nearly two decades of experience as a Christian higher education administrator. Prior to his current position, Dr. Smith served as the President of Ohio Christian University for 11 years. In his time with OCU, he was able to increase the attendance of the university tenfold, from 400 students to 4,600. Dr. Smith was involved in funding over 20 million dollars for facilities at OCU. Even before the accomplishments he experienced at OCU, Dr. Mark Smith served as Dean and later Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. 
    For over 20 years, Dr. Mark Smith's mission has been to help shape students into ministers, missionaries, and ministering professionals, determined to educate people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. He has written and published numerous articles for educational and professional development and even co-authored 2 novels so far: "Leading Change in Your World" and "The Church Leader’s MBA," a management manual for church leaders.
     
    [00:01] We Have an Announcement!
    Kitchen Table Theology is taking a break and will be back in May! Introducing guest Dr. Mark Smith 
    [04:35] Christianity in America and  How To Combat Biblical Illiteracy
    Dr. Smith gives his thoughts on the state of the American church, regarding theology and doctrineHow can Christian educators become more biblically literate?  Reading through the Bible within a set period of time with accountabilityhttps://www.shepherdsglobal.org offers free online bible study classes in 6 major languages https://www.ciu.edu can help you fulfill your calling to ministry!   
    [16:27] The Future of the American Church
    What will happen if the young people of America continue to be Biblically Illiterate?People will turn away from morals and valuesGod and His word will still be pursuing people 
    [20:39] Closing Up
    To know more, visit https://www.ciu.edu  Learn about Dr. Mark Smith by connecting with him on LinkedIn visit his website https://marksmithciu.com 
    Key Quotes
    “We have to, with intentionality and with purposefulness, say the Word has to be taught today more than ever.” - Dr. Mark Smith
    “Don't forget to tell people that great doctrine produces great lives lived out morally.” - Dr. Mark  Smith
     
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    We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today’s episode, email me at pastorjeff@lowcountrycc.org
    Visit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. 
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    Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Betsy CI SC ,

So important!!

So important and so helpful! Thank you Pastor Jeff and Jen for the wonderful biblical education. You are helping to clear up a lot of long term questions and setting our minds and hearts in the right direction. Grateful to you for these podcasts!

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Wonderful!

🎉 A perfect way to know and apply theology. Thank you Pastor Jeff and Jen!

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Wonderful and informative

This podcast is exactly what I needed. The words that came to mind after listening to the first podcast were …. Professional, unbiased, informative, and God-inspired. I can’t wait to listen to the rest! Please keep making these… I don’t ever want to run out of opportunities to learn more through this wonderfully done podcast!

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