A place for casual discussions of Biblical principles and difficult questions that face the Christian believer. We believe that the Bible can speak to todays issues, giving us the wisdom and courage we need for our lives. Find us online at patternsoftruth.org
Is Video Conferencing Dangerous For The Church?
Join us as we look at the benefits and pitfalls of technology, specifically video conferencing. Can video conferencing be dangerous for the Church? Does it make us complacent? Or does it reveal things that we were not aware before in our lives? Join us on this lively discussion and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast using your favorite app.
Christian Persecution & the Christian Right
In February 2021 James Coates, pastor of GraceLife Church in Canada, was arrested for defying government orders on public gatherings due to COVID-19 restrictions. He was charged with holding in-person worship services in violation of Edmonton, Alberta, health orders setting attendance limits to 15% of the facility’s total capacity. Some reports in U.S. media have also indicated pastor Coates was arrested for preaching the gospel.
For many believers, Coates’ arrest is a troubling government overreach into the rights of Christians to assemble together in worship of the Lord; a grim example of Christian persecution and a clarion call for the Church to resist the demands of authorities in obedience to God.
But is his case really one of Christian persecution? Do Christians in the United States have the clear perspective on what our Canadian brothers and sisters are facing and a clear viewpoint of biblically-defined persecution?
Join the Patterns of Truth podcast team as they interview Brian Reynolds, a Canadian brother teaching the Word through online resources, conferences, and written works, to discuss the distinction of social pressure verses Christian persecution, as well as the differences between political and biblical perspectives in regard to the restrictions being placed on people throughout North America.
If you are interested in learning more on this subject or viewing additional teaching from Brian Reynolds, Patterns of Truth invites you to check out his YouTube channel, Words of this Life. You are also encouraged to consider brother Brian’s books available at the following websites:
Believers Bookshelf USA
Believers Bookshelf Canada
What Does it Take to Find Truth?
Peter Keddis along with Roy Touzeau and Brian Warren tackle the question, “What Does it Take to Find Truth?”.
Does truth exist? This is a question with a long history of philosophical debate, but is it even relevant in an age of “post-modern” thinking? Is the questioning of the existence of truth just a way to justify our behavior and our individual perspective?
According to various statements made by Jesus in the scriptures, the starting point for any discussion on this topic from a Christian perspective is that truth is found in the Son of God. But does that mean that there is no place for so-called “relative” truth?
In this podcast, our guests open the discussion with the concepts and validity of objective, subjective, and relative truth, as well as the philosophical coherency of questioning the existence of truth itself. They then tackle the subject of what it takes to find the truth by overcoming our own desires for subjectivity and the satisfaction of our individual biases through hard work, proper motivation, a desire to know God’s will, and a willingness to address certain issues in our hearts and lives. Listeners will be challenged as they examine if the Bible alone is enough to understand God and His ways or if there is something more needed.
If you are interested in additional resources on this subject available through Patterns of Truth, we invite you to explore Brian’s post on The Glory of Kings, which examines the pursuit of truth as shown through Nebechadnezer, king of Babylon. You will also find additional help in the following two series:
Why We Succumb to Misinformation: How is it we are so willing to give into falsehood?
Escape From Error: How can we find the truth and keep ourselves from falling into falsehood?
Appreciated the helpful pointers in the first episode regarding how to respond to the question of if there is truth and reflecting on what it takes to know truth.
Looking forward to this!
I’ve been needing a podcast that tackles difficult issues from an informed, thoughtful, and biblical worldview. Great first episode, looking forward to future topics!
The discussion of truth is critical to life today
This is an excellent source for Bible based principles of truth.