21 episodes

In this podcast, we unpack some of the most popular "spiritual statements" that have made their way into popular culture and the church, even though they are not theologically sound. Together, we'll hold them up to the Bible to see what God's Word really has to say to us.

The Bible Never Said That Chara Donahue

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 79 Ratings

In this podcast, we unpack some of the most popular "spiritual statements" that have made their way into popular culture and the church, even though they are not theologically sound. Together, we'll hold them up to the Bible to see what God's Word really has to say to us.

    Episode 21: Half Truth - "Do Not Judge"

    Episode 21: Half Truth - "Do Not Judge"

    The Bible clearly says “Judge not.” But, it also says “Judge rightly.” You can make a defense for both if you pick out individual verses, so let’s explore all of them a bit more, in context, to get a better understanding of judgment.

    Articles Referenced: Judge Not, That You May Judge Well by Jon Bloom

    Books Referenced: All That's Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah Anderson

    Verses Referenced: Matthew 7:1-5, Matthew 7:16-20, John 7:15, Luke 6:37-38, James 4:12, 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, John 8:3-7, John 7:16-24, 1 Corinthians 5, 1 Corinthians 2:14-16, 1 Samuel 16:7

    You can find Chara at Anchored Voices | Facebook | Twitter

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/nadia_bormotova

    Episode 20: Half Truth - "All Sin Is Equal"

    Episode 20: Half Truth - "All Sin Is Equal"

    Is All Sin Equal? Yes… and no. Yes, all sin is equal in that all sin separates us from God. Apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ, all sin – big and small - condemns us. For those who believe, all sin is also covered by the blood of the cross.

    However, not all sin is equal in that there are varying consequences for varying sins. In this episode, Chara talks about different consequences for different types of sins and why we should think about this as we wrestle through our own "little sins."

    Verse Referenced: Roman 3:23; Romans 5:18-19; James 2:10; Matthew 11:23-24; 1 John 2:2; Luke 12:42-48; Galatians 6:7; Romans 6; Romans 6:23

    Articles Referenced:

    Billy Graham's Answer: What Is Sin? Are All Sins Equal in God's Eyes? By Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
    Little Sins by C.H. Spurgeon

    You can find Chara at Anchored Voices | Facebook | Twitter

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/BananVandam

    Episode 19: Half-Truth - The Devil Made Me Do It

    Episode 19: Half-Truth - The Devil Made Me Do It

    This is one of the oldest excuses in the book. In fact, this is the first excuse man and woman make after they sin. Is there any truth in this phrase? In this episode, Chara looks at legitimate instances of spiritual stronghold from the enemy, and when "the devil made me do it," becomes a mere excuse.

    Verses referenced: Genesis 3:11-13; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Ephesians 6:10-17; Mark 5; Luke 22:3-6; Luke 8:2; Mark 1:21-28; Mark 9:14-29; Romans 5:8; Galatians 3:2-3; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Luke 22:40

    Song referenced: From Now On from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

    Articles:
    10 Steps to Take Against Sin You Can't Shake by Chara Donahue

    You can find Chara at Anchored Voices | Facebook | Twitter

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/shtonado

    Episode 18: Half Truth - "God Would Want Me to Be Happy"

    Episode 18: Half Truth - "God Would Want Me to Be Happy"

    This is one of those half-truths. God wants us to be happy. He also wants us to be holy. It’s not an either/or, it’s a both/and.

    In this episode, Chara helps us understand how to think about our happiness and what God does and does not desire for us.

    Verses Referenced: Psalm 37:4, Galatians 5:16, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 1 John 2:17, Psalm 37:9-11, 1 John 2:17, Ephesians 1:7, Philippians 4:4, Romans 15:13, Psalm 16:8-9,11, Hebrews 11:24-25

    Articles Referenced:
    10 Desires of Your Heart God Always Says Yes To by Chara Donahue
    Christian Hedonism by John Piper, Desiring God

    Book Referenced: Glorious Weakness by Alia Joy

    You can find Chara at Anchored Voices | Facebook | Twitter

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nadia Bormotova

    Episode 17: “My Truth Can Be Different Than Your Truth"

    Episode 17: “My Truth Can Be Different Than Your Truth"

    We struggle in a society where no absolute truth is acknowledged, where “your truth” and “my truth” can be completely opposite and yet somehow equally “true.” In an attempt to be tolerant, we have risked giving up the discernment needed to draw a line between what is true and false. We are settling for individualized truth rather than what is true.

    Jesus himself declared “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This isn’t pride. This is sacred fact.

    In this episode, Chara takes us through Jesus’ trial in front of Pontius Pilate, and how Pontius’ rejection of absolute truth paved the road to the cross. The dangers of relative truth then, are still dangerous to us now.

    You can find Chara at: Anchored Voices | Facebook | Twitter

    Verses Referenced: John 14:6, John: 18 28-40, Matthew 7:15-20, John 6:60-69

    Articles Referenced: What Is Truth? By Ron Graham

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/BRO Vector

    Episode 16: "Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness"

    Episode 16: "Cleanliness Is Next to Godliness"

    This phrase is so popular that even Dictionary.com has an origin story for it. In this episode, we dive into why "cleanliness is next to Godliness" is problematic.

    Chara helps us understand why there were so many rules and regulations around cleanliness in the Old Testament, and what, if anything, we can and should take from that today.

    Scripture Referenced in This Episode:
    John 13:21, 1 Corinthians 14:40, Matthew 15, Luke 15, Leviticus 13:45-46, 2 Kings 5, Luke 5:12-15, 1 Corinthians 6:7-11, 1 John 1:7-9, Hebrews 9: 11-15, Psalm 51

    Website Referenced:
    Dictionary.com

    Articles Referenced:
    10 Stories from the Bible That Rarely Make It into Sermons by Chara Donahue

    You can find Chara at: Anchored Voices | Facebook | Twitter

    Episode Image Credit: Getty/Nuthawut Somsuk

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

1980's Athlete ,

Sucker-punch!!

I love listening to Mrs.Donahue reflect on scripture and the sometimes unclear subjects our culture seems afraid to b clear on. She packs-a-powerful punch in under 20 minutes, and it’s not uncommon for me to make notes on her shares and pass along to others.

Wyn0 ,

Bible study on the go

Quite a few really good discoveries in this short but effective podcast. I feel like I’m sitting in on Bible study listening to this, great stuff and another regular listen now on my commute, keep up the great work!

Nikki Myrtlr ,

Refreshing! Much needed in today’s society

I found this podcast by reading an article, and I’ve enjoyed it ever since. The author magnifies the Lord in every discussion. She gives practical advice for everyday life that is supported by Scripture and realized through the Holy Spirit. I’ve been able to apply the author’s tips each day, and I feel my relationship with God has become more clear and simple. Can’t say enough good things about this podcast!

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