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Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins are here to talk about Jesus, faith, and the Christian Life. A show filled with powerful interviews, fascinating theological deep-dives, and a never ending stream of questions, there’s always something to discover on The Good Lion Podcast.

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The GoodLion Podcast Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 69 Ratings

Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins are here to talk about Jesus, faith, and the Christian Life. A show filled with powerful interviews, fascinating theological deep-dives, and a never ending stream of questions, there’s always something to discover on The Good Lion Podcast.

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    Beyond HellFire: The True Terror of Separation from God

    Beyond HellFire: The True Terror of Separation from God

    Today, on the Good Lion Podcast, we explore the mysteries of sin, wrath, and the enigmatic concept of hell, a topic that stirs the soul and challenges the heart. How do we reconcile a God of infinite love with the doctrine of eternal punishment? What is hell? Is it merely a place, or could it be a present reality, as tangible as the air we breathe?

    In this episode, Aaron shares part of a lecture on sin and hell that was originally taught at the Good Lion School of discipleship with the goal of helping young Christians navigate these tumultuous waters. Through biblical texts and personal reflection, we explore the intricate dance between divine justice and mercy. Why would a loving God create a realm of eternal suffering? Is hell intended for humanity, or does its creation serve a different divine purpose entirely? And, are the flames of hell literal, or merely a metaphor?

    These are questions that haunt believers and skeptics alike.

    As we unpack these themes, prepare to be challenged, comforted, and perhaps even confronted by an issue we tend to avoid.

    You're listening to the Good Lion Podcast.


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    • 27 min
    Debate: Without the Serpent, Would Adam and Eve Still have Sinned? | Brian Higgins & Aaron Salvato

    Debate: Without the Serpent, Would Adam and Eve Still have Sinned? | Brian Higgins & Aaron Salvato

    In this episode (Part 2 in our series on the nature of Sin and Hell), Brian and I do something we rarely do – we disagree. We dive into the question: If the serpent hadn't shown up in Eden, would Adam and Eve have still sinned?

    It's a thought-provoking debate that not only questions the inevitability of sin but also challenges us to consider the dynamics of temptation and will.

    But our conversation doesn't stop there. We go beyond the debate to explore the broader implications of the Fall. How does this event shape our understanding of redemption, grace, and our journey with God?

    We're talking about the big stuff here – human nature, divine providence, and the complexities of our relationship with the Almighty.

    Join Brian and I as we navigate this respectful yet spirited debate. It's a journey back to the Garden of Eden, exploring, questioning, and learning together. Tune in and be a part of this enriching conversation!

    #TheSerpentsRole, #AdamAndEveDebate, #OriginalSin, #BiblicalTheology, #ChristianDialogue, #EdenDiscussion, #TheologicalDebate, #SinAndTemptation, #DivineProvidence, #GraceAndRedemption, #HumanNature, #ChristianPerspectives, #GardenOfEden, #FreeWillInScripture, #FaithAndUnderstanding, #ScripturalInsights, #RespectfulDisagreement, #TheologyPodcast, #ChristianDiscourse, #BiblicalNarratives
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    CHAPTERS

    Intro (00:00:00)

    The Debate: Would Adam and Eve Still Sin Without The Serpent? (00:00:58)

    Brian: Yes Because of Human Curiosity (00:01:11)

    Aaron: No Because of Human Innocence (00:03:39)

    The Consequences of Rebellion: A Deeper Look (00:09:53)

    The Role of Rebellion in Sin: A Conclusion (00:11:44)

    The Parenting Analogy: Understanding God's Perspective on Sin (00:13:55)

    God's Response to Deliberate Rebellion (00:20:07)

    The Hope in the Midst of Sin: A Gospel Presentation (00:30:22)

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    • 38 min
    Theology: What is the Nature of Sin? | Brian Higgins & Aaron Salvato

    Theology: What is the Nature of Sin? | Brian Higgins & Aaron Salvato

    In this episode, Brian Higgins and I dive into a topic that's foundational yet often elusive – the nature of sin. This isn't just another rundown of wrongdoings; it's a profound theological exploration that invites you to rethink what you know about sin.

    We attempt at peeling back the layers to reveal sin not as a mere catalogue of missteps, but as a deep, underlying corruption that affects every part of our being. Drawing from the rich tapestry of Scripture, we start in the Garden of Eden, uncovering insights about God’s intentions and mankind’s fall.

    We then navigate through the complex terrain of the Seven Deadly Sins, seeing them as symptoms of a much deeper spiritual ailment.

    This episode is designed to challenge and deepen your understanding, bridging the gap between ancient biblical texts and our contemporary struggles. It's an invitation to engage with one of the most pivotal concepts in Christian theology and to discover the radical necessity of grace in our lives.

    #BiblicalTheology, #UnderstandingSin, #ChristianDiscourse, #FaithExploration, #ScriptureInsights, #SpiritualJourney, #TheologyTalk, #DeepDiveFaith, #GenesisContext, #SevenDeadlySins, #SpiritualCorruption, #FallenNature, #GraceAndSalvation, #ChristianPodcast, #SinAndRedemption, #GardenOfEdenAnalysis, #FaithfulReflections, #ChristianLifeChallenges, #DiscipleshipFocus, #ScripturalWisdom

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    (00:00:02) Introduction to the Nature of Sin
    (00:00:53) Welcome to the GoodLion Podcast
    (00:02:55) Understanding Sin: A Deeper Dive
    (00:05:53) Sin as a Dark Destructive Force
    (00:07:55) Sin as Rebellion: The Genesis Account
    (00:19:59) Sin as a Symptom: The Seven Deadly Sins
    (00:29:24) Sin as Rebellion and Personal Responsibility
    (00:36:13) Conclusion and Farewell


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    • 37 min
    Famous Last Words: Evanglism is for Everyone

    Famous Last Words: Evanglism is for Everyone

    Aaron: In the summer of 2016, I shared a heartfelt sermon at camp that explored the deep meaning in Jesus' final words and the unending invitation to evangelism. This episode revisits that summer camp sermon, focusing intently on the thematic core of evangelism and the personal transformation it calls each of us towards.

    In the latter half of the sermon, I open up about my own journey toward embracing evangelism. Initially, as a young pastor, the notion of stepping into an evangelistic role was daunting, marked by fear and hesitation. However, through a series of divine nudges and undeniable growth experiences, God firmly led me down the path of learning how to share my faith. This journey wasn't just about learning to share the Gospel, but discovering the transformative power of making evangelism an integral part of life and ministry.

    Now, I am more convinced than ever that evangelism is a very often overlooked heartbeat of our faith! Whether it's through spoken word, acts of service, or the way we live our lives, evangelism is a massive part of the expression of Christ's love to the world around us.

    This episode is an invitation to reflect on your own call to evangelism. It challenges the notion that sharing the gospel is a task for a select few, urging every listener to consider how they, too, can live out the Great Commission in their unique context. Whether you're a seasoned believer or new to your faith journey, this episode aims to inspire a deeper commitment to the lifestyle of evangelism, embodying the message of Christ in every action and interaction.

    I hope it encourages you in your journey of growth and obedience, and helps discover how you can become a living echo of Christ's call to evangelism.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Progressive Dispensationalism, Eschatology Reimagined - With Dr. Darrell Bock

    Progressive Dispensationalism, Eschatology Reimagined - With Dr. Darrell Bock

    Welcome, theology nerds and seekers! On this season 9 finale, we're diving deep into the world of dispensationalism. Whether you're a seasoned theologian or a fresh-faced learner, we've got something for you!

    Our guests are Mike Dente, Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Paris, France, and Professor Darrell Bock from Dallas Theological Seminary. We discuss everything from the distinctions between Israel and ethnic Israel, the Church, and political Israel, to progressive and traditional dispensationalism. We're unraveling the complex tapestry of God's divine program, one thread at a time.

    We dive into the pivotal covenants God has made, and seek to understand how these manage His divine program. We also discuss the interplay between covenantal theology and dispensationalism, and what this means for our understanding of the Bible's multi-dimensional nature.

    We also explore the complexities of identifying God's people (is it Israel, or the Church?), examine the reconciliation of one people of God, and discuss the mission of redemption for Jews and Gentiles alike.

    We also address the relevance of prophecy update church services… Yes, we're going there!

    We dig into the ethical implications of judgment and rapture in the dispensationalism context, offering insights on compassionate interpretation and the importance of living out your faith. Plus, we discuss the potential dangers of viewing those who do not share our faith as enemies rather than a mission field.

    In the second half of the episode, we ask Dr. Bock to engage with an article by Scot McKnight, as well as the teachings of NT Wright. You definitely don't want to miss this!

    Chapters 

    (00:00:00) - Intro: What is Progressive Dispensationalism? 

    (00:09:35) - Exploring Covenantal and Dispensational Theology 

    (00:25:36) - Who are God's People? 

    (00:38:04) - Newspaper Theology & Prophecy Updates: Helpful, or Harmful? 

    (00:48:22) - Is the Amillennial View a Theologically Liberal Interpretation? 

    (00:57:50) - Engaging with Scott McKnight: "The Late Great Dispensationalism?" 

    (01:16:05) - N.T. Wright and Inaugurated Eschatology

    (01:23:36) - Common Grace and Cultural Engagement for the Dispensationalist








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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Answering Questions From Pastors About Doubt & Deconstruction - (with Johnny Zacchio)

    Answering Questions From Pastors About Doubt & Deconstruction - (with Johnny Zacchio)

    In today's episode, we delve into a profound conversation with my friend, Pastor Johnny Zacchio. Johnny brings some pertinent pastoral questions about the subject of doubt and deconstruction, which is a significant issue for many within the church today.

    His questions focus on how pastors can understand a simple meaning of deconstruction, and how we can better minister and lend support to those wrestling with these challenging topics.

    Alongside discussing my personal standpoints and experiences, we unpack how the church can better understand, empathize with, and shepherd the 'doubter' in our communities. Our conversation is a deep dive into the intersection of faith, doubt, and how we can uphold the truth while extending grace and mercy.

    Whether you are in ministry, a lay leader, volunteer, or simply a Christian seeking to help others follow Jesus, this episode is for you. So let's jump right in!

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    LINKS:


    CGN Doubt & Deconstruction Resources for Pastors and Leaders
    My conversation with Evan Wickham on Hope for Doubters & Deconstructors
    Part 1 of a video series Nick Cady and I are doing on this topic.
    The Full Audio Workshop Nick Cady & I did at the 2023 CGN Conference.




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    • 33 min

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