We are a group of youth pastors in the Lancaster PA area that decided to put together a podcast that answers the questions our students are asking about faith in Jesus.
EP042 – What Happens on Judgment Day?
We continue with our third episode from our FAQ video series: What Happens on Judgment Day? This was recorded during the summer of 2020. You listen here or watch the video below:
EP041 – FAQ Series: Did God Create Evil?
We continue with our next FAQ question: Did God create evil? This series is taken from a videos we did over the summer of 2020. You can listen here, or watch the video below:
EP040 – FAQ SERIES: What Is The Trinity?
This episode is the first in our FAQ series. Pastor Chris Shelly began this series at his church, and then invited us to continue the conversation via our podcast. Today we're talking about matters of the Trinity. We're particularly excited about this one because it's the first time we've been able to provide an audio AND video podcast! You can watch the video below or catch us on your favorite podcast app. Thanks for listening!
EP039 – COVID-19. Blame. Idols. Home Church.
This is our first ever, social distancing approved, Skype recorded podcast episode! We recorded this episode on March 24th, only a couple weeks after the COVID-19 lockdown happened. We talked about many things, including... COVID-19; Target; Hazmat Suits; Could viruses be evil? Is COVID-19 the fault of humanity because of something we’ve done? Is it the fault of evil spiritual forces? God's original quarantine; Idols are falling; Uncertainty; Church in our homes; etc. Thanks for listening!
EP038 – When deceived by cults, whose fault is it?
The New Testament is filled with warnings of false teachers who would preach a different gospel, which Paul says is no gospel at all (Galatians 1:7). False gospels have been around since the first century and are still alive and thriving today. Our question for this episode pertains to the person who has been deceived by one of these cults. Whose fault is it? Would God really judge a devout person who unknowingly follows a false gospel? This is a question that should strike at home because there are millions of people today who have been deceived into following a cult. So what do we do about it?
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (key verse) - Test everything!
1 Corinthians 4:6 - Don't go beyond what is written in the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 3:13 - faith tested by fire
1 Peter 1:7 - faith tested by fire
2 Corinthians 8:22 - testing a brother in the faith
2 Corinthians 13:5-7 - test (examine) your own faith
Philippians 2:22 - Timothy was 'approved' (implies that his faith was tested)
1 Timothy 3:10 - Deacons in the church are tested
Acts 17:11 - The Berean Jews tested everything Paul was saying according to the Scriptures
Revelation 2:2 - Testing those who claim to be apostles and finding them to be false
1 John 4:1 - Test the spirits to see whether or not they are from God
Galatians 1:6-9 - Even if an angel brings another gospel, that angel is to be accursed
Galatians 2:1-10 - The gospel Paul preached was tested and approved by pillars of the faith
2 Timothy 4:3-4 - Some would rather hear what they want to hear, rather than sound, biblical teaching
Ephesians 5:6-14 - Encouragement to not be deceived
The Kingdom of the Cults, 6th Edition, by Walter Martin
God, Greed, and the Prosperity Gospel, by Costi Hinn
Cultish - Apologia Studios Podcast with Jeff Durbin and Jeremiah Roberts
American Gospel: Christ Alone documentary
Secret Church 18: Cults & Counterfeit Gospels
Unbelievable? Podcast - Justin Brierley, Bruxy Cavey and Paul Carter
EP037 – LGBTQ Part 3: Gender and Identity
In this final episode of our LGBTQ series, we continue the conversation with a question that was posed at the end of part 2: "What if genetics proves that genes make us gay or straight? Why would God do that?" This leads us into a discussion on gender and the different terms. We'll also take a look at eunuchs in the Bible, Joseph's coat of many colors, and an Old Testament law that forbids men and women from cross-dressing. We'll wrap up our series discussion with what the Bible says about our identity as a human being.
During our episode we went into some technical discussion on Greek and Hebrew biblical languages. Below are the notes from that discussion:
OT Hebrew = "saris"; NT Greek = "eunouchos")
A eunuch broadly references a general court official who, for natural or personal reasons, cannot reproduce.
Scripture References: Old Testament (42x) - Examples: Genesis 37:36, 39:1; Esther 2:3, 14-15 // New Testament (10x) - Examples: Matthew 19:12; Acts 8:27, 34, 36, 38-39
Genesis 37:3 - (Hebrew) "passim ketonet"
"passim" has an uncertain meaning // "ketonet" has a range of meaning (robe, tunic, garment). When both words are used together (Gen 37:3; 2 Sam 13:18-19) the phrase is translated in various ways due to the meaning of passim being somewhat lost.
Hebrew Nouns Fact and Implications:
They are usually masculine or feminine, but that has nothing to do with whether or not the noun was for a man or a woman (Futato, 18-19). It simply has to do with the form of the words. For example: "passim" is masculine (because of the "im" ending) and "ketonet" is feminine (because of the "et" ending). The point here is that Joseph's coat being a feminine coat due to "ketonet" being a feminine word is not a legitimate argument.
Greek Nouns work much the same way (Black, page 22).
Transforming, by Austen Hartke
Beginning Biblical Hebrew, by Futato
It's Still Greek To Me, by David Alan Black
Logos Bible Software 8 [various resources]