59 episodes

The Trinity doctrine is perplexing. Many Christians prefer explicit Scriptures on the one God over catholic creeds. Mark Cain explores living as a lower-case-u unitarian amid a trinitarian majority with insights and stories from unorthodox guests.

Unitarian Christian Alliance Mark Cain, UCA member

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

The Trinity doctrine is perplexing. Many Christians prefer explicit Scriptures on the one God over catholic creeds. Mark Cain explores living as a lower-case-u unitarian amid a trinitarian majority with insights and stories from unorthodox guests.

    Glory & the Shortest Proof - John 17:5

    Glory & the Shortest Proof - John 17:5

    Three options on a question of Jesus' shared glory, and the alluring Proofthagorean Theorem. 
    RESOURCES
    John 17:5 - The glory Jesus had with the Father Hermeneutics Where's Waldo (Wally)? Proofthagorean Theorem - The shortest proof between two passages is a straight supposition. Psalm 107 to Mark 4 - Storm calming proof (like here) Luke 5:21 to Matthew 9:2 - Forgiveness proof Isaiah 43:11 to 1 John 4:14 - No savior besides God proof 28. The “None Besides God” Rule - Isaiah 43:11 Isaiah 42:8 to John 17:5 - God doesn't share glory proof John 17:22 - The glory that was proof ends up shared with us John 20:17 - Jesus tells us that his Father is his and our God Notional preexistence 1 Peter 1:20 - Jesus described before time as "foreknown" not as "existing" 53. The Chiff of Life UCA Events Page! FUEL 2022 - Turning Point Youth Ministry Other texts related to notional preexistence: 1 Peter 1:20, 1 Peter 1:1-2, Acts 2:23, 2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, Romans 16:25, Ephesians 1:4, Matthew 25:34; 13:35; 20:23, Hebrews 11:16, Luke 11:50, Revelation 13:8  EPISODE INDEX
    (00:50) Who we are (01:43) Common ground (02:40) Hermeneutics (03:34) Doctrine Affirmation Therapy (05:58) Proof Theorem (07:39) Short Facebook interaction (11:09) That interaction explained (12:04) Trinity recap (13:04) Salvational requirement? (13:39) My neighbors (14:53) Anne's letter (15:41) Commending that letter (17:31) Proof texting (19:34) A menu of options (20:19) The Trinitarian option (20:42) The Arian option (21:37) Considering the options so far (24:04) A detail-lacking disadvantage (25:01) Notional preexistence (28:25) Being foreknown (31:55) My preferred interpretation (32:40) Prayer for my glory that I had... (35:04) Bonus engagement tips (35:43) First: Trust (36:05) Second: Offer Options (37:17) Third: Ask Bigger Questions (37:17) Fourth: Discuss Topics with Love and Patience (37:43) Fifth: Enjoy Your Discussion (38:09) Events and my activities (40:41) Ken from New Zealand (42:16) Call to action (43:03) Footnote, request for Proofthagoreams FEEDBACK
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    • 43 min
    Emotional Abuse - Cara Shope

    Emotional Abuse - Cara Shope

    Recognizing and dealing with a subtle form of abuse vs. the sincere desire to honor marriage.
    RESOURCES
    Scriptural Study Groups of Central Ohio Nouthetic counseling BibleProject Podcast Restitutio One God Report 2022 UCA Conference Registration LINKS FOR ADDITIONAL READING
    5 Myths the Church Often Believes About Domestic Violence Message to a Baptist Church: You Preached Death to the Hearts of One Hundred Women Today 1-in-4 Highly Religious U.S. Marriages Have Abuse Four Things the Church Doesn’t know About Abusive Marriages NCADV National Abuse Statistics Confronting Domestic Violence with Love and Authority EPISODE INDEX
    (05:44) The interview, introductions (09:08) The problem (12:31) Religions amplification (13:39) A Part-time job (16:01) Isolating (17:08) Men abused, too (17:44) Counseling (19:51) Who am I trying to please? (20:50) The move out (21:34) Unitarian beliefs (22:07) Theology text landmines (22:52) Fired before starting (23:48) Understanding emotional abuse (25:34) Gaslighting (26:46) Projection (28:53) Word salad (30:14) Hoovering (31:16) One in three (32:25) Blame shifting (32:50) Playing the victim (33:27) Control + isolation (35:00) What do we do? (36:09) Gray and yellow rock (39:22) Convincing them? (41:00) Staying married (41:53) Counseling (43:12) God's heart (45:51) Teaching caveat (47:27) Current helping efforts (49:47) Cara and the next UCA conference (51:27) UCA announcement (52:22) New event in Indiana (53:10) Tim from Virginia (55:05) Boat and crew example FEEDBACK
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    • 59 min
    Blood in the Water

    Blood in the Water

    Swimming with sharks and scammers...how sin, friends, patience, and awareness impact your safety.
    RESOURCES
    1. The Perilous Trinity Deep Dive 48. A Strait Betwixt Two - Nathan Moon 1 John 3:19-20 - The heart 24. Conscience 5. Uh, Did God Put Coal in my Stocking? 46. Towering Pressure Philippeans 4:12 - Content with plenty or little UCA Events UCA Conference EPISODE INDEX
    (02:36) Others to make our lives better (03:40) Weakness (05:14) Prowling (05:48) Sin (06:32) The conscience (07:44) The glint that pricks (09:07) This generation (10:28) External salvation (11:56) Scammers (13:21) Contentment (13:56) Exploitation (16:16) Personal experience (17:41) The warning bell (18:08) Taking sin seriously (19:30) Hardeing (22:51) Tips to harden yourself (23:18) 1. Low maintenance friends (24:19) 2. Outside friends (27:59) 3. Question authority (30:12) 4. Patience (32:58) 5. Share with friends (35:33) 6. Be honest (36:28) 7. Sunk cost fallacy (38:09) 8. Deal with your sin (39:46) Things to watch for (40:51) 1. Self-inflation (41:52) 2. Head strong & stubborn (43:08) 3. No friend access (43:51) 4. Answers to their questions (44:20) 5. Secrets (45:24) 6. Overly helpful (49:55) 7. Overwhelming (51:24) 8. Anxiety inducing (52:05) 9. Righteousness signalling (55:02) Four point summary (56:05) Isolation problem (59:08) Logistics (1:00:49) True love FEEDBACK
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Meant to Be Understood - Tom Huszti

    Meant to Be Understood - Tom Huszti

    A life of tepid Trinitarianism takes a lurch, a pause, and then a burst of clarifying realization.
    RESOURCES
    49. The Eventgelist - Amanda Dunn Genesis 18 - The three angels Al Garza's books Tim Mackie - The BibleProject Podcast Colossians 1:16 - Image of the invisible God Mark 12:28 - Jesus declares the Shema Acts 2:22-36 - Peter's inspired sermon UCA Events EPISODE INDEX
    (04:29) The Interview (05:50) Desiring to help a theological situation (07:16) The Three God theory (08:25) Podcasting opportunities (09:28) BibleProject, image bearer (12:33) The son of Man's teaching (15:15) The Jewish tour guide (17:07) The Jewish concept of Messiah (18:27) Sermons in Acts (22:14) Meaning given to all Scripture (23:05) Conversation with Muslims (24:50) Decision: Jesus raised from dead? (25:56) Jesus as the benchmark (27:23) Difficult conversations (28:33) Mystery as a start or an end (29:20) Peter might not have the message right? (31:56) The goodness of God (32:38) The truck driver's destroying God (33:56) He's come to bring life (35:44) Jesus' words, more serious (38:01) Settling for a "mystery" (38:57) A comprehensible choice (41:14) Wrap up (42:00) Closing and Events (42:41) UCA ticket price (45:14) Sponsor opportunity (46:10) Mark needs further weeks off (46:50) Call to action! FEEDBACK
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    Pauses and pacing are hand crafted, artisan efforts. If your podcast app lets you remove silences, please don't. You will enjoy this better with the silences left in.
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    • 47 min
    This Fire in Me - Edgardo Gavino

    This Fire in Me - Edgardo Gavino

    One man's response to God's call spawned multiple fellowships in the Philippines and a Joseph-like opportunity in local government.
    RESOURCES
    Christian Educational Services (CES) Spirit & Truth Iglesia ni Cristo 44. Hmm...You Sound Apostate - Laureen Jandroep (Part 1) Animism Allegiance to the King (A2K) 1 Corinthians 15:58 - Stand firm John 15:16 - I have chosen you Matthew 28:19 - The great commission EPISODE INDEX
    (01:01) John Truitt, A2K (01:56) The interview (02:37) Edgardo's early years (04:05) Unencouragement (05:30) Getting serious with faith (07:04) Asking for confirmation (08:36) God's provisions (10:47) The Bible college (12:20) Sophomore pastoring opportunity (13:10) Getting suspended (14:38) Conviction on the bus (16:20) Finding unitarian faith (18:15) Inglesia ni Christo (20:13) INC showing up? (22:28) Coming out of high-control groups (23:28) Children's and prison ministry (25:16) Ending up on the town's Advisory Council (26:59) Work within the police station (29:01) Teaching on Kingdom of God (29:42) Joseph similarity (30:33) Enumerating the churches and groups (33:32) New opportunity with indigenous people (35:51) Encouraging words (37:15) Milk (37:51) Events (38:51) Mark boldly plans to Contact everyone (40:11) Change in frequency of UCA podcasts (every other week) FEEDBACK
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    • 41 min
    The Chiff of Life

    The Chiff of Life

    Mark whistles, saws, and reflects in answering "Why would I want to live forever?" RESOURCES
    UCA Resource page James 1:19 - Rapid listening, slowed speaking 37. Suicide, Death, and Love - Dan DeFrang Irish Tin Whistle End-blown Flute Luke 17:1 - Jesus uncharacteristically suggests violence UCA Conference, Oct 13-15 UCA Conference meet-up topic survey Call for papers, UCA conference 46. Towering Pressure Will Barlow's teaching series EPISODE INDEX
    (00:31) Anticipating questions (02:51) Our formative experiences (04:11) God as "father" (06:13) Not underestimating that impact (07:25) Lydia and "broken" people (08:25) Hitting the sinner button (08:44) Dan's question on living forever (10:15) Unpleasant nuances, life of pain (11:22) My bias on life (11:58) I answer (12:48) Wonders, whistle, chiffs (19:20) Learning in the kingdom (20:32) Two views on life (22:00) Harm to children, Jesus' thoughts (23:08) Answer for a broken soul (24:41) Thanks for commute friends (25:14) UCA conference, simmering ideas (26:04) Call for papers (26:23) Philippines foretaste (26:39) Audio clip submision (27:21) Brandon Duke pressured (31:24) His father's admission (35:44) Positive formative years (36:06) Daily opportunities, chiffs (36:53) Brandon's PS (37:22) Suggestion for Barlow's series FEEDBACK
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Kielmj ,

Fantastic!! Wonderful on so many levels!!

I first learned about this podcast at episode 48. Rest assured I will now go back from the beginning and catch up. Mark has such a wonderful ‘radio’ voice and great rapport with his guests! Terrific organization and production value!
Thank you, Mark! And thank God for you!!
In Christ,
Matt
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