What happened to the weekly podcasts?!

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I’m so sorry that I’ve missed a couple of podcasts!  Thanks for your patience!

My microphone suddenly stopped working.  I’m using a Blue Yeti.  It seemed to be fine one moment and then it suddenly just stopped being fine as I was beginning to record an episode.  I haven’t found a fix for it yet so I’ll likely need to buy a new mic.

I’ll be back up as soon as I can be.

Thanks!

UPDATE:  I’ve bought a new mic.  However, I’m now in an Mdiv program at Tyndale.  Please see the post about the new season (click here) to learn about the changes being made to the podcast.

Why The Bible Needs Your Attention

Devotional on Hebrews 4:12-13

Why The Bible Needs Your Attention

Waking up, I turn to the table beside my bed to grab my iPad.  I open my email app, then check on my website, and then check on FaceBook.  Looks like a normal start to a Canadian morning, and I haven’t gotten out of bed yet.  Honestly, allowing the pressures of the day (or the drama of the social internet) to set my mood is a horrible way for me to start my day. There is something that I must give attention to, it must be the first voice I hear, and it must hold my absolute respect, or I can lose absolutely everything. I absolutely need to engage the Bible first, and so do you.

Never Forget – Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Never Forget

I remember sitting at the feet of my grandfather.  I was probably 4.  I remember running my fingers over the strange designs I found covering the speaker of his big wooden radio.  We sat there, listening to the hockey game, sharing a mutual contentment. I will never forget.

Halloween Special: The Devil, Demons & Disciples

Christianity 101

The Devil, Demons & Disciples

This is a halloween special. In this episode it’s time to demystify the devil and demons. It’s time to discover their secret powers, and find out more about demon possession and how demons are cast out. You’re going to find out how they effect you and how to protect yourself (sorry, garlic and silver bullets won’t work). This awesome episode pulls references from all over the Bible which makes it a great summary of what you need to know about The Devil, Demons and Disciples.

How Hard Is It To Be A Christian?

Devotional on Hebrews 4:1-11

How Hard Is It To Be A Christian?

I walked out of my grade 10 math exam with a big smile on my face because I felt that had just aced a midterm without studying at all.  A week later, after I had received my mark, I walked out of class very slowly and dejected because I had discovered that my confidence was sorely misplaced.  My grade 10 math test required more than what I was putting into it.  I’ve made the same mistake with my Christianity from time to time. God is eternally gracious and never stops calling us, but I’m finite and I reap the consequences of my choices.  Christianity begins with God’s expensive gift of mercy, and it is embraced with our expensive gift of personal engagement.  So, what does that look like?  How Hard Is It To Be A Christian?

HEB 08, Is Christianity Harder Than The Work You’re Putting Into It?

Christianity 101 Podcast - Hebrews 4:1-11

Is Christianity Harder Than What You're Putting Into It?

 

Everyone who wants to can enter into a friendship with God purely by choosing to believe in Jesus. Easy, peasy, no effort required – it’s a total act of faith. However, after that initial choice there is absolutely some relational elbow grease needed to stay in the relationship – faith eventually comes to look like faithfulness. So, there seems to exist a potential contradiction. If Salvation is a work of grace (obtainable by people who absolutely can’t be good enough), then why is it conditional on good performance once a friendship is established? In this episode we focus on Hebrews 4:1-11 and answer the question, Is Christianity Harder Than The Work You’re Putting Into It?

How To Avoid Disconnecting With Jesus

Devotional on Hebrews 4:7-19

How To Avoid Disconnecting

It’s hard to read many of the stories in the Old Testament.  One moment I read about awesome miracles like the plagues and the parting of the sea, then the next moment I read about people denying God’s existence. Those stories are not just historical, and about other people, they’re about today and they’re about me (and you).  God is awesome, but we tend not to treat Him as awesome.  God wants personal engagement, but we tend to give Him something less than personal.  That’s a big deal because it leads toward disconnecting from God, and disconnecting from His benefits.

HEB 07, How To Avoid Disconnecting

Christianity 101 Podcast - Hebrews 3:7-19

How To Avoid Disconnecting

Lawnmowers and Christians have something in common. I have an electric lawnmower – the kind that requires a really long extension cord that’s never quite long enough. As I’m mowing the edge of my property I repeatedly pull the cord out of the wall. Disconnecting a plug is annoying. Similarly, I have a friendship with Jesus. When I treat it as anything other than a friendship the possibility exists that I can disconnect from Jesus. If I don’t get plugged back in that ends very badly. In Hebrews 3:1-6 the pastor warns his congregation that disconnecting from Jesus is possible and ends horribly, so in this passage he reveals How To Avoid Disconnecting.

How To Slay The Three Headed Monster Of Distraction

Devotional on Hebrews 3:1-6

How To Slay The Three Headed Monster Of Distraction

With four kids and a Honey-Do List the one thing that gets most of my attention is my lack of focus.  There are so many things that I’d really love to get done.  They’re good things, too, not frivolous or self-gratifying.  But, I find that I am torn in so many directions, and they all seem to be really important.  Distraction is the focus. So, what is there to do about it?

HEB 06: Slay The Three Headed Monster Of Distraction

Christianity 101 Podcast - Hebrews 3:1-6

How to slay the three headed monster of distraction

Distraction isn’t unusual, it’s the norm. Most people I see follow very busy routines that welcome (and even invite) distraction. Within Christianity, distraction isn’t the problem that apostasy is, but it can be just as deadly. Both distraction and apostasy can end with a broken relationship with Jesus. That’s a really big deal, and it’s the reason why the pastor who wrote the sermon of Hebrews places so much emphasis warning against apathy. In today’s episode we’re going to discover what Hebrews 3:1-6 says about Slaying The Three Headed Monster Of Distraction.