The Big Picture Podcast: Who Really Means It?

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[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. I’m Joel Fieri and this podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society. Today I wanted to follow up on my podcast from a couple weeks ago with the Backrow Baptist, the guy in the back pew who can’t quiet keep the rhythm or sing on-key. You’ve seen him, and he’s seen you. On that podcast we were talking about how to respond to our rapidly secularizing cultur … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Jeffrey Jena

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[display_podcast] Comedian Jeffrey Jena, one of my closest friends on the planet, joins the show as we reminisce about our hazy early days in stand up comedy – which leads directly to memory loss due to getting older and frying brain cells when we were younger. You see, where some people have problems remembering things and simply blame it on a “senior moment”, Jeffrey and I know that there are entire sections of our cranium that were burned out at a Led Zeppelin concert in the mid-70’s. But h … [Read more...]

Ouxano: Key Things To Consider Regarding Old Testament History

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[display_podcast]The stories of the early nation of Israel begin in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis, and continues through the Book of Esther, with portions of Jonah and Daniel as well. In order to get you into the feel of what it’s like to be in the ancient times that these books took place, we’re going to go through some general guidelines that will help you understand the text much easier as you read. Remember, some of these people lived up to 4,000 years ago. That is a long t … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 8: How to be Filled with God’s Spirit

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It’s impossible to lead a Christian life if the Holy Spirit isn’t empowering you. When you became a Christian, God’s Spirit came to live inside of you, and He wants to have total freedom to empower you and influence you in the choices you make throughout your life. But you also have your own flesh – the reality of your sinful nature – still in you battling with the Holy Spirit over your will.In Ephesians 5, we learn about what it’s like to turn away from ungodly things, and then we read in ve … [Read more...]

Experience God: Matthew 26:36-39, “God’s will not mine”

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[display_podcast] Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina.Matthew 26:36-39 (Jesus in Gethsemane)36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”39 He went on a little farther and bow … [Read more...]

Carty’s Contemporary Classics: Sometimes It’s Sin, Sometimes It’s Not or Will I Burn If I Get the Hots?

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[display_podcast] Let’s start out with some stats:On a per capita basis, the group that’s leading in increased incidents of sexually transmitted disease is the 10 to 14-year-old age group. In 1970, less than 5% of all 15-year-old girls had had sex. By 1988 that number rose to 25%. Current estimates say that 20% of our high schoolers graduate with their virginity. Of those who have had sex, 30% of them have it once and then don’t do it again. Another 30% have had four partners or more … [Read more...]


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