Reining in Ray – Quarantine Edition

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Its been awhile since we’ve done in Reigning in Ray! We’re back. So listen in as Ray and chat about life under quarantine including Ray’s new Broadway play and Kevin’s blurb for a yet-to-be-published book.

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Episode 125 – Clearing Up Coronavirus Confusion

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In this special episode we’re tackling the coronavirus. Our guest is Dr. Gordon Lin, an ER doctor in Rockford, IL. We want to take this seriously as we love our neighbor and not hysterically as we have not been given a spirit of fear. Listen in for a serious theological and medical discussion with just a touch of humor.

For the first time ever – watch the video here:

 

Download the mp3 or stream the audio as usual here:

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Recommended Resources:

What To Do if You Are Sick by the CDC
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic by the WHO
EM:RAP Live: COVID-19 Update

Episode 124 – Unquestioned Answers, Part 1

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This week we begin a series based on the new book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Meyers. The book explores many of those questions Christians often ponder but never feel comfortable asking. In the next few weeks we will tackle ten different cliches that serve to suppress any thought or discussion and only provides surface level simplicity that helps no one.

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Recommended Resources:

Unquestioned Answers: Rethinking Ten Christian Clichés to Rediscover Biblical Truths by Dr. Jeff Myers
Understanding the Times: A Survey of Competing Worldviews by Dr. Jeff Myers and Dr. David A. Noebel

Martin Luther on the Coronavirus

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash no foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

Luther’s Works Volume 43 pg 132
“Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess

Read also:

What Martin Luther Teaches Us About Coronavirus by Emmy Yang

When the Deadly Outbreak Comes: Counsel from Martin Luther by Justin Taylor

Episode 123 – What is A Healthy Church Member?

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For this week’s podcast I blow off the dust of an interview I conducted years ago with Thabiti Anyabwile about his book What is A Healthy Church Member? While the audio quality isn’t the greatest, the content is well worth your time (and maybe your strain). We first talk about Thabiti’s salvation testimony and then get into topics such as a Biblical case for membership, church discipline, how to listen to a sermon, what part theology should play in the lives of the average person in the pew, and what the gospel really is all about. Thabiti Anyabwile is a church planter in Washington DC (has been Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands) and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.

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Recommended Resources:

What is A Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile
The Pure Church Blog
Thabiti on Twitter
Community Strong Family Conference

Free E-Book Alert – Lexham Research Commentary: Genesis 1–11

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For all you Logos users (and there is a free version for cheap people like me):

At first glance Genesis 1–11 appears to be a random, loosely related collection of stories and lists. Yet there is clearly a purpose for the placement of these chapters at the beginning of Genesis. As a prequel, Gen 1–11 provides a background to the message of the entire Bible; it introduces God, reveals His power in creation, and illuminates God’s expectations for humanity.

Download the book here.

Free E-Book Alert – The Bible Knowledge Commentary Major Prophets

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For a limited time only, you can download a free copy of The Bible Knowledge Commentary Major Prophets (BK Commentary) by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck.  Here’s the description:

Hard Truths and Amazing Grace

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel spoke words of warning, comfort, and punishment to the people of Israel in Judah and during the Babylonian Captivity. Though they faced incredible loss and persecution as they grieved the choices the Israelites made, these major prophets of the Old Testament fulfilled their role as God’s voice to a rebellious people.

In this highly respected commentary, Dallas Theological Seminary scholars explore the historical and cultural background of the prophets, the literary devices they used, and what these books teach us about God’s call to us to follow Him today.

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Episode 121 – Room for Doubt, Part 2

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Welcome to part two of our conversation with Dr. Richard Knopp and Dr. Zach Breitenbach on the campus of Lincoln Christian University. We’re chatting about their new apologetic program, Room for Doubt. The conversation was going so great we just let the recording run as we kept on going well beyond our normal episode time frame. So, sit back and enjoy this fun but meaningful conversation.

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Recommended Resources:

Room For Doubt