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State of Theology (Part 3)

What Makes Worship Acceptable to God?

April 9, 2021

Roughly 40 percent of self-professing Evangelicals agree that God accepts the worship of all religions. They are not alone: many today believe that all religions are different but valid paths culminating in the same life after death. But the Bible paints a different picture, one that insists on the glory and singularity of Jesus Christ, the one mediator between God and man, and the plan that God is working through Christ to renew the world. Jay, Ryan, and Matt discuss this tenet of Christian faith and its implications. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

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State of Theology (Part 2)

Are Humans Good By Nature? • March 12, 2021

Almost half of self-professing Evangelicals believe that everyone sins a little, but most people are good by nature. On this episode, Jay, Ryan, and Matt discuss the witness of the Bible and the church’s tradition on this widespread belief. They also consider why modern people are disposed to this belief, and how the nuance of Scripture allows us to affirm both creaturely goodness and the widespread presence of sin. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

State of Theology (Part 1)

Was Jesus Merely a Teacher? • March 5, 2021

In this new series, Jay, Ryan, and Matt discuss some of the findings of Ligonier Ministries’ State of Theology survey. About one third of self-professing Evangelicals believe that Jesus was a great teacher, but he wasn’t God. Questioning Jesus’ identity as fully God and fully man has deep historical roots. Why might this belief be so prevalent today, especially among those who claim to be Christians? How should Christians who want to stand on the Bible and in the tradition of the church understand Jesus’ identity? Jay, Ryan, and Matt discuss these questions and more in this episode. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

Cloud of Witnesses (Part 5)

Francis Grimké: Living Christ's Grace • February 26, 2021 • Matt Gilleskie

Francis Grimke turned down a university presidency to continue pastoring. He helped found the NAACP. And he had some prescient words for white churches in his day and in our own. His message was exceedingly simple – (1) preach, believe, love, share, and treasure the gospel; and (2) obey it with all of your might. Grimke’s understanding of the church’s role in broken hearts and a broken society has much to teach us today. For further reading: - "The Negro: His Rights and Wrongs, the Forces for Him and Against Him," Francis J. Grimke [https://smile.amazon.com/Rights-Wrongs-Against-Classic-Reprint/dp/0331843307/] - "Meditations on Preaching," Francis J. Grimke [https://smile.amazon.com/Meditations-Preaching-Francis-James-Grimk%C3%A9/dp/1948102099] - “Some Reflections Growing Out of the Recent Epidemic of Influenza that Afflicted Our City,” Francis J. Grimke. This sermon was preached after the devastating outbreak of the Spanish flu. It was republished by 9Marks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic due to its resonance with our time. [https://www.9marks.org/article/some-reflections-growing-out-of-the-recent-epidemic-of-influenza-that-afflicted-our-city/] - "The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors," Thabiti Anyabwile [https://smile.amazon.com/Faithful-Preacher-Recapturing-Pioneering-African-American/dp/1581348274/] Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.