Can Women Be Pastors? (Part 1)
December 8, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe, Jessica Horner • Genesis 1
This week we begin to tackle one of our most asked questions. It's probably not an understatement to say that this is one of the most hotly debated topics in current evangelical Christianity. In this first episode, Pastor David and Nathan Crowe are joined by Jessica Horner, to discuss the definitions of the two main views on this issue: egalitarianism and complementarianism. We hold to a complementarian viewpoint and explain what that means in the episode. Our discussion includes a survey of the incredible ways that God used women throughout the Scripture and an exhortation to Christian women to serve the Lord.
What is the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? (Part 2)
December 1, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe • Matthew 28:11–15
Last week we examined 4 facts that the vast majority of Christian and skeptic scholars agree upon surrounding the events of Jesus' life: 1) Jesus of Nazareth was EXECUTED by crucifixion and buried in Joseph’s tomb 2) Jesus’ tomb was found EMPTY three days later 3) Some believed they had EYEWITNESS experiences of Jesus alive after his death. 4) The EARLY TESTIMONY of Christians was belief in a resurrected Jesus The question is, how can we explain these facts? What theory or explanation can account for all of the pieces of this puzzle? Many theories have been offered throughout the ages but one stands above them all. In this episode, we finish Pastor David's sermon, "How Can We Explain the Empty Tomb?"
What is the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? (Part 1)
November 24, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe • Matthew 28:11–15
How can we explain the empty tomb? We have to begin by examining the facts surrounding it. The vast majority of scholars, both skeptic and Christian, agree on 4 essential facts regarding the life and death of Jesus. Those 4 facts might surprise you – but understanding them will help us to piece together what actually happened on the Sunday morning after Jesus died. In this episode, we begin to look at a sermon that Pastor David recently preached about the resurrection called, "How Can We Explain The Empty Tomb?"
LIGHTNING ROUND! If God knows what will happen, what is the importance of prayer?
November 17, 2023 • David Horner
Today we are doing a lightning round on the podcast! That means that Nathan has picked a handful of questions that our listeners have asked and David will give his short, off-the-cuff answers to them. In this episode, we answer: • (0:55) Does a believer go straight to heaven when they die? If so, how does that all work out with the rapture and final resurrection? • (05:42) If God knows what will happen, what is the importance of prayer for healing, etc.? • (09:06) Is it wrong to be a climate activist or a vegan? • (13:57) What does the Bible say about tithing? • (17:13) What is the point of asking God for forgiveness if I know I'm probably going to commit the sin again in the future?
Why were some New Testament books disputed?
November 10, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
The process of recognizing the New Testament canon took some time. When it was originally written, the New Testament was not one compiled literary work but rather 27 different writings that circulated around the early church. As the church expanded, began dealing with false teachers and doctrines, and came under intense persecution, it became necessary to spell out the recognized limits of the New Testament canon. In the process, some books like Hebrews, James, or Revelation were disputed for a time but eventually recognized as canonical. Additionally, fraudulent books began to be written, claiming to be from one of the apostles or close associates of Jesus. Dan Brown popularized the idea in the DaVinci code that all of these writings had equal weight with the rest of the New Testament writings we have today, and that at the Council of Nicea in the 4th century, the church picked the books they liked and discarded the ones they didn't. David and Nathan discuss all the disputes and dispel the myths surrounding the New Testament in this episode.
What books belong in the New Testament?
November 3, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe • John 14:25–26, John 16:12–14, Hebrews 1:1–2
In this episode, David and Nathan discuss the New Testament canon and how the person and work of Jesus necessitated that the New Testament be written. We delve into topics such as: • The role of apostles and how they were commissioned by Jesus to give us the New Testament • The qualifications of apostleship and why the canon of Scripture is now closed • Who wrote each New Testament book • The tests of canonicity as applied to the New Testament
Is the Apocrypha Scripture? (Part 2)
October 27, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
Roman Catholics include 7 additional books in their Bibles that Protestants reject as Scripture. Protestants call these books the "Apocrypha" (meaning "hidden") while Roman Catholics call them the "Deuterocanon" (meaning "second canon"). Should they be included in our Bibles or not? David and Nathan discuss several topics in part 2 including: • The Church Fathers • Jerome and the Vulgate • The Reformation • The Council of Trent • Concluding Thoughts
Is the Apocrypha Scripture? (Part 1)
October 20, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
Roman Catholics include 7 additional books in their Bibles that Protestants reject as Scripture. Protestants call these books the "Apocrypha" (meaning "hidden") while Roman Catholics call them the "Deuterocanon" (meaning "second canon"). Should they be included in our Bibles or not? David and Nathan discuss several topics in part 1 including: • Why it matters • The time the apocrypha was written and cessation of the prophets • The Septuagint • Jesus and the apostles' view of these books Part 2 will include discussion on: • The Church Fathers • Jerome and the Vulgate • The Reformation • The Council of Trent • Concluding Thoughts
What books belong in the Old Testament?
October 13, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
How did the Old Testament canon develop? What did Jesus have to say about the Old Testament Scriptures? In this episode, David and Nathan discuss the development of the Old Testament canon, Jesus' view on the OT Scriptures, and some of the books that the Jews ultimately rejected from their Scriptures like the book of Enoch or the book of Jubilee. They also discuss how some books, like Esther or Song of Solomon, were disputed at one point but eventually gained full acceptance into the canon.
How do we know what books belong in the Bible?
October 6, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
How do we know what books belong in the Bible? This question deals with a topic called canonization. The word canon means, "a rule, a standard, or a measure." The books that we attribute divine authority to create the "rule" or "standard" of our lives and faith – therefore it is important to know we have the right ones! In this episode, we introduce the topic of canonization including: • Defining the term "canon" • The church's role in canonization (determining vs. discovering) • 5 tests of canonicity
How did we get the Bible in our language? (Part 3 of 3)
September 29, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
Do you realize that people gave their lives so that the Bible could be translated into English? We talk about translation and more in this episode, including: • Textual criticism • John Wycliffe • William Tyndale • King James Version • Which English Bible translation you should read
Is the Bible reliable? (Part 2 of 3)
September 22, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
Can we trust that the Bible was accurately transmitted down through the ages? In this episode we discuss the reliability of the Bible including: • The original autographs • Manuscript evidence • Dead Sea Scrolls This is part 2 of our 3-part series on how we got our Bibles.
How did we get the Bible? (Part 1 of 3)
September 15, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe • 2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Timothy 3:16–17
How did we get the Bible that we hold in our hands today? The process begins with the Divine Author – God, and the human authors. In this episode, we discuss some astounding facts about the Bible and explore what the doctrine of the Inspiration of Scripture means. This is part 1 of a 3-part series.
BONUS: Bible character fantasy football draft
September 12, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe
We wanted to have a little bit of fun with this bonus episode. Nathan and David are both big NFL fans and with the NFL season starting this past week, we thought it would be fun to do a fantasy football draft, but with Bible characters. Ground rules: Each team needed a QB, RB, WR, TE, and DEF and all the members of Trinity were not available for drafting (because whoever drafted 2 out of 3 would auto-win). Hope you enjoy!
When did Satan fall from heaven?
September 8, 2023 • David Horner, Nathan Crowe • Ezekiel 28:11–16, Isaiah 14:12–15, Genesis 3:1–5, Luke 10:18
Also in this episode: • What was Satan's sin? • How could temptation exist in the perfect garden of Eden? • How can we define what sin is? • Why does Satan keep trying if he knows he is going to lose?