PP063 Art and the Cross

Re-join Mike and Seth as they continue their conversation on art. In the previous part, they discussed art in relation to creation. In this episode, the conversation turns to art and redemption, to the beauty of the cross. They also talk briefly about how to guard against the dangers of art, and the importance of encouraging artists, in part because of their ability to incline people to be willing to hear the gospel.
Scriptures Referenced: 2 Cor 4

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PP061 Art and the Christian

Let’s talk about art! What does our love of art tell us about God, the world, and us? What place does art have in the life of the Christian? Can art help move people closer to hearing and believing the Christian gospel? These are the sorts of questions Mike explores in this conversation with Seth Griffin.
Scriptures Referenced: Gen 1; Ps 19
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PP058 Christians Are Called Saints

God calls us to be holy, but we can’t make ourselves holy. What’s the answer to this conundrum? The gospel! God is justified in commanding us to be holy, because He first calls us saints. Understanding our identity in Christ is key to becoming holy, because sanctification isn’t a self-help program, but a work of God within us.

Scriptures Referenced: Neh 8:10; Joh 15:5; Rom 6:19; 2Cor 3:18; 2Cor 5:17; Gal 6:8; 1Thes 4:3,7; Heb 10:10; 1Pet 1:16
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PP056 My Chains Are Gone, I’ve Been Redeemed

Everyone loves a story of sweet redemption, but there is no redemption story like that of the Christian gospel. The helpless are rescued. The bankrupt have their debt paid. Slaves are set free. Gospel freedom is the best kind of freedom, and not only has the gospel set us free from guilt through the blood of Christ, it also guarantees us a future redemption when our Redeemer returns.


Scriptures Referenced: Gen 48:15-16; Ex 6:6-7; 12; Isa 43:1-2; Luk 9:24; Rom 8:23; Gal 5:1, 13; Eph 1:7, 13-14; Php 3:21; 1Tim 1:10; 1Pet 1:18-19
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PP055 The Joy of Justification by Faith

Don’t let one more day go by without understanding the life-altering truth of justification by faith! It is a doctrine that is culturally relevant and personally relevant because it means we can live life out of a place of acceptance. Its many benefits include (1) peace with God, (2) living in a town called grace, (3) and the certain hope of a glorious future.

Scriptures Referenced: Rom. 1-5
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PP046 A Genealogy of Grace

The real Christmas story – that of Christ coming into the world – is an account of God’s amazing grace. And the wonders and beauties of God’s grace are seen on the opening page of the New Testament, before the Lord Jesus is even born. The family tree of Jesus Christ is not a boring list of hard to pronounce names – it is a genealogy of grace.

Scriptures Referenced: Matthew 1:1-23
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PP041 This Little Light of Mine

When Christ calls us to be his salt and light to the world, he’s calling us to do this together. Don’t let the seeming insignificance of your little light paralyze you from being faithful in the ordinary good works the Lord has given you to do. We are to be individual and communal, radical and ordinary. Our Father providentially takes our ordinary service and adds it to that of all his people to produce a global net effect to his glory.

Scriptures Referenced: Mat 5:13-16

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PP040 Salt AND Light Christians

As Christians we are prone to veering into ditches. We focus on befriending the lost, but end up losing our Christian distinctiveness. So we start pursuing personal holiness, but in doing so cut off contact with the world. In his sermon on the mountain, Jesus lines our path with two rumble strips: (1) you are the salt of the earth, and (2) you are the light of the world. Together these rumble strips corral us into the radical centre–we are to be utterly separate, in close proximity to the world.


Scriptures Referenced: Mat 5:13-15; Joh 1:5, 8:12; Titus 2:14



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PP038 God’s Good Conspiracy in a World of Conspiracy Theories

What are Christians to do with all the conspiracy theories swirling around? Obsess over them? Research them to death? Lose sleep over them all? The gospel teaches us to make three moves: First, we try level the playing field and see that all of us believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Second, we diagnose our heart’s attractions to conspiracy theories. Third, we go to the cross of Christ and the gospel. Learn how to overcome our fears of conspiracy theories, not by obsessing over them, but by seeing how all of them are swallowed up by the Triune God’s conspiracy for our good.


Scriptures Referenced:1Cor 2:6-10, 12; Ps 2:1-2; 1Tim 1:4; Titus 3:9


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PP034 The Ache of Autumn & Gospel Greens

Whether autumn is your favourite season of the year or least favourite, Psalm 65 is for you. Its strange celebration of the forgiveness of sins and the fall harvest teach us how much the gospel has to offer lovers of nature and those who care about the environment. In this episode we learn how to enrich our enjoyment of autumn, share the gospel with our friends who want to save the earth, and deepen our hunger for heaven.


Scriptures Referenced: Ps 65; 1Ki 8:35-36


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