A Helpful Perspective for Reading the Old Testament

ExploringHopePodcast2Reading the Old Testament can be a difficult task in and of itself. But even more confusing is figuring out how we should read it. We have been reading the Old Testament for centuries, yet scholars, commentators, and historians still disagree on how to approach the OT. In this Exploring Hope Podcast, I get to sit down with our very own Dr. Tracy McKenzie and have a chance to ask him some important questions about approaching the OT text. Tune in to hear some helpful advice about reading the OT scriptures as a rich literary work, as well as the sacred Word of God.


Principles for Preaching the Gospel in Different Cultural Contexts

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Christianity holds that the the Gospel is for everyone, at all times, and at all places. It reaches to the heart of every people, in every nation, of any culture. This is quite the claim considering how divorced we are from ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures found in the Scriptures. So how can the gospel be communicated clearly and effectively to the nations when there seems to be so many inherent “cultural checkpoints” along the way? We sit down with Bruce Ashford and ask these very questions as he explains some key components of contextualization in sharing the gospel. Enjoy!


How American Exceptionalism Affects our Culture and our Faith

cropped-ExploringHope.pngOn this week’s episode of Exploring Hope Podcast I get the privilege of having my good friend Dr. John Wilsey in the studio. He recently wrote a book entitled American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea¬†so I wanted to ask him about this issue of “American Exceptionalism” and what it means for us. Where does this idea come from? How does it affect our society? In what ways should we be wary of it? Dr. Wilsey dives into this topic using his research and expertise to help us understand this cultural mindset and how it pertains to us as Christians and us as a nation. Tune in!

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