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August 24, 2019

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Sean McDowell on role-playing the resurrection

Dr. Jeremiah Johnston and Dr. Sean McDowell practice sharing their evidence for the validity of Christianity surrounding its central tenet, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. Johnston shares these power tips for showcasing the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus:

  1. The resurrection of Jesus is the only way we ultimately make sense of the suffering in our lives.
  2. He foretold it in Mark 8:31, Mark 9:31 and Mark 10:33-34.
  3. He demonstrated resurrection power.
  4. It’s not what his Jewish disciples anticipated.
  5. The written sources and archeological finds overwhelmingly support the Christian narratives.
  6. It is the only convincing explanation for the conversion of those who didn’t follow Jesus during his earthly ministry.
  7. It is the only convincing explanation for the fact that everywhere the Christian faith goes, culture is changed.

McDowell says his two-part advice for talking with unbelievers is first, ask questions, and secondly, listen. He says that both believers and unbelievers grapple with the problem of suffering.

“I think Christianity offers the best answer to the problem of evil of any worldview,” McDowell says. “When we suffer, God hasn’t abandoned us. He hasn’t left us alone. When we believe that God is good, it helps us transcend what we’re going through, even if He doesn’t give us the answers we want.”

Johnston advises a caller named David, who asks, “What are some good resources for people to look into to learn more about the Christian faith?”

In addition to reading supplementary materials, Johnston says that believers should read their Bible from cover to cover.

“There are answers to your questions and they are found in the Word of God,” Johnston says. “There is more evidence today to prove the claims of Christianity than at any other time in history. We are truly living in the golden age of the Christian faith. In I Peter 3:15, we’re told, ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.’ That verse is for every single one of us.”


Dr. Sean McDowell is an apologist, extensive author, and an associate professor at Biola University. McDowell is a sought-after speaker who inspires Christians to share their faith, and seekers to examine the evidence for Christianity. In addition to his own scholarship, McDowell has written several books with his father, Josh McDowell.

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John Gibson and Jeremiah on faith and business integration

 


Welcoming respected business leader John W. Gibson, Jr. to the show, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston asks,

“Is it possible to maintain a vibrant Christian faith and also be successful in the business world?”

Unequivocally, Gibson states that it is possible to be a leader professionally and spiritually.

“It does mean that you have to have a set of standards and values,” Gibson says.

Gibson expounds on the importance of considering consequences, duty, truth, and both short-term and long-term ramifications for each decision.

Caller Philip Nation, a pastor, asks, “How can we help people make this shift in their own lives from just consequence-based thinking to more of a faith-based, Kingdom-expanding decision-making for leaders in the community?”

Gibson replies, “Can I sleep at night? Does it violate any of my principles and my duties? You have to do what the Holy Spirit leads you to do even if the consequences for yourself are not necessarily the best.”

Johnston points to the biblical figure of Phoebe, mentioned in Romans 16:1-2. He holds her as an example of a businessperson who makes a difference in his or her sphere.

“Wherever you’re listening from, let the light of Jesus shine through you,” Johnston says. “Make a commitment to be a second Phoebe.”

Gibson encourages listeners to allow their faith to come up naturally in conversation, and to be bold at times as the Holy Spirit directs.

“We’re depending on the Holy Spirit to open up the people we’re meeting with – not us,” he says. “You have to take the risk the Holy Spirit puts before you. I’ve never done what the Holy Spirit led me to do and not seen fruit from it.”

In addition to seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, Gibson advises people to seek wise counsel as well.

Gibson says, “Great leaders always ask for help. It’s very biblical. We look for great advisors. As a leader, you have to be prepared to make a decision when you have contrary advice. Every time I’ve asked for help and found the right helper, it’s been outstanding.”


John W. Gibson, Jr. is chairman of Energy Technology with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. John W. Gibson, Jr. is chairman of Energy Technology with Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. He has served in numbers leadership roles including president and CEO at Landmark Graphics, Paradigm Geophysical, Tervita and Halliburton. He has served as a distinguished lecturer on ethics, and recently completed a book on ethical leadership. He has served in many volunteer capacities.

 

 

Sheila Walsh and JJ discuss your unanswered questions

 

Inspirational teacher, author and vocalist Sheila Walsh shares how a movement away from over-introspection and independence can strengthen believers’ faith and purpose. She says,

“I think the last thing we need is self-help. What we need is God-help.”

“Somehow in western Christianity we are so ‘me-focused’ as opposed to ‘Christ-focused.’ You can spend the rest of your life trying to dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t,’ and trying to be the best Christian. Or, you can spend your life passionately following Christ who has said, ‘It is finished.’ I want to encourage men and women to take a shift from staring at ourselves in the mirror.”

Walsh tells about her experience growing up in a Christian home in which her father committed suicide. She realized as an adult that she had been spending her life trying to be perfect for her heavenly father since that tragedy. She encourages listeners like Brian, who asks,

“How can I see God’s plan in my life if it feels like it’s been such a miserable experience?”

Drawing on the life of the Old Testament Joseph, Walsh explains how Joseph was able to persevere through the trauma of rejection, injustice and pain. The hero of the faith had to wait many years before his God-promised destiny unfolded. She says of Joseph,

“At every single turn, you read, ‘and God was with him.’ His circumstances do not change his character. He continues to serve and be the man God created him to be.”

Both Walsh and show host, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, encourage listeners to share their struggles and questions openly with God. Johnston says,

“I struggled at one time in my life. It led me down a path of greater dependence on God. God’s a big boy and he can take your questions.”

Walsh exhorts believers to remember that the level at which we communicate with God indicates our trust for Him. She suggests writing a letter to God in order to fully express one’s thoughts.

When it comes to evangelism, and even talking with other believers, Johnston says Jesus sets the example by asking more than 300 recorded questions in the Gospels. Johnston gives this power tip for witnessing:

“I want to encourage every Christian: be curious in your Christian life. Individuals respond so much better to an inquisitive conversation rather than just an assertion.”


Sheila Walsh is a sought-after speaker, best-selling author, vocalist and Christian program host. Her latest book, “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time,” inspires readers to live beyond the life they had imagined. A native of Scotland, she and her family now call Dallas, Texas home.