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What is God like and what does he want from us? How is the world shaping up in view of God's commands in Scripture Join the conversation.


We're on a mission from God...
2020 Jul 2131m 9s
Maggie and Pete discuss why we need to get up and go on world mission. We need to reach out the world in evangelistic mission because God has promised to bless all nations (or people groups) on the earth. What better motivation and encouragement can we have than the understanding that missions (blessing the nations with the Gospel) is in the sure purposes of God. Because Jesus has already purchased people from every tribe and nation with His blood. Like the Moravians motivated by this purchase we should repeat what two Moravians missionaries said as they set sail for India, “May the Lamb receive the reward of His suffering!” In other words, He has already purchased them, our job is only to gather in what is His.
A life changing part of John's gospel explained (good conversation with Alan and Pete)
2020 Jul 0826m 25s
We look at John chapter 3 and its enduring importance in bringing people out of a path to destruction into ultimate salvation. “If we were asked to read to a dying man who did not know the gospel, we should probably select this chapter as the most suitable one for such an occasion; and what is good for dying men is good for us all, for that is what we are; and how soon we may be actually at the gates of death, none of us can tell.” (Spurgeon)
Beginning with the Word (good conversation with Alan and Pete)
2020 Jun 3031m 9s
Peter Cooper talks with Alan Riley about the first chapter of John's Gospel, starting at the very beginning. John's Gospel is a highpoint of theological writing with deep truths embedded within it. What or who is God's word and how does God's word affect us. Pete and Alan argue that God's word bring about both creation and new creation in a way that changes everything.
How best to read the bible (good conversation with Maggie and Pete)
2020 Jun 2735m 54s
Reading the Bible is much easier if you follow some simple steps and get prepared. And, as you delve into it, you might find that you are more familiar with the Bible than you expected: it crops up in everything from Shakespeare to Hollywood movies; it’s inspired musicians, historical figures and campaigners. The Bible is complex. It’s not one book but a collection of 66 books, split into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. All of the books are divided into chapters and verses. People often find it easier to begin at the opening of the New Testament, which starts about three-quarters of the way through. Maggie and Pete give their tips. Here's a link to the book mentioned:
Does God sideline women? (good conversation)
2020 Jun 2029m 43s
The women in the Bible are rarely mentioned by name, with named women representing only 5.5 to 8 percent of the total of all named characters, male and female. This suggests that women were not usually in the forefront of public life. Those women that are named, rose to prominence for reasons outside the ordinary. They are often an aspect of the over-turning of man-made power structures and the women are often heroic or at the heart of an important doctrine. Does God really sideline women? What does the Bible say? Peter and Maggie discuss this important issue for contemporary Christian thought.
God changes his mind (good conversation)
2020 Jun 1229m 52s
For those of us who grow up within Christianity, one of the first things we’re taught about God is that God never changes; God is the same yesterday as God is today or as God will be tomorrow. Unfortunately, this attribute of God has been historically misunderstood, both to the detriment of ourselves and in the way we see God. Where we get into trouble is not in confessing that God never changes, but when we assume that God never changes his mind. This is dangerous thinking: here Maggie and Pete thrash out the implications. What do you think?
How do you know God exists? (good conversation)
2020 Jun 0840m 30s
God does exist but how do you know that. Steve, Shereen, Maggie and your humble host Peter put forwards the reasons why they personally believe in God. We all know and believe many things about ourselves, our world, and the people around us. Many of these things can’t be “demonstrated by logical, controlled, and repeatable methods.” You can know, f that your mother loves you and that a particular Beethoven symphony lifts your spirits: is that similar to how we know that God exists? Or it all more scientific than that? what do you think?
God and Time (good conversation)
2020 Jun 0228m 57s
Pete is joined by Dr. Maggie Cooper this week for the conversation. The question of God's relation to time has generated a great amount of theological and philosophical reflection. The traditional view has been that God is timeless in the sense of being outside time altogether; that is, he exists but does not exist at any point in time and he does not experience temporal succession. But does this make sense? Is this view in fact morally repugnant?
The Supermoon and the Judgment
2020 Mar 1920m 28s
Some doomsday preachers and conspiracy theorists have dubbed the Supermoon an incredibly sinister portent of doom. Astrologers and atheists take a different view of its significance. We look at all that from a Christian Worldview point of view: what does the Bible say? Is this a #prophecy? Is it #endtimes realated?
The Language of Bishops
2019 Oct 0122m 47s
ll 118 of the Church of England’s bishops and archbishops have issued a rare joint rebuke of MPs for language “not worthy of our country”.