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3GT Episode 56: Stop! Thief!

On occasion the guys address one of the Ten Commandments, and on this episode it is Number 8: “You shall not steal.” Pretty simple, right? Hold on. From pillaging to pilfering to plagiarizing, thievery can take many forms. In our modern, digitized world, the temptations and ability to steal are multiplied. And the thief is not always “out there.” He may reside in our own hearts. What hope and instruction does the gospel give about this issue?

Join the 3GTers as they discuss and apply God’s Law. (Note: The picture accompanying this episode is courtesy of Pixabay, a free imaging resource :).

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3GT Episode 55: Real Preachin’

Our parishioner knows good preaching when he hears it, but he wants to know why. Why do some sermons move and humble listeners to reverence and obedience, whereas others simply seem to fall flat? These inquiries lead to a discussion about the differences between preaching and teaching, the demonstration of the Spirit’s power, expositional and topical preaching, how to preach Christ from the Old Testament, and whether a powerful delivery is simply a gift or can it be taught. And the discussion ends with the pastor revealing the magic number of sermon length!

You will want to listen and enjoy this vigorous discussion that speaks to those on both sides of the pulpit!

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3GT Episode 54: Vocation Relocation

Kyle asks Aaron and Barry about their vocational transitions. Questions abound. Are there vocations Christians should avoid? What factors should one consider in pursuing a job? Should believers just perform their duty or are they allowed to enjoy the work they do? Can Christians pursue more pay or promotions? Are there job benefits more valuable than money? How do you navigate job changes? And can Augustine help us out?

Listen as the 3GTers put the wrench in their hands and seek to tighten down the practical nuts and bolts of vocational change!

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Theology on the Go

A pleasant and informative podcast I enjoy is called “Theology on the Go.” Found on the Place for Truth website of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Theology on the Go is hosted by Dr. Jonathan Master who conducts a brief interview on a topic that should be of interest to those in the church. A natural conversationalist with an encouraging spirit, Jonathan does a wonderful job of keeping his guests on topic and asking questions that guide the conversation from belief to beneficial practice for believers.

Recently, Jonathan interviewed yours truly regarding the marks of the church. If you would like to take a listen, you can go here.

(Also, as usual when doing things like this, I snap my fingers afterward wishing I had said something else. In this case, it is two other resources regarding the marks of the church I would recommend. You can do no better than going to Francis Turretin’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology , especially the Eighteenth Topic in Volume 2 on the church where he develops teaching on the marks in contrast to the Roman Catholic Church. Another shorter volume that introduces the marks in a helpful way is Daniel Hyde’s Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims.)

3GT Episode 53: Plants & Pillars

In this episode, 3GT becomes 3DT – Three Dads Theologizing!

For Aaron read Psalm 144 and, boy, is he full of questions! First, he wants to know why daughters are described as palace pillars and sons as productive plants in Psalm 144. Then he wants to know how to raise them this way. Then he wants to know whether this description speaks to gender issues. Then he really wants to know how to see the blessing of this psalm in his children’s lives. Simply put, Aaron wants to know!

Do you? Then listen along as the 3DTers meditate together on this psalm!

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When Irony Thickens

I am a fan of Sam Harris’ podcast.  Not only are his interviews superb, but as one of America’s leading atheists, it is good to know what the other side is saying.

Speaking of hearing what the other side is saying, Sam Harris recently had “The Very Bad Wizards” on his show.  See #92.  While talking about the limits of persuasion, Tamler Sommers asked Sam Harris to expound upon the notion of moral certainty.  He found Harris’ strength of conviction surprising.  As a kind of test case, or example, Sommers asked if something like abortion is a moral certainty in Harris’ mind.

The answer and ensuing dialogue is well worth your time.

Begin at 1:19:04.

3GT Episode 51: Heretic! Heretic!

From a question that arose during family worship, the prof turns the pastor and parishioner’s attention to II Peter 2 and asks how to identify a heretic. For it is a term that is often used wrongly (Luther was called one!) but should not be thrown around lightly. The parishioner immediately zooms in on the Trinity, and the pastor makes a distinction between heresy and a heretic. The guys focus on other key doctrines that, if done wrongly, constitute heresy. From there they highlight when a person should be deemed a false prophet. Then they even name some names as they point to a few of our modern day heretics!

You will want to take a listen and learn with the 3GTers how to sniff out a heretic!

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3GT Episode 50: The Noble Martyrs

Yes, they made it to 50 (and maybe even a little beyond like the prof)! The guys reflect a bit on their experience with 3GT and hope they can at least double the number of episodes as they carry on.

Then they dig into the subject of martyrdom. Admitted history novices, the guys discuss how each of them began to learn about those who gave their lives for Christ. They share some of their favorite stories. They talk of why believers should know of the martyrs, then offer ways congregations can be helped in learning more about these faithful witnesses.

A sober but needed reminder that we are to know of these ones of whom the world was not worthy.

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References

(Note: In the reference to the Philippine missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham, Barry misspoke when he inferred they had both been martyred. After being held hostage for over a year by Muslim terrorists, Martin died but Gracia was rescued and recounts their story in the book In the Presence of My Enemies.)

John Foxe | Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Elizabeth Elliot | Shadow of the Almighty, Through Gates of Splendor, The Savage My Kinsman

Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Haykin | […]

3GT Episode 49: Taking His Name in Vain

What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? Our inquiring parishioner wants to know!  

The 3GTers tackle another commandment, this time the third one. Why is God’s name so important to him? Are euphemistic forms of his name wrong? How is our behavior as Christians tied to the name of God? How should this command affect our prayers?

Tune in for another vigorous discussion on 3GT to hear answers to these and other questions!

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