Podcast Episodes

Kingdom Way of Life Series

This season’s Baseball Chapel teaching schedule has us teaching weekly messages from the gospel of Matthew. To supplement this teaching schedule, I have decided to upload a series that we did several years ago on the Sermon on the Mount as new episodes on the Things Above podcast. This is a series that I first taught four years ago as Sunday chapel messages for the Braves, and one that I updated two years later for our Thursday morning men’s group here in Atlanta.

The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ most popular teaching from which many sermons have been preached and many books have been written, and it is a portion of Scripture that many of us consider familiar and something that we already understand fairly well. So that begs the question:

Why did I decide to teach such a popular portion of Scripture instead of something else?

The answer was fairly straightforward. As I read through the history of the church and observed great moments of reformation and revival that had taken place at various moments during that history, I began to come to the conclusion that our current condition as the modern church in Western civilization is one that seems to be plagued with powerlessness and superficiality.

So what we can do to resist superficial Christianity and to rediscover real devotion to Christ?

We need a fresh wind of authenticity and a firm grasp of our identity as Christians.

It is my hope that a sincere and serious study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount will lead us to repent of our current sinfulness (if needed) and move us towards a life of true righteousness that exceeds any and all forms of superficial Christianity. The Sermon on the Mount is the great summary of what a Christian should look like and how a Christian ought to live.

The Sermon on the Mount teaches us what it means and what it looks like to live the kingdom way of life. It lays before us what human life and human community should look like when they are reorganized according to the reality that Jesus is our King.

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Son of Man Series

Well, it’s been four months since the last episode of the Things Above podcast, but a new series is starting and a new episode has finally been uploaded. Since we wrapped up our series on Genesis in October, my time has been occupied with mission trips, conferences, retreats, the holidays and officiating a few weddings in between. These winter months will probably just have to be the offseason for the podcast each year.

That being said, we are getting ready to teach the Spring Training Bible Studies which are held in various locations in Arizona and Florida for players and their wives, and so the last few weeks have been a time of reading and writing and preparing for those studies. This year’s Spring Training Bible Study will be a five-part series that we have entitled, Son of Man: Foreshadowed & Fulfilled, and I will be uploading those messages each week as new episodes for the podcast.

In this series, we are going to look at five different different human figures from the Old Testament story and see how their stories foreshadow what would eventually be fulfilled in the Christ of the New Testament.

Unfortunately, many people only view the Bible as an old religious book that is meant to reform our behavior through rituals and rule keeping. And then there are others who just see it primarily as a book about how to go to heaven when you die. But in this series, we are going to try and show you how the Bible is offering us a new worldview and a new way of life by inviting us to participate in the one big epic story that it is telling from cover to cover.

The Bible is a book that tells the one big story of how the Creator is rescuing his creation through the Christ.

I am still in the process of researching and writing some of the studies for this series, but I am enjoying the preparation and learning a lot in the process. I have put together a brief introduction to this series which I have just uploaded to the podcast as our first episode of 2019.

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