What is Sin?

What is sin? Is it a list of things that we can’t do? Is it things that bring us shame? Or is it more than that?

This week’s episode is dedicated to answering the question “what is sin?” We explore how sin, at its core, gets in the way of our relationship with God. Sin and God cannot coexist in the same space.

Sorry that this week’s episode is late, but the upload on Thursday didn’t go through, so we are a little late, but nevertheless, enjoy this week’s episode!

What is Sin?

Links mentioned:

Last week’s episode

Obscure Bible Verse of the Week

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What is Communion?

Is Communion simply eating bread and drinking wine? Or does it means something more? This week’s episode is dedicated to exploring the question “what is Communion?”
 
Join us as we break down the act of communion and why it is important as a practice of the church.
 
This episode revolves around three major points about communion;
 
Communion is symbolic
Communion is leveling
Communion is sacred
 
We’ll be looking at not only the Last Supper in Matthew 26, but also Paul’s instruction to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 11). Join us as we dive deeper into the meaning of communion!
 

What is the church?

Is the church simply a building that you go to?

Is it just a gathering of believers in one place?

Does going to a coffeeshop or listening to a sermon online count as church?

What is the church? This week on Thursday’s Theology, we discuss what the church is and reveal some things that we think about how the church functions.

What is the church?

Depending on your upbringing, you might have some different ideas of what church is. We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you think the church is. Feel free to use the comment section below to voice your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.

Take care and have a great week.

Links:

Last Week’s Episode

Obscure Bible Verse of the Week

Are Prayers Really Answered?

God answers prayers. But Sometimes it is in the way we need them answered and not in the way we want them answered. It can be frustrating, but ultimately it is God providing what we need.

This episode is dedicated to talking about how God called me into ministry and how it was an answer to my prayers in the way I needed and not wanted. If you ask something of God through your prayers, sometimes it means you’ll end up in places you didn’t expect.

Are Prayers Really Answered?

In Response to Parkland

In light of what happened in Parkland, Florida, this week’s episode of Thursday’s Theology is dedicated to sharing some of my thoughts on the issue of mass shootings and gun control.

I know that people are going to disagree with me. That’s okay. But I couldn’t stay silent on the issue. Student ministry is my life and I needed to say something about High School students losing their lives to needless violence.

If you disagree with me, that’s fine. Share your thoughts with me, push back on my opinion. Just be civil about it. My desire is to dialogue and not argue.

In Response to Parkland

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Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part V

Welcome to our 5th episode on prayer!

This week we talk about how theology is like watching a movie. Hearing from different people and their perspectives helps broaden our understanding of theology. There is beauty in the diversity of theological opinions.

Then we dive into how to be angry with God in our prayers. It is not taboo or forbidden, but an expression of our relationship with God. Anger is a natural part of any relationship, including our relationship with God. God desires us to be in full relationship, meaning the entire pantheon of emotion.

**By the way, I misspoke in the video, Habakkuk’s prophecy is right before the Babylonian exile, not the Assyrian.**

Let us know what you think!

Here are the links mentioned in this week’s video;

Last Week’s Episode
The Prophet Habakkuk
Joshua Ryan Butler’s Book
Obscure Bible Verse of the Week

Thursday’s Theology – Part IV

What’s up theology nerds!
 
Good Thursday to you all. A new Thursday means a new episode of Thursday’s Theology is up and running!
 
This week we are focusing specifically on Luke 18 and Jesus’ parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee. We are going to be discussing how Jesus uses two extreme examples, one righteous and one unrighteous, to prove a point about the hypocrisy of prayer.
 
In essence, prayer is meant to be a personal conversation with you and God, not done in public for your own self gratifications.
 
Check out this week’s episode to hear more!
And remember, theology doesn’t have to be complicated, it is simply the study of who God is.
 

Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part III

Welcome to another episode of Thursday’s Theology!

“Thoughts and Prayers”

This week we are going to be talking about a couple of different things. First, we are going to talk about times where politicians, civic leaders, pastors and others use the phrase “our thoughts and prayers are with you.” We’ll be going through how that can sound extremely hollow sometimes and why.

Secondly, we are going to talk about what are called “petitionary prayers” and why they are an important aspect of prayer life.

As always, if you would like to join the conversation, don’t hesitate to ask questions, offer critiques, or seek clarification in the comment section below!

Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Stephen’s Execution
James 2 Full Text
Last Week’s Episode
Obscure Bible Verse of the Week

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A Better Way Forward: Creating space for dialogue that leads to reconciliation

Recently a friend invited me to speak to Intervarsity students at UCSB on how the Holy Spirit leads us to action. More specifically, she asked if I would talk about racial reconciliation. Unsure of what I was getting myself into, I agreed, believing this would be a good opportunity to flesh out some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a while. Little did I know how much this process of writing a talk would spur my passions and convictions about reconciliation and peacemaking. Below is an adapted version of my talk about racial reconciliation and multi-ethnic community. In many ways I feel like this barely scratches the surface. But I also believe that this is a good place to start and I am hopeful for whatever comes next.

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Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part II

Welcome to the second official episode of Thursday’s Theology!

The question that is guiding us throughout these first few episodes is;

What is Prayer and why is it important?

Today we’ll be looking at one of the more famous prayers in the Bible. This prayer has come to be known as the “Lord’s Prayer” and it has helped shape a lot of what prayer looks like for the Christian believer.

The Lord’s Prayer gives us a glimpse at what Jesus thinks is important to include in our prayers, so we will dive into what those things are and how to incorporate them into a daily prayer routine.

We encourage discussion in the comments, so feel free to introduce yourselves and input your opinion! Disclaimer, disagreements are okay, but hateful speech will not be tolerated. The point is to start a conversation, not an argument.

If you like what we’re doing here, please like and subscribe. We will be putting out new videos every Thursday. Also, please share this video on whatever social media you use, the more people in the conversation, the better!

Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Full Context of the Sermon on the Mount: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5-7&version=NIV
Last week’s episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjN3FMgVJJs&t=1s
Obscure Bible Verse of the Week Context: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+15&version=NIV