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.


Last Week’s Episode

Obscure Bible Verse of the Week


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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Thanks for joining us and we’ll see you next week!

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

Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part I

New episode of Thursday’s Theology is up and running!

The next few episodes will be looking at the role and importance of prayer, so please check it out, share it with your friends and family, and leave a comment if you have any questions about what I’m talking about.

Thanks again for all the support, check out our latest episode and let me know what you think!


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