Andy Stanley and the Old Testament: A Few Concerns


Is It Sinful To Have Fear And Doubt?

Three Types of People Who Hinder the Church

What Was C.S. Lewis’ Definition of Joy?

Podcast – “Bringing God Glorification through Saintly Unification (Part 1)” (Acts 15:1-35)

You Can’t Run on Empty

“Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.'”1

An amusing thing happened on one occasion in the renowned Rose Parade in Pasadena in Southern California. One beautifully decorated float suddenly came to a standstill. It ran out of fuel!

The irony was that this float was entered by and represented the Standard Oil Company—one of the large fuel companies of North America. With all their vast oil and gasoline (petrol) resources, they failed to make sure their own vehicle was running on full.

I wonder how often we as Christians, with all the vast resources of God and heaven at our disposal, run on an empty love, joy, and peace tank when, if we truly trusted God and followed his instructions for getting these needs met, we could be certain to keep “topped up.”

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, please help me to know the peace that only you can give and grant that my love cup will be filled to overflowing and splash over onto every life I touch. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

1. John 4:13-14 (NIV).

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Podcast – Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts

Dr. McGrew holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and is an analytic philosopher. She is also the author of the book Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts. She is wife to Dr. Tim McGrew. Join us today as she describes what “undesigned coincidences” are, how they compare to other theories, and how they strengthen the historical reliability of the NT biblical texts.

Outline for Discussion

  1. Lydia, as we ask all our first-time guests, could you talk about the time when you first accepted Christ as your Savior?
  2. You recently wrote a book entitled Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts. Could you explain what you mean by “undesigned coincidences?
    1. Can you provide a few more examples? I found the example of the “green grass” (66-67) and the example of Joseph of Arimathea’s courage (76-79) fascinating.
  3. How do these undesigned coincidences strengthen the integrity of Gospels’ and Acts narrative?
  4. How does your view help one to work through the so-called inconsistencies of the Gospels and Acts?
  5. We have listeners from various educational backgrounds who listen to the podcast. Could you explain the literary device theory? What is this theory and how does this contrast with the undesigned coincidence theory?
  6. What are some of the problems you see with the literary device theory?
  7. How has your research strengthened your belief in the historical reliability of the Gospel-Acts narrative?
  8. Do you have any closing thoughts you would like to share?

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