Steve Cooley is the associate pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church. He is a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy, and graduate of the Master’s Seminary. He is a regular on “No Compromise Radio” with Mike Abendroth, and is known as “The Tuesday Guy.” Steve joins me this month for a somewhat informal discussion about the Social Gospel.
July 2, 2015
Ray Comfort and the Living Waters crew are at it again, with a new movie addressing the subject of homosexuality. The Living Waters team was kind enough to share the film with me, and I’m happy to share my thoughts on it.
I’ve long been a supporter of Living Waters, and have followed that ministry for close to 15 years. Ray Comfort has always had a winsome and gracious manner in both how he shares the Gospel with the lost, and how he encourages the brethren to do the same. “Audacity” brings that, and does it very well.
“Audacity” weaves a dramatical story of a relatively recently saved young man named Peter (he’s been a Christian for about a year) with footage of Ray sharing the Gospel on the streets. Peter has a nightmare that jars him to recognize the urgency of sharing the Gospel with others. He uses this throughout the film to suppress his own fears and share the love of God with others, sometimes in rather bold and interesting ways. Ray, on the other hand, demonstrates a lot of skill in gently, yet clearly disarming unbelievers who take the current pop-culture view on the sin of homosexuality in much the same way as he demonstrated on the issue of abortion in his film “180.”
“Audacity” is a great movie to share as a family, and to discuss the biggest issue saturating the current news cycle in a Biblical, Christ-centered way. My only reservation as a father in sharing it with my children is that I do not think they are old enough yet to discuss issues of sexuality (though my oldest, who is eight years old, will be very soon).
For the unbeliever in your life, “Audacity” not only does a great job of communicating the Gospel, as we’ve come to expect from Ray Comfort and Living Waters, it also provides an excellent example that we can show of how Christians really view them, showing love and concern while remaining faithful to the Word of God. Those who may watch it will hopefully recognize that the straw-man caricature of homophobic Christians portrayed in our common culture just isn’t accurate. The film also weaves a message throughout that appearances are often deceiving, and that we (believer and unbeliever alike) shouldn’t be so quick to judge the motives of others.
The film is available now at AudacityMovie.com, and you can support Living Waters by purchasing the film now. It will also be released freely on Youtube on August 19th.
June 24, 2015
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good. – Psalm 14:1
May 23, 2015
Lyndon Unger is a pastor, teacher, and blogger at Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely…, and recently spoke on the Renewal Movement at the Last Days Bible Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The first session of that conference in which he spoke was on the History of the Renewal Movement, and our podcast episode this month is further discussion of the topic.
April 25, 2015
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect – 1 Peter 3:15
Tony Miano returns for another episode of Echo Zoe Radio. Tony is a retired Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, now spending his time sharing the Gospel with people through one-on-one evangelism, open-air preaching, and equipping other Christians to effectively and Biblically share their faith in a dying world. Tony was the perfect guest for this topic because he often encounters all of the misconceptions that we talk about for this episode in his day-to-day evangelism work and is well equipped to answer the challenges that people bring with these misconceptions.
March 23, 2015
Jerusalem’s King, a production of the Mount Moriah Foundation, Signet Ring Ministries, and Echo Zoe Ministries, is set to be released next month.
March 14, 2015
Jordan Hall is the pastor of Fellowship Church in Sidney Montana. He founded Pulpit & Pen, Voice in the Wilderness Radio, and Reformation Montana. On February 20th, he debated Joel McDurmon of American Vision on the topic of Theonomy. McDurmon advocated the position “Mosaic civil laws are obligatory for civil governments today”, whereas Hall took the contrary position. Jordan joins me for this episode of Echo Zoe Radio to discuss the doctrine of Theonomy in light of the recent debate.
The timing was providential for Echo Zoe Radio, as Theonomy is a similar view to “Federal Vision,” the topic of the January episode, and is a timely topic to follow the discussion with Dr. R. Scott Clark.
February 8, 2015
Dr. R. Scott Clark is a professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary in Southern California. He’s also an associate minister at at Escondido United Reformed Church in Escondido, California. He has a blog at Heidelblog.net, where you can also find the Heidelcast, his podcast.
For this episode, Dr. Clark joins me to discuss Federal Vision, an errant teaching that is popular in some Reformed circles. We discuss what it is, as well as the dangers that it presents upon the church.
January 1, 2015
In January 2009, we began a series on “The Essentials of the Christian Faith,” with Patrick Szalapski. That episode was an overview of seven essential doctrines of Christianity. Since then, we have taken every January (except 2012) to get specifically into each of the essentials. Bob DeWaay returns this month for his third look at these essential doctrines with us. This time around, we discuss Salvation and Condemnation.
This episode was originally recorded on New Year’s Day as a live Google Hangout “On Air” (the recording of that video is below).
December 17, 2014
Over the last few years, there have been several books, movies, and other accounts of people visiting both Heaven and Hell. The three most memorable being Colton Burpo, a (then) four-year-old boy who supposedly visited Heaven; Don Piper, supposedly killed instantly in a car accident, and visited Heaven for 90 minutes before being revived; and Bill Wiese, who claims to have been dead for 23 minutes, visiting Hell during that time.
Justin Peters, of Justin Peters Ministries, travels the US and overseas to give seminars on the Word-Faith movement, and other discernment topics, joins Echo Zoe Radio this month to discuss these stories, and compare them to Scripture and each other to demonstrate their falsehood.