And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. – Colossians 4:16
What happened to the letter from Laodicea that Paul mentions in this verse? There is a letter that has been handed down through the Latin Vulgate that claims to be this letter, but is it? Is it a forgery? Pastor Mike Abendroth returns for this episode to discuss this letter, as well as the Canon of Scripture. We talk about what the Canon is, how it is put together, and who decided what books belong in the Canon of Scripture.
Among the more painful things that a church can experience is the removal of a Godly pastor and/or a church split. Kent Crockett endured such an experience as a pastor and subsequently found that the abuse he endured on his way out was not unique. Not only does it happen to many pastors, but it strikes churches across denomination lines. Kent’s book is entitled “Pastor Abusers: When Sheep Attack their Shepherd“, and has been very helpful to many people in many different churches to better understand what’s going on within their own church as their pastor faces angry abusers. For this episode of Echo Zoe Radio, Kent and I talk about many of the common elements that happen as angry parishioners seek the removal of their pastor, how pastors can endure such treatment, and how congregations can spot warning signs that such an experience is about to occur within their church so that they can support and defend their pastor.
This past Sunday marked a bit of a milestone for Echo Zoe. I had it in mind, but with a morning power outage and making sure I got to church early to teach the first session of the logic course, I got distracted.
Sunday was October 20, 2013, and marked 10 years since the original post of the website that would eventually become Echo Zoe Ministries.
It was on October 20, 2003 that I first got Movable Type loaded onto a Linux web server running on an old computer I had. It was just a small blog that proved that I could manage to load the software without outside help, but I kept it going and eventually it became what you see here today. The site has changed names (for about a week, I called it ‘Vapid Vitality’), changed servers more than once, and even got it’s own domain name, having begun with a DynDns address that pointed to my home network.
It wasn’t until 2008 that I recorded the first podcast, which marked the new direction for the website, and would eventually lead to the incorporation as Echo Zoe Ministries.
Echo Zoe Ministries isn’t 10 years old, but it wouldn’t have come about if not for that first post on that little blog 10 years ago.
That post is still available, but was moved over to a personal site when Echo Zoe became an exclusively Christian/theological website. You can read that post over at Just a Vapor.
Jordan Hall is the pastor of Fellowship Church in Sidney Montana. He is also a co-founder and executive board member of Reformation Montana, a missions-oriented organization made up of Reformed churches throughout Montana. In May, Jordan gave a message at the 2013 Reformation Montana Conference entitled “A Modern Day Downgrade” that has quickly become the most listened to message of his career. In that message, he addressed some of the more embarrassing behavior and conduct within the Evangelical church in general and the Southern Baptist Convention specifically and pleaded with those involved to come to repentance.
In this episode of Echo Zoe Radio, Jordan and I discuss the original Downgrade Controversy that surrounded similar calls by Charles Spurgeon to repentance as well as this modern day Downgrade.
The New Jerusalem is a topic that is not often explored, being a small subset of the study of eschatology (end-times), but the scriptures say much more about it than you’d think during a casual reading of Revelation 21. Ryan Habbena returns for another episode with us to discuss what he found when he dug into this very interesting subject. It’s not only a little-explored subject within the Bible, it’s a subject that deals heavily with the city that will be the home for believers for all of eternity.
Chris Rosebrough is the host of “Fighting for the Faith” on Pirate Christian Radio. For this episode, he joins me to discuss the Hebrew Roots Movement, a growing group that seeks to bring believers back into subjection to the Law of Moses in the Torah. Chris explains what they believe, how they relate to Orthodox (Pharisaical) Judaism, and warning signs your friends or loved ones may be caught in the movement.
Sye Ten Bruggencate left his factory job a few years ago in Dorchester, Ontario to go full time into the ministry of apologetics. He began as an evidentiary apologist, but was soon won over to the presuppositional model.
Alan Shlemon, of Stand to Reason, returns to Echo Zoe Radio for this episode to discuss Same-Sex Marriage. This is a weighty and charged topic, and comes with a lot of emotional baggage on both sides of the issue. Alan employs the trademark “Ambassador’s Model” that Stand to Reason is known for to cut through the emotional aspects of the argument to present a well reasoned, Biblically informed case for traditional marriage. He also gives some valuable advice on how to speak the truth in love, using terms and language that effectively communicate the Christian point of view without causing unintended or unnecessary offense.
In this discussion, Alan presents many solid secular arguments (that are also in harmony with the Christian message) for traditional marriage, and answers some common arguments that Christians often face in this debate.
For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. (2 Corinthians 11:4)
The Apostle Paul (not to mention the Lord Himself) warned us that there would be many false Christs. Matt Slick of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry joins me for this episode to discuss several of the false Christs that we see around us today.