Years ago John taught the book of Luke in a high school classroom. This launched his journey of faith into what he terms “voluntary poverty,” or non-accumulation of wealth. In this episode he shares some practical parts of this journey and comments on when the rubber meets the road in his later years.
“I don’t have any experience living in a kingdom.” Kai Steinman explains why he connects more personally with the imagery of Christ as head rather than Christ as King. (Though he very much agrees that we should talk about the Kingdom.)
What are the basic ideas for understanding how Christians should value and relate to money? John D. Martin points us to the Old Testament year of Jubilee and Jesus’s teachings about laying up treasures. He challenges us to embrace Jesus’s values and ensure we are worshiping him, not money.
· Through the Eye of a Needle by Roger Hertzler: https://scrollpublishing.com/products/through-the-eye-of-a-needle/
· Various works by James M. Stayer: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/82831.James_M_Stayer
Who was Justin Martyr? What were convictions that he stood up for? David Bercot presents an overview of Justin Martyr’s life and writings in this episode. Justin was zealous for living a life that was sold out to Christ, yet he had a kind and generous heart.
Who is Tertullian? What can we learn from him today? In this episode David Bercot gives an introduction about Tertullian, an early church Father who gave many writings to the Church in the early 3rd century. Tertullian was austere in taking the practice of Christianity seriously. He discussed many practical issues that still apply to us today.
In this episode, Kevin Brechbill describes how he views the political polarization that is happening among Anabaptists today. Kevin calls us to build a culture of closely discipling each other into Christ’s Kingdom.
What part does the Kingdom of God have in the gospel? How does a Biblical understanding of God's Kingdom change one's view of Christian living? In this episode, John D. Martin describes what the Kingdom of God is. He shows us how a proper understanding of God's Kingdom and the gospel will give one a passion for the Church.
John D. Martin works for Christian Aid Ministries in the Billboard Evangelism program.
How does an Anabaptist view salvation differently than other Christians? Why is it important to have a correct view of salvation? In the episode, David Bercot JD describes the Anabaptist view of salvation and compares it to the Protestant and Roman Catholic views. David shows the effect that a Christian’s view of salvation has on many parts of life.
Is it right for Christians to vote? How should Christians view governments? In this episode, Dean Taylor discusses the Christian's interaction with governments. Dean encourages Christians to view themselves as embassies for the Kingdom of God.
What is the will of God? How might one cultivate the ability to make the will of God a way of life? In this episode Kyle Stoltzfus defines what is meant by "the will of God," and presents several practical pointers for how to incorporate God's will into one's life.