Governed by God https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/category/programs/governed-by-god/ A biblical look at law, civics, and civil government. For more information, please visit the podcast website: https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/show/governed-by-god/ If you have any questions regarding civics, law, or government, please email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com and I will try to respond to your question (either in email or on the show) in a timely manner. You can also message me on Twitter @thegbgpodcast If you wish to support the podcast, please go to Patreon.com, search for Governed by God, and sign up to become a monthly patron! Fri, 02 Dec 2022 21:39:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Blubrry PowerPress/9.7.3 yes
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If you have any questions regarding civics, law, or government, please email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com and I will try to respond to your question (either in email or on the show) in a timely manner.

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Governed by God clean episodic Governed by God thegbgpodcast@gmail.com thegbgpodcast@gmail.com (Governed by God) © 2022 Governed by God An analysis of civics, law, and government from a Biblical perspective. Governed by God https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Governed-By-God-Logo-1.png https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/category/programs/governed-by-god/ TV-G Weekly S3E7 – School Boards and Spiritual Warfare https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e7-school-boards-and-spiritual-warfare/ Wed, 30 Nov 2022 06:00:02 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1871370 On this week's episode I share about my recent experience speaking at a Central Bucks School Board meeting. With a packed crowd and 35 total speakers, it was a long evening. Despite my nervousness, I thought it went well. After reading my speech on the show, I discuss some unexpected things that I experienced - both good and bad. I finish the show by playing a clip of another speaker, who was a local reverend and an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I address some of the odd arguments he made, including his twisting and abuse of the Ten Commandments. 01:25 - Law of the Day: Luke 4:1-12 (Jesus in the Wilderness) 09:30 - My school board meeting experience. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

On this week’s episode I share about my recent experience speaking at a Central Bucks School Board meeting. With a packed crowd and 35 total speakers, it was a long evening. Despite my nervousness, I thought it went well. After reading my speech on the show, I discuss some unexpected things that I experienced – both good and bad. I finish the show by playing a clip of another speaker, who was a local reverend and an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I address some of the odd arguments he made, including his twisting and abuse of the Ten Commandments.

01:25 – Law of the Day: Luke 4:1-12 (Jesus in the Wilderness)

09:30 – My school board meeting experience.

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S3E6 – Public School Awareness (Interview with Local Student) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e6-public-school-awareness-interview-with-local-student/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:00:34 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1871154 On this week's episode I interview a student who attends Pennridge High School here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He shares with me his experience as a Christian facing topics such as transgenderism and pronoun confusion among fellow students. He also spends a few minutes talking about the furries - students who dress and act like animals - and describes one situation in which he saw a student dog-walking another student. Finally, my guest shares his thoughts on how Christian parents should approach the topic of public schooling in today's confused culture. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

On this week’s episode I interview a student who attends Pennridge High School here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He shares with me his experience as a Christian facing topics such as transgenderism and pronoun confusion among fellow students. He also spends a few minutes talking about the furries – students who dress and act like animals – and describes one situation in which he saw a student dog-walking another student. Finally, my guest shares his thoughts on how Christian parents should approach the topic of public schooling in today’s confused culture.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S3E5 – The First Amendment and Education https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e5-the-first-amendment-and-education/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 05:00:01 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1870907 On this week's episode I look at the relationship between the First Amendment and Education. Does the First Amendment mean that the government cannot base its laws and policies on God's word? And how can the government be "neutral" in the classroom? To give a real-life example, I look at Policy 321 that is being proposed in the Central Bucks School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. That policy attempts to keep the classroom neutral. At a recent board meeting, one of the liberal board members argued that there is no such thing as neutrality within the classroom. Is that really true? And if it is, how should that cause Christians and other conservatives to think about the concept of neutrality? 00:33 - Passage of the Day - Luke 11:14-23 06:12 - The First Amendment and Education As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

On this week’s episode I look at the relationship between the First Amendment and Education. Does the First Amendment mean that the government cannot base its laws and policies on God’s word? And how can the government be “neutral” in the classroom? To give a real-life example, I look at Policy 321 that is being proposed in the Central Bucks School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. That policy attempts to keep the classroom neutral. At a recent board meeting, one of the liberal board members argued that there is no such thing as neutrality within the classroom. Is that really true? And if it is, how should that cause Christians and other conservatives to think about the concept of neutrality?

00:33 – Passage of the Day – Luke 11:14-23

06:12 – The First Amendment and Education

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S3E4 – A Tale of Two Letters https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e4-a-tale-of-two-letters/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 05:00:07 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1826292 On this week's episode I look at two documents that were recently released publicly. The first one is The Frankfurt Declaration, originally published in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year. It is a public declaration of Christian pastors and leaders on the role of the civil government, the importance of honoring the conscience, and the need to defend human rights. The second document is an Open Letter from Pastor John MacArthur to Governor Gavin Newsom regarding Governor Newsom's role as civil magistrate and his need to submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ. With that said, please join me on today's podcast as I consider the truth and importance of both of these letters. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

On this week’s episode I look at two documents that were recently released publicly. The first one is The Frankfurt Declaration, originally published in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year. It is a public declaration of Christian pastors and leaders on the role of the civil government, the importance of honoring the conscience, and the need to defend human rights. The second document is an Open Letter from Pastor John MacArthur to Governor Gavin Newsom regarding Governor Newsom’s role as civil magistrate and his need to submit to the lordship of Jesus Christ. With that said, please join me on today’s podcast as I consider the truth and importance of both of these letters.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S3E3 – The Positive Law https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e3-the-positive-law/ Wed, 05 Oct 2022 05:00:17 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1671479 Today David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, comes on to the show again to talk about the topic of the positive, or statutory, law. This is the second interview of a two-part interview on the common law. On this episode, we look at how statutory law is supposed to relate to the common law, and how modern law today deviates from that purpose. We specifically focus on the principles of marriage and parenthood. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

Today David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, comes on to the show again to talk about the topic of the positive, or statutory, law. This is the second interview of a two-part interview on the common law. On this episode, we look at how statutory law is supposed to relate to the common law, and how modern law today deviates from that purpose. We specifically focus on the principles of marriage and parenthood.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S3E2 – The Common Law https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e2-the-common-law/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 05:00:55 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1135169 Today I interview David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, on the topic of the common law. What is the common law and how does it differentiate from other types of law? Also, what is the role of judges and how have courts today deviated from their assigned roles? We tackle these topics, and more, on today's episode. 00:46 - Interview with David Fowler on the common law. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

Today I interview David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, on the topic of the common law. What is the common law and how does it differentiate from other types of law? Also, what is the role of judges and how have courts today deviated from their assigned roles? We tackle these topics, and more, on today’s episode.

00:46 – Interview with David Fowler on the common law.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S3E1 – God of the Climate https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s3e1-god-of-the-climate/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 05:00:39 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=1118097 Today I begin Season 3 of the podcast with a look at the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Does the act really alleviate the anger of Mother Nature, as Speaker Pelosi asserts? Why do we use this kind of religious language when talking about the climate? Furthermore, is climate change real and what does the Bible have to say about it, if anything? 01:30 - Law of the Day: Joshua 24:14-15 05:00 - Discussion of the Inflation Reduction Act and Speaker Pelosi's comments. Biblical overview of the concept of climate change as a result of sin. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

Today I begin Season 3 of the podcast with a look at the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Does the act really alleviate the anger of Mother Nature, as Speaker Pelosi asserts? Why do we use this kind of religious language when talking about the climate? Furthermore, is climate change real and what does the Bible have to say about it, if anything?

01:30 – Law of the Day: Joshua 24:14-15

05:00 – Discussion of the Inflation Reduction Act and Speaker Pelosi’s comments. Biblical overview of the concept of climate change as a result of sin.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S2E27 – Civil Disobedience and Resistance https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e27-civil-disobedience-and-resistance/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 05:00:35 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=944961 Today I posted Week 6 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week I discussed civil disobedience and resistance. When is disobedience acceptable? What level of resistance can be offered? What role do lesser magistrates play? And, of course, how do we balance this with the command to submit to our governing authorities? As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

Today I posted Week 6 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week I discussed civil disobedience and resistance. When is disobedience acceptable? What level of resistance can be offered? What role do lesser magistrates play? And, of course, how do we balance this with the command to submit to our governing authorities?

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S2E26 – Biblical Principles of Government https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e26-biblical-principles-of-government/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 06:00:46 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=833681 Today I posted Week 5 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week I discussed biblical principles of government. More specifically, we looked at how Scripture gives us the foundation for: separation of powers, rule of law, checks and balances, and federalism. We also look at how these principles have been implemented throughout history, particularly in the United States. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

Today I posted Week 5 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week I discussed biblical principles of government. More specifically, we looked at how Scripture gives us the foundation for: separation of powers, rule of law, checks and balances, and federalism. We also look at how these principles have been implemented throughout history, particularly in the United States.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S2E25 – Stewardship and Citizenship https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e25-stewardship-and-citizenship/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 05:00:47 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=693918 Today I posted Week 4 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week, while I was away, my friend and fellow teacher Brad Lanning taught on the topic of stewardship and citizenship. How involved should Christians be in the political process? What does it mean to be a steward of our citizenship? How outspoken should we be about political matters? Brad covers these topics and more on today's lesson. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon!

Today I posted Week 4 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week, while I was away, my friend and fellow teacher Brad Lanning taught on the topic of stewardship and citizenship. How involved should Christians be in the political process? What does it mean to be a steward of our citizenship? How outspoken should we be about political matters? Brad covers these topics and more on today’s lesson.

As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless!

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S2E24 – The Kingdom of God https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e24-the-kingdom-of-god/ Wed, 06 Jul 2022 05:00:24 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=583195 Today I posted Week 3 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week we look at the biblical concept of the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Heaven. What is this kingdom? Where does it exist? How does it exist? Who gets to be a part of it and what do they do? Aside from answering these questions, we also look at how the kingdom of God interacts with all other kingdoms and why Christ's reign and rule supersedes all other rulers. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 24 The Kingdom of God clean 57:39 S2E23 – Boundaries and Broken Spheres https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e23-boundaries-and-broken-spheres/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 05:00:42 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=347888 Today I posted Week 2 of the class that I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church on God and government. This week we look at how the various spheres of government relate to each other and, at times, overlap. We also consider what happens when spheres fail and other spheres fill in the gap. Lastly, we look at the tendency for the sphere of civil government to dominate all others as part of humanity's attempt to rebuild the Tower of Babel. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 23 Boundaries and Broken Spheres clean 1:10:01 S2E22 – Introduction to Sphere Sovereignty https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e22-introduction-to-sphere-sovereignty/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 05:00:54 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=337724 Today I posted my recording of a class I have been teaching at Hilltown Baptist Church titled God and Government. This week I provide an introduction into sphere sovereignty and look at the various responsibilities of each sphere. Individuals are ordained by God to exercise self-control and to govern their daily activities. Families are ordained to provide healthcare, welfare, and education to the next generation. Churches are ministries of reconciliation ordained to make disciples of all nations. Finally, the civil sphere is ordained to provide justice and maintain peace. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 22 Introduction to Sphere Sovereignty clean 1:08:18 S2E21 – Abortion in the Ancient World (Part 2) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e21-abortion-in-the-ancient-world-part-2/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 05:00:59 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=330801 (00:40) Abortion in the Ancient World - Today I finish Part Two of a series on abortion in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. One Jewish historian, Philo, describes in detail the practice of exposure and its affect. While men like Hippocrates and Philo attempted to speak out against abortion and infanticide, things change when Christianity arrives. The early Christian leader Tertullian argues that life begins at conception and describes a medical instrument used in abortion called "the slayer of the infant." Christian emperors, such as Valentinian I and Justinian, work toward changing Roman law to protect the unborn. Regrettably, American law in some ways is turning pagan, although in a matriarchal, not patriarchal, direction. As always, if you have any law/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 21 Abortion in the Ancient World (Part 2) clean 30:19 S2E20 – Abortion in the Ancient World (Part 1) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e20-abortion-in-the-ancient-world-part-1/ Wed, 25 May 2022 09:53:54 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=308560 (01:50) Law of the Day - "When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe." (Exodus 21:22-25) (06:05) Abortion in the Ancient World - Today I begin a series studying abortion and infanticide in the ancient world. Surprisingly, and sadly, the ancient Romans and Greeks practiced abortion, utilizing both drugs and surgical instruments. Many of the reasons for doing this were similar to the reasons people give today, one of them being the idea of necessity due to poverty. There were ancient Greeks and Romans who spoke out against abortion and infanticide, just as there were those who spoke in favor of it. Interestingly, things do not really change until Christianity begins to wield influence throughout the Roman Empire. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 20 Abortion in the Ancient World (Part 1) clean 31:47 S2E19 – Legislating Morality (Defending Theonomy, Part 3) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e19-legislating-morality-defending-theonomy-part-3/ Wed, 11 May 2022 05:00:07 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=286192 Today I finish the three-part series on theonomy by looking at what it means to legislate morality. All legislation, or law, is a declaration of value. The question is what we will value and how value will be determined. There is always a standard, but the debate is on what standard will be used. The law that God gave to Israel was not just for Israel but was meant to be an example to the nations. For example, in God's word we find principles of federalism, rule of law, and separation of powers. Finally, I briefly address the concept of natural law and its relationship to God's law. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 19 Legislating Morality (Defending Theonomy, Part 3) clean 39:41 S2E18 – A King and His Kingdom (Defending Theonomy, Part 2) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e18-a-king-and-his-kingdom-defending-theonomy-part-2/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 05:00:03 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=251226 00:30 - Defending Theonomy, Part 2: What does it mean for Jesus to reign over all powers and dominions? What is the Kingdom of God? What does it look like, where is it, and how do we enter? What does it mean for Jesus to have all authority on heaven and on earth? As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 18 A King and His Kingdom (Defending Theonomy, Part 2) clean 29:53 S2E17 – Defending Theonomy (Part 1) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e17-defending-theonomy-part-1/ Wed, 13 Apr 2022 09:49:16 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=214094 00:15 - Introduction to Theonomy. What is Theonomy and what is a basic definition of it? What does Deuteronomy 4:5-8 say and how does it apply to us today? 09:48 - On today's program I play and review several clips from a recent Pastors Talk episode produced by 9Marks. The hosts, Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever, interview Carl Trueman about his most recent book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. Although the book and the interview are excellent, a few comments are made about theonomy that are worth bringing up. The men raise several straw men arguments regarding theonomy before knocking them down, seemly misunderstanding what theonomy actually teaches. Pastors Talk Episode 202: On Expressive Individualism As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 17 Defending Theonomy (Part 1) clean 49:53 S2E16 – Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e16-sola-scriptura-scripture-alone/ Wed, 30 Mar 2022 05:00:18 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=177019 On today's program I provide an audio recording of a recent article I wrote in defense of Sola Scriptura. I have several friends and family who are either Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox, so many of our discussions tend to revolve around the authority of Scripture. In the article, I first present a case for Sola Scriptura. Then I offer a few criticisms, specifically focused on the Roman Catholic perspective. Finally, I end with several key questions and answers. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 16 Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) clean 1:20:37 S2E15 – Behavioral Economics (Interview with Steve Moyer) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e15-behavioral-economics-interview-with-steve-moyer/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 05:00:20 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=166650 On today's program I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Moyer on the topic of behavioral economics. Steve is a certified financial planner and a chartered financial consultant, currently working for Mariner Wealth Advisors. He is also a Christian and has spent his career applying Christian principles to the realm of economics. We cover a lot of topics today, from behavioral finance to the role of government in economics. Please come check out the conversation! As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 15 Behavioral Economics (Interview with Steve Moyer) clean 50:47 S2E14 – The American Colonies https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e14-the-american-colonies/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 06:00:42 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=152638 (00:36) Law of the Day: Numbers 5:5-10 – “When a man or woman commits any of the sins that people commit by breaking faith with the LORD, and that person realizes his guilt, he shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong..." (09:03) American Colonies and Lesser Magistrates: Today I finished up looking at a few examples of lesser magistrates by considering the American colonies. Under whose authority were they founded? Did they answer to the king or parliament? What was the phrase "no taxation without representation" all about? And was the American War for Independence a just war? As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 14 The American Colonies clean 31:13 S2E13 – Idolatry Watch (Safeism and Tyranny) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e13-idolatry-watch-safeism-and-tyranny/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 10:49:02 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=128733 (01:00) Law of the Day: Leviticus 5:1 – “If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity.” (09:18) Idolatry Watch: Today I look at two recent clips, one from Vice-President Kamala Harris and the other from Secretary Pete Buttigieg. VP Harris presents a false gospel of vaccines while playing fast and loose with the COVID numbers. Secretary Buttigieg sets a new goal of zero traffic deaths nationwide. Both are examples where idolatry leads to a false gospel of mankind's power and ability. This is the recipe for tyranny. CDC COVID Data from Nov 2021 - Jan 2022 Video Clip of Vice-President Kamala Harris Video Clip of Secretary Buttigieg As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 13 Idolatry Watch (Safeism and Tyranny) clean 39:20 S2E12 – Interview with Brad Lanning https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e12-interview-with-brad-lanning/ Wed, 02 Feb 2022 06:00:06 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=96748 (01:40) Interview: Today I had the opportunity to interview Brad Lanning, who is running for the 1st Congressional District of Pennsylvania. We discuss his background as well as his reasons for running. We also consider some key topics, including vaccine tracking, minimum wage laws, the Paris Climate Agreement, and concerns about China. Finally, we end the conversation on the topic of human rights, the image of God, and the role of government. If you wish to learn more about Brad and his campaign, please check out his website: https://www.bradlanningforcongress.com/ As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 12 Interview with Brad Lanning clean 35:04 S2E11 – Lesser Magistrates of History (Magdeburg) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e11-lesser-magistrates-of-history-magdeburg/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 06:00:23 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=64250 (00:50) Part I: Law of the Day (Unsolved Murders) - "If in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess someone is found slain, lying in the open country, and it is not known who killed him, then your elders and your judges shall come out, and they shall measure the distance to the surrounding cities..." (Deut. 21:1-9) (11:33) Part II: Today I consider another example of lesser magistrates, this time during the Protestant Reformation. The Protestants, named for the official legal protest that they submitted to the Emperor, asked for religious liberty. While after years of conflict the Emperor was able to force nearly all of Germany to submit to Catholicism, one city stood alone in defiance. That city was Magdeburg which, through its lesser magistrates, was able to win its religious freedom. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 11 Lesser Magistrates of History (Magdeburg) clean 26:57 S2E10 – Lesser Magistrates of History (Jehoiada and Petronius) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e10-lesser-magistrates-of-history-jehoiada-and-petronius/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 06:00:52 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=35968 (01:15) Part I: Law of the Day - "You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD." (Lev. 19:18) (11:05) Part II: Today I look at some historical examples of lesser magistrates. First, I discuss Jehoiada from 2 Kings 11 and his resistance to Athaliah the usurper. Second, I consider the Roman Governor Publius Petronius and his resistance to Emperor Caligula. Both men had no guarantee of success, yet they stood firm in the face of tyranny and certain death, not out of a sense of rebellion, but in order to do the right thing. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 10 Lesser Magistrates of History (Jehoiada and Petronius) clean 36:03 S2E9 – Defy Tyrants (Replay of Interview with Pastor Trewhella) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e9-defy-tyrants-replay/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 10:40:13 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=33343 (Originally aired in March, 2021) Part I: Law of the Day - "When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:9-10) (Timestamp 17:25) Part II: Interview with Pastor Matthew Trewhella about his book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 9 Defy Tyrants (Replay of Interview with Pastor Trewhella) clean 57:13 S2E8 – Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part 5 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e8-idolatry-and-civil-disobedience-part-5/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 06:00:34 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=22167 Part 1: Law of the Day (Matthew 22:15-22) - “Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?....” Part 2: Today I connect the topic of idolatry with that of vaccine and mask mandates. I consider some of the common phrases or mottos that we see publicly displayed. I also look at the speech given by Governor Kathy Hochul of New York a few months ago. Are these speeches just examples of flamboyant language, or is something deeper taking place? In what ways has the vaccine become idolatrous? What should our response be? As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 8 Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part V clean 34:54 S2E7 – Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part 4 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e7-idolatry-and-civil-disobedience-part-4/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 22:06:33 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=18986 Part 1: Law of the Day (1 Corinthians 10:23-33) - “...But if someone says to you, 'This has been offered in sacrifice,' then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience...?" Part 2: Today I continue with the series on idolatry and civil disobedience. In this episode, I consider the various phases, or steps, of civil disobedience. This includes prayer/petition, escape, and self-defense. I also look at what it means for lesser magistrates to resist higher magistrates. When a whole community of people cannot escape, how do they engage in civil disobedience? As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 7 Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part IV clean 37:10 S2E6 – Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part 3 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e6-idolatry-and-civil-disobedience-part-3/ Wed, 10 Nov 2021 11:03:47 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=17507 Part 1: Law of the Day (Deuteronomy 7:17-26) - “...You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction." Part 2: Today I continue with the series on idolatry and civil disobedience. In this episode, I look at the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. I consider why the Christians were persecuted, how it was implemented, and how they responded. Lastly, I discuss the martyrdom of Cyprian, a Christian leader from North Africa. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 6 Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part III clean 36:21 S2E5 – Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part 2 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e5-idolatry-and-civil-disobedience-part-2/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 01:09:14 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=17372 Part 1: Law of the Day (Deuteronomy 12:29-32) - “When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the LORD hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods. Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.” Part 2: Today I continue with the series on idolatry and civil disobedience. In this episode, I look at how to detect idols within a culture. This includes either things that are inherently wicked or good things that have become idols. I also look at how Christians have responded to cultural idols in Scripture as well as historically. Finally, I consider how Christians were perceived in the Roman Empire and how they reacted to the pagan idolatry within it. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 5 Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part II clean 33:20 S2E4 – Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part I https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e4-idolatry-and-civil-disobedience-part-i/ Wed, 13 Oct 2021 05:00:13 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=17012 Part 1: Law of the Day (Exodus 23:13) - “Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.” Part 2: Today I begin another series on the topic of idolatry and civil disobedience. In this first episode, I define idolatry and discuss what it looks like. Passages like Romans 1 and Isaiah 44 are central to understanding the nature of idolatry. I also look at how idolatry leads to death and can never result in life. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 4 Idolatry and Civil Disobedience, Part I clean S2E3 – Climate Change and Judgment, Part II https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e3-climate-change-and-judgment-part-ii/ Wed, 29 Sep 2021 09:30:50 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=16903 Part 1: Law of the Day (Leviticus 25:1-7): “The LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD...” Part 2: Today I continue with the topic of climate change and consider several passages from the Old Testament prophets. I also look at how secularism views climate change and how this also is a religious system. Both secularism and Christianity have a concept of sin, atonement, and good works. The question is whether we will serve God or idols. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 3 Climate Change and Judgment, Part II clean S2E2 – Climate Change and Judgment, Part I https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e2-climate-change-and-judgment-part-i/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:16:01 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=16298 Part 1: Law of the Day (Deuteronomy 22:6-7): “If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long.” Part 2: Today I introduce the topic of climate change and begin to look at what the Bible says, if anything, about it. I also look at judgment and the different types of judgment that we see in Scripture. The secular prophets view climate change as a form of judgment against humans. In this series I show where they are correct and where they are wrong. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 2 Climate Change and Judgment, Part I clean 27:47 S2E1 – Democracy and Afghanistan https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s2e1-democracy-and-afghanistan/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:38:30 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=15940 In opening up Season 2, I sit down with fellow military veteran and co-worker, Gordon Beecroft, to discuss the topic of democracy. We also consider related topics such as nation-building, national security, and the situation in Afghanistan. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 2 1 Democracy and Afghanistan clean 54:59 S1E33 – Society of Satan https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e33-society-of-satan/ Wed, 21 Jul 2021 05:00:01 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=15551 Part 1: Discussion of 1 Samuel 8:10-20 Part 2: I finished Season 1 of the podcast by discussing and reviewing the article "Society of Satan" written by Rousas J. Rushdoony in 1979. I look at how the Society of Satan compares with the Kingdom of God. I also discuss both how the Tower of Babel depicts the Society of Satan and how it remains today. Useful Links: Society of Satan As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 33 Society of Satan clean 43:39 S1E32 – Slaying Leviathan https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e32-slaying-leviathan/ Wed, 07 Jul 2021 05:00:42 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=15319 Part 1: Law of the Day (Deuteronomy 12:1-9) Part 2 (14:00) - I interview Dr. Glenn Sunshine about his new book, Slaying Leviathan. We discuss what Leviathan is and how Christianity has, throughout history, worked to reduce the size, strength, and power of that monster. We touch on topics such as lesser magistrates, liberty versus license, and the role of Christians in society. Useful Links: Every Square Inch Ministries As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 32 Slaying Leviathan clean 46:17 S1E31 – The Sin of Pride Month https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e31-the-sin-of-pride-month/ Wed, 23 Jun 2021 05:00:42 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=15081 Part 1: Law of the Day - “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” (Lev. 18:22) Part 2 (26:00) - I review and critique a portion of the most recent Bucks County Commissioner Meeting from June 2, 2021. The first ten minutes of the meeting involved a proclamation in support of LGBTQ+ Pride month. This proclamation was received by three individuals from the LGBTQ+ community. I point out the idolatry that is being celebrated, culminating in the flaunting of sin in the face of God. Ultimately, there is always a god of the system and there is always a law of that system. The question is: which god and which law? Useful Links: Bucks County Commissioners Meeting (Full Video) Salem United Church of Christ (host of the Rainbow Room) As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 31 The Sin of Pride Month clean 59:00 S1E30 – Christians and Non-Violence https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e30-christians-and-non-violence/ Wed, 09 Jun 2021 05:00:41 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=14819 Today I was joined by two men from Sattler College in Boston, Dean Taylor (President) and Zach Johnson (Dean of Students). I invited them onto the show to discuss the topic of Christian non-violence. While they advocated for that position, my friend and fellow military officer, Gordon Beecroft, joined me to defend a Christian view of justified violence (e.g. capital punishment, self-defense, and just war). Our discussion covered multiple areas, such as the application of God's law, the role of Christians as ambassadors for Christ, and the nature of God's Kingdom. While we could not cover every significant area, this discussion serves as a starting point that we hope will be useful for all Christians who wish to dive deeper into understanding their role in this world. To contact either Dean or Zach with any questions, please reach out to them through the Sattler College website. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 30 Christians and Non-Violence clean 1:14:10 S1E29 – Economics and Money https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e29-economics-and-money/ Wed, 26 May 2021 05:00:04 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=14698 Part I: Law of the Day - “If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If the stolen beast is found alive in his possession, whether it is an ox or a donkey or a sheep, he shall pay double.” (Exodus 22:2-4) Part II: Discussion of economics and money with Daniel Mynyk, host of the Truthspresso podcast. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 29 Economics and Money clean 54:57 S1E28 – Interview with Senator Doug Mastriano https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e28-interview-with-senator-doug-mastriano/ Wed, 12 May 2021 10:32:47 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=14586 Part I: Law of the Day - “Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today. And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the LORD your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you. And when you have crossed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I command you today, on Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You shall wield no iron tool on them; you shall build an altar to the LORD your God of uncut stones. And you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God, and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God. And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.” (Deut. 27:1-8) Part II (Around 14:00): Interview with Senator Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania's 33rd district. We discuss the role of Christians in politics as well as how he ended up getting involved after his military career. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 28 Interview with Senator Doug Mastriano clean 47:52 S1E27 – The Think Institute https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e27-the-think-institute/ Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:22:37 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=14457 Part I: Law of the Day - “Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel. And Moses commanded them, “At the end of every seven years, at the set time in the year of release, at the Feast of Booths, when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.” (Deut. 31:9-13) Part II: Interview with Joel Settecase from The Think Institute As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 27 The Think Institute clean 41:28 S1E26 – Kingdom of God, Part 2 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e25-kingdom-of-god-part-2/ Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:19:32 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=14346 Part I: Law of the Day - “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” (Lev. 19:15) Part II: A look at what the Bible says about the Kingdom of God and what it means for Christians today. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 26 Kingdom of God, Part 2 clean 31:23 S1E25 – Kingdom of God, Part 1 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e25-kingdom-of-god-part-1/ Wed, 31 Mar 2021 13:31:19 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=14027 Part I: Law of the Day - “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” (Deut. 25:4) Part II: A look at what the Bible says about the Kingdom of God. This is the first part of an analysis of the kingdom and what it means for Christians today. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 25 Kingdom of God, Part 1 clean 32:36 S1E24 – Higher Education and Debt https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e24-higher-education-and-debt/ Wed, 17 Mar 2021 04:08:50 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13916 Part I: Law of the Day - “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deut. 6:4-9) Part II: Response and critique of Governor Wolf's proposal for subsidizing higher education. Additional Sources: Why College Tuition is So Expensive Pew Research on Federal State Funding of Higher Education PA Race Horse Development Fund Fact Sheet Gutting the PA Race Horse Development Trust Fund As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 24 Higher Education and Debt clean 56:09 S1E23 – Defy Tyrants (Interview with Pastor Trewhella) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e23-defy-tyrants-interview-with-pastor-trewhella/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 18:22:44 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13724 Part I: Law of the Day - "When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:9-10) Part II: Interview with Pastor Matthew Trewhella about his book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 23 Defy Tyrants (Interview with Pastor Trewhella) clean 57:13 S1E22 – Minimum Wage Laws https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e22-minimum-wage-laws/ Thu, 18 Feb 2021 03:55:03 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13582 Part I: Law of the Day - “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning.” (Lev. 19:13) Part II: An analysis and critique of the minimum wage changes proposed by Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania  As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 22 Minimum Wage Laws clean 1:17:27 S1E21 – Stewardship of the Earth and Climate Change https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e21-stewardship-of-the-earth-and-climate-change/ Thu, 11 Feb 2021 01:01:37 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13469 Part I: Law of the Day - "If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young. You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long." (Deut. 22:6-7) Part II: A short analysis and response to President Biden's executive order on immigration and climate change.   As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 21 Stewardship of the Earth and Climate Change clean 28:48 S1E20 – Holding Rulers Accountable (Lex Rex Part 11) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e20-holding-rulers-accountable-lex-rex-part-11/ Thu, 04 Feb 2021 04:12:12 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13427 Part I: Law of the Day - "If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear." (Deut. 21:18-21) Part II: We finish looking at Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. In the final chapter, Rutherford asks if rulers are accountable to the people. If they are not, then there is no argument against tyranny. If they are, then it is the responsibility of the people to hold them accountable. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 20 Holding Rulers Accountable (Lex Rex Part 11) clean 29:39 S1E19 – Defending Against Oppression (Lex Rex Part 10) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e19-defending-against-oppression-lex-rex-part-10/ Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:19:45 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13360 Part I: Law of the Day - "You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people." (Ex. 22:28) Part II: We continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. In chapter twenty, we consider whether people may defend themselves against oppression. In chapter twenty-one, we look at whether the people can wage war without the ruler. Ultimately, the question is one of the right to self-defense and who possesses that right. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 19 Defending Against Oppression (Lex Rex Part 10) clean 23:51 S1E18 – Flight or Fight (Lex Rex Part 9) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e18-flight-or-fight-lex-rex-part-9/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:28:11 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13296 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. In chapter eighteen, we consider whether there is a difference between the person and the office. In chapter nineteen, we look at whether we should flee from or fight against tyrants. Furthermore, does it matter whether or not we are being persecuted for Christ? We look at Rutherford's answer to that question as well. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 18 Flight or Fight (Lex Rex Part 9) clean 29:15 S1E17 – Resisting a Tyrant (Lex Rex Part 8) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e17-resisting-a-tyrant-lex-rex-part-8/ Wed, 13 Jan 2021 21:49:58 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13241 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. In chapter sixteen, we look at whether the ruler has the final authority to interpret the law. In chapter seventeen, we consider the situation where the people and their representatives may resist a tyrant. These are vital issue issue, for if the ruler is the final interpreter of the law, none may challenge him. And if the people may never resist a tyrant, he can murder them at will. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 17 Resisting a Tyrant (Lex Rex Part 8) clean 31:39 S1E16 – The Law is Above the King (Lex Rex Part 7) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e16-the-law-is-above-the-king-lex-rex-part-7/ Wed, 06 Jan 2021 21:25:12 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13184 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. In chapter fourteen, we look at whether the safety of the ruler is more important than that of the people. In chapter fifteen, we consider whether the ruler is above the law. These are both key issues, for if the ruler is more important than the people, than the people can be sacrificed for the good of the ruler. And if the ruler is above the law, then the ruler plays the part of God. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 16 The Law is Above the King (Lex Rex Part 7) clean 28:37 S1E15 – Turning into Tyrants (Lex Rex Part 6) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e15-turning-into-tyrants-lex-rex-part-6/ Wed, 30 Dec 2020 14:22:29 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13132 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex simply means that the law is king. It is a book that very simply and logically looks at the nature and purpose of government. It also addresses issues such as civil disobedience and resistance, ideas that greatly influenced the American War for Independence. On this episode I look at chapters twelve and thirteen regarding when a ruler becomes a tyrant and whether or not he can be resisted. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 15 Turning into Tyrants (Lex Rex Part 6) clean 26:08 S1E14 – The People and the State (Lex Rex Part 5) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e14-the-people-and-the-state-lex-rex-part-5/ Wed, 23 Dec 2020 18:55:25 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13089 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex simply means that the law is king. It is a book that very simply and logically looks at the nature and purpose of government. It also addresses issues such as civil disobedience and resistance, ideas that greatly influenced the American War for Independence. On this episode I look at chapters ten and eleven regarding whether or not lesser magistrates have their own legitimate authority and if the people are more important than the state. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 14 The People and the State (Lex Rex Part 5) clean 30:47 S1E13 – Rulers and the Ruled (Lex Rex Part 4) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e13-rulers-and-the-ruled-lex-rex-part-4/ Wed, 16 Dec 2020 21:07:11 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=13024 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex simply means that the law is king. It is a book that very simply and logically looks at the nature and purpose of government. It also addresses issues such as civil disobedience and resistance, ideas that greatly influenced the American War for Independence. On this episode I look at chapters eight and nine regarding whether or not rulers can be given absolute power and if rulers are more important than those they rule. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 13 Rulers and the Ruled (Lex Rex Part 4) clean 36:47 S1E12 – Conquest and Consent (Lex Rex Part 3) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e12-conquest-and-consent-lex-rex-part-3/ Wed, 09 Dec 2020 14:03:04 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=12967 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex simply means that the law is king. It is a book that very simply and logically looks at the nature and purpose of government. It also addresses issues such as civil disobedience and resistance, ideas that greatly influenced the American War for Independence. On this episode we look at chapters six and seven regarding whether conquest is a legitimate method for gaining power. We also consider whether or not people are born free. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 12 Conquest and Consent (Lex Rex Part 3) clean 23:31 S1E11 – Revoking the Ruler’s Authority (Lex Rex Part 2) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e11-revoking-the-rulers-authority-lex-rex-part-2/ Thu, 03 Dec 2020 04:51:25 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=12871 On today's episode I continue walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex simply means that the law is king. It is a book that very simply and logically looks at the nature and purpose of government. It also addresses issues such as civil disobedience and resistance, ideas that greatly influenced the American War for Independence. On this episode we look at chapters four and five regarding whether or not the people can revoke the power that they grant to a ruler. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 11 Revoking the Ruler's Authority (Lex Rex Part 2) clean 32:06 S1E10 – Introduction to Lex Rex https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e10-introduction-to-lex-rex/ Thu, 26 Nov 2020 04:38:39 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=12808 On today's episode I begin walking through the book Lex Rex, by Samuel Rutherford. Lex Rex simply means that the law is king. It is a book that very simply and logically looks at the nature and purpose of government. It also includes topics such as civil disobedience and resistance, ideas that led to Rutherford himself being arrested. On this episode we look at the first three chapters and why government exists in the first place. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 10 S1E10 - Introduction to Lex Rex clean 28:15 S1E9 – Defending Theonomy, Part 2 (Response to White Horse Inn) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e9-defending-theonomy-part-2-response-to-white-horse-inn/ Thu, 19 Nov 2020 02:48:57 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=11771 Today is the second part of my defense of theonomy. Last episode, I responded to a 9Marks podcast episode hosted by Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever. Today, I look at a recent episode from the White Horse Inn podcast, hosted by Dr. Michael Horton. While the episode originally aired back in 2008, it was re-released a few weeks ago prior to the election. So, today I look at some of the statements that the hosts make, showing some inconsistencies in how they understand God's law. Again, theonomy does not mean making a carbon-copy of Old Testament Israel. It means recognizing that every system has a god and every god has a law. Here is the link to the White Horse Inn podcast episode (re-released October 21, 2020): White Horse Inn - Christianity and Politics As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 9 S1E9 - Defending Theonomy, Part 2 (Response to White Horse Inn) clean 1:05:30 S1E8 – Defending Theonomy, Part 1 (Response to 9Marks) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e8-defending-theonomy-part-1-response-to-9marks/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:01:16 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=11345 Today is the first part of a two-part series on a defense of theonomy. In part one, I respond to a recent 9Marks podcast episode hosted by Jonathan Leeman and Mark Dever. They interview T. David Gordon, who critiques theonomy and reacts to its apparent growth in popularity. I look at some of the statements that they make, showing that what they are really attacking is not theonomy but a straw-man. Theonomy does not mean making a carbon-copy of Old Testament Israel. It means recognizing that every system has a god and every god has a law. Here is the link to the original 9Marks podcast episode (published October 12, 2020): Pastors Talk - Episode 147 As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 8 S1E8 - Defending Theonomy, Part 1 (Response to 9Marks) clean 55:32 S1E7 – Tattle Tales, Twitter, and Tyranny https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e7-tattle-tales-twitter-and-tyranny/ Thu, 29 Oct 2020 01:21:11 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=11143 Today I look at the recent situation regarding Twitter, Facebook, and possible congressional subpoenas. What is the difference between being a publisher and a platform? How does God's law regarding slander apply to this? Is the solution for the government to take control of platforms like Facebook and Twitter? I cover these questions and more on today's episode! As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them on the program. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or go to www.ericluppold.com Please support me on Patreon! 1 7 Tattle Tales, Twitter, and Tyranny clean 47:21 S1E6 – God’s Law, Man’s Law https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e6-gods-law-mans-law/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:47:52 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=11053 On today's episode I look at how God's law is the foundation for all law and how man's law should be viewed in light of that reality. We see God's law both in nature and in Scripture, yet it is all a reflection of His character. But when man's law deviates or contradicts God's law, does man's law stop being a law? Was it ever really a law at all? As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them in future episodes. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter Please support me on Patreon! 1 6 God's Law, Man's Law clean 35:24 S1E5 – Understanding the Law, Part 2 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e5-understanding-the-law-part-2/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:34:04 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=10857 On today's episode I finished looking at how God's law can be applied to God's people under the New Covenant. I show how the apostles understood and applied Old Testament laws to the New Testament Church and I also provide some additional examples of how we can do that today. As Christians, we have a tendency to neglect studying God's law. Yet we must never forget that God's law serves a vital function in the 21st century. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them in future episodes. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter Please support me on Patreon! 1 5 Understanding the Law, Part 2 clean 41:16 S1E4 – Special Edition: How to Fight and When to Fight https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/special-edition-how-to-fight-and-when-to-fight/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 02:32:12 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=10813 Today is a special edition episode that I did in light of both the passing of RBG and the recent comments on justice by Tim Keller. Given that the Republicans have seemingly decided to proceed with filling the empty seat on the Supreme Court, I want to look at how to fight with both integrity and honor. As for Tim Keller, I will be looking at when to fight and take a stand on issues of morality. While we cannot be black and white when God allows for grey, we must not be grey when God declares something to be black and white. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them in future episodes. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter Please support me on Patreon! 1 4 Special Edition: How to Fight and When to Fight clean 49:21 S1E3 – Understanding the Law, Part 1 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e3-understanding-the-law-part-1/ Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:18:38 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=10757 On today's episode I look at how God's law applied to the people of Israel and what it means for Jesus Christ to fulfill the law. Why does it matter that Jesus is the new High Priest and has inaugurated a New Covenant? How does that affect the way that the law applies to those who are in Christ? Those are just a few of the questions that I address. Finally, I briefly touch on the traditional division of God's law into three categories: ceremonial, civil, and moral. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them in future episodes. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter Please support me on Patreon! 1 3 Understanding the Law, Part 1 clean 45:44 S1E2 – Why the Law? https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/s1e2-why-the-law/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 04:11:52 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=10634 On today's episode I look at what God's law is and why Christians should care about it. I also discuss the three uses of the law as set forth in Scripture. Sadly, too many people call themselves followers of Christ but have no idea what that means for how they should live. I would argue that the primary reason for that is because of biblical illiteracy, especially when it comes to God's law. As always, if you have any civic/government related questions, feel free to email me at thegbgpodcast@gmail.com, and I will be happy to address them in future episodes. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter Please support me on Patreon! 1 2 Why the Law? clean 55:37 S1E1 – Governed by God: Pilot Episode https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/governed-by-god-pilot-episode/ Wed, 19 Aug 2020 12:53:38 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=10323 Today is the release of the pilot episode for my new show, Governed by God. In this new podcast, I will be focusing primarily on the topics of civics and government from a Biblical perspective. On today's episode I provide a brief overview of the four God-ordained governments and their relationship to one another. Additionally, the new email address for the podcast is thegbgpodcast@gmail.com. Please feel free to send me any of your civic/government related questions, and I will be happy to address them in future episodes. Thank you and God bless! Follow me on Facebook or Twitter Please support me on Patreon! 1 1 Governed by God - Pilot Episode clean 43:46 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 20 – Rights, Risk, and the ‘Rona https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-20-rights-risk-and-the-rona/ Sun, 31 May 2020 12:55:36 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8429 Today was the final episode for Season 2. With Dillon dedicating much of his time moving into his new house, we plan to start up again in a month or so. In the meantime, I went solo this episode, discussing a wide range of topics such as human rights/responsibilities, responding to the 'Rona, and living in a risky world. My goal was to get into a lot of Scripture on some fairly relevant topics, so grab your Bibles and enjoy the show! For those interested in some of the sources I used in discussing Coronavirus, please check out the following links: Asymptomatic Transmission of Influenza Asymptomatic Transmission of COVID-19 CDC Pandemic Planning Scenarios As always, feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 1:13:51 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 19 – A Casual Conversation on Coronavirus and Civil Disobedience https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-19-a-casual-conversation-on-coronavirus-and-civil-disobedience/ Sun, 17 May 2020 18:03:47 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8338 Today Dillon and I decided to have a more casual conversation on topics like COVID-19, the Church, and Civil Disobedience. Although we touched on a wide variety of subjects, our goal is to have this be just one of many similar conversations. And even though we both slightly differ on our views regarding the pandemic, our goal is to seek unity in Christ and to show grace to those who disagree. So, please come check out the conversation! As always, feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 46:48 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 18 – Romans 13 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-18-romans-13/ Sun, 03 May 2020 11:16:24 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8223 With Dillon unable to join me this week, I decided to do a short Bible study on the passage of Romans 13. What does it mean to submit to the governing authorities? Which ones? What happens if they command us to sin or prohibit us from practicing good works? These are just a few questions that I hope to address on today's episode! As always, feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 44:19 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 17 – Leadership https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-17-leadership/ Sun, 19 Apr 2020 20:39:36 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=8077 This week Dillon and I join up virtually again to discuss the concept of leadership. More specifically, we provide some commentary on a book we both read titled Extreme Ownership, written by former Navy Seals Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. While it is not an explicitly Christian book, it contains what we might call "extreme Common Grace." These men touch on some key characteristics of leadership that harmonize well with what we see from Scripture. Come check out the conversation! As always, feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 46:04 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 16 – Responding to Suffering https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-16-responding-to-suffering/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:18:59 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=7258 This week Dillon and I met up via the internet in order to discuss the broad topic of suffering. Is all suffering a result of God's judgment or is it more complicated than that? How should people respond to the suffering and evil in their lives? Does it make a difference whether the suffering is individual or if it is national? While we do try to make application to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to look at suffering from a broader perspective. As always, feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 1:14:54 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 15 – God’s Judgment (Part 2) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-15-gods-judgment-part-2/ Sun, 22 Mar 2020 11:10:04 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=7104 This week Dillon was able to join me for Part II of our discussion of God's Judgment. While last week we considered how God uses natural means to bring judgment upon a nation, today we look at how God's judgment also involves letting people do whatever they want. This is a form of judgment that is not often discussed within the Church, yet it is clearly set forth in Scripture. So please join us as we look at God's word and consider what it means for God to remove His hand of restraint and to give people over to their sin. As always, feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 55:28 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 14 – God’s Judgment (Part 1) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-14-gods-judgment-part-1/ Sun, 08 Mar 2020 12:01:07 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=6993 With Dillon unable to join me this week, on this episode I began walking through several passages of Scripture that describe God's judgment. While we often think of God's judgment as sudden supernatural events, the Bible actually presents several different forms in which it is delivered. For this episode, I look at the first form of God's judgment: the slow destruction of a nation through natural means. As always, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! clean 56:13 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 13 – Man of the House (Interview with C. R. Wiley) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-13-man-of-the-house-interview-with-c-r-wiley/ Sun, 23 Feb 2020 06:00:28 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=6908 On this week’s episode we interview Pastor C. R. Wiley, author of the book Man of the House. Pastor Wiley talks about the concept of manhood and what it means to build up a house. He also talks about the concept of marriage and family, and how our culture has deviated from what we see both in Scripture and in antiquity. These are just a few of the topics that we touch on, so please come check out the conversation (as well as Pastor Wiley's book)! You can also learn more by this book, and other writings, by checking out Pastor Wiley's website. As always, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! 1:01:55 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 12 – Organic Foods and GMOs https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-12-organic-foods-and-gmos/ Sun, 09 Feb 2020 06:00:36 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=6623 On this week’s episode we interview Chris Becker, who works within the agricultural department of Del Val University, and who specializes in fruit tree production. He helps us to navigate the rather controversial topic of organic foods and genetically modified foods (GMOs). As Christians, we desire to be good stewards of our bodies, our environment, and our finances. Should we therefore pay a bit extra to eat organic foods? Is it wrong to genetically modify foods in order to make them more productive or resilient? Chris helps us tackle these questions on today's episode. As always, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! 59:02 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 11 – Evangelism https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-11-evangelism/ Sun, 26 Jan 2020 09:00:04 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=6473 On this week’s episode we discuss the topic of evangelism. What is the gospel and how do we share it? Should we simply focus on our actions and good works or should we engage in discussion, debate, and dialogue with others? What about the common phrase that we should share the gospel at all times and use words only when necessary? We address these questions, and more, on today's episode. As always, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! 53:01 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 10 – Friendship (Interview with David Smith) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-10-friendship-interview-with-david-smith/ Sun, 12 Jan 2020 05:00:48 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=6202 On this week’s episode we interview David Smith about his most recent book Who’s Got Your Back? where David addresses the topic of making and keeping friendships among men. David shares what he learned about friendship from his own experiences as well as from Scripture. How important are biblical friendships among men? What do those friendships look like? How do we even begin to pursue and grow such friendships? Come listen in as we consider these questions. As always, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! 1:12:29 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 9 – Euthanasia https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-9-euthanasia/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 05:01:47 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=6065 This week we interview Dr. Chris Christensen on the topic of euthanasia, a term that literally means “good death.” What does it mean to have a good death? What is the difference between euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide and what does the Bible have to say about life and death? Dr. Christensen helps us to answer these questions, and more, on today’s episode. As always, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com with any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! 59:15 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 8 – Gun Control https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-8-gun-control/ Sun, 15 Dec 2019 05:01:07 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=5909 Today we look at the right to self-defense and, more specifically, the issue of gun control. In our culture, that topic tends to become a very difficult one to address, especially after a mass shooting. As Christians, we want to be able to approach this topic fairly and from a biblical perspective. What does the Bible say about self-defense? Do firearms have a place in individual self-defense in the modern era? What is the original context of the Second Amendment and why does it matter? We cover these questions, and more, on today's episode. As always, please visit www.2guysandabible.org and feel free to send us any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. We are always appreciative of your support and contribution to the conversation. Thank you and God bless! Check out our web page at www.2guysandabible.org Follow us on Facebook or Twitter Please support us on Patreon! 1:13:01 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 7 – Right to Life and the Death Penalty https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-7-right-to-life/ Mon, 02 Dec 2019 18:11:03 +0000 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/?p=5717 Today we move from our broader discussion of human rights to the more specific topic of the right to life. What is the right to life and who has it? Where does it come from and when is it forfeit? What does the Bible say about things such as the death penalty? If a person is pro-life, do they have to be against the death penalty? We address these central questions and more on today's episode! As always, please visit www.2guysandabible.org and feel free to send us any theological or cultural questions for us to tackle. Thank you and God bless! clean 49:39 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 6 – Human Rights https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-6-human-rights/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://2a2a327a-70c8-46cb-a9ef-d14eccdaff4b This week we address the topic of human rights, including how the concept of "rights" has been twisted in our modern culture. Where do rights come from and do they really exist? If they do exist, how do we know what they are and why they should be recognized? We address those questions and more on today's episode! If you have any questions on this topic that you would like us to answer, please go to www.2guysandabible.org to send us a message! clean 1:04:51 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 5 – Personal Finances (Including Tithing) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-5-personal-finances-including-tithing/ Sun, 03 Nov 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://d296dd5460464e74a2b7feb5747d4fb9 On this week's episode we discuss some biblical principles regarding managing our personal finances. We also dive into the topic of tithes and offerings, looking at what Scripture has to say about charitable giving. Ultimately, we hope that this discussion challenges you to think about how you handle your own finances as a steward under God's authority. If you wish to send us any feedback or questions, please go to www.2guysandabible.org and send us a message! clean 1:05:49 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 4 – Business (Interview with Franco Urbaez) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-4-business-interview-with-franco-urbaez/ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://74c93f06797a4da399622dd976e1c519 Today we discuss the topic of entrepreneurship with Franco Urbaez, a devout Christian who is involved in no less than four different businesses. Franco shares some of his personal experiences as well as how he first became interested in starting his own company. Most importantly, Franco talks about how biblical principles and a Christian worldview have enabled him to stand firm in both the good times and the bad times. Come join the conversation! https://coachfranco.com/franco-urbaez-coaching https://www.linkedin.com/in/franco-urbaez-547a9b13 Please do not forget to email us any questions at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com, or visit www.2guysandabible.org! clean 1:15:54 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 3 – Capitalism https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-3-capitalism/ Sun, 06 Oct 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://194ee34de46a4ebda87ed35566ee4a34 Today we define and discuss a biblical understanding of Capitalism. What is Capitalism and what are its main tenets? Is it morally acceptable to pursue profit? Where does generosity and charity fit in a Capitalist system? Dillon leads us in tackling these questions on today's episode. Please feel free to email us any questions or comments at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com, or visit our website at www.2guysandabible.org. clean 1:02:25 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 2 – Socialism https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-2-socialism/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://a8b1a321915f4f5188efc9b5d3a87a62 On today's episode we address the topic of socialism. What is socialism and what are its core tenets? What does the Bible have to say about socialism and how might Christians exercise discernment in approaching the topic? How does socialism differ from, or relate to, the ideology of Marxism? Join us as we dive deep into these questions on the podcast! As a reminder, if you have any questions or comments for us, please go to www.2guysandabible.org and send us a message! clean 1:26:11 Archived 2GAB Season 2, Episode 1 – Racism and Racial Reconciliation https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/season-2-episode-1-racism-and-racial-reconciliation/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://eb3e8cd5757649bcbb36bad6524234ae On today's episode, we launch our second season by diving right into a very difficult topic, that of racial reconciliation. We are joined by Pavel Bugriyev, Director of Youth Ministry at Hilltown Baptist Church. Aside from sharing his own experiences of being a stranger in a strange land, Pavel explains how the Bible provides the foundation for genuine racial and ethnic reconciliation. clean 2:02:50 Archived 2GAB Episode 47 – The Word https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-47-the-word/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://1219768fdabf4c43892ef46bb08cde74 Today we finish off season one by looking at the power of the word of God. We look at the importance of the written word of Scripture as well as Christ, the word incarnate. We also look at how the divine word is the ultimate solution to the problem of sin and evil. So please join us as we conclude our first season. Season two will begin this September, so until then, God bless! In the meantime, if you have any questions or topics that you would like us to cover next season, please visit www.2guysandabible.org or email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 48:20 Archived 2GAB Episode 46 – Sin and the Fall https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-46-sin-and-the-fall/ Sun, 21 Jul 2019 11:27:21 +0000 http://3d7a53c0a20b4067aa3d342e1f31650f Today we look at the fall of Adam and Eve and how sin entered into, and affected, our world. We consider how humanity's rebellion in the Garden of Eden led to conflict between man and God, man and nature, and man and man. Finally, we are joined in our discussion today by a very special guest who arrives toward the end to share his insights. So please come check out the conversation! If you have any questions or topics that you would like us to cover, please visit www.2guysandabible.org or email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 54:27 Archived 2GAB Episode 45 – Gambling https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-45-gambling/ Sun, 14 Jul 2019 10:53:30 +0000 http://6ea8b1c29d154f12984daf627ab7e815 Today we tackle the topic of gambling, an issue that both Dillon and I have had personal experience with. Is it OK to go to a casino? Should Christians buy lottery tickets? Can we engage in private card games with our friends? We consider these questions, and more, on today's episode. If you have any questions or topics that you would like us to cover, please visit www.2guysandabible.org or email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 54:59 Archived 2GAB Episode 44 – Immigration https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-44-immigration/ Sun, 07 Jul 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://302ff42d77db43d1a13ee12a15fb5fdc Today we answer a question from one of our listeners on the topic of immigration. For starters, how do we approach this topic from a biblical perspective? What does Scripture say about borders and walls? How do we respond to those seeking refuge or asylum? Join us as we consider these very relevant and important questions. To submit questions for us to address, please check out our website at www.2guysandabible.org, or email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 1:07:47 Archived 2GAB Episode 43 – Image of God https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-43-image-of-god/ Sun, 30 Jun 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://ed4ff6d3676e4f0788b0962fa93ddf43 Today we discuss the concept of the imago dei, or "image of God." What does it mean for humans to be made in God's image, and what are the practical implications that we can draw from this? Does the image of God refer to humanity's design, role, or relationship?  Or is it an aspect of all three? Join us today as we dive into this topic! Also, if you have questions for us that you would like us to consider addressing on the podcast, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com! clean 47:15 Archived 2GAB Episode 42 – Heaven https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-42-heaven/ Sun, 23 Jun 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://cc2feefbce38421e96285786ea4f1797 Today we follow up from our previous episode by looking at the concept of heaven. Is heaven a place where everyone has wings, plays a harp, and sits on a cloud? Is heaven just one big choir? Is heaven even the final destination for believers, or is there something after heaven? Finally, what makes heaven even desirable for us in the first place? Come join us as we tackle these questions on today's episode! Also, check out our website at www.2guysandabible.org, or feel free to email us questions at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com! clean 50:15 Archived 2GAB Episode 41 – Hell https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-41-hell/ Sun, 16 Jun 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://776f6d93ec784a1ca8213ec2206cf6ed Today we tackle one of the most difficult subjects presented in the Bible: the concept of hell. What is hell?  Why does it exist? And why did Jesus spend a lot of time talking about it? Beyond that, is it even right for someone to suffer for eternity because of their sins? We address these questions, and more, on today’s episode. clean 55:53 Archived 2GAB Episode 40 – Christ’s Return https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-40-christs-return/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://748642171c72473bac202607661faf9a Today we answer a question from one of our listeners regarding the timing of Christ's return. Every generation has believed itself to be in the last days, with some even trying to predict the specific time and day of Christ's return. Are we supposed to know the day and the hour? What should our posture as Christians be as we await Christ's return? We address these questions and more on this week's episode. clean 39:59 Archived 2GAB Episode 39 – Worldview Analysis: The New Zealand Shooter https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-39-worldview-analysis-the-new-zealand-shooter/ Sun, 02 Jun 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://051e58f4db9e4ae98f30f7842d6aee45 Today we tackle a difficult and sobering topic by analyzing the worldview of the New Zealand Shooter. As Christians, it is often useful (however hard it is) to look at worldviews that have been given over to depravity and that are in rebellion against God. We are called to tear down strongholds and to take every thought captive to Christ. Today is no different as we critique the New Zealand Shooter's manifesto and demonstrate how it stands in opposition to God's word. clean 1:07:23 Archived 2GAB Episode 38 – Parenting https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-38-parenting/ Sun, 26 May 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://a3d320aa629c4e92b98ee930f426614d Today we interview Lane Sattler on the topic of parenting. Lane is an elder at Hilltown Baptist Church as well as a father and a grandfather. He shares his experiences of raising a large family and discusses some of the major biblical principles that young parents should keep in mind as they raise their children. If you have questions or topics of interest that you would like us to cover, email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com Also check out our website: www.2guysandabible.org clean 55:47 Archived 2GAB Episode 37 – Interview with R. C. Sproul Jr. https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-37-interview-with-r-c-sproul-jr/ Sun, 19 May 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://1a6e976569a54d568d87dc42be582100 On today's episode we talk with R. C. Sproul Jr. about his new book, Growing Up (With) R. C. While the book serves to honor his late father, it is much more than just a testament to one of the theological giants of our day. In his book, R. C. opens up about how the theology and personality of his father impacted the Sproul household in very tangible and practical ways. So please join our conversation today as we dive into some of those experiences with R. C.! Visit Our Website: www.2guysandabible.org Email Us: 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com clean 1:00:49 Archived 2GAB Episode 36 – Happy Mother’s Day! https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-36-happy-mothers-day/ Sun, 12 May 2019 17:04:18 +0000 http://910d208b99ab46e290b2859727c76843 On today's special edition episode Eric interviews his wife Ranae on the topic of motherhood. She shares about some of the challenges of being a mom as well as how motherhood is viewed by much of the culture. She also talks about the importance of motherhood and how the Bible approaches the subject. Please join the conversation by emailing any questions to 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail, or by going to www.2guysandabible.org. clean 50:14 Archived 2GAB Episode 35 – Family https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-35-family/ Sun, 05 May 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://039879f53ff34665816084fbffa4acc9 Today we look at the concept of family and its importance as set forth in Scripture. We also consider some questions regarding the relationship of the family to the church and to the civil government. For those interested in submitting questions for us to answer, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com or go to www.2guysandabible.org. clean 38:33 Archived 2GAB Episode 34 – Atheism (A Review of Sam Harris) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-34-atheism-a-review-of-sam-harris/ Sun, 28 Apr 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://109faa14f3ab465ca06f1971241d110d Today we engage in a review and analysis of a debate/discussion that took place between Sam Harris and Ben Shapiro on the topic of morality. Is there such a thing as good and evil? If so, how do we define morality? Join us as we see how Sam Harris answers these questions from the standpoint of an atheist and consider whether or not his arguments hold water. clean 1:14:40 Archived 2GAB Episode 33 – Spiritual Gifts https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-33-spiritual-gifts/ Sun, 21 Apr 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://2ff517d8413546d8b1377115e0909b29 Today we look at the topic of spiritual gifts, including those gifts considered to be more "miraculous" or "charismatic." We also address the major question of how Christians should understand spiritual gifts and their purpose. So please join us as we open up the topic of spiritual gifts on this week's episode (pun intended). www.2guysandabible.org clean 44:39 Archived 2GAB Episode 32 – Easter https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-32-easter/ Sun, 14 Apr 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://8d9f188b0c5145abaf5c7d36b0740a58 Today we discuss both the theological importance of Easter as well as its cultural practice today. Where does the tradition of the Easter bunny and Easter eggs come from and how should Christians approach those things? Come join the conversation as we consider some of these questions!  (www.2guysandabible.org) clean 49:36 Archived 2GAB Episode 31 – Dealing with Depression https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-31-dealing-with-depression/ Sun, 07 Apr 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://79bec4c0014040dc9d05f2da97320055 On today’s episode we interview Joe Harclerode, a seminary student and a family man who serves in the youth ministry at Hilltown Baptist Church. Joe is also a man who has struggled with deep depression for much of his life. In our conversation he shares how he has found, and continues to find, true hope and freedom only in Jesus Christ. clean 46:17 Archived 2GAB Episode 30 – The Church https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-30-the-church/ Sun, 31 Mar 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://6b3c95fe3fd84c158f77c4ff04a4664c On today’s episode we look at what the Church is, it’s reason for existence, and it’s relevance today. We consider what it means for the Church to be the bride of Christ and why Christians are called to serve in, and be part of, the local church. clean 53:39 Archived 2GAB Episode 29 – The Atonement https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-29-the-atonement/ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 04:00:00 +0000 http://749ca9b4437249058d2b086ca952df39 Today we look at the nature of Christ's atoning sacrifice and what it means for atonement to be made for someone. We also address the commonly-asked question: Does Jesus's death atone for the sins of every person? If so, what does that mean? If not, why not? clean 48:02 Archived 2GAB Episode 28 – Idolatry of Government (Book Interview with Eric Luppold) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-28-idolatry-of-government-book-interview-with-eric-luppold/ Sun, 17 Mar 2019 05:02:24 +0000 http://e5c4ffb0ae28488293cc0201a0b2ce61 Today's episode is a live audience recording of an interview that was done for the launch of my (Eric's) new book, Image of Gold: The Tyranny of Our Idolatry. Pastor Tim Buczek joins my co-host Dillon Kenniston in leading the discussion about how our culture is increasingly placing its hope in Caesar, planting the seeds for the growth of tyranny. clean 1:13:08 Archived 2GAB Episode 27 – Molech Worship and Abortion https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-27-molech-worship-and-abortion/ Sun, 10 Mar 2019 10:52:22 +0000 http://010f5b0c098b427d9f60c2ada185272a Today we talk about the ancient worship of Molech and how the idolatry of that false god is directly connected to today's abortion industry. In a way, Molech is being served more now than he ever was before. clean 42:44 Archived 2GAB Episode 26 – Answering Your Questions (God’s Love) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-26-answering-your-questions-gods-love/ Sun, 03 Mar 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://4bb147a61ea946c6ac3586de692d1ea1 Today we answer an important question submitted to us by one of our listeners: Does God love everyone the same? We look at what the Bible says about God's love and how best to understand all of God's attributes, including His love, mercy, holiness, and sovereignty. clean 37:21 Archived 2GAB Episode 25 – Sexuality as an Idol (Idolatry Series Part 6) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-25-sexuality-as-an-idol-idolatry-series-part-6/ Sun, 24 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://53316a959d754fe9a36a365703658347 Today we look at one of the more controversial, and difficult, topics within our series on idolatry: sexuality. While this topic is quite complex, we try to address how sex/sexuality can become an idol in our own lives and in the surrounding culture. clean 1:00:50 Archived 2GAB Episode 24 – Video Games and Entertainment (Idolatry Series Part 5) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-24-video-games-and-entertainment-idolatry-series-part-5/ Sun, 17 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://20c30648b9b646ebb02ff45d7e58a66e Today we continue our series on idolatry by looking at the issue of entertainment and, more specifically, video games. I (Eric) share some of my own personal struggles with video game addiction and talk about how it became a form of idolatry for me. clean 51:46 Archived 2GAB Episode 23 – Work and Career (Idolatry Series Part 4) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-23-work-and-career-idolatry-series-part-4/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://7078f05234f946adb60bfc79262ef25a We continue our series on idolatry by looking at the topic of work and career. What does it mean to find our identity in what we do? Is work a good thing or a bad thing? When does work become an idol? We tackle those questions and more on today's episode. clean 40:06 Archived 2GAB Episode 22 – Gluttony and Drinking (Idolatry Series Part 3) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-22-gluttony-and-drinking-idolatry-series-part-3/ Sun, 03 Feb 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://400f3d0bd44d4a839cf7131da8cb14f3 Continuing with our series on idolatry, today we look at the topics of gluttony and drinking. Is it a sin to eat dessert or drink alcohol? What does the Bible say regarding food and drink? We address these questions on today's episode. clean 50:49 Archived 2GAB Episode 21 – Drug Addiction (Idolatry Series Part 2) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-21-drug-addiction-idolatry-series-part-2/ Sun, 27 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://26bf5263562a41078bdefb237a11cdac Today, in our series on idolatry, we interview a man who struggled with drug addiction before being set free by Christ.  He shares his experiences with us and addresses some of the ways that our culture misunderstands addiction. clean 1:00:41 Archived 2GAB Episode 20 – Idolatry (Part 1) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-20-idolatry-part-1/ Sun, 20 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://02f66825d4ec4058b9e59b65f0e820f2 Today we begin a series on the topic of idolatry. In this first episode we look at some of the key biblical passages on idolatry and discuss how idolatry is alive and well today. In the next few weeks we will be looking at specific forms of idolatry in our culture. If there is a specific idolatry-related topic that you want us to address, or if you have any questions, please email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 53:54 Archived 2GAB Episode 19 – Islam (Interview with Dave DeFazio) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-19-islam-interview-with-dave-defazio/ Sun, 13 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://58c9f15210d749aeaa3566c8cedc99cb On this episode we interview Dave DeFazio about his experience evangelizing Muslims in the Philippines. We discuss some of the core tenets of Islam, the obstacles that Christians face in responding to it, and how Christians today should be prepared to interact with Muslims in their workplaces and neighborhoods. clean 1:05:22 Archived 2GAB Episode 18 – Abortion (Interview with Doc Christensen) https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-18-abortion-interview-with-doc-christensen/ Sun, 06 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000 http://1569ded521fc4f7190d6877cfb33c7ed Today we interview Dr. Chris "Doc" Christensen about abortion and how he, as a Christian, approaches the issue at the hospital where he works. We tackle some of the big questions, such as how Christians should respond to such a controversial topic. clean 59:47 Archived 2GAB Episode 17 – Answering Your Questions #2 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-17-answering-your-questions-2/ Sun, 30 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://b91839693d0e4d89af19442206c71360 Today we answer another of our listener questions, addressing the topic of the church (whether there is just one "church" or many "churches").  We love receiving your questions, so please feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 44:16 Archived 2GAB Episode 16 – The Deity and Humanity of Christ https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-16-the-deity-and-humanity-of-christ/ Sun, 23 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://b77c8ae48fb746ac83f903a6ffa4f2af In light of last week's episode on Christmas, today we dive into the very relevant topic of Jesus' humanity and deity. How is it that the Messiah needed to be both fully God and fully man? What does that mean for us as Christ-followers? Please join us as we discuss this key topic. clean 44:59 Archived 2GAB Episode 15 – Christmas https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-15-christmas/ Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://7a9a1525d9644d878c551ebafe09575c What is the meaning of Christmas and how should we approach the topic as Christians? Is it really about being good for goodness' sake? What about Santa and the concept of gift-giving? We touch on all of these topics, and more, on today's episode. clean 42:50 Archived 2GAB Episode 14 – Pacifism https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-14-pacifism/ Sun, 09 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://f72e6a545b4841d68d05b21f051a5fea Branching off from our discussion of war, we now look at the concept of pacifism. Does the Bible prescribe, or require, Christians to be pacifists? Is it something that Christians should aspire to? What does it mean to our love our neighbor and how does that fit with the idea of self-defense or the defense of others? We cover all of this, and more, on today's episode. clean 57:32 Archived 2GAB Episode 13 – Interview with Greg Anderson https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-13-interview-with-greg-anderson/ Sun, 02 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://bb7de27ddb0c430b97596e8ed478ef23 Today we talk with Greg Anderson, graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Director of Member Care at Hilltown Baptist Church. Greg discusses how he came to faith as well as how God brought him through a period of great loss. clean 51:16 Archived 2GAB Episode 12 – War https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-12-war/ Sun, 25 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://121475f0b393405eb130224651028a01 Is there such a thing as a justified, or necessary, war? Can Christians engage in war or be supportive of a war? If a "just" war exists, what would it look like? These are the questions that we tackle in today's episode. clean 57:21 Archived 2GAB Episode 11 – Answering Your Questions #1 https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-11-answering-your-questions-1/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://4cfa9538029f48e1b5615a121d0dd992 Today we answer our first set of listener questions, covering topics such as Eastern Orthodoxy and the authority of God's word. We love receiving questions, so please feel free to email us at 2guysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 1:02:31 Archived 2GAB Episode 10 – Government https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-10-government/ Sun, 11 Nov 2018 05:00:00 +0000 http://95ed7f08be8a46248e0490a7e94f8956 Politics and religion. The two topics that we are always supposed to avoid, right? Today we break that rule by talking about the role of government as ordained by God in the Bible. How much should the government be doing? What are its primary duties? We cover both of those questions and more on today's episode. clean 1:01:00 Archived 2GAB Episode 9 – God’s Sovereignty Over All Spheres of Life https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-9-gods-sovereignty-over-all-spheres-of-life/ Sun, 04 Nov 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://ecbb2f3294ca46a19c95f97a5b789e8c Is God sovereign over every aspect of our lives?  What does Jesus mean when He says that all authority has been given to Him?  Typically when we think about God's sovereignty we almost immediately think about how to understand evil and suffering in the world.  Today we focus on a different aspect of God's sovereignty, namely how He is the Lord and King over our work, recreation, worship, family, and relationships.  We also discuss the reality that even though there are different spheres in our lives, Jesus is Lord over all of them. clean 47:35 Archived 2GAB Episode 8 – Interview with Pastor Tim Buczek https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-8-interview-with-pastor-tim-buczek/ Sun, 28 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://40106a0b5f17439b8d813102bf1b0e69 Who is your pastor and what does he do? That is the question we address with our first guest on the show, Tim Buczek. Tim is the pastor of Hilltown Baptist Church and has served in full-time ministry at HBC for the past fourteen years. On today's episode Tim discusses his spiritual background, how he got involved in ministry, and some of the things that the Lord has set on his heart for the future. clean 56:58 Archived 2GAB Episode 7 – Halloween https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-7-halloween/ Sun, 21 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://52ac75e933e4483eab0d252a3e5f1b31 Trick or treat? What is Halloween and how should Christians respond to it? Is it something that Christians should avoid or can we participate? Even if we can participate, what are the limits that we should hold ourselves to? These are the questions that we tackle today on the program. clean 55:32 Archived 2GAB Episode 6 – God’s Law https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-6-gods-law/ Sun, 14 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://c0088364053a45c3b71fad99544bcccb On this episode we look at the purpose of God's law, what it means, and how to apply it to our lives as Christians. We address the common method of dividing God's law up into the three categories of civil, ceremonial, and moral. Finally, we consider how God's law is to be used to bring us to Christ, to guide us in our Christian walk, and to restrain evil in the world. clean 1:08:10 Archived 2GAB Episode 5 – Covenants https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-5-covenants/ Sun, 07 Oct 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://f139e74240c146ab81e39c674098c151 Covenants vs. Contracts.  Today we look at the differences between them, including how covenants are person-oriented and relational while contracts are more thing-oriented and negotiable.  We also consider some examples of covenants in Scripture and how to view the major covenants between God and man.  Covenants are a major theme through the Bible and the method by which God relates to and communicates with humanity. clean 58:19 Archived 2GAB Episode 4 – Marriage https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-4-marriage/ Sun, 30 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://60dd10b88f4946a1b43efc3b5fafca61 What is marriage?  What is its purpose and how are husbands and wives to relate to one another?  Eric and Dillon look at the institution of marriage and how it ultimately points to Christ and the Church.  Lastly, they consider how husbands are to be servant-leaders in the home and what specifically this looks like. clean 1:03:59 Archived 2GAB Episode 3 – Hermeneutics https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-3-hermeneutics/ Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://8000038ff11e420c9fbf7e64eaee1d92 Eric and Dillon look at the concept of hermeneutics (Herman who?), which is simply a fancy word for how to read and interpret Scripture.  They discuss things such as historical context, theological context, and original intent.  They also address the relationship between the multiple human authors and the one divine author of the Bible. clean 58:36 Archived 2GAB Episode 2 – Loving the Lord with All Your Mind https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-2-loving-the-lord-with-all-your-mind/ Sun, 16 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://c7b679a27e984e1b96d6eff834a964e6 Today Eric and Dillon discuss what it means to love the Lord with all your mind, including how the mind relates to emotions and to the will. clean 59:12 Archived 2GAB Episode 1 – Introduction https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/governed-by-god/episode-1-introduction/ Sun, 09 Sep 2018 04:00:00 +0000 http://c66c16e3111f401182b6ab78d9b9fde0 Today, in their very first episode, Eric and Dillon give a brief description of who they are, what they are doing, and why they are doing it. Their goal is to address important cultural and theological topics for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.  Although their podcast is not an official ministry of Hilltown Baptist Church, it has the approval and accountability of the elders.  Finally, while Eric and Dillon primarily focus on equipping the believers of HBC, they welcome any Christians to listen and provide feedback. For those who wish to submit their theological/cultural questions for Eric and Dillon to address, please email them at twoguysandabible.podcast@gmail.com. clean 24:26