Learning to Walk the Christian Life with Andréa Snavely – Ep 051

Today we talk with Theology in Progress contributor, Dr. Andréa Snavely. Dr. Snavely was previously on Episode 8 of the podcast where we talked about his book, Life in the Spirit. On this episode we talk about his transition from University professor to missionary. We ask him about his call to missions and why the church needs to be more involved in missions around the world. Continue Reading...

Made to Worship: Learning to Trust and Worship God

A major theme in salvation history is that God does not abandon his people. He does not abandon humanity to their sin, but seeks to save them. He does not abandon his people to slavery and oppression, but frees them so they can fulfill their purpose and make His name great. He doesn’t abandon his people by standing by and watching them fall into idolatry, but he punishes them so they may be redeemed from their wickedness. So I think we can safely say, “God does not abandon his people.” However, this does not mean that his people will not experience trials and difficult times. Many of the great heroes in the Old Testament, as well as God’s people as a whole, have experienced extreme trials. We know that none of the biblical characters were perfect. They all had their own faults and made many mistakes. However, one of the main things that separated them from those that didn’t follow God, or maybe what just qualified them for being included in Hebrews 11 (the Hall of Faith) was the way these people would respond during these times of crisis. This response can be best seen in the book of Psalms. The Psalms demonstrate how we are to deal with the seasons of our lives and what our response should be. Continue Reading...

Why You Shouldn’t Just Pray for Happiness

David asks for something our generation does not often request from God, he asks for joy. I hear many ask for happiness, but not many ask for joy. It’s a tough distinction to make, especially when the Christian life is filled with pain and suffering. There’s nothing fair about a devoted, life-long Christian developing a terminal cancer at age 45. There’s no happiness in the senseless death of two-year-old child. Yet the dominant Christian mindset in America seems to be, “God, don’t let bad things happen to good people!” Continue Reading...

Christians Have Trust Issues

Learning to trust God is something all Christians must learn to do. It can be an incredibly difficult and trying process (as Job can attest to). Josh and I (Chris) have recently been struggling with how to trust God in our lives. We are caught between what we feel like are jobs that do not allow us to use the skills and abilities we have or work in the area we feel God has ultimately called us to. We struggle with future decisions about employment and ministry direction. We have both been under financial strain lately because of unforeseen expenses, the burden of student loans; and we have very young children. With all this going on, we have been talking a lot about having to trust God for provision and our futures. We thought this discussion would be a great one to have with our TIP community and allow you to be part of what God is doing in our lives. Continue Reading...