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Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

Is Happiness The Absence of Sadness?

9/26/2022 00:51:34
Is Happiness The Absence of Sadness?
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology, we're going to wrestle with the question: "Is true happiness actually the absence of sadness" and in so doing we're to delve into the theological territory of "theodicy." We're also going to talk openly and honestly about the false assumption that when you put your hope in Jesus, He'll make life easier - possibly even painless. The Biblical text and compelling true story we're diving into is found in the Old Testament Historical book of First Samuel. And since it goes without saying that Alli & I are rabid Dr. Tim Keller fans, we've chosen this quote from Dr. Keller as the tantalizing intro for today's convo on the porch: "While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life's joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world's sorrows, tasting the coming joy." So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or practicing math on an abacus, of course - and come hang out on the porch with us.

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Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

You're invited to hang out on Lisa Harper's back porch and enjoy conversations about all things Jesus, theological anthropology, biblical orthodoxy, Spanx, the merits of Tex-Mex and more!

We believe this podcast will help you dive deeper into God's word, understand that the gospel is great news for everyday life, not just when viewed in the light of eternity, and that God is for us, that He's always been in the process of redeeming our inherent value as imago Dei and restoring us into a vibrant, intimate relationship with Him.

And rest assured, this won't be a one-sided conversation because throughout the podcast, Lisa will be inviting friends, including some brilliant theologians and academics to join her in substantive but decidedly unstuffy segments. So come on, y'all grab some coffee or sweet tea and join us on the back porch!


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I learn so much from this podcast! I love Lisa Harper and the way she explains Scripture. I hope many people listen in and Holy Spirit would burn that fire of reading the Word and getting to know God in a deeper way! ️

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I look forward to your podcast every week. I feel like you and Ally and Dr Howard are my friends, even though I'll probably never meet you. You have challenged me and brought new life into the scripture for me. You all can make me laugh and cry in the same episode. I also have the same desires to be all that God has created me to be and to fall more deeply in love with Him as I go about my days.Blessings to you all, Yvonne from Lancaster, Pa