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Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

Pride Always Goes Before An Epic Fail/Fall!

10/3/2022 00:46:49
Pride Always Goes Before An Epic Fail/Fall!
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology, we're going to dive into a crazy Old Testament family drama more colorful than an episode of Yellowstone and in so doing we're going to highlight what Dr. A.W. Tozer said many years ago: It takes humility to worship God acceptably. There's a lovely little Hebrew word in the Old Testament pronounced kah-vode that can mean two things: "glory" as in God's glory, and "weight" as in the waistline of someone who's been indulging in too many Krispy Kremes. And this one little word packs quite a punch in our convo today because it leads us to the conclusion that human shoulders aren't nearly broad enough to carry the weight of God's glory - spiritual leadership and Christian celebrity are not remotely synonymous. As my friend Christine Caine wisely and soberly says, "If the light on you in brighter than the light of Christ in you, it has the potential to kill you." So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or in the final stages of putting together a Lego replica of the Millennium Falcon, of course - and come hang out on the porch with us.

Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Dwell Bible App. Save 30% off Dwell for Life at DwellApp.io/Lisa Harper.    

Learn more about the Tov for Women Event at Northern Seminary. Log onto CWLNorthern.com/events for more information.  

Back Porch Theology Goes Home-Christian Tour to Israel-March 21-31 

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.

Back Porth Theology is sponsored in part by the Tov for Women Event at Northern Seminary. Log onto CWLNorthern.com/events for more information.

The Beautiful Fruit Within Biblical Boundaries

9/19/2022 00:52:40
The Beautiful Fruit Within Biblical Boundaries
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to delve into a very colorful Old Testament story that illustrates the symbiotic relationship between blessing and boundaries. History proves over and over again that without the life-giving promises AND parameters of Scripture, we lose our bearings - ultimately our identity and our dignity. Now speaking of boundaries, because the historical context of the Biblical narrative we're going to peruse in this episode is spicy - it reads more like HBO than the Hallmark Channel - I want to encourage y'all to make sure there aren't any little ears listening along with you. Please make sure your kids, grandkids, neighbor's kids or pre-teen passersby are out of earshot, then grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or arranging a charcuterie board, of course - and come hang out on the porch with Ally and me.


Back Porth Theology is sponsored in part by the Tov for Women Event at Northern Seminary. Log onto CWLNorthern.com/events for more information.

When God's People Lose Their Groove

9/12/2022 00:53:10
When God's People Lose Their Groove
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to lean into another Psalm, which if you listened to last week's episode, you know entails listening intently to one of the tunes on God's proverbial Spotify list since all of the Psalms were originally penned as song lyrics. The particular Psalm we're focusing on today is Psalm 42, which is a bluesy kind of tune and technically classified as a Psalm of Lament. It's also essentially an engraved invitation to mature into a more honest relationship with our Creator Redeemer. To trust Him enough to confess our disappointment, grief, and despair as a raw and unfiltered act of worship. Because from our emotional ashes, God can build a pathway to more secure hope, deeper joy and steadfast peace. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible, unless you're driving or sheering sheep of course, and come hang out on the porch with us.

Back Porth Theology is sponsored in part by the Tov for Women Event at Northern Seminary. Log onto CWLNorthern.com/events for more information.

The Lyrics of Our Lives

9/5/2022 00:44:36
The Lyrics of Our Lives
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to exhale into a green Scriptural pasture that church father and ancient theologian, John Calvin, described as "an anatomy of all parts of the soul." The Psalms. Every emotion in the human continuum is expressed somewhere in these 150 Psalms that were all originally composed as songs. These biblical lyrics record both the dancing and the weeping of God's people. As a matter of fact, they contain more bluesy kind of tunes than anything else, proving that our Savior doesn't require us to sanitize our emotions or cull out the dark ones before we approach Him. God's love for us is immutable...it doesn't change regardless of what kind of emotional season we're in. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible, unless you're driving or docking a boat of course, and come hang out on the porch with us.

Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Dwell Bible App. Save 30% off Dwell for Life at DwellApp.io/Lisa Harper.      

Learn more about the Tov for Women Event at Northern Seminay. Log onto CWLNorthern.com/events for more information.

Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

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Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Dwell Bible App. Save 30% off Dwell for Life at DwellApp.io/Lisa Harper.    

Learn more about the Tov for Women Event at Northern Seminary. Log onto CWLNorthern.com/events for more information.  

Back Porch Theology Goes Home-Christian Tour to Israel-March 21-31 

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 just love Lisa and Ali! Lisa says one of her favorite times is when she has guest speakers, usually theologians. While I've come to love Scottie Scott and Pastor Howard through this podcast, I get the most from hearing from Lisa and Ali! They love God, cause me to dig deeper, make me laugh, and love each other, which is always refreshing! This is my favorite podcast, which says a lot with a zillion podcast these days!