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He Has Always Been Our Only Hope

2/6/2023 00:35:03
He Has Always Been Our Only Hope
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology - the fourth in our "Wild About Jesus" series - we're going to talk about how Apostle Paul compared the Christ to the dude who started that whole fig-leaves-for-pants trend when he referred to our Savior as the "Second Adam." Which sounds like he was casting Jesus as a sort of new and improved "version" of mankind, doesn't it? Like adding Christological chorizo to queso or something to make it better. But that's not Paul's point at all, y'all. Instead, his systematic compare-and-contrast language leads to the theological truism that Jesus was God's original gameplan to redeem humanity all along. We're going to be pounding nails to shore up some awesome doctrinal scaffolding today y'all, so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or trying not to fall over while peeling off a pair of Spanx in the narrow stall of a public restroom, of course - and come hang out on the porch with us. 

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A Well-Documented Life

1/30/2023 00:39:36
A Well-Documented Life
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology - the third in our "Wild About Jesus" series - we're going to talk about the fact that Jesus is a proven historical figure. In fact, there's overwhelming evidence about the work and person of Jesus Christ from numerous non-Christian sources from the earliest centuries of the Common Era! In his book, The Reason For God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, pastor and theologian Dr. Tim Keller writes about a man who told a pastor he'd be happy to believe in Christianity if the pastor could give him a watertight argument for its legitimacy. The pastor replied, "What if God hasn't given us a watertight argument, but rather a watertight person." Dr. Keller goes on to say that faith and certainty grow as we get to know more about Jesus - who He is and what He did. If someone you love has serious doubts about the historicity of Jesus and you feel like you've hit a dead end when it comes to talking with them about Christianity, today's conversation might help you re-engage with them. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or changing the oil on your John Deere, of course - and come hang out on the porch with Ally, Dr. Howard and me! 

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The Whole Enchilada

1/23/2023 00:49:29
The Whole Enchilada
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology - the second in our "Wild About Jesus" series - we're going to dive deep into the Christological doctrine concerning our Savior's absolute deity and His perfect humanity, which is summed up in the term - hypostatic union. That fancy phrase dates all the way back to the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD, where it was determined that the Son of God was of the exact same substance as God the Father, as well as being indisputably human simultaneously! That despite our Redeemer's habit of hugging on lepers and hanging out with disreputable sinners so as to save them, His compassionate relationship with flawed humanity in no way meant Jesus was a lesser form or diluted derivative of Yaweh. Dr. J.I. Packer says it best: He took humanity without the loss of deity. This truism is a foundational wall of biblical orthodoxy, y'all so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or hand-painting quail eggs, of course - and come hang out on the porch with Ally, Dr. Howard and me!

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When God Goes To School

1/16/2023 00:43:20
When God Goes To School
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology - which is the very first episode of our second season so please forgive Ally, Dr. Howard and me if we sound gob-smacked with grateful joy but we just can't help it because we're over the moon that we get to continue this adventure with y'all - we're going to begin an 8-week series that revolves around our Redeemer so we're calling it "Wild About Jesus." We're gonna put the "Christ" into "Christocentric" baby! Now for those of you who've just recently joined this spiritual shindig, please know our goal here on Back Porch Theology is to dive into substantive biblical exegesis and spiritual formation but not be too stuffy in the process. That's why we call it Back Porch Theology - because while you can hang with your friends on the front porch, those places tend to be all neat and tidy in light of their visibility to neighbors and passersby. But the Back Porch is a place where you can totally relax with your closest friends and talk and rock to your heart's content. Plus, remember the Greek root words of theology are theos, which refers to God, and logos, which refers to words or conversation. So theology was never meant to be a boring, academic pursuit, it was meant to be lived! The bottom line is, here at BPT we're all about having honest, biblically sound conversations about God, punctuated by lots of stories and a belly laugh or two - it's a pretty safe place to learn more about our Creator Redeemer and hopefully lean more fully into your relationship with Him. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or cutting your own bangs, of course - and come hang out on the porch with us!

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Back Porch Theology Goes Home-Christian Tour to Israel-March 21-31, 2023

Happy Anniversary, Baby!

1/9/2023 00:59:38
Happy Anniversary, Baby!
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to sift back through the rapture and rupture of our first year of podcasting - we can hardly believe this is our 52nd week of BPT! We're going to revisit some really cool theological concepts like orthodoxy, orthopraxy and orthopathy and I will surely mispronounce a multi-syllabic term or two because if you've spent even a short amount of time hanging out on the proverbial porch with us, you know that bloopers are a big part of our repertoire! But there's a biblical method to our happy madness today as well, because in Revelation 12, the evil one is depicted as an angry dragon because our Savior's sword is poking out of his nasty, scaly chest so that lying lizard knows his time is short. Revelation 12 also explains that the devil is defeated by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. In other words, when we talk about the good things God has done and is doing, we effectively plunge King Jesus' sword deeper into his evil chest! Therefore, Ally and Dr. Howard and I are going to thoroughly enjoy some lizard torture today, because we're gob-smacked by the grace God has lavished on us, as well as the gift of community He's given us with y'all and we can't wait to TEST-TI-FY all about it! So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or doing the Electric Slide with your small group, of course - and come hang out on the porch with us!

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Back Porch Theology Goes Home-Christian Tour to Israel-March 21-31, 2023 

Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

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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 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