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The Unlikely Ambassadors of Advent

11/28/2022 00:42:47
The Unlikely Ambassadors of Advent
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to explore a colorful passage at the beginning of Matthew's gospel account to help prepare our hearts for the miracle of Christmas during this, the first week of Advent. Because despite what retailers would like us to think, the Advent has nothing whatsoever to do with shopping! The word "Advent" comes from the Latin word adventus, which means arrival or coming. In the 4th and 5th Centuries, Advent marked the season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany. During that ancient season of preparation, Christ-followers spent 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for the baptisms of new believers at Epiphany. It wasn't until the Middle Ages, that Advent was solely connected with Christmas. And while joy is certainly one facet of Advent, there is a necessary sobriety to this season as Deitrich Bonhoeffer explained in his observation: "The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come." Bonhoeffer's assertion that only those cognizant of their own flaws can actually celebrate Christ's coming aptly describes the biblical characters we'll be hanging out with today because their true stories sound like they've been ripped from the tabloids! They're pretty unusual - if not very unlikely - ambassadors of Advent but they provide glorious proof that perfection is not a prerequisite to be adopted into the family of God! So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or feeding a giant Tupperware of cranberry sauce into the garbage disposal, 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.

The Thanksgiving Stretch

11/21/2022 01:03:21
The Thanksgiving Stretch
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to use a uniquely American holiday that involves consuming copious amounts of dead bird and marshmallow-slathered root vegetables as a springboard to talk about the global spiritual fruit of gratitude. Our hope is that this conversation will be beneficial to all Backporchers - whether you live in Nashville, Nairobi, New York or New Zealand! And the passage we're going to dive into is non-traditional as well. More often than not Christians turn to the New Testament when the topic is eucharisteo - that's the original Greek word the English word "thanksgiving" is translated from - but we're going Old Testament today to talk about how unlike the Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate here in America the last Thursday in November, gratitude is supposed to be an on-going, everyday expression of faith for Christ-followers. One of my theological heroes - Sir G.K. Chesterton - who wrote the classic book, "Orthodoxy" - said it well in this keen observation: "When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or have your hands in the nether-regions of a frozen Turkey, 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.

Cup Your Ears and You'll Hear The Cheers

11/14/2022 00:48:17
Cup Your Ears and You'll Hear The Cheers
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to get real and raw about those seasons in life when we seriously consider throwing in the towel. Or at least whacking an adversary with a wet one! In John 10:10 our Redeemer, King Jesus, promises us abundant life - but He never promised that it would be easy. As a matter of fact, in John 16 Jesus confided that in this life, we'll actually have some trouble. So how do we keep running the race so as to win the prize as Paul admonishes? How do we keep on keeping on when life knocks the wind out of both our sails and our lungs? Well, there's a couple of divine diamonds at the tail end of Hebrews we're going to excavate today that we believe will help those of us who feel like we're running on fumes to get refueled in every sense of the term, so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or knitting Christmas prayer shawls, of course - and come hang out on the porch with Alli, Dr. Howard and me.


Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Operation Christmas Child. Pack a shoebox! Learn more by clicking here.

Editing The Scary Out Of Eschatology

11/7/2022 00:42:24
Editing The Scary Out Of Eschatology
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to talk about an eschatalogical passage toward the end of Mark's gospel that at first glance comes across as alarming. Remember eschatology is just a fancy, multi-syllabic, theological term that refers to the doctrine of end times or last things. And regardless of what your personal or your denomination's doctrinal view of eschatology is - whether you're pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, amillenial or just confused about all the trib-talk because your only association with that term is from the Hunger Games - far too many believers associate the end times only with ominous and apocalyptic and stockpiling lentils from Costco. However, there's a revelatory nugget in Mark's gospel that promises the return of Christ will be infinitely more glorious than gloom and doom. Mind you, we're not advocating for Christians to quit stockpiling lentils, we just hope you're doing so because you're throwing an awesome Fall party for all your neighbors wherein everybody's bellies will get full from the wonderful soup you make with those ancient grains and their hearts turn toward Jesus because of the stories you're compelled to share about how Jesus has redeemed your life as we occupy well until He comes back for His bride by loving the image-bearers around us! So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or milking the family cow, of course - and come hang out on the porch with Alli, Dr. Howard and me.


Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Operation Christmas Child. Pack a shoebox! Learn more by clicking here.

Recovering Discarded Dreams

10/31/2022 00:46:17
Recovering Discarded Dreams
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to talk about a heart-warming story in Mark's Gospel narrative that involves a man named Bart, who much like the little engine that could of children's literature, persevered through significant adversity and by doing so, experienced both the miracle of physical and emotional healing. We're also going to talk about a Greek word that's used in the original telling of Bart's story - epitimao - which means, "to command with the implication of a threat" and how some of us have laid down God-authored dreams because of the cold water others have poured on our proverbial fires. Our deep hope is that the Holy Spirit will use today's conversation to spur some of you to pick up a divine dream you prematurely discarded and that much like Caleb, you'd begin to realize your latter years will be even better than your former and that our compassionate Creator Redeemer is not through writing the redemptive chapters in your story! Today might just be the day that real hope barges back into your battered heart, so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or getting a head start on hanging Christmas lights, of course - and come hang out on the porch with Alli, Dr. Howard and me!

Back Porch Theology is sponsored in part by Operation Christmas Child. Pack a shoebox! Learn more by clicking here.

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/LisaHarper.

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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The now and not yet!!

I am in awe how much today's podcast was to me. I wish I could share my testimony in a little more detail however... I am pregnant with my third set of twins through the miracle of embryo adoption. Due to a cord issue, I will have to check in the hospital real soon until they are born, leaving my other babies with my husband and one other. The anxiety is high (understatement ) but after today's thanksgiving talk, I am focusing on his love for me and these precious angels. Thank you

Love this podcast wish it was on YouTube

Don't get me wrong the spirit of Jesus is felt through both y'all's voices I just wish I could see your smiles & facial expressions because some of these stories are hilarious and so powerful All Praise to Jesus I'm just so glad He made y'all two ️️