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Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

Personal Not Perfunctory

8/15/2022 00:49:11
Personal Not Perfunctory
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to explore the second half of Hosea's prophetic story, which reveals the difference between the often emotive charade of counterfeit repentance - which may look and sound like someone who's contrite yet whose behavior remains sinful and self-indulgent - and the posture of a believer who's truly turning from spiritual rebellion back toward a right and reconciled relationship with God. The biblical model of repentance has never been primarily about assuaging our guilt, much less about getting attention or sympathy y'all; instead, it's about the honest awareness of how our sin separates us from our Savior, followed by a humble appeal for God's mercy. Which is surely the only thing powerful enough to repair the chasm we create between us and our Creator Redeemer when we choose to give anyone or anything other than God the lion's share of our attention and affection. The takeaway from today's pitstop in the Minor Prophets might include a smidge of conviction, but mostly we're going to marinate in the miracle of God's kindness, which Apostle Paul tells us facilitates repentance. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible, unless you're driving or juggling cacti of course, and come hang out on the porch with Ally, Dr. Howard and me.

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Majoring on the Minors

8/8/2022 01:03:14
Majoring on the Minors
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to begin exploring a 12-book section at the tail end of the Old Testament called The Minor Prophets. I used to think they were called "minor" prophets because the men who wrote them were diminutive, Paleo-eating kind of men but the real reason these twelve books are referred to as the "minor" prophets is simply that they're not as long-winded as prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah! Yet in spite of their brevity - most are no more than a few chapters in length - the Minor Prophets are full of passion, intrigue and unforgettable images of God. And my favorite image of God is presented in the very first book of the twelve Minor Prophets - a shocking love story that serves as a biblical harbinger of the Gospel about a good guy named Hosea - whose name literally means "Yaweh has rescued" or "salvation" - and a bad girl named Gomer. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible, unless you're driving or shaping a bonzai tree of course, and come hang out on the porch with us.


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The Reign of Grace

8/1/2022 00:52:06
The Reign of Grace
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology, I have the HUGE privilege of introducing you to one of my living heroes of faith - the man who introduced me to grace. I've been attending church since I was in utero and have been reading the Bible - or having it read to me - from my earliest memories but the concept of grace - of God's unmerited favor - was always like wet soap to me - it was hard to hang on to. Until I moved to Nashville at the age of 21 and began attending a church led by a Birkenstock wearing pastor named Scotty Smith. It's not hyperbolic to say that the Holy Spirit used Scotty to create a seismic shift in my heart toward Jesus - the long season I enjoyed as a member of his church, and ultimately as one of the students he mentored at Covenant Theological Seminary is what built the spiritual scaffolding that supports my belief system, as well as the intimacy I now have with Jesus. I love and respect this man so much that if I had a son, I'd probably name him Scotty - of course, that implies getting married and having this old jar of clay restored back to its pre-menopausal vitality, so I digress! The bottom line is, I'm beyond happy to have Pastor and Professor Scotty Smith here today so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible, unless you're driving or shelling peas of course, and come hang out on the porch with us.

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How Jesus Amens What God Says About Women

7/25/2022 00:39:31
How Jesus Amens What God Says About Women
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology, we're continuing our "Sizzling Summer" series with more hang time on the porch with biblical culturalist, Professor Kristi McLelland. Her first visit to BPT was so revelatory and resonate that we begged her to come back so that we could keep swimming in life-giving passages like Genesis 2 and Luke 8 and Romans 16 that prove the significant - not subjugated - role women play in biblical narrative, in Jesus' incarnate life and ministry, as well as Apostle Paul's and the early churches' mission to share the Living Hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Now since this is a part-two kind of message and this episode compliments the one before like queso does chips - they're much better in tandem! Therefore, if possible, please listen to last week's episode "What God Says About Women" first and then grab a ginormous cup of coffee, a notebook, your favorite pen, your widest grin and your Bible - unless you're driving or tying macrame knots for a plant hanger of course! - and come hang out on the porch with us.

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What God Says About Women

7/18/2022 01:03:38
What God Says About Women
During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology, we're kicking off our "Sizzling Summer" series by getting up close and personal with an awesome chick whose job title is: biblical culturalist. Her training at Dallas Theological Seminary, coupled with her extensive boots-on-the-ground training in multiple Middle Eastern countries with world-renowned archeologists, historians and rabbis have honed her incredible gift of helping others better understand the historical, cultural and linguistic context of Scripture. Every single time I have the privilege of hanging out with this particular professor, I not only learn something new about God and His Word, I find myself falling even more in love with Jesus! Much like Miracle Gro accelerates the growth of tomatoes in my garden, I guarantee Kristi McLelland will accelerate your hunger for Holy Writ! So please grab a big cup of coffee, a notebook, your favorite pen and your Bible - unless you're driving or tweezing your brows, of course! - and come hang out on the porch with us.

Back Porch Theology sponsored in part by Dwell Bible App. Save 30% off Dwell for Life at Dwellapp.io/LisaHarper

Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

Back Porch Theology 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!