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Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology

The Trinity Isn't Like the Beatles, Huh Mom?

6/20/2022 00:56:14
The Trinity Isn't Like the Beatles, Huh Mom?
During today's conversation on Backporch Theology, we're going to basically do happy dances in the studio recounting some of the amazing things God did at our Kerygma Summit a few weeks ago. And then after a few minutes of old-school testifying about the GREAT things He has done we're going to dive into the tricky waters of trinitarian theology. St. Augustine himself admitted the Trinity was a mystery, difficult for the finite human mind to grasp and yet rather than being some obscure doctrinal issue we can secretly scootch to the edge of our belief system, is the foundational wall of our Christian belief system, the very heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, it matters today every bit as much as it mattered in the 4th century when it was the focus of the Nicene Council and the Council of Chalcedon when ancient church leaders were first grappling with each other and the Holy Spirit to figure out what were the bedrock imperatives and standards of biblical orthodoxy! So please grab a big cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or eating bugles of your fingers, 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

A Compassionate Compulsion

6/13/2022 00:52:30
A Compassionate Compulsion
During today's conversation on Backporch Theology we're going to debunk the idea that faith should be a private matter displayed and discussed only among like-minded individuals toting quilted Bible covers and clad in pastel sweater sets. We're also going to explore two evangelistic accounts in the Book of Acts that clarify the difference between contextualizing the Gospel out of sincere respect for the culture of the people we get to share the Living Hope of Jesus Christ with and capitulating to culture, which all too often equates Christian evangelism with self-righteous or mean-spirited proselytizing. Dr. D.T. Niles - a gifted and humble ecumenical leader and evangelist from Sri Lanka who passed away in 1970 - taught that compassion must be the catalyst for sharing how we came to find ourselves in God's embrace and his simple definition is my all-time favorite, "Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread." So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or practicing the yo-yo, 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.

Uphill Glory

6/6/2022 00:41:23
Uphill Glory
During today's episode on Backporch Theology we're going to discuss how choosing not to pay the high price of discipleship will ultimately cost us the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10. Christianity isn't a spectator sport, y'all, it's participatory and actionable and sometimes even downright dangerous, leaving believers with bloodied expectations and bruised hearts. Our Savior wasn't being hyperbolic when He said, "In this world you will have trouble." But Dietrich Bonhoeffer - who is perhaps the most prolific of leaders when it came to preaching and modeling the willingness to sacrifice everything for the sake of Christ - exemplified the, "But take heart because I have overcome the world" part of Jesus' proclamation when he preached these words right before he was hanged in 1945 as a result of his faith in God and passionate opposition to the Nazi regime: "This is the end - for me, the beginning of life." Today's conversation might just be both convicting and compelling so please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or making balloon animals, 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.

An Ode to Essential Oils

5/30/2022 00:52:09
An Ode to Essential Oils
During today's conversation on Backporch Theology we're going to peruse parabolic symbolism, as well as Jesus' admonition to stay faithful and alert during a seemingly delayed Parousia, which is a fifty-dollar seminary word with a super simple definition! And we'll do so by exploring part of the Olivet Discourse toward the end of Matthew's Gospel, which underscores how every single step of our lives - even the especially long and arduous ones - will reveal themselves to be inherently valuable when viewed through the lens of a perfectly consummated relationship with our Creator Redeemer. In other words, even when it's hard to stand firm in the messy middle of our walk of faith, it will all be worth it in the end. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or working as a mime, 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.

Miracles Happen on Empty

5/23/2022 00:42:28
Miracles Happen on Empty
During today's conversation on Backporch Theology we're going to explore the theological concept of God's self-sufficiency, which means He possesses within Himself every quality, ability and divine attribute endlessly. In other words, God wants for nothing and lacks nothing; He is complete in and of Himself. Yet when we pair His self-sufficiency with our lack thereof, a miraculous amalgamation occurs allowing us to dance upon the very waves we thought might drown us! Speaking of waves, we're also going to wade into the wild waters of pneumatology, which is the branch of theology concerned with the Holy Spirit. So please grab a cup of coffee and your Bible - unless you're driving or thumb-wrestling, 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!