Episodes

Hermeneutics

Jesus is the lens through we must look if we are to understand the Scriptures properly. Today, Barry Cooper emphasizes the importance of interpreting the Bible as it was meant to be interpreted.

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The Creation Mandate

In the ultimate sense, there is no such thing as a job, a task, or a duty that is truly mundane. Today, Barry Cooper looks at God’s purpose for our everyday work in the world.

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The Ontological Argument

If it is even possible that God exists, then it follows logically that God does exist. Today, Barry Cooper walks us through Anselm’s famous argument for the existence of God.

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The Rapture

For more than 1,800 years, Christians understood “the rapture” to be the blissful moment of Jesus’ second coming. But within the last century and a half, a new interpretation emerged. Today, Barry Cooper helps us consider what the Bible says about the rapture of Christ’s church.

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Apostles

The Apostles are included in “the foundation” of the Christian church (Eph. 2:20)–a foundation laid only once. Today, Barry Cooper describes the unique role these men played as the commissioned eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ.

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Faith

In and of itself, faith isn’t necessarily a virtue. It all depends on what we have faith in. Today, Barry Cooper explains that the reason it is proper to put our faith in Christ is because Christ is perfectly good and perfectly trustworthy.

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Covenant

The central “spine” of the Bible can be described in a single word: covenant. Today, Barry Cooper expounds on these recurring agreements, pledges, and vows that culminate in the promised arrival of Christ Himself.

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Disciple

Peter denied Jesus by declaring, “I do not know the man.” That’s exactly what Christ calls us to do to our old lives when He commands us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. Today, Barry Cooper invites us to count the cost of being Jesus’ disciples.

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Omniscience

Nothing is hidden from the mind of God—past, present, or future—so nothing can surprise or confuse Him. Today, Barry Cooper introduces us to God’s attribute of omniscience.

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Some Christians seem to think that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given only to some believers. But the whole sweep of Scripture points in the opposite direction. Today, Barry Cooper discusses how God has empowered all of His people for ministry. Transcript You can get the impression in some Christian circles that the...

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Regeneration

Defibrillators are not self-operated. Neither can the spiritually dead make themselves alive to Christ. Today, Barry Cooper helps us consider our need for someone else to apply the paddles to cause our spiritual hearts to beat. Transcript Regeneration is a word theologians use to describe how someone becomes a believer. I became a believer in...

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The Perspicuity of Scripture

Anyone can come to Scripture and discover how they can be saved, even children and those lacking formal education. Today, Barry Cooper shows that the Bible is clear in its teaching about salvation and its basic principles for pleasing God. Transcript What do people mean when they talk about the perspicuity of Scripture? I just...

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The Revealed and Hidden Will of God

You don’t need handwriting in the sky in order to discover God’s will for your life. Today, Barry Cooper helps us to distinguish between the revealed and hidden will of God and what we can know about both. Transcript How can you discover God’s will for your life? On my website once, I posted a...

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Paraclete

The Holy Spirit comes alongside us to bear our burdens, defend us, and give us strength and courage. Today, Barry Cooper examines a Greek word that richly illustrates our relationship with Christ and His Spirit. Transcript I recently e-mailed an American friend because I needed to change our plans. Naturally, I apologized for the faff....

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Antinomianism

We can get in danger of being so infatuated with the idea of our sin’s forgiveness that we start to leave obedience behind. Today, Barry Cooper points out that Christians don’t take God’s law less seriously, but more seriously. Transcript My hair needed cutting recently, and I tried a new place. The man cutting my...

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The Visible and Invisible Church

Not everyone who visibly appears in the church actually belongs to God’s redeemed people. Today, Barry Cooper helps us make the crucial distinction between the visible and invisible church. Transcript What do people mean when they talk about the visible and the invisible church? I hope I’m not getting anyone into trouble here, but I...

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The Cosmological Argument

The existence of creation points inevitably to the existence of a Creator. Today, Barry Cooper outlines the cosmological argument for the existence of God, the first cause. Transcript Strange things have been happening in the Cooper household. I walk into a room and find books mysteriously strewn across the floor. Tissue boxes have been emptied...

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Five Points of Calvinism

Salvation isn’t a 99% to 1% split between God’s participation and ours. It is entirely the work of the Lord and all the glory belongs to Him. Today, Barry Cooper explains what is at stake in the so-called “five points of Calvinism.” Transcript Do you like acronyms? I love acronyms. Those handy aids to memory...

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Common Grace

The Lord lavishes all people with His kindness, even those who ignore, belittle, or are hostile toward Him. Today, Barry Cooper explains that God’s universal patience toward a sinful creation reflects His glory in unique ways. Transcript One of my best friends is an atheist. We met when we were English literature undergraduates at the...

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Son of Man

When we ascribe a title to ourselves, we better be sure that we live up to the name. Today, Barry Cooper identifies the significance of the most common designation Jesus applied to Himself.

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