Episodes

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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Predestination

Why did the Lord choose us to be His people? Is it because of something we did, something He did, or maybe a little bit of both? Today, Barry Cooper shows that the Bible’s answer to this question is abundantly clear.

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Omnipresence

There is nowhere we can go to hide from the presence of God. He is nearer even than our own hearts. Today, Barry Cooper depicts the omnipresence or “all-presence” of God.

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Omnipotence

In these turbulent times, power is something of a dirty word. But God’s infinite power is supremely wonderful because it is wedded to His justice, truthfulness, and love. Today, Barry Cooper delves into the unlimited power of God.

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Active and Passive Obedience of Christ

If we are to be reconciled to God, we need more than forgiveness for breaking His law. We also require the righteousness of One who has kept God’s law perfectly. Today, Barry Cooper explains the critical distinction between Christ’s active and passive obedience for our salvation.

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Immanuel

Matthew’s gospel both begins and ends with a marvelous declaration: God is with His people. Today, Barry Cooper meditates on the meaning behind one of the names given to Christ, “Immanuel.”

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Repentance

Repentance is the fruit, not the cause, of our salvation. Today, Barry Cooper describes the lifelong discipline of repentance to which every Christian is called.

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Angels

As the word means “messenger,” an angel isn’t so much a type of being as it is a job description. Today, Barry Cooper presents a biblical picture of these otherworldly creatures.

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Assurance of Salvation

Walking an aisle and praying a prayer can never assure us of our salvation. Today, Barry Cooper asserts that true assurance accompanies a life truly changed by the gospel.

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Amillennialism

Jesus’ own words seem calculated to dissuade endless speculation about His return. Today, Barry Cooper outlines how the Bible’s revelation of the world’s end is meant to stir us to action today.

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The Intermediate State

For Christians, death is a homecoming. Today, Barry Cooper portrays the Bible’s depiction of what takes place between our death and resurrection.

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Total Depravity

Sin is not a virus lurking outside of us, but a poison that defiles our hearts from within. Today, Barry Cooper helps us to delve into the depths of our sin.

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The Word of God

Who, or what, is God’s Word? Today, Barry Cooper explains why both Jesus and the Bible are called the “Word” of God.

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The New Heavens And The New Earth

What lies beneath our yearning for relationship and our longing for home? Today, Barry Cooper points us forward to the glorious climax of God’s story of redemption.

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Inerrancy of Scripture

When we claim the Bible is devoid of errors, we must clarify what an error actually is. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper deciphers the doctrine of biblical inerrancy.

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Authority of Scripture

How is it possible that sixty-six distinct books seamlessly contribute to the same story? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper traces the authority of the Bible back to its divine author.

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Creation Ex Nihilo

Unlike what we may have been told, our existence is no accident. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper marvels at God’s creation of all things from nothing.

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