Tonight on the Write Stuff — Scrooge and the Question of God’s Existence with Steve Luhring

scrooge“While Charles Dickens’ immortal story is a compelling tale of transformation, imagine what it would look like had Dickens been ambitious enough to have had Scrooge go on to tackle some of the greatest questions in life, such as: Does God exist? If so, why is there such evil and suffering in this world? Is there meaning and purpose in life? Is there an after-life? Is freedom worth fighting for, and what’s at stake if we lose it? These pages are bold enough to do exactly that, and do it brilliantly.”
—Dr. Paul Maier, author with over 5 million books in print including A Skeleton in God’s Closet

So a world-famous apologist like Dr. Paul Maier comments on this fascinating tale of Christmas carol with an apologetic bent. A Scrooge bent on getting rid of religion — “Bah! Humbug!” by enacting a law that targets religion as hate speech. But what happens in one night is truly a tale to be told. Welcome to Christmas in July, apologetics style as I talk with author Steven Luhring and his wonderful modern adapation of a classic. You can calli in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10867335.

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The Car-Universe Without A Motor — The Parker J Cole Show

fromspaceOn April 5th, Speculative Faith Lorehaven began to publish a series of articles called the Car-Universe without a Motor, written by Travis Perry, an author, publisher, Army Reserve officer, and hard science and fantasy fiction geek. Having been a supporter of Travis’s for a long time, and thoroughly in love with his previous set of articles about how aliens point to God, I was looking forward to this series.

Were we created? If we were created, then what for? And who’s the Creator? Does it matter? What about the solar system, the galaxy, the universe at large–did anyone create them? And if so, were they created with a purpose in mind?

One of the reasons why I am so attracted to the series is because the subject of creation, of origin, of the beginning is what interested me in apologetics. Our origins matter. Not just the origins of humanity, but of animal, plant, and other biological and living elements of our world. Over time, I’ve noticed that as our understanding increases, so does our appreciation for the complexity of a reality with a definite purpose in mind. See, the universe is designed for discovery, for wonder, for exploration. Is this universe, then, simply a car without a motor? A facade of design but not really?

Are we passengers in a car without a motor or are we in a car that’s going somewhere with a destination in mind? There’s so much to delve into so join me as I chat with Travis Perry.at 2 pm Eastern. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Follow us on iTunes. Click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10773347.

The Universe and Other Words, Part 3 with Marcia Montenegro — The Parker J Cole Show

The final segment of the Universe and Other Words with Marcia Montenegro.

I love when I have Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers for the New Age on my show. Her knowledge about the subtleties of New Age thought, practices, and other elements entering the Church is spot on. Of course, she would know. She was heavily entrenched in New Age thought for many, many years.

We hear words like, ‘The Universe’, ‘Consciousness’ ‘The Shift’ and other hot button words in use today. Are these words just words that have no meaning behind them. Or is there more to it? Should we care about it? Should we use them? On our final segment, we’ll wrap it up with the last of our vocabulary and final thoughts.

Let’s talk about it with Marcia. You can call in at 646-668-8485 and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here. http://tobtr.com/10431965.

Parker J Cole Show Throwback Thursday — The Biblical Justification for Slavery

This show was a unique experience for me because Lisa Guinther truly had me stumped. I had NO idea what she was going to say and I sorta chewed my nails as I waited. Would I have to hang up on her if she said something out of the wall? Would the phone lines be ringing off the hook? A lot of thoughts went through my mind with this show.

Interestingly enough, Lisa said, “Trust me.”

Trust. A word that many are searching for today. Who do we trust in when EVERYONE seems to break our trust? Yet, in the few years I’ve known Lisa, she hasn’t even given me any reason, NOT to trust her. So, I did.

By the end of this episode, I was struck anew by Lisa’s approach to biblical interpretation. She really lets us know to read the Bible for all its worth.

Enjoy!

Why Stay A Christian When God Lets You Down? — The Parker J Cole Show

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War. Disease. Social unrest. It’s around us every day. Trial and struggle.

From global financial crisis to terrorist acts to disease and natural disasters, we are impacted by trials every day. Some of us, in fact, MOST of us, would say life is hard. Yet, maybe it’s not the major events of the world that affect us but the things in our personal lives which turn our spheres of life upside. Perhaps sickness has struck you or your loved ones. Maybe the company you worked for went under. You’ve lost precious ones in your life. Or, you’re wondering why can’t you get it together and be married and have some form of happily ever after.

Perhaps your struggle goes even deeper. Why did you have to be the one hurt and abused by those you trusted the most? Why can’t you have a child while others do? Why did the thief come and take your personal belongings? Why doesn’t seem as if nothing can go right? Why can’t you find purpose? Why can’t you be mentally balanced like ‘everyone else’?

Shouldn’t God be bigger than this? If God is so powerful, why is this so difficult. Why hold onto the faith when it seems the omnipotent Lord doesn’t do anything to help. Why stay a Christian when God lets you down?

Join me as we delve into a thought, a question, or an argument I’m sure we’ve all had with my guest co-host, Trevor Slone. Perhaps we can help. Listen in at 646-668-8485. Or download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

If Sinners Be Damned — The Parker J Cole Show

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” — Charles Spurgeon

Both non-Christians and Christians both have a problem with the doctrine, the very idea of Hell. We love the all-encompassing grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ but when it comes to Hell…let’s just say that’s another story. After all, could an all-loving God really sentence people who don’t believe in Him to an eternal leaping chamber of fire, gnashing demons, and unending torture for eternity? Is anyone really WORTHY of such a punishment? Hitler is usually the poster boy of what evil can do. Some may ask is even he THAT bad enough to warrant a one-way pass to eternal damnation? Not to mention the good people who wouldn’t hurt a soul who don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Or the atheists who have good moral lives. What about the Christians who act more hellish than righteous — just because they claim the Lord as their savior, do they get a free “get out of hell card” despite acting more like a ‘sinner’ than a ‘saint’?  Is God really going to send sinners guilty of a finite sin in the temporal world to eternal punishment?

Some of us choose not to believe in a literal hell. Some of us may reject God for the very idea of hell. But, we have to ask ourselves this: if hell is real, then sinners WILL be damned. And if sinners be damned, is there something we can do to prevent it? Join in the conversation with myself and Evan Minton. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be lilve on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10276403.

Is God Beyond Logic? — The Parker J Cole Show

Isaiah 55: 8-9 “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

When I read verse like that, I am overwhelmed by the majesty of our Lord. His thoughts are so much more than our own. We see things from a limited point of view while He sees the big picture. We see it from our flawed existence while He sees it from his perfect and infinite wisdom. Yet, does that mean flawed creatures such as ourselves cannot begin to comprehend God?

Some people would suggest that God is beyond logic because of His very nature? Is He? Let’s talk about it with my returning guest, apologist and author Evan Minton. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press one to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.