The Five Christs — The Parker J Cole Show with Dr. Jim Papandrea

Parker J Cole BannerThe person of Christ has been debated for millennia. Was He a good man, a great seer, or something more? Even in the early Church, the question of who and what Jesus Christ is raised many debates. They all knew He existed. That He lived. That He died. But…did He really rise from the dead like witnesses claimed? Or, was it a supernatural being who ‘pretended’ to die? Was He perhaps a spirit who had cast aside the need for the flesh?

It’s always been my belief that it’s not enough to know about Jesus but you have to know who the Jesus is. A lot of faiths and religious institution know about Jesus. Who is the true Jesus?

On this episode of the Parker J Cole show, we’ll be talking to Dr. Jim Papandrea, author of The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age. What did the early Church fathers believe and how has that shaped our understanding of Christ. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

mg_9224Jim Papandrea is a teacher, author, speaker, and musician.  After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in music and theatre arts, Jim went on to receive his M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, with a concentration in youth ministry, then spent several years in full time ministry, focusing on youth and music ministry, and serving as a consultant in youth ministry.  Jim went on to receive a Ph.D. in the history and theology of the early Christian church from Northwestern University, with secondary concentrations in New Testament interpretation and the history of the Roman Empire.  He has also studied Roman history at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.  Jim is currently Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University, as well as a consultant in the area of Adult Faith Formation, and a regular speaker in parish and lay formation programs in the Chicago area. Jim is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the North American Patristics Society, and the Catholic Association of Music. When he’s not teaching or performing music, Jim can be found traveling with his wife, Susie, taking photographs and making pilgrimages to places like Rome and Assisi.


Should You Only Read the King James Bible? — The Parker J Cole Show

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There are a lot of different Bible translations out there but one has to admit the lyrical prose of the King James Bible remains supreme for many different reasons. Part of it is that it is one of the first to be translated in English. Perhaps another is the fact it’s been in our Western culture for so long.

Yet, there are those who proclaim you should only read the King James Bible. Why is that? In the light of the many translations out there, what holds the King James Bible in such high esteem?

Join me for this discussion as I chat with pastor George McVey as we discuss the KJV only theory and more. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or click on the link here:

The Parker J Cole Show — Which God Exists? with Evan Minton

Parker J Cole BannerPeople often wonder whether or not God exists. Yet, instead of asking, “Does God Exists?” perhaps the questions should be — “Which God exists?” If we put the question in that way, we have to assume the hypothesis that ‘God’ is a real entity worthy of investigation. If we continue to follow that line of reasoning, then the question of which God falls directly in line. How do we determine that? Does the answer matter?

Join me as returning guest and apologist Evan Minton from Cerebral Faith as he tackles the hard questions of faith and introduces his new book, “Inference to the One True God”. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.

Debunking Bible Myths — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThere’s one book on the planet that when people hear its name, they have a myriad of response to it. From archaeologists, to doctors, to students, parents, children, teachers, professors, when they hear the Bible, the reactions range from hatred to adoration, skepticism to fantasy, and reverence to tolerance. Over the years, the Bible has been weighed by the intellectuals and laypeople of the times. As such, in a moral relativistic world, it’s important for Christians to have answers to common myths about the Bible,

Join me as I talked to historian, author, pastor, and teacher, Lewis Smith as he returns to the Parker J. Cole show to help us debunk some common bible myths and equip Christians with responses to this. If you have a question, feel free to call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here.   Tune in!


Tonight on the Write Stuff…Godly Women and Mental Illness

Mental illness and Christianity have been at odds with each other for a number of years. For a long while, it was thought that any sign mental illness or cognitive impairment was a result of demonic possession. Later, those who suffered from these disorders were locked up in an institution away from the embarrassment of the family. Further still, as our medical knowledge grew, our diagnostic abilities have expanded our understanding of how the mind works. And yet, even today, the topic of mental illness is still a taboo subject.

For Christians who suffer from some type of mental illness or disorder, it may hit a double impact. For the godly woman who is torn between her faith and her health problem, she may be having a hard time with reconciling the condition of her soul with the condition of her mental health.

Do godly women and mental illness go hand in hand? Are they compatible with each other? Can a woman of faith still suffer from bipolar depression or anxiety attacks? Is her faith dependent on her mental state?

We’ll be talking about this and more with our guest Barbara Rupp, author of The Woman at the Well Bible Study guide. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app. Or click on the link here: Tune in!

51wuHcGWNuL._UX250_Barbara Tennell Rupp teaches women who suffer with mental and emotional problems how to transform their negative thoughts, so they can make positive choices, have meaningful relationships, and experience inner peace, regardless of their circumstances.

Barbara was born in San Antonio, Texas, grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California. As a child, she enjoyed the freedom of expression her ballet and tap lessons, drawing, coloring, and daydreaming offered. As a teen, she spent many happy hours creating dress patterns, designing, and making her own clothes, winning Outstanding Designer from San Francisco School of Fashion Design. She also won the coveted title of Miss Bronze Northern California, and Miss Bronze California. Barbara founded Women at the Well Ministries in 1995, encouraging and teaching women how to be overcomers practically, while struggling with mental and emotional problems. She has served in women’s ministry in many capacities, including writing and teaching women’s Bible studies, opening her home to homeless women and children, volunteering at a girl’s home (who were wards of the state), crisis pregnancy centers, crisis intervention hotline, battered women’s shelters, rape crisis hotline and advocate, and holding Bible studies at different shelters