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Russell Moore vs Doug Wilson: Evangelicalism’s Great Divide

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Scripture: Psalm 69
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

One genre in the book of Psalms is called “imprecatory psalms.” The word “imprecation” simply means “curse” or “judgment.” These psalms are often difficult for New Testament Christians to reconcile with the teaching of Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28). The key is to carefully observe how the New Testament apostles use Psalm 69.

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Russell Moore vs Doug Wilson: Evangelicalism’s Great Divide

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Scripture: Psalm 69
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

One genre in the book of Psalms is called “imprecatory psalms.” The word “imprecation” simply means “curse” or “judgment.” These psalms are often difficult for New Testament Christians to reconcile with the teaching of Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28). The key …

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Health Mandates, Tucker Carlson, & Nicki Minaj

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Scripture: Romans 13:1-14
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Pastor Joel Webbon and Constance Troutman from Truth + Fire podcast talk about health mandates, the black community’s hesitancy to the vaccine, and how all Christians should think biblically about these crazy times.

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Surrounded By Bloodthirsty Men

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Scripture: Psalm 59
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

According to Psalm 59, King Saul and his men were like starving, wild dogs that trap their prey right before tearing it to shreds. David’s own home had been surrounded by this bloodthirsty mob. David’s enemies are characterized by nothing but sheer rage and unrestrained evil. They are not capable of being persuaded by reason, if only someone would provide …

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Being Mistreated To The Glory of God

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Scripture: Psalm 43
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In Psalm 43, David pleads with God to deliver him from the hands of those mistreating him, but not before first submitting himself to be examined by God. John Calvin once said, “It is vain for us to expect that God will avenge the injuries and wrongs which are done to us, unless our own integrity be so manifest as …

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Finding God’s Presence In The Midst Of Pain

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Scripture: 1 John 5:18-21Psalm 42
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Doctrine of Worship, Worship, Contributor: Joel Webbon

David’s enemies constantly reminded him of his failures and God’s apparent absence. However, David combats this constant assault by reminding himself of his past moments in the presence of God. David’s fondest memories of the presence of God are when he was surrounded by the people of God. David remembers the “throng” of worshipers and the “multitude keeping festival.” David …

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Christian Persecution In America

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Scripture: Romans 13:1-14Romans 13:1-7
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Joel Webbon and Glenn Sunshine take the time to define the criteria for both genuine persecution and civil tyranny.

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Enduring Criticism & Betrayal

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Scripture: Numbers 16Psalm 42
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Worship, Church Unity, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Whether on the run from King Saul or his son Absalom, David has been effectively cut off the land of Israel, and most significantly, the Tabernacle. Therefore, the psalmist is deprived of the praise of God, the people of God, and the presence of God. He is consumed by a desperate, and even violent, thirst for the pleasure and privilege …

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Responding To Injustice

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Scripture: Psalm 37
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Psalm 37:6 provides  a wonderful promise: “[God] will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.” In other words, those who act with integrity will eventually be vindicated, in this life or the next. Their righteousness will be revealed before both God and men. Therefore, we must diligently obey as we wait upon the Lord. …

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The Key Differences Between Christianity & Islam

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4Malachi 3:6
Topics: Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Doctrine of Worship, False Doctrine, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Pastor Joel Webbon and Hasti Gomes, who was born into a Muslim family in Iran, discuss the primary differences between Christianity and Islam. They also address the question of whether or not Islam promotes violence.

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The Biblical Criteria For Genuine Persecution

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Scripture: Hebrews 12:3-8Romans 13:1-14
Topics: Worship, Church Unity, Loving the Saints, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Guilt & Shame, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Wisdom & Discernment, Suffering & Persecution, Bitterness, Faith & Hope, Justice, Personal Holiness, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Justice, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Anxiety, Bitterness, Suffering & Persecution, Justice, Resisting Temptation, Suffering & Persecution, Culture & Politics, Evangelism, Suffering & Persecution, Submission to Authority, Suffering & Persecution, Contributor: Joel Webbon

In this episode of Theology Applied, Pastor Joel Webbon and Pastor James Coates attempt to define what actually constitutes genuine persecution from the Bible.