But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 20:05

How to Love One Another, A New Series

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Happy new year, everyone! It has been awhile since I have written a new blog post and I apologize for the delay. I am looking forward to another year of learning and growing with all of you. Today, I’m excited to briefly introduce an upcoming series of blog posts. I hope and pray it will be...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 20:01

Thank You: The Last Episode of 2019

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Travis and Wes want to thank you all for listening and participating in these Bible study conversations. This will be the last episode for 2019, but plans are already being made for more Bible studies in 2020. Stay tuned.

If you have a passage or topic you would like us to study, please send Wes an...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 20:19

Some Much Needed Help Dealing with Grief and Loss

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I’ve been in full-time ministry for over 18 years. During that time I’ve preached many funerals, visited with countless grieving families, sat at the bedside of those who are dying, and even experienced my own grief that has literally brought me to my knees in tears. However, I still...

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In today’s Bible study Wes and Travis talk about each individual Christian’s obligation to the local church family. Should we try to be at every church service? Is it wrong to be out of town on the weekends, leaving our church family’s short-handed? What should leaders in small...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 03:32

Head Coverings: How Does 1 Corinthians 11 Apply Today?

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In today’s Bible study, Wes and Travis discuss Paul’s instructions about hair length and head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11? Should men not have long hair? Should women cover their head in church? Were these simply cultural issues that have no modern application, or are there lessons...

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Religious Holidays: Do Christians Have Authority to Celebrate Holidays

In today’s Bible study we answer a voicemail question from Rachel about celebrating religious holidays, like Christmas and Easter. Is there a biblical precedent for celebrating these man-made religious holidays? Should Christians be in favor, opposed, or indifferent to the celebrations? And...

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Monday, 18 November 2019 04:16

Bible in Context: Thoughts on Studying the Bible

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Bible in Context: Thoughts on Studying the Bible

In today’s Bible study we discuss what context means, why context is so important, and how to actually consider the context of a passage when studying the Bible. We also discuss the lens through which every passage of the Bible should be read. We hope you enjoy this Bible study.

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Singing with the Church

In today’s Bible study, we discuss what the New Testament says about singing and why many choose to sing a cappella in the worship assembly. But even more important than “how” we sing, we explore the biblical reasons for “why” we sing. We hope you enjoy this Bible...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 04:14

Why We Need to Stop Telling People They’re Commanded to Give

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I’ve heard it countless times, after a man tells the church the collection is, “separate and apart” from the Lord’s Supper, he tells them we are “commanded to give back on the first day of the week.” A lot of people have been given the impression that they have...

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Justice and Mercy: How Christians responded to Botham Jean’s Murder

Today’s Bible study revolves around the issues of justice, racial reconciliation, mercy, and forgiveness. These topics have been top of mind lately after the recent shooting of Botham Jean and the trial of former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger. 

How should Christians think and talk...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 04:27

Should Christians Believe in Climate Change?

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It’s no secret that people in our culture are deeply polarized over many different issues. One of the issues on which there seems to be much division is man-made climate change. Some say that humans are destroying the planet through carbon emissions. Others are doubtful, believing man-made...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 04:09

3 Christian Book Recommendations

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I recently flew to the country of Estonia on a mission trip. With all the time I had flying on airplanes and waiting in airports, I was able to read three books during my trip. I wanted to recommend those three books to you and share a few of my thoughts on each.

3 Christian Book Recommendations

Visions of Restoration by John Young

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Monday, 21 October 2019 04:53

Holy Spirit: How Does the Holy Spirit Speak to Us Today?

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Bible Study Podcast: Holy Spirit

Today’s Bible Study revolves around an excellent question that was posted in the Radically Christian Facebook community. The question was, “Does the Holy Spirit speak to believers? I am being told by our brethren that the Holy Spirit was only for the apostles and only until the Word was...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 03:27

The Gospel: What does “Gospel” mean in the Bible?

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The Gospel: What does “Gospel” mean in the Bible?

Today’s Bible study will dig deep on the word, “Gospel.” We talk about Gospel preaching, Gospel singers, the four Gospels, but what does this word “Gospel” actually mean? Is it about how to go to heaven when we die or is it something more? Let’s consider what the...

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 20:23

1 Peter 3:21: How Does Baptism Save Us?

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1 Peter 3:21: How Does Baptism Save Us?

Today’s Bible study will explore 1 Peter 3:21, where Peter writes, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Before we discuss...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 20:00

What is the Gospel: Introduction

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What is the Gospel? How would you summarize it? I’m afraid the way we typically define and summarize the Gospel is far different than the the apostles. Over the next few weeks, I want to share with you what I believe is the biblical summary of the Gospel. Today, I simply want to give a brief...

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Sunday, 07 July 2019 12:41

Defending Your Faith – CrossTalk S4E5

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image This week’s guest is Dean Meadows, the Executive Director of The Daily Apologist. Dean is incredibly passionate about helping young Christians defend their faith. It is important for every Christian to be able to defend what we believe, but it is especially important for young people who are...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 21:20

The Sexual Ethics of Jesus and His People

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No issue is more contentious in our culture than sexual ethics. From the outside, followers of Jesus are accused of being bigots. And from the inside, many preachers, writers, and theologians are questioning whether or not Scripture is really as clear on sexual ethics as we’ve always...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 16:00

Life as a Missionary – CrossTalk S4E4

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image This week’s guest is Pamela Maxwell (one of my three younger sisters), who was a missionary in both France and Scotland. In this conversation, we visit about why she became a missionary, what she experienced on the mission field, some of the unique challenges she faced when she was a single...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:00

New Heavens New Earth – CrossTalk S4E3

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image What will happen when Jesus returns? Will the earth, and all material things, cease to exist? That’s what I grew up believing. However, I began to realize the Bible speaks of the meek inheriting the earth (Matthew 5:5) and the saved receiving “new heavens and a new earth” (2...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 20:49

Are We Giving Money “to God” on Sundays?

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For decades there have been countless church arguments and even splits over how “the Lord’s money” can and cannot be spent. But what if we’ve been working from some flawed assumptions? We typically assume that putting money in the collection plate is giving money “to...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 20:02

Loving Muslim Neighbors – CrossTalk S4E2

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image I don’t say this lightly, but this will probably be the best thing you listen to all day. In this episode, Iraqi-born Wissam Al-Aethawi shares the story of how he converted from Islam to Christ. He now preaches the gospel to Muslims in Michigan and travels extensively helping Christians...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 20:42

1 Corinthians 6:19 Re-Examined: Your Body is a Temple

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In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul asked, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” The implications of a Christian’s body being a temple of the Holy Spirit are deep and profound. However, this sentiment is also often...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 16:00

Movies Christians Watch – CrossTalk S4E1

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image CrossTalk season 4 is finally here! I am so excited to release some of these great conversations I have, so you can be blessed by them as much as I have been! Today’s conversation is one I recorded with my friend Scott Elliott, who preaches in La Grange, Texas. I’ve entitled this...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 21:23

Five Things I Love About Churches of Christ

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I grew up in churches of Christ. I unapologetically claim them as my family. But as a millennial, I recognize that many of my peers in churches of Christ are leaving or are incredibly critical. Of course, I recognize the truth in some of their complaints, but there are still countless reasons I...

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