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

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On this episode of the Bible Study Podcast, Travis and Wes discuss a listener’s question about the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Is there a difference? Wes walks through the parable of the Unforgiving Servant, which reminds us that when we have an opportunity to forgive,...

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On this episode of the Bible Study Podcast, Travis and Wes discuss two questions from listeners that both revolve around the issue of death and resurrection. If our bodies will be raised and transformed, is it wrong for a Christian to be cremated? Also, between death and resurrection, where do our...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 05:20

5 Tips for Participating in Online Worship

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Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, many congregations have been forced to temporarily transition to live streaming worship, rather than gathering in person. Which means, for the time being, most of us find ourselves sitting on our couches and around our kitchen tables participating in worship from...

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Monday, 13 April 2020 01:33

New Heavens and New Earth (Part Two)

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In today’s Bible study, we continue to discuss our hope for “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the first episode in this “New Heavens, New Earth” series or to last year’s...

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Sunday, 05 April 2020 10:43

New Heavens and New Earth (Part One)

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This conversation was recorded long before the current pandemic. I held off publishing it because I didn’t want to introduce anything even remotely controversial. I sincerely hope this will not be controversial. If you disagree with my conclusions, you are welcome to your views and I wish you...

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Like all of you, I have been trying to adjust to a new normal. Coronavirus, social distancing, shelter-in-place, flattening the curve, and online worship have all become household terms overnight and our world seems very different than it did a few weeks ago. Nearly everyone I know is trying to do...

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 21:40

5 Tips for Improving the Way You Study the Bible

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When we study the Bible, we often think that means asking a question that begins, “What does the Bible say about…” Then, we proceed to ask a question that might be foreign to Scripture, a question neither the original audience nor the original authors had in their minds. It...

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Sunday, 08 March 2020 21:38

Son of Man (Part Two)

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In today’s Bible study, we continue to discuss Jesus’ favorite title for himself, “Son of Man.” If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the first episode in this series, make sure you go back and listen to that episode as well. Understanding Jesus’ humanity and...

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Sunday, 01 March 2020 19:41

Son of Man (Part One)

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In today’s Bible study, we talk about Jesus’ favorite title for himself, “Son of Man.” In the Bible, what does “Son of Man” mean and, specifically, what does it mean for Jesus to be the “Son of Man”? Most importantly, what relevance does Jesus’...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:39

How to Love One Another: Forgive People

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A series on what the Bible says about loving one another wouldn’t be complete without touching on the topic of forgiveness. The Bible, and particularly the New Testament, has a lot to say about forgiving those who have wronged you. But there are actually several different ideas packed into...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 20:38

Role of Women: Can Women Serve Communion

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Today’s Bible study question comes from a listener named Charles, who asks, “Wes, Is it right or wrong for women to serve the communion, as long as they are not leading prayer or reading scripture?” Wes and Travis discuss this issue. We hope this discussion is unifying, rather...

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 21:00

Elders and Marriage: The Husband of One Wife

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In today’s Bible study, Wes and Travis discuss an email from a listener named Gayla, who wants to know about various applications of 1 Timothy 3:2. Does being the husband of one wife disqualify men who have been divorced? What about men who have been widowed? This discussion impacts many...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:10

How to Love One Another: Do Good to People

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As we continue our series on how to love one another, it’s important to point out that we have a tendency think about “love” as something we feel, but the Bible speaks of “love” as something we do. Because love is something we do, it can be clearly seen through a...

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In today’s Bible study, Wes and Travis discuss a listener’s question about obesity, gluttony, and overeating. What does the Bible say on this issue? Is overeating a spiritual issue? How might our relationship with God help us deal with this issue? We hope you find this study and...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 20:33

How to Love One Another: Listen to Other Perspectives

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This is the third post of our “how to love one another” series. In the last post, we discussed the importance of communicating our needs and expectations. In this post, I want to explore with you the importance of listening to the views and perspectives of people outside of your typical...

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 20:47

Saved by Faith: At What Point Are We Saved?

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Welcome back to the Radically Christian Bible Study podcast! In the first Bible study of 2020, Wes and Travis discuss a listener’s question about faith, baptism, and salvation. In part, the listener would like to know how to respond to those who believe a person is saved before baptism. Hope...

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In a previous post, I announced that we would begin a new series on how to love one another. As followers of Jesus, we all know we are supposed to love one another, but what does that really look like in practical terms? This subject is of the utmost importance, because it is easy to give...

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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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