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Mentionables First Episode Reflections

So, it has been a couple weeks now since we recorded our first “Mentionables” podcast.  It was a fun experience, and it has also been encouraging.

=&0=&  Sadly, apologetics is something that few in the church are passionate about, or spend much time thinking about.  I’m sure most of you reading this are aware of it, and share my frustration.  Many times I have been of part of a church, desperately wanting to have a class, program or speaker broach the subject, but it rarely goes beyond the hypothetical.  Apologetics is such tremendously valuable tool for the church, but it goes unutilized.  It’s like a writer refusing to use a computer, because they have traditionally used a typewriter for so long.  There is so much you can do when you are open to trying new things, and it could be of tremendous benefit. =&1=&  I know, I know.  A conference speaker who gets nervous speaking on a podcast? Yeah.  Here’s the reason why I get a little nervous.  I’m a joker.  I LOVE to joke around.  The problem is, before I was saved, my joking wasn’t exactly appropriate, and there were times where I put my foot in my mouth.  It happens for less now that I am saved, but there are times where the words come out of my mouth before my verbal filter engages.  Then bad things happen.   =&2=&After the show aired, we had an astute listener talk about the issue of the sign above Jesus on the cross as a sign of His divinity and coming kingdom.  I think that is an interesting point.  However, given the fact that Jesus was crucified, I think it is probably a foregone conclusion that it was meant as satire.  Clearly, it was true, and eventually the repentant thief recognized that, but there was no way that the Roman soldiers believed that when they first hoisted Him up on the cross (though it appears that some did believe it after the fact.  Matthew 27:54) =&3=&

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