Episode 8: 'Too Good to be False' Through the Gospels

Episode 8 September 07, 2020 00:05:34
Episode 8: 'Too Good to be False' Through the Gospels
Thinking Christian
Episode 8: 'Too Good to be False' Through the Gospels

Sep 07 2020 | 00:05:34


Show Notes

Announcing a change in the plan for this podcast: Instead of a weekly podcast of 20-25 minutes, I'll be publishing up to 3 times a week, with shorter content focused on Jesus in the Gospels (with occasional other topics).

I'm making the change in response to what I keep hearing from readers of my book Too Good to be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality (available here). They're discovering that Jesus is even greater than they knew — and many of them are calling it life-changing. I want to help keep those exploration alive.

So join me as we begin a journey of discovery through the Gospels, seeing Jesus with fresh eyes. Please spread the word! Subscribe to the podcast, too, on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, or Stitcher.

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Episode Transcript

Speaker 0 00:00:08 Welcome to the thinking Christian podcast, your weekly guide to solid Christian thinking on culture science, faith, and Christian confidence hosted by Tom Gilson. Hello? Speaker 1 00:00:22 Oh, I'm Tom Gilson. You know, it's amazing what you discover about yourself. When you launch into a project like this podcast has done, I've done. Seven episodes was planning to do a weekly episode of some considerable length for a podcast, at least. And, and what I learned, even though I'm unexperienced podcast, producer and editor, I do editing for discovery Institute. I discovered that it takes a lot more time than I expected. And besides that, you know, I just heard of another approach that I think is going to be more interesting for you as a listener, it's going to allow me to do more of these podcasts. And so what I'm doing right now with this episode is I'm announcing a change instead of doing a weekly podcast, which I wasn't quite able to keep up with and making it 20 minutes long. I want to get on the air with you maybe three times a week. Speaker 1 00:01:18 And instead of taking random topics that, that come my way or extended discussions related to my book, too good to be false, what I'm going to do starting with the next one. This is just an introductory message starting with the next time I'm going to be going through the gospels. I'll start with the book of Luke. And what I'm going to be doing is reading a passage and discussing it in context, or in terms of the things that I discovered while I was studying and researching and writing the book too good to be false. You know, that reception that I've gotten for that book has been nothing less than astonishing. As people have said that it's, it's strengthened their faith, but, but even more than that from the blog reviewer from the Amazon reviewer up to the distinguished professor at the seminary, what I'm hearing is people are saying that it's really enlivened, it's wakened, it's awakened their worship. Speaker 1 00:02:17 It's drawing them closer with a deeper understanding of who Jesus is. And I think we can still keep doing that through a three times a week podcast using the same study methods that I used in the book too good to be false, which of which have been revolutionary. And people have said, you know, who knew that you could learn new things about Jesus, still revolutionary approach of studying. If you haven't read it, studying what Jesus didn't say and what Jesus didn't do and how significant it is that he's different from you and me from other great leaders from other religious founders and so on a, from expectations discovering how great he is, but that's actually just part one of the book. Part two of the book has been encouraging in the sense that, well, the, the purpose, the point of part two is to show that Jesus story. Speaker 1 00:03:14 Isn't just a story in part one, it's all about the story of Jesus, about his character in particular, but there are things that we can still find reading through the gospels that will show that there's reason for confidence, that the story is true right there in the Bible. And I don't mean circular arguments that you'll find some places like, well, the Bible is so great. It must be true. That actually kind of works, but not on its own. You have to add other factors in there, or else it's a, it's an invalid circular argument or, or even worse. The argument that says the Bible says, it's true. Therefore it's true. No, that's not the kind of mistake that I make in the book, not the kind of mistake I'll make here. This is genuine, legitimate, valid reasons for confidence in Christianity that we can get right out of the pages of scripture and might even be convincing to skeptics. Speaker 1 00:04:12 The third part of the book is titled Jesus, no matter what. And that's got a specific focus too, that I think might be relevant for some of these, uh, three times a week podcasts throughout the world. And throughout history, Christians have suffered for their faith here in the West. Not so much, but the day has come for some Christians that we are really being asked to sacrifice for our belief in Christ. If it hasn't come for you yet, you probably see it on the way. There's something that's approaching. I'll be talking about that from time to time, because that's part of too good to be false too. I'm not going to be watching into this until Wednesday, but then I'll be in the book of Luke. We'll be looking at Jesus great character reasons for confidence in him and reasons to follow him. No matter what I think it's going to be good. I'll look forward to it. This is Tom Gilson for the thinking Christian, Speaker 0 00:05:17 The thinking Christian podcast is copyright by Thomas Gilson for more information, visit the thinking Christian [email protected].

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