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THEOTIVITY is a podcast where theology and creativity come together. Many Christians and creatives today are ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of increasingly secular culture. Yet creatives tend to be the influencers and creators of culture's icons that shape our societies. We need a robust and biblical understanding of theology so that we can apply it to today's issues. On this podcast, you'll find audio narrations of articles, interviews with Christian thinkers and creatives, and co ...
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Dr. P. Andrew Sandlin compares various approaches to political thought and discusses the need for a Biblical and Christian view of politics today. 📘 Get your copy of his book Virtuous Liberty here: ⁠https://amzn.to/4bcJS6bWe discuss the rising interest in political theory by many Christians today and some of the pros and cons of the Christian Natio…
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Author and Pastor Zachary Garris talks about the problem of the feminization of the Evangelical Church and the need to recover the masculine nature of Biblical Christianity.We discuss some compromises of Complementarianism, how feminism crept into the church and how God's design for the sexes extends beyond just the home and church. Complementarian…
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Pastor Nate Wright talks about his journey to becoming convicted of Family Integrated Worship and some challenges and blessings along this journey. We discuss why the Evangelical family is so weak today, what can be done to remedy this situation, and the Biblical reasons for Family Integrated Worship in churches. We also discuss the interesting con…
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Building strong Christian Communities is even more important in the troubled times that we live in. With a rising anti-Christian sentiment in much of our culture, Bible-believing Christians are facing more discrimination in the workplace, schools, entertainment, culture and even legally. Everything from DEI to ESG to BLM and CRT, and all the other …
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With economic recession, inflation and increasing national debt, how are Christians supposed to think about their money and building wealth to leave an inheritance?In this episode, we interview Jonathan Wellum from Rocklinc Investment Partners Inc. on how God's Law helps us understand economics from a Christian perspective. He talks about how the B…
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Secularism has failed and it is doomed to run its course. Big words, but our guest today, Dr. Tony Costa thinks he can back it up. We interview him about his forthcoming book, "No King But Christ" and how Christians today need to fully embrace and live in accordance with the total Lordship of Jesus Christ in all spheres of life. He unpacks how the …
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In this episode, we sit down with Pastor Alex Kloosterman from City Hill Baptist Church and Dominion Press in Peterborough, Ontario to discuss an open letter to the churches of Canada in April 2023 written at Dominion Press concerning the issue of the response to the lockdowns. We talk about the effort to recast the situation in a different light a…
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These are confusing times to live in as Christians and we need to be equipped to live faithfully. Here are my top 5 book recommendations for 2023 for books that I think will help Christians to be better equipped to think and live in our world today.They cover a range of important topics such as marriage and family, politics and government, eschatol…
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In this episode, we interview Deanna McLeod, Principal and Lead Strategist at Kaleidoscope Strategic about her experience as a Christian working in the pharmaceutical industry and some of the issues she faced during COVID as she did research on vaccines. She exposes some of the concerning conflicts of interest in the pharmaceutical industry, their …
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With Feminism, the "Red-Pill" movement, and all the gender confusion happening in our societies today, how should Christian men understand God's design for the sexes?In this episode, we interview Michael Foster, the author of the book "It's Good To Be A Man" and pastor of East River Church, about the topic of Biblical Patriarchy. We explore some in…
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Should Christian parents send their kids to public school? Does the Bible say anything about how we should educate our children?Many are afraid to give a clear word on this controversial topic. Many think that God's Word leaves it up to us to choose what we think is best or most convenient. However, our children's education is one of the most impor…
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A lot of modern Evangelical Churches provide some form of Kids Ministry service during their Sunday gatherings. Many Christians take it for granted that this is normal. However, how many have stopped to ask the question, "Is this actually Biblical?" In this episode, we consider the Biblical texts that are usually used to support Kids Ministry to se…
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Many Christians today are confused about how to make sense of the crazy world we live in. Our present moment has many challenges to navigate with ideologies labelled as "Cultural Marxism" in the public square. With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality, the radical Climate Alarmism, plus the rapid e…
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In many Evangelical churches, people are leaving or switching churches over various issues, some of which are theological. People were wrestling with a lot of cultural issues over the past 3 years and it has caused a lot of Christians to re-examine their beliefs in certain doctrines and pertinent areas of theology. It seems like all of a sudden, pe…
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It's Christmas time and with all the hustle and bustle of this season - it is easy to forget the reason why we intentionally make a fuss about it. It is sad that sometimes the real meaning of Christmas can be lost in the busyness of the season. However, when we take some time to reflect on this marvellous truth - that the Creator God of all the Uni…
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What is a fool? When the Bible uses the word fool - it is not simply engaging in name-calling. It is describing for us some specific characteristics of foolish living so that we can avoid it. It is preparing us to live a life of wisdom. Thus, it is important for us to see the picture the Bible paints of foolish living. This episode is a bit of a mi…
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If there ever was a contender for God's favourite Bible verse, it would probably be Psalm 110:1. It is the most quoted verse in the New Testament - and for good reason! Psalm 110 is one of the clearest Messianic Psalms and also one which clearly shows us the victory of Christ over all his enemies. Some have even called it the most Postmillennial Ps…
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What's the difference between our secular culture's concept of "Social Justice" and the Bible's true concept of justice? Since the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement in the wake of the George Floyd riots of 2020, Social Justice has been a hot topic in the cultural conversation. Whether it be through reparations and affirmative action policies,…
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Abortion is one of the evilest scourges to plague our modern world. It results in the deaths of over 70 million innocent babies worldwide every year. It is the intentional destruction of life in the womb, made in the image of God and endowed by God with inherent worth, dignity and value. Yet so many today are silent on this horrendous issue. Even m…
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One of the greatest challenges to God's total sovereignty over all things is the problem of evil. Is God sovereign over evil, and if so, doesn't that then make Him responsible for evil? In this last episode of this series, we'll consider this conundrum through the lens of Scripture itself to see what God's Word has to say on the topic. We'll also c…
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Who's choice is ultimate in salvation? God's or man's? This is the question we'll be tackling in the second episode of this series. We'll be taking a look, especially at Paul's teaching on the topic in Romans 8-10 and also from the lips of Jesus in John 6. We'll also consider what other relevant passages of Scripture have to say on God's and our ro…
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If God is sovereign, then how can we have free will? This is a question that has puzzled Christians and kept theologians debating for centuries now. On the surface, it seems like a conundrum. Some argue that we must be totally free otherwise we would be like robots. Others have argued for a type of hard determinism that resembles pagan fatalism and…
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The Rapture is one of the most popular beliefs held by many Evangelical Christians today. Yet, it is a doctrine that is relatively new in church history and based on some very shaky foundations. In this episode, as we end off this series in Matthew 24, we examine this doctrine historically and biblically to see if it is actually true. Like good Ber…
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Jesus predicted "the coming of the Son of Man" in Matthew 24. Many Christians believe that he was referring to his final coming in glory at the end of history. However, is this what he was referring to? In this episode, we consider what Christ meant by looking at what the Bible teaches about the "coming of the Son of Man" by comparing it with other…
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What is the "Abomination of Desolation"? This question has puzzled many students of the Bible. Many think that it refers to an End-Times Anti-Christ figure who will precede the final days. However, is this what Jesus meant to communicate? In this episode, we consider what Scripture has to say about the "Abomination of Desolation" and what it actual…
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Depending on the circles you're in, it's not too infrequently you hear someone look at some disaster or report of war on the news and remark, "you know, it's the sign of the times..." referring to them as End Times signals. However, was this what Jesus had in mind? In this episode, we consider the signs that Jesus predicted would happen before "thi…
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What was Jesus talking about in Matthew 24 when his disciples asked him about the end of the age? Many people assume that Jesus was prophesying about the end of the world in Matthew 24. Yet, is this actually what he was referring to? Could it be that we have mistaken what he was speaking about because of our ignorance of the Bible and history? In t…
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Many have debated what Jesus meant when he said "this generation" in Matthew 24. Did he mean: "the Jewish race"? "This type of people"? or the people contemporary to his time? How long is a generation? When is the time period referred to as the Last Days? The answers to these questions have major implications for how we understand Jesus's prophecie…
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The topic of eschatology - the study of last things - is an area of theology that is often considered highly controversial, debatable and divisive. A lot of Christians in the Evangelical church today consider eschatology an unimportant part of their doctrine, categorizing it as a secondary or tertiary issue. “We just need to all agree that Christ i…
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Should Christians be trying to Christianize the world? Well, we certainly shouldn't be trying to secularize it - that's for sure! Many today doubt whether the world could actually be won for Christ. Yet, when Jesus commissioned his disciples, he told them to go disciple all the nations - that's a pretty comprehensive mission! Could it be that we've…
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In this episode, I have a conversation with my brother-in-law, Josh Ankenmann to talk about his theological journey toward a more optimistic eschatology and the implications that have had on his life and faith. We also discussed the book, Live Not By Lies by Rod Dreher and some of the important and urgent warnings it brings to us today as we see go…
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You can read the article version of this episode here. Wokeness is a big issue in our culture today and it is seeping into the Church. Yet many don't realize just how insidious and dangerous this ideology really is to the Church and the Gospel. This episode builds on our last episode - "Wokeness, Social Justice and the Church" - to dive deeper into…
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You can read the article version of this episode here. Social Justice is an often misunderstood, hot-button issue these days. Yet it is one which the Church must grapple with. However, instead, many churches have succumbed to it, adopting anti-biblical doctrines and woke ideologies, they have forfeited biblical justice for the world's secular versi…
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You can read the article version of this episode here. There is a lot of dating advice out there today. Some of it helpful. Some of it... not so much. Oftentimes, Christians can simply go along with how the culture approaches finding a mate. However, are there some Biblical principles that we can apply to dating and finding a spouse? Following up o…
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You can read the article version here. Many Christians today simply go along with the ways our culture approaches dating and finding a mate. Yet we are to submit all of our lives, even our romantic pursuits to God's Word, seeking His wisdom on all matters of life. In this episode, we consider what the Bible's teaching about a godly father's headshi…
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This is an audio narration of the article, "Dietrich Bonhoeffer | Pastor, Theologian, Spy, Martyr... Evangelical?" The life and works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer have inspired many Christians over the years from various denominations and theological persuasions. However, he remains somewhat of an enigmatic figure to us. Some Evangelicals want to claim h…
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Nazi Germany was one of history's greatest examples of the deplorable depths of depravity that humanity can sink to... yet many today have forgotten its lessons. During the reign of Hitler and the Third Reich, the German Church was caught unprepared and unready to take necessary action to stem the totalitarian dictatorship that would take the lives…
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You can read the article version of this episode here. "Cultural Marxism" is a hot topic these days that has generated no small amount of controversy. The term itself has been disputed, but the ideas it represents are valid concerns of a dangerous ideology that has spread throughout our Modern Western societies. It has often been called "wokeness" …
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Have you ever noticed that we often express our opinions with "I feel that..." instead of "I think that..."? This shift in how we reason culturally has not come without its consequences. Today, many people make decisions by means of their feelings and emotions and our Postmodern culture encourages it with its slogans: "do what feels right" and "you…
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We've probably all experienced it... when someone takes your words or actions and assumes motives wrongly on you. They end up misinterpreting your heart and it leads to conflict. Yet, this phenomenon seems to be becoming more and more common in our culture. Why is that? Perhaps part of the reason is that we've moved from a society that puts primacy…
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These days it can seem like everyone takes offence to any and everything - especially on social media! Even if you post about your preference about salads, you'll have the "garden salad" crowd waging a comment war against the "no salad but Caesar!" crowd. It can seem like our culture is moving more and more towards emotional fragility on even the m…
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This is an audio narration of the article: "The History of Pentecostalism | How was this movement birthed?" In this last episode in this series, we will take a look at some of the historical factors which led up to the Pentecostal Movement in order to understand our current time. How did this movement come about? What were the factors that led to i…
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This is an audio narration of the article: "The Nature of Tongues | A Historical Analysis" In our first episode in this series, we considered the theological arguments for the nature of the gift of tongues in the Bible. In this episode, we briefly consider the historical argument for the gift of tongues. How have tongues been understood throughout …
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You can read the article "The Nature of Tongues | A Theological Analysis" here. What is the Biblical gift of tongues? The debate concerning the continuation or cessation of the gift of tongues is one that has brought more than its fair share of confusion and division among Evangelicals. This was a topic I wrestled with personally in my journey of f…
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In this episode, I interview a good friend, Steven R. Martins, who is a pastor, author and apologist. We talked about Steven's journey in the study of Apologetics (the defence of the Christian faith) and the difference between Classical, Evidential and Presuppositional Apologetics. We cover why a Presuppositional approach to Apologetics is both mos…
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Our first episode in this series introduced the 5 Points of Calvinism (The Doctrines of Grace) and started our study of how these doctrines are deduced from the clear teaching of Scripture. We looked at Total Depravity and Unconditional Election to see that since the Fall, man's nature has been corrupted by sin in every area so that apart from the …
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The 5 Points of Calvinism, also known as The Doctrines of Grace, have stirred up no small controversy in Christian circles. Many Christians have often debated over how God saves us and the role of election, predestination, free will and faith. I remember having passionate conversations about Arminianism vs Calvinism with friends before I even had a…
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In our last episode in this series, we considered the canon of the Old Testament, how it was formed and why Protestants reject the books of the Apocrypha. In this episode, we consider questions such as: Why did Christians add the books of the New Testament to the collection of Old Testament Scriptures? Was this the product of later development? How…
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We live in a day where it is becoming increasingly harder to filter through all the misinformation and recognize credible sources. Fake news is a real issue and people are becoming increasingly confused about what they can trust and where to go. Thus, in our day-to-day lives, we see the immense importance of knowing how to recognize a good source o…
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You can read the written version of this episode here. Many Christians today view politics as “dirty” and something secular which they should not involve themselves with - far less, bring their faith into it! However, much of the decline of Western societies in recent years is due to the decreasing influence of Christian beliefs over our societies,…
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