In this Special Edition episode, Dr. Wayne Grudem joins Michael to talk through difficult questions we may have or face in our Christian lives.
These questions stem primarily from Dr. Grudems new booklets:
What the Bible Says about How to Know God’s Will &
What the Bible Says about Abortion, Euthanasia, and end-of-life decisions
These booklet topics were taken from Dr. Grudem’s book Christian Ethics: an Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning
Wayne Grudem is Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Div. and a D.D. from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. (in New Testament) from the University of Cambridge, England. He has published twenty books, including his newest book, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution, which was published in August, 2013. He was also the General Editor for the 2.1 million-word ESV Study Bible (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year and World magazine book of the year, 2009). He is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a co-founder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible.
Our thanks to Dr. Grudem for sharing his time and wisdom!
Questions and Topics:
2:20 – How do I know God’s Will?
4:48 – How do you guard against experiential spirituality, especially in regards to discerning God’s will?
8:40 – How do we discern between being led/guided by the Spirit, and being led by just our own pensions, conclusions, or desires?
12:25 – End of life decisions, how we make decisions in difficult cases of terminal illness in terms of quality of life, living wills, etc.
17:57 – Capital punishment
19:55 – Egalitarianism/Complementarianism
28:24 – As you look at the church, particularly in the west, what are your top 3 concerns?
34:00 – How do you instruct younger men who may end up in ministry, teaching the Bible, to communicate about these difficult issues?
36:20 – We know God’s power and presence moved and worked through individuals and nations in the line of history in the Hebrew nation. Was He also moving and working as mightily in other people/people groups in other parts of the world?
39:44 – Living with chronic pain, how are we to remain faithful and obedient as we face this ourselves and as our loved ones face the degenerative condition of the human life?
Revival won’t come apart from repentance from sin.
People wont repent from sin unless they know what God’s moral requirements are, and that they’re falling short of them.
And the only way they’ll know about that is from the Bible if it’s taught faithfully, by faithful pastors.
Previous episode with Dr. Grudem:
Is Not Voting a Sin?