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Gospel Rant

Dr. Bill Senyard
Straight talk on all topics religious or secular. Interesting and relevant issues that matter. If you are easily offended, welcome.
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God's Love for the Unlovable Widow of Nain
November 26, 2023 - 22 min
What happens when the love of God incarnate bumps into a woman who has lost everything--at the funeral of her only child? We will dig a little into the concept of Jesus 'seeing' her. Very powerful. It could change how we think about Jesus today.Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable Rich Ruler
November 19, 2023 - 21 min
We know the story. A rich ruler comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. But there is so much more to the story than the way it is most often taught. What was he really looking for? Check it out. Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable Blindman
November 12, 2023 - 19 min
What happens when God’s love bumps into a man who would have been treated as an outcast, unclean, and likely cursed by God. Today we treat such people differently, but then, to be born blind carried a huge societal stigma. What happens when Jesus ‘sees’ a blind man and his love for the outcast who has felt unlovable, unloved and unlovely his entire life rushes over him? Check it out. The story is not just about his healing. The larger story is why others weren’t heal. This is the morality tale of the man born blind in John 9.Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable Gomer
November 5, 2023 - 26 min
What happens when God’s love bumps into the perhaps most unlovable unworthy, unlikable person in the Old Testament? What happens when the love of God for the unlovable, the unloved and the unlovely bumps into the active unrepentant, sex addict, God blaming prostitute, Gomer? What God does will likely shock you, even if you’ve heard the story before. This could change how you see God and his amazing unbelievable love. Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable Cain
October 29, 2023 - 24 min
On this Gospel Rant, we are going to look at God's relationship with the first murderer Cain. What if I told you that it is pretty clear in the story that God's really did love Cain and was offering him a stunning gift? The story is pretty familiar to you, but there's a couple of things that you might have just missed. What happens when God’s love bumps into the first murderer, Cain? Curious?Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable Leper
October 22, 2023 - 19 min
What's going to happen when the fierce love of God for the unlovable bumps into someone whose unfortunate disease made them leave family and tribe and live in the shadows as untouchables. Does God's love pursue and embrace lepers?  You'll see. Enjoy.Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable Samaritan
October 15, 2023 - 27 min
Now that we've laid out a more biblical view and understanding of God's love, let's see it in practice. Our first case study is a really good one. It is hard to think of a more unlovable or more unloved woman than this unnamed Samaritan woman. That's where Jesus finds her, but he doesn't leave her there. What happens when this unworthy woman bumps into Jesus' love for the unworthy? You'll see. Enjoy.Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable: The Silencing of Eros
October 8, 2023 - 26 min
Did you know that the Greek word eros (where we get erotic) is not even in the New Testament? Only used twice in the Green Old Testament. And yet, we modern Christians, like the Ancient Romans are terrified of eros. The Romans even tried to legislate against it. It did not work very well. Our views of love have been widely informed by C.S. Lewis’ Four Loves (agape, eros, phileo and storge). Every Sunday School child knows that agape is “God’s love”, right? Well it turns out that ‘agape’ is actually one of the generic Greek words for love. It has a broad group of meanings. Jesus says that even the tax collectors do it. Just saying. Instead of seeing love broken into four separate categories, the Biblical writers see love as more holistic (including all four aspects of Lewis’ loves) but on a spectrum from ‘selfish’ to 'selfless.’ God’s love is perfectly selfless agape, phileo, storge, and yes, eros. There is a godly eros. The selfish form of eros (Greek: porneia) is the love that terrified the Romans, that Paul wrote against often, and makes modern Christians uncomfortable. Unfortunately, we have tossed the ‘baby’ (i.e., godly eros) out with the ‘bathwater’ (porneia). We need to adjust our understanding, or drift more into irrelevance.Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God's Love for the Unlovable: The Ancient History of Love
October 1, 2023 - 32 min
I have come to believe, based upon a lot of research that our Western view of love, including our western Christian view of love, has much more in common with the Ancient Romans than Paul. Example? The Ancient Romans truly believed that love is a function of the object (per Plato and of course Pygmalion). Let me unpack a bit. If an object (art, drama, person) is beautiful, they should expect to be lovable and loved. If they do not fit with the cultural norms of beauty (size, personality, skin color, sex, etc.) they should not expect to be loved unless they remove all uglies and stigmas. This is such bad news for the vast majority of the population who don’t fit in the ‘right’ categories. I just finished a video review of the summer’s blockbuster movie Barbie. This is at the very heart of the movie's moral messaging. This is not Jesus’ message at all. Jesus’ love actually loves the unlovable. His is the love that eventually brought the Roman Empire to its knees.Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
God’s Love for the Unlovable: Your Brain In Love
September 24, 2023 - 31 min
Welcome to our new series, God’s Love for the Unlovable. It’s the stark wonderful and frightening truth, God’s love is for the unlovable, the unlovely, and the unloved. That’s all of us on any given day if we were just a little bit honest.  How has the creator God wonderfully made my brain so that it can love others and be loved, even in trying circumstances? We will get into the fun neuroscience of “falling in love.” It is very interesting and geared toward laypersons. The point? When I experience the “height, width, length and depth of the love of Christ" (Eph 3), the Holy Spirit—no doubt—ignites the very same parts of our brain. We feel like we are "falling in love with Jesus” and that he is “falling in love with us.” Of course we know that he has never stopped loving us—but it sure feels like it. I was preaching on this very topic on Valentine’s Sunday at a church. During the break between services, five men, total strangers, sought me out to tell me that they believe that they were experiencing the love of Christ that day—maybe for the first time in a long while. I think that some were converted. It is a fresh look at how we fall in love with Christ again. Enjoy!Support The Show: https://www.gospelrant.com/ Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Dr. Bill Senyard is a husband, father, pastor, church revitalization consultant, biblical scholar, author of over 14 books, and creator of three online gospel immersion journeys. His primary gift is asking good questions and not being always satisfied with the usual pat answers. The gospel is more powerful than we expect. It's time we start believing that. Want to go deeper? You are at the right place.
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