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Podcast: Am I Being Tested By God? Or Am I Being Attacked By Satan?
Greg ponders whether or not the SOURCE of testing matter, and offers wisdom for dealing with testing.
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Podcast: If the Crucifixion Is God’s Victory Over Satan, Why Does Satan Keep Fighting?
Greg talks already-but-not-yet, perspectives of the principalities, and the toilsome life of a muon. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0284.mp3
Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree?
One of the strangest episodes recorded in the Gospels is Jesus cursing a fig tree because he was hungry and it didn’t have any figs (Mk 11:12-14; Mt 21:18-19). It’s the only destructive miracle found in the New Testament. What’s particularly puzzling is that Mark tells us the reason the fig tree had no figs…
The Nature of Temptation
How does temptation work? Based on James 1:13-16, Greg unpacks the way that desire can give birth to sin. But desire is actually rooted in our longing for God, and the desire itself—and therefore the temptation itself—is not in and of itself a sin. God created us with a “hungry heart” so that he could…
Podcast: If Heaven is So Great, Why Did Satan Fall?
Greg discusses the nature of free will and love at the angelic level, heavy metal music, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Satan’s dumb choices. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0106.mp3
The New Testament refers to Satan as the “god of this age” and the “ruler of the power of the air” (2 Cor 4:4; Eph.2:2). In the first century Jewish worldview, “air” referred to the domain of spiritual authority over the earth. The author, Paul, was thus saying that the spiritual environment of the earth…
Atonement: What is the Christus Victor View?
Most western Christians today understand the atonement as a sort of legal-transaction that took place between the Father and the Son that got humanity “off the hook.” The legal-transaction scenario goes something like this: God’s holiness demands that all sin be punished, which in turn requires that sinners go to eternal hell. The trouble is,…