Drew picks up his study of Judges with Samson. First he looks at the problem of unawareness through the experiences of Samson’s parents.
Drew and guest host Tim Layton remember a fascinating character from the past.
Drew wrestles with the tough question of Jephthah: Did he really offer his daughter as a burnt offering? Or are other interpretations possible?
Correction: At one point, Drew lists Amon as a king of Judah who offered human sacrifices and calls him Manasseh’s grandfather. While Amon probably did offer human sacrifices, he was Manasseh’s son. Ahaz was Manasseh’s grandfather. 2 Kings 16:3 says he “burned his son as an offering, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.”
Drew tackles the enigmatic statement in Judges 10:16: “[The Lord] became impatient over the misery of Israel” (ESV).
Show note: While C.S. Lewis’s wife is referred to as “Joy Gresham” (her first husband’s name was Gresham), she is more commonly known by her maiden name, Joy Davidman.
Drew discusses Gideon’s son Abimelech: the rose, the thorn, the fire!
Drew interviews his brother Barton about the importance of planting churches and discusses effective strategies for evangelism in the states and abroad. They discuss:
- The team approach to church planting
- Researching the target area
- The dynamics between established churches and church plants
- Setting goals for new churches
- Multiplying churches
Just in time for Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Drew talks about being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. People who suffer from this condition can live happy, fulfilling lives. Hopefully, this episode will help anyone struggle with a chronic condition and friends and family members who want to help.
This week’s reading is “Thanks” by W.S. Merwin.
Drew continues Gideon’s story. He talks about God’s jealousy and ours.
Drew begins the story of Gideon. Everybody seems to be hiding, even God. Things, however, are never as they seem.