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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 1

Episode date: July 23, 2009
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I spent most of my high school years and part of my early adult life as a radical pacifist. I registered as a concientious objector during the Vietnam War.  I was anti war, anti self defense, anti death penalty, and when I became a member of a Bible Church, I gathered scriptures to justify all my convictions.  Years later, when I finally got to a point that I could be brutally honest with myself, it was about the 60’s and being cool with my friends in the art department and a “Jeremiah” to the “establishment” in my Church …and it had more to do with Woodstock sentimentality adorned with scriptures…

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Close to Home

Close to Home
Simplicity

Episode date: July 30, 2009
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Back in my Bible college days it wasn’t unusual to, while grabbing a third helping of Apple Jacks from the student cafeteria cereal bar, be confronted out of nowhere by classmates and professors with invasive inquiries such as, “So, how is your walk?”  Meaning my Christian walk. How was I doing in terms of growing and maturing spiritually?  One hundred percent of the time my answer was, “Fine.”  Never mind that I’d all but stopped attending church and had taken to sleeping in on Saturday mornings instead of participating in the women’s Bible study being held in the common area of our…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 2

Episode date: July 31, 2009
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This is part two of the series on Capital punishment.  I’ve already received quite a bit of listener feedback (for and against) and I’ve not even gotten into the meat of the issue.  So before I begin, let me say this IS a work in progress.  I am already revising future podcasts and adding more material based on comments I’ve received, so it is kind of taking on a life of its own.  Depending on how it goes I may go through all my material and then do a Q and A and response to comments podcast at the end of the series.  The other thing I need to say is, I am not past changing my mind on this topic even…

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Steve the Builder

Steve the Builder
Capital Punishment, Part 3

Episode date: August 07, 2009
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT PART 3
Welcome to part three of the ongoing series on capital punishment. Before I begin this week’s thoughts, let me say that I’ve gotten a lot of very kind and well thought out responses to the series so far, on both sides of the issue.  Several people emailed me about last week’s podcast and the general thoughts were that while God may have killed Ananais and Sapphira, He didn’t kill David or St. Paul, and Jesus does not stone the adulterous woman to death.  Hence, we can conclude that Christ is not in favor of the death penalty, but rather uses people’s sins to bring them…

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The Opinionated Tailor

The Opinionated Tailor
Discipline - Part 3

Episode date: August 08, 2009
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Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor”. In this podcast, I will continue the series on leading a more disciplined life. Today, we’ll take a look at Fasting.

The topic of fasting can be somewhat confusing: is it going without food and water? Is it abstaining only from a select food? Does it just refer to food? And, even once you’ve had some exposure to the Orthodox Christian fasting rules, the confusion just seems to get worse: Why do the Russians fast from oil, but many Greeks and Middle Easterners do not? Why are some Wednesdays and Fridays fish, wine, and oil and others aren’t? And what is egg replacer,…

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