The Whole Counsel
A weekly podcast about who God is and how to live in light of Him. Dr. John Snyder, of Christ Church New Albany and author of the Behold Your God study series, and Chuck Baggett, co-pastor of Christ Church New Albany, discuss the realities of God and how we are to worship, learn, and live in light of who God is. They often use writers and authors of the past for help. https://www.mediagratiae.org/podcasts-1/the-whole-counsel
Grace and Law X: A Law Divided? - The Whole Counsel
Is it necessary for the New Testament Christian to observe and obey the totality of God’s Law? In one sense, the answer is clearly “YES!” But upon closer inspection, the answer requires more nuance.
To answer the question, we must first define what we mean by law. Throughout Scripture, the word i...
Grace and Law IX: Approaching the Second Table - The Whole Counsel
Last week John Snyder and Steve Crampton began discussing how a New Testament Christian should approach God’s moral law (the 10 Commandments). For help, they are using Ernie Reisinger’s book The Law and the Gospel. In his book, Reisinger gives us seven principles. John and Steve added a few of th...
10 Years of Beholding God | Anthony Mathenia, Pt 1 - The Whole Counsel
Ten years ago we were working hard on creating the study that became Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically. Part of that work included conducting interviews that would come at the end of each video session.
Those interviews often went on for more than an hour, but due to the time constraint...
Grace and Law VIII: Approaching the First Table - The Whole Counsel
It has taken us some time, but our discussion of the Gospel and the Law has finally gotten around to discussing the Law. This week, Dr. John Snyder and Steve Crampton take a look at the first table of the 10 Commandments. They also take a look at a historic, Baptist catechism and John’s initial h...
Grace and Law VII: Help from John Calvin - The Whole Counsel
This week John Snyder and Steve Crampton continue gaining help from John Calvin through his writings on the law. Just a reminder, we are not spending two episodes highlighting Calvin’s quotes because we idolize his words. We do, however agree with Ernie Reisinger that these particular quotes, alo...
Grace and Law VI: The Harmony Between Moses and Jesus - The Whole Counsel
Scripture often draws a sharp contrast between the ministry of Moses in the Old Covenant and Christ in the New Covenant. Hebrews says the New Covenant in Christ is so glorious the Old Covenant has no glory in comparison. John, in his gospel, says truth and grace are realized and embodied in Jesu...
Grace and Law V: Is the Law Enemy or Friend? - The Whole Counsel
The way we approach an object reveals what we think of it. Consider a child approaching a plate at dinner filled with broccoli versus that same child approaching a plate with dessert on it. So how do we approach the law of God? Or, to ask a more important question: how does God want us to approac...
Grace and Law IV: The Law for All Times - The Whole Counsel
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given one rule to follow. Between their exile from Eden and the days of Moses, what law did they have to obey? Careful readings of Scripture reveal they had the same moral law of God that was codified in the 10 Commandments.
John Snyder and Steve Crampton...
Grace and Law III: Was there Law before Mt. Sinai - The Whole Counsel
Without a biblical grasp of the law and the gospel, we cannot understand the true magnitude of what Jesus Christ has done for us on the cross. By minimizing the law, we minimize the grace and mercy that must be poured upon sinners to reconcile us to God.
With that in mind, Dr. John Snyder and S...
Grace and Law I: Our One Portion - The Whole Counsel
In the coming weeks, we will be exploring the topic of the Christian’s relationship to the law. For the next two weeks, John will be visiting Psalm 119:57-61 to help us get a right approach to this question.
The primary question for the believer is to ask if Christ is my only portion? Do I look ...
Grace and Law II: 3 Responses to Our Portion - The Whole Counsel
This week, John continues to use Psalm 119:57-61 to lay the foundation for a discussion of the Christian’s relationship to the law.
We heard last week about the foundational importance of having God as our portion. Today, we discuss 3 responses fueled by God as our portion:
1. Love and gratitude ...
Servants of Righteousness II - The Whole Counsel
Since the beginning of this podcast, we have often pointed you to the Banner of Truth Trust for very careful, helpful books. That book publisher was started by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a pastor in London in early-mid 1900s. While we have pointed you to Lloyd-Jones, we have never truly shared one o...
Servants of Righteousness I - The Whole Counsel
Since the beginning of this podcast, we have often pointed you to the Banner of Truth Trust for very careful, helpful books. That book publisher was started by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a pastor in London in early-mid 1900s. While we have pointed you to Lloyd-Jones, we have never shared one of his ...
Psalm 119 VIII: Six Pictures of Real Liberty
This is our final episode focusing on Psalm 119. This week, John hones in on Psalm 119:44-45 with an emphasis on the liberty presented in these two verses. Liberty is a word Americans love to consider, but the cultural definition of that word is often not influenced by Scripture. John gives us si...
Psalm 119 VII: The Meaning of True Liberty - The Whole Counsel
Freedom is a precious thing. Throughout history, cultures have valued it, gone to war over it, and individuals have sacrificed their lives for it. But there is a freedom that is more precious.
In today’s episode of The Whole Counsel, John Snyder discusses the meaning of the true spiritual freedo...
Psalm 119 VI: A Prayer for Dark Seasons - The Whole Counsel
We don’t know when Psalm 119 was written, but we do know it was written after man’s fall. This means the writer knew what it was to experience different seasons of the soul. He knew the warm joy of springtime, and the dreary darkness of winter. The prolonged dark seasons are particularly dangerou...
Psalm 119 V: The Peril of Half-Heartedness - The Whole Counsel
The Christian life must be one of balance. In this particular verse of Psalm 119, we see that balance exemplified between heart and will; between the weight of our desires and emotions versus our duties as children of a King.
This protects us from sentimentalism and legalism. in other words, the...
Psalm 119 IV: The Practical Balance of Dependence and Duty - The Whole Counsel
We often speak of balance in the Christian life on our podcast. That is especially true this week as we discuss the balance of dependence and action, heart and will. We are called to live holy lives, but we can only do that by leaning wholly on Christ. But there is danger in this reality because ...
Psalm 119 III: Into the Psalmist’s Prayer Closet - The Whole Counsel
Today on the Whole Counsel Podcast, John turns from the introductory observations in the early verses of Psalm 119 to the Godward cries of the Psalmist’s heart that begin in Psalm 119:4-5. Beginning in these verses, we get the chance to follow the Psalmist into his prayer closet; verses 4-5 show ...
Psalm 119 II: The Happiest Life - The Whole Counsel
What does an appropriate balance between heart, mind, and life look like for the Christian? What role does the law play in the Christian’s life? How should we approach Psalm 119? In today’s episode of the Whole Counsel, John discusses these topics and addresses an important issue that is foundati...
Psalm 119: An Introduction - The Whole Counsel
We bring our short series on Christian liberty to an early close this week to begin a series on Psalm 119. As individuals, a team, and a body at Christ Church New Albany, we have been studying Psalm 119 and found truths that have greatly encouraged us and benefitted our souls. Now, we want to sha...
Six Roadsigns for Christian Liberty - The Whole Counsel
This week’s episode is a bit different from our usual setup. To begin, we are back in John’s office, but not like we have ever been before. This week you get to John’s office as it usually is, piled with books. But there is a method to our madness: we want to highlight some of the messy edges of ...
Living with the True God: Lessons from Judges - The Whole Counsel
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Special Episode IV: A Practical Guide to Family Worship - The Whole Counsel
For this week’s special episode, we present a study written and taught by Dr. Ryan Bush on the discipline of family worship. The ancient practice is largely lost in our modern Christian communities. But it is slowly being rediscovered by families across the globe. However, many need help to under...