Deep in Scripture Episodes


Matthew 12:36 – Will we REALLY be judged for every careless word we utter? – Matthew Leonard

October 11, 2016

On the latest Deep in Scripture podcast, Matthew Leonard from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology joins Marcus Grodi to discuss a verse that can be frightening to many of us.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:36 that on the day of judgment, we will be held to account for every careless word that we utter.  What implications does this verse have for the debate between predestination and free will?  Can we ever be forgiven for the things that we’ve said, and regret?  In a day and age where ... more

Matthew 16:18 – Jesus Changes Peter’s Name… So What’s His New Job? – Jimmy Akin

September 23, 2016

In this episode of Deep in Scripture, Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin joins Marcus Grodi to discuss Jesus’ commissioning Peter as the Rock on which He would build His Church.  Catholics have an easy explanation for this, but many other Christians have a very different spin on this passage from Scripture.  Join Jimmy and Marcus as they break down one of the key Bible verses that divides Catholics and other Christians. ... more

What does it mean that the Creator of the Universe took on flesh? Genesis 1 and John 1 – Rob “The Donut Man” Evans

September 7, 2016

God made the natural world, and then, as a baby in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, was introduced to that same world as a physical part of it in the person of Jesus.  If the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, what does it then mean that he promised that the bread and cup that we take at Communion would also become his flesh?  Rob Evans, who has entertained thousands of children for the past several decades as “The Donut Man,” talks with Marcus about the meaning of the incarnation of ... more
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Joining our Sufferings to Jesus – Romans 8:16-17 – Bruce Sullivan

August 17, 2016

Former Church of Christ minister Bruce Sullivan joins Marcus Grodi on this episode of Deep in Scripture to discuss Romans 8:16-17, where St. Paul talks about the Holy Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are heirs with Christ- which is great- but then it goes on to say that we become those heirs through being joined with Christ in his suffering so as to receive his glory.  What does it mean to suffer for Christ?  Should we seek out suffering?  What about the notion that suffering can be ... more
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Jesus Heals a Paralytic – Matthew 9:2-7 – Matt Swaim

August 3, 2016

On this episode of Deep in Scripture, Marcus Grodi and Matt Swaim take an in-depth look at Jesus’ healing of a paralytic in Matthew 9. It was because of faith that Jesus forgave and healed the man- but whose faith? They also discuss the idea of Jesus’ forgiveness of the man’s sins as a precursor to the power to forgive sins that Jesus would one day transmit to his apostles. ... more
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“We hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.” Romans 3:28 – Does the Bible contradict itself regarding faith and works, free will and determinism? – Tim Staples

July 28, 2016

Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics at Catholic Answers and former Assemblies of God youth minister, joins Marcus Grodi to tackle the question of faith and works that is a point of contention between so many Christians.  In some places, it seems the scriptures tell us that we must DO things to be saved- in other places, it seems there’s nothing we can DO to be saved.  At times, the Bible calls use to exercise our will in service of him, at other times, it seems like we have no ... more

Headship and Submission, in the Family and in the Church – Ephesians 5:21-23 – Steve Wood

June 15, 2016

When Ephesians 5 pops up in the lectionary, every pastor knows what kind of fallout they need to be prepared for.  Does submission in a family relationship diminish the value of certain members?  What are the implications for the Church in regard to obedience to hierarchy?  Can someone who is given a Biblical mandate to lead and govern forfeit the legitimacy of their claim to authority through immoral or imprudent behavior?  Marcus Grodi and Steve Wood look at the meaning of authority and obedience in an age where rebellion and disobedience ... more

“He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.” – I John 4:8 – How do we know if we really love God?

June 3, 2016

In a world where your feelings toward your spouse, your car, your job, and your favorite food can all be described with the word “love,” what are we supposed to make of God’s call to love our neighbor as ourself? Marcus Grodi and Jim Anderson take an in-depth look at the implications of God’s greatest commandment- to love Him, and secondly, to love one another as He loves us. ... more
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“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church… cleansing her by the bath of water with the word”; Ephesians 5:25-26 – What is the meaning of that bath of cleansing?

May 24, 2016

One of the more controversial chapters in the Bible for pastors to preach on is Ephesians 5, because of Paul’s statement about wives submitting to their husbands.  Deacon Alex Jones addresses another challenging portion of the same chapter- when Paul says a husband should lay down his life for his wife, “cleansing her by the bath of water with the word.”  In his Pentecostal days, Deacon Alex saw salvation through receiving the word of God as primary, and the washing of water through Baptism as merely a later affirmation of ... more
Kimberly Hahn Medium

Contraception & the Church: “Do not conform yourselves to this age” with Kimberly Hahn

May 17, 2016

***The Devil tried to stop us, but this episode was just TOO GOOD not to share! (The first several minutes of this program contain some technical difficulties, but it is worth pushing through. Please “offer up” the slight inconvenience with the intention that Mrs. Hahn’s testimony may bear fruit in the lives of listeners struggling with this topic.) ... more