The Christian Basics Class
By Evan McClanahan
The Christian Basics ClassSep 09, 2021
Class #52: Law and Gospel
Pr. Jared Stillions of St. Peter in Hallettsville, TX joins me to look at a key concept that Christians must get right to understand the scriptures: Law and Gospel. What are they, how do we often confuse them, and how to we rightly distinguish between them?
Class #51: Good Government
In our final video for the series, we look at what Christian theology has to say about the role of government and what good government might look like. Beyond "red" or "blue", what are the underlying principles that all Christians should apply to any question of government?
Class #50: Economics
In this third of a four-part series on social and moral issues, we take a look at economics. What should the Christian view of free or controlled markets be? Why does it matter? Thanks again to Taylor Neill of Search for joining me.
Class #49: Abortion
Thanks again to Pastor Michael Salemink from Lutherans for Life for joining me to talk about a difficult subject. This is the second of a four-part series on application of Christian moral theology. Abortion is a reality in our land and the greatest moral evil of our day. We talk about what it is exactly, why it is wrong, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the wake of abortion.
Class #48: Marriage and Family
Pastor Michael Salemink of Lutherans for Life joins me to look at the gift of marriage. This video kicks off a concluding four-video series that considers social and ethical questions that are applications of Christian conviction.
Class #47: The Letters of Peter, Jude and John
A quick look at important letters in the New Testament not written by Paul.
Class #46: The Letters of Saint Paul, Part 2
This video continues to look at Paul's letters, specifically Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Timothy.
Class #45: The Letters of Saint Paul, Part 1
This video is a very quick look at a handful of Saint Paul's letters. We look quickly at the main themes of Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, and Thessalonians.
Class #44: Paul and His Conversion
Saint Paul's letters comprise almost half of the New Testament and his conversion to being a follower of Christ is nothing short of remarkable. We get an introduction to Paul and we will follow this video up with two videos summarizing the most important teachings in his letters.
Class #43: The Holy Spirit and Pentecost
This class looks at the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and the ongoing role of the Spirit in the life of believers. We touch on some of the controversial aspects as well like speaking in tongues and other so-called Spiritual Gifts.
Class #42: Why Did Jesus Die and Rise?
Having looked at the evidence for Jesus' death and resurrection, we consider what they both mean.
Class #41: Did Jesus Die and Rise from the Dead?
Thanks to Taylor Neill of Search for stopping in and taking a look at the historical claims for the death and resurrection of Jesus. If the historical claims of his death and resurrection are not true, nothing else will hold together. This is, as all of these videos are, a high overview. A fun, easy read on this is a book called "Who Moved the Stone?" by Frank Morrison.
Class 40: The Miracles of Jesus
This video looks at a few of the miracles of Jesus and considers what they mean for us today.
Class #39: The Parables of Jesus, Part 2
Class #38: The Parable of Jesus, Part 1
Class #37 - Jesus Against Spiritual Powers
This class looks at how Jesus fights against spiritual powers, especially that time he cast demons into a herd of pigs. We also consider a number of passages which encourage Christians towards holy living. This is the third of a three-part series that considers Jesus not only as a gentle shepherd, but a fighter with a zeal for righteousness.
Class #36 - Jesus Against Worldly Powers
In this class, we look at how Jesus goes toe-to-toe - for you - against worldly powers. It should cause us to ask how we resist evil influences in the world. This is the second of a three-part series that considers Jesus not only as a gentle shepherd, but a fighter with a zeal for righteousness.
Class #35 - You Have Heard It Said
This class looks at Jesus' teaching using the phrase, "You have heard it said, but I say unto you." Here Jesus unpacks the kind of obedience that he desires for us, which is not merely outward obedience, but a deep love of God from the heart. This is the first of a three-part series that considers Jesus not only as a gentle shepherd, but a fighter with a zeal for righteousness.
Class #34 - The Beatitudes
This video looks at Jesus' profound teaching from Matthew 5:1-11, commonly called the Beatitudes. In these words, Jesus turns the world upside down and calls his followers to wholeheartedly seek the things of God.
Class #33 - Jesus Calls the Disciples
This class looks at both Jesus calling his disciples as well as the way we are also called to be disciples of Jesus.
Class #32: The Temptation of Jesus
At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus is tempted by the devil after fasting for 40 days. Temptation is a reality for all Christians. So how do we face and what has Jesus done about it?
Class #31: John the Baptist
Thanks to Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology for joining me to talk about one of the most interesting figures in the New Testament. John is a transitional prophet from the New to the Old Testament. Thanks to Ted for offering some historical background and biblical insight!
Class #30: The Incarnation of God
The New Testament begins with the birth story of Jesus. But really, the Christmas story is about more than just the birth of Jesus. It is about the incarnation of God. That God became flesh is literally the most incredible thing imaginable!
Class #29: How Are Lutherans Different from Calvinists?
Dr. Jordan Cooper joins us for a third video on Lutheran distinctives. In this case, we look at another Reformation tradition very similar to ours, the Calvinist tradition, often found in Reformed and Presbyterian churches. To follow Dr. Cooper, check out his podcast, Just and Sinner.
Class #28: How Are Lutherans Different from Catholics?
Dr. Jordan Cooper of Just and Sinner joins me to look at how Lutheranism is different from Roman Catholicism. It has been over 500 years since the Reformation. What were the areas of disagreement then and what are they now? To follow Dr. Cooper, check out his podcast, Just and Sinner.
Class #27: What Makes Lutherans Unique?
Dr. Jordan Cooper of Just and Sinner joins me to take a look at what really makes Lutherans unique. How are we different from other Christians? What aspects of our history have made us who we are? Check out Dr. Cooper's podcast - Just and Sinner - to follow him.
Class #26: The Liturgical Church Year
This class is a primer on the liturgical church year. Why do we have different church seasons? How can they help us as we grow in faith?
Class #25: The Trinity
Class #24: What About Other Religions?
Class #23: Luther's Small Catechism, Part 6
This video concludes our look at Luther's Small Catechism with his teaching on the sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Lutherans are a sacramental people, which means we trust that God can do Spiritual things through these ordinary means of grace.
Class #22: Luther's Small Catechism, Part 5
This is the second of two videos that look at the Lord's Prayer.
Class #21: Luther's Small Catechism, Part 4
This is the first of two videos that look at the Lord's Prayer.
Class #20: Luther's Small Catechism, Part 3
We continue our look at the Small Catechism, focusing this week on the Apostles' Creed.
Class #19: Luther's Small Catechism, Part 2
This video looks at the second table of the 10 Commandments that deal with how we love our neighbor. Parents, you may want to know that when the commandment against adultery is discussed, the topic of pornography is mentioned.
Class #18: Luther's Small Catechism, Part 1
This video begins a 6-week look at Martin Luther's "Small Catechism", a staple of Lutheran Confirmation for centuries. We look at the first three of the Ten Commandments.
Class #17: Closing Thoughts on the Old Testament
This video ends our brief look at the Old Testament, but not before telling the story of the return to Israel and highlighting some of the important books that were not covered.
Class #16: Israel in Exile, Daniel
Class #15: The Kings, Part 2
Dr. Chad Bird of 1517 joins me to look at the Kings in the Old Testament. We conclude our look at David's reign and make it through the divided northern and southern kingdoms.
Class 14: The Kings, Part 1
Dr. Chad Bird of 1517 joins me to look at the Kings in the Old Testament. We make it all the way to David.
Class #13: The Prophets, Part 2
I interview Dr. Adam Harger of Houston Baptist University to take a look at the Prophets. Part 2 of 2.
Class #12: The Prophets, Part 1
I interview Dr. Adam Harger of Houston Baptist University to take a look at the Prophets. Part 1 of 2.
Class #11 - The Conquest of the Land (Joshua)
This class looks at the book of Joshua, but really, more than anything, at the issues surrounding the conquest of the land. Many unbelievers will cite the conquest of inhabited lands (as depicted in Joshua and elsewhere) as evidence that either God does not exist or if he does, He is cruel. As Christians, however, we defend the prerogative of God to judge all evildoers, including ourselves, and the conquest of this land is not an ongoing practice that Christians participate in.
Class #10: Understanding the Law of God
This class takes a look at the Law of God, briefly considering the Law as given to the Israelites and recorded in Leviticus. We also ask which laws continue into the New Testament, which laws have not, and in what way the Law of God might impact our civic life.
Class #9: The Historicity of the Exodus with Ted Wright
Archaeologist Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology joins me to look at the historical evidence for the Exodus from Egypt. The Exodus is the story of the Israelites leaving Egypt and heading for the land promised to Abraham and his offspring. Is it possible that this story is not just a myth, but the true story of a massive escape from Egypt?
Class #8: Genesis 12-50
This class very quickly moves from Genesis 12-50. We get familiar with the Patriarchs in Genesis: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and are prepared to understand the Exodus.
Class #7: Genesis 4-11, with Ted Wright
Genesis 4-11 is often overlooked as mere myth. After all, these chapters contain the story of the great flood and the Tower of Babel. But is there good evidence that might just speak to the historicity of these accounts? Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology (www.epicarchaeology.org) joins us to talk about these important - and fascinating! - chapters.
Class #6: Genesis 1-3 - Creation from Nothing or Random Evolution?
This video looks briefly at the main content of Genesis 1-3, but looks more at one of the main issues which keeps people from believing in God: evolution. Are we just glorified apes? Or are we the descendants of the historical Adam and Eve? Could both stories in some way be true?
Class #5: Who Was Jesus?
This short video is a basic summary of what others said about Jesus and what Jesus said about himself. When confronting what others said about Jesus, we are left with only a few options.
Class #4: Are Miracles Possible?
Apologist Taylor Neill of Search joins me to look at the philosophical question of whether miracles are even possible. If they are not, then basically everything else I'm going to teach in this class is a waste of everyone's time. If they are, then we should heed this revelation from God. (Hint: if the creation really took place, then miracles are possible!)
Class #3: Is the Bible Reliable?
This class looks at whether or not you can really trust all of those stories about Jesus. Do we have what the original authors wrote? Can we trust those old words for our salvation?