June 2, 2020
The Lord reigns as King over all things. Yet, there is another sense in which the kingdom of God has not yet fully come. Today, Barry Cooper considers the meaning behind the metaphors pertaining to God's kingdom. Read the transcript:
May 26, 2020
Far from being Jesus' last name, "Christ" is a title that carries immense meaning. Today, Barry Cooper tells of the glory that Jesus bears as the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King. Read the transcript:
May 19, 2020
What does a Mesopotamian sheep herder from 4,000 years ago have to do with us? Today, Barry Cooper explains how God's promise to Abraham reveals the good news of Jesus Christ. Read the transcript:
May 12, 2020
It has become a cliche' to say, "We're all God's children." But actually, that isn't true. Today, Barry Cooper articulates the extraordinary privilege Christians have in being adopted into the family of God. Read the transcript:
May 5, 2020
The Apostles' Creed isn't just a statement of Christ's past, present, and future life--it's a reminder of our present and future lives too. Today, Barry Cooper walks us through this document that has been confessed by Christians for centuries. Read the transcript:
April 28, 2020
A significant part of our lives is driven by the pursuit of two words: "Well done." Today, Barry Cooper observes that the pursuit of glory is not a bad thing--as long as we're seeking it in the right place. Read the transcript:
April 21, 2020
When we sin, we strive to substitute our own authority for God's. Today, Barry Cooper explains what makes our sin so devastating and points to another substitution as our only source of hope. Read the transcript:
April 14, 2020
What steps take place in the salvation of a Christian? Today, Barry Cooper provides an encouraging reminder that God's redemption of His people is an unstoppable process. Read the transcript:
April 7, 2020
There's a good way of wanting to be like God--and a very bad way. Today, Barry Cooper identifies the ways we can, and ought to, imitate God. Read the transcript:
March 31, 2020
Jesus is the lens through we must look if we are to understand the Scriptures properly. Today, Barry Cooper emphasizes the importance of interpreting the Bible as it was meant to be interpreted. Read the transcript:
March 24, 2020
In the ultimate sense, there is no such thing as a job, a task, or a duty that is truly mundane. Today, Barry Cooper looks at God's purpose for our everyday work in the world. Read the transcript:
March 17, 2020
If it is even possible that God exists, then it follows logically that God does exist. Today, Barry Cooper walks us through Anselm's famous argument for the existence of God. Read the transcript:
March 10, 2020
For more than 1,800 years, Christians understood "the rapture" to be the blissful moment of Jesus' second coming. But within the last century and a half, a new interpretation emerged. Today, Barry Cooper helps us consider what the Bible says about the rapture of Christ's church. Read the transcript:
March 3, 2020
The Apostles are included in "the foundation" of the Christian church (Eph. 2:20)--a foundation laid only once. Today, Barry Cooper describes the unique role these men played as the commissioned eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ. Read the transcript:
February 25, 2020
In and of itself, faith isn't necessarily a virtue. It all depends on what we have faith in. Today, Barry Cooper explains that the reason it is proper to put our faith in Christ is because Christ is perfectly good and perfectly trustworthy. Read the transcript:
February 18, 2020
The central "spine" of the Bible can be described in a single word: covenant. Today, Barry Cooper expounds on these recurring agreements, pledges, and vows that culminate in the promised arrival of Christ Himself. Read the transcript:
February 11, 2020
Peter denied Jesus by declaring, "I do not know the man." That's exactly what Christ calls us to do to our old lives when He commands us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. Today, Barry Cooper invites us to count the cost of being Jesus' disciples. Read the transcript:
February 4, 2020
Nothing is hidden from the mind of God--past, present, or future--so nothing can surprise or confuse Him. Today, Barry Cooper introduces us to God's attribute of omniscience. Read the transcript:
January 28, 2020
Some Christians seem to think that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given only to some believers. But the whole sweep of Scripture points in the opposite direction. Today, Barry Cooper discusses how God has empowered all of His people for ministry. Read the transcript:  
January 21, 2020
Defibrillators are not self-operated. Neither can the spiritually dead make themselves alive to Christ. Today, Barry Cooper helps us consider our need for someone else to apply the paddles to cause our spiritual hearts to beat. Read the transcript:
January 14, 2020
Anyone can come to Scripture and discover how they can be saved, even children and those lacking formal education. Today, Barry Cooper shows that the Bible is clear in its teaching about salvation and its basic principles for pleasing God. Read the transcript:
January 7, 2020
You don’t need handwriting in the sky in order to discover God’s will for your life. Today, Barry Cooper helps us to distinguish between the revealed and hidden will of God and what we can know about both. Read the transcript:
December 31, 2019
The Holy Spirit comes alongside us to bear our burdens, defend us, and give us strength and courage. Today, Barry Cooper examines a Greek word that richly illustrates our relationship with Christ and His Spirit. Read the transcript:
December 24, 2019
We can get in danger of being so infatuated with the idea of our sin’s forgiveness that we start to leave obedience behind. Today, Barry Cooper points out that Christians don’t take God’s law less seriously, but more seriously. Read the transcript:
December 17, 2019
Not everyone who visibly appears in the church actually belongs to God’s redeemed people. Today, Barry Cooper helps us make the crucial distinction between the visible and invisible church. Read the transcript:
December 10, 2019
The existence of creation points inevitably to the existence of a Creator. Today, Barry Cooper outlines the cosmological argument for the existence of God, the first cause. Read the transcript:
December 3, 2019
Salvation isn’t a 99% to 1% split between God’s participation and ours. It is entirely the work of the Lord and all the glory belongs to Him. Today, Barry Cooper explains what is at stake in the so-called "five points of Calvinism." Read the transcript:
November 26, 2019
The Lord lavishes all people with His kindness, even those who ignore, belittle, or are hostile toward Him. Today, Barry Cooper explains that God’s universal patience toward a sinful creation reflects His glory in unique ways. Read the transcript:
November 19, 2019
When we ascribe a title to ourselves, we better be sure that we live up to the name. Today, Barry Cooper identifies the significance of the most common designation Jesus applied to Himself. Read the transcript:
November 12, 2019
Why did the Lord choose us to be His people? Is it because of something we did, something He did, or maybe a little bit of both? Today, Barry Cooper shows that the Bible’s answer to this question is abundantly clear. Read the transcript:
November 5, 2019
There is nowhere we can go to hide from the presence of God. He is nearer even than our own hearts. Today, Barry Cooper depicts the omnipresence or “all-presence” of God. Read the transcript:
October 29, 2019
In these turbulent times, power is something of a dirty word. But God’s infinite power is supremely wonderful because it is wedded to His justice, truthfulness, and love. Today, Barry Cooper delves into the unlimited power of God. Read the transcript:
October 22, 2019
If we are to be reconciled to God, we need more than forgiveness for breaking His law. We also require the righteousness of One who has kept God’s law perfectly. Today, Barry Cooper explains the critical distinction between Christ’s active and passive obedience for our salvation. Read the transcript:
October 15, 2019
Matthew’s gospel both begins and ends with a marvelous declaration: God is with His people. Today, Barry Cooper meditates on the meaning behind one of the names given to Christ, “Immanuel.” Read the transcript:
October 8, 2019
Repentance is the fruit, not the cause, of our salvation. Today, Barry Cooper describes the lifelong discipline of repentance to which every Christian is called. Read the transcript:
October 1, 2019
As the word means “messenger,” an angel isn’t so much a type of being as it is a job description. Today, Barry Cooper presents a biblical picture of these otherworldly creatures. Read the transcript:
September 24, 2019
Walking an aisle and praying a prayer can never assure us of our salvation. Today, Barry Cooper asserts that true assurance accompanies a life truly changed by the gospel. Read the transcript:
September 17, 2019
Jesus’ own words seem calculated to dissuade endless speculation about His return. Today, Barry Cooper outlines how the Bible’s revelation of the world’s end is meant to stir us to action today. Read the transcript:
September 10, 2019
For Christians, death is a homecoming. Today, Barry Cooper portrays the Bible's depiction of what takes place between our death and resurrection. Read the transcript:
September 3, 2019
Sin is not a virus lurking outside of us, but a poison that defiles our hearts from within. Today, Barry Cooper helps us to delve into the depths of our sin. Read the transcript:
August 27, 2019
Who, or what, is God's Word? Today, Barry Cooper explains why both Jesus and the Bible are called the "Word" of God. Read the transcript:
August 20, 2019
What lies beneath our yearning for relationship and our longing for home? Today, Barry Cooper points us forward to the glorious climax of God's story of redemption. Read the transcript:
August 13, 2019
When we claim the Bible is devoid of errors, we must clarify what an error actually is. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper deciphers the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. Read the transcript:
August 6, 2019
How is it possible that sixty-six distinct books seamlessly contribute to the same story? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper traces the authority of the Bible back to its divine author. Read the transcript:
July 30, 2019
Unlike what we may have been told, our existence is no accident. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper marvels at God's creation of all things from nothing. Read the transcript:
July 23, 2019
On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper explains how Adam’s disobedience brought sin and death to all mankind. Read the transcript:
July 16, 2019
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not mere masks God wears, but three eternally distinct persons. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper critiques one common but unbiblical explanation of the Trinity. Read the transcript:
July 9, 2019
How would you encapsulate the Bible's teaching with both precision and beauty? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper introduces us to a classic expression of Reformed theology: the Westminster Standards. Read the transcript:
July 2, 2019
When Christians receive the Lord's Supper, Christ Himself is present—but how? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper explains the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Zwinglian views of the Lord’s Supper. Read the transcript:
June 25, 2019
Have you met one of the early church's most significant theologians? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper introduces us to Athanasius and the creed that bears his name. Read the transcript:
June 18, 2019
Can you summarize your faith in a few brief words? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper discusses the five solas of the Protestant Reformation and explains their relevance today. Read the transcript:
June 11, 2019
How did the early church recognize the books of the New Testament as Scripture? On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper examines four signs of a book’s divine authority. Read the transcript:
June 4, 2019
Just as a painting reveals the qualities of its painter, God’s world speaks powerfully of Him. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper considers God’s general revelation in nature. Read the transcript:
May 28, 2019
God depends on nothing and no one for His existence. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper considers the aseity of God. Read the transcript:
May 21, 2019
He’s called the tempter, the accuser, the evil one, and the god of this age. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper looks at the biblical—and very real—figure of Satan. Read the transcript:
May 14, 2019
No royal wedding is more shocking than that of Christ and His church. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper explains why. Read the transcript:
May 7, 2019
We can never be good enough to meet the demands of God’s law. On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper testifies to the One who met those demands on our behalf. Read the transcript:
April 30, 2019
On this episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper considers what it means to be sanctified: to be set apart by God for a purpose. Read the transcript:
April 23, 2019
Sin isn't just what we do; it's who we are. On this first episode of Simply Put, Barry Cooper defines the term "original sin" and explains how it became our natural state. Read the transcript:
April 16, 2019
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