Father Bound header image 1
June 21, 2017 @ 6:02 am

What Do You Seek?

In the first chapter of John's Gospel, we find two of the disciples of John the Baptist following Jesus who, seeing them following asks a pointed question, What do you seek? It is a question the Lord still asks of all who seek to follow him... 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
May 10, 2017 @ 6:02 am

Mercy to Dogs

The passage found in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 15:22-28, strikes many as one of the more harsh sounding pronouncements of our Lord. It almost seems as though he is relegating a Canaanite woman seeking his help to no more than the status of a dog! Nothing could be further from the truth... 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
April 27, 2017 @ 4:49 am

Supporting FatherBound

Hi, this is Michael…

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for listening to the FatherBound podcast. I love doing them and deeply appreciate the growing audience of listeners! Like others who take writing and podcasting seriously, I’m encouraged whenever a listener takes the time to share their thoughts or supports the podcast financially. Some folks know where to go to make these connections and some don’t. So, twice a month, I’ll tell you. For two reasons.

First, I can look at audience metrics all day but it won’t take the place of hearing your words and beginning to know who you are and what you’re thinking. Second, the financial support is more helpful than you might imagine. A dollar a month may not sound like much but it can make a very real difference!

To either share your thoughts or contribute a buck simply visit FatherBound.com and click on either the Contact or Contribute link displayed in both the right-hand column and the footer of the Home page.

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
April 24, 2017 @ 4:24 am

Why Crucify Your Son?

There are those dear to me who, in their inquiry into the claims of Christianity, stumble over the idea of a God who would slay his own Son—especially by the agony of crucifixion. And because they are so very dear to me I will do my best to give an answer. Whether or not it proves satisfactory remains questionable for I have sometimes found that objections to Christianity are not always what they seem on the surface but reflect something more deeply rooted. I am also keenly aware how limited our (and my own in particular) insight is into the fathomless wonder of God. As a close friend of mine so succinctly puts it, “All I know from personal experience and investigation is that God is incredibly good, does things with incredible kindness, and intends things only incredibly loving - the rest, to me, is a mystery.” What follows, therefore, is simply my own sense of the question at hand as best I grasp it. 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
March 8, 2017 @ 6:02 am

What Do You See?

What do you and I see when we look at someone? Do we see them with God-eyes or do we, like Simon the Pharisee, not only miss seeing them as God sees them but perceive ourselves with equal error? 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
February 22, 2017 @ 6:02 am

Lessons At Sea

Like many of the events recorded for us in the Gospel records, Matthew's recounting of Peter's walking on water with the Lord provides a wealth of insight into the Person of Jesus Christ and our relationship to God through him. 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
January 31, 2017 @ 9:34 am

Disappointment

If you've never found yourself disappointed in God, hang on! Sooner or later--days, weeks, months, maybe years--it's going to be your turn. And if you don't think it can happen to you than you've forgotten that the student is not above his Master. 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
December 28, 2016 @ 6:02 am

The Friendship of Trials

Each of our lives is chock full of trials, some minor irritations and others hitting us like a personal earthquake! Our natural reaction is to wish for a carefree life absent of such discomforts. But what if trials were actually gifts allowed into our lives for our eternal good? Might we then welcome them as friends? 

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
December 21, 2016 @ 6:02 am

What the Children Deserve

Lately, I heard someone give voice to an all-too-familiar phrase in the Christian lexicon.  One that sounds piously self-defacing and is, I’m sure, intended to exalt God. However, on closer examination I believe it ends up doing just the opposite, stealing from God a goodly part of the glory of his Fatherhood!

The unfortunate expression is this: We deserve hell.

 ~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
April 11, 2016 @ 8:37 am

Just What Is a Christian Anyway (Part 1)

I recently heard one of the Republican candidates running for President described as a RINO: Republican In Name Only. In other words, although the individual was running on the Republican ticket, some in the party felt his positions fell short of a true representation of traditional Republication values. In fact, these critics were saying his voting record looked more like someone who was a Democratic.

So it goes in politics…

But the point made is an intriguing one: we can call ourselves one thing while, at the same time, behaving more like something else. We can call ourselves a “Christian” while looking quite unlike its founder, Jesus Christ.

So just what is a “Christian”?

Literally and simply stated, a Christ-ian is a follower of Christ. He or she may not look like much when they first start following Jesus but, over time, they mature into an ever closer reflection of their Elder Brother and Lord. But only if they truly follow and do what Jesus tells them to do.

Let me share with you an excerpt from Michael Phillips’ book, The Commands, in response to the question of what it means to follow Jesus.

Quite simply: To obey what he tells us to do, to do what he says, to think as he thinks, to respond as he responds, to love as he loves, to see people as he sees people them, to see God as he sees him, to pray as he prayed to lay down self-will as he laid down his self-will, to take his example into every decision, every response, every attitude, every conversation.

One might well despair of such an all-encompassing definition rightly acknowledging the distance between ourselves and Jesus Christ. Perhaps it will help if we read together the last two chapters of C.S. Lewis’s classic work, Mere Christianity, aptly titled Nice People or New Men, and, The New Men, respectively. For, if we follow Jesus, God intends to make us, like his Son, perfect. True Christ-ians.

~m

00:0000:00
Share | Download(Loading)
Loading Downloads
47Episodes
  • Links