“The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven” Audio Book Now Available

The audio version of the book The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven is now accessible on the “Mike Gantt” app.  If you already have the app, just refresh the episode list if its chapter titles are not already showing.  Look for the prefix “TIEGTH” at the beginning of each title and begin with the episode labeled “TIEGTH00” which is the Introduction.  There are 21 chapters following the Introduction.  If you don’t have the app, just go to the app store supported by your mobile device and search on “Mike Gantt.”  As with everything else I provide, there is no cost to you, nor will I seek donations or anything else from you.

You can also listen to this book using your browser, beginning at The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven.  You will find the written text for each chapter beneath the audio player for that chapter.

The total listening time required for this audio version of the book is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 52 seconds.  Because I hope you are completing the audio book The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven, and that you will also want to listen to this book, I am going to continue holding off on publishing the weekly podcasts Scriptural Christianity and Scriptural Literacy…so that I am not found trying to give you water to drink through a fire hose.  I will, however, continue publishing the Week in Review podcast.  (It’s an audio review of all that I have published on my blogs and other social media during the preceding week.)

Sometime next week, this audio book should show up as a podcast in the iTunes and Stitcher directories.

That everyone is going to heaven is a truth that has important implications.  One of them, which may be counterintuitive for some folks, is that we should repent and live holy lives.  Be sure you understand that everyone is going to heaven, and be sure that you understand all that it implies and all that is required of us.

Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America – by J. Warner Wallace

We should not be shocked when unbelievers make foolish statements.  We should only be shocked when believers fail to recognize such statements as foolish.  J. Warner Wallace wisely points out the foolishness of several statements being heard widely in America today – and not just on college campuses.

An example of a self-refuting statement would be “There’s no such thing as absolute truth.”  You’ve probably heard someone in person or on television saying this, or something very close to it.  You don’t have to examine any other statement to know that this one is self-contradictory.  It is declaring as an absolute truth that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  Therefore, a person making such a statement is not only being foolish, he’s blind to his own foolishness.

(3 min read; 633 words)

Four Self-Refuting Statements Heard on College Campuses Across America | Cold Case Christianity.

(HT: The Poached Egg)

WR006 – Week in Review – for the week ending May 16, 2014

(This podcast is currently only available through a browser, as you’re viewing it now, or through the “Mike Gantt” app, which is a free download in the iOS and Android app stores, or as a podcast downloadable through iTunes.)

Week in Review, episode #6, for the week ending Friday, May 16, 2014. Hi, I’m Mike Gantt and the purpose of this particular podcast is to review all that I have published in the previous week through my blogs, my podcasts, and other social media such as Twitter. All that I publish, and therefore all that I’ll be reviewing, can be found by starting at www.mikegantt.com.

Hebrews 2:1 says that “we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” That is, there’s a tendency to forget what we’ve learned unless we review it. And in several places in the Gospels, including Matthew 13:12, Jesus said, “Whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” Thus, reviewing what we’ve learned not only helps us to retain it, it’s also the way we learn new things from God. “Out of the old comes something new, and out of both come all things true – at least when it comes to the things of God.”  Let’s therefore now go over the things we’ve heard in the last week and see how much we have retained, how much we can retain, and how much more we’re able to gain.

Segment 1: Review of A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom for the week (begins at 01:28 )

No one is good but Jesus alone: Psalm 14:1-3; Psalm 53:1-3; Romans 3:9-18, 23; Luke 17:10

The Lord Jesus: 1 Peter 3:6; 1 John 4:18; Matthew 6:33

The Administration of God: 3 John 1:9; Matthew 23:8-10

Segment 2: Review of A Bible Reader’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom for the week (begins at 25:41 )

Proverbs 4:18

Segment 3: Review of Current Events in Light of the Kingdom of God for the week (begins at 52:57 )

Segment 4:  Review of Reference Shelf for the Kingdom of God, My Podcasts, Twitter, and Newsletter (begins at 1:03:53 )

Total time 1:17:18

The Michael Sam and Tim Tebow Stories Reveal the Corruption of Modern Media Reporting and the Culture It Seeks to Please

I do not know Matt Walsh, and therefore I do not know whether or not he is a Christian.  In any case, he is not writing his blog post from a Christian point of view.  Rather, he’s just noticing the hypocrisy of Michael Sam and the hypocrisy of the news media.

I applaud Matt’s courage.

(7 min read; 1,707 words)

This is my homophobic rant against Michael Sam | The Matt Walsh Blog.

The Silence of Jesus and the Voice of the Apostles

The post linked below puts forth an important point about the sanctity-of-marriage debate taking place among Christians today.

It also offers and important reason for making sure that we give as much regard to the black print in our New Testaments as we do the red print.

(This latter point is necessitated by the fact that so-called “Red-Letter Christians” seem to be claiming that Jesus Christ fully supports the current Democratic Party platform’s conception of “social justice.”  I say “so-called” because one hardly ought to consider himself a Christian if he prefers American  society’s currently prevailing sexual mores over the sexual purity demanded by Christ of those who follow Him.  That such a person sees no difference between the two simply means that he can’t see Christ at all.)

(4 min read; 822 words)

The Silence of Jesus and the Voice of the Apostles | First Thoughts | First Things.

The “Heaven” Book Now Available as Podcast on iTunes

My book – The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven – is now published as a podcast and listed in the iTunes Directory.  Here is what the listing looks like: iTunes.

You can most easily find it by searching from your iOS device on “mike gantt,” where it will show up next to my other podcasts.  You can also find it by searching on the title of the book.

For those of you with Android devices, the podcast has been submitted to Stitcher but has not yet been listed.  That will probably happen in the next few days.  I don’t plan to send out an announcement about that, as it should happen as a matter of course.  If it doesn’t show up for you in the next couple of days, please post a comment to this post and I will follow up with Stitcher.

I remind you that whether you have an Android or an iOS device, you can download the “Mike Gantt app” from the app store.  With this app you will have access not just to this book, but to every podcast I have produced and will produce.  Moreover, every podcast episode I publish goes to that app before it goes anywhere else.  Therefore, no matter what your smartphone or other device, the best way to receive every audio teaching I release – and the moment I release it – is through the “Mike Gantt app.”  (By the way, I am not proud of the app’s name, but I am willing to take responsibility for what I say.)

 

750 Million People Still Don’t Have Access to Clean Drinking Water

Take a look at what we don’t have to do in order to have a drink of clean water.

In this April 4 photo, residents of Dala stand in line with containers to collect drinking water from a pond in suburbs of Yangon, Myanmar. Every afternoon, the long lines start to form, hundreds of men, women and children waiting to dip their plastic buckets into the lotus-filled pond, their only source of clean drinking water during the dry season of April and May.

Full story, including bar chart and link to the full report from the World Health Organization at Mashable (a 1 min read; 147 words)