Word Matters

Word Matters

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Word Matters is a podcast dedicated to helping Christians understand some of the most confusing passages of the Bible. Hosts Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax, along with special guests, help the audience both understand why the passage is difficult and how to teach it to others. Word Matters is sponsored by the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Find out more at HCSB.org.

Episodes

Episode 24: Should we heap fiery coals on opponents’ heads?  

In the Season 1 finale, Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Romans 12, "Should we heap fiery coals on opponents' heads?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Bible & Reference Publisher at B&H Publishing, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 23: Can true Christians lose their salvation?  

Tom Schreiner joins Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Hebrews 6, "Can true Christians lose their salvation?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Bible & Reference Publisher at B&H Publishing, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 22: Did Jesus come to bring peace or a sword?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Matthew 10 and Luke 12, "Why did Jesus say he came not to bring peace, but a sword?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Bible & Reference Publisher at B&H Publishing, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 21: What is the sin that leads to death?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in 1 John 5, "What is the sin that leads to death?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Bible & Reference Publisher at B&H Publishing, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 20: Can Jesus do anything apart from the Father?  

Scott Swain joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in John 5, "Can Jesus do anything apart from the Father?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Bible & Reference Publisher at B&H Publishing, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 19: Who were the Nephilim?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Genesis 6:1-4, "Who were the Nephilim?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 18: Why does Jesus say to hate your father and mother?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Luke 14 and Matthew 10, "Why does Jesus say to hate your father and mother?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 17: Why did Jesus say he only came for Israel?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Matthew 15, "Why did Jesus say he only came for Israel?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 16: Do angels walk among us?  

George Guthrie joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in Hebrews 13:2, "Do angels walk among us?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 15: What does it mean for a camel to go through the eye of a needle?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, and Luke 18:25, "What does it mean for a camel to go through the eye of a needle?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 14: Who Was Paul Referring to in Romans 7?  

Michael Bird joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in Romans 7, "Who was Paul referring to?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 13: Was Adam an historical person?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Genesis 1 and Romans 5, "Was Adam an historical person?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 12: Did Jesus empty himself of divinity?  

Lynn Cohick joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in Philippians 2, "Did Jesus empty himself of divinity?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 11: Is it possible to do works in Jesus’s name and still be lost?  

Scot McKnight returns to help Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in Matthew 7, "Is it possible to do works in Jesus's name and still be lost?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 10: Is Jesus’s parable of Lazarus and the rich man about Heaven and Hell?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Luke 16, "Is Jesus's parable of Lazarus and the rich man about Heaven and Hell?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 9: What does it mean for women to be weaker vessels?  

Jen Wilkin joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in 1 Peter 3, "What does it mean for women to be weaker vessels?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 8: Did Jesus tell his disciples to carry swords for self-defense?  

Preston Sprinkle joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in Luke 22, "Did Jesus tell his disciples to carry swords for self-defense?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 7: Why were there wild animals with Jesus during his time of temptation in the wilderness?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Mark 1, "Why were there wild animals with Jesus during his time of temptation in the wilderness?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 6: Should Christians submit to the government in all instances?  

Russell Moore joins Brandon and Trevin to answer a question raised in Romans 13, "Should Christians submit to the government in all instances?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

Episode 5: Why does the OT condemn mixed cloths and shellfish?  

Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Leviticus 11 and 19, "Why does the OT condemn mixed cloths and shellfish?" Keep up with Word Matters on Twitter. -- Meet the Hosts: Trevin Wax is Managing Editor of The Gospel Project and author of many books, including Counterfeit Gospels and Gospel-Centered Teaching. Follow him on Twitter. Brandon D. Smith works with the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is the author of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians. Follow him on Twitter.

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