Discern Daily

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Discern Daily is a segment for seeking truth and developing discernment through conversing around popular content, topics, and current events, as we filter them through our understanding of God’s word and wisdom.

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The Discern Daily Episodes

Payte Johnson

Ep. 22 – What Happened to Convincing One Another?

In order to move forward together, we need to create a healthier environment for dialogue. We shouldn’t retreat to those who agree with us and shame those who disagree. We should seek to convince and persuade everyone. Blake Long composed a new article on his blog — Theology & Life — titled, “The New Intolerance,” where he explains how the Left is redefining intolerance and how Christians ought to respond.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 21 – Humbly Examine Your Calling

A discussion about God’s “calling” can provide beneficial guidance for us as we seek to follow Christ. Many look to pillars of the faith, such as the Apostle Paul, and wonder when their own special calling from God is going to come. Is Paul’s calling experience the standard? Greg Handley composed an article for IMB, titled, “Let’s Rethink Our Language of ‘Calling’,” where he provides wise counsel about God’s calling. 

Payte Johnson

Ep. 20 – Seeking Truth in a ‘Post-Truth’ Culture

The culture and Christ seem to collide often. Many today operate with a postmodern mindset. Do we get to determine what truth is? Can something be true for me, yet false for others? Owen Strachan wrote an article for Reformanda Ministries, titled, “Why So Sensitive? Ministry in a Post-Truth Culture,” and it provides much insight regarding a “post-truth” culture.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 19 – The Whole Trinity Saves

Salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone is not a work accomplished by the Son of God alone — the entire Trinity is involved in every salvation. On this episode, we are learning from an article by Ryan McGraw, published on Tabletalk magazine, titled, “For Whom Did Christ Die.”

Payte Johnson

Ep. 18 – Are All Public Schools Bad?

The trajectory of the public school system has many Christians worried. It seems homeschooling is the best option for many families that want to train up their children to follow Christ. On this episode, we are taking a look at an article, titled, “Burn All the Schools,” by Douglas Wilson.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 17 – Reviewing ‘The Cross Worked’ by Zach Maldonado

An important keyword we keep in mind on episodes of Discern Daily is abide. Learning to abide in Christ is a must for every Christian. The Cross Worked by Zach Maldonado is a great resource that encourages its readers to rest in the gospel of Jesus Christ. On this episode, we are reviewing a portion of The Cross Worked and giving away a free copy!

Payte Johnson

Ep. 16 – Concerns with Roman Catholicism

Doctrines within the Roman Catholic Church have sparked numerous conversations through the centuries, which are still very much alive today. Can devout Roman Catholics be genuine Christians? That is the type of question John Piper fielded from a listener on Desiring God. On this episode, we are taking a look at an interview with John Piper on Desiring God, titled, “Can a Devout Roman Catholic Be Genuinely Born Again?,” and discussing important concerns with Roman Catholicism. Let’s seek the truth together.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 15 – Does God Still Speak Today?

Healthy relationships involve good communication. It’s no different in our relationship with God. Many Christians have different convictions on whether or not God still speaks directly to people today, and if God does still speak, how does he speak? We are spending an episode on this subject and discussing poll results. Let’s seek the truth!

Payte Johnson

Ep. 14 – Discussing the Document on Human Fraternity

Pope Francis and The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, publicly shared the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” which supports all world religions locking arms in the name of peace. On this episode, we began unpacking the document in order to seek the truth.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 13 – Join the Fight to End Abortion

Abortion is arguably the hottest topic to discuss today, and rightfully so. Two videos went viral recently about the new abortion-related laws in New York and Virginia, and they deserve some discussion. On this episode, we looked at an article by Josh Wester for ERLC, titled, “Another Abortion Video Goes Viral: Virginia and the Repeal Act,” which summarizes what’s going on today regarding new abortion laws.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 12 – Wasting Your Life on Social Media

Facebook continues to be the primary platform users prefer to connect with others online. The statistics for this social media platform use are shocking. On this episode, we looked at an article by Gordon Donnelly for WordStream, titled, “75 Super-Useful Facebook Statistics for 2018” with special guest Josh Kilsch. Let’s seek the truth together.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 11 – Honor Those Who Don’t Deserve It

There’s a surprising number of people who aren’t afraid to withhold honor towards those in authority. From the presidency to the pulpit, Christians are called to show honor, even to those who don’t deserve it. On this episode, we also looked at an article by Dr. Roger Barrier for Crosswalk, titled, “Should I Honor a Parent Who Doesn’t Deserve It?” Let’s dive into the discussion and seek the truth together.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 10 – Jesus’ Twelve Disciples Were Probably Teenagers

Jesus launched his earthly ministry when he was thirty years old, but how old were the twelve disciples who followed him? Does the Bible say? Are there indicators from church history? On this episode, we discussed how old the disciples might have been, while looking at an article by David Paul Kirkpatrick, titled, “Jesus’ Bachelors – The Disciples Were Most Likely Under The Age of 18.”

Payte Johnson

Ep. 9 – True Repentance Truly Hates Sin

It’s true—not everyone’s repentance is true. There is a difference between hating sin and hating the consequences of sin. On this episode, we dove into an article by Adriel Sanchez for Core Christianity, titled, “True vs. False Repentance: What’s the Difference?” Watch the episode and join the discussion.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 8 – Responsible Disciples Don’t Skip Church

Faithful disciples of Christ should not regularly skip church for a number of important reasons. On this episode of Discern Daily, we took a look at an article written by Nathan Rose, titled, “5 Spiritual Dangers of Skipping Church,” published on For The Church. Let’s take a look at the piece and seek the truth.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 7 – Seek Unity, Not Diversity

On this episode of Discern Daily, we walked through Shai Linne’s new article for The Gospel Coalition, titled, “6 Ways to Show Your Child God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity.” Discussions about race and skin color flood social media. Shai Linne’s article touches on some important lessons we must teach our children on the matter. Check out the episode and let’s seek the truth. 

Payte Johnson

Ep. 4 – What Americans Believe Today

Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partnered to provide an excellent resource for the Church. Ligonier’s 2018 State of Theology survey has been published and there’s a lot to unpack from it.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 3 – God’s Will for Marriage and Divorce

Tim Challies composed an excellent article on the subject of marriage and divorce, titled, “10 Common but Illegitimate Reasons to Divorce.” Let’s run through the article and begin seeking the truth.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 2 – Saved by Faith Alone, or Not?

Are we saved by faith alone? Greg Morse, a Content Strategist at Desiring God, published an article relating to the topic, titled, “How to Train Your Dragons.” It was a thought-proviking piece that got many people thinking.

Payte Johnson

Ep. 1 – Learning from Baptist Missionary William Carey

This morning, I came across Nathan A. Finn’s article for IMB, titled, “Missionaries You Should Know: William Carey.” After reading through the article, I felt compelled to think upon its content and openly share a few thoughts. I thank God for William Carey and his legacy. Let’s dive into the article and unpack a few things.