God Against the Gods — The Parker J. Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerOften when we read the Bible, we may get a general idea of what the Bible is talking about. God’s love, mercy, judgement, and many other communicable and incommunicable attributes. Yet, if we delve deeper in the word, there are several times where God proclaims “I am God and there is no other god.” Yet, in today’s world, we have many people who have gods — eastern demi-gods, man-god consciousness, alien gods, gods of theory, and so forth and so on. The thing to remember is that God has been proclaiming and setting the record straight ever since the dawn of man.

Sometimes Christians feel like they have to defend God or come to God’s rescue. However, I would submit to you that God has always actively fought against the ‘gods’ of this world, whether of a spiritual nature or of our imagination.

Join me as I talked with writer and filmaker Brian Godawa as we delve into the whole realm of God against the gods as the Bible depicts it. You cacn call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/9083961  Tune in!

Debunking Bible Myths — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThere’s one book on the planet that when people hear its name, they have a myriad of response to it. From archaeologists, to doctors, to students, parents, children, teachers, professors, when they hear the Bible, the reactions range from hatred to adoration, skepticism to fantasy, and reverence to tolerance. Over the years, the Bible has been weighed by the intellectuals and laypeople of the times. As such, in a moral relativistic world, it’s important for Christians to have answers to common myths about the Bible,

Join me as I talked to historian, author, pastor, and teacher, Lewis Smith as he returns to the Parker J. Cole show to help us debunk some common bible myths and equip Christians with responses to this. If you have a question, feel free to call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here.   Tune in!

Special Needs and the Church — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThere’s a dear friend of mine who hasn’t gone to a physical worship service in quite some time. She stays home every weekend and does her personal Bible study and devotion for herself and her family. She has been searching for a church home to call her own but she has come up against a brick wall. That brick wall is that most of the churches she has visited cannot handle the needs of her special needs children.

In one sense, I’m glad she continues to do her own personal devotions to the Lord but it’s difficult when you feel all alone and can’t worship because one’s child may make a lot of noise during the service. Some churches have some programs aimed at these members of the flock but most don’t. Instead, they politely ask them to leave.

But I don’t blame the Church as a whole. Some churches are reaching to this growing demographic with training and programs to help parents with special needs. However, a lot of churches still don’t what to do.

Join me as we discuss Special Needs and the Church with former special education teacher Jenny White as we take an in-depth look at this topic. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8944249   Tune in!

Fire Breathing Christian — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerWhen I came across Fire Breathing Christian, it was through a friend who popped a cool article about the early Christian signs found in the game of the Legend of Zelda. As I read through this highly interesting blog, I found myself clicking on more thought provoking, convicting articles about putting the Lord first in EVERY aspect of our lives.  Then I saw the title of the blog, Fire Breathing Christian, and the image that came to mind just had me bouncing in my chair saying, “I’ve got to have this blogger on my show!”

After all, Christians, not erroneously but perhaps misguided, tend to think meekness, and humility are the only sides of Christ. Perhaps we need to be reminded that Christ is not just the Lamb but the Lion. Perhaps we need to be remember to be wise as serpents, and not just harmless as doves.

Fire Breathing Christian hopes to equip and encourage Christians to better understand, proclaim, and apply the lordship of Christ in every realm of His creation. You can call in to weigh in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.http://tobtr.com/8838043 Tune in!

The Parker J Cole Show — Breaking the Glass Steeple

Parker J Cole BannerSeveral months ago, I started following a blog by a woman named Jory Micah. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I was led there by a guest blogger who talked about the problem with the evangelical purity movement in the church. Since I started following Jory’s blog, my brain has been opened to new ideas and concepts about a woman’s place in the body of Christ.

Some may view her blog a Christian feminist blog and that usually gives the idea of women burning their bras and running out in the street bare-chested in the name of equality. Yet, the more I followed her blog, I started to have my ideas of about where women stood in the body of Christ challenged. At the very least, she made me rethink some of my preconceptions about gender roles as I’ve been taught from knee high to adulthood.

Jory is one of the many people working to break the glass steeple in the Church — or rather, fight for gender equality. Join me for a fascinating discussion on this important topic. Perhaps you’ll have the same mind blowing thoughts I had as I read through hers and her other guest discourses about equality among the body of Christ. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here. http://tobtr.com/8236605.  Tune in!

The Parker J Cole Show — The Transparent Christian

11888563_876711285750690_6717476846702643245_oTransparency is an important part of the Christian walk. It protects us from legalism and from putting on a facade. If people know who we really are deep down on the inside what would they see? Would they see the same image we project to the outside or something different.

Being honest with ourselves and with each other can be a scary, vulnerable thing. In church we can sing, preach, and do other things but our hearts can be far removed from the actions. We can teach Bible class, lead in studies and coordinate church events, and still have hell in our hearts. How many of us have lived or know of people who come to the church carrying the facade of sainthood?

It’s so easy to wear the mask of holiness but much more difficult to live our hearts. This year, lets be more transparent about things. Let’s be more honest to ourselves and each other. Let’s take on the vulnerability being open with God gives us.

To get our discussion on track, our returning guest Laura Gagnon will be helping us today. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8213593, Tune in!

Last Night on the Show…

Do my teeth make my lip look fat?

Last night on my show we talked about vampires. Vampires is a subject I used to adore as a child. I remember reading all the teen romance vampire books back in the day (and no, I will not tell you when that was thus giving you a clue as to my age) but they were all the rage. Vampires trends go in cycles I think about every ten years or so.

I used to love vampire romances when I got older. One of my favorite authors in the genre at the time was Amanda Ashley. I think she’s branched off too paranormal romance now but it’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books. She also wrote Indian romances under Madeline something or other another pen name. My mother had no idea I used to read them since I always hid the books or tore the covers off them. Ah, sneaking around mother. Those were the days when that’s all I had to worry about.

Fast forward to yesterday.


Wicked cover, eh mate?

I showcased a Christian author who wrote a book entitled “Blood for Blood”. It’s premise is simple: what if a vampire got saved?

The story is very good. In my review, I called it The Perfect Book. It had something for everyone — romance (yeah!) action, thrills, unexpected twists, and an evangelistic message of salvation.

A fun part of the interview was talking about vampires and what are some of their barriers to Christianity and salvation. I wanted to list them here because I found them quite interesting:

1. Vampires don’t have a soul. Since they become undead, they forfeit their soul in exchange for immortality. However, immortality is a curse.

2. Vampires drink blood. As immortals, in order to sustain their immortality, they have to drink the blood of humans as they no longer have their own.

3. Vampires are lonely. Immortality wreaks havoc on your relationships. Besides people being freaked out whenever you come around — ‘people are friends, not food!’ —  seeing your loved ones grow old and die while you remain the same sucks. Good luck on dating.

There were a few other things we talk about with the barriers but I’d love for you to get the book and read it for yourself.

This author then brought it all around as to how God’s grace is redemptive for everyone, regardless who…or dare I say…what you are?

In the book, when the vampire (Raven) reads the 23rd Psalm, he is flabbergasted by the verse: he restores my soul and asks the preacher — can God really do that? He hungers for restoration. The question remains…is there anyone beyond the grace of God?

As we talked, I realized that grace is simply grace — unmerited favor. There’s nothing we can do to obtain it…be we human with sin sick souls or vampires.

If you get a chance to listen to the show, I’d love to get your thoughts on it so leave a message at the bottom.  Love hearing from you.

Parker J Cole Gold JacketParker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind.  Visit her website at parkerjcole.com