When sin is disguised as virtue, the path to cultivating righteousness becomes impossible. Such is the challenge Christians face in the modern age. Not long ago, most people would agree that the seven deadly sins are in fact deadly. But ask them today, and you’ll hear a different answer. Today, "anger" is often considered an admirable emotion, "lust" the only expression of love, and "greed" the unassailable right to "get what’s yours." The world can rebrand sin all it wants and declare the death of truth, but it has no power against the truth of the Scripture. What God calls sin is sin—no matter what the world says. And sin always has the same destination—death and destruction. Join us as our guest provides a theology of sin and why the Christian must develop a prayerful heart and discerning eye to identify where sin exists in a world where good is called evil and evil called good.
Our guests have fully embraced their identities as “sent” through nearly two decades of full-time ministry. With joy, they proclaim the name of Jesus knowing that God is always at work around us, that He is seeking and saving the lost, and that He is excited for us to do this work with Him. Join us today as they provide insights and stories gleaned from their experiences so you too can live into your identity as “sent”.
Dr. John Koessler is faculty emeritus of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he served as professor of applied theology and church ministry for 25 years. He is the author of several books, including All Together Different (with J. Brian Tucker), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment, A Stranger in the House of God, and True Discipleship: The Art of Following Jesus. He is a contributing author to the Moody Bible Commentary and also serves as a contributing editor for Moody Bible Institute's publication Today in the Word, where you can read his monthly "Theology Matters" column. Prior to joining the Moody faculty, John served as a pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, Illinois, for nine years.
Ashley Holleman and his wife, Heather, are on staff with Cru, where Ashley serves as the national director of Cru's graduate student ministry. Prior to this assignment Ashley completed a Master's in chemistry at the University of Michigan and then joined Cru staff to minister locally to grad students -- first at the University of Michigan and then at Penn State.
Heather Holleman, PhD, is the author of Seated with Christ and Guarded by Christ. She teaches composition and advanced writing at Penn State and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and mentorship during her career. She also serves alongside her husband, Ashley, in graduate student ministry with Cru's Faculty Commons.