Purpose 92: Sharing Practical Wisdom in the Middle of the Masses with Preston Sprinkle
God has gifted and equipped all of us differently. Some of us are prayer warriors, and others glorify God with their service. A few of us have been called to teach and to study and know God’s Word. We tend to see these teachers up in the “ivory tower,” somewhat removed from the mission and the people. I’m here to tell you today that not all teachers are distant from the people they teach. That is the exact opposite of my guest, Preston Sprinkle, who is a clearly gifted scholar and teacher who wants to be in the middle of all the action.
Preston loves to write. He’s written books on just about everything, but recently he is making waves in Christian circles with his Biblically-based perspectives on hell and homosexuality. Preston is a guy who has studied the word thoroughly during most of his adult life. Above all, Preston believes in the power of Scripture to change our lives, so naturally, he uses Scripture to inform his perspective on some of the toughest issues the church is facing. His book, Erasing Hell that he co-wrote with Francis Chan demystified some of our most common misunderstandings of an unsaved destiny. People to Be Loved tackles how we, as the church, should love those who identify as homosexual while still maintaining a Biblical standard of marriage.
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Instead of staying high up in theology land, Preston wants to educate people with practical wisdom so that they can be the hands and feet of Jesus. In this conversation, Preston admits to struggles and setbacks with humility and plenty of grace. While he is a scholar at heart, Preston is also a man of the people. He has so much wisdom to share with you today that you do not want to miss. It’s a power-packed episode, so let’s get started.
More in this episode:
- Preston shares his background in education, and why it is so important to him now.
- Preston wants to go as deep as he can in Scriptures, but then see how it plays out in real life.
- Ezra [7:10] and Psalm 115:3 model how Preston wants to first study the word and then execute it
- How Embracing Hell came to be, and why Preston fell in love with writing.
- The point in Preston’s faith where he knew he was facing burnout.
- Jesus has taken the full punishment of our sin!
- Preston gets real about his struggles.
- Why People to Be Loved was such a huge undertaking that impacted so many.
- The advice Preston would give to his younger self.