Seek & Find with Dr. Marc Rivera

Dr. Marc Rivera

Faith and spirituality can be difficult to understand. Finding answers can be confusing, especially in a world overwhelmed with information from so many different points of view. Let’s break down these complex topics of faith and gain a better understanding of the sacred… and the secular. Welcome to Seek & Find with Dr. Marc Rivera! read less
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Episodes

Trinity 101: Exploring the Concept of God in Three Persons
Jul 13 2023
Trinity 101: Exploring the Concept of God in Three Persons
Welcome to Seek & Find with Dr. Marc Rivera, the podcast that delves into the depths of faith and spirituality. In this multi-part series, we embark on an incredible journey exploring the profound nature of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.   Did you know that thousands of people search for information about the Trinity online each month? The concept of one God existing in three distinct persons is both profound and complex, leading to various interpretations and theological debates throughout history.   In today's episode, Dr. Marc Rivera will lay the groundwork by examining the concept of the Trinity itself. We'll explore why this theological doctrine can be challenging to explain through a biblical lens. From there, we'll move forward with individual episodes dedicated to exploring the distinct roles and attributes of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Dr. Marc, a theologian and pastor, will help navigate us through the complexities and intricacies of the Trinity, seeking a deeper understanding and a greater connection to the divine.   Whether you're a lifelong believer, a curious seeker, or simply intrigued by theological exploration, this series promises to ignite your spiritual curiosity and provide insights into the foundations of Christian faith. Get ready to embark on an incredible journey as we unravel the mysteries of the Trinity.   drmarcrivera.com
Miracles: Exploring the Extraordinary
Jun 29 2023
Miracles: Exploring the Extraordinary
Miracles have captivated human imagination for centuries. They defy the boundaries of what we consider to be possible, challenging our perception of reality.   Miracles come in many forms. Some are monumental events, like the unexplained healing of a terminal illness, while others are subtle whispers of hope, guiding us through life's challenges. Throughout history, cultures across the globe have embraced these divine interventions, often attributing them to a higher power or cosmic forces.   But what exactly is a miracle? Is it a suspension of natural laws, or a glimpse into a deeper spiritual reality? In this episode, we’ll explore various perspectives and delve into the different dimensions of what constitutes a miracle.   Our journey today will take us through the miracles reported in the Bible, such as the parting of the Red Sea and the miraculous healings attributed to spiritual leaders. But miracles are not limited to religious contexts. We'll also explore the miracles of nature, those awe-inspiring moments when the natural world astounds us with its beauty and power. From the breathtaking sight of a sunset to the intricacies of the human body, we'll uncover the miraculous all around us.   While miracles often provoke wonder and faith, they also spark skepticism and debate. So we want to also examine the skeptical viewpoint. Is it possible that miracles are simply the result of unknown natural phenomena or the product of our deeply ingrained desire for something beyond the ordinary?   We invite you to open your heart and mind as we embark on this fascinating adventure together.   drmarcrivera.com
Exploring the Tension Between Jesus and Politics
Jun 1 2023
Exploring the Tension Between Jesus and Politics
Welcome to 'Seek & Find with Dr. Marc Rivera,' where we delve into matters of faith, life, and meaning. Join us as we explore the intriguing topic of Jesus and Politics. Discover how Jesus' teachings on love, justice, and compassion intersect with the broader realm of politics, challenging conventional notions. Through insightful discussions and biblical exploration, we uncover the transformative power of Jesus' message in addressing contemporary issues like inequality, poverty, and human rights. Reflect on how Jesus' teachings can shape your perspective on political engagement and the pursuit of justice in our complex world. Tune in as we unpack biblical teachings, examine historical contexts, and navigate the challenges and opportunities of political engagement rooted in faith.   Here's the list of books Dr. Marc Rivera recommended in this episode: City of God, City of Satan by Robert C. LinthicumLiberty to the Captives: Our Call to Minister in a Captive World by Raymond Rivera Ecosystems of Jubilee: Economic Ethics for the Neighborhood by Dr. Adam Gustine, Rev. José Humphreys IIIHow Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson, Wayne ShepherdTotal Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey, Kate ReadingGod's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It by Jim Wallis, Sam FreedSeek the Peace of the City: Reflection on Urban Ministry by Eldin Villafane and Harvey Cox   drmarcrivera.com
Once Saved, Always Saved: Can salvation be lost?
May 11 2023
Once Saved, Always Saved: Can salvation be lost?
Welcome to "Seek & Find with Dr. Marc Rivera," where we explore the big questions of faith, life, and meaning. In today's episode, we'll be diving into a topic that has sparked controversy and debate among Christians for centuries: "once saved, always saved" or the belief that salvation cannot be lost. The concept of eternal security is grounded in the Christian doctrine of justification, which holds that believers are made righteous through faith in Christ. However, there are different interpretations of the biblical passages that relate to the issue, and these interpretations have led to varying theological positions. Some Christians believe that once a person has truly been saved, they cannot lose their salvation no matter what they do, because their salvation is secured by the grace of God. Others believe that a person's salvation is conditional on their ongoing faith and obedience to God, and that a person can fall away from their salvation if they reject or turn away from God. In this episode, we'll be exploring the biblical and theological basis for the belief in eternal security, as well as the perspectives of those who hold different views. We'll also be discussing the controversy surrounding this topic, and how it has impacted the way that Christians understand their relationship with God and the role of faith and obedience in the Christian life. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and join us as we delve into this important and fascinating topic. drmarcrivera.com