My conversation with James Early challenged me. When speaking with him, he told me that his podcast, The Bible Speaks to You, deals with controversial topics. I asked him to share a few of those controversial topics with the listening audience. As we talked, I realized that he was right, there were some things that he believes I don't agree with theologically. This also made me rediscover another important point; I could disagree with someone on theological issues and still consider him to be my brother in Christ. If nothing else, I believe that our conversation will encourage people in several areas. First, we should study the bible for ourselves. The bible speaks of the Bereans who studied the scriptures (the Torah) for themselves in light of what the Apostle Paul was preaching. Acts 17:11 says, "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." I don't take this to mean that bible teachers are obsolete. However, in our quest for understanding the scripture, we should dig deeper, pray and ask questions. The Holy Spirit will lead us into deeper understanding of the Word of God. The Bible does not contradict itself. Next, I hope that our conversation encourages each of us in the body of Christ to become unified. Denominational differences should not impede us from working together and loving each other. As believers, we all have a responsibliity to steward the Word of God properly. Second Timothy 2:15 says, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and correctly handles the word of truth."