In our media-rich culture, it is completely logical that many wonderful, Christian men and women are well known by millions of fans. But what kind of questions should we have about who we follow, "Christian" or otherwise?
How do you show Christ to your non-believing family? How do you honor your mother and father when they discourage your faith? These are tough but familiar situations many Christians find themselves in every day. You desire for your family to know the Lord but they strongly oppose even your relationship to Jesus. We share our thoughts to this question sent to us anonymously.
In this episode, we consider the idea of marriage as the slow death of individual priority for the well-being of the relationship.
Bring up any hot-button topic and everyone is bound to have a passionate opinion. There is no denying it - nearly all of us are self-appointed "experts" on every complicated issue from immigration, to end-times prophecy, to predestination. Of course, thinking about those kinds of things is great! But rather than taking the posture of an eager student, most of us tend to speak with the confidence and passion befitting a well learned scholar, certain of our own rightness and astonished that anyone would disagree. In this episode, we discuss some of the ways this behavior shows up in our lives and how we can avoid becoming "commentariats."
These days, "Pro-Life" can mean a lot of things. It can include not only abortion, but issues such as the refugee debate, houselessness, healthcare, environmental care, and others. So if "Pro-Life" includes many different issues, how are we to distinguish perspective on any one of them? Can we be anti-abortion while landing on other "Pro-Life" issues on the same side as someone more liberal?
We've all heard the advice, "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life," but how wise is that counsel? Millions of Americans are unemployed by choice and studies have shown that the majority of those who are in the workforce are unhappy about their jobs. As our team has been listening to some thoughts about the decline of blue collar work in America by Dirty Jobs host, Mike Rowe, we decided to discuss the danger of "doing what you love."
Yoga is practiced every week by millions of Americans, many of whom are Christian. But as it is rooted in Hindu origins, is the practice of yoga worshipping false gods? As harmless as stretching and mindfulness are, could yoga be spiritually harmful to a Christian?
The first few weeks of the Trump presidency has been filled with controversy and disagreement among the American people, not unlike the presidencies of other US presidents. Whether you like the president or not, what are some truths that Christians should keep in mind as they think about politics? In this episode, we consider the words of pastor John Piper on this very subject.
Jared Belcher, Ben Shoun, & Brett Moore
There's a future "you" out there, so what would future you have to say about the decisions you're making today? It's a hypothetical question that adds tremendous value to the hundreds of small choices we make each day. When we have spiritual goals, do we have a plan to achieve them? Our team evaluates the value of considering the future in how we live during the present.
As the debate around refugee settlement in the United States continues, we sat down with Taylor and Jessica Jolley to get a Christian perspective from inside of this world. How should Christians respond to refugees?
When making a major life decision, do you consider the impact it might have on your church and THE church? Do you have to?
How far will a casino let you go to get every last cent out of you? The answer, perhaps not surprisingly, is disturbing.
It's the time of year for resolutions and setting goals, including spiritual ones. But can you discipline yourself into spiritual growth? Isn't growth up to the Lord?
Ben Shoun, Brett Moore, & Jamison Price
Over the Christmas and New Year's break, our staff read some great books they'd like to recommend. If you're looking for something new to read for the new year, here are few options we think are really great.