How should Christians vote in 2016?
Jared Belcher & Ben Shoun
The 2016 presidential election is a year away and the diversity of candidates has never been greater. But what is God's role in the elections? How should Christians choose who to vote for? Some say we should simply choose the lesser of two evils. Some say we shouldn't vote at all. In this episode, pastor Ben Shoun shares some insight into what the Bible has to say about who to vote for.
As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct, all sides are in outrage. Should we go to any length to protect “our” influence over the country? As the country watches the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing, we consider the cost of winning and a nation divided.
Fewer issues are as politically controversial as immigration. In this listener requested episode, we discuss how Christians might be asking the wrong questions as we consider not just immigration policy, but our role as Jesus’ disciples.
As we remember the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, we reflect on his final speech given in a Memphis church hours earlier. "Be concerned about your brother. You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together. Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness." For a predominately white church in 2018, let us consider the insight in King's line here - are we our brother's keeper? In other words, do white Christians have a responsibility to intentionally fight racism against people of color? And if so, how much ought we risk? In this episode, we consider the implications of King's "dangerous unselfishness."
As our nation grapples with the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, the common sentiment "Thoughts and Prayers" has come under scrutiny. As with other global tragedies in the recent years, social media was flooded with people wishing "thoughts and prayers" to the victims and families of the shooting. To some, this well meaning message is a worthless throwaway phrase that neither comforts nor motivates any counter action. We decided to consider the merit of this argument. Does sending "thoughts and prayers" have any value?
Over the last few months, there has been a flood of revelations about the sexual misconduct in the workplace, particularly in the entertainment industry. Many men and women have come forward and expressed a range of sexual abuses they've endured by prominent figures in culture, including politicians, actors, producers, news anchors, and others. For us who are familiar with these personalities, yet very distant from the situations, it can be difficult to wrap our minds around this surge of accusations. In this episode, we consider the Christian's response
Last week, a heart-breaking video went viral of an 11-year-old boy from Knoxville, Tennessee, who was describing the pain bullying had caused him to his mother. As this story unfolds (and as of this recording, we don't have all the details), we discuss the dark reality of bullying and the hurt it causes - on all sides.
Celebrating halloween has long been a controversial topic among Christians - a prime example of "culture wars." Some believe it's harmless for kids to dress up and to trick or treat, as long as the parents disassociate it with its history. Others believe it's sinful to participate in any halloween activity. Is there an answer? Is it worth considering in 2017? We think so.
In America, there is a lot of unrest surrounding many substances. This week, our pastors are discussing several issues surrounding marijuana: should it be used medicinally, recreationally, or not at all?