Chasing Contentment - Part Two

Throughout the life of a Christian, the virtue of contentment must be perpetually learned and cultivated. 

On this week's podcast, Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment, joins us as we discuss how to practically learn and apply contentment in our everyday lives.

Book: http://amzn.to/2yxOj9T

Chasing Contentment - Part One

Many Christians experience a level of disconnect regarding contentment - they know they should be content, yet they aren't.

On this week's podcast, Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment, joins us to clearly outline what contentment looks like in the Christian life.

Key Differences Between Protestants and Catholics

The Reformation set Protestants apart as distinctly different from the Catholic Church, and many of these differences remain today.

On this week's podcast, we explain simply and clearly the key differences between Protestants and Catholics to aid in the understanding and dialogue.

Chris Castaldo Event

For more info, check out these resources mentioned on the podcast:

Papa Don't Pope (by Douglas Wilson)

The Unfinished Reformation (a book review by Bob Thune)

Other resources on this topic:
Church History Lectures (from BobThune.com)

 

The History of the Reformation

In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, seeking to reform some questionable practices within the church. 

On this week's podcast, we tell the story of the Reformation - including some of the parts you may not know - as we mark its 500th anniversary.

For more info, check out these resources mentioned on the podcast:

Papa Don't Pope (by Douglas Wilson)

The Unfinished Reformation (a book review by Bob Thune)

Other resources on this topic:
Church History Lectures (from BobThune.com)

 

How to be in a Gospel Community - Part Two

The goal of Gospel Community is to create an authentic, redemptive community. But what makes redemptive community different from any other type of community? And what does true authenticity look like within that community?

On this week's podcast, we continue our discussion on how to be a healthy contributor to a gospel community.

Does God Change His Mind?

In Jonah 3, God was going to overthrow Nineveh in 40 days, but after the Ninevites repented God relented and did not bring about the prophesied disaster.

On this week's podcast, we examine how the unchanging and sovereign nature of God is not compromised through the nature of covenantal contingencies.

Should Confederate Monuments Be Taken Down?

In light of recent racial and social unrest, many people are pushing for the removal of Confederate monuments in cities across the country.

On this week’s podcast, we weigh in on the case for both the removal and preservation of these monuments.

Article: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/08/19919/

Four Responses to Charlottesville

On August 10-11, the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, was thrown into the national spotlight following a white supremacist rally that turned violent.

This week's podcast seeks to help Christians sort out the events in Charlottesville and to understand how to properly respond in a complex, polarized culture.

LuLaRoe and the Church

More than 20 million Americans, including many Christians, participate in direct sales as part of multi-level marketing. Many MLM companies, like LuLaRoe, encourage their sales representatives to sell products to those in their social network.

On this week’s podcast, we discuss the impact of multi-level marketing on church community and relationships.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

In 2012, psychologist Jean Twenge noticed an abrupt shift in teenage behavior as the majority of Americans owned a smartphone for the first time.
On this week's podcast, we discuss how the church can engage technology and foster genuine community when smartphones often define social interaction and existence.

Article: www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/?utm_source=twb

The Tech-Wise Family

With kids now spending an average of 5 hours a day on some sort of device, placing technology in its proper place is a pressing issue for parents.

On this week's podcast, we discuss "The Tech-Wise Family" by Andy Crouch, a book that seeks to help parents wisely navigate the usage of technology in their homes.

Punishment v. Rehabilitation

More than 60 years ago, C.S. Lewis proposed in “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment” that a strictly rehabilitatory approach to punishment removes the possibility of justice and mercy.

On this week’s podcast, we discuss the implications of Lewis’s article in the context of modern breakthroughs like neuro-correctives and a cultural shift toward healing rather than punishing.

Article: http://www.angelfire.com/pro/lewiscs/humanitarian.html

The Canon of Western Literature

Are there enduring works of literature that every American student should read? Some say that embracing a "literary canon" is a bad idea. This week, we discuss the fragmentation that comes from rejecting a shared literary tradition, and why shared reference points are crucial in creating meaningful dialogue.

Evaluating "The Vanishing American Adult"

This week, we continue our conversation on Sen. Ben Sasse's new book, "The Vanishing American Adult." On this podcast, we discuss the impact of education, consumption, and travel on forming productive citizens, as well as looking at a few critiques of the book.