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.

Why There Are Only Two Sexes

As questions surrounding transgenderism, intersexuality, and gender confusion become more culturally pervasive, this week’s conversation examines John Skalko’s article on how biology establishes a non-arbitrary, universal basis for sex distinctions.

www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/06/19389/

Bernie Sanders and Religious Freedom

During Russell Vought's recent confirmation hearing, Sen. Bernie Sanders contended Vought is Islamophobic based upon an article he wrote defending his Christian beliefs. On this week's podcast we examine the prevalent misunderstandings of religious freedom and the implications of Sanders' claims for Christians.

Contraception & Reproductive Technology - Part 6

This week we wrap up our multi-part conversation on contraception and reproductive technology by spending time answering a listener's question regarding reproductive technology.

Articles:
http://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/called-to-childlessness-the-surprising-ways-of-god

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/sex-scandal-drive-to-abolish-male-female-childbearing