Mike Kresnik

Purity Culture - Helpful or Harmful?

In a recent article for the New York Times, author Kaitlyn Beaty reflects upon her experience of "purity culture" in late-1990s and early-2000s evangelical Christianity. In this episode, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Beaty's article, drawing on our own formative experiences in evangelical youth ministry.

Secularism & the Search for Meaning

Data tells us that now more than ever, religious affiliation is declining. But deep questions about meaning and purpose still exist within every human being. In this episode, we discuss Clay Routledge's analysis of this data in his recent article for National Review - and what it means for Christians.

The First 15 Minutes of Your Day

What do you spend the first 15 minutes of your day doing? Looking at your phone? Hitting snooze over and over? Attending to your children's needs? In this episode, we talk about why beginning your day in communion with the Lord is important and give practical ways to begin cultivating this habit.

The Father Effect - Part 2

Over the last few weeks, we have heard from many listeners who were encouraged by our recent episode, The Father Effect. Sadly, not long after we recorded that conversation, Dusty's father passed away. In this episode, Dusty speaks candidly about this experience and how he's navigating the complexities of grief.

The Father Effect

The relationship between a father and child or lack thereof plays a huge role in the formation of an individual. In this episode, we talk about why this relationship is so important and how understanding God as Father can be difficult for those who have a strained relationship with their earthly father.

Is God the Author of Evil? - Part 2

In our last episode we looked at some of the theological answers and explanations to the question, "Is God the author of evil?" In this episode, we seek to make it practical. As a leader, how do you apply these truths as you care for and disciple people? And what does it look like to have a strong hope in God's sovereignty and goodness?

Is God the Author of Evil?

As we continue to discuss some of the various themes throughout the Minor Prophets, we come to the book of Habakkuk and ask the difficult question, "Is God the author of evil?" In this episode, we explore some of the different answers and explanations surrounding this question.

Article link: http://www.romans45.org/articles/cause.htm

From the Archives: 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.

Four Views of Communion

It's easy for the sacrament of communion to become commonplace, and it can be tempting for Christians to participate mindlessly. Many Christians may not know the answers to questions like, "What is communion?" and "Why do we observe it regularly?" For this reason, we decided to spend some time discussing the sacrament of communion - the four main views surrounding it and how we choose to practice it in our local churches.