Wednesday Conversation

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.

James Carroll's Call to Abolish the Priesthood

Recently, author and former Catholic priest James Carroll wrote an article for The Atlantic making the argument for doing away with the Catholic priesthood. In this episode, we discuss his ideas and reasoning and how his argument echoes one made by Martin Luther around 500 years ago.

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.

Green Theology

We received a thoughtful email from a listener who works in the field of natural resources wondering how Christians ought to engage with ideas surrounding environmentalism and creation care. This topic tends to be seen as a political issue; but it's, first of all, a theological issue. In this episode, we examine how the gospel shapes and informs our stewardship of nature.

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.

6 Things Spiritual Leaders Do

In this podcast, we discuss six key insights about Spirit-empowered leadership offered by Pastor Bob Fox at a recent Acts 29 Heartland conference. Whatever your role as a spiritual leader may look like, we think you'll find these insights to be extremely helpful. Bob Fox is the founding pastor of Red Mountain Church in Mesa, AZ.

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?