Episode 51 | Shell Game Pt. 2

Disillusionment.  A crisis of faith.  Uncertainty.  These are common, maybe even healthy experiences in every worldview.  Do these feelings and thoughts mean that it’s time to abandon beliefs?  Should we repress doubts?  What is the way forward? How are we supposed to be a good friend when talking with someone who is believer in public,…

Episode 50 | Shell Game Pt. 1

What do you do when see yourself playing a shell game?  On the outside you still wear the mask of a believer, but on the inside—you know you’re really a doubter. There are many different approaches to common experience.  The answers can’t be, “Just have more faith.”  Or, “fake it till you make it.”  Is…

Episode 49 | Non-Prophet

From Bethel Church in Redding, to Hillsong in Australia, many in the evangelical world have gone full fanboy over modern day prophets.  If someone is legitimately a mouthpiece for God, how could that ever be verified?  Is this just a matter of faith, feelings or intuition?   How can we know if someone is legitimate?  Pastors…

Episode 48 | Welcome to the Jungle

From social interaction to social media, making a political statement or taking a bold stance on a cultural issue feels like stepping into the lion’s den.  And yet, we love it when people dare to engage.  In this episode, pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell respond to both the friendly and critical members of the…

Episode 47 | Bouquet of Trouble

Baronnelle Stutzman is the florist who was thrust into the national spotlight for refusing to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. Alliance Defending Freedom is taking her case to the Supreme Court. Is this another instance of grumpy, hypocritical Christians? Is there a difference between what the law should allow and what Christians should do? Does…

Episode 46 | Shacked Up

William Paul Young’s uber popular book, The Shack, has sold millions of copies and is now a feature film.  Some are raving fans.  Other resist and even attack it for being heresy — chock-full of erroneous information about God, Jesus, the Bible etc. Conservative Christian thought leader Albert Mohler says that the book “reveals a disastrous…

Episode 45 | The Art of Adulting

In a world where it seems like the like the people in charge often act like petulant children, we have to ask, “Where are the adults?”  The Art of Adulting is about living with wisdom and taking responsibility.  This may be hardest with navigating disagreement with those who treat us like enemies.  How do we move…

Episode 44 | Greater Than Nothing

Atheism is a belief system, and we can prove it! Everyone and every view is united by the same BIG questions. We’re just divided by the answers. Whether you’re a strong atheist or a passive disbeliever–we all are responsible to explain why people have dignity or why rape is wrong. Saying, “everyone knows it” is not…

QOTW

I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing. –Allan Sandage What’s your answer to life’s biggest question? Allan Sandage (b. 1926), winner…

Episode 43 | Wrestling with Gender

This is bigger than the controversy surrounding the Texas High School State Wrestling Championships. What is gender and how do we know it? Tucker Carlson debated Zac Petkanas, a senior Democratic National Committee advisor. Petkanas claims gender identity is settled science. Do doctors agree? How could it be caring to help kids live a lifestyle that leads…

Episode 42 | Ego Mania

In this age of protests, condescension has become a virtue. At a town hall for Senator Bill Cassidy, protesters drew notoriety for shouting during a prayer and pledge to the flag.  At the Oscars, celebrities like Academy Award winner Viola Davis adorned themselves with self-praise. Could it be that there is a common trait, below the surface, that…

Episode 41 | Unquestionable

Have you seen the videos of college professors melting down and throwing tantrums at protests?  If you never get emotional you’re not human.  If you can’t discipline your emotions you’re not an adult.  What is the hope for meaningful engagement if we get mean every time someone asks a question that makes us uncomfortable?  Rick…