Episode 52 | The Bomb Proof Family Pt. 1

Someone once said, “When you become a parent you quickly realize that for the rest of your life you’re only as happy as your unhappiest kid.” Kids will do something that goes against our values, experiment with something illegal or go through a phase that feels like a bomb has been dropped on the family. What…

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I’m trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived.  –Eddie Vedder What’s your goal in parenting?

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…

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Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson What happens to your friendliness factor when someone disagrees with you?

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…

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I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will! ― Meister Eckhart