Gay, Truth, and Grace!

Gay, Truth, and Grace!

What’s it like to grow up with a LGBT worldview?  How do we reconcile the clear Biblical teachings on sexuality, personhood, and the real feelings of homosexuality?  In a world of relativity how can we approach this present question with both grace and truth?  Join us for the Discussions Sunday night as we welcome pastor and author Caleb Kaltenbach to the show.  Christianity was the last thing on Caleb’s mind when he grew up in a LGBT household but that all changed when he met the authentic Jesus Christ in High School. If there is a way to approach this topic with truth and grace Caleb is the one to know.  So set your schedule now and get your questions ready for our live webcast Sunday night at 8p Central. We will also be giving away a free copy of Caleb’s book, Messy Grace, to someone in the viewing audience.

Catch us here or on the “Sunday Night Discussions” Google + page.

Faith in Action.

Faith in Action.

SNDI still remember young Boris from Moscow, Russia. He absolutely loved to debate with me about Christianity.  At one point he suggested that the problem with the faith of Jesus was that it simply was not practical to daily life.  The premise of Boris could not be further from the truth. While Jesus spoke of Heaven and a future beyond, authentic Christianity is anything but unpractical to daily life today.  Knowing Jesus is quite the opposite. Join us Sunday night for the discussions as we welcome minister and author, Chris Goldman to the show to examine true Faith in Action.  Peace with God comes by His grace and our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross.  Yet an authentic faith produces action as seen in James where he notes that without deeds is dead.  Paul, in Romans also pointed to an obedience that comes by faith. Indeed, true faith produces action and that action affects those around us.  So what does it look like to live an active life of faith in the 21st century?  (more…)

God Around the World!

God Around the World!

What is God doing in our day around the world?  Most of my kingdom work is centered in an American cultural context.  But what is God doing beyond the box of Western and American thinking about Christianity? Join us this Sunday at 8p Central as we welcome Dr. Chris DeWelt to the show.  We will be looking at God and global Christianity.  Chris comes to the discussion with the experience of having lived in the cultural context of Chile for 8 years and has served in close to 80 other countries and cultures.  Presently Chris serves as Director and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo.

What is God up to around the world?  What does authentic Christianity look like in other countries and cultures around the globe?  What is it about authentic Christianity that transcends culture?  How can we be involved in God’s work no matter where we are on the earth?  Those and many other questions will be part of the discussion Sunday night.  Don’t miss this exciting internationally charged live webcast.  You are welcome to send in questions ahead of time or you can participate live through our SND Google + page, our SND Face Book page, or through the comment section here.  So be sure to plan ahead and grab a friend and we’ll see you tomorrow night.

 

Is Christianity Intellectually Relevant?

Is Christianity Intellectually Relevant?

SNDWhere does the burden of proof rest in discussions about Christianity?  Can the claims of Christianity be rationally defended or must we check our brains at the doors of faith?  Join us Sunday night at 8p Central as we welcome apologist Larry Lewis live from Berlin, Germany.  Larry is director of the Connections Resource Center in Berlin.  Connections is part of a larger effort known as the Open Door Libraries which bring the knowledge of God to countries where Christian teaching and resources have been limited or restricted.

Do you have questions about the legitimacy Christianity and the Bible?  Then grab a friend and stop by our live webcast. You can catch the program here or on our Sunday Night Discussions Google + page.  Questions can be sent in prior to the show or while the program is live through one of these mediums.

 

Remembering Adam and the Strength We Lost.	          (Part I. in a series on Manhood)

Remembering Adam and the Strength We Lost. (Part I. in a series on Manhood)

Where did the weakness come from?  Many sociologists will point to a turbulence in time which we know as the 1960s in America.  With free sex came fractured families which lead to countless boys growing up without a dad to lead the way.  While such statistical data is something to consider, the real root resides much further back in history.  The real problem goes all the way back to our first father, Adam, and his forgetting who he was.

What we find in the ancient order of things before sin entered the picture is that Adam was strong.  God created Adam to actually rule over creation, to tend the garden and creatively name the animals and even his own wife, Eve.  Imagine; all of God’s creation was set down in front of Adam to govern.  In short, Adam was created strong.  The problem arose when for whatever reason, Adam lost sight of his heart and gave up his strength as Eve slipped into the grasp of the evil one.  Adam did nothing.  Eve and humanity suffered.  Adam forgot who he was.  The result was more than his personal anti-mission, but total brokenness within himself, with his wife, and ultimately with God.

But thank God the historical narrative didn’t end there.  This past Christmas we were reminded that God stepped into history and made a way for things to be different.  Jesus Christ came to bring life and restore our hearts.  Jesus Christ came to restore our strength.  Yes, we deal with brokenness and the brave man acknowledges that.  But yet, when we come to Christ and walk daily with him we can see that God is truly in the restoration business.  While we will never experience perfection this side of eternity, we can get a glimpse of what God had in store for us in the life of Adam as he was meant to be.  God made Adam strong so that he might bring strength to the world.  God made you strong so that you might strengthen others.

So as we get ready to enter the second month of 2015 what can you do to strengthen those around you?  Could you be more present for your wife and children?  Could you be more supportive of your local church family and its leadership?  Could you reengage with some other guys in your life as a band of brothers?

Whatever it might be, the fact is that our strength starved world is waiting for you to push toward the chaos and make a positive change.  Yes, they’re waiting for you.

 

Concluding in the words of Paul; “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage, be strong. Do everything in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:13-14.