July 11, 2014
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Josh McDowell, our guest on the program last week, said that pornography on the Internet is “the number one problem ever faced by the church in 2000 years.”
Pornography is everywhere and impacting almost everyone. According to a Covenant Eyes study, “One out of eight searches on the Internet is for erotic content, more than 50% of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13, and 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women say they are addicted to pornography.”
Statistics are one thing, but the sexual immorality and ruined marriages that result from viewing pornography are the real-world, soul-crushing consequences.
The key question is: How do we overcome the pornography temptation? As addictive as any drug, is it possible to have victory?
The answer is a resounding yes! Heath Lambert, pastor, professor, and author of the book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to tell us how God’s grace is the key to overcoming our greatest temptations.
July 5, 2014
Guest: Josh McDowell, featured in the film, Undaunted
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
We hear tragic stories about “dysfunctional” families where alcohol and/or drug use, conflict, divorce, extramarital sexual sin, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse characterize the home. We see the life-long scars on those who grow up in such an environment where sin reigns almost unabated. Maybe you personally experienced this kind of background. If so, there is hope!
Most Christians know Josh McDowell as a respected evangelist and apologist for the Christian faith. Josh has written or co-authored nearly 140 books, spoken to millions of people all over the world, and has been married for over 40 years.
But what most Christians don’t know is that Josh McDowell grew up in a highly dysfunctional home with a drunk father, abused mother, and a worker who sexually molested Josh. Josh turned his back on God, but God eventually rescued Josh and turned him into a victorious ambassador for Jesus Christ.
No matter your background or past, God can do the same for you! Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we speak with Josh McDowell about the early years of life and how God saved him, all depicted in the powerful, award-winning DVD film we are offering entitled, Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell.
June 27, 2014
“Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1:20
President Obama and many who share his liberal worldview refer to those who do not believe man is causing catastrophic global warming as “climate change deniers.” They say the hard science is overwhelmingly on their side and that we need to stem our carbon dioxide emissions before it’s too late for the earth.
What is it about global warming (now referred to very generally as “climate change”) that so energizes those with a humanistic worldview? What is “hard science” and whose side of the debate does it favor? How should Christians think and act regarding “climate change”?
Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance, “a network of evangelical Christian theologians, scientists, economists, and other scholars dedicated to promoting Biblical earth stewardship” will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and more about an issue that refuses to go away…no matter the science.
June 21, 2014
Guest: Soeren Kern, geopolitical analyst, Gatestone Institute
“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end” — Jesus (Matthew 24:6).
While the Middle East has always been known for its volatility, the region has been especially on fire recently. In Iraq, where the United States recently withdrew its military after spending more than ten years and trillions of dollars and lost thousands of lives, an Al Qaeda associated group called ISIS is quickly and brutally taking over the country.
Similar atrocities are taking place in Syria, Africa, and Egypt as Islamic jihadists kill each other and Christians.
Who and what is behind all these conflicts? How does the Sunni Muslim vs. Shia Muslim divide come into play? What should the United States be doing? How will Israel be impacted? Where is this all going?
Our guest this weekend on The Christian Worldview is Soeren Kern. Soeren is a Christian, an Air Force veteran, an essayist, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, and a worldwide traveler (he has visited more than 100 countries including most of those in the Middle East). Be sure to tune in for analysis that you won’t hear in the mainstream media.
June 14, 2014
Guest: Bruce Wheaton, David’s 82-year-old father
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
The biggest problem in America is not our $17 trillion-plus national debt, high unemployment, government dependency, loss of privacy, racism, illegal immigration, weak and ambiguous foreign policy, failing public schools, partisan politics, “homosexual marriage,” abortion, or the legalization of marijuana.
Our biggest problem is not President Obama. He and these other troubling problems are just symptoms of a much bigger problem: the scarcity of God-fearing fathers.
When a nation is characterized by intact families led by a God-fearing father, all of these other ills will be minimized. Why? Because the God-fearing father seeks and obeys the Lord, lovingly leads his wife, and raises his children “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
How can a father do this? Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as my 82-year-old father and I discuss “Seven Fundamentals for the God-Fearing Father.”
June 7, 2014
“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
We men love our hobbies, whether playing or watching sports, fishing, hunting, gardening, driving cars and motorcycles, or any of the other endless list of pursuits that attract men’s time and attention.
Hobbies can be good for relaxation and fellowship; they can even foster spiritual growth. But here’s the big “IF” — if these pursuits grow to a point where they distract men from their most important relationships and responsibilities in life, all manner of bad consequences result such as broken marriages, leaderless homes and churches, and spiritual malnourishment.
Pastor Zeke Pipher from Nebraska is one who knows about the “hyper-hobbied” man. He loves sports, fishing, and hunting, and is an outdoor writer. He joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about men and their hobbies in light of his book, Man on the Run — Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life.
Zeke’s second book, a 90-day devotional for outdoorsmen titled In Pursuit, just released. Either of his books would make a great Father’s Day gift.
May 31, 2014
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Duck Dynasty, the hit reality TV show on A&E Network, follows the lives and duck call business of the Robertson family, who live in West Monroe, Louisiana.
The Robertson family—Phil and Miss Kay, Willie and Korie, Jase and Missy, and of course Uncle Si to name just a few—have become a national phenomenon in entertainment, business, culture, and politics.
And also within the church. The Robertsons are professing Christians, with some members being outspoken about their beliefs. The family is watched by millions of people every week—some laud the family as embodying everything good about traditional Christian America while others loathe them for their “hillbilly, backward values.”
With a family and television show wielding this much influence and representing Christianity to millions of viewers, the question should be asked: “What kind of ambassadors are the Robertsons for Christ?”
Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview as we grow our beards, grab our shotguns, and get into the duck blind with the Robertsons and Duck Dynasty!
May 24, 2014
Guest: Janet Mefferd, host, Janet Mefferd Show
Each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:12-13).
Perhaps you have noticed the tendency of “regular” Christians to follow Christian “celebrities.” The celebrity could be a pastor on radio or TV, a musician, an author, or any public figure.
In the best case, we can benefit spiritually from well-known Christian leaders. In the worst case, we get led off course by the person and even wrongly protect him when he does something wrong. A big church, national ministry, and lucrative book sales often get in the way of accountability.
The Christian celebrity culture is nothing new. The Apostle Paul addressed it in his letter to the Corinthian church. And there are several examples of it taking place today—for good and for bad—that we will discuss this weekend on The Christian Worldview.
Janet Mefferd, nationally-syndicated radio host, will be our guest to do just that. Recently, she has covered several issues related to this, such as a plagiarism scandal with popular pastor Mark Driscoll and confusing comments about Christian radio by Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. I hope you can join us this Memorial Day Weekend.
May 17, 2014
“I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 3).
The secular college campus poses a difficult challenge for Christian students. Almost everything a Christian encounters opposes his or her faith—from the pervasive sexual immorality and drunkenness in the dorm rooms to the anti-biblical philosophies in the classrooms.
Postmodernism, the idea that objective truth cannot be known, is the pervasive worldview amongst faculty and students. Promoting homosexuality is the latest frontier in the sexual revolution. And saving the world through social justice is the most elevated endeavor, far above getting married, having children, holding a “regular job,” and perish the thought, living in the suburbs.
Pastor Jason Carlson, president of Christian Ministries International, recently went on a speaking tour at University of California, Berkeley. He will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the environment at secular colleges and how parents can prepare their sons and daughters to be overcomers on campus.
Note: David Wheaton’s book, University of Destruction: Your Game Plan for Spiritual Victory on Campus, would be an excellent resource to give to a high school graduate or college student. Parents should read it too. You can order signed, personalized, and discounted copies here.
May 10, 2014
Guest: Mary Jane Wheaton, 80-year-old mother of host, David Wheaton
“Older women are to be reverent in their behavior…so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored” (Titus 2:3-5).
Last week we were surprised to learn that the most recurring question of the literally hundreds of thousands of questions the popular website GotQuestions.org receives is about female preachers and women in ministry.
Women and men being in equal in worth is something the world and the church can agree on. But it is the unique roles of women and men—specifically within the family and church—where human wisdom and God’s Word greatly diverge.
This weekend on The Christian Worldview, my 80-year-old mother will join us to discuss feminism and its growing impact on the family and church. Plus, we’ll talk about parenting and older women mentoring younger women.
Don’t miss the annual and always-popular Mother’s Day interview!