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Clarifying the Mayhem in the Middle East

June 21, 2014

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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.

 

Seven Fundamentals for the God-Fearing Father

June 14, 2014

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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.”

Are You a Hyper-Hobbied Man?

June 7, 2014

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Guest: Pastor Zeke Pipher, author, Man on the Run

“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.

What to Make of Duck Dynasty?

May 31, 2014

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“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!

The Christian Celebrity Culture

May 24, 2014

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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.

Contending for the Faith on the College Campus

May 17, 2014

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Guest: Jason Carlson, president, Christian Ministries International

“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.

Mother’s Day Special: Feminism and Its Impact on the Family and Church

May 10, 2014

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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!

Heaven is for Real. Yes, But I “Got Questions” About That.

May 3, 2014

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Guest: S. Michael Houdmann, founder, GotQuestions.org

I know a man in Christ who…was caught up to the third heaven…and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. (1 Corinthians 12:2,4)

The Bible contains much that is profound and complex for our finite minds to understand.  Questions naturally arise such as: What is the character of God? Is Jesus the only way to God? Do heaven and hell exist?

In addition, a seemingly inexhaustible list of other questions arises on topics like marriage and divorce, homosexuality, women in the church, God’s plan of salvation, and many, many more.

Asking questions is a good thing.  The good news is that the Bible, God’s Word, provides answers.

S. Michael Houdmann, founder and CEO of the question-and-answer website, GotQuestions.org, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to discuss some of the crucial and common questions his ministry receives and answers, including the increasing incidence of Christians claiming supernatural experiences and direct revelation from God in light of the popularity of the book/movie, “Heaven is for Real.”

How Social Justice Does The Gospel Injustice – rebroadcast from 10/05/2013

April 26, 2014

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Guest: Cal Beisner, author, Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17).

“Social justice.” We’ve all heard the term. Many Christians, and most especially the younger generation, believe that Jesus’ primary call to His followers it to “rectify injustice wherever it occurs” — redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor through taxation, fighting “climate change”, ending human trafficking, advocating for international child labor laws and “fair-trade” economic practices.

But does this kind of social justice comport with the Bible’s teaching about true justice in a fallen world? Does it distract from or diminish the saving gospel of Jesus Christ? And how should Christians “learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow” and be gospel-centered?

Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the “the sad and unintended consequences” of social justice, and how biblical Christians “need to understand the nature of, and difference between, justice and grace.”

NOTE: Cal Beisner has written an insightful 28-page booklet on this topic entitled Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel. Click here to receive a copy for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.

Why Christ Needed To Be Fully God and Fully Man

April 19, 2014

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Guest: Greg Gilbert, pastor and author, What Is The Gospel

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

What took place on this weekend 2000 years ago was the most significant event in all of history.

Jesus Christ, having lived a perfect life, offered Himself on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sin, satisfying God’s wrath and justice for our sin. And then Christ rose victoriously over sin and death three days later, thus providing the one way for all of mankind to be reconciled with God.

To accomplish His work, Jesus Christ was and needed to be fully God and fully man. This is known as “the hypostatic union of Christ.” Why is this and how can that be? And what aspects of the gospel message are sometimes overlooked by biblical Christians? And what does the Christian’s union with Christ mean?

Greg Gilbert, senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and author of What Is The Gospel, joins us this Easter weekend on The Christian Worldview to answer these questions and others.

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