December 27, 2013
“Such were some of you [i.e. unrepentant sinners]; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
“Who am I?”
How would you answer that question? Would you define your primary identity in terms of your job (“I’m a banker”), your family (“I’m a wife and mother”), your favorite pastime (“I’m a snow boarder”), or perhaps your former way of living (“I’m a recovering alcoholic”)?
While these may help fill in some of the details of one’s identity, for the Christian, one’s identity should be first and foremost grounded in “Who am I in Christ?” Understanding and living out the core answers to that question such as “I am justified, I am a new creation, I am a servant of Christ, and I am not yet perfect” helps us see ourselves as God sees us.
Beloved author and speaker, Jerry Bridges, joins us this Saturday on The Christian Worldview to discuss his new book, Who Am I? — Identity in Christ.
December 21, 2013
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:10b)
At this time of year, we hear news reports about the “war on Christmas”: nativity scenes and Christmas carols being banned from public spaces and schools, employees pressured to say “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”, and atheists putting up a billboard in New York City that proclaims, “Who needs Christ at Christmas? Nobody.”
There is an ongoing war in our society to remove Christ from Christmas, but did you know that Christ’s birth was actually a declaration of war by God? Christ’s birth was God’s opening salvo in a war that ultimately leads to victory over sin, suffering, death, and Satan (see Revelation 12).
Bodie Hodge, the general editor of a new book entitled, The War on Christmas, will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about these two wars over Christmas — the world’s war and God’s war.
We will also discuss interesting questions surrounding the history and significance of Christ’s birth, along with God-honoring ways to celebrate it.
We hope you can join us this weekend before Christmas to set our minds on the reason for the season — Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of mankind!
December 14, 2013
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval” (Hebrews 11:1-2).
Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and the person who is widely credited with ending apartheid (minority white rule over a majority black population) in his country, died just over a week ago at the age of 95.
An unprecedented number of world leaders and dignitaries traveled to South Africa to pay glowing homage to a man who received 250 international honors, including the Nobel Peace Prize, and who is considered to be among the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Martin Luther King Jr. as the greatest modern-day heroes.
And yet there are negative aspects of Mandela’s life that are mostly overlooked by mainstream society. He “co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961 in association with the South African Communist Party, leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government” (Wikipedia). He was also known as a “serial adulterer.”
So what are we as Christians supposed to think about the world’s heroes, who purportedly accomplish much “good,” even if done through violent means and with sinful personal lives? How does the Bible present its heroes of the faith? Join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview for “a study in the world’s greatest vs. the Bible’s greatest.”
December 7, 2013
Guest: Justin Peters, conference speaker on the Word of Faith movement
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1).
The Word of Faith movement. The health, wealth, and prosperity gospel. Continuationism vs. cessationism. Speaking in tongues, healings, and miracles. Slain in the Spirit. Second filling of the Spirit. Charismatics, pentecostals, the new apostles.
It’s a glossary of terms that can make your head swim. But what exactly do these terms mean and why is it important for a Christian to understand the wide spectrum of movements, doctrines, and leaders? Some say it’s not important and just dividing the body of Christ. So which is it?
A much-publicized conference called “Strange Fire” that focused on these issues was held recently at John MacArthur’s church in Los Angeles. One of the speakers was Justin Peters, who was born with cerebral palsy and presents seminars all over the world on the Word of Faith movement. Justin will join us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to offer a biblical perspective with grace and truth.
November 30, 2013
Guest: Gregg Frazer, author, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
It has become a never-ending debate: What kind of faith, if any, did the Founders and Framers of America have and what was their vision for our country?
One side says that they (e.g. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, etc.) were committed believers in God and the Bible and were intent on permeating our nation with a Christian worldview. The other side says that the founders were either deists or atheists and sought to construct a wall “separating church and state”.
So which is it and how does it matter today? Professor Gregg Frazer, author of a very interesting new book, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders, makes the case that our Founders were neither biblical Christians nor atheists but rather what he calls “theistic rationalists”.
Join us this Thanksgiving Weekend on The Christian Worldview as we talk with Gregg Frazer about the faith of our founders.
Note: This program originally aired May 26, 2012
November 23, 2013
“After coming into the house they [the Magi] saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
Can someone explain how the Magi giving gifts to baby Jesus turned into the modern-day cultural norm of bustling around town to buy stuff for each other at Christmas? What does giving someone an iPad or flat-screen TV actually have to do with remembering the birth of Christ?
As far as I can discern, nothing. The self-absorbed, materialistic ethos of the Christmas season is so intense that it is now overwhelming Thanksgiving as major stores open on Thanksgiving evening to get a jump on “Black Friday,” the biggest shopping day of the year. Even the Christmas cards that trickle in throughout the season have turned into comp cards — lots of pictures and info about the family but little or nothing about Jesus.
So what’s a Christian to do? In this crass age, is there a way to have a meaningful Christmas where the focus isn’t on self and shopping but rather on Christ? The answer is yes! We will discuss a “take back Christmas” plan this weekend on The Christian Worldview.
November 16, 2013
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
If you’re looking for a simple and accurate explanation for why our society now views marriage as a state-recognized union of any two people regardless of gender, government-funded health care, food, and housing as “social justice,” killing a baby in a mother’s womb as “a women’s right to health care,” and spanking a rebellious child as “abuse,” look no further than the demise of the Bible-based worldview.
Human reasoning in all its rationalistic, euphemistic manifestations is on the rise while Scriptural understanding and application is on the wane. Most concerning is that those who should know better — professing Christians — accept and appropriate parts and pieces of this flawed human wisdom.
The Bible says “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). If we want a renewed mind, one that sees the world truthfully as God does, we must be taking in God’s mind on a regular basis.
But how do we do that? By reading the Bible? By hearing the Word preached? Those are two ways, but there are more. This weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will discuss five powerful ways to take in God’s Word so that you can “think biblically and live accordingly.”
November 9, 2013
Guest: Dave Gibson, pastor of missions and evangelism, Grace Church (Eden Prairie, MN)
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:11-14).
Many in our society, including some Christians, label those who live and speak boldly about their faith in Jesus Christ as “radical.”
These “radicals” are very specific about the gospel and what genuine saving faith is. They strive to become more like Christ and lead holy lives. They share the gospel at every possible opportunity. They seek to help others grow in their faith.
But shouldn’t this kind of “radical” Christian faith actually be normal? Doesn’t our walk and talk demonstrate what is most important to us? Shouldn’t love for God and others flow out of the Christian all day every day?
Dave Gibson, pastor of missions and evangelism at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about how a radical faith should actually be normal.
November 2, 2013
Guest: General (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president, Family Research Council
“The high priest questioned them [apostles], saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name [Jesus], and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:27-29).
Last week, we discussed several examples of anti-Christian sentiment and policies that are cropping up within our military such as prohibitions against “proselytizing” and chaplains calling homosexuality a sin. Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association (AFA), told us about a recent Army briefing that labeled AFA a domestic hate group.
There was so much interest in the program that we decided to do a part 2 this week and speak with past and present Christian members of our military. Retired General Jerry Boykin, who spent 36 years in the military as an outspoken follower of Christ, will join us as well as a current U.S. Marine squad leader to tell us what it’s like to be a Christian serving in our Armed Forces.
Twila Brase, president of Citizens Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), will also update us on what has transpired in the first month of the Obamacare exchanges and what you can do if you are one of millions of people who have lost or will lose your existing health insurance. Note: For Twin Cities area listeners, consider attending CCHF’s annual dinner with U.S. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Friday, November 15th.
October 26, 2013
“Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; otherwise you will be defeated before your enemies” (Deuteronomy 1:42).
Headline: The United States Military has become a vehicle for implementing God-rejecting policies and persecuting anyone who is outspoken in their Christian beliefs.
Since President Obama and his administration repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the Clinton-era policy that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they weren’t open about it, there has been a purge of anything biblically Christian from our Armed Forces.
Christian soldiers have been threatened with court martial if they share their faith. Christian chaplains have been ordered not to pray in Jesus’s name or counsel against homosexuality. The Air Force Academy is considering removal of “so help me God” from its honor oath. An Army briefing labeled American Family Association a domestic hate group. The list goes on and on.
Tim Wildmon, the president of American Family Association and American Family Radio, joins us this weekend on The Christian Worldview to talk about the de-Christianizing of the U.S. Military and what this means for our country and for Christians.