Culture Matters
Culture Matters
Jan 11, 2021
The Best Music, Film and Books of 2020
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We start 2021 by reflecting on 2020, talking about our favorite movies, TV shows, albums and books from last year and how they gave us glimpses of the Christian story. 

Quick to Listen
Quick to Listen
Christianity Today
Did Rush Limbaugh Reshape Christian Radio, Too?
Transcribed highlights of the show can be found in our episode summaries. Last week, conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh died at age 70. Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated political show first hit the airwaves in the late 1980s. He was beloved by many who shared or later adopted his political views and his penchant for conspiracy theories. Many of his critics, however, pointed out his cruel and crass remarks. Limbaugh’s legacy was hardly limited to politics. In a tribute to him, one Christian leader wrote for USA Today, that “ Christian talk programs in particular wouldn't even exist today were it not for Limbaugh's success. Christian radio would still be limited to sermons and songs. But instead, radio stations realized the benefit of capturing even a slice of Limbaugh's audience share and offered new hosts and new voices opportunities to join a new, more democratic discussion of the issues.” Mark Ward Sr. is associate professor of communication at the University of Houston-Victoria in Victoria, Texas. His books include The Electronic Church in the Digital Age, Air of Salvation: The Story of Christian Broadcasting, and The Lord’s Radio: Gospel Music Broadcasting and the Making of Evangelical Culture. Ward joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen on Quick to Listen to discuss Limbaugh’s impact on Christian radio, how Christian radio differs from Christian TV, and how the medium does or not does not make the message What is Quick to Listen? Read more Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow our hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Ted Olsen Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Yvonne Su and Bunmi Ishola Christianity Today’s most recent article on mixed-gender friendships Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1 hr 1 min
The Daily Liturgy Podcast
The Daily Liturgy Podcast
Coram Deo Church Community
March 2, 2021
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4, Romans 4:13-25, Psalm 19 Writers: Mike Kresnik, Bob Thune, Darby Whealy, Tyler Anderson Narrators: Charlotte Bertrand, Gary Nebeker, Bob Thune, Darby Whealy, Kevin Huddleston Music: Dan Phelps and William Ryan Fitch Production: Mike Kresnik, Bethany Gilbert Sources: The Worship Sourcebook; The Valley of Vision; The Book of Common Prayer; + original contributions by the authors. OPENING PRAYER Search me, O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. CONFESSION OF SIN & PRAYER FOR GRACE Holy Spirit of God: I confess today my neglect of you. I am not yielded to your influence as I ought to be. I walk in the flesh rather than in the Spirit, and as a result I bear the fruit of the flesh rather than the fruit of the Spirit. Gracious Holy Spirit, forgive my sin and overcome my weakness. Subdue my restless heart and overwhelm me with your presence, that I might hear your voice clearly, yield to your control eagerly, and bear your fruit consistently. Through Christ, our Lord: Amen.  OT READING:  Ecclesiastes 4 THE LORD’S PRAYER NT READING: Romans 4:13-25 PRAYER OF ADORATION: Lord God, I adore you for your faithfulness to your promises. You give life to the dead and call into existence the things that do not exist. Thank you that you counted Abraham’s faith as righteousness; and thank you that you count me righteous by faith as well. PSALM READING:  Psalm 19 PRAYER OF CONSECRATION O God, when it comes to understanding you, this psalm reminds me that the natural world is my first teacher. The sky above, the world around me - even my own backyard reveals your beauty, goodness, and power. The psalm shows me that my next teacher is your law, which offers a blazing vision of your people living well in balanced, right relationship with you. It guides me, refines me, and calls me to wholeness. It reminds me that your wisdom aligns the distorted places in my soul and makes me truly human. I’m not good at discerning my own errors, so I add my prayer to the psalmist’s: keep me from presumptuous sins today. Watch over the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart; make them acceptable in your sight. You see all, and nothing in my life is hidden from you. So search out and refine every hidden part of me, that I may wholly please you in all I do.  BENEDICTION And now may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and always, until the day of Christ's return.
12 min
Help Me Teach The Bible
Help Me Teach The Bible
The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Guthrie
Mike Bullmore on 2 Chronicles (Re-release
On this episode, Nancy Guthrie talked with Mike Bullmore about what may be one of the least-studied books in the Bible. The book of 2 Chronicles is rich in story and encouragement to trust God to be faithful to his promises. Bullmore is senior pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin, and author of _The Gospel and Scripture: How to Read the Bible_ (Crossway, 2011). Topics include: * Why study 2 Chronicles? * How do we prepare people to understand the two histories of 2 Chronicles? * What is the purpose of 2 Chronicles? * What is the difference between 1–2 Kings and 1–2 Chronicles? * What is the divine promise 1–2 Chronicles is arguing God will be faithful to? * What is the angst of the situation in Judah? * How does the chronicler’s record of Solomon reveal his purpose in writing? * How does the theme of temple run throughout this book, and, in fact, through the whole Bible? * How is Christ anticipated in 2 Chronicles? * How should teachers bring content from the prophets into teaching 2 Chronicles? * What kind of moral instruction is in 2 Chronicles? * How do we teach 2 Chronicles 7:14 rightly? Additional audio resources : * Sermons on 2 Chronicles by Mike Bullmore * Sermons on 2 Chronicles by Richard Pratt Recommended print resources: * Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 15, 2 Chronicles by Raymond B. Dillard * 1 and 2 Chronicles, The Mentor Commentary by Richard Pratt * 1 and 2 Chronicles, The NIV Application Commentary by Andrew Hill * The Message of Chronicles by Michael Wilcock
55 min
VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
Mike Erre
285 - How (Not) To Read Your Bible - with Dan Kimball
There is a saying that states that “The fastest way to become an atheist is to read the Bible.” In many circles, the conundrum that is the Bible has become a stumbling block for Christians and non-Christians alike. How do you reconcile things like violence and slavery inside? How do you approach a text written so long ago, to societies so unlike ours? Is the Bible outdated and harmful? How does one reconcile the odd and disturbing things within? Is the Bible the “Good Book?” Is it authoritative and what does that even mean? Today, we sit down with author and Pastor Dan Kimball to discuss his new book, “How (Not) To Read The Bible.” Dan talks to us about approaches and understandings that are needed before you open the text. The Bible can be confusing and challenging… You can pre-order Dan’s book at: Follow Dan on social media: @dankimball As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to, and to engage the conversation on Facebook and Instagram.  Learn more about the VOX Podcast: Subscribe on iTunes - Support the VOX Podcast on Patreon: Follow us on Instagram: @voxpodcast Like us on Facebook: Follow Mike on Twitter: Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford
1 hr 7 min
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