Culture Matters
Culture Matters
Sep 21, 2020
Chadwick Boseman, Sports Bubbles and COVID News
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We're back for another season of Culture Matters. The crew reflects on the summer and discusses everything from the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, to the return of sports, to updates on COVID-19.

TGC Podcast
TGC Podcast
The Gospel Coalition
David Platt's Plea Before You Vote (Bonus Episode)
In this bonus episode, Collin Hansen and David Platt discuss the upcoming election, and what Christians should consider before voting—trusting in Jesus, no matter the outcome. To listen to the full conversation, check out Gospelbound on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere you listen to your podcasts. Show Notes: Elections have consequences, but not nearly as much as we probably think. That's what Collin Hansen concluded after reading David Platt's new book, _Before You Vote: Seven Questions Every Christian Should Ask_, published by Radical. Here's a sober dose of biblical reality from Platt in the book: "Even if we lose every freedom and protection we have as followers of Jesus in the United States, and even if our government were to become a completely totalitarian regime, we could still live in abundant life as long as we didn't look to political leaders, platforms or policies for our ultimate security and satisfaction." It's not exactly the way you run fundraising and get out the vote operations in today's American politics, but Platt's book includes lots of counter-cultural advice, saturated with biblical references on humility, freedom, and duty, along with David's characteristic perspective informed by the global church. Platt serves as lead pastor of McLean Bible Church in Northern Virginia, a congregation where employment for many depends on the outcome of the November elections. David joins Collin on Gospelbound to discuss voting, abortion, and President Trump's visit to McLean Bible Church.
20 min
Quick to Listen
Quick to Listen
Christianity Today
Armenian Christians Are Especially Worried About War
This fall, violence broke out again between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a contested region in Azerbaijan known as Nagorno-Karabakh. Home of 170,000 people, the majority of its inhabitants are ethnic Armenian and the area itself has been governed by ethnic Armenians since 1994. The countries’ close allegiances with other countries had worried many that the fighting and civilian deaths might spiral into a regional conflict. Armenia, for instance, has close ties to Russia and, to a lesser extent, Iran. Azerbaijan has the strong support of Turkey and some have reported that Syrian militants are also fighting alongside the Azeri. Another complicating level is religion. More than 95 percent of Azerbaijan’s 10 million people identify as Muslim, mostly Shiite. More than 90 percent of Armenia’s three million people identify as Christian, specifically Armenian Apostolic. Armenia also boasts the oldest state church, all the way back to the beginning of the fourth century A.D. This week on Quick to Listen we talked to Felix Corley about the country’s Christian heritage and the extent to which it is playing a role in the current conflict. Corley is editor of Forum 18 News Service, which covers religious freedom issues in the former Soviet Union. He has written extensively on the Armenian Apostolic church in the Soviet period. Corley joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how Christianity first arrived in Armenia, the enduring trauma of the genocide, and how the Apostolic Church engages and interacts with other Christians in the country.W hat 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 Learn more about Forum 18 Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Bunmi Ishola Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
56 min
Core Christianity
Core Christianity
Michael Horton
What You Should Know About the Deliverance Movement
Episode 559 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com 1. I am feeling really burnt out serving in ministry. I am an elder in my church, I work full time, and I feel like I am constantly giving and giving to others without any break or time to regroup. I know scripture commends us to sacrificially serve the church, but I am just feeling exhausted by it all. Any practical and spiritual advice? 2. What was God’s very first created being if it wasn’t Jesus Christ? 3. I have many friends who are involved with the “deliverance movement,” where folks are said to be delivered from oppressive and demonic forces. According to the scripture I do not see anything in regard to this need in the church. Why is this taught, what are your thoughts? 4. I am not sure what is meant by “if you break one commandment you have broken them all. If that is the case, then what exactly is the significance of the 10 commandments? Resources Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Friendly Approach to Sharing the Truth about God and the Bible by Ron Rhodes The God Who Gives: How the Trinity Shapes the Christian Story by Kelly M. Kapic Offers Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core.
25 min
As In Heaven
As In Heaven
The Gospel Coalition
Black History: Reconstruction to Early Civil Rights
In this episode of As In Heaven, Jim Davis and Justin Holcomb welcome back Ligon Duncan for the second of a two-part discussion of the history of black people in America. Duncan began with the onset of chattel slavery in 1619 up to the Civil War in the last episode. In this episode, he addresses the sordid practices of peonage, vagrancy laws, and sharecropping and how they helped pave the way for Jim Crow laws in America. Understanding these historical realities will help white believers understand how they still play a part in our cultural moment and grow a greater empathy for our black brothers and sisters. The group discusses: * Reconstruction and its flaws, a lesser known era (2:00) * Black Codes and Reconstruction (9:57) * Sharecropping and its abuses (18:20) * Self-perpetuation of “slavery by another name” (20:57) * Discouraging Black people from voting (24:07) * A horrific legacy outside the law (26:30) * The Cloistering of Black people (34:22) * Isn’t it all just history? (38:25) * Dr. Ligon and changing the Mississippi flag (43:01) Explore more from TGC on the topics of Race and Slavery.DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 1. What narrative did you learn about the period following the Civil War, especially reconstruction? What are differences from that narrative from the narrative that Dr. Duncan shares? 2. What are some major events and policies from this era that created or maintained oppressive systems towards black Americans? How did those policies and events shape the future? 3. What are things from this era that have had a profound effect on America today? What about the church today? 4. Why might the histories presented in these first two episodes on the history of race in America be important conversations for the church to have today?
49 min
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