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A Battle Over Values, Culture, and Media

Fifty years seems like a long time to most of us, but in the scope of history it is a very short period of time. Over the past fifty years America has been transformed from arguably the greatest Christian nation in the world to one of the most pagan nations in the world, compliments of the Progressive/Marxist left.

Then, in our “Media Watch” segment, we look at stores involving how the media typically reports when it comes to the pro-life/pro-abortion issue as well as news involving terrorism. Once again, we point out just how far from our Christian foundation our nation has fallen.

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Spiritual Truth vs. Moral Relativism

How do we lovingly dialogue and confront moral relativists who claim truth doesn’t exist? This morning we read an “Open Letter to a Relativist”– one woman’s response to a moral relativist whose beliefs seem to speak for a growing number of people these days.

We also check in with Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action to discuss realistic legislation that can be enacted to curtail, and perhaps one day, end the tragedy of abortion in our nation. Can abortion eventually be eliminated? Or do we have to settle for incremental victories from time to time?

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The Words We Use and How We Define Them

The words we use, and how we define them, are critically important.  I am seeing an alarming pattern where professing Christians, and often the people they follow, are just slightly twisting words or attaching a human definition...

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Spiritual Transformation or Spiritual Formation?

Words have meanings. When we try to replace God’s definitions for the words He uses in the Bible with humanist definitions we can find ourselves on the path to deception and danger. One of the movements we must be knowledgeable about and take to the scriptures is “Spiritual Formation.”

Pastor and author Gary Gilley has written an excellent book called Out of Formation talking about the Spiritual Formation Movement and he joins us this morning to discuss it.

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A Widening Generational Gap Within Christianity?

Are we seeing this up and coming generation ushering in ideas principles that will change America and the professing Church in a very profound way? Jeff Strommen of HopeNet 360 joins us for a discussion on “generational differences.”

We’re also joined by Tim Chaffey of Midwest Apologetics to look at making certain when we “stand up for the truth” that we are standing on what the Bible says and not what we think it says.

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A Nefarious Plot

With hundreds of millions of dollars spent, and the majority of Americans invested in the election of the next president, people have fallen into basically one of two “camps”: Those who believe Donald Trump will turn our nation around, and those who believe he will run it into the ground. The truth is this: Donald Trump is neither our savior, nor is he the Antichrist. But most Americans have been conditioned to look to men for solutions instead of humbling ourselves before God and seeking His solutions.

My guest this morning wrote a fascinating book laying out his thoughts on why America seems headed for disaster–and why it is futile to look for hope in a person or political party. Steve Deace is an author, radio talk show host and committed disciple of Jesus Christ who is a student of the Bible, history and politics. His book “A Nefarious Plot” has been widely hailed as an excellent critique of the challenges America faces and why we seem incapable of returning our nation to its former greatness.

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Biblically Contending Without Being Contentious

False teachers and teachings are infiltrating the professing Church in America. There is a dynamic tension in the Bible: We are to the best of our ability get along with all professing believers, yet we are called to speak out against false teachings that lead people astray. How do we strike this delicate but important balance?

Pastor Saiko Woods discusses the divide in America and in the church, but most importantly, contending for the faith without being contentious. David Fiorazo has another “Media Watch” segment to help us understand the dangers of the agenda of secular media.

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Electing Leaders

In a little more than six weeks Americans will elect a new President to lead our nation for the next four years. One thing we do know is that elections have consequences. Robert Meyer of Renew America has written a thought provoking commentary on ways Christians should view this or any election and he joins us to share his thoughts. Also, Tony Campolo has five reasons why he does not consider himself an “Evangelical Christian.”

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Just Reading the Bible is not Enough

James 1:22 instructs Christians to ‘be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.’ How do we go beyond simply reading to understanding and application? Pastor Randy White joins us to discuss how we can study the Bible and allow its wisdom to lead us to understand and live out its truth on a daily basis.

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A Glimpse at the Future of “American” Christianity

We are often reminded there is a huge difference between Biblical Christianity and American Christianity. The church today hardly resembles Acts 2 and the early church to whom Paul wrote letters of instruction. This morning we give you a glimpse of where American Christianity may be headed as it continues to model itself after Humanist thought and allow itself to fall under the influence of secular government. We look at the government of Sweden–one of those socialist utopias progressives often point to–that has effectively neutralized true Christianity.

First, we are joined by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Views and Understanding the Times Radio to discuss the disturbing trends we see in America and the church.

Also, have you heard about this recent story in which a federal government agency is threatening to fire a Christian employee of 14 years for declining to watch an LGBT “diversity and inclusivity” training video?

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If You Build it, They Might Come

We would all love to see a growth in the number of strong Christian churches in America. Over the past fifteen years there has been a fervent effort to plant more churches, but the statistics show that pretty much for every new church that opens, another closes its doors. Is it time we rethink our strategy on Church planting? Pastor Randy White joins us to discuss the Church Plant Movement and its current shortcomings.

We are also joined by Dr. Cal Beisner of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation to discuss President Trump’s nominee to head up the EPA. Is there reasonable common ground that bible-believing Christians can find with environmentalists?

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Questioning Evangelism

No, we don’t mean we are questioning the necessity and value of sharing the gospel; we mean using questions in our conversations with others to share the good news of Jesus Christ. How many times do we try to witness to lost people only to find our efforts thwarted by people who seem like they have their minds made up and just don’t want to hear what we are saying?

We look to the example of Jesus who often taught using questions. Joining us today is Jay Seegert to discuss the power of asking questions and how to get people to think.

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