Monthly News Roundup (10.28.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of October – time for our monthly news roundup. In this episode, we’ll be talking about religious persecution around the world, a court ruling that hippos are people, and a recent archaeological discovery linked to Gideon in the book of Judges.Continue Reading

How Politics Has Replaced Religion in America (10.21.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about politics, but not in the way that political pundits discuss politics. Instead, we’re going to be considering how politics has replaced religion in America and how we need to respond to this as Christians.Continue Reading

Protests against a Communist Regime (07.15.21)

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This week we’re going to be talking about the recent demonstrations throughout Cuba. Many there have been protesting the Communist government. At the same time, many in our country are increasingly viewing Communism/Socialism favorably. What does the Bible have to say that would influence how we view all of this? That is what we’ll discuss in this episode.Continue Reading

Monthly News Roundup (04.29.21)

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This is the last episode for the month of April. I plan to use the last episode of the month to highlight and briefly comment on some of the news stories from the last month that we haven’t discussed yet here. In this episode, we’ll be talking about the number of churchgoers who abstain from alcohol, Chinese mobile brainwashing facilities targeting Christians, and a wave of new pro-life laws across the country.Continue Reading

The Christian and Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy

Over the past few years, it seems that we are hearing more about “conspiracy theories.” A number of people have expressed increasing concern over Christians embracing such theories. Notice the following excerpt from an article from Lifeway Research. [Note: We discussed this on the podcast a couple of months ago, but I thought it would be good to deal it here as well.]

“A new study from Nashville-based Lifeway Research finds 49% of U.S. Protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of their congregation repeating conspiracy theories they have heard about why something is happening in our country. Around 1 in 8 (13%) strongly agree their congregants are sharing conspiracy theories, defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.’” (Lifeway Research)

The article contrasts “conspiracy theories” with “truth,” assuming that they must be opposites. Yet that will not always be the case. What conspiracy theories were these pastors hearing? We are not told in the article. However, there is an assumption – not just from the author of the article, but an assumption that is held by many – that whatever has been labeled as a “conspiracy theory” must necessarily be false. (Keep this in mind and we will revisit this point later.)

Again, the article did not mention any specific conspiracy theories that were being spread by church-goers. And in this article, I will not be discussing any specific conspiracy theories either, whether they are about the pandemic, the recent Presidential election, or anything else. However, I do want us to consider some general principles. There are some who are very quick to believe any conspiracy theory that comes along. Others are very quick to dismiss all “conspiracy theories.” As Christians, we should not take either of these approaches.

So what are some Biblical principles we need to remember about “conspiracy theories”? In this article, we are going to consider six points.Continue Reading

Conspiracy Theories (02.11.21)

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In this episode, we’re delving into the topic of “conspiracy theories.” We won’t be discussing specific “conspiracy theories” that may be out there; instead, we’re going to discuss six Biblical principles that we need to remember when we encounter any “conspiracy theory.”Continue Reading

The First “Abortion-Free” State, the Most Dangerous Countries for Christians, and the Presidential Inauguration (01.21.21)

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The big news in our country this week was the inauguration of a new President. Transitions like this remind us of the need to pray for those in authority. In this episode we’ll also discuss the first “abortion-free” state and the increase of persecution against Christians around the world.Continue Reading