Slavery is undoubtedly one of humanity’s ugliest inventions, yet it is found within the pages of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments. Many people, from plantation owners to secular humanists to President Barack Obama, have alleged that the Bible explicitly supports this dehumanizing institution. How should Christians respond to such an accusation?
This week Kevin looks at data both inside and outside the Bible to cast some light on the issue. What is the connection between slavery and finances, and what does this mean for modern-day America? When the Bible refers to slavery, does it mean the same sort of thing that occurred in America before the civil war? Does the New Testament affirm that slavery is OK?
Kevin examines specific laws God gave to Israel concerning slavery and compares them with surrounding nations of the time, revealing God’s intention to make this ubiquitous practice far more humane. Then he examines references to slavery in the New Testament, including Paul’s personal appeal to a slave owner in his letter to Philemon. Throughout this episode it is made clear that God is not a cause of slavery; He is the one who sets captives free.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” —Galatians 3:28
This episode first aired on July 19th, 2015.
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This week Kevin talks with Ray Comfort, Founder and CEO of Living Waters Publications. Ray discusses his latest movie, Audacity, which focuses on the controversial topic of homosexuality.
Unlike Ray’s previous films, Audacity is not a documentary, but a scripted “Hollywood movie” with professional actors. The movie follows the story of a stand-up comedian who finds himself increasingly confronted by supporters of homosexuality, and faces the challenge of lovingly voicing his own convictions rather than giving into the pressure to remain silent.
Though the movie is fictional, the subject matter is all to real: in light of the recent Supreme Court decision it is already becoming more difficult for Christians to hold to biblical principles, and many are capitulating. After talking with Ray, Kevin discusses various scientific, social and medical issues related to the subject of homosexuality in order to address some of the toughest questions and objections Christians face.
Audacity is available for download now on AudacityMovie.com, and it will premier for free on YouTube on August 19th. For more resources, visit Ray’s website LivingWaters.com. You can view his previous documentary films (such as Evolution vs. God and Noah) and many other videos on the Living Waters YouTube channel.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” —John 3:17
This episode first aired on July 5th, 2015.
“I’ve never met a woman who regretted having her child; but I’ve met many women who regretted having an abortion.” —Heidi Cessna, CAPS
This week Kevin talks with Julie Dowler and Heidi Cessna of College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS), a licensed medical clinic that serves women who are dealing with unplanned pregnancies. CAPS provides pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, information about all the options, and counseling for those who have suffered as a result of abortion. All of these services are free of charge.
Julie started as a financial supporter and prayer partner of CAPS when it was founded in 1998. She started working as a volunteer pregnancy counselor in 2000, and became the program director in 2004. She was promoted to her current position of Executive Director in 2008.
Heidi is the nurse manager for CAPS. She began her career as an RN at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, and started at CAPS as a volunteer receptionist. She is currently working at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in labor and delivery.
Kevin talks with Julie and Heidi about what CAPS does for pregnant women and why their work is so important. If you or someone you know, whether male or female, is unsure of what to do about a pregnancy, visit CAPSonline.org to learn about the options and make the best choice possible. For more info about why abortion is wrong and how to talk about it, look at Stand to Reason’s SLED Test and Living Waters’ 180 Movie.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” —John 10:10
This episode first aired on June 28th, 2015.
Whose job is it to take care of the needy: the government, or the church? In this episode Kevin talks with national black conservative leader Star Parker. Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a think-tank devoted to creating market-based solutions to fight poverty. She has spoken on more than 190 college and university campuses about anti-poverty initiatives. In addition to these qualifications, she is intimately acquainted with the issues of poverty and welfare from experience: Star spent seven years of her life in and out of welfare dependency.
How did Star overcome her disadvantaged situation? It turns out that the welfare system only caused her to remain dependent, and prevented her from working for fear that she would lose all of her support. It wasn’t until she became involved in a church, which encouraged her to entrust her needs to God and release herself from the welfare system, that she was able to rise out of poverty.
To this day, Star believes that it is the church and not the government that can truly help the poor. Government welfare is one-size-fits-all, but every impoverished person and family has different needs that only individual attention can address. Kevin and Star discuss a variety of topics in a search for real solutions to this tough issue.
Go to UrbanCure.org to see what Star and her organization are doing to address current social issues.
This episode first aired on June 21st, 2015.