Boy Forced to Learn About Jesus in Public School (guest Nate Landis)

Boy Forced to Learn About Jesus in Public School (guest Nate Landis)

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What if your son came home one day and told you he was locked in a room for an hour and forced to pray to Jesus. In today’s politically correct world you might think this would never happened, but in fact it has. The young boy’s parents were so outraged they sought to get all christian clubs banned from the school. The school fearing a lawsuit prevented the club from reforming for months.

Join Kevin as he talks with guest Nate Landis, who is here to tell you how this club fought back and eventually earned reinstatement. Nate Landis is President and founder of Urban Youth Collaborative. His passion is to share how Jesus brings hope, healing, and purpose into hurting lives. He is an ordained minister and evangelist in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who speaks often at churches, schools, and conferences. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Youth Ministry, M.Div. in Urban Ministry Emphasis, and a Ph.D. in Religion & Ethics.

Learn how you can get involved with Urban Youth Collaborative in your community or public school. Visit http://uyc.org/get-involved/.

This episode first aired on May 7th, 2016.

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BONUS: Should Black Christians Support Israel? (guest Dumisani Washington)

BONUS: Should Black Christians Support Israel? (guest Dumisani Washington)

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In this unaired bonus episode of Educate For Life with Kevin Conover, Kevin speaks with Dumisani Washington. Dumisani is the founder of the IBSI (Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel) and author of Zionism & the Black Church: Why Standing With Israel Will Be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century. He presents his views on why it is important for all American Christians to support the modern state of Israel, and the Black church in particular. Kevin and Dumisani talk about some of the misinformation that the enemies of Israel have circulated in their attempts to delegitimize it as a state, especially the idea that zionism is equivalent to racism. Dumisani explains why the black church can identify with the people of Israel, and why all Christians must defend the only safe place for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Middle East.

To learn more about Dumisani and his book Zionism and the Black Church, visit IBSI-now.org.  You can learn more about how US Christians can support Israel by visiting Christians United for Israel (CUFI.org), the largest pro-Israel organization in the US.

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A Legacy of Creation (guest Dr. Henry Morris III)

A Legacy of Creation (guest Dr. Henry Morris III)

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Not long ago, the debate between creation and evolution was almost entirely one-sided—at least in the scientific sense. Although Christians long opposed the evolutionary explanation of life on Scriptural grounds, they had no answers to any of the scientific arguments. That is, until Dr. Henry Morris published The Genesis Flood in 1961. This book became, as Dr. Steven Jay Gould commented, the “founding document of creationism,” and Dr. Morris the founder of the modern scientific creationist movement.

In this episode Kevin talks with Dr. Morris’ son, Dr. Henry Morris III, about his father’s legacy, the ongoing success of the Institute for Creation Research, and other issues relating to creationism. They discuss current creation research projects, the future and challenges of creationism in the church, and more.

In addition to the many free resources they offer on ICR.org, the Institute for Creation Research provides creationism training at special conference events.  One such event will take place at Calvary Chapel in Oceanside this October, and feature leading creation scientists Dr. Henry Morris III, Dr. Jason Lisle and Dr. Jake Hebert.  Don’t miss out on such a great opportunity!  Visit ICR’s event page for more information.

This episode first aired on April 30th, 2016.

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Leave Parenting to Parents (guest Michael Farris)

Leave Parenting to Parents (guest Michael Farris)

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A 13 year old boy told a school counselor that he felt he should not have to go to church three times a week with his parents.  The counselor called for an “emergency removal” of the boy from his home.  At a subsequent hearing the judge mandated that his parents only take him to church once a week to retain custody of their son.

This scenario occurred not under a communist regime or in a George Orwell novel, but in modern-day America.  It is just one example (albeit an extreme one) of the government undermining parental rights.  This week Kevin talks with Michael Farris, President of ParentalRights.org and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association.  Michael is a constitutional lawyer (and the litigator on the above case) devoted to the issue of parental rights.  He explains how the government has given itself the ability to take rights away even from responsible, non-abusive parents, and what we must do to correct this injustice.

When our nation was founded, the right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children was so obvious that it didn’t require mentioning in the Bill of Rights (c.f. the 9th Amendment).  Today, however, this sense is not as common.  That is why Michael is leading the charge, and garnering support from people of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and political affiliations, to add a parental rights amendment to the Constitution.

For more information and to sign the petition for the amendment, visit ParentalRights.org.  You can learn more about this issue from two free 30-minute documentaries: Overruled and Building the Machine.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” -2 Corinthians 3:17

This episode first aired on April 23rd, 2016.

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Keep Your Kids on God’s Side! (guest Natasha Crain)

Keep Your Kids on God’s Side! (guest Natasha Crain)

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Ultimately, it’s not up to a church, youth pastor, Christian school, or anyone else to make sure that your kids are strong enough in their faith to face the world’s challenges: it is your responsibility.

Many parents feel that when it comes to teaching their children to answer the faith’s more difficult questions, either they don’t have time, or they don’t know how to bring up the topic, or they don’t feel up to the task themselves. That’s why Natasha Crain, a Christian mom and blogger turned apologist, wrote her book “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side: 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith.” In this episode of Educate For Life with Kevin Conover, Natasha and Kevin discuss her book and the importance of parents training up their children in the ways of God. “Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side” can help any Christian parent introduce some of the most difficult topics to their children, from the problem of evil to slavery in the Bible. Check out Natasha’s website, ChristianMomThoughts.com, to buy the book and read her articles on many Christian parenting topics!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

This episode first aired on April 16th, 2016.

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Healing Hurting Families (guest Dr. Julie Hayden)

Healing Hurting Families (guest Dr. Julie Hayden)

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This week Kevin talks to psychologist Dr. Julie Hayden, Dean of the Graduate School of Behavior Sciences at Southern California Seminary.  Julie is trained not only in psychology, but also in religious studies (in which she has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s).  This dual focus enables her to approach psychology from a Biblical perspective, in order to best understand how God has designed humans to function.  It also allows her to understand how certain behaviors, such as pornography abuse, are harmful to both individuals and families.

Maintaining a family is never easy, but it’s much harder when a member struggles with something like addiction (whether drugs or pornography), PTSD, or infidelity.  However, as traumatic as they are, even these issues can be overcome: with the proper methods, there can be healing.  But how do you confront a loved one about something so sensitive, and how can you be sure that they will make a lasting change instead of just ending up back where they started?  To answer these and other questions, Dr. Julie Hayden is hosting the second annual Family Conference at Mapleview Baptist Church, from April 22-23.  For more information and to sign up in advance, visit FamilyConference.info).  You can also check out Julie’s website, GoRhombus.com, for information on other events and training opportunities.

This episode first aired on April 9th, 2016.

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