Join the Covenant Against Porn (guest Luke Gilkerson)

Join the Covenant Against Porn (guest Luke Gilkerson)

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One of the most dreaded responsibilities of any parent is that of talking to their child about sex.  Aside from the general awkwardness of the topic, it feels as though bringing it up will spoil a child’s innocence.  However, if parents aren’t proactive in teaching their children a biblical perspective on human sexuality, the world will be all too eager to fill their heads with harmful misinformation.  And with children having more and more internet access from increasingly younger ages, they will almost certainly be exposed to the worst teacher of all: internet pornography.

This week Kevin talks to Luke Gilkerson, a Christian author, co-founder (with his wife) of the family website IntoxicatedOnLife.com, and an 8-year employee of Covenant Eyes.  Luke is all too aware of the dangers of pornography: he was addicted to it for years.  After countless attempts (many halfhearted) to give up porn left him believing he could never truly change, Luke was finally able to escape its clutches with the help of a godly mentor who believed in him.  A few years later he connected with Covenant Eyes through his wife’s church, and spent the next 8 years helping them achieve their mission.

Covenant Eyes is an internet accountability and content filtering service.  It was created both to protect children and adults from viewing internet pornography, but just as importantly, to start dialogues within families about internet usage and Christian values.  Visit CovenantEyes.com to see how their software can benefit your family!  And at Luke’s website, IntoxicatedOnLife.com, you can find a variety of helpful resources, including tools to help you discuss the important issue of sexuality with your children.

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” –Job 31:1

This episode first aired on April 2nd, 2016.

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Biblical Geology: the Stone-Cold Facts (guest Dr. Steve Austin)

Biblical Geology: the Stone-Cold Facts (guest Dr. Steve Austin)

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Does the geologic evidence really prove an ancient Earth, or can a biblical perspective do a better job of explaining our world’s features?  This week Kevin’s guest is research geologist Dr. Steve Austin.  He may not be a stone-cold wrestler, but he does know a lot about rocks.  You may think geology sounds boring, but Steve could prove you wrong: he recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and has visited many other exotic and beautiful locations for his research (especially the Grand Canyon).

Steve talks to Kevin about some of the evidence he’s uncovered for biblical history throughout his long and productive career.  Where did the Grand Canyon come from, since it clearly wasn’t formed by the Colorado River (as secular geologists are now admitting)?  Why are there so many marine fossils in completely inappropriate places, like deserts and high mountains?  Could there be evidence that there really was an earthquake when Jesus was crucified, as the Bible says?  Steve addresses these questions and more while also sharing about his personal journey, from a rock-loving kid in a secular home to a Biblical Creationist and research geologist.

Steve doesn’t hog all the adventure for himself!  He also runs a program called Creation Adventures, where anyone can sign up to go on a geologic expedition.  In May of 2017 he is leading a 7-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon that will explore the evidence for Noah’s Flood.  Visit CreationAdventures.com to get more information and sign up!

“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” –Hebrews 12:28-29

This episode first aired on March 26th, 2016.

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Counting to God (guest Doug Ell)

Counting to God (guest Doug Ell)

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Many people can name a specific reason why they became a Christian, but how many would say the reason is “math”? Probably very few, and Douglas Ell is one of them.  Kevin talks to Doug about his recent book Counting to God, in which he explains how mathematical analysis of the scientific evidence over several decades finally persuaded him to change from atheism to Christianity.  For Doug, it wasn’t moral arguments, spiritual feelings, or difficult life circumstances that brought him to God.  He needed hard evidence, and that’s just what he found.  Kevin and Doug discuss this evidence, from biology (the fact that so many organisms have completely unique and functional DNA code with no evolutionary history) to quantum mechanics (the existence of measurable, physical phenomena that defy the laws of physics) and beyond.  They show that God isn’t just a last resort to cover gaps in scientific knowledge: there are irrefutable positive evidences why He is absolutely necessary to understanding life and the universe.

After graduating from MIT with a double-major in mathematics and physics, Doug earned a Masters in Theoretical Mathematics before entering into field of law.  His long and successful career practicing law, combined with his training in mathematics and science, have made him the ideal person to examine both the evidence and arguments for (and against) God.  After repeatedly finding that the evidence points to God rather than away from him, Doug remarked to a colleague (Professor Peter Fisher, Head of MIT’s Department of Physics) that someone needed to write a book about this incredible information.  His colleague responded, “Why not you?”

The resultant work, Counting to God, is available at Doug’s website (CountingToGod.com) as well as from other booksellers.  It is a great tool for strengthening the faith of believers, as well as prompting unbelievers to think deeply about their worldview and the questions it raises.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1

This episode first aired on March 19th, 2016.

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The Riddle of Origins (guest Mike Riddle)

The Riddle of Origins (guest Mike Riddle)

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As Christians, we believe that God created us.  Does it really matter how he did it?  This week Kevin talks to Mike Riddle, founder and president of the Creation Training Initiative, who has been involved in creation ministry for over 30 years.  As someone who grew up in a non-Christian home and accepted the theory of evolution from a young age, Mike brings a unique perspective to creationism.  In this episode he explains why both the Bible and logic tell us that evolution is not an adequate view of origins.  He talks about why a Christian’s view of Genesis matters, and addresses some common objections to creation science.

In his early education Mike was taught that evolution was the only theory around, and didn’t think to question it.  It wasn’t until his adulthood, while he was serving in the marines, that a stranger planted the seed that would transform his life.  One day while Mike was at the gym, another marine approached him out of the blue and shared the gospel.  Mike didn’t listen to a word of what the man was trying to tell him… or so he thought.  Seven years later, alone in a hotel room, the gospel message hit Mike in a powerful way (even though no one else had shared it with him since that day).  He got saved the same night, and instantly wanted to know what God teaches about our origins in the Bible.

That night started Mike down a long road of studying Biblical origins and questioning evolution, which eventually led him to found the Creation Training Initiative.  This ministry exists to train believers in creation apologetics, so that they can affectively share the truth with others and refute evolutionary misinformation.  In addition to the dozens of free resources on their website, CreationTraining.org, CTI is hosting the week-long intensive Creation Apologetics Teachers College in Ridgecrest, NC, from August 1-6 (click here for more info).  This training event is no walk in the park, but it can turn a lay person into an expert on creation.  Space is limited, so sign up soon!

This episode first aired on March 12th, 2016.

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Evil: Whose Problem?

Evil: Whose Problem?

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This week Kevin examines one of the oldest objections to theism, dating to even before Jesus walked the earth: the problem of suffering (aka. the problem of evil, the problem of pain, etc.).  The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus argued, if there were a righteous and all-powerful God, he would not allow evil to exist.  Yet evil does exist.  Therefore a righteous, all-powerful God does not.  Case closed, right?

But perhaps Epicurus’ argument raises more questions than it answers.  What is evil?  Is it an absolute quality, and if so, what defines it?  Can we really know for sure what a righteous and all-powerful God would or wouldn’t allow?  Kevin takes a look at the questions raised by Epicurus’ challenge, as well as the basis for morality and reasons to believe God exists.  As Josh McDowell stated, “Don’t allow the unexplainable to keep you from the undeniable.”

Though the reality of suffering can be hard to deal with, the Christian worldview can explain why both good and evil exist.  Can atheism?

This episode first aired on February 27th, 2016.

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Alpha: a First Step to Faith (guests Dana Kloo and Chris Gaudi)

Alpha: a First Step to Faith (guests Dana Kloo and Chris Gaudi)

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Have you ever wished you could introduce a friend or relative to the basic concepts of Christianity in a welcoming environment that’s less intimidating than a church service?  The Alpha program was created to provide just such an opportunity.  In this episode, Kevin talks to Dana Kloo and Chris Gaudi, two people who have seen countless lives (including their own) benefit from the program.

So many people are unbelievers not because they have thoughtfully rejected the gospel, but because they never understood it to begin with.  Inviting people to church is a great way to introduce them to the faith, but some may not be comfortable accepting the invitation, whether due to bad past experiences or a general aversion to church.  That’s where Alpha comes in.

Alpha is an engaging, low-pressure Bible study program that is geared towards people who are totally new to faith.  It is totally free and open to anyone who wants to know more about Christianity, from open-minded spiritual seekers to members of other faiths.  Alpha is all about creating a welcoming environment in which participants can be comfortable learning about God.  The program meets one night a week for ten weeks.  Each meeting starts with a free dinner and time of fellowship, then transitions into an informational talk, followed by small group discussions.  This system fosters the building of relationships and allows for every voice to be heard as friends learn alongside each other.

There are already thousands of churches running Alpha!  You can find a group near you at AlphaUSA.org.  Or you can learn about what it takes to start your own Alpha group!

This episode first aired on February 20th, 2016.

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