Out of a Far Country (guest Dr. Christopher Yuan)

Out of a Far Country (guest Dr. Christopher Yuan)

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The journey from openly homosexual agnostic drug dealer to Bible-affirming Christian scholar and professor is a long and difficult one, as Dr. Christopher Yuan can attest.  Dr. Yuan’s parents were Chinese expatriates who escaped the cultural revolution by fleeing to Taiwan, and later came to America for higher education.  They lived out the American Dream, achieving financial success and providing a bright future for their children despite having arrived in the US with nothing.  But this dream turned into a nightmare for Christopher, who grew up with no religious influence in his life, was ostracized from other boys for being different, and began to feel same-sex attractions after being exposed to pornography at a young age.

Dr. Yuan tells Kevin about his incredible testimony, which took both him and his mother to rock bottom before God brought them into the light.  In her darkest hour, Christopher’s mother heard God’s voice in the form of a small pamphlet.  Soon Christopher’s father and brother came to know the Lord as well, and after many years of faithful prayer and fasting, so did Christopher himself.  Dr. Yuan’s story goes to show that God’s grace can redeem anyone, even a despairing mother who is contemplating suicide and a prodigal son running as hard as he can in the opposite direction.  Dr. Yuan and his mother co-authored a book about their experiences, called Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope.  To learn more about their inspiring journey, visit ChristopherYuan.com.  You can also hear Christopher speak at the Veritas Apologetics Conference at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in November.

This episode first aired on August 27th, 2016.

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Teacher Freed from False Religious Restrictions (guests Jennifer, Janel and Camilo)

Teacher Freed from False Religious Restrictions (guests Jennifer, Janel and Camilo)

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It’s not easy being a teacher—which explains why a lot of them are quitting!  A recent article from The Atlantic examines some of the challenges that teachers face: from long hours of overtime, to less than average pay, to having to buy missing supplies with their own money, to overwhelming stress verging on nervous breakdowns.  Hard to imagine why not enough young people are choosing or sticking with a teaching career anymore!  And teachers who are Christians have one more thing to worry about: potential law suits they might face by showing any indication of their personal faith at school.

Fortunately, there are a variety of perfectly legal ways that Christians, whether teacher or student, can live out their faith at school.  Sadly, many Christians are simply not aware of these rights and have been silenced by fear.  To help solve this problem, Jennifer Kvalvik created the Apples for Teachers ministry at the Rock Church in Point Loma.  Kevin talks to Jennifer, Janel and Camilo about their experiences as Christians who have worked in San Diego public schools for many years.  Jennifer explains what her ministry does, as well as sharing some excellent resources for Christian teachers (such as Christian Teachers in Public Schools by Julia and Gloria Stronks).

This ministry meets once a month as a support group for Christian teachers to mutually encourage one another.  Learn more and get involved by visiting SDRock.com/ministries/ApplesForTeachers!  And even if you are not a teacher, you can assist them in their current service project by donating small school supplies that will go to Syrian refugees.

This episode first aired on August 13th, 2016.

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Reasoning With God (Guests: Michael Bossman, Conor Anderson, Evan Young)

Reasoning With God (Guests: Michael Bossman, Conor Anderson, Evan Young)

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At the beginning of a new school year most students are worrying about settling into their dorm room with a new roommate, finding their classrooms, or how they’re going to pay for textbooks. Their parents may be worrying about how well their child will do academically and hoping they stay out of trouble. But if you are a Christian student or parent you may be worrying about how you, or your child, will survive college or high school with a faith that is intact.

According to recent studies about 25% of college professors are professing atheists or agnostics whereas only about 7% of the general public are atheists or agnostics. Only 6% of professors believe the bible is the actual word of God and 51% say it’s an ancient book with good moral precepts. 75% of teachers and professors say that religion has no place in public schools. With statistics like these, a Christian parent or student has a reason to be worried. In fact, 8 out of 10 young people will leave the faith due to questions they encounter in public school.

But today on Education For Life, Kevin is joined by three guests who are actively working to turn the tide with the Ratio Christi organization. Ratio Christi means “The Reason of Christ”. Kevin will speak with Michael Bossman, Vice President of Ratio Christi, Conor Anderson, Chapter Director and Evan Young, a student who has been mentored by Ratio Christi members. Their mission is to equip university students and faculty to give historical, philosophical, and scientific reasons for following Jesus Christ. They aim to show young adults how reasonable a belief in Christ really is.

Tune in to hear the amazing testimony of these three men and learn about the purpose of Ratio Christi. The learn more about Ratio Christi and their program you can visit ratiochristi.org. You can also get involved and be a mentor for a student or schedule a member to run an apologetics class at your church. There are many ways to get involved and you can view them all at http://ratiochristi.org/partners/get-involved/. You can also donate to Ratio Christi to support their mission at http://ratiochristi.org/donate.

This episode first aired on July 30th, 2016.

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Is Racism Really The Biggest Problem For Blacks? (Guests: Glen McKinney, Theo Goodwin, Daniel Wigginton)

Is Racism Really The Biggest Problem For Blacks? (Guests: Glen McKinney, Theo Goodwin, Daniel Wigginton)

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It’s in the news almost every day. Another white police officer has shot another young black man. People march through the streets crying for justice. Some even riot, loot and call for the death of cops in retaliation. They are followed by politicians who take a tragic situation and use it to their own political benefit. This is the tangled mess that is racism in America.

But is racism the real issue or is there a root cause that needs to be dealt with? Is racism alive and well in America? Join Kevin Conover as he discusses this important issue with three special guests. Glen McKinney, Theo Goodwin (aka Protege) and Daniel Wigginton are three African American men who have experienced the reality of racism in America. They will reveal how deep the problem goes and practical steps that everyone can take to help solve the issue.

They will also discuss the role that the church has to play. For far too long the church has been asleep at the wheel. Sadly, the church has largely remained silent and has failed to reach out to people and teach them what the Bible has to say on this important issue. As a result, the younger generation has largely lost interest in attending church and learning what Jesus had to say about racism. You do not want to miss this show. Listen in as two generations of black and white men come together in a spirit of unity to try to begin to heal the racial divide.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

This episode first aired on July 16th, 2016.

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Rescuing Millennials from Bad Politics (guest Audrea Taylor)

Rescuing Millennials from Bad Politics (guest Audrea Taylor)

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“In every action we take, we are doing one of two things: we are either helping to create a hell on earth or helping to bring down a foretaste of heaven.”  These are the words of Chuck Colson, and Audrea Taylor, founder of im2moro, has taken them to heart.  In this episode, Audrea and Kevin discuss the crossroads that America has arrived at with the upcoming presidential election, and what millennial voters must do to secure the future of the nation.

While performing with her choir in Washington D.C. as a young teen, Audrea heard an event speaker state that the political future of America rests on the next generation.  She suddenly realized that almost no one from this “next generation” was present or showing an interest in politics!  That’s why she and a group of like-minded individuals formed im2moro, an organization devoted to promoting the principles that make America great, as well as encouraging young people to think critically and get involved in politics.

You can learn more at im2moro.com, and find them on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.  You can contact Audrea or even book her as a speaker by visiting the website, or emailing her at [email protected].

This episode first aired on July 9th, 2016.

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Drug Addicts Break Free (guests Herlindo Salinas and Mike Conway)

Drug Addicts Break Free (guests Herlindo Salinas and Mike Conway)

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“Once a junkie, always a junkie.”  That’s what Herlindo had been told, and that’s what he believed about himself.  However, even 16 years into his heroin addiction his mother told him something different: “Son, I know that some day you are going to change.  I am praying for you.”  Today Herlindo is San Diego County’s Director of Teen Challenge, the very organization that helped him turn his life around in 1990.

In this episode Kevin talks to Herlindo and his assistant director Mike about the impact that Teen Challenge has had on their lives, and the lives of countless others.  The ministry was started by David Wilkinson (author of The Cross and the Switchblade) in 1960, and it is still helping teens and adults step out of drug addiction today.  Teen challenge is not a rehab center, and does not just teach behavior modification.  Instead, it takes those whose lives have been destroyed by drug addiction and introduces them to the one person who can actually help: Jesus Christ.

Learn more by visiting TeenChallenge.org(/SDTC for San Diego).  You can help Teen Challenge help others by praying for them, donating to the organization at GiveTC.com, and getting involved in Teen Challenge events such as the San Diego Walk for Recovery on September 24th.

This episode first aired on July 2nd, 2016.

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