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26 minutes | 18 days ago
Watching America “Die By Suicide” – Episode #94
Just when we were having a sense of hope, and we were turning the page on 2020 and entering into 2021, something else bad happened. Violence Erupts in DC & Arrests Made On Wednesday January 6th, a “Save America ” rally organized itself outside of the Capitol Buildings in Washington, DC in order to protest what is perceived by many on the right as a “stolen” election. This was being done as the Senate was meeting in order to certify the Electoral College vote, in which Donald Trump lost the 2020 Presidential Election to Joe Biden. As the entire world knows, things turned violent. Just as Trump promised a few weeks before, the rally would be “wild.” And it became just that. Trump, in a highly charged speech insisted over and over again that that 2020 election had been stolen from him and the people, and that the Democrats were coming after him and his supporters, with promised persecution. President Trump’s speech was the moral equivalent of shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. In this instance, our theater was the presidential election and the balance of political power in America. It is a claim that can do nothing but incite violence. In a democratic society, if people believe they were wrongfully deprived of the fundamental ability to vote, such people will feel robbed of the power they have to determine the direction of their lives, and that of their nation. As a result, things turned ugly. Protestors infiltrated the US Capitol building, resulting in at least 5 deaths. The National Guard was eventually called in, and the city went into lockdown. Many Trump supporters have attempted to lay blame for the violence on leftist domestic terrorist groups like Antifa. However, the US Department Of Justice says there is “no indication Antifa played a role in Wednesday’s chaos at the US Capitol.” Instead it has been Trump supporters and far right-wing extremist groups who identify as QAnon as time, after time, after time, after time that keep getting arrested. Some of those arrested have even been state Republican lawmakers. Removing Trump From Everything SInce then, there have been discussions of removing President Trump from his office either by Vice President Pence and the cabinet invoking the 25th amendment, or by holding another impeachment trial against Trump. Several high ranking Trump administration officials have resigned. Since all this has happened, Trump has announced that he is conceding the election to Joe Biden, has denounced the violence, and is committing to the peaceful transition of power. However, shortly after this President Trump put out a series of statements on Twitter that suggested he might be still yet up to something, and walking back his concession. Worried about possibly inciting more violence, Twitter took swift action, along with Facebook, and has permanently banned the President from their platforms. According to reports: “Twitter said it feared Trump’s most recent tweets were being interpreted as supporting the rioters and that plans for future armed protests had already been proliferating both on and off the platform, including a proposed attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings on Jan. 17.” ~Per CNBC Others have reported that a variety of groups are planning to violently protest Joe Biden’s inauguration on the 19th or 20th. Angered over this perceived infringement on the freedom of speech by social media companies in their crack down on Trump and others, many Trump supporters started a mass exodus from Facebook and Twitter to alternate social media sites like Parler. And just as that started happening, Google removed Parler from their Android app store, and Apple is currently looking to do the same. This has angered many over the perceived crack down on the freedom of speech by the tech giants, and the hypocrisy they show as they take sides that are much more comfortable with left leaning speech, than that of the right. National Suicide In 1838 Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech called, “The Lyceum Address” in which, after making glowing remarks about the founding of America, Lincoln gave a sobering warning about our possible demise as a nation: “Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.“ ~ Abraham Lincoln I perceive Abraham Lincoln’s remarks are something to consider at this moment in time. His words may ultimately prove to be prophetic. This past year with the coronavirus pandemic, racial unrest and violent protests, economic woes, and highly contentious election, we are living in the most divisive point of American history in the past 40 years. Conspiracy theories abound on the left and the right. People have become increasingly politically polarized. A man’s enemies are now members of his own household. It remains highly unlikely that America will ever suffer defeat at the hands of a foreign army. Our Atlantic and Pacific oceans, coupled with the physical size of our land, remain our greatest source of national defense that makes it all but impossible for another country to invade and occupy. Coupled with the fact that we are highly technologically advance, we are wealthy, we have more guns than people, and possess a stockpile of nuclear bombs that if unleashed would probably destroy the planet. We are practically bullet proof as a nation when it comes to external threats. Indeed, if we are to ever fall as a nation, it’ll be our strife from within. A strife that ultimately owes its origins to our violent and contentious founding, which historically speaking, still wasn’t very long ago. If we are to ever fall, it’ll be because our founders set up a form of government, that, for all its wisdom, can be a source of constant friction, as people with often diametrically opposed values are forced to work together to get anything done. If we are to ever fall, it’ll be because we have managed to politicize and moralize just about every interaction with one another as a war between demonic enemies, instead of a meeting of the minds between neighbors and fellow citizens. What Comes Next? I’m not sure what is coming next. My prophetic gifts are better used for understanding the current moment than they are at predicting the future. All I know for certain is that I am kinda at a lost. I believe to my bones that the next few weeks as we watch the transition of power take place, that it will not be peaceful. I feel like I’m looking into a sea of blackness. As a watchman, all I can do is look and wait. I don’t know how this will ultimately play out. I’m hoping for good things, and trusting in the Lord about the future as I normally do. I remain naturally optimistic. Things Are Heating Up But as I have conversations with people on the left and on the right, and as I see the glee and terror both sides feel, I cannot help but sense there are a lot of people planning to do some pretty stupid stuff. There is talk of civil war and violent uprising. People on the margins are really freaking out. The vitriolic language of both sides is unsustainable. Some people are taking victory laps, while others who feel like they are losing their country are preparing for war. People are becoming increasingly isolated, increasingly tribal, and increasingly radicalized. They don’t give a damn about their neighbor. Right now everyone is clamoring for power and trying to come out on top. One side is doing it through a raised clenched fist. The other is looking to conquer through a cross that’s been draped with an American flag. People are taking dramatic steps towards the edge. We are ready to drive off a cliff with whatever bus driver we like the most. And as we deal out retribution, we never stop to think what consequences our actions will have, or even bother to ask about what the possible blowback might be. We just take swift actions, and say to hell with the consequences. If there were ever a sign of God’s judgment on America, it would be this. According to the apostle Paul in Romans 1:18-32, when God judges people, God simply gives them over to the fullness of their sin. One lie begets another lie that requires another lie on top of that lie. And before you know it, you are plunged into a sea of lies, and living in a world divorced from any sense of what is real. You “fight for the truth” only to find yourself swimming in a stream of lies and conspiracy theories, entirely divorced from facts and reality. And the way I see it, both on the left and the right, we haven’t been a people who love the truth. We simply love “winning” and coming out on top. We want to dominate others, and feel a sense of control. We love our fortunes, we love our power, and we love taking sides. And everything we do is to that end. And instead of a life marked by the fullness of joy, we’ll find one marked by destruction and conquest. What comes next? I don’t know. But I feel a lot of people are becoming increasingly disconnected. They feel defrauded. They are feeling cut off. They are afraid. And people who feel cut off and afraid become dangerous. My Inside Scoop As An Evangelical Christian I’ve gone to church with some of these folks. And I can say as an evangelical Christian with deeply Pentecostal and Charismatic background, who runs in mostly conservative leaning circles. You might not like a lot of these people, but forcing them underground and ostracizing them won’t be pretty. As Christians we are supposed to be a people who walk in the love of Jesus and and make peace. Many of my fellow Christians have long abandoned such teachings of Jesus. They don’t see their enemies as individuals to be loved, and they’ve grown tired of turning the other cheek. At this point, many would prefer to baptize others at swordpoint. And with their religion being conflated with being a patriotic American, there is a very real sense that a highly radicalized faction of them just might attempt to do that, to baptize others at swordpoint. Talking with many people in these circles, I’m at the point where I realize that no amount of careful reasoning, documenting of facts, or appeals to the teachings of Jesus will persuade any of these folks. They are a danger, not only to the future of Christianity, which they have long polluted, but to America. And while I definitely have my concerns about other groups in the church and in this country, the perspective I bring today is simply that of someone who has been plunged deeply into a certain subculture of the population. I’ve been to Bible college and seminary. I’ve been active in the life of the church for 20 years. I’ve been in many churches, both small and large, rural and urban. I am well connected, and know what many people in my circles are saying. The warning bells I’m ringing come from within my own camp. Taking A Break With this podcast today, after 94 straight weeks of publishing new content every week, I’ve decided that the best thing for me to do in the coming weeks is to take a little bit of a break. Just for a couple weeks. I’m exhausted. and spent. I feel a lot of pain in our country. And I simply want to carefully watch things unfold. I want to pray. I want to grieve and lament. I want to simply seek Jesus, and find some time of refreshing. I want to step away a bit from being a voice, and just listen. I want to give all of this over to the hands of Jesus, who alone can calm this raging storm. I’ll probably still be somewhat active on Facebook and Twitter. But I’ll probably just mostly share funny memes and pictures of my food, as well as sharing this podcast episode with others. Feel free to reach out to me there if you wish. God bless us all in these difficult times.
20 minutes | 24 days ago
The Model For Becoming A Better Human Being – Episode #93
I think all of us feel a sense of wanting to be better than we currently are. Such is why we often set lofty goals for ourselves, and make New Year’s Resolutions. That’s why a lot of people go to church or special conferences, buy books from self-help gurus, or listen to podcasts. I think most of us feel this inner drive to somehow better ourselves. We realize there is something about us that doesn’t quite add up. Taking inventory of our hearts and lives, we recognize unhealthy thoughts and actions, shortcomings, and sins that just seem to continually fester. So we dream about who we want to become, make resolutions, will to change… and then fail spectacularly. We take 2 steps forward and 3 steps back. And we seem to be caught up in this vicious cycle that often leaves us disappointed in who we’ve become. We Need A Model I think we are in need of something more than just becoming a randomly better version of ourselves. Of someone who tries really hard to change one or two random things about themselves, with no definite end in mind. Such is the equivalent of trying to build a house by completing a random room at a time, with no idea of what the final outcome will be. We are in need of a model. A human blueprint. Someone who we can fashion ourselves after. In an episode of Parks & Rec, the character “Ron Swanson” hilariously tried to give a group of kids what he believed to be the ultimate model of humanity needed to follow. Namely, “The Swanson Pyramid of Greatness.” Ron Swanson might be an interesting model to follow. But I believe the ultimate model that God has given us is that of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ Is Our Model The Bible teaches that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. But through the sin that entered this world and plunged humanity into a great fall, that image has been marred. Jesus Christ came into the world to be a second Adam, to restore what was lost in the fall by the first Adam. In His incarnation represents a new humanity, that He call all of us to participate in. Jesus Christ is our prototype, a model of what God wants us to become. By modeling ourselves after Him, we become daily renewed into the image and likeness of God, the very likeness of God as demonstrated by Jesus. Scriptures Referenced In Today’s Podcast Romans 8:28 “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.” Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
44 minutes | a month ago
Prophecies For The New Year (And Why I Ignore Them) – Episode #92
At this time of year, it’s pretty common for people to make predictions about the New Year. This happens in the world of business, politics, and even the church. Some of these predictions are based on deep analytical number crunching, but others are from people claiming to hear from Jesus and having visions from God. And while I live in a world that makes room for both practices, I don’t put too much stock in any predictions made by anyone about the future. In today’s podcast, I talk about the past year in retrospect, the “prophecies” made about the future, and how we live in a world of uncertainty. We often attempt to remove this uncertainty by divining the future one way or another. We do this either through complex algorithms that project that past into the future, or stuff that involves a little more “hocus pocus.” Unfortunately, whatever the method, both prove to be unreliable. The truth of the matter is, we live in a world full of uncertainty, and no matter what our methodology, our ability to predict the future is going to fail us. And instead of being a person who obsesses about the future and things yet to come, I believe we must focus on being a people of character who make right choices in the present moment. We must act right, right here, right now. We are called to be a people who dig our roots down deep into the life giving source that we need to weather whatever storm we ultimately face. And in doing such, we will flourish no matter what season of life we eventually find ourselves in. Ultimately, I don’t need to worry about my future. My future is in the hands of God, who calls me to live out the present moment. And when I focus on being the person God has called me to be, I’ll make my own future. And I’ll be free from the tyranny of business analysts and prophets who make all manner of predictions, many of which ultimately never come to fruition. Scriptures Cited In Today’s Podcast: Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord. 8 For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit. (NASB) Psalm 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. (NASB) Matthew 6:25 For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NASB) Related Podcast: God Still Speaks Today – Episode #42 Casting Lots (And Making Hard Decisions) – Episode #76 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) ~ Episode #85
81 minutes | a month ago
What Is Christian Nationalism? (And Why It’s Bad) – Episode #91
What is “Christian nationalism?” And why is it bad? Christian nationalism isn’t a new thing in the history of the world. It is an ideology and mindset that has existed in one form or another since the days of Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great. But it has recently made a strong resurgence in America over the last few decades, and has become all the more prominent under the presidency of Donald Trump. In today’s podcast, I sit down with my guest Mike Schwiebert to discuss the issue of Christian nationalism in America. We talk about this topic ultimately in light of the recent “Jericho March” rally that took place in Washington, DC a couple weeks ago. At this march, tens of thousands of Christians marched on Washington, alluding to the Biblical narrative about how the Israelites marched around Jericho for 7 days before conquering the city. During the Jericho March on Washington, many prominent conservative Christian voices spoke at length about the need to take the country back for God and to prevent demonic forces from stealing the election from God’s anointed President, Donald Trump. The march featured conservative Christian voices and personalities such as Eric Metaxas, retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, the “My Pillow” CEO Mike Lindell, Roman Catholic Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Jonathan Cahn, Cindy Jacobs, and many others. Mike and I talk in length about the problematic lense that Christian nationalism in America operates through, and how it ultimately manifest itself. We also discuss the dangers it poses to the church at large, and the implications that it has in our witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Talking Points From Today’s Podcast Beth Moore recently tweeted “I do not believe these are days for mincing words. I’m 63 1/2 years old & I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism. This Christian nationalism is not of God. Move back from it.” In response to this, Dr. James White responded “OK, just what is this new phrase, “Christian nationalism” all of a sudden?” So which is it? Is Christian nationalism one of the greatest dangerous to the church? Or is it something that doesn’t even exist? In today’s podcast, I am sitting down with Mike Schwiebert to discuss the issue of Christian nationalism. This discussion has been brought to the forefront because of the recent demonstration in Washington DC in which there was a “Jericho march” where a large group of Christians got together to attempt to manufacture a miracle on behalf of Donald Trump for the election. Rod Dreher response to Jericho March: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/what-i-saw-at-the-jericho-march/ Christian nationalism rises above mere patriotism. Nationalism is the belief that one’s country is superior to most, if not all other countries. Christian Nationalism is the belief that God has called Christians to create a Christian Nation. Christian nationalism is a sense of identity that one’s nation has been chosen by God for a special unique purpose, and that Christians must support certain political actors, policies, and parties in order to carry out those divine purposes. Otherwise, one might find themselves opposed to God’s ultimate agenda, and will be unable to keep back the dark Satanic forces that want to take the country (and the world) over. Thus we have to “fight for the soul of America” and “turn our nation back to God.” This goes beyond simply living in a society where one tries to persuade others of certain policies based on certain values, or to simply evangelize your neighbors on the teachings of Jesus and its implications for broader society. Christian nationalism is built on the idea that America is a “Christian nation.” As manifested in America, Christian nationalism sees the founding of our nation as being overtly based on”Judeo Christian Values,” with the founding fathers largely being devoted Christians, instead of Deists full of Enlightenment values, mixed with some Christian perspectives and ideas. You largely hear ideas like this propagated by the likes of David Barton. In all fairness to guys like David Barton (though there is much room for criticism), you do see things like this among some of the early American settlers. This is seen very early in American history. The Massachusetts Bay Colony believed God had raised them up to be a “shining city on a hill” that would serve as an example to England and other nations how a Christian society could be organized. Since the days that experiment (and others like it) collapsed, you’ve probably heard regular calls for Americans to “turn back to God.” Much of the preaching of the “Great Awakenings” in the 18th and 19th centuries was infused with this thought. Thought which has continued to exist in mostly conservative circles, especially circles that have historical connections with the great historical Christian “revivals” seen in America. Dispensationalist thought, in which the nation of Israel is seen as having divine purposes for the last days and Bible prophecy, is seen as very important among Christian nationalist thinking in America. God blesses those who bless Israel, so if America wants to live in prosperity, America has to support the nation of Israel in everything she does. This has been pretty standard teaching by guys like Jack Van Impe, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, and pretty much a lot of the more famous TV preachers on networks like TBN. Such teaching is not questioned by many in fundamentalist Christian and Pentecostal type churches. That’s not to say all hold such views. They don’t. But you’ll find them pretty commonly accepted by many sincere Christians. This is a question of Bible interpretation. When we approach the Bible from a skewed lens, we end up in a skewed place. This is about how Christians read and understand the Bible. Christian nationalism attempts to force a marriage between the church and the state. Christian Nationalism is both anti-America and anti-Christian. In some circles today it is popular to talk about exercising “dominion” over spheres of culture and society, where the church dominates or leads. This phenomenon isn’t uniquely it’s American. It’s existed elsewhere. Historically it goes back to the conversion of Rome to Christianity. I think you definitely see it in the Edict of Milan and the official acceptance of Christianity by Rome under Constantine. We see it in the establishment of “The Holy Roman Empire,” which eventually crumbled. But even though it crumbled, it still found root in England, Germany, Greece, Russia, and any other nation that deemed itself officially a “Christian nation.” Chiefly, it seems to be thriving in America, and has flourished under Donald Trump. What exists in America then, is simply the fruit of the complex history of the world as Christianity seeks to live out the life and mission that Christ called it to. What connection does Christian nationalism have with racism in America? Christian nationalism is really white-christian nationalism. Book recommendation: The Color of Compromise Jemar Tisby How do we rid ourselves of this heresy? I believe we need a new sense of identity, and an understanding of our place in this world and how we relate to it. 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” Joshua 5:13, 14 “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Acts 10:34, 35 “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Philippians 3:20 “our citizenship is in heaven.” A proper understanding of the Kingdom of God is the antidote. About Today’s Podcast Guest: Mike Schwiebert Mike Schwiebert Mike has been married 31 years to his wife Rose, and they have a daughter named Ashley. Mike grew up a pastors kid, and has had a life-long love affair with the church and God’s people. He has served in vocational ministry for the past 30 years. He’s currently the Creative Director of Grace Covenant Church, in the Lake Norman area, just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Grace Covenant is one of the largest Four Square Pentecostal churches in the country. He has a blog at TechnicallyThinking.org, which is about the intersection of church with technology. He enjoys cooking, has strong feelings about Texas style barbecue, and enjoys hiking and tech related stuff. Mike can be reached on Twitter @mikeschwiebert Related Podcasts The Battle Cry Of A “Politically Homeless” Christian – Episode #26 The Politics Of Jesus – Episode #43 Turning Our Hunger For Power Upside Down – Episode #46 In America (But Not Of America) ~ Episode #66
71 minutes | a month ago
What Makes A Christmas Movie Great (Or Bad)? – Episode #90
We all have our favorite Christmas movies that we love, and those we love to hate. But what makes the Christmas movies we love so great? And why do some Christmas movies just never connect with us, or slowly fade away? In today’s podcast, I sit down and talk to a children’s librarian (my wife Meagan Humphrey) about some of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. We talk about the elements of what makes each Christmas movie great, and why they continue to endure as favorites year after year. Likewise, we talk about why some of these Christmas movies never quite make it, or are only popular for a short period of time. Meagan & Jimmy Humphrey Popular Christmas Movies Discussed On Today’s Podcast Elf A Christmas Story It’s A Wonderful Life Scrooged Home Alone National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Hallmark Christmas Movies Miracle On 34th Street A Charlie Brown Christmas The Polar Express The Santa Clause Jingle All The Way Gremlins How The Grinch Stole Christmas Die Hard Related Podcasts Christmas In July (Saving Money) – Episode #15 Our Story: God Blessed The Broken Road – Episode #20 9 Reasons I “HATE” Christmas Festivities Before Thanksgiving – Episode #33 Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving – Episode #35 Why I Love A Materialistic Christmas – Episode #37 Spending The Holidays Alone During The Pandemic (9 Tips) – Episode #87
76 minutes | 2 months ago
Should Marijuana Be Decriminalized? (A Discussion) – Episode #89
Should we decriminalize marijuana? Recently federal legislation has passed in the United States House of Representatives, in which 222 votes for and 158 votes against making marijuana possession legal. This vote was mostly along party lines, with only 5 Republicans voting for support of the law. It now goes onto the Senate for consideration. Increasingly in the United States, marijuana possession and usage is gaining acceptance. According to the Map of Marijuana Legality, as of the 2020 Election, 16 states in the United States have fully legalized the use of marijuana. 33 states allow for the medical use of marijuana. 26 states have decriminalized marijuana at some level. On today’s podcast, I sit down with my friend, “St. Theosaurus Rex” to discuss our differing political views on whether or not marijuana should be made legal. While we both agree from a theological perspective that the use of marijuana, while not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, would be unethical to use for recreational purposes. The question is then one of criminality. As Christians, should we support legislation that legalizes marijuana? Talking Points From Today’s Discussion St Thesaurus Rex is coming from a “communitarian liberal” perspective, whereas I am coming from a libertarian leaning philosophy of government. Historically prohibition proved to be a disastrous policy when it came to alcohol. It created more problems than it solved. Prohibition was the only amendment in the history of the United States to be both added and removed from the US Constitution. Why should we believe a prohibition on marijuana is a positive path we should continue to pursue. Marijuana use and possession is still considered to be illegal at the federal level. Possession could get you in trouble with the federal government even if the states allow it. Per legal website: Possession is considered a felony. First time offense is 1 year in federal prison minimum. Max of 3. Growing pot in any amount can warrant a 5 year felony. These punishments are harsh and excessive. The punishment is not proportional to the crime. Why should marijuana be criminalized? Whose rights are being infringed on? Don’t natural rights state that you and I should be able to engage in self determination? Should you and I not be able to own and possess anything we wish so long as we don’t violate the rights of someone else? Why should the government be able to use the coercive power of the state to deprive me of my right to own whatever I wish, including marijuana? And why should I be subject to steep fines and become a convicted felon just for owning marijuana? Do we really want to deprive people of the freedom to live their life and make a living and to do hard jail time as a felon simply for smoking some pot? That seems unjust. The punishment doesn’t match the crime. Maybe instead of criminalizing marijuana usage, we could simply punish folks for doing things like driving while under the influence, like we do with alcohol? Instead of criminalizing it, we should focus on treating people who show signs of chronic problems who are in need of rehabilitation, and therapy. Drug use is a mental health issue, not a criminal issue. In recent years, countries like Portugal ended the war on drugs, decriminalizing all drugs, and choosing instead to focus on therapy. They’ve seen rampant drug usage drastically decline. About Today’s Guest: The Theosaurus Rex The following guest on today’s podcast goes by a pseudonym in order to remain anonymous online. I know his real name and where he lives. But in order to protect his identity and wish to remain anonymous, I will simply use his online moniker and stage name: The Theosaurus Rex. St. Theosaurus Rex is a “millennial dinosaur” who has a Bachelor degree in International Studies: Political Science and politically identifies as a Communitarian Liberal (socially conservative and fiscally constitutional). He also has his Master of Divinity in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and identifies as a charismatic Bapticostal. Currently St. Theosaurus Rex is a pastor in a small southern church setting. Eventually, he’d love to get a PhD in philosophy with something to do with Christianity in literature or cinematography. An interesting hybrid of his hippie father and scientist mother he’s been taught to always question authorities, come up with his own philosophies, and objectively look at all sides. His biggest theological influences are the works of CS Lewis, Rob Bell, and J.R.R. Tolkien. You can reach St. Theosaurus Rex on Twitter: @StTheosaurusRex Related Podcast The Politics Of Jesus – Episode #43
38 minutes | 2 months ago
When Do We Have Enough? (Peak Materialism) – Episode #88
How do we know when we have “enough” in a culture saturated by materialism? Thanksgiving provides us the opportunity to reflect on all the things we are thankful for. But even for everything we have to give thanks over, we all still seem to have this itch that we don’t have enough. We are always left feeling that we need more. In today’s podcast, I look at the problem we have with our materialistic mindset, and how we can learn to practice being content. Talking points from today’s show are noted below. Where We Are “Materially” Speaking Indeed, there are many people who suffer from genuine want. Every day is a struggle to have their basic needs met. As of the end of 2019, the official “poverty rate” in the United States is 10.5% per government data. And while that is the lowest rate for poverty recorded since data was collected in 1959, that still means 34 million people in the United States lack the basics needed for survival. Thankfully, the vast majority of Americans have enough. As I’ve talked about before, things are not as bleak as politicians like Bernie Sanders would have you believe. Indeed, many have more than enough. We have so much stuff that our homes are not large enough to hold all of it. Per statistics, a staggering 90% of the world’s rental self-storage units are in the United States. As of 2017, it is estimated that just under 10% of homes in the United States rent a storage unit. Since 2013, the amount spent on rental storage new construction has increased almost 800%. Black Friday is that time of year when Americans, after spending a day giving thanks, we kill each other over all the things we don’t have. We struggle with materialism in this country. And while our desire to consume and hoard may be the engine that ultimately makes our capitalistic engine go round and round, it does so at great cost. Our total “consumer debt” in America is at all time highs. According to statistics the average consumer debt per capita in the United States is $12,687 as of the end of 2019, which represents a 4.7% increase from the prior year. We’ll Never Be Able To “Feed The Beast” Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. When good things increase, those who consume them increase. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?” Proverbs 27:20 “Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.” By default, we always want more. By nature we aren’t content with what we have. We operate with a scarcity mindset. We feel we need to gather more and more in some sort of evolutionary survival fit mentality. And every time we obtain what we think we need to have enough, we move the goalpost. Suddenly it’s not enough to just have a house and a reliable car. We need a bigger house, in a nicer location, with a car that has all the latest trappings. And we never dreamed about it before, but then we suddenly need a boat. How You Know You’ve Reached “Peak Materialism” So, how do you know when you are maxed out on your materialism? How do you know when you’ve gotten too much stuff? On Facebook, my friends David & Kelly suggested that if you’ve maxed out your credit cards or are carrying a high balance, you’ve likely reached your peak. On Facebook, my friend Wes suggested that “if you can’t slow down” and are “stressing” out over what to buy next, and are upset that your local retailer isn’t open 24 hours a day to meet your materialistic needs, you’ve probably reach your peak. If to meet your financial goals and material needs, you always feel the need to get a raise or promotion at work. If it’s difficult for other people to shop for your birthday or Christmas gifts, or if it’s hard for you to come up with a Christmas list, because “you have it all already.” Your garage is so full that you have to park your cars outside. You rent a self-storage unit for random “stuff.” A Shift In Mindset 1 Timothy 6:8 “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” I don’t think most of us, even as Christians, share the same sentiment as the apostle Paul. There’s probably not a person listening to me that lacks for food, clothing, or shelter. Yet, I think most of us inwardly want for more than we presently have. Learning to be content with what we have is a question of service. That is, who are we serving with our resources. Are we serving God, or are we serving ourselves? Jesus said “You can’t have two masters. You can’t serve both God and wealth.” (Matthew 6:24) Contentment comes only as a spiritual discipline. It only happens when a spirit of thankfulness causes us to realize how full we actually are. We need to switch from a scarcity mindset to a mindset where we see God has already provided us with an abundance. Generosity frees us from the scarcity mindset. It opens our eyes to just how much we have to give. Related Podcast Episodes: To Hell with the Rich! – Episode #3 Lucky To Be Broke – Episode #13 Bernie Sanders Is Trying To Resurrect Jimmy Hoffa – Episode #30 In Search Of “Greener” Pastures – Episode #39 Critiquing Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover – Episode #48 7 Tips For A More “Simple Life” – Episode #78
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Spending The Holidays Alone During The Pandemic (9 Tips) – Episode #87
The pandemic of 2020 is forcing a lot of people to spend the holidays alone. And that sucks. For some, this is the result of government decree, and for others, by personal choice. Whatever the case, nobody wants to spend the holidays alone. Nobody wants to have a “Blue Christmas.” In today’s podcast, I talk about how we can better celebrate the holidays alone, and provide some simple tips for making us all feel together even if we are forced to be apart. 1. Be A Giver If you are alone, find a way to do something for someone else. Jesus said it’s more blessed to give than receive, so look for tangible ways you can give something to someone else. 2. Eat A Virtual Meal Together Corey, a follower of the podcast, recommends that if you can’t be together physically, be together virtually, or at least over the phone. Don’t be afraid to setup a video conference at your kitchen table and eat with your loved ones remotely. 3. Special Cards Shelly, a follower of the podcast, recommends sending someone a card in the mail with 3 reasons you are thankful for them. That might be kinda old school, but I like that. There’s something special about getting a card in the mail that just doesn’t compare to a text message. 4. Try A New Recipe Use this holiday season as an opportunity to experiment with a new holiday recipe! If you want to put bacon on your yams, put bacon on your yams! Try a recipe you’ve long thought about trying, or swap recipes with a friend. And if your food experiment works out, maybe you can redeem 2020 during the holidays season of 2021 by cooking this year’s special recipe! Here’s my contribution to your holiday eats: Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs with Bacon (Southern Style) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5kRsoOpgyU&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3OJCGmR9M4r-NyJQSaHbYdi8Wj18U7b50vk0W8Fsg6zNYvRWFa2DRJSTY 5. Send A Care Package Send someone you know a care package with lots of food stuff. If necessary, buy some Dry Ice packets that will keep food cooler for longer, and ship them in a special styrofoam container. It might be a little pricey, but, it can really make things a lot more special. 6. Sing and Dance– Hold Nothing Back Sing and dance, even by yourself. Do you sing in the shower? This helps lift your spirits, right? If you are alone, sing and dance with all your might. Sing and dance to God. Sing and dance for your own amusement. Channel your inner Blues Brother and hold nothing back. 7. Join the “Jelly Of Month” Club (Or Something Like It) Gift yourself a subscription service that will send you something random, be it coffee, meat, cheese, or some sort of foreign food. That way you can experience a sense of “surprise” when some random food shows up at your house. My wife and I already do this with a “cheese of the month club” at our favorite local cheese shop. It always makes us excited. So pick something you think you would like, and subscribe 8. Watch All The Movies You’ve Missed Out On Watch that movie franchise you’ve always wanted to watch but just haven’t had the chance. Now is the chance to watch all the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Or all 8 Harry Potter movies. Or all 6 Die Hard movies. Whatever it is, seize the opportunity to deep dive into movies you’ve long wanted to watch. 9. Create Something Try creating something even if you aren’t very creative or artistic. We are all created in the image and likeness of God. And just as God created the world and all therin, and it brought joy to Him, go and do likewise. Be like God and create something and see if it doesn’t bring some sort of delight to you. Go to the art store, buy some paints, and see what you can spread on a canvas. Try painting something Bob Ross would paint. Related Links Jimmy & Meagan’s Kitchen Why I Love A Materialistic Christmas – Episode #37
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Stop Listening To The Angry Talking Heads ~ Episode #86
If you want to be a successful social and news commentator, you will largely have to give up any notion of being a kind and decent human being. In fact, you’ll always have to be at least a tad bit angry at someone, somewhere, for something stupid they’ve said or done. And you’ll need to be angry on a pretty regularly basis if you wish to stay at the top. This is true whether or not you are a personality on the left or right. This is true whether you are on TV, radio, a podcast, or Twitter. And while you’ll still need to be insightful from time to time, peddling in anger is key. And the more you beat up on others, the higher you’ll potentially climb. Consider the following “classic” exchange between former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera as they debated immigration reform about 15 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3U9ENaTPLY People Want A Fight – Not Truth The reason for all of this is simple. MOST people don’t want to consume actual information and knowledge, and consider reasonable differing perspectives as they attempt to understand the world they live in. They just want to watch the Jerry Springer show. And what is the only reason to watch the Jerry Springer show? To see a bit of a brawl and to feel better about ourselves. And that’s why over the years people listen in droves to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Ben Shapiro, Matt Walsh, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingram, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, or even the ladies on The View. That’s not to say these folks don’t have an occasional good insight worth considering. But even Jerry Springer ended his show with a short homily peppered with sage like sayings. But it was still Springer at the end of the day. Our Cultural Predicament Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to totally ignore these “chowder heads.” These folks are pervasive and everywhere, and their perspectives represent as well as shape the average discussion happening in the street. They give us a sense of what’s happening in the world as the history of the world unfolds in the news. And in turn, the riveting social and political commentary of these talking heads is distorting our humanity. They can’t merely talk about the issues of the day as they seek to explore the significance of everything. They must constantly call one another “pin heads” while doing it. And while facts may not have feelings, people certainly do. And that’s not to say there’s not a time and place for making it clear that other individuals in humanity are troublesome characters worthy of much scorn. Even Jesus denounced some of His opponents in very pointed ways from time to time. But such was rare, and not the regular diet of the things He fed His followers. Jesus didn’t major in the snarky hot takes of the Twitter-verse. The Danger Of Forked Tongues And Bitter Mouths Proverbs says life and death is in the power of the tongue. By it men are made alive and lifted out of their graves, and by it worlds are reduced to rubble. So we must take caution in not only what we say and how we say it, but what we consume, and what we regularly listen to. And what we regularly listen to is down right abusive. As a result, our society has normalized verbal abuse, and has made talking over one another in a heated exchange the way we simply communicate. As a result we are always talking at one another instead of with one another. Is it no wonder president Donald Trump became so popular? Whether you like his politics or not, his abrasive manner of speaking has become so typical in the way we talk to one another. So much so that even many deeply religious people didn’t bat an eye at his manner of speaking. Indeed, they often defended it, as Trump was just mirroring what they themselves had long been listening to on the radio and TV. They thought it was perfectly normal and acceptable to have their leaders speak like that. And why not? Their thought leaders on TV, radio, and social media regularly talk like that. Being angry and poking others in the eye as you discuss current happenings is all people ever see. And if that’s all you ever see, it’s not long before people everywhere start mimicking such behavior. Destructive Instead Of Constructive Conversations And don’t get me wrong, people occasionally need a good poke in the eye. And we need more engaging conversation in which people exchange conflicting ideas as they hash out difficult topics and events. Proverbs says as iron sharpens iron so one man does another. And when iron sharpens iron, sparks may occasionally fly. Loud noise is inevitable. But the process is ultimately constructive, not destructive. Our current level of engagement isn’t usually iron sharpening iron. It’s the exchanging of Molotov cocktails. And like watching an hour of Jerry Springer, it’s killing our souls, yet making us feel good about ourselves just the same. As a result, we think nothing of openly slandering others and spreading gossip and lies. People caught up in the QAnon conspiracy theories suffer from this issue. With a sketchy string of evidence that can’t be validated, and is frequently debunked, people insist on sharing the most grotesque ideas about other human beings imaginable. We’ve Become Divided I recently lost a long time friend over this. One of my friends was incessantly sharing a lot of these conspiracy theories. I called them out on it, saying that if they have such strong evidence that Joe Biden and a bunch of celebrities are part of a pedophile sex ring, that they should share such evidence with police and other legal authorities. And, if they don’t actually have such evidence, they shouldn’t openly accuse others of such heinous crimes. After all, you wouldn’t want someone to do the same regarding you, right? Unfortunately this exchange resulted in us being unable to remain friends. I consider such behavior morally reprehensible. Yet we live in a culture where such behavior has been normalized. For a bunch of angry talking heads have made us think this sort of behavior is acceptable. And social media has empowered us more than ever to engage in such ridiculous conversation. How We Can Heal I believe the path forward that will bring healing, is not the electing of a new president, but rather, putting into practice the teachings of Scripture. Don’t bear false witness by sharing unfounded conspiracy theories. Always seek to be truthful. Practice the “Golden Rule,” by treating others as you would want to be treated. Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Treat others kindly, as someone also created in the image of God. Walk in forgiveness, and practice brotherly love. And above all else, I think we would do well to distance ourselves from these destructive “talking heads,” that have so many millions of people in our nation spell bound, and addicted to the hatred that they regularly perpetuate. We should give them very little of our attention, and do our best to turn them off. Related Podcasts I Want To Argue Less (10 Tips) – Episode #45 Conspiracy Theories Are Real (Sometimes)!?!? ~ Episode #58 Looking Into The Mirror: The Trump And Biden Debate – Episode #80 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) ~ Episode #85
56 minutes | 3 months ago
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) ~ Episode #85
How’s your anxiety this week? Because of the election, a lot of people have been on edge. People have been nervous about the wrong person getting elected. Americans have been concerned about the integrity of the election. And above all, we’ve been nervous about the possible changes that will come in the future depending on who wins the election. I admit. I’ve been a little on edge myself. Even though I was destined to be disappointed in the outcome of the election, because I didn’t vote for either Donald Trump or Joe Biden, I still experienced some of the collective anxiety of “not knowing” on the night of the election who had won, and all the drama sense then. I too hit the refresh button on my browser screen a million times this week to see what was the latest vote count. This past week in America we certainly were an anxious bunch. The election happened. Would Trump win? Would Biden win? Would the Democrats usher in a so-called “Blue Wave” in which they controlled the presidency, the house, and the senate? Would 2021 be the year America becomes a socialist state? Would there be riots in the streets? Would there be massive voter fraud and would the election be viewed as illegitimate? Would the election be contested and ultimately decided by the Supreme Court? We’ve had all these thoughts and fears and a thousand more. It feels like the end of the world as we know it. So… let’s have a little inspiration for today’s podcast, and channel some 1980’s music from R.E.M. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OyBtMPqpNY What Is Anxiety? Anxiety is a form of suffering. It’s a psychological response that causes us to experience the sufferings of events that haven’t happened yet. Yet, in the present, we experience them as if they already have happened. Anxiety is us living in the present as if doomsday is happening right now. We are afraid over future events that have yet to materialize. Someone once said FEAR is just an acronym that stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. And never is fear more alive than when our thoughts and imaginations are left to run wild. Especially ones where we think are well informed, and believe those possibilities appear to be very real potential outcomes. Most of these fears about the future are just lies we tell ourselves as we attempt to control that which we cannot control. It’s a defensive mechanism we use to bring us a sick sense of comfort. And sadly, it’s highly addicting. Our Fears Seldom Materialize Yet it’s interesting, for all the things we worry about, 95% of them never happen. So, that’s either a good sign that worrying works, or our projections about the future and the doomsday scenarios we envision just never materialize. We are terrible prophets when we attempt to predict the future. And when it comes to the political arena, I believe we are especially bad about predicting the future. I’m in my late 30’s, and have been pretty politically involved for decades. I keep up on what’s happening and pay attention to what all the pundits and prognosticators say. I listen to the news, read books, follow podcast, and pay attention to what’s happening in the world and why it’s happening. I also keep an ear out for what people think might happen. And if anything I’ve learned: Political prognosticators are almost always wrong. At best, they have a sense of the general trajectory we are heading because they can tell what way the wind is blowing. But events seldom workout as they say. Even when one party is completely in power, their ability to take dramatic actions that result in great changes are difficult if not near impossible. There are so many competing factions vying to get their pet political policies passed through congress. And by the time they draft a bill and get it passed, it seldom lives up to all the hype, hope, or fears. What finally becomes law is usually just a shell of whatever was originally envisioned or promised. Fear Sells… And Everyone Knows It If there’s anything the news and politicians are good at selling us it’s fear. They peddle in it much more than they do actual facts. That’s why the moment something happens, before we can even get all the facts of the situation established, some expert is being dragged in front of a camera to tell us all what this will mean about the future. Fear sells, and all that powers that be know it. Financial gurus are always pumping a stock they know we’ll buy because we have a fear of missing out. “Breaking news” is always being announced to keep us on the edge of our seat and watching the TV so we can find out about what terrible thing just happened. And politicians are always painting the worst of possible scenarios if the other side gets elected and comes into power. It’s just going to be a complete takeover of everything, and everything is going to change dramatically… unless you elect me! Controlling Our Thought Life I’m not a psychologist. I’m no guru. I just happen to be a guy who has had to learn to battle his own demons. I come from a lineage of professional worry warts. It’s in my blood. As a grown man I can’t see a pile of sticks without thinking there might be an army of snakes and ticks in there ready to kill me. But for all my fears and anxieties, I’ve learned a thing or two about working through these fears. And the biggest thing I’ve learned about anxiety, is we’ll never overcome it until we make a conscious decision to think about our thinking. Most of our anxiety comes simply from thinking about things in the wrong way, and mulling on it over and over again. And we’ll never overcome our anxiety until we learn to recognize when we’ve jumped aboard the crazy train, and find a way to get off. For some, this problem is clinical and medical. And I don’t wish to trivialize people suffering from chronic anxiety problems. If that’s you, I really do highly encourage you to see a professional medical expert who can help you work through your anxiety. There is no shame in such. But for those of you who are not currently in need of professional counseling, I have assembled some quotes that I’d like to use to talk through dealing with anxiety. Please be sure to listen to this podcast in order to hear me fully discuss each point. 1. Recognize Anxiety Gets Us Nowhere “Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” —Jodi Picoult 2. We Are Our Own Worst Enemy “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” —George Bernard Shaw 3. We Have A False Solution “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” —Charles Spurgeon 4. We Must Make A Choice “Life is 10 percent what you experience and 90 percent how you respond to it.” —Dorothy M. Neddermeyer “You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.” —Wayne Dyer “…we are taking every thought captive and presenting it to obedience for Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:5) 5. Live In The Present– And Trust God With It All “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:25-34 6. Turn Your TV Off: Find Good Things To Think About “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” ~ Philippians 4:4-9 Related Podcasts Embracing Fear And Overcoming Fear – Episode #28 In Search Of “Greener” Pastures – Episode #39 Baby Steps (How To Change Your Life) ~ Episode #70 Surviving Our Mini-Apocalypse (Bonus Podcast Episode)
48 minutes | 3 months ago
That Time I Was Laid Off From Work (And Tips For Handling Job Loss) ~ Episode #84
This past week at work, a lot of people were laid off and lost their job. I wasn't among them in this round of layoffs. But I once was, and there is the very real possibility I could be laid off in the future. In this week's podcast, I talk about the inevitability of job loss, how we can prepare for it, and how we can handle it once we find ourselves out of work.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
10 Tips For Working From Home – Episode #83
Because of COVID-19, an increasing number of people are working from home. Some temporarily, others permanently. The transition for many has been difficult. In today's podcast, I provide 10 tips practical tips on how you can improve your work from home situation...
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Who Is Your Daddy And What Does He Do? – Episode #82
Who am I? And who do others think that I am? In our culture, our sense of self-identification is the end all be all of human existence. Whether we are talking about our family, careers, race, sexuality, religion, or politicial affiliation, who we think we are ends up dramatically shaping what type of lives we live, and how we get along with others. In today's podcast, I talk about why I think this can sometimes be dangerous, and propose an alternate solution...
38 minutes | 4 months ago
Cultivating Friendship In Marriage- Episode #81
What is friendship? And can you be friends with your spouse? In today's podcast, I look at how to cultivate friendship with in your marriage...
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Looking Into The Mirror: The Trump And Biden Debate – Episode #80
Watching the Presidential debate between Trump and Biden, I felt like I was looking into a mirror. In today's podcast, I talk about what I learned from watching this historic debate...
37 minutes | 4 months ago
How I Gave Myself A $4,320 Raise This Year -Episode #79
Convincing your boss to give you a raise is almost impossible. But you do have the power to give yourself a raise this year. In this week's podcast, I talk about how I gave myself a raise...
37 minutes | 4 months ago
7 Tips For A More “Simple Life” – Episode #78
In order to maximize your personal finances, you need to approach life with a spirit of simplicity, modesty, and frugality. In today's podcast, I talk about 7 tips for simplifying your personal finances...
31 minutes | 5 months ago
What The Mafia’s “Ten Commandments” Can Teach Us – Episode #77
Over a decade ago a "Ten Commandments" was discovered to exist in one mafia family. Apparently, there is "honor among thieves." In today's podcast, I look at why ethics and character matter, even in criminal organizations, and what such teaches us about the organizations we are a part of...
47 minutes | 5 months ago
Casting Lots (And Making Hard Decisions) – Episode #76
Have you ever had to make a really hard decision in life, but didn't really know what to do? In ancient times, people used to "cast lots" to divine the will of God for their life. In the 21st century, we tend to be a little more sophisticated with making hard decisions. In today's podcast, I talk about how to make hard decisions, and casting lots...
33 minutes | 5 months ago
How Hypocrites Are Made – Episode #75
The recent sex scandal involving the head of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Jr., his wife, and his "pool boy" / business partner, has made us painfully aware that a certain hypocrisy exists among us in Evangelical circles. In today's podcast, I look at what it means to be a hypocrite, how hypocrisy thrives, and what we can do to combat it.
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