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Switching Lenses Podcast
28 minutes | 5 days ago
Responding to Ravi- Asking the Tough Questions
Many have been stunned by the findings of the investigation into the sexual assault claims made against Ravi Zacharias. We are left asking so many questions. In this episode we address some of the tough questions people are asking like "Should we read his books or listen to his old sermons?" Can we compare Ravi to David in the Bible and simply view him as just a fallen human? What level of trust can we place on evangelists, pastors, and other ministry leaders? Find all episodes at www.switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Alex Green from Pexels
21 minutes | a month ago
The Profundity of Forgiveness Part 1: Behind the Door of Unforgiveness
We begin a new series called "The Profundity of Forgiveness" that flows from our previous series on justice. In this first episode we start by looking at unforgiveness. It might seem natural since forgiveness can seem illogical or irrational if self-preservation is the ultimate ethic. But does living in unforgiveness resolve or restore what was lost? What are the effects of unforgiveness on a person and on a society? All episodes can be found at www.switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Evelyn Chong from Pexels
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Defining Justice in a Fragile Society Pt4- "Finding Our Way In This Mess"
In part 4 of our series of "Defining Justice in a Fragile Society," we continue discussing the applications and conclusions of Biblical justice within the our current circumstances. What role must mercy and forgiveness play in order to justice that is righteous. What should be our attitude towards the marginalized and how do we identify them? All episodes can be found at www.switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Maurício Mascaro from Pexels
22 minutes | 4 months ago
Defining Justice in a Fragile Society Pt3- "Finding Our Way In This Mess"
In part 3 of our series of "Defining Justice in a Fragile Society," we begin to describe and analyze the problems related to recent events involving claims of injustice. How do we recognize when injustices are taking place and how should we react when they do? How do we approach the system of law of enforcement we have in the US and objectively critique it devoid of any bias. All episodes can be found at www.switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Kelly Lacy from Pexels
21 minutes | 6 months ago
Defining Justice in a Fragile Society Pt2- "The Biblical View Of Justice"
In the previous episode we established that the natural world is devoid of any justice and if we are looking for justice we are forced to look beyond the natural world and humanity. In this episode we take a look at what the Bible says about justice. The Hebrew word "mishpat" is translated as "justice" in English but it seems to go much further than our English understanding. It demands much more of us. All episodes can be found at switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Sarwer e Kainat Welfare from Pexels
23 minutes | 6 months ago
Defining Justice in a Fragile Society Pt1- Justice In The Natural World
We are starting a brand new series called "Defining Justice in a Fragile Society." It not difficult to look out into the cultural and political landscape and see people making claims of injustice left and right. In this series we want to peel back the surface of these tensions and get to the heart of the matter and define the word "justice." In this first episode we want to take the natural world outside of humanity and see if there are any clues or any guidance that would lead us to defining what justice looks like and how to apply it. All episodes found at switchinglensespodcast.com Music produced by Brian Buchanan Episode Image by Pixabay
18 minutes | 7 months ago
Avoiding the Significant Part 3- Quiet Down
In the final episode of the "Avoiding the Significant" series we hold culture under the microscope to observe its part in avoiding conversations and ideas of utmost importance. What kind of movements are we seeing that keep people at a distance from the God who desires them? How can we navigate through life with these kinds of ideas and influences right at our doorstep? You can find all episodes at www.switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Kat Jayne from Pexels
27 minutes | 8 months ago
Avoiding the Significant Part 2- Willingly Distracted and Indifferent
We continue our series on the curious question of "Why do we tend to avoid conversations of ultimate importance and divert our attention from these significant questions and ideas?" In this episode we want to look at the role that distraction plays in all of this. We are all guilty to some degree of being distracted but how much of our day do we fill with distractions that keep our attention away from what or who is of utmost importance? Timestamps 1:57 Recap of part 1 and intro of part 2 2:54 Types of distractions: Phones 4:47 Types of distractions: Television & Movies 6:40 Types of distractions: Busyness and Careers 8:40 Types of distractions: Pleasures 9:36 Blaise Pascal Quote about about our inability to sit alone quietly 14:02 Breakdown of Luke 14 and how the parable of the host of the great banquet applies to our distracted everyday lives. 21:49 Practical encouragement and advice Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas from Pexels
18 minutes | 9 months ago
Avoiding the Significant Part 1- What is Significant?
In part one of this three part series we take a look at a seemingly common mentality of avoiding conversations of ultimate significance. Why is this? We start in this first episode of simply establishing what IS significant or what is of ultimate significance. We finish the episode by helping to personally identify what we value and how much we value it. All episodes and blog material can be found at www.switchinglensespodcast.com Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels
16 minutes | 10 months ago
Coronavirus Part 3- Reacting In Adverse Times
In the final episode of our Coronavirus series we question "How should we react in a troubled time such as this?" Is bunkering down and obtaining supplies using wisdom or is it reacting in fear? Is this really a very unique time with a very unique opportunity? Music by Brian Buchanan All episodes found at switchinglensespodcast.com
18 minutes | a year ago
Coronavirus Part 2- How do we value life?
We continue our three-part series on taking a look at our reaction to the coronavirus. We are seeing many different reactions to this virus and the potential threat it poses to some people's lives. So it prompts the question:"How do we value...life?" If I don't believe in God, or any life after this, how might I react when my life might be threatened? What if I do believe that this life isn't all there is? How might I react? We discuss all of this to provide some proper perspective on how we should react in these times. Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit switchinglensespodcast.com for all podcast episodes, videos, and blog articles. Music by Brian Buchanan Photo by Abhiram Prakash from Pexels
17 minutes | a year ago
Coronavirus Part 1- Do we have a compromised expectation?
In this episode we ask "What is the expected reaction from the coronavirus?" Is this a grave injustice to humanity or is this just part of living in a broken world? We also look at how the advancement of technology has really shaped our expectation of how our lives should look and the associated disappointment when things go wrong. Email the show at email@example.com Visit switchinglensespodcast.com for all podcast episodes, videos, and blog articles. Music by Brian Buchanan
53 minutes | a year ago
Q&A Face-off: 6 Tough Questions
On this episode we shake things up a bit. Josh and Shane have prepared difficult questions to ask each other without previously discussing them. These questions come from common questions and issues many people have about Christianity and the Bible. All questions are time-stamped below: (6:43) Question 1- If I’m a good person who does more good things than bad and live a happy life, why would I need God? (13:38) Question 2- How do approach sharing your faith with someone from a Muslim background or faith? (20:05) Question 3- If God is all knowing and all-loving, why did He even put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden? (28:18) Question 4- How do you explain the silence of God to a believer and non-believers? (37:00) Question 5- If there was no death before the fall, why do so many animals have predatory features? (42:47) Question 6- Most Christians believe that if a baby dies, they go to heaven. Is it possible that if that baby would have lived that they would have chosen a life apart from God?
40 minutes | a year ago
Don't Judge Me
Don't judge me! This is a common response to moral correction or disapproval but does it have any merit? Are we ever allowed to point out mistakes or flaws in other people? Many will point to the Bible and say that it says "Don't judge others lest you be judged." This topic can be a bit tricky but we will break this idea down in this episode. We will look at the intent of this phrase and other similar phrases dealing with "being judgmental." Then we will look at the natural outworking of a society that completely avoids "judging" others. Lastly we will hold it under the lens of the Bible and see what it says about judging others within the proper context. Follow us on Twitter @lensesswitching and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
37 minutes | a year ago
Is Genesis compatible with the modern scientific view?
In this episode we approach the notion that the book of Genesis is incompatible with science and therefore is often viewed as myth. This view is becoming more and more popular due to a rising belief in scientism. But does the modern scientific view actually validate some of the Genesis creation narrative? Josh and Shane take a look at three claims: - The consensus of recorded human history - The common descent of man - Life from non-life Is there a congruency between the two? Follow the show on twitter @lensesswitching and you can email the show at switchinglensespodcast@gmail
50 minutes | a year ago
Evangelism with Chris Staron
We welcome author, writer, and host of the "Truce Podcast" Chris Staron to the show. We spend some time getting to know Chris and talk with him about his release of season 3 of the Truce Podcast. We also dive into the topic of evangelism in light of our previous episode "Is Evangelism Offensive" and provide our experiences and strategies of sharing the Gospel message with unbelievers. You can info for the Truce Podcast at https://trucepodcast.com/
38 minutes | a year ago
Is Evangelism Offensive?
On the latest episode of Switching Lenses we address the question “Is evangelism offensive?” According to a Barna Group survey there are many who share this sentiment that it is wrong to share your faith with someone in hopes that they will one day share the same faith. So, are personal beliefs so sacred that they are above any kind of dissenting views or objections? Have we reached a point where we are unable to disagree? And what happens if we hold up a particular belief and question its truthfulness? Join Shane and I as we dive into all of these questions and more in the episode entitled “Is Evangelism Offensive?”
41 minutes | a year ago
In this episode we address some quotes from democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. He has called out those across the political aisle, namely those professing a Christian worldview, and accusing them of disregarding what the Bible says in the name of partisan politics. Does Mr. Buttigieg have a case? Is there a legitimate claim of hypocrisy or are the claims unfounded? We will dive into 3 particular quotes on the topics of human sexuality, addressing poverty, and biblical interpretation. Topic Intro/Disclaimer- 1:44 Quote 1- 7:36 Quote 2- 17:06 Quote 3- 30:33 Email the show at email@example.com
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Answering Hillsong's Marty Sampson
In this episode we address the claims of Hillsong's Marty Sampson. He states that he's "losing his faith" for a variety of reasons and we address these very reasons. Claims of biblical contradictions, problems of a loving God sending people to hell, and a few others. He claims that "nobody talks about (them)" so we will remedy that and discuss them in this episode. 3:31 Claim #1- Many preachers fall but nobody talks about it. 10:08 Claim #2- Not many miracles happen and nobody talks about it. 15:28 Claim #3- Why is the Bible full of contradictions and nobody talks about it? 23:20 Claim #4- How can a God be love and send 4 billion people to a place just because they don't believe, and nobody talks about it. 31:40 Claim #5- Science keeps piercing the truth of every religion. Lots of things help people change their lives, not just one version of God. Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and questions.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Quick Takes 1- The El Paso shooting and Marty Sampson
In this episode we try something a little bit different in something we like to call "Quick Takes." We first talk about the recent mass shootings. We discuss the common thread of loneliness and meaninglessness characterized by many mass shooters. Secondly we discuss Hillsong's Mary Sampson and his recent confession of losing his faith. We address not only the importance of asking good questions about our faith and the Bible but also the importance of someone providing a response.
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