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The StandFast Cast
52 minutes | 8 days ago
Where do we go from here? (part 2)
A group of about 50 Franklin, TN businessmen and women, educators, local magistrates, and law enforcement officers asked Dr. Grant to address the current cultural climate in our nation. From a Biblical worldview perspective, what should we be doing? How should we be thinking? By looking back at the history of both revolutions and reformations, Dr. Grant plots a pathway forward. You can think of these two lectures— one shared in this episode and one in the previous— as a preview of the kinds of issues he will take up on his new radio program and podcast “Resistance and Reformation” on the Fight, Laugh, Feast Network.
62 minutes | 15 days ago
Where do we go from here? (part 1)
A group of about 50 Franklin, TN businessmen and women, educators, local magistrates, and law enforcement officers asked Dr. Grant to address the current cultural climate in our nation. From a Biblical worldview perspective, what should we be doing? How should we be thinking? By looking back at the history of both revolutions and reformations, Dr. Grant plots a pathway forward. You can think of these two lectures— one shared in this episode and the next in episode #103— as a preview of the kinds of issues he will take up on his new radio program and podcast “Resistance and Reformation” on the Fight, Laugh, Feast Network.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Why Planned Parenthood really began (Killer Angel 3 of 3)
On this episode of the StandfastCast George and Karen discuss the new edition of George’s book, “Killer Angel: A Biography of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger.” In the process they trace the ideas of radical progressives prior to World War I right up to the advocates of Intersectionality and Cultural Marxism today. https://www.GeorgeGrant.net/SF101
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Why we remain optimistic about the pro-life cause (Killer Angel 2 of 3)
On this episode of the StandfastCast George and Karen discuss why they remain optimistic about the pro-life cause—despite all appearances to the contrary. They remain optimistic—not because of any trend in politics or culture, but because of the Gospel. https://www.GeorgeGrant.net/SF100
23 minutes | 2 months ago
How we became involved in the pro-life movement (Killer Angel 1 of 3)
On this episode of the StandfastCast George and Karen tell the story of how they became involved in the pro-life movement. From the earliest days of the Roe v. Wade case in Dallas to the establishment of one of the nation’s first crisis pregnancy centers their personal story has been profoundly shaped by the Gospel’s declaration of the sanctity of life. https://www.GeorgeGrant.net/SF99
22 minutes | 3 months ago
Life always seems to throw us curve balls… If 2020 taught us nothing else, it taught us that. So, how do we make plans, create goals, and live intentionally when there is so much uncertainty around us. In this conversation, George and Karen discuss what works best for them. https://www.GeorgeGrant.net/SF98
22 minutes | 3 months ago
In this podcast George and Karen discuss the way they plan for, prepare for, and organize for effectual prayer through the course of the year. They describe the different ways they have learned to create a sustainable approach uniquely suited to their needs. Learn more at https://www.GeorgeGrant.net/SF97
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Would Your Family Know What To Do Next if You Died? (NavLife)
This week we talk with Jim Blazevich of NavLife. Years ago, Jim learned (the hard way) that his wife wouldn’t know what to do if he passed. Sure, he had life insurance the other “precautions” and measures we typically put in place, but there were still so many questions… Who could fix the cars? How would the business run? Could she login to his computer and access the things she needed to know? Although many of us don’t like thinking about such things, they’re necessary. The death rate is, well… 100%. Sooner or later, we all “tap out.” Though we can’t decide what happens WHEN we go or even HOW we go, we can make some decisions which affect what happens to the people we love the most AFTER we go… NavLife is a program that empowers you NOW to equip the people who matter the most to know what to do LATER. In this episode, we talk all about those awkward, yet necessary questions… … and we provide you with a tool to set everything in place. Listen in at www.GeorgeGrant.net/blog/SF96 ++++++ Grab the tools you need at www.MyNavLife.com , using the code STANDFAST at checkout.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Socialism or Social Responsibility?
Tis the season to… sponsor an angel child, send a shoe box of gifts, volunteer at a soup kitchen, gift blankets and jackets and hats… That is, it’s the season for charity. Christmas is a time when we typically thing about people in need. We fill up the red kettles as The Salvation Army bell ringers welcome us to the shopping malls, and more… But need knows no season. And rather than giving hand-outs (which we actually SHOULD do), we’re called to do more. Biblical compassion digs deeper and goes farther than charity. Biblical compassion drives at the root causes of the need. Rather than addresses the surface issues, true compassion drives at the systems creating those needs in the first place. Compassion calls us to look at oppression. And to really evaluate our place. In this talk we discuss a few things you can do… It starts with living with your eyes wide open, walking with an awareness as to what’s happening around you and allowing the Spirit to speak. And it continues as you connect with people in relationship. Whereas “charity” happens as a “one off” AND can happen in a disconnected way, Biblical compassion can’t. And, finally, it requires time. It’s a long-term commitment to walking with people in relationship, which is one of the true currencies of the Kingdom. +++ Listen at www.GerogeGrant.net/blog/SF95
18 minutes | 5 months ago
5 kernels of corn & a basket of laundry (The Pilgrims 3)
The first Thanksgiving happened over a year after the passengers who traveled aboard the Mayflower made it to the New World. Interestingly enough, the group learned quickly that the affairs of everyday life— things such as laundry and meal preparation— were the most pressing. Whereas we often search for God amidst the serene and secluded, they found Him amidst the mundane and normal… One hundred and two of them disembarked the ship, but over 50 of them died over the next two winters. It was hardly a strong start to a new civilization, nothing like the list of things for which we might be thankful. The group learned quickly that they couldn’t “instantly” build the new civilization of which they dreamt. Rather, they had to consume themselves with simply doing “the next right thing.” Over time, the built a city on a hill, which would become well-known throughout the world (in their time) and across the pages of history (in our own.). New immigrants reinforced their ranks. Learned skills increased their adaptivity. Grace abounded… At one point, when the new experiment was still in doubt, the rations became small— so meager that each person was allowed merely 5 kernels of corn per day. That’s how close they came to starvation. In this episode of the Standfast-cast we discuss where you go— and how you get there— when there’s nowhere to go but up, when you’ve hit rock bottom yet can Hardley see any way out. Listen at www.GeorgeGrant.net/blog/SF94 or on your fav podcast provider.
25 minutes | 5 months ago
Why the Pilgrims (finally) came to the New World (The Pilgrims 2)
In this episode of the Standfast Cast we continue our conversation from the previous week and discuss WHY the Pilgrims came to the New World in the first place. By the year 1619, after almost a century of tumult and tribulation, two ships received permission to head to the Americas. One turned back early, as it was taking water and was destined to sink otherwise. The other, the Mayflower, made the trek. John Robinson, the pastor who stayed behind in the “old world,” sent his congregants with some advice as to how to live under God and with each other. He encourage them… 1. Don’t forget daily repentance... stay current with God.... Cornerstone of your society is individuals walking before God 2. Don’t be quick to take offense... 3. Don’t be quick to give offense.. 4. Make sure you don’t so pursue your private interests in the new world that you do so to the determinant of the common good. 5. Free elections. Choose people among you who are full of wisdom... let them lead... and then give them due obedience and respondent. Providentially, the group who made the voyage cross The Atlantic paused before heading ashore on November 11, 1620. They took Robinson’s counseling and created a covenant before heading to their new home. They called it… the Mayflower Compact. Listen to their story at www.GeorgeGrant.net/blog/SF93 or on your fav podcast provider.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
100 Years of Clutter Created the First Thanksgiving (The Pilgrims 1)
There’s a lot happening in our current political climate— too many unknowns to list. But, we have much to be thankful for, even as the votes and elections are sorted. In fact, this is the month when we lean towards the Thanksgiving holiday every year. Maybe you remember making pilgrim hats and Indian vests from construction paper and grocery bags back in elementary school. That’s the grandest narrative we attach to Thanksgiving, that first celebration by the Pilgrims in the New World. But that event didn’t just happen overnight. In this podcast we trace the story of the first Thanksgiving back 100 years leading up to that first meal. And, you’ll learn that most of it has to do with religious freedom!
21 minutes | 6 months ago
Government begins with you governing you
This year we look— as we do every four years— at a “historical election.” Let’s be honest about it. The last one was historical. As was the one before that. And the one before that. And, yes, even the one before that… In fact, they’re all “historical.” But what matters more than a “historical” election are the things you and I do every single day to govern ourselves. It’s not that the elections don’t matter, it’s just that, well… our private lives— and what we do with them— matter more. We tend to flip things upside down. We assume that the government is the most important area of authority. And then we presume that our churches might provide a close “second.” But… When we look at the Scripture, we see something radically different. The first arena of authority God created was the family. And, individuals make up that family. That means the things which you and I do each day— not every four years— have exponentially more power than what happens in Washington. In fact, you could argue that what happens there is really a reflection of what happens here…
29 minutes | 6 months ago
Un-Erasing Christopher Columbus
In this episode of the Standfast-cast, George talks with Andy and Ernie, showing them how so much information that we know "believe" and "share" about Christopher Columbus is totally.... get this... wrong. In fact, most people don't know that Columbus left what we now know as Spain with a mission-motivation. And, he didn't do many of the things which the "left" now ascribes to him (nor do people who topple statues, rename cities, and rewrite history even bother to research). In this episode, we ask the question, "Hey, have we jumped to the wrong conclusions about this historical figure?" The answer(s) might just surprise you...
19 minutes | 7 months ago
The 2020 Election & the Media
One of the obstacles voters face as they head to the polls in 2020 is the paucity of good and practical information about the issues and the candidates. Of course, with 24-hour cable news, a myriad of social media platforms, internet news sites, magazines, and newspaper, you’d think we’d be drowning in good information. Not so. Alas, there has rarely been a time in history when the media has been a fractious, polarized, and biased as it is today. In this edition of the StandfastCast George takes a look at this phenomenon and why it has become so exasperating—and believe it or not, it has very little to do with Trump!
22 minutes | 7 months ago
Get Covid Right
We’re in a season unlike any other. And, regardless of where you stand politically, there are a few things we can do to make sure we “get Covid right.” That is, regardless of what we think about the politics, the efficacy of masks (or the need for them), the test numbers & case numbers & other metrics… … there is some Biblical wisdom we’re given on how to move forward. In this episode of the Standfast-cast, we bump the surface of that discussion… ++++ Note: George & Karen discussed this topic also in episode #69, “Lessons from the Coronavirus” (May 21, 2020 release date: https://www.GeorgeGrant.net/blog/SF69
26 minutes | 7 months ago
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25 minutes | 7 months ago
Active Waiting (James 5)
The final chapter of James encourages us with the admonition to “be patient.” That is, “wait.” He refers us to several Old Testament heroes— including Job and Elijah— who were examples of actively enduring while patiently waiting. And he offers us this hope: we actively wait together. That is, we’re not alone. We walk in community. We offer hope. We offer healing. We restore and “snatch from the fire” those who might lose their way.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
It Comes From Within (James 4)
Whereas we tend to think that trouble comes from “out there,” James tells us to do something shocking: take a look in the mirror. In chapter 4, he outlines what worldliness look like, as well as what Godliness looks like. And, as James tends to be, he’s pretty “cut and dry” in his assessments. Furthermore, he calls us to humility, to realizing that the blessings we experience in this world don’t come to us because we’re “so bless-able.” Rather, they come our way because God is so good and kind. This, then, encourages us to draw near to Him, to flee temptation, and to bestow the same grace on others that has been freely gifted to us… … even if it is all a bit counter-cultural.
27 minutes | 8 months ago
Visible Wisdom (James 3)
In chapter 3, James takes us from “invisible faith” (James 2) to “visible wisdom.” Turns out, wisdom is seen by her fruits… … and the “chief fruit” of wisdom is the words we say (and, of course, the ones we don’t say that we mutter under our breathe). Furthermore, James defines what the wisdom of God looks like— that is, he shows us the relational results of the wisdom of God. And, once you see it (or the opposite), you instantly know it.
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