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27 minutes | Jun 21, 2020
The Right to Life and Absolute Truth (a discussion with my wife Chelsea)
My wife Chelsea returns to Truthspresso to continue a series discussing abortion.We ask and answer challenges from the pro-abortion side about when abortion is justified. Using Scott Klusendorf's "SLED" model we explain why questions about size, level of development, environment (or location) and degree of dependency cannot justify killing the unborn or consider them less human or have a lesser right to life.Chelsea presents how the regulation against "partial-birth abortion" is difficult to enforce. I explain that pro-abortion philosophy ultimately can only be relative and progressive and cannot be grounded on absolute truth.Absolute truth and justice demands an absolute truth Giver. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Bible are the only complete solution against the tragedy of abortion.Chelsea holds a B.S. in Nursing from Regis University, a Masters in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College, and a post-Master's certificate in Certified Nurse Midwifery from the University of Colorado. She has worked as a pediatric nurse, has volunteered over eight years of work at crisis pregnancy centers in Colorado and Florida, and has delivered over 100 babies. Chelsea runs the website www.crmidwifery.com to offer her services. She is opening her own life-affirming clinic this year to serve women in the Denver Metro area.
40 minutes | Jun 14, 2020
Unborn Lives Matter (a discussion with my wife Chelsea)
My wife Chelsea returns to Truthspresso to continue a series discussing abortion.We begin by talking about the tragedy of George Floyd's murder. We analyze the issue of "racism" and how the definition has changed over time to include political ideologies.From the standpoint of recognizing the battles that exist over the value of human lives, we examine the issue of the unborn. Chelsea presents the unfortunate statistics of abortions among various ethnicities. She then explains the medical methods of birth control and how many of them can cause abortions.I quote from Marget Sanger's articles and books that demonstrate her extreme views that are influenced by eugenics and are potentially "racist." Margaret Sanger wanted "birth control" as a means for the state to control the types of people who would be allowed to live. She also wanted to make birth control methods and abortions available for minorities to control their population. Unfortunately, Sanger is still successful in her goals for about a hundred years. Her Planned Parenthood organization is responsible for the deaths of millions of black lives by murdering the unborn. But don't these black lives matter?We contend that all lives matter, including the unborn.Chelsea holds a B.S. in Nursing from Regis University, a Masters in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College, and a post-Master's certificate in Certified Nurse Midwifery from the University of Colorado. She has worked as a pediatric nurse, has volunteered over eight years of work at crisis pregnancy centers in Colorado and Florida, and has delivered over 100 babies. Chelsea runs the website www.crmidwifery.com to offer her services. She is opening her own life-affirming clinic this year to serve women in the Denver Metro area. Sources referenced:United States Census Bureau. "Quick Facts." July 2019.Susan A Cohen. "Abortion and Women of Color: The Bigger Picture." Guttmacher Policy Review, 11(3), 2-12. Guttmacher Institute. August 6, 2008.Pastor Kurt Skelly. "A Biblical Look at Racism." Faith Baptist Church - VA. June 7, 2020.Alcorn, R. Why Pro-Life?: Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers. Revised, Updated Ed. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2012.
34 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
Approaching Abortion with Compassion (a discussion with my wife Chelsea)
My wife Chelsea returns to Truthspresso to continue a series discussing abortion.We discuss what abortion advocates can miss from the pro-life movement: that we understand why people believe they need abortion. No one, including the pro-life movement, can discount the stressful and difficult situations many young people face as abortion is offered as a desperate and quick fix.Chelsea explains different pro-life ministries from sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics to conversational displays at colleges and high schools to crisis pregnancy centers. She shares two powerful examples of how she persuaded two young women on separate occasions not to abort their baby.We hope this episode encourages you to embrace strong pro-life convictions while showing the love of Christ.Chelsea holds a B.S. in Nursing from Regis University, a Masters in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College, and a post-Master's certificate in Certified Nurse Midwifery from the University of Colorado. She has worked as a pediatric nurse, has volunteered over eight years of work at crisis pregnancy centers in Colorado and Florida, and has delivered over 100 babies. Chelsea runs the website www.crmidwifery.com to offer her services. She is opening her own life-affirming clinic this year to serve women in the Denver Metro area. Sources referenced:Justice For AllScott KlusendorfGuttmacher Institute. "United States Abortion Demographics.” 2020.Klusendorf, S. The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.Klesendorf, S. Pro-Life 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Case Persuasively. Signal Hill, CA: Stand to Reason Press, 2002.Alcorn, R. Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments Expanded & Updated. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2000.Alcorn, R. Why Pro-Life?: Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers. Revised, Updated Ed. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2012.
50 minutes | May 31, 2020
Is Abortion "Essential"? (a discussion with my wife Chelsea)
My wife Chelsea and I discuss an overview of the topic of abortion.We open with an article about the CEO of Planned Parenthood in Colorado being happy that Texans are coming to Colorado to get more abortions during the pandemic.Chelsea explains different types of abortion procedures from "chemical" in early weeks of pregnancy to "surgical" in later weeks, and how women are exploited by the abortion industry.Daniel briefly tours abortion policy through American history. As science has advanced, Daniel shows how pro-abortion arguments have shifted from science to philosophies of "rights."Chelsea holds a B.S. in Nursing from Regis University, a Masters in Nursing from Pensacola Christian College, and a post-Master's certificate in Certified Nurse Midwifery from the University of Colorado. She has worked as a pediatric nurse, has volunteered over eight years of work at crisis pregnancy centers in Colorado and Florida, and has delivered over 100 babies. Chelsea runs the website www.crmidwifery.com to offer her services. She is opening her own life-affirming clinic this year to serve women in the Denver Metro area. Sources referenced:Michael Konopasek. "Colorado clinics perform more abortions due to COVID-19 restrictions in other states". (2020), accessed May 29, 2020, https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/colorado-clinics-perform-more-abortions-due-to-covid-19-restrictions-in-other-states.Jatlaoui, T. C., Eckhaus, L., Mandel, M.G., et al. (2019). Abortion Surveillance—United States, 2016. Centers for Disease Control. MMWR. Surveillance Summaries, 68 (11), pp. 1-42.Guttmacher Institute. “Induced Abortion in the United States.” (2019), accessed May 29, 2020, https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states.Willke, J. and Willke, B. Abortion: Questions and Answers. 4th ed. (Cincinnati: Hayes Publishing Co., 1989), 17.Kathryn Watson, “Virginia governor under fire for comments on late-term abortion bill,” CBS News, January 31, 2019, accessed May 30, 2020, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-abortion-bill-proposed-by-kathy-tran-third-trimester-today-2019-01-30.Tony Marco. “New York puts in measures to protect access to abortion even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,” CNN, January 23, 2019, accessed May 29, 2020, https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/23/health/new-york-abortion-measures-trnd/index.html.Northwestern University, “Zinc Fireworks Reveal When Human Egg is Fertilized,” April 28, 2016, accessed May 31, 2020, https://youtu.be/b9tmOyrIlYM.Delgado, G., Condly, S., Davenport, M., Tinnakornsrisuphap, T., Mack, J., Khauv, V., & Zhou, P. S. (2018). "A case series detailing the successful reversal of the effects of mifepristone using progesterone." Issues in Law & Medicine, 33 (1), pp. 21-31.Heartbeat International. (2019). Abortion pill rescue network. Retrieved from https://www.heartbeatinternational.org/our-work/apr.
32 minutes | May 24, 2020
The COVID Files (volume 2)
Welcome to volume 2 of The COVID Files!Just what are "The COVID Files"? Well, this is where we narrate and document (somewhat playfully) some instances of strange, goofy, or hypocritical actions that have made the news during these "uncertain times" of which we are constantly reminded.In volume 2 of The COVID Files we file these three stories:A Farewell to Arms--and Legs and Cardio (Matthew 23:1-3)'Til We Tweet Again (Proverbs 17:5)Hair Today, Golf Tomorrow (Proverbs 18:13)(X-files remix portions of episode intro and outro extracted and edited from the free download from instrumentalfx.co)
23 minutes | May 17, 2020
The COVID Files (volume 1)
Welcome to volume 1 of The COVID Files!Just what are "The COVID Files"? Well, this is where we narrate and document (somewhat playfully) some instances of strange, goofy, or hypocritical actions that have made the news during these "uncertain times" of which we are constantly reminded.In volume 1 of The COVID Files we file these four stories:Can You Afford to Hoard? (James 4:13-14a)Finger Lickin' Oops! (Proverbs 21:23)You Didn't Make the Cut! (Romans 2:3 and Luke 20:46-47)We Don't All Scream For Ice Cream (Proverbs 29:7)(X-files remix portions of episode intro and outro extracted and edited from the free download from instrumentalfx.co)
37 minutes | May 10, 2020
Three Motherly Role Models from the Bible
We take a break from our series on economic topics to honor mothers for yesterday's Mother's Day.We look at three role models of mothers from the Bible:Eve - the mother of all progenyHannah - the mother with a promiseJochebed - the mother with protection
62 minutes | May 3, 2020
Dr. Shawn Ritenour on Economics and the Bible
I was privileged to interview Dr. Shawn Ritenour on the topic of how the Austrian School of economics correlates to the Bible.Dr. Ritenour shares his Christian testimony that brought him from an eclectic background to an elder in the OPC.As a young man he stumbled on a book entitled Human Action by Ludwig von Mises that opened his eyes to a passion for economics.Dr. Ritenour gives his insider experience from working at the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.We discuss topics from Austrian economics as God's "common grace" to a Christian economist's view of the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Shawn Ritenour current serves as a professor of economics at Grove City College and is a member of the faculty in the Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network. He also is a scholar for the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He formerly worked for two years at the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.He holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and a Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.He is the author of the book Foundations of Economics: A Christian View.He has authored articles for mises.org.Lecture videos available on YouTube include the following:Austrian Economics as Common GraceIt's Wrong to be Ignorant of Economics Check out Dr. Ritenour's websites:(book) www.foundationsofeconomics.com(blog) http://foundationsofecon.blogspot.com
54 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Interest: God's Money At the Right Time
Interest on savings accounts and loans seems like a simple concept. Yet, the powers-that-be can simply fiddle with certain interest rate numbers and bring whole countries to their knees!Understanding interest rates can be vital both to our individual financial health as well as a large economy.Let's answer some questions:What is interest?What should normally determine the rate of interest?Is it actually immoral to charge interest?Should a banking monopoly or government be in charge of setting interest rates? Sources Cited:Shawn Ritenour, Foundations of Economics: The Christian View (Eugene, Oreg.: Wipf & Stock, 2009) Kindle edition, 192-193.D. T. Armentano, "The Economics of Price Fixing," Foundation for Economic Education, accessed April 20, 2020, https://fee.org/articles/the-economics-of-price-fixing.
34 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
Inflation: Legalized Counterfeiting against God?
What is inflation? Is it rising prices? Or is it something that actually causes prices to rise?Even Presidents of the USA get this wrong! Hey, almost everyone now gets this wrong!Historically, and even just a few decades ago, inflation was always an increase in the supply of money.In this episode we trace how the definition changed and why.We examine what real inflation is and how it affects the economy.We compare it to counterfeiting to see if there are any significant differences.What does the Bible say about this practice? Does God allow people to do this or condemn them for it? Does inflation violate the commands against dishonest balances and theft? Sources Cited:"What is the Real Definition of Inflation?"https://inflationdata.com/articles/2010/07/21/real-definition-inflation/ "Definition of Inflation" https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflation Scriptures Cited:Hosea 12:7-8
51 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Who's Vault Is It, Anyway?: How Banking Went Wrong
We continue our study of money and economics by looking at how banking evolved (and how I contend that it devolved in modern times).We ask and answer these questions to solve the puzzle of money and banking:What is a bank?How did banks begin?What do banks do?How did fractional reserve banking happen?What really is wrong with fractional reserve banking?What are some possible solutions to fractional reserve banking?We see from history that "full reserve" banking came first, and fractional reserve banking arose from banking misbehavior.We see the challenges that keep away full reserve banking today, but we propose how it would work and actually be better for the economy.
43 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
BONUS: Equal Pay Day 2020
Yes, this is a bonus episode: two episodes for the price of one week here on Truthspresso!Today, March 31, 2020 is officially "Equal Pay Day." This is the date selected for the year when women allegedly have to work extra to match the wages that their male counterparts earned through December last year. So, the average woman working "full time" earns about 80% of what the average man working "full time" earns.We've dealt with this topic months ago on Truthspresso, but let's celebrate the day by giving this topic a fresh look.Disaggregating the statistics, we note that differences in total hours worked, career choices, and the roles involved in pregnancy and caring for children contribute to this "gender wage gap."What happens if the government forces some form of "equality" with these aggregate statistics of averages? Would women gain or would they and the economy lose? Sources cited:"Column: Close gender pay gap — especially now during the coronavirus crisis"https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/03/29/editorial/island-voices/close-gender-pay-gap-especially-now/ "Which Majors Have the Highest Concentrations of Men versus Women?"https://www.goodcall.com/news/recent-georgetown-study-shows-which-college-majors-are-dominated-by-men-and-women-02108/ "Details in new BLS report suggest that most of the gender earnings gap is explained by age, marital status, children, hours worked"https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/details-in-new-bls-report-suggest-that-most-of-the-gender-earnings-gap-is-explained-by-age-marital-status-children-hours-worked/
37 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
God's Money vs. the Manipulators
We continue our series on understanding money by looking at how the Bible defines money. We see how God's plan for the nation of Israel was to have a sound money based on weights of gold and silver. God pronounced harsh judgment on those who deceived and robbed people through false balances.We outline four steps from the Bible that reveal God's money vs. the manipulatorsGod created the moneyGod measured the moneyGod stabilized the moneyGod punishes those who manipulate the money
47 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
Why Can't I Spend Monopoly Money?
Why can't we spend paper money from a Monopoly game? It's not very different from the paper money we use every day.This episode is basic look at economics by taking a magnifying glass to something we take for granted: money. To do this, we answer these three questions:What is money?What has been used as money?What makes a good money?We explore some rather strange things that have been used as money in the past and even today from two online articles.We begin the groundwork for putting conventional economic wisdom to the test as we test our paper money against the qualities that make a good money. Sources Cited:25 Strangest Things Used As Currencyhttps://list25.com/25-strangest-things-used-as-currency/ 11 Crazy Things Used As Currency Around the Worldhttps://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/11-unusual-things-that-have-been-used-as-currency-around-the-world-462010/
56 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
We are all sick of hearing about the COVID-19 coronavirus!Let's tackle this topic from a different angle. Let's look at the economics!We look at this current event through these four "currents":The current civilian reactionsThe current government reactionsThe current misunderstandings of economicsThe current 10 silver liningsBe prepared to be challenged not to trust the mainstream wisdom of the human powers that be.Be prepared to be encouraged to trust the God Who is more powerful than any virus. Sources Cited:Federal Reserve announces first emergency rate cut since the financial crisishttps://www.cnn.com/2020/03/03/economy/federal-reserve-rate-cut/index.html
51 minutes | Mar 8, 2020
How Not To Let Social Media Depress You
Social media allows us to keep in touch with long lost childhood friends from anywhere in the world. We can see their lives unfold day by day without even asking.But this technology has it's dark side. Many find themselves facing depression as they see all their problems while their friends seem to be living the dream. Ana from Forbes describes this plight.We take apart the misconceptions we infer from the lives of our friends on social media.Let the truth set you free as we use some tips to take control of social media addictions that cause depression and envy. Sources Cited:How ‘Keeping Up With The Joneses’ On Social Media Is Damaging Everyone’s Mental Healthhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2019/11/25/how-keeping-up-with-the-joneses-on-social-media-is-damaging-everyones-mental-health/amp/
22 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
RETRO 2015: Goofy Fake Infomercials
This is another throwback episode to my overly ambitious efforts to create a podcast in 2015.I wanted to have a funny infomercial for a fake product during a "commercial break" in the middle of each episode I recorded. This ultimately led me not to record episodes every often. The Truth Hub Podcast just fizzled out after a handful of episodes.But, for your listening enjoyment, I have resurrected three goofy fake infomercials that I created in 2015.The Robo Pastor 3000The Kitchen Sink Interlinear BibleThe Kitchen Sink WaveSave Smartphone
35 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
Sunday School Lesson: Four Proofs from the Testaments that Jesus is God
This episode comes from a Sunday School lesson that I taught on Superbowl Sunday.I had short notice and only about five minutes to prepare. I whipped up this outline:Four Proofs from the Testaments that Jesus is GodJesus is the unchanging, immortal creator (Psa 102:24-27 cf. Heb 1:8-12)Jesus is the God Who descended and ascended to lead captivity captive (Psa 68:17-19 cf. Eph 4:8-10)Jesus receives the worship due only to God (Isa 45:22-23 cf. Phi 2:9-11)Jesus is the judge of all souls (Ecc 12:13-14 cf. Joh 5:22-23)Enjoy! :)
38 minutes | Feb 16, 2020
RETRO 2015: Proofs That Jesus Is God
I am resurrecting the third episode of the defunct Truth Hub Podcast. I recorded this one in June of 2015.I explored how the Old Testament says that no one can see God while also saying that people did see God. These apparent contradictions are resolved in the revelation of Jesus Christ as the One Who is the image of the invisible God and is the One Who exegetes the Father. I then demonstrated that Isaiah actually saw Jesus Christ in his glorious temple vision.By the way, get my new FREE eBook Jesus:God Among Us.
46 minutes | Feb 9, 2020
RETRO 2015: Why Christ Is Worshiped
I am resurrecting the second episode of the defunct Truth Hub Podcast. I recorded it in May of 2015.I presented powerful arguments from the Bible for why Jesus is God because He is worshiped. Those who try to make Jesus only a creature have to explain this without painting themselves into a corner.By the way, get my new FREE eBook Jesus:God Among Us.
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