Embracing Minimalism with Colin Wright
Confronting Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Steve Drain
Reducing Possessions Down to the Things That Matter Most
Colin Wright seemed to have it all. A successful, multi-millionaire by the age of 24, he realized there was way more he wanted to accomplish in life than just making as much money as possible. In 2009, he sold everything he owned that wouldn’t fit into a carry-on suitcase (EVERYTHING!)…
Overcome Anxiety with Dr. Matthew Stanford
Seeking to Understand the Motivation Behind the Most Hated Church in America
Steve Drain is a member of Westboro Baptist Church, a small group of extreme protestors based out of Topeka, Kansas. Founded in 1955, WBC considers itself an “Old School Primitive Baptist Church…”
Is Islam a Religion of Peace? with Dr. Shabir Ally
Essential Strategies for How to Deal with Your Anxiety, Phobias, and Fears
Dr. Matthew Stanford is the CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, and serves as adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He’s an expert on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith…
Wait…You Saw Bigfoot?!
Debating the differences between Islam and Christianity with an Muslim Imam
Dr. Shabir Ally is a Muslim Imam and serves as the President of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre in Toronto, Canada. He teaches courses on Arabic, the Quran, and Islam at the University of Toronto, and is known around the world as an expert in Islamic debate and interfaith dialogue.
“Coming Out” As Christian to Gay Parents with Caleb Kaltenbach
“We literally ran for our lives… We had no idea what we saw, but we saw something.” - Tom Fodi
Tom Fodi is a pastor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s a former Air Force Chaplain, has a Masters of Divinity degree, he’s a family man – the kind of person you would want in your corner if you ever needed a credible witness to vouch for you. He also claims to be an eyewitness to Bigfoot (a claim that he says included multiple other witnesses). Whether you believe in Bigfoot, aliens, the Loch Ness Monster, or you’re 100% convinced that none of these things are real, listen as Tom shares the first-person account of his encounter with the unknown on this episode of the Twenty-First Century Jesus Podcast.
How to balance grace and truth from a pastor raised by homosexual parents
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian, and later a pastor. As Caleb sees it, Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”— or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find hard to relate to. Hear Him explain Jesus’ example for how to love people and yet still hold on to your beliefs, even when things get messy.
“No one in the clubhouse knew I was betting on games.” – Pete Rose
Pete Rose, recognized as one of Major League Baseball’s all-time greatest players…was permanently banned from baseball (including the Hall of Fame) as a result of allegations that he bet on baseball games while manager of the Cincinnati Reds…In 2004, Rose admitted these charges were true in his autobiography, My Prison Without Bars. To this day, he remains banished from the game he once dominated.
“I actually think that President Trump got a bad rap in Charlottesville.” – Sean Palmer
Sean Palmer is the Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, one of America’s most innovative and vibrant multi-site churches. Sean co-hosts the “Not So Black and White” podcast, is the author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community and is a leading voice on how the church should deal with issues of race in the twenty-first century.
Should Christians Smoke Pot?
“It's all about what resources will help… bring you out of this funk.” – Dr. Tom Whiteman
In this interview, Dr. Tom Whiteman explains the difference between general sadness and clinical depression, the correlation between being depressed and experiencing anxiety, why having a strong community is one of the most helpful aspects to your mental well-being, and when to know if you should consider taking medication.
“Weed is just a plant growing out of the ground. I don't need a prescription for that.” – Craig Gross
Craig Gross is the founder of XXXChurch.com and the new website ChristianCannabis.com, a site designed to start “A conversation that isn’t being had amongst believers who are both seeking to be faithful to the word of God and interested in what, exactly, this whole ‘weed thing’ is all about.”