On a regular basis, Mark discusses divorce and porn being the two biggest issues the church has found itself ill equipped to handle and on our latest episode, we talk with Mike Genung, CEO of Blazing Grace, who has spent most of his adult life helping people with porn addictions. Author of the new book, The Rogue Christian, Genung discusses the rise of porn use in the pandemic and what families need to do to escape its grip.
The Covid-19 outbreak has brought out the best in our churches as they've scrambled to serve their congretation through social media and web broadcasting. Some have been better at it than others. Church consultant Andy McKeever who works in the Detroit area with one of the area's largest churches, Woodside Bible (14 campuses) discusses the behind the scenes work that's gone into moving its congregation online and what churches might look like at the end of the "Pandemic."
Many evangelical churches align with the conservative Republican views of the day, and in this case, views on immigration. Mark and Dave discuss the mentality of "we're here so no one else gets in" as being contrary to the biblical views we as Christians should have and the belief that this same viewpoint is hypocritical in a country built on refugees and immigration.
On this episode of Faithbusters, Mark and Dave welcome Twyla Franz, who blogs about and has a podcast discussing Neighborhood Missional Living - in other words, how about engaging your neighbors as part of your faith? The old statement "don't go on the mission field until you meet your neighbors" still holds true today. Twyla, an admitted introvert, has made it HER mission to engage the people in her community and neighborhood. You can find her writing at www.theuncommonnormal.com
On this episode we conclude our "Four Biggest Issues" discussion looking at whether Christian teaching is outdated, dangerous and extreme and how the church has become isolated, fragmented and polarized. Mark and Dave look at whether any of this is true and what we can do to counter these observations from today's disaffected church goers.
If you've listened to this podcast over the past few years, you know we LOVE lists and we've found another one to ponder this week. As a matter of fact we've got so much to say about it, we've broken it down into two shows. So in our latest episode of Faithbusters, Mark and Dave discuss the first two of the FOUR biggest issues facing the church today beginning with selfishness and individualism and then the pragmatic view of the church in our society. While it's ludicrous to think there might be only four, there's much to say here regardless.
This is "one of those topics" that most don't like to discuss but as usual, Mark and Dave air it out in a freewheeling (unrehearsed) discussion of whether evangelical Christians can co-exist with gay couples in the pews.
In the Me Too era, have we really advanced male-female relationships in the church and what are we teaching our boys in regards to how to respect women? Do biblical church teachings in themselves hold us back? Dave Willis, speaker and relationship coach as well as author of the book "Raising Boys Who Respect Girls" joins Mark and Dave to discuss.
What's wrong with a little dysfunction from the pulpit? Does pastoral dysfunction make your church leaders more real? What's so bad about pastors having a back story? Mark and the man who puts the fun in dysfunction, Pastor Dave, discuss on this episode of Faithbusters.
We put them on the pedestal and then knock them down. Mark and Dave return to the airwaves after a one year hiatus to discuss the latest issues surrounding people who are thrust into the Christian spotlight because they have a stage, a pulpit or a microphone - recently with the fall of comedian John Crist and the departure from Christianity of author and speaker Josh Harris.
Mark and Dave have talked about church hopping in the past, but this is a different story - sometimes, it's okay to move on from your current church. But when? And why? We all know you get out of things what you put into them, but when do you determine you're at the wrong church and you're just not getting what you need to grow and build your faith? Is it selfish? All of this and more (much more) discussed in this latest edition of Faith Busters.
After a multi month hiatus, the boys (Mark and Dave) are back for a look at how churches need to be more engaged in helping the transition for teenagers from high school to college in "Losing Your Religion 101" and the battle parents wage to keep their kids "faithful" at the University level. Mark and Dave also look at the passing of Billy Graham and the impact he made on the religious landscape.
When you look at the world around us and the countries where Christians are being persecuted, or at the very least having their rights taken away - do we really need to be fighting for religious liberty in a country that, for the most part, protects us? Is there a dearth of religious liberty in the U.S.? Are we fighting a problem that doesn't exist? Mark and Dave discuss it on this edition of Faith Busters.
Mark and Dave ask one of those obvious questions that no one seems to ask IN the church (because plenty talk about it - outside of the church) - why in the world do we need all those churches? Can't you guys just merge? Don't churches get along, is that why they start their own? Mark believes it's like a baseball or hockey coach that starts their own team to get their kids more playing time. Dave comes at this from a very different viewpoint, which makes for some interesting discussion on this edition of Faith Busters
Are we discouraging people from getting married because we keep talking about how hard it is? Are we doing a disservice to our kids and those looking forward to marriage by beating the drum that marriage is SO hard - thus discouraging them from taking the plunge? Mark and Dave talk about the truth and the fallacy relating to marriage in the 2010s.
Has your church been taken over be a desire to reach those who aren't currently going to your congregation? We're all for reaching the lost and the seekers, but do we have to dump the core members of our church in the process? It's like the cell phone companies that give so much better deals to NEW customers and leave the old ones behind. Mark and Dave discuss how this pracdice is causing long time churchgoers to leave and the sad thing is - no one is noticing?
Mark and Dave talk to Pastor and Author Ben Young about his new book "Room For Doubt" and discuss how doubt regarding our faith can actually be healthy.
The only thing harder for people trying to engage a subcultur.te like Evangelical Christianity is trying to manage and understand its lexicon. Man, we use a lot of terms that no one outside the church could EVER embrace! On this edition of Faith Busters, Mark and Dave have some fun with overused Church Jargon and expose the excruciating way we discuss basic church doctrine and terms that exclude those trying to learn about the faith.
20 years ago, Josh Harris, a 20 year old writing prodigy, published a book called "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" and turned the Christian youth group world on its ear. Now at the age of 40, Josh has launched an apology tour asking people to forgive him for what he now says was erroneous advice. Not only that - he wants you to give to a kickstarter program financiig a documentary on his apologies. Needless to say, Mark and Dave are not going to be contributing. They discuss changing dating roles and some of the fallout from Josh's advice.
"Be anxious about nothing?" We all know the verse, but in spite of that, we all deal with a dose of anxiety in our lives - some more than others - like co-host Mark Gilman, but on this edition of Faith Busters, Mark and Dave Gerber discuss a list that was put together by researchers on what really makes Christians, speciifically, anxious as all get out. The guys discuss ways to counter that and look to God for answers.