If you had the choice, would you choose to be famous? 

Fame seems to be such an idol in our culture today, and although many celebrities have come out and said that there isn't anything fulfilling when you reach the "top of the ladder," people still strive to try and achieve it. Why is that? Could it be that this desire is a corruption of something good that God put in us to glorify Him? 

The regulars look at this topic and discuss these questions, in an attempt to unpack this cultural idol and look at it through a Christ-centered lens.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 11:51

Give Me a Revelation of Hell

I read about a ten-year-old boy whose house had caught fire. He realized that his brother and sister were still inside, so he risked his life and ran back into the burning house to try to save them.

When the firemen finally put the blazing fire out, they found this ten-year-old boy with his brother and sister in his arms, in the corner of one of the rooms. All three of them perished in the fire, but he had risked his life because he wanted to save his brother and sister. He’d had to act no matter what the cost.

Brian “Head” Welch from the band Korn joins the regulars on the podcast again! This time, to talk about his recent documentary “Loud Krazy Love”, the doors it has opened for him to share his faith even more than before, the difficulties he went through after giving his life to Jesus, and the struggles he had trying to raise his daughter while still fighting to overcome addictions in his life.

Julia Garschagen, speaker and apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Germany, comes on the podcast to discuss the subject of defending the Christian worldview.

They look at why apologetics matter and more importantly, how to do it in a way that leads to the Gospel and real life change.

Julia then spends time answering some of your “I wouldn’t want an atheist to ask me this” questions.

With all the regulars finally back together, they tackle the subject of Social Media. It’s clearly a huge part of our culture today, and can have some major benefits in connecting us to people all over the world. However, what kind of negative impacts has it had on society? How is it changing the way our brains work? How is it affecting our families? Most importantly of all, how is it impacting our ability to seek God?

They look at these questions and more in this episode of the P&I podcast!

In this live Q&A Ben and David answered your questions! They continued the discussion on abortion that was started on the previous episode, looking at how we should or should not respond and if we can justify our vote based on one issue. They also talked about whether or not every song you write should be about Jesus and how to respond to people who are indifferent to the Gospel.

With the recent passing of the Reproductive Health Act in New York State, there has been a lot of debates, arguments and just straight up outrage over the issue. The regulars share how this has impacted them personally, look a little deeper into the subject of abortion and how we should respond as Christians.

In this episode of the Provoke & Inspire podcast, Mattie Montgomery (former lead singer and frontman of the band For Today) joins the regulars to talk about what God has been doing in his life in recent years. They discuss what keeps people from sharing the Gospel and what authentic community looks like, and they look at old models of evangelism and how important it is that we adapt them to fit our modern context.

On the other hand, David’s Random Story involves a misadventure with shingles, prescription medication, and speaking at a mega church.

The guys talk about the dominant thought forms of the secular culture: Relativism, Secularism, and Tolerance. 

Specifically, they focus on the modern manifestation of tolerance (which is not very tolerant at all).

They ask, "how can a follower of Jesus engage a culture that is hostile to the things of God and often bullies those with perspectives that diverge from the status quo?"

Chad takes over the podcast!! While the regulars had planned out this episode with the typical segments they always have, plans changed when Chad confessed some of his recent difficulties in stepping out and sharing Jesus with others, as well as the recent successes he saw after David challenged him last week.

They then look at the importance of taking Holy Spirit-inspired risks in our everyday life, and how that can not only impact those around us, but bring our relationship with Jesus to another level.