While all the other regulars are in trains, planes, and automobiles, writer, TED speaker, and online educator Hannah Brencher joins Ben on the podcast. They talk about the increase of loneliness in our culture and discuss some of the ways Hannah has been impacting people all over the world through the organization she founded in 2011 "The World Needs More Love Letters".
The guys discuss a cartoon currently in theaters called "Smallfoot" and it's underlying theme of not accepting traditions, religions and questioning everything. They look at the implications of such a message, discuss the importance of questioning traditions and speak of the real need for genuine faith in our culture. David also tells the tale of Paul Yanki, in his Random Story.
In this episode of the Provoke&Inspire podcast Ben, David and Luke answer questions that were sent in by our listeners and discuss how the pervasive message in our worship songs, sermons, books, etc., seems to be Christian therapy or wish fulfillment. If this is true, what has led us to this place? What is the danger of this theology? What is the right balance?
David also shares about the time he moved to California to play tennis and lay on the beach…
How do Christians fit into the two-party system? Should followers of Jesus be involved in politics? Is it valid for a Christian to use the “lesser of two evils” logic when making a political choice?
The regulars tackle these tough questions and more on this episode of the Provoke and Inspire podcast!
David and Ben discuss the allegations brought against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Ford. They unpack how a follower of Jesus should respond to this highly divisive and deeply personal situation.
LUKE IS BACK! And with all the regulars together, they tackle several topics, including how to show Jesus through your art, life, job, etc, the current trend of christian deconstructionism and wether or not it is or can be a something positive. David also talks about the time he was invited to speak at a church conference in Florida and how he was received after his preaching… let’s just say it wasn’t the most positive response…
In this follow up episode to the Casey Neistat discussion we had in Episode 116, the guys discuss the good and bad sides to ambition and what godly ambition really looks like.
David also explains in greater detail why Luke has been gone for so long (*spoiler alert* it has to do with Chad’s new fragrance “10,000 Smells”), and what recently happened to him when he walked into a drug store in Florida.
Derek Webb, best known for his time with the band Caedmon's Call, joins the regulars to discuss his latest album "Fingers Crossed", dealing with criticism, why christian art is many times not confrontational and many other topics... Nigel also sends in a question... and yup, you guessed it, it has to do with Aliens.
In this episode, Chad, David, and Ben discuss break down famous YouTuber Casey Neistat’s metaphysical musings. What is the meaning of life? Is ambition bad? What does it mean to be happy? They guys contrast what Casey says with how Jesus might respond. David also talks about the time he was rescued from a bug!
Episode 115: Talking Sacred Words and "Honk If You Love Jesus" Stickers with Jonathan Merritt!
In this Episode, David and Ben have a very compelling conversation with award-winning religion and culture writer, Jonathan Merritt who has published thousands of articles in outlets such as USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, and the New York Times
They discuss his new book “Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them.”
In the book, he writes:
“In order to speak God from scratch we begin with what we have accepted, then we break it down, challenging our preconceptions, finally we build it up again in a way that is More helpful, richer, and more beautiful.”
The guys discuss the benefits and dangers of re-imaging sacred words. They ask: how can we speak God in a way that’s relevant to secular culture while still staying grounded in biblical truth?