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.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 12:09

The Deeper Truth Behind the Common Cliché

Outside of the Church, the prevailing mindset is Secular Humanism. This is the idea that religion is an irrelevant tradition of the past. God is no longer at the center - human beings have taken His place.

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?"

This is the audio from a live Q&A episode that Ben and Chad did where they answered your questions! 

They share their opinions on listening to "secular music",  the importance of being content in God alone, what you should do as a christian band trying to reach a local scene and much more!

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 10:30

We Ask God to Speak, but Do We Listen?

*This blog post is a follow-up to Episode 139 of the Provoke & Inspire Podcast: “Chad’s Confession & Holy Spirit Inspired Risk Taking in Every Day Life!."*

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.

For much of American history, being a Christian aligned you with the prevailing mindset of the day and made you respectable in the eyes of culture. The local church was the place to do business, socialize, and find a spouse. In short, it was very beneficial to belong.

This is not saying that everyone’s faith was sincere – it just meant going with the stream rather than against it.

But the river has since changed course.

You’ve probably heard many people quote Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” And speak on how we need more workers to go into the harvest. But why is that? Why are we not seeing more workers? The regulars try to answer these questions and also discuss why many people start out in ministry or missions but don’t seem to last. 

Of course there is a David's Random Story and this time David shares what happened when No Longer Music performed a slightly controversial song at a Christian college in Minneapolis…

The new year has arrived, and with it, people’s new year’s goals and resolutions. Is there any benefit to creating a new years resolution? Or is it just an excuse for self focus? The regulars discuss this topic and share their personal experiences in the matter. They also look at a recent NAS Daily video about morality and the idea that there is no right or wrong. How do we react as christians when people say there are no absolute truths? What kind of conversations should we be having to help expose the lies of moral relativism? 

All of that and more in this new episode of the P&I podcast! 

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