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Christianity, Culture, and Credibility

November 10, 2019

The story is all too familiar. A young person, raised in a Christian home, possibly homeschooled or having attended a Christian school, made a profession of faith, by all accounts embraced a biblical worldview...and suddenly they walk away. They turn their back on what they’ve known and decided they’ve missed out on life and they begin to ‘sow their wild oats’ as the saying goes. The pain of watching a beloved son or daughter stray from the faith is particularly distressing, especially for the parent that has poured a lifetime of love and prayers into them. However, we know there is always hope for this kind of situation. John Dickerson,our guest for this program, was born and raised in a loving Christian home, but found himself questioning the validity of the Bible, the story of Jesus and the need for salvation. Over time, his journey led him to discover the truth for himself, which led to a career in journalism, apologetics, and eventually the pastorate. Host: Sam Rohrer Co-host: Dr. Gary Dull Guest: John Dickerson

Living Out Your True Identity: Lessons from the Life of Daniel

September 13, 2020 • Isaac Crockett, Sam Rohrer, Joe Green, Matt Recker

In an article by Samuel James titled, “Courage Takes More than a Keyboard: Christian Nerve in a Digital Age”, he writes, “It’s never been easier to fool ourselves that we are courageous when we really are not. Like the donkey who donned a lion skin to look like Aslan, or the “wizard” of Oz who was really just an old man with a machine, the image we project on our screens can be little more than self-aggrandizement. If our online audience could peek through the phone or laptop we hold, they would see the real us, and our “platform” would be laughed at rather than respected.” Perhaps you can identify with this sentiment. It’s much easier to keep people at arm’s length through a twitter or facebook account than to do the hard work of building relationships shoulder to shoulder or heart to heart. And staying true to our faith may mean defending the truth when it’s unpopular or sharing the gospel when it’s difficult or even dangerous. This program will include some lessons from the book of Daniel, a courageous hero of the faith-who’s story is both timeless and inspiring. Pastor Matt Recker shares how he's applying these lessons to everyday life.

The Deceit of Political Correctness: How Marxism is Collapsing America

September 6, 2020 • Sam Rohrer, Dr. Joe Green, Dr. Marlene McMillan

In the garden of Eden, the Bible tells us Eve was deceived by Satan into eating the fruit God had forbidden. Though she lived in a virtual Paradise with her companion, Adam, it didn’t take but a few sly twists of words from the mouth of a snake to convince her God was withholding something that would add to her happiness. While we don’t know what went through the minds of Adam and Eve as they sent the human race hurtling towards death-we do know Satan’s devious ways corrupted the beautiful garden and God, in His Sovereignty, would make a new way to restore the relationship with His creation through the gift of His Son. But Eve wasn’t the only one easily deceived by Satan. As the Father of Lies, Satan knows words are powerful. He used them in the Garden of Eden and has been using them ever since to tempt and seduce mankind to rebel against God and His ways. During this program, we'll hear an interview with Dr. Marlene McMillan, someone who’s studied words and their meanings extensively, who'll teach us how to identify the surreptitious lies of "political correctness" and defeat them with the truth.

The Persecuted Church in America

August 30, 2020 • Gary Dull, Dave Kistler

Matthew 5:10 lists the final beatitude Christ gave in His sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. This promise throughout the ages has encouraged and strengthened those who were about to undergo much suffering and many trials because of their faith in God. Thankfully, this promise still holds true for us today, as increasingly we’re seeing state and local governments enforce restrictions on how and where we can worship. While we’ve discussed persecution abroad-which is devastating, and ongoing-we haven’t explored the developing situation on the ground for many Pastors and churches in the wake of COVID-19 policies right here in America. Even now-some are finding themselves defending their right to worship in court-a right clearly defined in the US Constitution and adhered to throughout the history of our nation. Stand in the Gap radio hosts, Gary Dull and Dave Kistler discuss this issue on this enlightening program of Stand in the Gap Weekend.