“If men were angels, no government would be necessary,” said James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution. Since our natures are bent toward evil, someone must have the authority to protect innocent people from those who want to do evil. God gave the government that authority. Is it Christian to use force to restore the peace? Frank invites former USAF Pararescue jumper (PJ), Jason Sweet, on the show to discuss how special forces training and combat operations provide parallels to the Christian life. Jason, who now trains special forces candidates through socomathlete.com, shares his experience in PJ training and in combat in Afghanistan. This is a fascinating show.
Combat Operations and Christianity with Jason Sweet, Veteran USAF Special OPs
July 25, 2020 • Jason Sweet
Evangelicals, Trump and the Election with Dr. Michael Brown • September 19, 2020 • Dr. Michael Brown
Evangelicals today are deeply divided over Donald Trump. Some see him as a savior figure, anointed by God to protect the church and make America great again. Others see him more like the antichrist, doing great harm to the nation and bringing embarrassment to the church. Who’s right? Might they both have good points? What should we do to move forward? Dr. Michael Brown, author of 𝙀𝙫𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙨 𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨𝙧𝙤𝙖𝙙𝙨: 𝙒𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙒𝙚 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙥 𝙏𝙚𝙨𝙩? joins Frank as the 2020 election approaches. Among the questions they address are: • Evangelicals have been known as the “values voters” who are always proclaiming, “Character counts! Morality matters!” Have we been hypocritical in our support of Trump? • Are Christians losing their ability to witness if they support Trump for president? • During the 2016 primaries, you strongly opposed Trump before voting for him vs. Hillary. What changed your mind, and why do you plan to vote for Trump in 2020? • Should we be voting more for personality or policy? • Jesus scolded the politicians of his day for "neglecting the more important matters of the law” (Mt. 23:23). What are the most important matters of the law upon which we should base our vote in this election? • How do the two parties differ on the most important policies? • What do you say to pro-lifers who say that health care and poverty and climate change are pro-life issues and they outweigh abortion? • You state that “Jesus is my Savior, Trump is my president.” Why is that distinction so important? • What should Christians be doing in this election season regardless of who ultimately wins the presidency?
Last Call: Addressing the Problem of Suicide • September 12, 2020 • Dr. Mark Caton
On August 1, 2007, Pastor John Mark Caton of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen Texas, got a phone call from his brother. It was his last call. His brother took his life the next day. Dr. Caton joins Frank to discuss this very difficult topic. They address these among other questions: • What can we do to prevent suicide? • How should parents talk to their kids about it? (Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people.) • Why is isolation such a problem? • How does social media contribute to the problem? • What does the Bible say about suicide? • Can a person who commits suicide go to Heaven? • How can we minister to those who are left behind? To get a free copy of Dr. Caton’s new book, Last Call, text BOOK to 77978
Does the Bible Condone Slavery? • September 5, 2020 • Paul Copan
Passages in the Old Testament mention buying “slaves” or servants. One even states “If a man sells his daughter as a female slave (Ex. 21:7) ….” What? Buying and selling slaves? Selling your daughter? This is crazy and obviously immoral! But are we understanding the passages correctly? Are people really considered property in the OT? Was “slavery” in the OT the kind of institution we had in America up to the Civil War? No. Dr. Paul Copan, author of Is God a Moral Monster? joins Frank and sets the record straight. They cover many of the objections that skeptics raise in Frank’s answer to the slavery question in this short video from the University of Nebraska: https://youtu.be/fE1Hw8ZrVtU