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Chuck Lawless: The problem of porn

clawlessIn this episode, we talk with Chuck Lawless, a noted conference leader and author who is the dean of graduate studies and ministry centers at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.

As president of a church consulting firm and a seminary leader, Chuck constantly interacts with pastors and pastors in training. In those conversations, he hears too many stories about the horrible toll pornography addiction is taking on the lives of pastors and Christian men, their families and their churches.

Recent studies indicate about 1 in 4 smartphone owners store porn on their handset, and 67% of young men say viewing porn is an acceptable way to express one’s sexuality. Even worse, almost two-thirds of Christian men say they watch porn at least once a month.

Chuck has some excellent insight about how men can be set free from this addiction — or protected from falling into it in the first place.

Read Chuck’s 10-point A Covenant with My Eyes.
Contact Chuck through his website.

Check out the resources Chuck mentions in the podcast:
Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time
Every Young Man’s Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation
Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World
Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace

Nik Ripken: The Insanity of God

Nik & Ruth Ripken

Nik & Ruth Ripken

In this episode, we focus on “The Insanity of God,” a popular book that’s now become an inspiring documentary movie about the courage of Christians who keep standing with Jesus in spite of severe persecution, even martyrdom.

Nik Ripken and his wife, Ruth, undertook a global pilgrimage to hear firsthand the stories of persecution and martyrdom our brothers and sisters in Christ are experiencing. Nik and Ruth interviewed more than 600 believers in 72 countries — and what they learned offers crucial insights for believers who want to be part of God’s revolution.

An estimated 70% of Christians worldwide are practicing their faith in environments of persecution. Nik describes this as “normal Christianity.” These believers are persecuted only because because they have chosen not to keep silent about salvation in Jesus Christ. By the same token, Christians are not persecuted in the West because we don’t try to give Jesus away.

Persecution is Satan’s reaction to those who choose to follow Jesus and be obedient to his command to make disciples. Jesus told us to not be surprised when the world hates us because it hated him first. If the world doesn’t hate us, it’s because we aren’t confronting people with costly Christianity.

Learn more about Nik’s two books:
The Insanity of God
The Insanity of Obedience

See the movie. Get the soundtrack.

Visit Nik’s website.

Alistair Begg: Spurgeon and proper Christian patriotism


The podcast has been on hiatus because life got complicated and priorities changed. But I wanted to post this interview with Alistair Begg, senior pastor of Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and leader of the expositional teaching ministry Truth for Life.

An editor friend asked me to interview Dr. Begg for an article about the new Spurgeon Study Bible, which he edited, and our conversation touched on several interesting topics about 19th-century British pastor and preacher Charles Spurgeon:

  • What we can learn from Spurgeon about proper Christian patriotism
  • Spurgeon’s impact on Protestant theology and preaching
  • His relevance to Christians in the 21st century
  • How Spurgeon’s preaching always touched on the Gospel’s implications for daily life
  • How Spurgeon might position himself in today’s discussions about Calvinism and evangelicalism

The interview wasn’t pursued as a podcast, so the format of what you are about to hear is different than usual. The audio has been edited for length and relevance. I hope you find Dr. Begg’s comments as interesting and helpful as I did.

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