Reflections on The Benedict Option: No Political Solutions Ep. 22

Adam recently took a long road trip alone, during which he listened to the audiobook version of The Benedict Option. It was an earthquake for our host. In this episode Adam reflects on some of the strengths of the book without going into a detailed book review. Much of what Dreher presents in the book are the things Adam has been circling around in other episodes of this podcast.

The idea here is that there is no political solution for the Western nations. At this point, we have gone past the time when we could have righted the ship of civilization on our own cleverness and ingenuity. What is the Christian’s role in this changing, revolutionary time? Shall we eternally wring our hands at the secular world around us, or is it time to look within? We need to clean house, and by that we mean the churches of broad, historical orthodoxy. Christians must ready for the next 1,000 years through creative, private solutions to our rapidly deteriorating life of worship, work, and family.

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A People Robbed of Their Life and Land: Iraqi Christians in Exile – Interview with Juliana Taimoorazy Ep. 21

No people group on earth has lived in their homeland quite as long as the Assyrians of northern Iraq. This small tribe has suffered millennia of persecution, but for the entire church age have embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord.

But today, through the actions of Islamic purists running amok, the Assyrians are barely hanging onto their lives and land. Many have fled to other countries, and many have died.

In this rich interview with Juliana Taimoorazy, herself an Assyrian Christian from Iran, we learn about the outlook for this forgotten people. Indeed, Juliana’s life work is to make the Assyrian people unforgettable.

Will you please take some time to learn who they are, and what they face? Begin with this episode of the Citizen of New Jerusalem, but also go to the website of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, of which Juliana is founder and president. From there also see the Philos Project, (to which Juliana is a Senior Fellow)–an outreach to Westerners to educate and encourage us in positive engagement with the Middle East.

This interview was a great privilege to conduct, and I hope you take its lessons with you as you think, pray, and act to show love to Christians under the heavy burden of persecution and displacement.

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What’s the Best Form of Gov’t? Start Here Ep. 20

A listener asked Adam what’s the best form of government/society. The question has to be answered by first discussing the underpinnings of goodness–how we have anything good in this world in the first place.

Adam discusses two forms of grace, which together explain any form of order and survivability in a sinful world. The question actually opens up a world of discussion and variegated answers that must be handled slowly and with charity.

So this episode is just a touch on the tip of the iceberg–a starter for the conversation.

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Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant Evangelicalism with Dr. Michael Svigel Ep. 19

If pressed, I am a catholic, orthodox, Protestant evangelical. The capitalization of each of those descriptors is intentional and important – and each of us ought to aspire to the same self description. I think history demands each Christian on earth must be those four things, and I mean the best meaning of those four things.

What is the relationship between Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Evangelical churches? Do we share a common faith? May we consider one another brothers and sisters in Christ? Is there any hope to understand Church history? We attempt to tackle all these questions and more.

In this interview with the Department Chair of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, the discussion ranges across time and earth, asking and answering questions that come with each new generation.

Do you know your place in church history? Have a listen and think deeply with us. You can find Dr. Michael Svigel’s work here, and his faculty information here.

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I’ve Got a Better Label than “Conservative,” I Think… Ep. 18

I think we can do better than to stick with calling ourselves conservatives. There’s nothing wrong with being conservative, I just think the time has come to shift the language to a different term.

I think there are ways to use terms differently so as to awaken critical questions and thinking. That’s what we need to do, right? Well, come along for a listen with your old pal Adam.

Always looking 500 years into the future as I live gratefully in the present…

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A Bold Voice for Life & Sanity in General: Interview with Kimberly Ross Ep. 17

One of the strongest points of light in the Western world today is the pro-life movement in the United States. Kimberly Ross is representative of young Americans who cannot, who will not bow the knee to the culture of death.

Writing at RedState.com and other spots around the web, Kimberly has garnered a strong following of likeminded young conservatives (and her fair share of critics). In this interview we talk transgender issues, military ethics, and a basket of other underlying issues at work in Western culture today.

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The Red Pill & Christianity: An Interview with Mark Baxter Ep. 16

The Red Pill is ground zero for men who are gathering together on the same journey… a journey of recovering Western manhood and anti-feminist thinking. Mark Baxter is one of the more successful voices in this community, and so I brought him on the show to compare notes.

Do Christianity and TRP have anything in common? Where do we overlap? What can we learn from each other?

In this episode we find our affinities, and also some of the differences in worldview that still need ironing out. In any case, evangelical Christianity is missing this boat, so I offer to you all a look within a community paralleling much of the Christian worldview.

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Too Much Comfort Kills You Ep. 15

This was a true stream of consciousness recording – when I spoke that first line or two, I had no idea where I would go. Everything you hear here was unscripted and raw stuff.

Suffering produces steadfastness. Suffering produces more virtuous people. What are you doing with your suffering? Are you trying to avoid it at all costs? Are you trying to pretend it’s not there? There is a better way to live with suffering, and even to pursue more of it. Yeah, I know… crazy. But listen in and think with me.

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My Secret to Fearless Truth Telling: Listener Q&A Ep. 14

As for me, there’s one simple issue at stake when it comes to being bold and fearless: people’s lives and eternal destiny are at stake. In this episode I answer a listener question and bring in discussions of gay Christianity and racial justice.

Yep, I went for the hot buttons.

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Dissident from Denmark: Interview with Iben Thranholm Ep. 13

Not every dissident lives in a total police state. The dissent of Danish journalist Iben Thranholm is a socio-spiritual critique of secularity in the European Union. Her work centers on calling for a revival of Western civilization through a return to the traditional Christian worldview.

Although she writes and speaks as nothing more threatening that a traditional Roman Catholic intellectual, she has found out that the EU’s East Stratcom group has listed her as an enemy of the EuroState. Listen in to our rich conversation surrounding the spiritual battle taking place for the soul of Western culture and spirituality.

Iben can be found on Facebook if you read Danish, Twitter here, and various outlets around the web where she publishes, or in many places appears on video interview.