Christ in All of Scripture: What’s it Have to Do with Race? Ep. 31

Tower of Babel and race racism

Adam interviews Lutheran pastor Brian Kachelmeier, a frequent guest on Lutheran Public Radio’s flagship program, Issues, Etc. (which you all need to check out).

We talk about Genesis, especially the Tower of Babel in chapter 11, and how Christ in all of Scripture is relevant to even questions of race and ethnicity in 2017.

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Interview with an Atheist: Worldview & Race with Dan Courtney Ep. 30

atheist

Can a Christian and an Atheist have a cordial dialogue about religion, worldview, and hot political issues? Probably not normally, but Dan and Adam are superhuman! Well no, but seriously we gave it our best shot – here’s an in-studio dialogue about our two different worldviews, and how we might apply the atheist hypothesis to the issues of race.

I did my best to be fair and welcoming to my guest. Our goal was to seek as much neighborly common ground as we could find without necessarily jamming into a debate. I wanted to make my case that atheism necessitates a type of non-moral human society wherein racism makes perfect sense. Dan later wrote to me to reply to this contention (which he heard raised by Jonathan Fisk in episode 29). Here’s his message:

“Just listened to the podcast with Rev Fisk. I think I’m just starting to understand your approach to race. I hope that in our discussion I provided some diversity of opinion from a secular / progressive / left / liberal perspective. Although I don’t call myself a social justice warrior, I think they have some legitimate concerns even as I share some of your complaints about a certain dogmatic approach to radical egalitarianism.

But let me offer a response to a question posed by Mr. Fisk, “If Christ is not being preached as being risen from the dead, what reason do you have for not being a racist?”

Because cooperation is a critically important adaptation for human survival. If you consider racism as an irrational antagonism toward those that are different, then it clearly hinders cooperation between groups.

This may not be the reason that you reject racism, but I’m grateful that you do.”

So there you have it. We continue to try to understand each other’s worldview, and hopefully set an example for the audience in how two men of very different beliefs might converse and explore for the truth. There is much more to be said between Christian and Atheist camps, and perhaps Dan and I will have that opportunity.

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Charlottesville, White Supremacy, and We’re All Marxists Now Ep. 29

At least two people are dead and many injured in Charlottesville, Virginia after a white identitarian rally and leftist protesters clashed in the streets. Is this another example of the problem of white racism in America, or is it more than that? Is the Progressive left the only left wing cause that showed up in Charlottesville, or are all identitarian movements inherently leftist, Modernist, and fatally flawed?

Come along with Adam to ask the questions a different way, and to approach the answers with the wisdom from above. We shall not be led around by the nose by a Marxist, materialist society if we would just take hold of our heritage from above; if we would only utilize the birthright of our citizenship in the New Jerusalem, we might be able to speak prophetically to this chaotic, Marxist culture swirling around us.

The problem isn’t racism, it’s idolatry. Can we start there? Tune in for more on this frustrating topic. We must face it and come up with better answers than the world is providing.

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Theology & Race: Lutheran Views with Rev. Jonathan Fisk Ep. 28

Jonathan Fisk has been one of my favorite Christian worldview thinkers over the past five years, and I know many of you understand why I say that. His YouTube show Worldview Everlasting never takes itself too seriously, but always brings the full weight of the Christian religion: uncut, full-blooded, and cross-centered.

So I knew I had to get him on the show to talk worldview; I knew we needed the Most Lutheran Man in the World® to help me navigate from theology to the Christian worldview on race.

Jonathan is the author of Broken: 7 “Christian” Rules that Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible, has published copiously on YouTube, is an on-air personality at KFUO St. Louis, and the host of the podcast RevFisk: Raw, among other things.

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Unusual Frankness about Race: Interview with Darrell Harrison Ep. 27

We continue our series on race, ethnicity, and Christianity in America/the West. Today’s episode is an interview with an outstanding man of faith and learning. Darrell Harrison has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt in this life. He grew up poor in the projects of Atlanta, knows what it’s like to navigate life as a minority, but his perspective on so-called “race relations” isn’t what you might expect.

Listen in for a challenging dialogue with a brother who sets his eyes on Christ, and who refuses to claim a victim status in this world.

Darrell points us all to Christ, and the liberating truth of the gospel. Check out his blog here, and spread this episode far and wide.

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Race, Privilege, & Reconciliation-A Conversation with Kaynenn Parker Ep. 26

How should Christians handle the issues surrounding ethnicity, race, and privilege in Western nations? The answers are complex and painful to trace out, but we have no choice–we must seek understanding and clarity.

Kicking off our Citizen of New Jerusalem series on race, we present a lengthy conversation between two friends and fellow ministers of the gospel. Kaynenn Parker and Adam Kane belonged to the same local church for several years before Pastor Parker moved to Texas earlier this year. They ministered together to the youth of Webster Bible Church, and always enjoyed one another’s company, insights, and contributions to the work of the ministry.

You can see why Adam wanted to begin this series on race by having a conversation with Kaynenn. The ethnic difference between the two men is only secondary to the deep bond of Christian brotherhood created by the work of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore as you listen to this episode, listen to the honest exchange of men who seek the good of the church and the nation. This is what it sounds like when brothers trust each other enough to ask tricky questions, and to give direct answers to aching questions.

All too often American Christians seek to address racial reconciliation by sharing the assumptions of the Progressive, secular worldview. We have to do better than that. We must create a biblical basis for our questions and answers, and have the courage to speak words that may seem too raw and real to be heard in public. That’s what this interview will bring to you.

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The One about Race Ep. 25

It’s time to have a citizen’s discourse on race and ethnicity. As citizens of the New Jerusalem, we have access to the wisdom that comes from above, but how do we apply it in one of the most difficult, professionally dangerous topics to broach?

The racial discussion in the USA is out of control. The Progressive left has captured the terms and boundaries of the discourse, and are holding all of us hostage to their worldview. Do you feel free and unafraid to talk about race in church, at work, or with friends? I’ll bet you don’t, that is, unless you are a progressivist with cultural power to do so. Though the Christians of the world ought to be the tip of the spear in bringing sanity and clarity back into this debate, often we are led by the nose right behind the cultural Marxists who have set the terms for us… that is, set the terms of our surrender to their ugly, demonic worldview.

Well, I’m not playing. The next several episodes of this show will focus on race and ethnicity from a Christian worldview. I’ve got some great guests and perspectives coming at you, and I hope you will be here to listen and respond. We all have work to do on race, in one way or another. Are you willing to bend?

Romans 9: Sovereignty of God or Free Will of Man? Ep. 24

Today we switch gears from a normal Citizen episode. We present to you Adam’s recent publicly moderated debate with a free-will (Arminian-type) Independent Fundamentalist Baptist concerning the doctrine of salvation. Adam took the sovereignty of God position, and Linden Overhiser, free will. The debate topic was dueling exegesis of Romans 9.

Theology always underlies everything we do on this show, and theology must be straight by the rule of Scripture. Your feedback is welcomed. Thanks for listening.

The debate audio is just under two hours.

Below are the time stamps for the segments of the debate.

•9:42 Linden (Free Will) Opening exegesis

•30:10 Adam (Sovereignty) Opening exegesis

•1:00:00 Moderator’s break

•1:01:35 Adam’s rebuttal

•1:11:16 Linden’s rebuttal

•1:20:11 Adam cross examines Linden

•1:27:17 Linden cross examines Adam

•1:34:27 Adam’s closing statement

•1:44:08 Linden’s closing statement

•1:50:12 Audience Q&A

•2:12:33 Moderator’s closing

Worldview from Geneva: How Old School Presbys See Things Ep. 23

This show is all about going around the world of ideas. Today our stop is Geneva, Switzerland, where we find two chatty Presbyterians sitting back at the local milk bar, straightening out the world by the rulers of Scripture and the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Come along! My guests Chortles Weakly and Wresbyterian host the Presbycast, a podcast focused on whip-cracking the hides of liberals and pretenders of the Reformed faith. There will be no newfangled attempts at a church service or social justice machine here–they just want the straight up best, most biblical local churches to flourish around the world–Presbyterian churches.

Mentioned in the show:

My post on Charles Finney

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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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