Fox News Religion Correspondent Lauren Green uses her wealth of stories, vast network of contacts, and her own extensive study of theology to take the listener on a unique journey of spiritual discovery.
Dr. Alex McFarland and the Reality of Racial/Religious Politics
We are living in some of the most fractured and contentious times where religion has morphed into politics and politics has become a religion. And this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, is a living reality of that fact. Let me explain. On Easter Sunday, the newly elected Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock's tweeted a greeting that caused a storm of criticism because it trampled on the core tenet of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It might be forgiven if Warnock were a run of the mill politician unschooled in theological doctrine. But Warnock is also an ordained minister who leads Ebenezer Baptist Church, the iconic house of worship where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, two ministers were supposed to discuss the tweet: one Black the other White. And not just any two. Odell Cleveland and Alex McFarland have a podcast called "I Hear Ya!" where any and all controversial subjects about race, religion and culture could be discussed in a faithful way, true to the Gospel. But apparently there are some subjects too controversial or perhaps too close to offending racial strongholds. Only Alex (who is White) came on to discuss the situation. Listen to the podcast, and understand how deep the divide is between race, politics and the Christian faith.
Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter with Dr. Tim Keller
Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; it is the cornerstone of Christianity. But what's more, it's what gives Christianity its power, 'incomparably great power.' For too long many Christian churches have treated the miracle of the Resurrection as something akin to the frosting on the cake or a high-five in the end-zone. It's celebrated once a year, but pastor and theologian Dr. Timothy Keller says the Resurrection is something we can and should live out daily. For if the Resurrection happened, it changes everything, "how we conduct relationship, our attitudes toward wealth and power, how we work in our vocations, our understanding and practice of sexuality, race relations, and justice." On this special Easter episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Keller, a best-selling author, talks about his new book, "Hope in Times of Fear: The Resurrection and the Meaning of Easter." In it, he explores why the Resurrection gives the world still suffering from a pandemic, a hope for the past, present and future; that it makes Christianity "a historical, reasonable, and gracious faith; and that it is Heaven come to earth to begin the 'restoration of the natural order,' the world that God intended. Keller writes, "The Bible's startling message is that when Jesus rose, he brought the future kingdom of God into the present. It is not here fully but it is here substantially." Listen and learn how Easter is cause for a tremendous, Hallelujah! The Lord is Risen!
Fox News Anchor Shannon Bream and "Women of the Bible Speak"
March is Women's History Month, so what better time to talk about the women of Bible. Popular culture would have us believe that the Good Book treats women as second-or third-class spiritual partners of their male counterparts. But the truth is women play pivotal roles in the redemptive narrative of the Holy Scriptures. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Fox News Anchor Shannon Bream talks about her new book, "Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom Of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today. Bream shares her insights and new discoveries about women like Sarah and Hagar, Leah and Rachel, and of course, Mary, the mother of Jesus. But what's more, these women and the others she writes about, have something vital for women of today to learn from. Throughout their struggles and sufferings, joys and triumphs, these women showed incredible faith, patience and sometimes boldness. God so often chose women to be at the center of His work to bring salvation to a hurting world. And it's no different today.
Roma Downey Delivers Another Message of Hope with New Movie "The Resurrection"
She has the voice of an angel - an Irish angel that is. Actress Roma Downey grew to fame on the TV series "Touched by an Angel," telling millions of viewers each week that "There is a God, that He loves you, and wants to be a part of your life." It's a message that's now embedded in her work with husband/producer Mark Burnett. Their mini-series on The Bible a few years ago became a surprise hit; a surprise to the secular world of Hollywood elites that is, not to Roma and Mark. Their latest offering is on the cornerstone of Christianity, The Resurrection. It's a film that would have been released in theaters, but because of the pandemic it could not be. So they had a choice to either hold it for a year or find another outlet. And they chose the latter. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Downey talks about how the COVID-19 shutdown became the impetus to bring the film to viewers as another message of hope in a world hungry for it. She also talks about what it was like shooting in Morocco, and the actors and actresses who bring to life the story of how the Apostles went from despair and fear at the crucifixion of Jesus to joy and triumph as they live out His Resurrection.
Author Jonathan Cahn: Prophecy and God’s Warning to America
Author Jonathan Cahn has written a string of novels based on biblical prophecy, and has yet another warning for America: we are doomed unless we return to God. Cahn, whose sequel book "Harbinger II: The Return," speaks at a frenetic pace detailing what he believes the Bible says about God’s judgment; both the past concerning the Old Testament’s nation of Israel, and future justice concerning America. Cahn makes the point that while we can debate whether America is a Christian nation, the fact is that George Washington, the first president of the United States, dedicated the country to God just a stone’s throw from Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attacks. For Cahn that is no coincidence. Just like the year of 2020 with its pandemic, uprisings and protests are part of his predictions. For Cahn the words of 2 Chronicles says it all: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Now the choice we have: believe it or not.
Dr. Frank Turek: the Left’s Redefining of Christianity
A new left-leaning Christianity helped Joe Biden win the White House for the Democrats. And now some Christian leaders like Dr. Frank Turek are accusing the Democratic Party of trying to mold the faith into its image, in the likeness of the Democratic platform. How else could supporters make the case that Biden is a "good Catholic" while advocating for the most extreme laws in favor of abortion? It just proves the culture wars are still alive and well and heading into overdrive as Turek, president of CrossExamined.org makes clear on this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast. Many may not like what he has to say, especially since he is a white, heterosexual male, the cancel culture's poster boy for oppression. But Turek is fighting for Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of not being judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. You be the judge.