Life is challenging for Christian singles. How do you balance work and personal life? How do you own your faith? How can you date with a purpose? And prepare for marriage? All while honoring God through it all? Hit up The Boundless Show, a Christian podcast for young adults, for some good, honest conversation. The young adult years are full of possibility and choices that shape who you become. Join host Lisa Anderson to discuss the highs and lows, lean on each other, and trust God in this important season of adulthood.
I’m Into You: Episode 751
Insider tips to express romantic interest, plus evangelism for everyday people, and when you struggle to make friends at church.
Featured musical artist: Mosaic MSC ( https://mosaic.org/MSC )
Roundtable: How Do I Know If They’re Interested?
Men and women are very different, including how we express romantic interest. This can lead to miscommunication, assumptions or long periods of wishing and wondering where you stand. Our guests share the many missteps they’ve taken in pursuing, wooing and (dare we say it?) flirting with the opposite sex, and what they learned from those experiences. They’ll also break down what works and what doesn’t when it comes to making a move, and what makes a person stand out from the crowd.
Culture: Sharing Your Faith in Simple Ways
“People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” This principle also applies to how you share your faith, because without a relationship, your attempts at evangelism can only go so far. Pastor Jay Benson and Jill Hill are both passionate about sharing Jesus in their communities and friend circles, and they have many stories of how they’ve invited non-Christians into their everyday lives. They’ll also share simple and effective ideas for engaging our neighbors, coworkers and others who need the gospel.
Inbox: Time to Find a New Church?
She’s been going to the same church for five years but still doesn’t feel connected. Her schedule is also very busy, so socializing outside of work hours is not an easy thing. Is it time to find a new church or stick it out and hope to make friends? Our friend Josh Zeichik weighs in.
What Must They Think of Me?: Episode 750
Letting go of what others think of you, plus Nick Hall’s modern vision for evangelism, and is it too early to define the relationship?
Featured musical artist: Danen Kane ( https://danenkane.com/home )
Roundtable: Don’t Be a Slave to Others’ Opinions
We’ve all been guilty of walking into a room and immediately wondering what everyone thinks of us. But truth be told, most people aren’t thinking about us — they’re thinking about themselves. How can we live confidently without constantly worrying about others’ good opinion? Our guests share their own struggles in this area and give helpful ways to be aware of how we are viewed by others without being ruled by it.
Culture: An Evangelism Woodstock
In 1972, a massive event called Explo ‘72 took place in Dallas, Texas. Thousands of young adults gathered from all over the country and were inspired and equipped to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into their communities and around the world. On this year’s 50th anniversary of Explo ‘72, evangelist Nick Hall is hosting a 21st-century version of that historic gathering. Called Together ‘22, this free event will take place at Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas on June 24-25. Nick joins us to talk about how sharing the gospel in 2022 is both similar to and different from how it was done 50 years ago. What are the unique challenges and opportunities he sees today? Join us for this exciting conversation and details on this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Sign up for Together ‘22 ( https://together22.pulse.org/ )
Inbox: Defining the Relationship Already?
She’s been going on dates with the same guy for eight weeks, but neither of them has defined their relationship. Is it time for her to say something, or should she wait for him to take initiative and speak up? Our host Lisa Anderson weighs in.
Article: Whose Job Is It to Define the Relationship? ( https://www.boundless.org/blog/whose-job-is-it-to-define-the-relationship/ )
The Family You Came From (Part 2): Episode 749
How family affects us, plus what happens if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and should you have contact with an ex?
Featured musical artist: Ginny Owens ( https://ginnyowens.com/ )
Roundtable: How Your Family of Origin Affected You (Part 2)
Like it or not, we’ve all picked up patterns and proclivities from our family of origin. For some, what we learned was relatively good. For others, talking about our family background is painful. Our guests share the good, bad and ugly attitudes and habits they adopted from their families, as well as the lessons they’ve learned and the cycles they’ve broken by growing and changing. In part two this week, our panelists discuss where they are now in relation to their families as well as the lingering effects of their family systems.
Culture: Abortion Laws in America & See Life 2022
Since the recent leak of the draft opinion from the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court case, many Americans anticipate the possible reversal of Roe vs. Wade. If that happens, what are the legal implications? John Stonestreet and Robyn Chambers give us a primer on the ins and outs of this historic decision. They’ll detail what we can expect, how we can pray, and will encourage us to value life not just through legislation but in everyday opportunities. We’ll also talk about the exciting See Life 2022 scheduled for June 14, 2022.
Register for See Life 2022 Livestream: See Life 2022 ( https://www.focusonthefamily.com/seelife22/ )
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Inbox: No Contact After a Breakup?
Is it wise to have any contact with an ex after a breakup? Some say “absolutely no contact” while others recommend giving it a certain amount of time before you reach out. Our host Lisa Anderson weighs in.
The Family You Came From (Part 1): Episode 748
How family affects us, plus blessing others with your words, and when you’re more introverted than the person you’re dating.
Featured musical artist: James Peden ( https://www.jamespedenmusic.com/ )
Roundtable: How Your Family of Origin Affected You (Part 1)
Like it or not, we’ve all picked up patterns and proclivities from our family of origin. For some, what we learned was relatively good. For others, talking about our family background is painful. Our guests share the good, bad and ugly attitudes and habits they adopted from their families, as well as the lessons they’ve learned and the cycles they’ve broken by growing and changing. In part one this week, they tell their stories and share their observations about what was healthy and unhealthy in their childhood homes and relationships.
Culture: Using Words to Bless Others
The book of Proverbs says that “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Knowing what to say when is a mark of a mature person as well as a mature Christian. Whether an encouragement, a rebuke, or a word of instruction, we’ve all been on the receiving end of words we needed to hear. Authors Cheryl Marshall and Caroline Newheiser have navigated many necessary conversations. They discuss insights from their book “When Words Matter Most” and help us discover ways to use words in different situations to bring blessing and healing.
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Inbox: Do They Have to Go Out So Often?
She’s seeing a guy, but he’s more extroverted than she is, and he often wants to be together and on the go. Is it OK to express her desire to go out only once a week, or is that not enough for a sustainable dating relationship? A pastor and young adults mentor weighs in.
Women Out-Earning Men: Episode 747
When women make more money than men, plus advice for difficult relationships, and does a physical disability hurt your dating chances?
Featured musical artist: Ellie Holcomb ( https://www.ellieholcomb.com/ )
Roundtable: When Women Make More Money Than Men
Studies show that in many cases, women now outpace men in education and in the workplace. What are the implications? In an age where career and calling are so important, does money play a part? Many Christians are uncomfortable with the conversation about salaries and earning power, especially in a dating relationship or when thinking about a future marriage and family. Our guests discuss their experience with this topic, including biblical wisdom and common sense for addressing it in their own lives.
Culture: Dealing With Difficult People
It’s easy to assume that we should never have conflict with fellow Christians. But such an approach to relationships is unbiblical — even dangerous — and can prevent us from leveraging growth opportunities. Pastor Brian Noble admittedly struggled with this until he realized that not facing conflict produced a harvest of contention in the long run. Now the CEO of Peacemaker Ministries, Brian shares how he’s learned to deal with difficult people in varied situations, and why handling conflict healthily sets you up for relational success.
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Inbox: Dating With a Disability
She’s interested in getting to know a guy, but feels limited by her physical disability. How much will this impact her ability to date? Counselor Joannie DeBrito weighs in with encouragement and advice.
Advice for Planning a Wedding: Episode 746
Our best wedding planning strategies, plus God and technology, and when your friend can’t seem to break up with her boyfriend.
Featured musical artist: Liz Vice ( https://www.lizvice.com/ )
Roundtable: Insider Wedding Tips
Wedding season is officially in full swing, but planning the big day takes a lot of work. Between choosing the right dress, sending invitations, booking a DJ and finding a venue, the stress can be overwhelming. To help sort through the madness, we invited newlyweds to share their best tips for planning a wedding, including prioritizing their wish lists, navigating timing issues, and managing others’ expectations. They also share their “must-haves” for a meaningful wedding day.
Culture: What’s God’s Opinion on Technology?
With technology seemingly taking over the world today, it’s fair to ask, “How does God feel about all of this?” Desiring God’s Tony Reinke co-hosts the “Ask Pastor John” podcast with John Piper, and joins us this week to share a biblically-balanced approach on everything from smartphones to cryptocurrency to space travel. He’ll answer questions including: What’s God’s relationship with technology? What are technology’s limitations? How can we use tech for God’s glory?
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Inbox: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Her best friend is in an unhealthy dating relationship and has expressed a desire to break it off, but it seems like nothing is changing. Is it time for our listener to speak up? Counselor Jenny Coffey weighs in.
Relevant topics, helpful content for young adults
Boundless is a Christian program that provides great content for young adults, it has helped me develop better friendships and relationships, make wise choices, and become more understanding of others. The show covers a range of topics including dating, adulting, friendships. Kudos and thanks
Love this podcast!
Fantastic host, great topics and Bible based! Never miss an episode!
I listen to this podcast at work every week. Indeed, it is the podcast that broke my cynicism and judgemental thoughts about people who listen to podcasts. I used to think podcasts were lame, and now I can’t wait for the next Boundless episode to come out. Chalk full of wisdom and humour, each one gives a perfect chance for self reflection and growth. Lisa and her team have been a huge part in my young adult journey and I’m so grateful I found this resource. 100% recommend!!