33 episodes

Pastor Raef Chenery tackles the real world issues and questions you face every day head on from an eschatologically optimistic perspective. Rooted in the Word of God, we’ll look at worldview, apologetics, politics, news, theology, evangelism encounters, and so much more. The aim is to allow God’s Word to inform and guide you through each and every moment.

The Christian Optimist Raef Chenery

    • Religion & Spirituality

Pastor Raef Chenery tackles the real world issues and questions you face every day head on from an eschatologically optimistic perspective. Rooted in the Word of God, we’ll look at worldview, apologetics, politics, news, theology, evangelism encounters, and so much more. The aim is to allow God’s Word to inform and guide you through each and every moment.

    Evolution & Global Warming - Christians & Science

    Evolution & Global Warming - Christians & Science

    In this episode Pastor Raef engages the old religion/science debate by defending the position that it is actually the Christian worldview that not only gives rise to a pursuit of science but also is the necessary framework to seriously engage with science. We then look at some of the more modern controversial subjects such as Evolution and Global Warming to show how there is a rampant 'anti-science' mindset when it comes to these conversations.

    Resources
    https://youtu.be/FyxUwaq00Rc

    http://www.petitionproject.org/index.php

    https://answersingenesis.org/environmental-science/climate-change/human-caused-global-warming-slight-so-far/

    https://www.amazon.com/Foolishness-Greeks-Gospel-Western-Culture/dp/0802801765/

    • 36 min
    Global Christian Persecution: The Facts

    Global Christian Persecution: The Facts

    In this two part episode Pastor Raef discusses two important topics. First, a dive into the status of Christian Persecution around the globe, highlighting an article from Christian Post reporting that 140 Christian students and staff were kidnapped in Nigeria. Secondly we review a controversial video put out by the San Fransisco Gay Men's Choir titled 'We'll Convert Your Children.'

    Resources
    https://www.christianpost.com/news/nigeria-more-than-100-students-abducted-from-christian-school.html

    https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/

    https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2021/july/were-coming-for-your-children-sf-gay-mens-chorus-threatens-to-convert-kids-lgbtq-in-revolting-video

    https://rairfoundation.com/exposed-pro-pedophilia-writers-behind-lgbt-song-threatening-to-convert-your-children-video/

    • 32 min
    5 Animals that Disprove God? Not Quite!

    5 Animals that Disprove God? Not Quite!

    #Apologetics  In this episode Pastor Raef interacts with a post made by a one time Christian attempting to demonstrate how the existence of five animals disprove God. Raef takes a few of his claims and demonstrates that in fact the shoe is on the other foot. The existence of these animals and "issues" discussed, only prove the cogency and cohesive worldview of the Bible.

    Resources
    5 Animals That Disprove God Video: https://youtu.be/lO-GjEFrCd8

    • 37 min
    Planned Parenthood Targets 11 Year Olds

    Planned Parenthood Targets 11 Year Olds

    In this two part episode Pastor Raef jumps into some a bit of reflection on his first reading of the Iliad and the Odyssey and encourages us to be deep readers.  Then in part two a discussion on Planned Parenthood's recent flyer aimed at encouraging 11 year olds to have sex.

    Resources
    Planned Parenthood sex-ed flyer telling 11-year-olds they could have sex, as long as the partner isn't older than 13, distributed in WA public school
    Sexting, Mental Health, and Victimization Among Adolescents: A Literature Review

    • 36 min
    Blues Clues & The Sexualization of Our Children

    Blues Clues & The Sexualization of Our Children

    Last week the famous children's show Blues Clues ran a video featuring Drag Queen Nina West celebrating Pride Month by singing to the children about all different kinds of sexuality. How should Christians think about this?

    Resources
    Blues Clues Clip: https://youtu.be/d4vHegf3WPU

    Book: Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

    Book: Understanding Gender Dysphoria by Mark Yarhouse

    • 34 min
    The Internet is Destroying our Brains & Five Disciplines to Counter It

    The Internet is Destroying our Brains & Five Disciplines to Counter It

    In this episode Pastor Raef walks through the big idea behind the book The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, and explores how the internet is quite literally rewiring our brains for the worse, and then poses five simple Christian Disciplines that we can implement to counter this rewiring and honor the Lord.

    Resources
    The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. https://www.amazon.com/Hardcover-Shallows-Internet-Doing-Brains/dp/B0084QS92S/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=what+the+internet+is+doing+to+our+brains&qid=1622216906&sr=8-2

    • 33 min

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