Building Faith is a content-rich discussion about key biblical and theological matters that challenges believers to think clearly about God's Word and its application to daily life.
Ep. 30: Social Media, Part 1 - "Cautious Consumption"
A quick survey of the most recent data confirms something that most people know intuitively about social media. It is an enormously influential means of communication in our society. One of the more compelling and concerning takeaways from all of the data about this immensely influential medium is that the use of social media is NOT primarily driven by content production, but rather by content consumption... consumption on a massive scale.
In this first episode in our new series on Social Media, we discuss some important principles about its use and the need for Christians to exercise biblical discernment and caution when choosing the content we consume.
Ep. 29: Racial Tension, Part 6 (What should we do?)
Over the last 5 episodes in this series, we have sought to identify some key questions that we believe are crucial for us to ask and answer if we are going to think and respond biblically to the very real problem of racial tension. In this 6th and final episode in the series, Dr. Shane Koehler will help us address the challenging, yet crucial question that every individual believer and every church must face... What should we do?
Ep. 28: Racial Tension, Part 5 (Who are YOU?)
One of the most prominent and destructive features of the current cultural moment is the elevation of collective ethnic identity to such an exaggerated degree that our society has become dangerously splintered. Sadly, this trend has intensified among professing Christians as well. In this 5th episode of our series on Racial Tension, we will discuss the fundamental issue of identity from a biblical perspective as we look to God’s Word to answer the question, “Who are YOU?”
Ep. 27: Racial Tension, Part 4 (Who's to blame?)
Genesis 3 teaches us that, in a fallen world, everyone in society bears some responsibility and pays some price for society's ills, and that includes racial injustice. But simply stating the general principle that there is plenty of blame to go around doesn't sufficiently answer the basic question, "Who's to blame?" In this 4th episode of our series on Racial Tension, we will try to answer this question from a clear and comprehensively biblical perspective.
Ep. 26: Racial Tension, Part 3 (Where is this going?)
In a recent TV interview, Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome warned, “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.” A quote like this may seem unnecessarily provocative, but it warrants some thoughtful analysis. What do they want, specifically? What does “this system” include? And, if the system has to be burned down and replaced, what will it be replaced with? In other words where is all of this going? In part 3 of our series on Racial Tension, we will try to bring biblical clarity to these questions and provide some direction for how we, as Christians, ought to respond.
Ep. 25: Racial Tension, Part 2 (What do you mean?)
In the classic fairytale comedy, The Princess Bride, one of the characters, Vizzini, keeps exclaiming the word, "Inconceivable!", when something happens that he was sure could never happen. After a few of these exclamations, the beloved character, Inigo Montoya, simply says, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." In part 2 of our series on Racial Tension, we will see that there are several terms that are often repeated by pundits, politicians, professors and protestors that do not mean what you might think they mean.