81 episodes

One thing is constant about this moment in history in which we are living: change. We see huge cultural shifts happening all around us, and when coupled with the ever burgeoning place that technology holds in our lives, it’s sometimes hard to stay on top of the ways in which our world is changing. Our goal at "Intersect" is to dissect cultural trends that we are experiencing in our increasingly global world through the lens of a gospel worldview, with a good dose of humor. How are we as Christ followers to live faithfully in this cultural moment?

Join us for thoughtful conversation, goofy news stories, and lots of laughs!

Intersect: Where Church Meets Culture Northeast Presbyterian Church | Josh and Betsy Desch

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 89 Ratings

One thing is constant about this moment in history in which we are living: change. We see huge cultural shifts happening all around us, and when coupled with the ever burgeoning place that technology holds in our lives, it’s sometimes hard to stay on top of the ways in which our world is changing. Our goal at "Intersect" is to dissect cultural trends that we are experiencing in our increasingly global world through the lens of a gospel worldview, with a good dose of humor. How are we as Christ followers to live faithfully in this cultural moment?

Join us for thoughtful conversation, goofy news stories, and lots of laughs!

    “A Bridge Too Far — Assisted Death in Canada” – 603

    “A Bridge Too Far — Assisted Death in Canada” – 603

    "A Bridge Too Far — Assisted Death in Canada"



    Who has the right to determine when they die? For most of history, taking one’s own life has been viewed as something society should prevent at all costs. Yet in Canada today, assisted suicide is on the rise. In fact, the government has made it a legal option.

    Josh and Betsy put these concerning trends under the microscope as they examine a difficult but highly pertinent topic: should we have the power to determine when we die?

    Items Discussed:



     "How Canada's Assisted Suicide Law Went Wrong"-- The Atlantic Article

    Suggestions for future episodes? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

    Intersect Podcast is a ministry of Northeast Presbyterian Church. The views expressed on this podcast are those of Josh and Betsy Desch and are not intended to be presented as the official views of NEPC. Please see our Intersect Podcast landing page for further information.

    • 38 min
    “F·R·I·E·N·D·S, Friendship, and the Secret Sauce” – 602

    “F·R·I·E·N·D·S, Friendship, and the Secret Sauce” – 602

    "F·R·I·E·N·D·S, Friendship, and the Secret Sauce"



    “The passing of Matthew Perry, the actor known to so many as "Chandler Bing" on the popular TV Show "FRIENDS", has the world talking about this show again. Josh and Betsy offer their take on why this iconic show has remained nearly as popular today as it was in its heyday. What does FRIENDS teach us about friendship... and have we lost that special something in our uber-digital world of today?

    Do we still need good friendships? How do we make them?”

    Join us for this fun conversation, and remember... "we'll be there for you..."

    Items Discussed:



     "What Adults Forget About Friendship"-- The Atlantic Article

     "The Six Forces That Fuel Friendship"-- The Atlantic Article

    "Matthew Perry Found God at his Lowest Moment"-- obituary in Premier Christianity

    Suggestions for future episodes? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

    Intersect Podcast is a ministry of Northeast Presbyterian Church. The views expressed on this podcast are those of Josh and Betsy Desch and are not intended to be presented as the official views of NEPC. Please see our Intersect Podcast landing page for further information.

    • 32 min
    “Throwdown: Is the Casualization of Clothing Good or Bad?” – 601

    “Throwdown: Is the Casualization of Clothing Good or Bad?” – 601

    "THROWDOWN - Is the Casualization of Clothing in Our Culture Good or Bad?"



    “Josh and Betsy are ready to rumble! In this debate style episode they take opposite sides on the question of whether or not the casualization of clothing in America has been a good thing. This episode was prompted by the recent rule change in the United States Senate, which permits Senators to wear pretty much whatever they want on the floor of the Senate. So what will it be, stretchy pants or tailored slacks? You decide!”

    Items Discussed:



     "The Senate Dress Code Gets a Casual Overhaul"-- NY Times Article

    "Dress Up - What We Lost in the Casual Revolution"-- article in First Things Magazine

    Suggestions for future episodes? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

    Intersect Podcast is a ministry of Northeast Presbyterian Church. The views expressed on this podcast are those of Josh and Betsy Desch and are not intended to be presented as the official views of NEPC. Please see our Intersect Podcast landing page for further information.

    • 29 min
    “A Christian Perspective on Mental Health” – 512

    “A Christian Perspective on Mental Health” – 512

    "A Christian Perspective on Mental Health -- Are

    Mental Health Professionals the New High Priests?"



    Mental health is an area of constant growth and awareness in our country. We have certainly seen the demand for mental health services increase since COVID. So how should Christians navigate these challenging waters, especially as it relates to teenagers?

    In this interview, Josh and Betsy talk with Doctor Mo Hanna, who is both a highly successful child and adolescent psychiatrist and a deeply devoted Christian. Doctor Mo brings two decades of private practice and a keen analysis of the prominent issues in our culture. Get ready for a conversation that covers a wide range of topics and will cause you to think hard about the area of mental health.

    Books Discussed:



    "The Toxic War on Masculinity" by Nancy Pearcey (book)

     "A Secular Age" by Charles Taylor (book)

    Suggestions for future episodes? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

    Intersect Podcast is a ministry of Northeast Presbyterian Church. The views expressed on this podcast are those of Josh and Betsy Desch and are not intended to be presented as the official views of NEPC. Please see our Intersect Podcast landing page for further information.

    • 45 min
    “Every Human Has A Story” – 511

    “Every Human Has A Story” – 511

    "Every Human Has A Story"



    Stories. We read them, we watch them, we live them. Every person has a story, and every person has to make sense of life in terms of a story. That is to say, everyone believes some story about how we got here, what is our purpose, and what happens when we die. We are en-storied beings. Josh and Betsy jump into this topic and help us to think about the big questions. It’s time to examine your story. Is it a good one?

    Show Notes:



    "Being Mortal:Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande (book)

    Suggestions for future episodes? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

    Intersect Podcast is a ministry of Northeast Presbyterian Church. The views expressed on this podcast are those of Josh and Betsy Desch and are not intended to be presented as the official views of NEPC. Please see our Intersect Podcast landing page for further information.

    • 28 min
    “Résumé Virtues vs. Eulogy Virtues” -510

    “Résumé Virtues vs. Eulogy Virtues” -510

    "Résumé Virtues vs. Eulogy Virtues"



    Have you heard of the difference between ‘résumé virtues’ and ‘eulogy virtues’? This distinction, first brought to the public’s awareness by NY Times columnist David Brooks, is worth contemplating for all of us. What are we living for? What virtues are we cultivating? Are we more concerned with the things that we put on our resume or the things that others will say about us at our funeral? And how does all of this apply to modern parenting?

    Show Notes:

    "The Moral Bucket List" by David Brooks (article)

    "America’s Fever of Workaholism Is Finally Breaking" by Derek Thompson (article)

    Cobalt Red by Siddharth Kara (book)

    Suggestions for future episodes? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

    Intersect Podcast is a ministry of Northeast Presbyterian Church. The views expressed on this podcast are those of Josh and Betsy Desch and are not intended to be presented as the official views of NEPC. Please see our Intersect Podcast landing page for further information.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

pkarns ,

Tricia

Wow! A good friend told me about this podcast. Thank you for being real and addressing current issues in our world and the church. I just finished your 2part talk with Jim Copta( did I spell that right?). So good!!

missydavis1 ,

Such great topics and insight!

We love this show and Josh and Betsy. These are such relevant issues, and I love that y’all are digging into them. Also love the book recs. From your friends, Missy and Martin

seekingmysavior ,

managing today craziness and anchoring yourself

Guideance relationship with your savior Jesus Christ.

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