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Straight Talk with Dr. Mike is an upbeat and energetic podcast show from an African-American urban perspective that entertains, yet explores and engages various current events, hot topics, and news worthy issues in church and community. Podcast Host, Dr. Michael A. Stevens has appeared on syndicated media shows such as Fox News, TBN and CBN’s 700 Club. Dr. Mike serves as Pastor of City Church in Huntersville, NC.

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Straight Talk with Dr. Mike is an upbeat and energetic podcast show from an African-American urban perspective that entertains, yet explores and engages various current events, hot topics, and news worthy issues in church and community. Podcast Host, Dr. Michael A. Stevens has appeared on syndicated media shows such as Fox News, TBN and CBN’s 700 Club. Dr. Mike serves as Pastor of City Church in Huntersville, NC.

    Beatitudes Redefined—What Your Attitude Should Be During These Difficult Days

    Beatitudes Redefined—What Your Attitude Should Be During These Difficult Days

    Our days today, are days of difficulties…  As many already know, these are most historic and unprecedented days… a pandemic era… a day that tries men’s souls.  For Black America, there are two deadly and destructive diseases—COVID-19 and the spirit of Racism.  Although there have been peaceful protests and new policy reform with change… Black America, yet as a people, grapple with painful imagery of inequalities and injustices. 
     
    In Matthew 5, Israel was also seemingly in the fight of their lives… the fight for their lives.  There was Roman governmental oppression and rule—over taxation and under representation.  Also, there was overt persecutions, prejudices and discrimination from all fronts toward Israel.  However, the greatest sermon ever preached, or taught… was given by Jesus!  The “Sermon on the Mount” was not about spiritual gifts… not about the anointing or spiritual power… but, about the attitude, inner qualities and the character of the believer.  The “be-atitudes” is really about what your “attitude should BE like” during these days of difficulty!  Let’s talk!
     

    • 27 min
    The Black Church’s Response to Hollywood’s Arrogant Anti-Semitism

    The Black Church’s Response to Hollywood’s Arrogant Anti-Semitism

    For the third time as in many weeks, another Hollywood actor and influencer has expressed anti-Semitic remarks via tweets and posts.  African-American actor, Ice Cube has joined Nick Cannon with recent hurtful and dangerous comments against the Jewish community—much of which has gone without public outrage and rebuttal.  As mentioned in prior podcasts, the greatest rise of anti-Semitism today is unfortunately from the African-American community.  There is no room or tolerance for hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.  
     
    If any ethnic groups should stand and support the Jewish people, it should be African-Americans.  There are unique parallels and commonalities between the Jewish and African-American communities.  Both communities have suffered horrendous persecution and unspeakable oppression as a people and nation.  During such oppression and persecution, both communities have embraced religion and spirituality in a search to find meaning in their lives.  Further, both as a culture of people can identify with the pain and plight of a people dislocated, disenfranchised and disheartened.  
     
    With this podcast, we discuss this most attack from both Ice Cube and Nick Cannon as well as look deeper into both the challenges and the solutions to a better, shared community experience.  

    • 24 min
    Why Philadelphia Eagles’ Deshaun Jackson Was Both Right and Wrong Concerning Jews in America

    Why Philadelphia Eagles’ Deshaun Jackson Was Both Right and Wrong Concerning Jews in America

    Philadelphia Eagles’ famed wide receiver, Desean Jackson was both right and wrong!  With a mix of immature and juvenile social media posts displaying unkind and hurtful anti-Semitics views concerning Jews, he errantly brought shame on both himself and the African-American community—for this, he was wrong!  Within 24 hours, he righted his wrongs by being man enough to both publicly own-up and apologize for his erred statements—for this, he was right and did right!  I fully applaud and commend him. 
     
    The greatest rise of anti-Semitism today is unfortunately from the African-American community.  There is no room or tolerance for hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.  In fact, if any ethnic groups should stand and support the Jewish people, it should be African-Americans.  There are unique parallels and commonalities between the Jewish and African-American communities.  Both communities have suffered horrendous persecution and unspeakable oppression as a people and nation.  During such oppression and persecution, both communities have embraced religion and spirituality in a search to find meaning in their lives.  Further, both as a culture of people can identify with the pain and plight of a people dislocated, disenfranchised and disheartened. 
     
    Let’s fully discuss this recent exchange of events concerning Desean Jackson and look deeper into both the challenges and the solutions to a better, shared community experience. 

    • 11 min
    The Real Deal with Black Lives Matter and the Cost of True Freedom!

    The Real Deal with Black Lives Matter and the Cost of True Freedom!

    This past 4th of July was NOT your typical 4th of July weekend…  we’re yet trying to find away to celebrate with food, fun and fireworks all the while enduring this most historic and unprecedented pandemic era, the continuance and now spiking reality of COVID-19!  To add, we are witnessing at an all-time high, the sinful and ungodly spirit of racism—systematic, institutional as well as the overt and obvious.  I don’t believe the underlying motives and movement of Black Lives Matter is the absolute answer.  The answer?  Simple!  We must be a nation and generation of people that finds ourselves humbly back at the foot of the Cross… the Cross of Christ!  This, for all, will be the truest and purest path to freedom and liberty for all!

    • 32 min
    Staying Connected to the Local Church in COVID-19!

    Staying Connected to the Local Church in COVID-19!

    Not feeling connected to your local church as of lately?  Feeling like something is missing—fellowship with friends and colleagues at the church?  After 100 days in quarantine, it’s easy to feel like you are not being spiritually feed and pastorally covered.
    Being high tech is a wonderful thing in the world of websites, Facebook Live and various streaming services… but being high touch is very essential and needed in an hour such as this!  Truth is, it is becoming more and more convenient to compare so many great online and streaming church services and overlook and undervalue your very own local church and pastoral leadership.  I want to encourage you to stay faithful and focused on your local church fellowship and pastoral leaders. 

    • 36 min
    Dad is Destiny - The Need of Fathers in 2020!

    Dad is Destiny - The Need of Fathers in 2020!

    On this 2020 Father’s Day weekend… Dad is Destiny!  If there has ever been a time and need for fathering, now is that time.  If there has ever been a time for men to rise up and take their rightful place in the home, now is that time!  It is said that “Fatherlessness is the most destructive trend of our generation.”  With this Father’s Day weekend podcast, I want to both charge and challenge all fathers to be the man—the husband, the father and friend you were called to be!  During this global pandemic, combined with the injustices, civil unrest and race tensions, every fathers of a child needs to both possess and pass on to their children—a voice that gives identity and security, a vision that won’t leave you and values that instruct, admonish and affirms!  
    “It’s never too late to be the father who you might have been… because, Dad is Destiny!”

    • 33 min

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Faith has a way

It’s June 2, 2020. A few days removed from another senseless loss of an African American life by the hands of few police. Not all or even many police. A so very limited few.

I live in uptown Charlotte where the last several nights have been loaded with early, peaceful protest followed by long acts of civil unrest. I’ve felt helpless. Confused. Scared. Angry. Sad. I’m not educated in civil rights, but I do believe full freedom belongs to everyone and that freedom should be exercised responsibly. I don’t know what I can or should do to help be a solver of our problems. Pondering my perceived inability, I serendipitously picked up listening to a book that i had actually read a year ago called “The Color of Law” and it stirred me from the opening lines. My reading and reflecting gave me this:

I think we have to be educated with facts that are peer reviewed, and that we can irrefutably use in a true dialogue designed to solve these problems. We have to choose that one thing out of those facts and figures that we will certainly try to succeed at representing to make equity equal for everyone, and not depraved from the unaware and reserved for the select few.

This book is just that. Every fact and figure is unapologetically presented.

So what does this have to do with Straight Talk? 5 minutes after I pressed pause on the book, I had the pleasure of meeting an African American minister by the name of Dr. Mike. I could tell that Dr. Mike was a man of introspect and despair, but ultimately an optimist. Dr. Mike ASKED ME how I was doing. I’m a younger white guy. And here’s the African American distinguished in age, asking me how I’m doing. That’s a sign of leadership and faith and strength that I, we, desperately need.

I love how in this first full length pod, Dr. Mike calls out that leaders of churches and police departments need to be held accountable when things go horribly wrong in our communities. I can’t wait to listen and learn more from Dr. Mike. I hope to run into him again and again, and I hope to be an example of how to live life right as a way of honoring my chance encounter with Dr. Mike at the Vue in Uptown Charlotte.

Best to you, Dr. Mike!! - Josh

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