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.
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.
Should You Both Want Kids?: Episode 745
The “children/no children” conversation, plus navigating death with a loved one, and when you and your friend like the same person.
Featured musical artist: About a Mile ( https://www.facebook.com/aboutamile )
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Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Having Kids
When dating someone and considering marriage, it’s common to eventually ask: Do you want children? Obviously, it’s a big decision that should be discussed before tying the knot. But what if the two of you disagree on the subject? What if one is undecided, or you both have different opinions on timing, number of kids, or something else? Is the “kids” convo a dealbreaker? Our guests talk through this tricky issue with grace and wisdom for us all.
Culture: Death and Dying
Helping a friend or loved one navigate the dying process — whether in old age, sickness or tragedy — is one of the most challenging things you will ever do. At the same time, it is also a journey filled with meaningful moments. Dr. Margaret Cottle and Dr. Bill Toffler are physicians specializing in end of life issues. They’ll share helpful perspectives on how to cope when you receive hard news, how to support someone who is dying, how to walk through grief, and how to embrace caregiving and be a support to other caregivers. They also share a biblical perspective on assisted suicide.
Article by Lisa: My Mom Is Killing Me ( https://www.boundless.org/blog/my-mom-is-killing-me/ )
Inbox: When Your Friend Likes the Same Guy
She’s liked a guy for a while but didn’t tell anyone, and now one of her friends happens to like him too. What should she do — confess her feelings for this man, or wait and see what happens? Counselor Jenny Coffey weighs in.
Men and Self-Esteem: Episode 744
Men overcoming low self-esteem, plus a Q&A with pastor Jonathan Pitts on grief, and should you change churches when dating?
Featured musical artist: Jonathan Cain ( https://jonathancain.org/ )
Roundtable: Low Self-Esteem in Men
When you’re one click away from seeing the highlight reels of your friends' lives, it’s easy to think you’re not as important or special as anyone else. Or maybe you’ve thought that since childhood; old wounds don’t always heal, do they? Hurtful experiences, poor relationships and false comparisons can drag us into the pit of low self-esteem. Is there a way to protect yourself and even overcome the lies? In part two of our series on low self-esteem, we’ll ask a group of men what brings them down, and more importantly, what it looks like to turn things around by understanding our limitations and embracing our identity in Christ.
Culture: Surviving Grief and Loss (Part 2)
When Jonathan Pitts and his wife, Wynter, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary, they had much to look forward to, including writing books and doing ministry together. But less than a month later, Wynter died suddenly at age 38. Her passing sent Jonathan and their four daughters into a tailspin. But through that difficult season, Jonathan saw God’s faithfulness. In part two of our conversation, he’ll answer your questions on grief and loss.
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Inbox: Dating Someone From Another Church
If you start dating someone who attends another church, should you leave your own congregation to join theirs? Lisa Anderson weighs in.
Women and Self-Esteem: Episode 743
Women overcoming low self-esteem, plus pastor Jonathan Pitts on grief, and how do you share your opinions humbly?
Featured musical artist: Love and the Outcome ( https://loveandtheoutcome.com/ )
Roundtable: Low Self-Esteem in Women
When you’re one click away from seeing the highlight reels of your friends' lives, it’s easy to think you’re not as important or special as anyone else. Or maybe you’ve thought that since childhood; old wounds don’t always heal, do they? Hurtful experiences, poor relationships and false comparisons can drag us into the pit of low self-esteem. Is there a way to protect yourself and even overcome the lies? In part one of a two-part series on low self-esteem (men, you’re next week!), we’ll ask a group of women what brings them down, and more importantly, what it looks like to turn things around by understanding our limitations and embracing our identity in Christ.
Culture: Surviving Grief and Loss (Part 1)
When Jonathan Pitts and his wife, Wynter, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary, they had much to look forward to, including writing books and doing ministry together. But less than a month later, Wynter died suddenly at age 38. Her passing sent Jonathan and their four daughters into a tailspin. But through that difficult season, Jonathan saw God’s faithfulness. In part one of our conversation, he shares the impact of grief and how God can sustain us in unexpected ways
Inbox: How Can I Share My Opinion?
Whenever she gives her thoughts on a matter, people push back. How can she speak up and give her opinion with kindness and humility? Counselor Tim Sanford weighs in.
That's Just My Opinion: ( https://www.boundless.org/blog/thats-just-my-opinion/ )
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Learning to Say “No”: Episode 742
How to set boundaries and say “no,” plus the pros and cons of marrying young, and where to turn when it feels like your life has stalled.
Featured musical artist: Audio Adrenaline ( https://www.facebook.com/audioadrenaline/ )
Roundtable: It’s OK to Say “No”
Your friend invited you to a party, your church is asking you to volunteer, and you’re thinking about joining a new small group. While opportunities in life are endless, saying “yes” to all of them is a recipe for burnout. Sometimes it’s best to decline, even when the opportunities are good ones. Our guests describe how they’ve struggled with setting boundaries in life, and why doing so is important.
Culture: Better to Marry Earlier or Later?
Many of us think that before getting married, we need to have our lives, careers and finances in order. But research shows this is not always the best approach. Dr. Jason Carroll is a respected professor and researcher who co-authored a study on the pros and cons of marrying young. In this thought-provoking discussion, he shares what the study shows about timelines and milestones for tying the knot.
Inbox: Getting Your Life Back on Track
She took care of her mom who was struggling with serious health issues. But she feels this necessary “detour” got her stuck, and now she’s discouraged and wondering how to get her life back on track. Where should she start? Counselor George Stahnke offers a word of encouragement.
I will definitely be telling all my single friends about this!! It can be easy to get discouraged as a Christian single but this podcast will give you so much encouragement!! The conversations are well thought out and filled with wisdom.
As a single man in my thirties, I’m grateful for a show that discusses singleness with the attempt at staying bliblical. I just listened to the Billy Graham: tech episode… I can confirm that I look to the ring finger and any ring makes me think a woman is not open to dating. Not that I’m very good at approaching either way
I’m married and listen most every week!
I listen, in part, because I have a daughter and want to find the best way to understand where she’s at and how I can best encourage her. But also because it’s just refreshingly honest, especially for those of us who grew up in the church and are searching for ways to stop Jesus juking people.