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The idea of “the common good” has a rich history within the Christian church. It’s the notion that, as we pursue Jesus in our lives and in the lives of others, we are fulfilling God’s purposes for His creation. This pursuit can be messy. It means rolling up our sleeves and creating space for hard conversations about real issues that impact our lives. Things like parenting, marriage, finances, politics, art, and culture. On The Common Good, Brian From creates space to have these conversations, to sit with the big questions that we all have, to sometimes disagree, but to always look for the chance to create common good, by following after Jesus. Brian welcome listeners to join them in these conversations, to bring their own questions, hopes, and struggles, and to ultimately share in a journey to see God’s design for all of us fulfilled.

The Common Good Podcast The Common Good

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

The idea of “the common good” has a rich history within the Christian church. It’s the notion that, as we pursue Jesus in our lives and in the lives of others, we are fulfilling God’s purposes for His creation. This pursuit can be messy. It means rolling up our sleeves and creating space for hard conversations about real issues that impact our lives. Things like parenting, marriage, finances, politics, art, and culture. On The Common Good, Brian From creates space to have these conversations, to sit with the big questions that we all have, to sometimes disagree, but to always look for the chance to create common good, by following after Jesus. Brian welcome listeners to join them in these conversations, to bring their own questions, hopes, and struggles, and to ultimately share in a journey to see God’s design for all of us fulfilled.

    The Rise of the Evangelical Heretic

    The Rise of the Evangelical Heretic

    (0-10:29): Russell Moore wrote a piece in Christianity Today called The Rise of the Evangelical Heretic. Brian and Aubrey discuss.

    (10:29-20:05): Does God want you to be a burden? Brian and Aubrey discuss an article from The Gospel Coalition.

    (20:05-29:50): The absolute awkwardness of group prayer. 

    (29:50-38:38): How does the thief on the cross fit into your theology? Brian and Aubrey talk about a tweet from @johnamoreland, and Aubrey has a defense for the attractional church.

    (38:38-48:08): Brian and Aubrey chat about a recent tweet from Ray Chang: who does your church enter into fellowship with?

    (48:08-56:37): RNS recently asked: are American Christians are on the path to severe religious persecution for their faith? Brian and Aubrey react.

    (56:37-1:06:00): Top Five: TV show theme songs you can sing all the way to the end.

    (1:06:00): Things rich people buy… that poor people don’t even know exist. (From Buzzfeed)
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Where is God in the midst of natural disasters?

    Where is God in the midst of natural disasters?

    (0:00-9:45): Where is God in the midst of natural disasters?

    (9:45-19:24): How do marriages change over time?

    (19:24-24:19): How do pastors have longevity at churches, and does there come a point when they've been there too long?  

    (24:19-38:47): McDonald's selling adult Happy Meals with nostalgic toys, and If you were composted into a tree, what type of tree would you be?

    (38:47-47:33): What is church? feat: Christian Cannabis 

    (47:33-56:36): The gift of limits 

    (56:36-1:05:16): A pastor's update, and its consequences 

    (1:05:16): It wasn't all bad.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Decision Point

    Decision Point

    Mark Hopson, Jon & Kassandra Cox, and Ryan Hall, with Decision Point 
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    David French at Wheaton College

    David French at Wheaton College

    (0:00-11:37): David on cancel culture, censorship, and why free speech matters. He describes the ‘attention economy’ of social media and the role of conflict entrepreneurs: people who make their living by generating conflict.

    (11:37-19:52): Brian and David discuss a recent Ligonier/Lifeway study on what American Christians believe.

    (19:52-29:48): Deconstruction, what it means, and whether American Christians have anything to fear from attacks on their religious liberty.

    (29:48-38:13): Christian celebrity culture—and whether David is hopeful for the future of the church.

    (38:13-48:12): Aubrey had FOMO during the David French interview, which she missed—and Brian and Aubrey talk about Kamala Harris’ suggestion that 'you don't have to change your faith' to agree with Democrats on abortion.

    (48:12-57:29): Brian and Aubrey talk about a well known quote: “Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a hidden battle,” and the reception it recently got on Twitter when Pastor Scott Sauls sent it out.

    (57:29-1:08:00): A new workout trend called ‘F3’, male relationships, and David French’s recent thoughts on modern masculinity.

    (1:08:00): Since Brian interviewed David French at Wheaton College this morning, where both Brian and Aubrey have graduated from, they both reminisced about what it’s like to be back on campus.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    John Greco on the Psalms

    John Greco on the Psalms

    (00:00-11:08): Fetuses like carrots and not kale—but Stacey Abrams says their heartbeats are manufactured.

    (11:08-19:58): The gospel is not fragile, and doesn’t need your protection. Brian and Aubrey discuss a tweet from Benjamin Cremer.

    (19:58-30:09): Brian and Aubrey speculate about why homeschooling is booming! 

    (30:09-41:10): ”That Really Grinds My Gears”: The one thing to never do in a restaurant… or say to a woman pastor. 

    (41:10-50:44): Brian and Aubrey chat about a tweet by Leonard Sweet: “You can talk about “saving the lost.” Or you can say the same thing in a fresh way: The mission of every Christian is to illuminate, activate and animate the Christ in everyone you meet.”

    (50:44-1:01:06): John Greco joins to talk about his new book, “The Ascent”—a devotional on the Psalms.

    (1:01:06-1:11:33): How to respond to criticism without anxiety.

    (1:11:33) From Relevant Magazine: the funniest prayers from pop culture.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Is there such a thing as healthy deconstruction?

    Is there such a thing as healthy deconstruction?

    (00:00-09:21): Is there such a thing as healthy deconstruction? Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae says it can be spiritually beneficial if Scripture remains the foundation in order to rid one’s life of “unhealthy ideas and practices.”

    (09:21-18:51): What do you do if you feel like a teacher is mailing it in with their students?

    (18:51-28:52): Grinds my Gears: Brian ran into his nemesis… people who push their dog in a baby stroller. Aubrey still holds a grudge against a college professor.

    (28:52-38:01): What is it that makes someone an adult? Aubrey’s son had to take on some new responsibilities recently.

    (38:01-47:11): Top Five List: Favorite apps

    (47:11-55:59): Buzzfeed has compiled a list of the best advice people received from their therapist. Brian and Aubrey shared their reaction.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Subydad ,

This is what the world need more of.

This is such a great show hosted by Ian and Brian! I love listening as I feel it brings positivity in my life that doesn’t come from other media sources. Keep up the great work guys! Blessings to you!

Longtime 2x Speed Listener ,

Wide range of topics

Ian and Brian have a diverse and wide ranging show on various topics and many different guests. It is always enjoyable to hear a local church pastor perspective on topics and how it all affects the way they are doing ministry.

Thanks guys.

Wentzalogan ,

Meaningful and engaging

I appreciate the opportunity to listen in to meaningful conversations that don’t shy away from current events.

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