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Listen in as Russell Moore, director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project and Editor-in-Chief, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

The Russell Moore Show Christianity Today

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Listen in as Russell Moore, director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project and Editor-in-Chief, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

    Lecrae on Fame and the Path of Wisdom

    Lecrae on Fame and the Path of Wisdom

    “In this season of my life, I’m not concerned with ego. I’m just trying to figure out how to serve and how to do the right things.”
    So says four-time Grammy-award-winning rapper Lecrae on this episode of The Russell Moore Show. This lack of concern with ego hasn’t always been easy. Lecrae, whose two most recent Grammy wins occurred this year, shares that he had to spend a lot of time learning that God is the one who determines who he is. He and Moore discuss imposter syndrome, performance, and comparison. Their conversation covers anxiety, depression, and how God enters into our dark moments.
    Lecrae and Moore talk about what deconstructing really means. They also consider how Western exceptionalism arises in Christian spaces, including a reckoning with lauded historical theologians who were slaveholders. They also talk about how Lecrae views the music industry, the importance of close friends when fame is part of your life, and what it looks like to live as though death has no power over us.
    Resources mentioned in this episode include: 

    Lecrae

    Church Clothes 4

    “Your Power”


    I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger


    God Gave Rock and Roll to You: A History of Contemporary Christian Music by Leah Payne

    “W.W. Jay-Z?” 

    “Underneath the Door”


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    Executive Producers: Erik Petrik, Russell Moore, and Mike Cosper 
    Host: Russell Moore 
    Producer: Ashley Hales 
    Associate Producers: Abby Perry and McKenzie Hill
    Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
    Audio engineering by Dan Phelps 
    Video producer: Abby Egan 
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 55 min
    An Unlikely Convert Is Surprised by Oxford

    An Unlikely Convert Is Surprised by Oxford

    Carolyn Weber didn’t have a dependable earthly father, so she had no intention of trusting a heavenly one. As a hardworking, intellectual agnostic, she decided to read the Bible from front to back so she could show her Christian friends how ridiculous their beliefs were. Instead, she found that the Bible made sense to her. Not only that, but it drew her to the person of Jesus. 
    On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Weber talks about her personal story of conversion and how it led to her memoir, Surprised by Oxford, and the resulting film. She and Moore talk about the influence of C.S. Lewis on both Weber and modern Christianity, the power of literature, and how fiction can help us develop a moral imagination. They discuss poetry, philosophy, and prayer, considering the many beautiful ways God reveals himself to us.
    Resources mentioned in this episode include: 

    Carolyn Weber


    Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber


    Surprised by Oxford (film)


    Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis


    The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis


    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


    Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis


    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien


    Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry

    “Surprised by Joy” by William Wordsworth


    The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter


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    Audio engineering by Dan Phelps 
    Video producer: Abby Egan 
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 44 min
    Brian Klaas Tells Me Where I’m Wrong on Chance

    Brian Klaas Tells Me Where I’m Wrong on Chance

    Every day is full of small decisions, and rarely do we think of them as having great consequences. But if you ask today’s guest, Brian Klaas, they very well might.
    On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Moore invites Klass—a political scientist, contributing writer at The Atlantic, and associate professor—to tell him where he is wrong on the nature of the universe. Klaas explains why he is a determinist and how that belief system has both similarities and differences to believing in a personal God. The two discuss the high level of pop culture interest in science fiction and the concept of a multiverse. Their conversation covers politics and power, physics and free will, and what reforming broken systems may look like.
    Resources mentioned in this episode include: 

    Brian Klaas


    Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters by Brian Klaas

    Power Corrupts 

    Peter Kreeft


    Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch

    Dark Matter

    Frederick Buechner


    Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas


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    Producer: Ashley Hales 
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    Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
    Audio engineering by Dan Phelps 
    Video producer: Abby Egan 
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 54 min
    Predictions about the Future of the Christian Church

    Predictions about the Future of the Christian Church

    What will the next several decades of American Christianity look like? Are the factors that led to the decline of mainline church attendance the same as those leading to decreased interest in evangelical congregations? Why are Gen Z women leaving religion at higher rates than their male counterparts? 
    These are the questions that Russell Moore and Ryan Burge—author, professor, and writer of Graphs about Religion Substack—address in this episode. They consider shifts in the Southern Baptist Convention, the relationship of politics to religious participation, and whether or not churches are expected to close by the thousands in the years to come. And they remind listeners of what it looks like not only to speak the gospel but to live it as members of a community that welcomes others, volunteers in meaningful ways, and embodies the beauty of what the church can be.
    Resources mentioned in this episode include: 


    The Nones: Where They Came From, Who They Are, and Where They Are Going by Ryan Burge

    Graphs about Religion

    Billy Graham 

    Dobbs v. Jackson

    Obergefell

    “Young Women Are Leaving Church in Unprecedented Numbers”

    “Religion Has Become a Luxury Good”


    Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam

    Asbury University


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    Producer: Ashley Hales 
    Associate Producers: Abby Perry and McKenzie Hill
    Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
    Audio engineering by Dan Phelps 
    Video producer: Abby Egan 
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 49 min
    Hip-Hop Artist Flame on Theological Shifts

    Hip-Hop Artist Flame on Theological Shifts

    “You have a bunch of callings, and they’re just natural, ordinary things that God uses to accomplish spiritual and natural things. Have fun. Flourish in those. And do good in the world.”
    So says Grammy-nominated and Dove-winning hip-hop artist Flame on this episode of The Russell Moore Show, which features a conversation about music, theology, and journeying with Jesus. Moore explains that while this isn’t a “tell me where I’m wrong” episode, he hopes it will provide a helpful angle to the “deconstruction” discussion—one that considers whether changing our minds about theological beliefs can be an act of faithfulness.
    They consider spirituality and stability, connection and community, and tendencies among theological tribes. Flame explains what happens when we reduce Christianity to a “moral improvement program,” highlights the power of forgiveness, and considers the role of confession and absolution in the life of the believer.
    From thoughts on baptism and Communion to rap albums and biographies, this episode has something for all who want to understand who they are in Christ and what it looks like to worship him.
    Resources mentioned in this episode include:

    Flame / Extra Nos Academy

    Freedom Lessons

    Forward 

    Our World Redeemed


    Extra Nos: Discovering Grace Outside Myself by Flame

    “Scattered Tulips”


    Commentary on Romans (Luther Classic Commentaries) by Martin Luther

    Concordia Seminary


    Song lyrics used with permission of the artist.
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    Host: Russell Moore
    Producer: Ashley Hales
    Associate Producers: Abby Perry and McKenzie Hill
    Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
    Audio engineering by Dan Phelps
    Video producer: Abby Egan
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 47 min
    All Life Is Hospitality with Charlie Peacock + Andi Ashworth

    All Life Is Hospitality with Charlie Peacock + Andi Ashworth

    What does it mean that all life matters to God?
    That’s the question that Russell Moore and his guests—musician and producer Charlie Peacock and writer Andi Ashworth—consider on this episode of The Russell Moore Show. The couple cofounded Art House America together and approach the conversation as artists and makers, exploring what it looks like to lead with empathy and love of neighbor. They talk about what it looks like to create as though the world is watching, how to model the character of Jesus, and the difference between being a jerk and being bold.
    Their conversation covers Peacock and Ashworth’s new book, Why Everything That Doesn't Matter, Matters So Much, and why hospitality is essential to Christian life. They talk about art, music, and how Jesus draws us to himself.
    Tune in for an episode that testifies to God’s faithfulness to weave our stories into the greatest story of all.
    Resources mentioned in this episode include:


    Why Everything That Doesn't Matter, Matters So Much: The Way of Love in a World of Hurt by Charlie Peacock and Andi Ashworth

    Francis and Edith Schaeffer

    John Coltrane

    Flannery O’Connor

    Douglas McKelvey

    Calvin University

    Steve Taylor

    Covenant Seminary

    L’Abri


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    Host: Russell Moore
    Producer: Ashley Hales
    Associate Producers: Abby Perry and McKenzie Hill
    Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
    Audio engineering by Dan Phelps
    Video producer: Abby Egan
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 51 min

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Why the silence on the issue of abuse in the church?

In the episode on prediction of the future Church, I’m curious as to why spiritual abuse and the sexual abuse cover-up was never mentioned as an issue in waning church attendance. Broken trust between leadership and congregants weakens a congregants loyalty, knowing that when they need help the most they’ll be betrayed and abandoned, or attacked as a threat. When church leaders care more about protecting themselves and their system than they do about protecting those in their care, it gives people nowhere else to go. When the church becomes a country club, it loses its appeal for those who have suffered trauma.

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