How to Answer Your Kid's Toughest Questions About God: With Natasha Crain—Alisa Childers Podcast #11
How to Send Your Kids to College With a Lasting Faith (Hint...Start Now!) With Jonathan Morrow — Alisa Childers Podcast #7
Confession: I read a lot.
I read books I agree with.... books I don't agree with....books that are a bit over my head....books on subjects I'm interested in....books on subjects I'm not particularly interested in....and books that are just mindlessly entertaining. I read books about philosophy, science (remember those books that are a bit over my head?) and history. I devour theology like it's the latest teen fiction craze to take over Barnes and Noble.
But one of my favorite things to do just before I go to bed is read the Church Fathers. Oh, how I love the Fathers. Whenever I read something a bit "heady" or confusing, I head over to consult with Clement of Rome, Ignatius, Justin, Irenaeus, and Augustine. These guys were dead serious about Jesus and were not messing around when it came to their faith. They were flawed like the rest of us and were certainly fallible—but they help us understand Christianity as it was expressed in their times and cultures.
"Progressive" Christianity...And WHY You Need to Understand It—Mama Bear Apologetics Podcast with guest Alisa Childers
Progressive Christian blogger and author John Pavlovitz wrote, "We believe that social justice is the heart of the Gospel..." Is he right? And what exactly is social justice?
I recently posted an article in which I described Progressive Christian churches as swapping out the gospel for social justice. I got a lot of pushback on this point, but I believe that most of this pushback comes down to a misunderstanding of words.
Some are quick to say, "Social justice is good!" or "Social justice is bad!" without giving any nuanced thought to what the phrase actually means. Recently, I listened to a Mortification of Spin podcast episode called "Hijacking Social Justice," that brilliantly dove into the history and meaning of the phrase and how it interacts with the gospel. It inspired this article, and I highly recommend listening to it.