Kingdom Culture Conversations

Kingdom Culture Conversations

What would happen if we all came together to truly pray "Thy Kingdom come"? What would the world look like? How different would the culture be from the culture of the world today? Northwest Christian School in Phoenix, Arizona is pleased to present "Kingdom Culture Conversations" as part of Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative launched by the school. Northwest Christian uses God's word to address the issues that are confounding the culture in which our students are living: gender, race, the sanctity of life, sexuality, and more. Within each episode, recognized experts on these issues discuss the ramifications of holding to a Christian worldview during a time of cultural upheaval and work to equip students to understand and address the issues. Subscribe now! Upcoming episodes will feature crucial conversations with religious liberty attorney Erik Stanley, Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy, Arizona gubernatorial candidate and current state treasurer Kimberly Yee, Matt Beienburg of The Goldwater Institute, and many others...

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May 16, 2022 26 min

Some have called it the Great American Experiment.  In the words of James Madison:  “We are teaching the world a great truth, that religion flourishes in greater purity without, than with, the aid of government.”

All these years later, how's that working out, James?  It's time to get real.

And, that's what we do today in an intriguing conversation with Janet Ruth, the author of "Separate for a Reason:  Re-examining th...

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January 6th, 2021 produced a host of thorny issues.  Aside from the historic events of that day, as Christ-followers, we're left to do the forensics on that day.  In so doing, we are well served to wrestle with a question posed on January 7th, 2021 by John Stonestreet, the president of the Colson Center for Christian Apologetics:  What if what we saw yesterday in the U.S. Capitol was us?

Janet Ruth is a Christian author and form...

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Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college students, on their campuses and in the homes, in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

How is it that while ministries around the nation are being chased from the public square, the appetite for Young Life programming has only grown?  Further, as you consider that 1 in 3 students that attend a Young L...

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It's a Star Wars sequel of sorts!  In our "May the Fourth" What About Wednesday? episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations, we got just a bit carried away discussing Star Wars and worldviews.  Therefore, today, a "part two"!

For all of the popcorn-summer-movie fun that the Star Wars franchise has produced since its unexpected success and launch in 1977, should we feel completely comfortable with the worldview tha...

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It's "May the Fourth", a date that has become synonymous with celebrating the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars.  For all of the popcorn-summer-movie fun that the Star Wars franchise has produced since its unexpected success and launch in 1977, should we feel completely comfortable with the worldview that is being promoted by Luke Skywalker, Yoda, the Mandalorian, and friends?  Is there a redeeming element of Christ...

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What if the Christian hope for America has nothing to do with laws, politics, or freedom?   What if the calling of Christians in America has nothing to do with fixing our culture?

Do we even dare to ask questions like that on a podcast called "Kingdom Culture Conversations"?  Yes, we do.

Janet Ruth is a Christian author and former federal prosecutor.  With the keen insights of an attorney who has experience wrestling with is...

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Just a year out of high school, Joel Mucklow is passionate about his pursuit of ministry and possesses a sense of maturity and insight that far surpasses his years.   In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, you will hear from a young man who is driven, insightful, transparent, authentic, and no-holds-barred committed to pursuit of a career in full-time vocational ministry.

But, as you will hear today, ministry is not something ...

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Dr. Collette House is an accomplished educator  who is part of the governing board for the Association of Christian Schools International while serving as the Superintendent of Aurora Christian Schools in Illinois.

Recently, Illinois has become a front in the culture wars as the state's littlest citizens are put in harm's way through the adoption and implementation of new state teaching and learning academic standards.   As...

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Did God intend for us to enjoy marijuana recreationally and medicinally?  Could this be what He meant when, in Genesis 1:29, God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it."

Today's "What about? Wednesday" episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations finds Robby Lashua, of Stand to Reason, tackling some aspects of the legalized marijuana debate ...

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Proverbs 12:10 is pretty clear:  "The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel."

Does that mean that hunting is prohibited in scripture and that, as Christ followers, we should not be involved in hunting or fishing?

In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, we are joined by Northwest Christian alumni (class of '20) alumni Wes McClenny.  During his time at Northwest Chr...

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Twice in April 2022, members of the CCV youth ministry team have been involved in chapel.  Riley Reinhardt--a student within the CCV Leadership Institute--spoke at the beginning of the month.  And, Ryan Schultz and Matt Newman will be speaking in two day's time on April 20th.

Today, in a Kingdom Culture Conversation that encompasses three leading voices in youth ministry, we talk through three or four major take-aways from a rec...

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Walt Disney, the Beatles, Harry Potter, Martin Scorsese, Starbucks, Heinz, Wells Fargo, and Home Depot.  All these brands--and many others to boot--have been literally given the boot by evangelical families who placed them on the business end of boycott. 

In today's "What about?" episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations, a student asks, "Is it possible that we're now on the receiving end of the sword that we ori...

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You will hear it said in today's Kingdom Culture Conversation:  "Lee Humes was a force of nature."  Lee was the founder of Deep Within Rehab, a self-supporting residential drug and alcohol rehab facility located in Peoria, Arizona.  But, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord call Lee home to glory.  So, did Deep Within pack its bags and call it a day?

No.  Another force of nature took over.  Cindy Humes is Lee's wid...

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Today's "What about? Wednesday" episode of Kingdom Culture Conversation presents a unique twist on the recent and raging debate over the use of preferred pronouns.  A student asked the increasingly common question regarding preferred pronouns this way:  "I understand that Biblical worldview presents the truth that genders are not fluid.  But, if I have a non-Christian friend who doesn't hold to this perspective ...

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Katy Hubbard is a Northwest Christian alumni, a current Crusader parent, and the Kids Ministry Director at the Anthem campus of Palmcroft Church.  She is also passionate about helping the K-5th grade students that she works with to understand the priority of God's word.

Sadly, recent statistics have pointed to a precipitous and alarming decline in Biblical literacy since 2009.   The resulting confusion about God's word has g...

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After a run of KCC episodes in which Mr. G has been absent as one of the two KCC hosts, there have been some expressions of curiosity:  "Hey, where's G?"

Chris Gardiners has been in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, completing training as a military chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve.  In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, Geoff Brown catches up with G to hear about how that training is going, why chaplains are such an...

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It's all over the headlines and certainly the topic of choice around most school campuses and in most American homes:  what are the implications of the Russian/Ukrainian war?  Specifically, as Christ followers, how should we respond?  Students are asking:  Is war ever justified?  Under what circumstances?  What about the Biblical prohibition against murder and the concept of loving our neighbors as ourselves?  In today's Ki...

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In a chapel on the campus of Northwest Christian High School early in the spring of 2022, Melisha Alhambra opened by explaining that she was going to reveal the Gospel through TikTok.  From word one, everyone in the room was spellbound.

Immediately after that chapel, Geoff Brown and Melisha enjoyed a Kingdom Culture Conversation that did envelope TikTok--but so much more beside. 

Melisha, who is single, shared the compelling story o...

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Just days before the start of his senior year at Northwest Christian High School, during Summer 2021, Luke Deal was enjoying a hike through the wilderness on the south end of Lake Tahoe.  As he and his family enjoyed the stunning mountain lake views, Luke was crossing a creek.

That's all he remembers.  The next subsequent memory he has is waking up in a hospital bed several days later with grim-faced doctors explaining that the ...

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The "What About?" Wednesdays podcast tradition continues to take us into interesting new cultural territories!  Based on "What about?" questions submitted by students, G and Geoff question special guest Robby Lashua on the subject of tattoos. 

Are tattoos prohibited in scripture?  Should a Christian get tattoos?  It's certainly an interesting Kingdom Culture Conversation today!

What is this new Kingdom Culture C...

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