Truth Over Tribe: Christian Takes on Culture, News & Politics

Truth Over Tribe: Christian Takes on Culture, News & Politics

Tired of the culture war? This is that podcast that’s too liberal for conservatives, too conservative for liberals. We seek to follow the lamb, not the donkey or elephant.

Episodes

June 12, 2024 67 mins
Is it appropriate to talk politics from the pulpit? Today, Keith sits down with pastor and author Chris Butler to discuss. Chris pastors a church in Chicago, cohosts the Church Politics podcast, and is a leader in the AND Campaign, which empowers Christians to practice politics faithfully. Hear Chris detail the differences between black and white churches, particularly when it comes to involving politics. He also details his experi...
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The 2024 election is fast approaching and many Christians are still left wondering whose policies best represent the Bible’s teachings. Today, we’re talking to theologian and author of “The Bible and the Ballot,” Tremper Longman, to learn how Christians can vote in a way that best reflects biblical values. First, Tremper tells us why he decided to write a book on politics in the first place. How much does he believe that Christians...
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Thankless. Exhausting. Lonely. That’s how many Millennial women view the prospect of motherhood. And the statistics bear this out: The global fertility rate is steadily dropping. So, how did we get here? Today, Keith is joined by Vox senior reporter, Rachel Cohen, to discuss. Hear Rachel share insights from her recent article, “How Millennials Learned to Dread Motherhood,” where she explained why her generation got to this point an...
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How does a liberal living in one of the deepest blue counties in the country converse with her conservative, Mexican immigrant parents who voted for Donald Trump twice? We find out today when Monica Guzman joins us on the pod! Monica is on the national leadership team of Braver Angels, a “depolarization organization” designed to reduce partisan animosity, and the author of “I Never Thought of it That Way.” Hear her share her family...
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If you grew up in the U.S., you’ve probably believed (and maybe you still do!) that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. You get ahead in this world based on your accomplishments. Right? Well, not so fast. What if this foundational American axiom is all a myth? Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale and author of “The Meritocracy Trap,” joins Keith on the pod today to discuss. He starts by pointing out the problems...
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If your faith was affected by the Left Behind series, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Not really, but can we talk about how many Americans have been impacted by the teachings of dispensationalism? That’s what happens today when Daniel Hummel, author of “The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism,” joins Keith on the pod! First, Daniel breaks down the three key components to this theological system: its view of the Church...
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What’s happening to Gen Z? Since 2010, this generation has seen a 150% increase in depression. One in four teen girls reports experiencing a major depressive disorder in the last year. 37% of college students report feeling anxious “all the time.” New research shows that social media is no longer just a correlation to this problem, but the root cause. Drawing data from Jonathan Haidt’s latest book, “The Anxious Generation,” Keith a...
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There’s no doubt that abortion will take center stage in this year’s election. From Roe v. Wade’s overturning to IVF controversies to Trump’s recent abortion stance to surprising state laws surrounding the issue, abortion is all over the news right now and Josh Brahm joins us this week to discuss. But he’s not the stereotypical pro-lifer. In fact, he claims that one of the main goals of his organization, Equal Rights Institute, is ...
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Have you ever wished you could get inside the head of a Christian going through a deconstruction journey? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re joined by Abigail Favale, a Professor of Women’s Studies and author of “Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion,” to hear how she went from an evangelical upbringing to postmodern feminism to a proud member of the Catholic Church. Follow along her journey as she shares w...
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Did you know that 40% of American children are born to unmarried parents? Contrast that with the 1960s when this overall rate was less than 10%. So, why such a dramatic increase? And what impact is this having on our society? Melissa Kearney, author of the controversial book, “The Two-Parent Privilege,” joins the podcast today to weigh in. Listen as she makes a data-driven case for marriage, explaining why the two-parent model is t...
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Donald Trump. Christ is King. Candace Owens. Antisemitism. Buckle up! On this episode, we’re examining all sorts of current events to prove that commingling politics and faith compromises the Church’s witness. First, Keith and Patrick discuss the Trump-endorsed “God Bless the USA” Bible and how this mashup conflates our citizenship in heaven with our American citizenship. Then they bring on Daniel Darling, a former spokesman for NR...
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Sports used to unify us. But today? Politics has checked into the game. And in many ways, introducing controversial topics into the sports world has benched more frequent conversations surrounding faith. Today’s guest, Jason Romano, knows a thing or two about this after working for 17 years as a content creator and producer at ESPN. He joins Keith to discuss how today’s sports media does (and doesn’t) cover topics of faith. He shar...
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The Gospel is more political than you may think. But how do we guard against our political ideologies turning into partisan idolatry? Today’s guest, Joshua Butler, joins Patrick to discuss further insights from his recent book, The Party Crasher: How Jesus Disrupts Politics as Usual and Redeems Our Partisan Divide. Hear him introduce four political religions, progress, responsibility, identity, and security, and explain how Christi...
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Pledging allegiance to the American flag. Singing the national anthem. Voting. Being patriotic. Is there a place for these things in the Christian life? Buckle up because this one will probably offend everyone in some way (including Patrick!). In this episode, we welcome Preston Sprinkle back on the podcast to discuss his newest book, “Exiles: The Church in the Shadow of Empire.” Preston dives into the history of ancient Israel and...
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Have you noticed this trend? People spend about 90% of their time diagnosing today’s problems and only 10% focusing on (typically weak) solutions. This is true of Christians, too. Why are we more known for what we’re against rather than what we’re for? Today, Keith and Patrick dissect this trend and confess how this podcast has even taken part. They describe the key differences between living for a positive or a negative vision. Th...
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Do you view your faith through the prism of politics? Or do you view politics through the prism of your faith? Today’s guest, Tim Alberta, believes that too many American evangelicals have lost their way, striving for political gains over furthering the Gospel. On this episode, he shares insights with Keith from his latest book, The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory, which paints an expansive and troubling portrait of the American ...
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Keith Simon and Russell Moore discusses the shift in the pro-life movement, the challenges of the post-Christian right, controversy and change in his own life, the fracturing in the church, the loss of trust in the church, the importance of repentance and a credible Christian voice, the perception of Christian nationalism in politics, and the issue of easy believism and substantive faith. In this conversation, Russell Moore discuss...
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Incentives motivate human behavior. Incentives can be external or internal. The Bible uses incentives to encourage obedience to God. Incentives are everywhere and shape decisions in many areas of life. While incentives can solve problems, they sometimes have unintended effects or corrupt motivations. God offers incentives for those who love him like eternal life. Takeaways: 1. Incentives motivate all human behavior, whether extern...
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In this conversation, Keith Simon interviews Julie Slattery, the president of Authentic Intimacy, about navigating issues of sexuality and faith. They discuss the silence and polarity around sexuality in both culture and the church, the spiritual aspect of sex, the differences between sex inside and outside of marriage, and the misconceptions surrounding women and men's sexuality. They also address the impact of purity culture and ...
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In this conversation, Nicholas Kristof discusses his experiences in dangerous situations, his views on religion and faith, and the importance of respecting different perspectives. He explores the decline of Christianity's cultural influence, the dangers of echo chambers, and the impact of economic factors on communities. Kristof also addresses the role of family and faith in success, the challenges of civil discourse, and the reson...
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