This morning we talk about the death of Hugh Hefner and the sexual confusion in our culture. Hugh Hefner’s life has been both celebrated and condemned. Much of our country views him as a pioneering artist, while Christians and conservatives see the destruction that has precipitated from his “art”.

Mark talks about the confusion of sexual culture on his college campus. Students feel entitled to sexual relationships and there is an assumption that all of the unmarried students are sexually active.

We also talk about the theological implications of the sexual confusion in our culture and how we can address this with our teenage children. What is the Biblical worldview on the sexual revolution in our culture? We need to be talking to our teenagers about Biblical sexuality regularly, so they are prepared to face the opposing view of secular culture. They are being constantly confronted by with the world’s tainted view of sexuality and we need to be diligent to confront the lies with God’s truth.

Dads with teenage sons, we encourage you to talk to your sons about sex. We need to be talking to them regularly about their struggles in this area. Don’t be discouraged by your own sexual sin. Let’s admit our mistakes and deal with our sin so that we can walk with our children through their struggles.

 

The Death of Hugh Hefner & Sexual Confusion in our Culture | Episode 57 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

Speaking Ill of Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner and the Sexual Revolution – John Stonestreet

Passport2Purity – FamilyLife

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Maybe you’re tired of reading articles about racial protests in the NFL and around the country like we are. We thought it might be helpful to provide a Christian response to protest culture in this country.

We discuss the issue of general free speech vs. employment policies governing speech and behavior. Do employers have the right to terminate employees that violate the company’s convictions? Do football team owners have the right to fire players that stand (or kneel, in this case) against the owner’s convictions?

We also talk about the current value of the protests. Are they actually making a difference? If the protests aren’t bringing people together, what should we be doing to help with racial reconciliation? As Christians, we need to encourage conversation, both in our homes and in our communities, pointing people back to the power of the Gospel for change and unity.

 

A Christian Response to Protest Culture in the NFL | Episode 56 | CongreGate Podcast

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Today we continue talking with our friend, Thomas Messick, who works with Crescent Project ministry to Muslims. Crescent Project equips Christians with knowledge and understanding so that they can effectively share the Gospel with their Muslim neighbors.

First, we discuss how we can reach Muslims in our communities. Many Christians have become fearful of Muslims because of the extreme stories we hear about terrorists in the news. Thomas shares a story about a Muslim neighbor he invited to dinner at the pastor’s house, and how God used that event to teach some people not to fear our Muslim neighbors. They need Jesus and we need to be willing to love them and share the Gospel with them, even if that means stepping out of our comfort zone.

Thomas says that most Muslims are very open to religious discussion right away. He shares a couple of stories about how he has approached Muslims in public situations.

Finally, Thomas tells us some of the common objections Muslims have to Christianity and gives us a few basic theological and logical responses we can use to refute them. He recommends Crescent Project’s Bridges class for more in-depth training on how to build relationships with Muslims in your community.

 

Reaching Our Muslim Neighbors with the Gospel | Episode 55 | CongreGate Podcast

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Crescent Project – more info about the conference and other training

Contact Thomas Messick

Nabeel Qureshi & More with Thomas Messick

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Today we are remembering Nabeel Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, who passed away this week from stomach cancer at the age of 34. In his years as a Christ follower, Nabeel went on to study apologetics and theology, became a speaker with Ravi Zacharias Ministries, and wrote 3 books about his life, faith, and ministry to Muslims.

We’ve also invited our friend, Thomas Messick, from Crescent Project to talk with us about his ministry to Muslims and share his thoughts about Nabeel Qureshi. Thomas tells us about how he came to work with Muslims in ministry overseas and later came to work with Muslims in our community here. He shares some encouraging stories about Muslims turning to Christ.

We talk about the cost of faith for Muslims. To embrace Christ means to leave their entire way of life and to leave their family. Thomas encourages the church to step up and become the family and community that Muslim converts have lost.

Thomas talks about how Crescent Project equips Christians to reach Muslims and invites you to their upcoming national conference.

 

Nabeel Qureshi & Crescent Project Muslim Ministry | Episode 54 | CongreGate Podcast

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Why this Muslim-turned-Christian speaker resonated with so many before his death at 34 -Ravi Zacharias for the Washington Post

Nabeel Qureshi – Gospel Coalition

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity – by Nabeel Qureshi

No One But God: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity – by Nabeel Qureshi

Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward – by Nabeel Qureshi

Crescent Project

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Today we are chatting about some current events, including the recent hurricanes, some 9/11 memories, and Mark’s birthday.

We share a few personal memories of 9/11 and talk about how church services were different the following Sunday. We reflect on how our lives are different after that day, and how events like the recent hurricanes can affect permanent change in people’s lives.

Regarding the hurricanes, Kirk Cameron said God sent the hurricanes for “humility, awe, and repentance.” In contrast, actress Jennifer Lawrence said the hurricanes are punishment from mother nature for the election of Donald Trump. We talk about sin, repentance, and the gospel, in light of natural disasters and other crises. As believers, we have to trust that God is in control and works for his glory.

Finally, we share a few suggestions for how you can help with hurricane relief.

 

Hurricanes, 9/11, & Kirk Cameron | Episode 53 | CongreGate Podcast

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Woman with Brain Cancer Who Chose Baby Instead of Chemotherapy has Died

Kirk Cameron on the Hurricanes

What is God Saying to Us?

Feed the Hunger – donate to help provide meals for hurricane relief efforts

Samaritan’s Purse – donate or volunteer to help with hurricane relief

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