Black Lives Matter

In Perspective: We are joined by a special guest, KJ from OC Podcast, who brings to us compelling perspective on recent social events, movements, and issues of race relations that we are facing as a society in America, and some things that we can do to work on it together, as Christians, and people

For our Pop Topic we discuss the new iPhone 7

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Mega Church Pastor Paul Crandell

Religion Topic: We talk to special guest Paul Crandell who is the lead pastor of Knott Avenue Christian Church, a mega church in Southern California. He talks to us about becoming a mega church pastor, the unique challenges of the job, and the blessings of leading such a large community of people.

Pop Topic: We have a thoughtful chat on Netflix’s effective use of nostalgia even though similar attempts by television channels have fallen flat. There’s just something about Netflix!

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Hustle and the Christian Life

As a millennial, I’ve noticed that one of the big variables in my generation’s understanding of success is this concept of “hustle.” This term seems to carry the definition, or implied understanding, of always being on the move, looking for the project to be part of, the next side job to start to make extra cash, etc. I’ve fallen into this trap myself, often wondering where I can make some extra money. I find this concept to be a bit problematic, let me tell you why.
Recently, I started wondering the validity of this way of life for myself as a believer. As someone who identifies as a Christian, I was weighing the opportunity cost of constantly focusing on “income,” not as a measure of success, but as an attempt to make my life easier. I’ve ebbed in and out of these seasons of my life, at times working as many as four jobs to bring in all the income possible. It seems like the right thing to do, as God provided me a brain, I’m good with people and I like working hard. Why not put all three of those talents into making a good life, thus making it possible to be a better member of society, and what I thought was pleasing to God.
I’m not saying that “hustle” is a bad thing, necessarily. However, what I’ve seen to be consistent is that the people who are hustling the hardest seem to be missing out on the beauty that is walking with God. When I peruse through the gospels, rarely do I see a picture portrayed of Jesus in a hurry, trying to get to the next thing. Where he is, he is all there. Even to the point of waiting a few extra days before coming to see Lazarus in John 11. “Lord, if you had been here…” Martha says.
I think we often mistake rest for laziness, at the expense of our mental health. In 2010, UCLA reported, “Fewer students than ever before are reporting above-average emotional health. Additionally, students feel increasingly overwhelmed before entering college; twice as many female students report feeling this way.” Have we hustled ourselves into exhaustion? Are we staying busy for the simple sake of being busy?

I don’t say this to say we shouldn’t work hard, apply ourselves, and be dedicated to our craft. But dedication to the point of obsession, in the life of a Christian, in my understanding, can—and from my own experience—and often does lead down the dangerous road of idolatry. Jesus slowed down, spent time away, rested, recharged, hunkering down in the presence of his Father for the sake of fulfillment, before going out again. Do you have a “Sabbath?”


Women in Ministry

In Perspective: Women in the Church, what role should they have? Can they be Senior Pastors? Should women be ministers?
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Why is There Evil in the World?

This week we’re a little short handed, with just Josh and Chris on the mics. That doesn’t keep us from trying to tackle one of the oldest questions people seem to have. Why is there evil in the world? We may not have solved it all, but we did come to some pretty interesting conclusions. For the Whatever segment we talk about some odd pastimes of past times, and discuss some current things that we think people may find weird someday.

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