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When a Christian Doubts: Part 2 – CTJ #40

This is the second episode of a two part series on doubt in the Christian’s life.  In this episode we begin to dissect how to address doubt and fuel the growth that should come along with it!   Have you ever struggled with doubt as a follower of Jesus and couldn’t understand why or how to even deal with it?  Perhaps you have asked yourself “What happens when a Christian doubts?”  Let us be the first to say, you are not alone!  We have struggled with everything from “Is there even a God, really” to “Is living a moral life really worth it?”  And, these are really struggles that at some point, every believer goes through in one degree or another.  Not everyone’s doubt is the same but I think there are similar ways to approach and address the doubt in our lives.

In our culture, doubt typically has a negative connotation, but the scripture has many examples of human doubt which ended in huge spiritual and personal growth.  We talk through some of the help we have available to us and how we can grow from these doubtful time in our lives.

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When a Christian Doubts: Part 1 – CTJ #39

Have you ever struggled with doubt as a follower of Jesus and couldn’t understand why or how to even deal with it?  Perhaps you have asked yourself “What happens when a Christian doubts?”  Let us be the first to say, you are not alone!  We have struggled with everything from “Is there even a God, really” to “Is living a moral life really worth it?”  And, these are really struggles that at some point, every believer goes through in one degree or another.  Not everyone’s doubt is the same but I think there are similar ways to approach and address the doubt in our lives.  This is the first episode of a two part series on doubt in the Christian’s life and how to recognize and address it biblically.  In these episodes we reference Job’s circumstance as well as that of the Psalm of Asaph (Psalm 73).   It is comforting to know that when a Christian doubts, it is not something foreign to God and there are scriptural examples and principles that we can go to that will help us in these times to grow!

 

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Christianity & Church Culture – CTJ #38

This is episode #38, and is the first time where we get so derailed from the Christian in the News segment that it overtakes the whole podcast.  We discuss Christianity and the local church model and how history gives us some insight into current practices.  We will look to turn this into a much deeper discussion in the future but we hope you enjoy the brief overview this week.

The Impact of Social Media: Part 2 – CTJ #37

How has Social Media impacted the world?  What about the individual?  What about the Christian?  What about the Church?

These are the questions we will seek to answer on this series of podcasts about the Impact of Social Media.  In Part 2 we wrap up talking about the impact of Social Media on Christians as individuals and spend most of the episode discussing how it has effected local churches and the Church as a whole.

 

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The Impact of Social Media: Part 1 – CTJ #36

How has Social Media impacted the world?  What about the individual?  What about the Christian?  What about the Church?

These are the questions we will seek to answer on this series of podcasts about the Impact of Social Media.  Part 1 will mainly focus on society as a whole down to the individual and then start to cross over to how it has impacted Christians individually.  Now that a sufficient amount of time has passed since the dawn of Social Media, there are numerous studies, findings, and consequences coming out that we want to explore.

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References:
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/05/01/606588504/americans-are-a-lonely-lot-and-young-people-bear-the-heaviest-burden

https://eand.co/three-things-to-learn-from-facebooks-latest-debacle-df6af136282a

https://eand.co/is-social-media-a-failure-f4f970695d17

 

Part 2: Be Anxious For Nothing? CTJ #35

One episode just wasn’t enough to cover the huge topic of Anxiety – if you didn’t catch the first episode check that out here (Episode 34).  This episode, Jordan joins Tim and Rob to further the discussion about anxiety.  We touch on Tim’s experiences and realizations after the last episode especially focusing in on spiritual mediocrity and how lazy Christianity affects every other area of our lives.  We dial into Christian basics, connecting with God, marriage, insecurities, and more.

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Be Anxious for Nothing? CTJ #34

This week is a special episode with Rob and Tim where Tim shares his personal experience over the last few months with anxiety.  He felt it was important to share his story, lessons learned, and empathize with any listeners who struggle with anxiety.  We talk through some of the stigmas, the insecurities, how social media influences it, and many other aspects of anxiety.

We would love to hear your input and experiences as well so please send us messages or emails with your thoughts about the episode.

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Christians, Weed, and Porn – CTJ #33

This week, Jordan is back in town to join us as we discuss a few  hot items in the news lately.  First, the hypocrisy of people’s reaction to the passing of Hugh Hefner and the current sexual misconduct allegations/convictions of many Hollywood elites and others.  With the promises of the newly elected NJ Governor, we discuss the impact of weed on the local church.  This discussion leads us down the path of addiction where we touch on the current drug epidemic and then finally segue back to pornography addiction.  We hope you can follow along and enjoy the discussion.

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The Western Culture: Guns, Patriotism, and Politics – CTJ# 32

This *could* be Part 1 of a Series called: “Christianity in the Western Culture” and we will cover a few points this week including: Guns & Protection, Patriotism & Protests, Wealth & Success, Individualism, Knowledge and Understanding.

After catching up, Tim and Rob discuss Guns, Politics, and of course, Donald Trump.  A late night recording produces a more unfiltered and raw episode this week as we discuss the Vegas shooting, guns, politics, Donald Trump, and how Christianity fits into all of these topics.  We have an obligation as Christians to continue living after the calling of the gospel – no matter the circumstances, political landscape, or current events.

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Racism: How the Church Responds – CTJ #31

Racism, a wildly hot topic that seems to only be growing in intensity over recently years (and weeks).  Tim and Rob discuss racism, the best they can, and how the church should be responding to it.  But let’s be clear about something first.  In many ways this is a difficult one for us, the first being that we haven’t been the victims of systematic racism.  However, that doesn’t mean we didn’t want to take up this topic and attempt at speaking to the church about it.  We need your feedback on this one and will probably have another episode on this again.  Until then, please join us as we navigate through the modern mess of society and church life when it comes to racism.

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