Jodi Benson — Tony Nominated Broadway Star & Disney Voice ActressKnown best for providing both the singing and the speaking voice of Princess Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid and its sequels, Jodi joins us today to share her own personal journey of faith.
William Lobdell — Author of Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting On Religion In AmericaCovering the religion beat for the Los Angeles Times, William believed God had answered his prayers. As a Christian, he wanted to report objectively and respectfully about how belief shapes people’s lives. But something very different happened. Slowly his reporting drifted to the paradoxes of religion; How can Mormons believe their own scripture? How can Christians? Why do so many churches become corrupt? Why does faith drive people to refuse to accept criticism or questions, and even to demonize apostates? Each story chipped away at his faith. Eight years later, after intense encounters with believers of all sizes and shapes, he realized that his faith in God was gone. Losing My Religion takes readers on a profound journey from agnosticism, to a born-again conversion, and ultimately to a new, deeply satisfying form of contentment without God. This courageous memoir speaks both to the doubts of believers and the yearnings of doubters.
Dr. Francis J. Beckwith — Author of Return To Rome: Confessions Of An Evangelical CatholicSo why did the President of the Evangelical Theological Society decide to leave his post and return to the Catholic Church? What does it mean to be evangelical? What does it mean to be Catholic? Can one consider oneself both simultaneously? Francis Beckwith has wrestled with these questions personally and professionally. He was baptized a Catholic, but his faith journey led him to Protestant evangelicalism. He became a philosophy professor at Baylor University and president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). And then, in 2007, after much prayer, counsel, and consideration, Beckwith decided to return to the Catholic church and step down as ETS president. Beckwith is professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University and fellow and faculty associate in the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Also joining us is Dr. James Beverley, Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Beverley's specialties include studies in World and New Religions, Charismatic Christianity, Roman Catholic Theology, and Christian Ethics.
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This week on the Counsel Of Many: a man from Australia wants to know how someone is supposed to change after surrendering their life to Christ. How do we measure change in a Christian?
"I am an ordinary messy guy, with a messy family, a messy marriage, a messy faith and if truth be known a "messy" God. Following Jesus does not come with a list of things to do to be "right" - it is just messy! Just one thought though. As I have listened to your show I have heard you ask a couple of guests something that I don't think anyone has answered. How does "doing God" actually change my life and what does change look like? What can I expect and how long will I have to wait? (I am sure my wife asks God this very question about me on a very regular basis :) I once heard a guy say that change will only come through prayer or suffering. Based on my own history of prayer it looks like suffering is going to be it for a while to come. Anyway, if you ever were ever able to work this into your show it be appreciated. I know I want to change but I'm never quite sure if I ever will."
We want to help weird people talk about Jesus without freaking out Joe Public! — What advice would you give to a socially unaware person when it comes to talking about their faith?On a video recently posted by entertainer/magician Penn from Penn & Teller, Penn shares about his experience with a fan who gave him a Bible and tried to share his faith with him. Penn, being a staunch atheist, was impressed with the way in which the man did this and that he would do it at all. As a matter of fact, Penn asked the question, "How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize and believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?" But what seemed to really win him over to this "witnessing" attempt was the manner in which the man did it - polite, intelligent, nice, authentic. Why do weird people seem to tell more people about Jesus than normal people? What do you think is the #1 reason why mature and well adjusted Christians don’t share with others about their faith? To Watch Penn's Video click here.
Do we still need TV ministries or have they become obsolete within our North American culture?Church-based televangelism led by powerful personalities filled TV in the 1980s, but now only a handful of shows remain. Oral Roberts’ ministry and the Crystal Cathedral have both recently reported being in debt to the tune of tens of millions. Will we soon see the death of the TV-based mega-church? And on a more localized level, do you give based on the personality of your pastor or to the ministry? Think about it - if your pastor wasn’t as personable, or if their offspring took over, would that affect your giving? Why is it that when the son of a ministry’s founder takes over, the level of giving tanks? Which television ministry do you watch? Joining us to talk about this is Phil Cooke, media guru and author of The Last TV Evangelist, Why the Next Generation Couldn't Care Less About Media and Why It Matters.
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