Christianity

The City Podcast: Rites of Passage

by Timothy Motte on March 17, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Peter Gross

When did you realize you were an adult?

Anthropologists tell us that rites of passage, either intentional or de facto, are a very crucial signal of entering adulthood. What was yours? Did you have one? What does a specifically Christian rite of passage look like?

Peter David Gross, Director of Wheatstone Ministries, is working with many Christian youth and inviting them into Christian adulthood. This could change your entire view of youth ministry. Or it could merely change how you interact with the Christian youths in your life.

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You might also enjoy this podcast from our archives: Don’t Just Sit There. Do Something!

The City Podcast: Lent for Kids and Grown-ups

by Timothy Motte on March 3, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Jessica Snell

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday in liturgical denominations across the west. So we thought that this would be an excellent time to talk to someone who deals with the church year extensively.

Jessica Snell is a wife and mother of four. She has a blog called “Homemaking Through the Church Year.” (You should bookmark it.) And she is releasing a book series: Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home.

You don’t have to be a homemaker to learn from this conversation with Jessica, Cate, and Holly. Their insights help us see the sympathies and antipathies that fasting has with our modern lifestyles, and the different ways children and adults experience Lent, as well as some practical advice on teaching the liturgical year to others.

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The City Podcast: Science vs. God

by Timothy Motte on February 17, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Dr. Hugh Ross, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

What if I told you that science leads you to God instead of away from him?

Astrophysicist Hugh Ross’ testimony is exactly that. His first encounter with Christianity was as a grad student at Cal Tech, and it was studying science that brought him to faith in God. The beauty of the heavens, the elegance of mathematics, and the evidence for design that Dr. Ross conveys so articulately in this podcast provide the antidote to conundrums faced by the students of Dr. Ordway and Cate MacDonald. You’ll definitely want to listen all the way to the end.

Mentioned in this podcast: Dr. Ross’ book, Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

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Pope Francis Conservative

by John Mark Reynolds on December 3, 2013

Pope Francis is a Christian, but he is also a conservative. These truths are so obvious that the fact that they must be said says much about the degenerate nature of both American Christianity and American conservatism.

To be a Christian means that Caesar can never be Lord. Our first loyalty is always to King Jesus not to any political power. [click to continue…]

On Debating Dan Barker

by John Mark Reynolds on November 22, 2013

Originally posted at Wheatstone Writes. John Mark Reynolds is a Founder of Wheatstone Ministries. He blogs, advises, and speaks for Wheatstone regularly. Visit www.wheatstoneministries.com for more information.

I was excited to debate Dan Barker. Why? First, Barker’s story is very much like my own, but with a different conclusion. We had similar childhoods and followed a pathway into Christian ministry. Right about the time his first book came out, I was deciding whether to remain a Christian. [click to continue…]

The City Podcast Special: What Good Are Debates?

by Timothy Motte on November 6, 2013

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Mary Jo Sharp, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

This coming Saturday, November 9th, HBU Provost Dr. John Mark Reynolds will debate Co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Dan Barker on the question, “Does God exist?”

To help you get the most out of this debate, here is a special podcast with Dr. Reynolds, moderator and organizer Mary Jo Sharp, and director of Apologetics at HBU, Dr. Holly Ordway.

What is the value of these kinds of theological or philosophical debates? What attitude should the audience bring to it? What attitude should the participants bring to it?

Register for the debate here. It’s free.

If you can’t be there in person, you can watch it live at hbu.edu/live.

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