The Kitchen Table #19: What are Appropriate Ways for a Christian to Manage the Relationship Between Faith & Politics?

Shine.FM’s Brian and his teenage son Jake look at the very difficult question of managing our faith walk with Christ in our politically-charged nation.
In Music Matters, new music from one sonic society featuring Elle Limebear, Lauren Daigle and a “goldie but oldie” from the late Rich Mullins.
In Culture Shock, a discussion on the recent statement from Joshua Harris on his change of thought from his 20-year old book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.”

The Beauty of Dust

Does anything that I do matter? After all, I don’t do anything that significant. I go to class, go to work, do my homework, see my friends once in a while, and participate in extracurriculars. I go to church and serve on the worship team once a month. It is so easy to look at these things as mundane, ordinary, and insignificant. Life flies past me and I often feel like I’m scrambling just to keep up. This often leads me to think, Is this all that there is? How do we find significance?

This past Sunday, my pastor talked about how we never live a single insignificant moment. At first, I wondered how this could be possible. I was sure I had lived many insignificant moments. Then I thought, have I been passing through millions of significant moments and been blind to them?

And then I found this bible verse:

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” –Genesis 2:7

Dust is just about the most insignificant thing I could possibly imagine. What do we do with dust? Brush it off, shake it out, sweep it up. It means nothing to us, yet God looked at the dust of the earth and thought, I will craft my greatest creation from this, which completely dismantled my view of what is insignificant. If God found the dust to be such a valuable tool, that says something about the things that I have in my life. We give significance to things and situations.

When I think back to my childhood, I remember the most obscure moments. I remember ridiculously simple things that brought me joy: laying on the warm asphalt in the summertime, watching the snowfall out of the front window, the M*A*S*H theme song playing as my mom made dinner and my dad got home from work, and being curled up in the corner of my room reading a good book. What made those things so memorable? Because they meant something to me. I found significance in them. Were they important? Life-changing? No. They were simple, ordinary, and mundane.

I think those are the dust moments – insignificant moments that we pay attention to and see the beauty in. I want to make beauty out of the dust.

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February Difference Maker: Media Messengers

Media Messengers is a non-profit, inter-denominational organization commissioned to communicate the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ in unique and creative ways. Media Messenger’s vision is to reach the local community of Lansing as well as the world-wide community through TV commercials, print and internet media, video, film, and evangelistic missions.

Media Messengers creates videos telling the lives of those who have lived without God and providing an invitation to others to turn to the Lord for salvation. They plan to produce TV shows, commercials, and films in the years to come that will tell the stories of real people who have found new life in Jesus.


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Warner Brothers Announce Hillsong Movie in 2015

Overseas Council

Called. Trained. Multiplied. captures the essence and uniqueness of Overseas Council’s world-changing ministry.  Overseas Council targets leaders who are called by God to make a difference in the Majority World where the Church is growing fastest or against formidable odds.  These men and women are biblically trained in God’s Word within the context of their local culture in order to be most effective.  Through these leaders’ lifetimes of ministry, God’s Kingdom is multiplied in a perpetual cycle of conversation and growth, person by person, small group by small group, community by community.


Learn more about how you and your family can get involved with Overseas Council this month on Shine.FM! Thanks for being Difference Makers in Indianapolis!

What’s Wrong With Christians Living Together Before Marriage?

Dear Dr. Bill,


I recently heard you talking about dating for a year before getting married and that couples shouldn’t live together before marriage. Why is this important if both persons are spiritual, have faith in Jesus Christ, and respect each other?




Dear Heather,


A few months ago I mentioned many couples today believe that living together is a good way to find out if they are compatible — sort of a “test drive” that will improve their chances for a successful marriage. While that seems to make sense, actually the opposite is true.


Research shows that couples who cohabit before marriage have a 50-80% higher divorce rate than those who don’t. These couples also have higher rates of domestic violence and are more likely to cheat on each other.  If a cohabiting couple gets pregnant, there is a high probability that the man will leave the relationship, resulting in a single mom raising a fatherless child.


As a Christian, it’s important for you to know that God has some very specific things to say about sex. Our sexuality is a marvelous gift that He has given us. But the Bible clearly tells us that it is to be expressed within the context of marriage.


There are many scriptures that address this issue. One of them is found in the book of Thessalonians. It says: “It’s God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”


I would encourage you and your boyfriend to remain sexually pure until marriage. If you are already living together, you need to know that God considers this a sin.  If you truly want to follow Christ, it’s important to take seriously what He tells us in His Word.


An excellent book on this topic is “Before You Live Together” by Dr. Dave Gudgel.


Thanks for writing Heather.


I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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