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The Kitchen Table #17: Are There Ways to Follow Christ on a Smart Phone?

The Kitchen Table is a weekly discussion between Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre and his 18 year-old son Jake. In this episode, the duo look at the benefits and pitfalls of technology on faith. Plus, in Music Matters a look at:  Avril Lavigne–Head Above Water, Housefires–Jesus, What a Savior,  Corey Asbury–Reckless, and a classic from First Call–Sweet Love.  Finally, in Culture Shock, the pair break down the nuances of parenting in the digital world. Follow along on The Kitchen Table Facebook Group on the Shine.FM Facebook page.

The Kitchen Table #16: What’s the Difference Between Being a Good Person and a Christian?

Shine.FM’s Brian and his 18-year old son Jake look at the difference in trying to be a “good person” and being a Christian.  In Music Matters: Crowder–Red Letters, Shane & Shane–Psalm 98, and Servant–We Are the Light.  In culture shock, we look at “Fortnight Tutors.” Join further discussion on The Kitchen Table Facebook Groupon the Shine.FM Page.

The Kitchen Table #12: How Do You Believe in God When You Can’t Feel Him?

This week, father/son team, Brian & Jake attempt to address the faith question: How do you believe in God when you can’t feel Him? We also look at new music from Tori Kelly and Hillsong Worship, plus an “oldie but goldie” from David Meece in Music Matters. In Culture Shock, we look at the Fortnite phenomenon and what parents need to know.

Faith Lived Out

As we head into 2013, I have a few inspiring faith stories to share with you.

Last week Georgia Dome in Atlanta was packed with Christian students beginning the New Year at the annual Passion worship conference.  Over 60,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 heard from speakers like Louie Giglio, Frances Chan and Beth Moore.

The students took part in worship sessions and seminars, with an emphasis on fighting human trafficking and helping the poor.  The attendees were asked to each bring a new towel and pair of socks to donate to local homeless shelters in Atlanta.

Christian musicians leading worship at Passion 2013 included Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder and Christy Nockels.

Closer to home, thousands of young Christians attended the Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis.  Urbana Director Tom Lin says over 4,000 of the students who attended the five-day conference committed to more than two years of missionary service in their lives.

The students accepted the challenge to both proclaim the gospel and to demonstrate Christian love through service. Planning will start soon for the next Urbana Student Missions Conference in 2015.  If you would like to attend, or if you know a student who might be interested in attending, you can learn more at urbana.org.

And across the Atlantic, Pope Benedict says he believes peace can prevail in 2013, despite the problems in the world today.   In his New Year’s Day Mass, the Pope acknowledged the evils of terrorism, criminal acts and the inequality between rich and poor.

But he also said he is convinced the “numerous works of peace, in the world are testimony to the innate vocation of humanity to peace.”  You can read the Pope’s entire homily here.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Did President Lincoln Really Use Foul Language?

Did Abraham Lincoln use profanity? Did his colleagues cuss at each other? Probably not.

In the new movie “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg places foul words into the mouths of its historical characters.

James McPherson, a Lincoln biographer and a consultant on the movie, says, “The profanity actually bothered me, especially Lincoln’s use of it. It struck me as completely unlikely—a modern injection into Lincoln’s rhetoric.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. McPherson emailed his objections to the screenwriter after reading an early draft, but then found out that the language made it into the movie anyway.

David Barton, who has appeared as an American history expert on Fox News and CNN, say he agrees with McPherson. Barton says: “There are records of [Lincoln] confronting military generals if he heard about them cursing.

“Furthermore, the profanity used by Republican operative William Bilbo was virtually nonexistent in that day and it definitely would not have been used around Lincoln. If Lincoln had heard it, it is certain that he would instantly have delivered a severe rebuke.”

By the way, there is an excellent new book out on Abraham Lincoln’s religious beliefs. It’s called “Lincoln’s Battle With God,” and is written by historian and best-selling author Stephen Mansfield.

I had a chance to talk to Mansfield recently, and he points out that while Lincoln was an atheist as a young man, after suffering several personal crises, he eventually came to a deep faith in Jesus Christ.

If you’d like to learn more about Lincoln’s faith journey, you can go to lincolnsbattlewithgod.com

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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