First Reconnect July Fourth Special! Andy discusses the concept of "Christian Freedom" with Pastor Samwise Praetorius (Samuel Schuldheisz) by addressing the eucatastrophes of fairy stories and the Gospel connections that can be made with rock songs. They both share their top three favorite rock songs to use to share the Gospel. To see all the show links be sure to visit Episode 15 on the Reconnect Podcast feed at andywrasman.com.
Two high school students discuss the similarities and differences between Hinduism and Christianity with Andy. A slew of links are available on Episode 14's blog post at andywrasman.com.
God is big! But is God too big to fit into one religion? Andy discusses a bumper sticker that makes this claim with two colleagues, Theology teacher, Wes Bareford, and, Biology teacher, Ben Fisher. Get a copy of the discussion guide we used for this episode at the andywrasman.com's Reconnect Episode 13 blog post.
Andy found a bumper sticker at a New Age trinket shop in Ashville, NC. The sticker reads, "In the end, there are three things that shall last, faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." This statement comes from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13 to be precise. However, the sticker has no citation to the Bible verse, and faith, hope, and love are spelled using various religious symbols. What do the makers of this sticker intend to convey stripping the Bible citation and incorporating all of these religious symbols? Andy has created a dicussion guide for this episode, accessible at andywrasman.com . He uses this guide to discuss this sticker with two of his high school students.
Andy saw a Morpheus meme that read, "What if I told you, you didn't have to dress a certain way to go to church." With a slew of Facebook comments on this image, Andy brings the feedback to Reconnect to discuss church attire with George.
There were way too many topics, stories, and scenarios pertaining to church attire that were critiqued, questioned, and addressed to be able to give a brief summary description for this episode. Just press PLAY.
Go to andywrasman.com and look up Reconnect Episode 11 to see a replica of the meme that Andy created for Reconnect.
All too often religions are said to cause evil and to cause wars. The Crusades are often times mentioned to support this claim. Andy interviews Stephen Puls, a Lutheran high school history teacher, who explains what the Crusades were, why they started, and what went wrong.
In the second segment, they turn towards looking at the role of Atheism in connection with wars!
By the end of this episode, you'll have some great talking points whenever such an argument against religion arises. And of course, the goal is to use these talking points to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some suggested ways of making this connection are also mentioned in this episode.
Have you seen the movie Footloose? It's about a youth who just moved into a very strict Christian community where he is signaled out as a troublemaker, almost instantly because he didn't adhere to the "Christian" principles of the town. He was essentially "shunned" because of it. That movie is based on real scenarioes that have occured for some poeple, becuase there are certainly Christian communities that stress certain rules and regulations amongst their members, such as don't drink, don't gamble, don't dance, don't be associated with known sinners, and etc.
These religious expectations amongst some Christian circles have led many nonChristians who have interacted with such groups to assume that these rules are the norm amongst all Christians. They have thus become Christian stereotypes. Brett Shoemaker has made a list of ten Christian stereotypes that he hates. Andy grills him to find out if these stereotypes are in fact things that Christians should uphold and obey as commands from God, or if these Christian stereotypes fall into the realm of Christian freedom. If these stereotypes are NOT in fact mandated by Scripture, and if these stereotypes have become unnecessary burdens or divisions for nonChristians to hear and receive the Gospel, then how should Christians respond who DON'T fit these stereotypes? And if a Christian DOES fit these stereotypes, how should he or she respond to them if they aren't in fact Scriptural mandates for everyone. Andy shares many comments from Christians who disagree with Brett's list of stereotypes, many of whom thought Brett was a nonChristian mocking Christianity when he wrote this list.
For more information and links for this show, visit the Reconnect Episode 9 blog post at andywrasman.com.
George and Andy, discuss a series of articles from Credo House entitled: 21 Things Christians Say to Hurt Their Credibility. In this episode they have time to discuss three of these statements:
Andy and George agree that some of these statements really do hurt the credibility of our Christian witness and should be avoided, but they come to disagree with at least one of these articles, because they think the statement is in fact Scriptural, thus should be spoken, but maybe there is a better way of presenting the truth to a nonbeliever.
Other questions and topics emerge as they discuss these articles, such as: how do we know the Bible is the Word of God, how should we respond to questions we don't know the answers, is it possible for Christians to have all the answers to life's questions, what exactly is revealed to us in Scripture and why, how should we approach preparing answers to difficult questions raised against or about the Christian faith, why should churches teach apologetics, and the very controversial topic of varying degrees of punishment in hell!
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Andy Wrasman received an email from an angry man who had encountered someone wearing a Contradict T-Shirt. This gentlemen lets Andy know that the Messiah is prophesied to:
A. Build the Third Temple (Ezekiel 37:26-28).
B. Gather all Jews back to the Land of Israel (Isaiah 43:5-6).
C. Usher in an era of world peace, and end all hatred, oppression, suffering and disease. As it says: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall man learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4)
D. Spread universal knowledge of the God of Israel, which will unite humanity as one. As it says: "God will be King over all the world on that day, God will be One and His Name will be One" (Zechariah 14:9).
This gentlemen explains that Jesus has not met any of these Messianic prophesies. He goes onto to state that because the Bible claims that Jesus was born of a virgin, he cannot be of the line of David from his father's side, which he claims is required in Scipture. He also states other ways in which Jesus contradicts the Hebrew Bible.
Andy seeks help from Old Testament teacher, Conni Schramm, to address all of the objections this gentlement raises.
The email can be read in full at www.andywrasman.com.
Andy Wrasman, George Allen III, and Adam Stetson discuss how they came to use a Contradict poster for evangelism at University California Irvine. What were their previous evangelism efforts? Why did they decide the Contradict evangelism table method was their favorite? How do they use the poster to spring into sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ? What tips do they have to share from their outings? What are their most memorable encounters and relationships formed via their Contradict outings? What do they appreciate the most about each others' personality and approach to sharing the Gospel? Answering all of these questions, they hope to inspire and encourage you to consider a similar approach to sharing the Gospel in public spaces.
Tags/Keywords: Contradict, Coexist, Campus Evangelism, Contradict Movement
George Allen III moderates a debate between Andy Wrasman and Jay Clair concerning who the sons of God are from Genesis 6:2. Jay argues that the sons of God were angels that procreated with the daugthers of men, who then gave birth to the Nephilim, who were mighty men because of their angelic genes. Andy argues that the sons of God were male believers who married female nonbelievers and that the nonbelieving wives led the believing husbands away from the Lord, which led to humanity turning our eyes from God to seeking after the Nephilim, who were not half-breeds but simply great men of renown that everyone idolized, except of course for Noah and his family. This topic came up in episode 4, Jesus vs. Zeus, so it's being addressed in more detail this week. The topic of who the sons of God are arises quite a bit within video game storylines, as well as amongst Ancient Alien theorists and within certain Christian denominations, so the topic is good to be aware of no matter which side of the argument you land. Both Jay and Andy agree that all Christians should strive to bring all discussions of the Nephilim to the point of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Andy Wrasman discusses the differences between Jesus and Zeus with Jay Clair (AKA Blue Eyed Shy Guy). Jay has created a chart that compares the heirarchy of beings in the universe as expressed by numerous religions and mythologies. His chart will prove helpful in explaining the distinction between "capital G" God and "lower case g" gods, a distinction which is not recognized when people assert that belief in Jesus (God) is on the same level as belief in Zeus (a god).
Keywords: Jesus, Zeus, Blue Eyed Shy Guy
Andy Wrasman interviews Kyle Beshears, author of Robot Jesus. Kyle explains the origins, teachings, and practices of Scientology. He concludes with tips for sharing the Gospel with a Scientologist.
Keywords: Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Going Clear, Robot Jesus, Kyle Beshears
Andy Wrasman discusses an article, "Top Ten Logical Fallacies Used by Religion", which appeared on the God Be Gone blog. The guest for this show is Paul Kasaty.
Tags: Logical Fallacies