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How are we as Christ-followers to live faithfully in today’s culture? Join us for thoughtful conversation, goofy news stories, and lots of laughs!

How are we as Christ-followers to live faithfully in today’s culture? Join us for thoughtful conversation, goofy news stories, and lots of laughs!


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How are we as Christ-followers to live faithfully in today’s culture? Join us for thoughtful conversation, goofy news stories, and lots of laughs!






“What Have You Been Reading?” -310

“What Have You Been Reading?” In this episode, Josh and Betsy each share about a book that they have been reading recently. Josh shares about the book “Reading While Black” by Dr. Esau McCaulley, and Betsy shares about the book “The Divine Conspiracy” by Dallas Willard. Both of these books bring insights that will help Christians walk faithfully with the Lord. Show Notes: Reading While Black by Dr. Esau McCaulley The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard Questions? Email us at...


“Just Mercy: A Book Review” -309

“Just Mercy: A Book Review” In this episode, Josh and Betsy discuss the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and his book has captured the attention of many as he talks about the importance of fighting injustice in society. These are relevant and crucial issues for white Christians in America to engage in. Show Notes: (Video) Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller (Article) 'Just Mercy' Author...


“How Can Black and White Christians Model Unity in Divided America?” -308

“How Can Black and White Christians Model Unity in Divided America?” We live in a polarized country. How can Christians show our witness to the watching world? Pastor Stephen Splawn of First Northeast Baptist Church returns for a second conversation with Josh and Betsy. This episode focuses on how the church is doing with race relations in terms of our witness to the world. Pastor Stephen gives honest critique and helpful suggestions on how the church and individual believers can grow in...


“Barriers and Bridges to Racial Unity Among Christians” -307

"Barriers and Bridges to Racial Unity Among Christians" In this episode, Josh and Betsy sit down with Stephen Splawn, the Pastor of First Northeast Baptist Church in Columbia, to talk about a necessary and controversial topic in America today: race relations in the church. Pastor Splawn’s transparency and biblical insight make this a "can’t miss" episode for our listeners, in particular White Christians desiring to understand the perspective of their Black brothers and sisters in Christ....


“2020 – What a Year!!!”-306

"2020 - What a Year!!!" Bonus holiday episode! 2020 has been hard, so Josh and Betsy conclude the year with a light-hearted conversation about different things they have experienced in 2020, including many of their favorite Christmas-related things. Nothing serious here, just good, clean fun. Hopefully this episode will provide a little holiday cheer to those who listen. Questions? Email us at


“Confronting Homelessness in Columbia, SC and Beyond” -305

"Confronting Homelessness in Columbia, SC and Beyond" In this episode, Josh and Betsy interview Craig Currey, CEO of Transitions Homeless Center in Columbia, SC. Craig dispels common myths about homelessness and provides practical ways that Christians can and should engage this challenge. Jesus told us to care about the least and the lost. Listen to this episode so that you will become better equipped to do just that. Show Notes: The Biblical Basis for Caring for the Homeless Transitions...


“Who Is Catechizing Our Kids?” -304

"Who Is Catechizing Our Kids?" "Catechism" is an old word that describes training and instruction in the fundamentals of the faith. Who is catechizing Christian kids today? Is it only the job of the church? What role do parents play and how can we catechize our kids in the daily grind of life? Join Josh and Betsy as they discuss a surprisingly relevant topic. The next generation is at stake. Show Notes: "Sunday School Isn't Enough for Christian Kids" (2020) | Tim Keller...


“Hot Take! Netflix’s ‘The Social Dilemma'” -303

Hot Take! Netflix's "The Social Dilemma" This recent documentary film has elicited both great praise and strong criticism. Josh and Betsy do a film review to engage a pressing topic of our day. "How should Christians think about social media?" "How can it be used well?" A wide range of technology topics are covered in this energetic discussion. Show Notes: The Social Dilemma movie review (2020) | Roger Ebert “The Social Dilemma” Review: Unplug and Run - The New York Times Facebook's...


“How To Be a Blessing” -302

"How To Be a Blessing" In this episode, Josh and Betsy are joined by Jason Pittman, Pastor of Discipleship and Next Gen. Ministries at Northeast Presbyterian Church, to talk about the thought-provoking and practical acronym, "BLESS". How can we live out our faith? How can we share our faith? This episode will provide you with practical ways to live out the Great Commission. Questions? Email us at


“Josh and Betsy Are Out of Quarantine” -301

"Josh and Betsy Are Out of Quarantine" Welcome to Intersect Season 3! Where have Josh and Betsy been? Well, they are officially out of quarantine and ready to talk through the blessings and challenges of living in a global pandemic. 2020 has been hard! But there have been blessings as well. This episode will prompt you to reflect on what your experience has been like in 2020. Questions? Email us at


“Should You Follow Your Heart?” — 209

"Should You Follow Your Heart?" "Follow your heart" "Be true to yourself" "You do you" "Find Yourself" We hear these kinds of expressions all the time. But are they true? Should we listen to them? If people came back from 500 years in the future to look at our culture, what would they say about what we believe? On the latest episode of Intersect, Josh and Betsy look at the unseen forces that drive everything, the ideas and beliefs that our culture promotes. Put your thinking cap on, and get...


“Can Lipstick Hide Eternity?” -208

"Can Lipstick Hide Eternity?" Tom Ford owns the world... at least that what many people would assume. The superstar fashion designer, who once worked at Gucci and then started his own brand that now brings in $2 billion in annual sales, has it all. Still, questions of death and what comes next still nag at him. So instead of dwelling on the grand questions of life, Ford distracts himself with tasks such as picking a new color of lipstick for his brand. In this episode, Josh and Betsy explore...


“Author Interview: John Hendrix” – 207

"Author Interview: John Hendrix and his book on Bonhoeffer" When Hitler and the Third Reich rose to power, a young pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a choice to make: stand for what he believed, or capitulate to the Nazi’s. He chose the former, and lost his life because of it. In this Intersect Podcast first, Josh and Betsy interview critically acclaimed author and illustrator John Hendrix about his recent book, “The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler”. The...


“2019 – A Year in Review” – 206

"2019 - A Year in Review" "How was your 2019? What are your goals for 2020? Josh and Betsy are back in a new fun format to answer questions like, "What was the most impactful book you read in 2019?" and "What are some entertaining podcasts you listened to this past year?" As a special treat, the questions are selected and read by show producer, Billy Grooms. Join us as Josh and Betsy reflect on 2019, and share their goals for 2020. Give it a listen!" Questions? Email us at...


“Sleep, Part 2 – Why Sleep Is Spiritual” -205

"Sleep, Part 2 - Why Sleep Is Spiritual" In part 2 on the topic of sleep, Josh and Betsy return to take a deeper dive into the area of sleep. Specifically, they examine sleep from a spiritual perspective. Sleep is spiritual because it reminds us of our limitations and because sleep is a kind of surrender. When we lay our heads down at night, we entrust ourselves and our problems into the hands of Him who never "slumbers nor sleeps”. You spend a third of your life asleep, why not spend a...


“Sleep, Part 1 – Why Aren’t We Sleeping?” -204

"Sleep, Part 1 - Why Aren't We Sleeping?" Americans aren’t sleeping as much as we used to. In fact, we now sleep an average of 1.5 – 2 hours less per night than we did in the 1960s. And this is not a good thing! Sleep is essential to living a healthy, balanced, and God-glorifying life, and we are arrogant to neglect proper sleep. In this episode, Josh and Betsy dig into the reasons that we modern Americans aren’t sleeping, and why it matters more than we think. You spend a third of your life...


“Even Better Than The American Dream: An Interview with Dr. George Murray” -203

"Even Better Than The American Dream: An Interview with Dr. George Murray" So many people desire to achieve the American Dream. But is there something better? In this episode, Josh and Betsy interview Dr. George Murray, former president of Columbia International University (CIU). Dr. Murray is a former missionary to Italy who has ministered in over 70 countries. If you are looking to live a life that is about more than just keeping up with the Jones', then listen to Dr. Murray's powerful...


“Book Report – ‘The Coddling of the American Mind'” -202

"Book Report — 'The Coddling of the American Mind'" Josh and Betsy are back with another book report, so take a look (or a listen) — this book has generated incredible controversy across American culture. Are young Americans “emotionally and intellectually coddled” today? And if so, what should we think and do about it? This and more in the latest from Intersect. Show Notes: The Atlantic Magazine Article Books: "The Coddling of the American Mind" Yale Students Protest Video: Yale Students...


“Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work”, with Anthony Livoti – 201

"Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work" with Anthony Livoti Connecting our faith to our work is not always easy. What should this look like for a Christian? Is it as simple as being ethical and sharing our faith in appropriate settings? In this first episode of Season 2, Josh and Betsy sit down with Anthony Livoti, a defense attorney for Murphy & Grantland, P.A. in Columbia, S.C., to hear Anthony's thoughts on this important topic. Tune in to hear practical thoughts on how to live out...


“Hope That Endures Through Suffering – Part Two” with Brooke Turner -024

"Hope That Endures Through Suffering - Part Two" with Brooke Turner In the second part of our interview with Brooke, we discuss a number of practical suggestions and recommendations for those in the midst of suffering. Brooke answers the questions, "Are there things that have surprised you about your suffering?" And "What resources and actions have helped you (and not helped you) in your suffering. Brooke's incredible faith and truth in the Lord is an inspiration to us all. Listen to Part...