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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!

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Episodes

“Over-Stressed and Under Quiet” [COMPLETE] – 022b

5/23/2019
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"Over-Stressed and Under-Quiet" [Complete Episode] Feeling stressed out today? Don't worry, you are not alone. In fact, it's you and the other 7 billion people on planet Earth. Why are we so stressed out, and what can we do about it? Josh and Betsy are back to talk about how we are living in an incredibly over-stressed culture, new trends in stress management and how Christians should respond to stress. Along the way, they touch on topics like mindfulness and spiritual disciplines. We...

Duration:00:24:09

“Over-Stressed and Under-Quiet” – 022

5/22/2019
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"Over-Stressed and Under-Quiet" Feeling stressed out today? Don't worry, you are not alone. In fact, it's you and the other 7 billion people on planet Earth. Why are we so stressed out, and what can we do about it? Josh and Betsy are back to talk about how we are living in an incredibly over-stressed culture, new trends in stress management and how Christians should respond to stress. Along the way, they touch on topics like mindfulness and spiritual disciplines. We promise that listening to...

Duration:00:22:37

“Slow to Speak in an Age of Outrage” – 021

5/2/2019
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"Slow to Speak in an Age of Outrage" Talk. It's everywhere. People argue on Facebook. Debates happen in the comments section of Youtube videos. Everybody's got an opinion on everything. And the loudest voices are the ones that talk in sound-bites. If you want to be heard, speak in 140 characters, or be ready to give a 30 second video clip. How do Christians navigate this culture of outrage we are living in? Josh and Betsy are back with winsome, thoughtful counsel on this topic. Specifically,...

Duration:00:22:37

“Book Review – ‘Life Together’ by D. Bonhoeffer” – 020

4/17/2019
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"Book Review - 'Life Together' by D. Bonhoeffer" 'COMMUNITY.' It's a buzzword... but what does it actually mean? How are Christians called to live in community? Are there Christians from the past that we can look to for guidance? In this episode, we look at 6 important principles of community that the German theologian-pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer articulated in his book "Life Together." This Christian classic is more relevant than ever. Show Notes: Life Together Book Questions? Email us at...

Duration:00:24:12

“The Search For Significance” – 019

3/27/2019
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"The Search for Significance on the Side of a Rock Wall" And the Oscar goes to..."Free Solo". That's right, the Oscar for the best documentary film this past year went to a movie about a guy who climbs up rock walls that are nearly impossible for anyone to climb... and he does it without ropes! Everyone is searching for significance. Humanity searches for significance in thousands of ways, but our hunger never goes away. Not unless our search leads us to the Cross. This episode also doubles...

Duration:00:27:02

“Nothing Worthless Before My Eyes” – 018

3/13/2019
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"Nothing Worthless Before My Eyes" Wasting time. Do you ever do it? Compared to our ancestors, we live in a time when we have both an unprecedented amount of leisure time as well as an unprecedented amount of options on what we do with that leisure time. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Video Games, Instagram, are just a few ways to spend our free time. But how does God want us to think about our time? What we put in front of our eyes with the time we have is of great importance. Come tune in as Josh...

Duration:00:23:47

“The Decline Of The Mushy Middle” – 017

2/21/2019
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THE DECLINE OF THE MUSHY MIDDLE England - the land of Big Ben, Downton Abbey, and lots of pubs. The national church of England is the Anglican Church, and a recent article in the Guardian found that only 2% of people under 24 in England still identify with the Anglican church. In America things may be better, but the same trends are at work. According to Tim Keller, the 'mushy middle' in religions is declining. The next generation is more likely to be 'all in' or 'all out' when it comes to...

Duration:00:22:37

“Do You Like Your Body? Part 2” – 016

2/8/2019
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"Do You Like Your Body? Part 2" In Part 2, Josh and Betsy connect this topic to the biblical theology of the body, including the future hope of resurrections bodies. They also give practical advice for both adults and children dealing with body image issues, including helpful questions parents can ask related to this topic. Don't miss out! Questions? Comments? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

Duration:00:24:34

“Do You Like Your Body? Part 1” – 015

2/6/2019
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"Do You Like Your Body? Part 1" Are you satisfied with how you look? Remarkably, according to a 2016 Time magazine article, only about 25% of women and men are extremely satisfied with their weight, and about the same percentages are extremely satisfied with their overall appearance. Meanwhile, the dieting industry continues to grow as do the rates of anxiety and depression. In this episode, Josh and Betsy dig into this important issue. If you have a body, then this matters to you!...

Duration:00:24:51

“Book Report – ‘Twelve Ways Your Phone is Changing You’ “- 014

1/15/2019
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BOOK REPORT – "Twelve Ways Your Phone is Changing You" Our phones. They are as much of a part of our lives as anything else. They go with us wherever we go. They tell us how to get where we are going. We pay our bills, check the score of our favorite sports team, and go to our favorite websites. Face it, we can do almost everything on our phones. And yet...how is this momentous change from old technology to smart phones affecting us as human beings? In this episode, Josh and Betsy review an...

Duration:00:23:16

“Turning Resolutions Into Results” – 013

1/2/2019
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TURNING RESOLUTIONS INTO RESULTS January — the month to set new resolutions. However, by February 80% of New Year's resolutions have failed! Josh and Betsy dig down to the heart of the matter, and offer practical advice on how to turn your resolutions into results. Don't write down your resolutions until you have listened to this episode. Show Notes: Stats on New Year's Resolutions You Are What You Love Questions? Comments? Email us at intersect@nepres.com

Duration:00:17:03

“Rejecting FOMO (and FOBO)” – 012

12/12/2018
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REJECTING FOMO (and FOBO) Do you ever feel anxious about what you are missing out on, or that there is a better option out there? You are not alone. This is now a common experience. Josh and Betsy encourage you to reject Fear Of Missing Out, and learn to live in the present — with a little help from Winnie-the-Pooh, whose sage advice and joyous life are a great example for our over-stressed times. Show Notes: Time Magazine Article on Overcoming FOMO Forbes Magazine Article on Social Media...

Duration:00:18:11

“Online Shopping and the Cost of Discipleship” – 011

11/28/2018
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ONLINE SHOPPING AND THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP Were you at the computer, instead of in the mall, on Black Friday? Did you find some bargains on Cyber Monday? E-Commerce is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy. Amazon seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year, and Amazon Prime has enabled us to buy things with one click and have them delivered to our door just two days later. The convenience of online shopping is wonderful, but are there any potential drawbacks? In this...

Duration:00:22:29

“When The Holidays Aren’t So Happy” – 010

11/14/2018
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WHEN THE HOLIDAYS AREN'T SO HAPPY Holiday depression is a real thing. A quick google search will reveal dozens of articles with ideas about how to deal with loneliness and sadness during the holidays. What role should the church take in addressing this? Do you struggle with loneliness and sadness? This episode will offer suggestions on finding community. This episode will also equip Christians to reach out to those who are hurting during the holidays. Show Notes: AARP article on Holiday...

Duration:00:18:10

“Disney Under the Spotlight, Part Two” – 009

11/8/2018
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DISNEY UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT — PART TWO In part two Josh and Betsy continue to analyze Disney movies. They look at the themes of personal freedom and romance, which can be found in just about all of Disney’s animated features. The movies "Coco" and "The Little Mermaid" are specifically discussed. Parents, you will find this information helpful as you watch Disney films with your kids. So please join us for thoughtful conversation, lots of laughs, and even our thoughts on the latest work out...

Duration:00:22:50

“Disney Under the Spotlight – Part One” – 008

10/24/2018
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DISNEY UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT — PART ONE Apple Pie . . . the Fourth of July . . . the Super Bowl . . . Walt Disney. What is more American than Disney? Ah, Disney – it’s amazing theme parks, its iconic characters, and of course, those unforgettable animated films - it's all part of the fabric of American culture. Like all of you, we love Disney, but we have decided to take a closer look at Disney’s animated features and see what themes emerge. Unsurprisingly, we see that Disney both reflects and...

Duration:00:23:37

“The Loneliness Epidemic” – 007

10/10/2018
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THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC Studies show that chronic loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. In the 1920s, about 5% of Americans lived alone. As of 2013, 27% of Americans now live alone. God made us to be social, and whether you are lonely or not, someone you know is. We address the loneliness epidemic head on, giving practical advice, and challenging Christians to help bring community to our increasingly lonely culture. The church should be a place for lonely...

Duration:00:19:27

“The Unexpected Value of the Family Meal” – 006

9/26/2018
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THE UNEXPECTED VALUE OF THE FAMILY MEAL The family that eats together, stays together. Do you sit down with your loved ones and enjoy family dinners? Does everybody eat on the run all the time? Is the TV ever off during a meal? In this episode, Betsy and I go old-school and share fascinating research about the overall benefits of family meals. We give you practical advice, such as giving yourself flexibility and grace. Even if you need to call Papa (Papa Johns that is), we think family meals...

Duration:00:19:06

“Strong is the New Skinny” – 005

9/6/2018
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STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY Toned triceps are this season's hottest accessory! Exercise is a great thing. We love to get a good workout in. Moreover, there are more gyms in America than ever before. However, can exercise become an idol? You bet it can. While we are all about body positivity, we also see an increase in people finding their identity in their body. The new ideal body type for men and women is super-fit. We analyze the most recent trends and give practical advice for believers...

Duration:00:18:16

“Porn-Proofing Your Kids – Part Two” – 004

9/4/2018
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PORN-PROOFING YOUR KIDS - PART TWO We live in a 'pornified' world. Continuing on the subject we began in episode one, in this episode we address the guidelines, strategies and resources for porn proofing your kids. We are focused on the “how” question in this episode, giving specific guidelines and strategies for parents. We recommend parents engage in an ongoing conversation with their kids (not a one time conversation), and give a two prong strategy. Parents, protect your kids’ minds and...

Duration:00:20:40