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Fox News Religion Correspondent Lauren Green uses her wealth of stories, vast network of contacts, and her own extensive study of theology to take the listener on a unique journey of spiritual discovery.


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Fox News Religion Correspondent Lauren Green uses her wealth of stories, vast network of contacts, and her own extensive study of theology to take the listener on a unique journey of spiritual discovery.




Professor: Get Married, Stay Married: A Recipe for Health, Wealth and Happiness

The data doesn't lie. Getting married and staying married benefits women, children... and men. Social scientist, Professor Brad Wilcox, gives convincing proof that marriage, despite being much maligned today, is actually a better way to live, well, happily ever after. But there are some caveats. First, the myth of the soul mate. No human is perfect and so no potential spouse, no matter how much he or she makes your heart flutter, is capable of fulfilling your every desire. Sooner or later the butterflies go free and what remains is the reality of a relationship that takes work. But it's well worth it. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Wilcox, Professor of sociology at the University of Virginia and a "Future of Freedom" Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, breaks down the evidence he found while researching his new book, "GET MARRIED: Why Americans must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization." It's a tall order, but the data shows that coming from a two-parent household is a better reassurance that a child will do well in school, be happier and have a better chance of achieving the American dream. Case in point, Ivy League colleges and universities have an overabundance of overachievers with one common denominator, the majority come from stable, two parent households. Wilcox points out, this is actually odd since many professors at these liberal establishments tout diversity of family types--single parent, parents never married --but in their own lives represent the more traditional, married parents with children. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Promise Keepers Dares Men to Reclaim Biblical Manhood

In the more than 25 years since Promise Keepers began, the culture has shifted tremendously. And it's not been a positive move for men. Masculinity is called "toxic", and "straight white male" has become a euphemism for "devil incarnate". But Promise Keepers president Ken Harris and Dr. A.R. Bernard, the Senior pastor of New York mega church, Christian Cultural Center, are undaunted, and fearless in beckoning men to biblical manhood, and understand and live out what God has called them to be. It is not the secular culture or social media that defines a man, or the purpose for which he was born, it is God. Later this month Promise Keepers will meet in Florida, where thousands of men will step out in a move of "Daring Faith" hoping to build men of God. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Harris and Bernard speak about the problems men face in the world today, the messages they get wrong, and spiritual solutions to both. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Religious Freedom is Advancing Backwards According to Religious Freedom Institute President

While technology moves ahead with seemingly lightning speed, it's sad to say that in the realm of religious freedom, we as a culture are moving backwards. This week, the Religious Freedom Summit wrapped up in Washington, DC. One of lead participant was Eric Patterson, president of the Religious Freedom Institute in the nation's capital. He spoke to Lighthouse Faith podcast just before the summit began, but already knew what the pressing issues would be. The basic human right to worship how you want, to live out your faith is under assault. In fact, worldwide we are worse off than we were 15 years ago. In Nigeria, Christians are being slaughtered. In China, the Communist regime is trying to mold faith in Jesus into a subservient of the party line. Even in Muslim majority countries, if you don't practice the type of Islam that's acceptable, you could be ostracized, or even killed. What's at stake here is what it means to be human. No one can take that away, but the evil in this world is trying its best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Archeologist Dr. Steven Collins and the Discovery of the Biblical Site of "Sodom and Gomorrah"

The destruction of the biblical sister towns of Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the most well-known and controversial stories in the Bible's Old Testament. God's reasons for obliterating this thriving metropolis have had incredible consequences for us today and hence the subject of intense debate. But for centuries, many secular, and some Christian scientists, believed Sodom was just a mythical town meant to support an allegorical telling of God's wrath against sin. But in 2001 archeologists began researching a site around the Dead Sea that matched the Bible's geographical description of where Sodom was located. A few years later a dig began, and a few years after that, archeologists confirmed that a city matching the description of Sodom had been located. But more interestingly still, recently they found evidence of it being destroyed by a cataclysmic event, like an asteroid burst similar to the one, but larger, than the one of Tunguska, Russia in 1908. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, chief archeologist of the site, Dr. Steven Collins, explains how they know this recently unearthed site has all the markings of one of the most notorious stories in the Bible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Evangelical Support of Trump Under Attack: Pastor Shane Idleman Says It's About Kingdoms Colliding

Nearly every poll shows Donald Trump the likely GOP 2024 Presidential nominee, which is why the vitriol against one of his largest group of supporters has risen to near derangement levels. One MSNBC anchor accused White Christian Iowans of wanting to have people of color bow down to them, while another said White Evangelical Christians are worshipping Trump as the Second Coming. But California Pastor Shane Idleman is pushing back, saying this battle is not about Trump, but about spiritual Kingdoms colliding. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Idleman, lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California, talks about why Evangelicals are such strong supporters of Trump, and about how he believes this country, spiritually, is headed in the wrong direction. Although he is not an ardent Trump fan, he understands that "We're not looking for pastor in chief. It's Commander in Chief." He also points out that throughout the Bible, God has used men of questionable character to bring about his plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Mitch Albom's Novel Set In the Holocaust Has Lessons For Today's Conflict

The 9th Commandment against bearing false witness seems straight forward as a directive against lying. But what happens if you tell a lie unknowingly because you're trusting nature is being abused and used for evil? That is the message of Mitch Albom's novel, "The Little Liar." Set during the Holocaust, the story revolves around a lie that a Jewish boy in Greece tells the people in his community a lie he doesn't know is untrue. "The trustworthy boy is discovered by a German officer, who offers him a chance to save his family. All the boy has to do is convince his fellow Jewish residents to board trains heading to “new homes” where they are promised jobs and safety." In fact, they are trains headed for concentration camps. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Albom, best-selling author of "Tuesday's With Morrie," and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," explains what happens long-term when a deadly lie is perpetrated against a young boy's trusting nature, and how the lie kills more than just trust, but people, relationships and even the soul. Albom's gift is in letting fiction tell the truths about reality. Communities can't survive without truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Fr. Stephen Fichter: The Priest Who Wrote the Feature Film About Priests "Trinity's Triumph"

Hollywood rarely makes a positive film about priests. You have to go back a few decades to 1945 to find Bing Crosby in his role as the respected Father O'Malley in "The Bells of St. Mary's." That was way before the decline in reverence for not only faith, but also for the men and women of the cloth. But Fr. Stephen Fichter, a New Jersey priest, wanted to be a part of changing people's attitudes about the priesthood. The feature length film, "Trinity's Triumph," is his offering. It was a 25-year journey, with some notable encouragement along the way from people like Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, and some mentoring from best-selling novelist, Mary Higgins Clark. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Fr. Fichter talks about why he wrote the screenplay, and how it shows the real struggles and triumphs of the men who enter seminary. The film is about three seminarians but only one of them is based on Fr. Fichter's life. The other two are based on composites of his fellow travelers. The film pulls no punches, talking about sexual abuse in the priesthood as well as challenging the tradition of why priests are not allowed to marry. But the key line from the movie is said by the film's Monsignor Heck, played by A-list actor Joe Morton (Speed, Terminator 2: Judgment Day). He tells the first-year seminarians, "You are setting out on an extraordinary odyssey to answer the highest of all calls." And that is the film's most positive message about the priesthood. It is a Divine calling of both sacrifices, and the highest of commitment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Celebrating the New Year, Award-Winning Columnist and Author Cal Thomas Looks Back on the Past 50

As we say goodbye to 2023 and reflect on this past year, Cal Thomas has some observations about the last fifty years! He says, "One thing that always amazes me is how things never really change. You can change hairstyles, clothes, styles, modes of transportation. You can even change politicians. But nothing really seems to change. A lot of that has to do with human nature." On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Thomas, best-selling author, syndicated columnist and political commentator, talks about his book, "A Watchman in the Night." It explores what he's witnessed over the past 50 years of journalism and the thousands of columns he's written commenting on world events, cultural movements, politics and all things involving human existence. But there is one mandate that separates Thomas from the herd; his standard of truth is based on Scripture. All his commentaries have as their guide the light of God's Word. Yes, Thomas has met and interviewed world leaders, American presidents and Hollywood and Broadway stars; but also, just plain folk whose names no one will remember. All the while, his keen observances have made him a 'Watchman'; a custodian of a culture that has separated itself from God. And as we say hello to 2024, Thomas will continue to do the same, but with a hope that his words will help people find their way back to the truth that made America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


The True Meaning of Christmas is Vital to America's Strength: Dr. Robert Pacienza

If the Bible had never been written, America probably wouldn't exist. Our founding documents and beliefs about law, justice and grace come directly from the pages of Scripture. It also means that it is so much more vital for Christians to not only celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, but to live out its core tenets by engaging a culture that continues to grow more secular. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Dr. Robert Pacienza, Senior Pastor Of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, talks about the many ways Christians can bring Christmas into their everyday lives, but also, how they can live out its directive of truth and love. Pacienza, who's also the President and CEO of D. James Kennedy Ministries, also gives some very simple suggestions to how Christians can be a light in darkness, and to point the way to true light of Christmas, Jesus, born to be the Light of the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Jonathan Cahn's "The Josiah Manifesto" Reveals Mysteries Of October 7th Attack

King Josiah of Judah was one of the leaders of the Hebrews who, as the Bible said, "did right in the eyes of God." Despite his father and grandfather being wicked men, Josiah emerges as one of the heroes of God's chosen people, becoming a light in a darkened world. Best-selling author Jonathan Cahn says there is more to Josiah than just his ancient standing as a Jewish monarch. Cahn taps into clues from Josiah's reign to show that recent events like the October 7th attack on Israel, the January 6th incursion at the Capitol and even understanding Donald Trump's presence on the world stage could have been predicted from Scripture and history. In his latest book, "The Josiah Manifesto," Cahn weaves his revelations about King Josiah around today's events, looking at the 50-year mystery behind the war in Israel, as well as recent events in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Hope is the First Dose: Dr. Lee Warren and His Prescription for Pain and Suffering

This time of year is filled with expected joy, dazzling lights and festivities. But if you're suffering from a recent loss, these few weeks can be acutely painful. You feel the absence of someone or something that at one time contributed greatly to your happiness and wellbeing. Dr. Lee Warren understands the pain of searing loss; his son was stabbed to death by a close friend. The details of the murder are not clear, so Warren, a brain surgeon, inventor, and Iraq War veteran, had to deal with not only the pain, but also the inconsolable emotion of not understanding why. So he became his own patient. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Warren talks about his book, "Hope Is The First Dose: A Treatment Plan For Recovering From Trauma, Tragedy, And Other Massive Things." It's a follow up to his other book, "I've Seen the End of You," a book that looks at treating people with untreatable brain tumors. "Hope..." is not only Warren's self-analysis, but expands the scope to say that we all have these 'massive things' in our life that we must come to grips with in order to move forward. We can either be crushed by them, or find hope in overcoming them. Chapters: 0:00:00-Finding Hope and Faith Amidst Tragedy 0:10:44-Coping With Trauma and Loss 0:18:29-Overcoming Negative Thoughts and Grief 0:26:22-Grief, Transformation, and Finding Hope Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Is Atheism Dead? Eric Metaxas Says the Belief in No God Has NO Intellectual Integrity

As the Christian Advent season begins, there's always talk about faith and what people actually believe. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, is also a part of the season. But for Christians, Christmas is the high and Holy time of welcoming the birth of Jesus, Savior of the world. And it's also the time atheists offer more vitriol against belief in God. So, here's a preemptive strike that will help people of faith enjoy the Christmas season. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, best-selling author and radio host, Eric Metaxas, turns the tables on atheism and explains his book, "Is Atheism Dead?" The short answer is that while there are still people who profess no belief in an Omniscient Being, Metaxas blasts that position as intellectually untenable, and that those who still hold to it haven't done their homework. Metaxas takes on the four-horsemen of atheism: Dawkins, Dennet, Hitchens and Harris. He says while they appear scholarly, they've ignored the advances in science that give much more proof of there being a God than no God. Science, it turns out, has far more in common with faith in God. Chapters: 00:00:00-Is Atheism Dead? Evidence for God 00:09:05-Fine-Tuning and the Existence of Life 00:20:32-The Impact of Science on Atheism 00:30:34-Debating Atheism and Political Ideology Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Historian Rick Richman On Israel's Founding As An Act of Passion: Just Politics

With war raging in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas, historian Rick Richman wants people to know the back story of how Israel came to be and why IDF soldiers know they're fighting for the very survival of the Jewish state. In his book, "And None Shall Make Them Afraid," Richman, a resident scholar at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, highlights the lives of eight individuals with different backgrounds and talents, that helped bring about the creation of Israel. From Viennese journalist Theodore Herzel, to a Supreme Court Justice, and even a Hollywood screenwriter. They became passionate about the creation of a Zionist state, as the world was becoming more and more radically antisemitic. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Richman talks about how the creation of modern day Israel actually begins in 1895 and that the Balfour Declaration in 1917 was a dream that became a reality through the work of Jews who realized their very existence was being threatened. 00:00:00-The Historical Context of Israel's Creation 00:18:04-The Balfour Declaration and Golda Meir 00:25:10-Challenges in Israeli Leadership With Golda Meir 00:36:01-Israel and Jewish Army Books Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Former Devout Muslim Turned Christian Says the Koran States the "Land" Belongs to the Jews

Professor Al Fadi was born in Saudi Arabia and felt privileged to be born in the center of Islam. He believed the only sure way to get into heaven was through giving the ultimate gift to Allah–sacrificing his life in the “holy war” against nonbelievers, that Jews and Christians were infidels, and that Islam was the final revelation from God. But while a student in America he became a devout Christian and biblical scholar who now teaches at Arizona Christian University. Since the October 7th Hamas attack on Israel, he has been schooling students at ACU about the conflict from his unique perspective. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Professor Fadi discusses why today's young adults are ignorant of the historical context of Israel, either political movements that created it 75 years ago or the thousands of years of history of the Jews. As a former Muslim, Fadi gives incredible knowledge about Islam; that the Koran, the holy book of Islam, says the "land" that is being fought over today, belongs to the Jews. Fadi also explains what Islam has to say about the other two Abrahamic faiths, and why when he was schooled in the real gospel of Jesus Christ he became a believer, who now prays for the conversion of Muslims. Chapters: 0:00:00-Journey From Islam to Christianity 0:08:18-The Israel-Palestine Conflict and Religious Claims 0:14:29-Understanding the Conflict 0:26:41-Religion's Role in Promoting Peaceful Coexistence Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


It's a Plague! The Wound of Fatherhood Abandonment: Expert Says it's About Being Man Enough to Forgive

There's a plague running rampant in Western society. But there's no vaccine, no shot you can take. But it's the infection causing so many other problems including crime, homelessnes, drug addiction, even suicide. The plague's name: fatherlessness. More poignantly, it's fatherhood abandonment. Men walking out on their children and the mothers who bore them, either through divorce or dysfunction. And what's the root cause? John Smithbaker says it's men's inability to forgive. Is it that simple, that forgiveness is the antidote? Forgiveness is the foundation of the Christian Gospel, Jesus dying on a cross to bridge the chasm between loving God and a sinful humanity. But forgiving in relationships is probably the most difficult for humanity to emulate. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Smithbaker, the founder of Fathers in the Field, talks about his book, "Man Enough to Forgive," and why he created his organization: "To help men recapture their divinely assigned roles of pastor, provider and protector in the home as well as the church." Chapters: 0:00:00-The Impact of Fatherlessness in Society 0:12:32-The Lies and Consequences of Fatherlessness 0:19:06-Fighting Cultural and Economic Demands 0:30:38-Father Wounds and the Importance of Forgiveness and Masculinity 0:37:43-Healing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Lee Strobel: Is God Real? Science Provides Some Strong Proofs, As Does History

More than 200 times a second the question 'Is God Real?' is Googled. So best-selling author Lee Strobel decided to do the research and answer the question. He wasn't answering for himself since Strobel, a former atheist, is known for his best-selling book, "Case For Christ," as well as other books exploring the big questions surrounding Christianity about Heaven, Christmas and Easter. But for millions of people in this tech-saturated world, God, if there is One, seems distant at best. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Strobel talks about his new book, "Is God Real? Exploring the Ultimate Question of Life," and the very strong scientific evidence for the existence of God as well as the strong historical proof of the truth of Christianity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Os Guinness: America's Divide, a Rise of the Left Against the Ideals of the American Revolution

We are at a crucial time in America. And the waning of a biblical worldview among younger generations has had catastrophic consequences. The pro-Palestinian support on college campuses, in communities and in the halls of Congress is part of it. Back in 1858 at the close of the Illinois Republican State Convention, then senate candidate Abraham Lincoln quoted the words of Jesus when he warned that "A house divided against itself cannot stand," that America could not be made of half free and half slave states. It was a prophetic statement because in less than three years the American Civil War began. The clash nearly tore the republic apart. Not since before the Civil War has America been so deeply divided, so says Author and historian Os Guinness. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Guinness, the author and/or editor of more than thirty-five books, talks about one of his most recent writings on America's political, philosophical and religious divide... called, "The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai's Revolutionary Faith and The Future of Freedom. Guinness says there are two competing revolutions going on in the United States. One based on the ideals of the American Revolution of 1776, and the freedoms that come from Judeo-Christian faith handed down at Sinai. The other is based on the misguided ideals of the French Revolution of 1789; postmodernism, radical multi-culturalism, the sexual revolution, the cancel culture, critical race theory all stem from 1789 not 1776. Guinness says, "The distinct voice of the American Revolution largely comes from the Bible and the Book of Exodus and Deuteronomy." He warned also that support of Hamas is support for the extinction of the Jewish people. Says Guinness, "Hitler in 1941, in November invited the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem to Berlin, and together they swore to wipe out the Jews. And that radical link between Nazism and Islamism has been powerful ever since, and it was picked up by the Muslim Brotherhood. And of course, Hamas is the paramilitary wing of the Muslim Brotherhood." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Dr. NT Wright: Understanding the Entirety of the Bible, and Today's conflict, Through One Chapter in the Book of Romans

It is one of the most controversial books in the Holy Bible; some say its theological underpinnings are responsible for launching the Protestant Reformation, blaming the Jews for the problems in the world, and challenging the cultural conflicts of today's post-modern society. But right in the middle of the Apostle Paul's letter to the churches in Rome is the summation of Christianity, its power, its hope in a Spirit filled life, and the edict that nothing can separate us from God's love! On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, renowned New Testament scholar Dr. NT Wright unpacks his book on the eighth chapter of Romans, called "Into the Heart of Romans: A Deep Dive Into Paul's Greatest Letter". Paul wrote a great portion of the New Testament, and his letters to the early churches show their struggles and their triumphs. And they're much the same as they are for us today. Only now we have two-thousand years of post-Resurrection living to fall back on. The early Church had the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament, and how to understand the Law. Wright sheds light on all of this and informs us about the conflict going on in Israel today, as the Jewish land is once again under siege from its adversaries. It's a call to lament, for the pain of history is a heavy weight that the entirety of the world must bear. Chapters: 0:00:00-Biblical Narrative and the Middle East 0:11:29-Understanding Romans 8 and Its Importance 0:22:05-Led by Spirit, Embracing Old Testament 0:36:24-Romans' Impact on Paul's Letter 0:40:51-Fresh Readings of the Pauline corpus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Anne Graham Lotz and Rachel Ruth on Preparing to Meet Jesus

It's the part of Christianity that is not often talked about but is central to its doctrine embedded in the Gospel. Theologians call it eschatology, that which is "concerned with death, judgment and the destiny of our souls." But Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, and her daughter Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, simply call it, "Preparing to Meet Jesus." The Bible is very clear that no one really knows when the end of the world is, although Anne is certain that with all the wars and evil erupting over the globe, it is nearer than we think. However, thousands of people every day will see the end of their world. They will die: some old, some young, some suddenly and without warning, others will have time to prepare. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Anne and Rachel-Ruth talk about their new book, "Preparing to Meet Jesus," which is a "21-day Challenge to Move from Salvation to Transformation." It's a call to live each day to the fullest looking at the example of the Patriarch Abraham, as he sends out his servant to look for a wife for his son Isaac, who will be the grandfather of the twelve sons of Jacob, aka Israel. It is in the sought for qualities of a bride, that the authors see the same in those believers who are part of the Church, the Bride of Christ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Counseling in an Age of Fear and Trauma: From the Nashville School Shooting to Everyday Life

Last March 27th, a tragedy of unimaginable proportions unfolded in Nashville, Tennessee, as a transgender gunman opened fire at The Covenant Christian School, killing three adults and three children. While news outlets brought the calamity to the world, counselors at Daystar Counseling Ministries, some three miles away, mobilized immediately, grabbing therapy pets and other tools to the reunification centers. Sissy Goff, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling, was one of them. She spent the rest of the week helping parents and children navigate and go on with their lives in the aftermath of such evil. Goff understands that rare tragedies like what happened at Covenant are piled onto the already burdensome stresses of everyday life. And being a Christian-based counseling center, she offers the only hope, which is that found in Scripture. On this episode of Lighthouse Faith podcast, Goff talks about what happened that day of the Nashville shooting, as well the rise in depression and stress in children's lives today. Divorce, death, bullying and more are all part and parcel of the reason for the 27% rise in anxiety among 3- to 17-year-olds. Hear some solutions as Goff explains how to become a worry-free parent. Chapters: 00:00:00-Introduction 00:01:23-Counseling After School Shooting and Anxiety 00:06:11-Guidance for Grieving Parents 00:14:53-Understanding Childhood Anxiety and Resilience Development 00:17:46-Parental Anger and Anxiety 00:25:49-The Impact of Divorce on Children 00:37:46-Impact of TikTok on Mental Health Learn more about your ad choices. Visit