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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.
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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

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Episodes

Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 2

4/16/2019
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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles...

Duration:00:28:49

Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 1

4/9/2019
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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles...

Duration:00:30:27

Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 2

3/19/2019
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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people. Listen to Part 1 Follow Cameron on...

Duration:00:43:59

Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 1

3/12/2019
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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people. Follow Cameron on...

Duration:00:24:33

How to Succeed Like a Christian, Part 3

3/5/2019
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From Jesus of Nazareth to the Apostle Paul, the Christian's life is defined by a steadfast devotion to the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. Though Christians don't necessarily see worldly and spiritual success as mutually exclusive, they do prioritize Christ and His kingdom above everything else—a decision that often leads to a life that looks like failure to the surrounding culture. In this 3-part series, we'll discuss the Christian vision of success and see how it...

Duration:00:27:43

How to Succeed Like a Christian, Part 2

2/26/2019
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From Jesus of Nazareth to the Apostle Paul, the Christian's life is defined by a steadfast devotion to the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. Though Christians don't necessarily see worldly and spiritual success as mutually exclusive, they do prioritize Christ and His kingdom above everything else—a decision that often leads to a life that looks like failure to the surrounding culture. In this 3-part series, we'll discuss the Christian vision of success and see how it...

Duration:00:35:31

How to Succeed Like a Christian, Part 1

2/19/2019
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From Jesus of Nazareth to the Apostle Paul, the Christian's life is defined by a steadfast devotion to the Kingdom of God, rather than the kingdom of this world. Though Christians don't necessarily see worldly and spiritual success as mutually exclusive, they do prioritize Christ and His kingdom above everything else—a decision that often leads to a life that looks like failure to the surrounding culture. In this 3-part series, we'll discuss the Christian vision of success and see how it...

Duration:00:19:37

The Challenge of Hypocrisy | Part 3: The Most Dangerous Kind of Judgment

10/16/2018
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Moral judgments are unavoidable. They're also the most dangerous, and have provided the impetus for some of humanity's greatest atrocities. How do we make moral judgments without viewing ourselves as superior to others? Listen to Part 2 Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:22:42

The Challenge of Hypocrisy | Part 2: Who are you to Judge?

10/9/2018
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More of an accusation than a question, the mindset behind this phrase is exceedingly popular. Think of Christ's timeless words: "Judge not, that you be not judged. (Matthew 7)" The awkward fact remains: Judgment is unavoidable; we can't not judge. So, how do we learn to make wise judgments, and avoid becoming a judgmental person? Listen to Part 1 Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:20:59

The Challenge of Hypocrisy Part 1: Confronting the Hypocrite in the Mirror

10/2/2018
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Sadly, many people think that Christians are nothing more than hypocrites who hold everyone else to an impossible standard. But if we're honest with ourselves we have to admit that we frequently fail to live up to our own standards. Hypocrisy is not the church's problem; it's not the government's problem; it's not the media's problem; it's our problem. Is there a cure? Is it possible to live a truly authentic life? We'll explore these issues in this series on the challenge of hypocrisy.

Duration:00:33:56

Why Our Speech Is so Shallow Part 2: "Only Connect!"

9/18/2018
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Our cultural climate is one of incessant reaction. The pressure to have an opinion on every conceivable subject is pervasive and intense. This episode considers some practical ways of recovering thoughtful responses. Listen to Part 1 Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:30:24

Why Our Speech Is so Shallow, Part 1: Only React!

9/11/2018
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Our cultural climate is one of incessant reaction. The pressure to have an opinion on every conceivable subject is pervasive and intense. In this episode, we talk about some of the harmful consequences of this culture of incessant reactions—namely, the cheapening of speech and the perpetuation of confusion. Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:22:34

How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 4

8/28/2018
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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In the final episode of this 4-part series, we talk about Christianity's liberating perspective on failure. Listen to Part 3 Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:28:03

How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 3

8/21/2018
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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In part 3 of this 4-part series, we talk about some striking instances of failure in Scripture, and consider how they help to frame the issue. Listen to Part 2 Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:34:29

How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 2

8/14/2018
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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In part 2 of this 4-part series, we talk about the difficulty of dealing with the success of others. Listen to Part 1 Listen on iTunes or Google Play Music. Follow Cameron on Twitter: @CamMcAllister7

Duration:00:20:12

How To Fail Like a Christian, Part 1

8/7/2018
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Failure is inevitable, yet many of us are increasingly unprepared for it. Consequently, what ought to lead to no more than disappointment often leads to unremitting turmoil and despair. In this 4-part series, we'll talk about the ways in which our culture cultivates a set of highly unrealistic expectations regarding success. We'll also discuss the brutal habit of comparing oneself to others, as well as the thorny prospect of enduring the success of others. Finally, we'll turn to the biblical...

Duration:00:24:05

Is Opting Out an Option? Part 3

7/31/2018
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From 13 Reasons Why to S-Town, the topic of suicide is fast becoming a mainstay in popular culture. 13 Reasons Why offers a particularly robust challenge to the carefree individualism that frequently characterizes our thinking. But why are we so preoccupied with self-destruction in the first place? After all, we're healthier, more connected, and more comfortable than we've ever been. Why does our cultural moment seem so very sad? In the final episode in this series, we consider the Christian...

Duration:00:33:20

Is Opting Out an Option? Part 2

7/24/2018
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From 13 Reasons Why to S-Town, the topic of suicide is fast becoming a mainstay in popular culture. 13 Reasons Why offers a particularly robust challenge to the carefree individualism that frequently characterizes our thinking. But why are we so preoccupied with self-destruction in the first place? After all, we're healthier, more connected, and more comfortable than we've ever been. Why does our cultural moment seem so very sad? Part two of this series considers the inescapably relational...

Duration:00:34:19

Is Opting Out an Option? Part 1

7/17/2018
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From 13 Reasons Why to S-Town, the topic of suicide is fast becoming a mainstay in popular culture. 13 Reasons Why (which just debuted its second season on Netflix) offers a particularly robust challenge to the carefree individualism that frequently characterizes our thinking. But why are we so preoccupied with self-destruction in the first place? After all, we're healthier, more connected, and more comfortable than we've ever been. Why does our cultural moment seem so very sad? We'll...

Duration:00:44:45