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Melinda: Welcome to the STRask Podcast. That's #strask. This is the short podcast – I keep Greg on a timer – about ethics, value, and religion. This is Melinda the Enforcer with Greg Koukl. Hi, Greg. Greg: Hi. You seem like you're in a cheerful mood today. Melinda: I guess so. Greg: A bit out of the ordinary.
I can’t tell you how much it means to us at STR to help raise up a new generation of confident, clear-thinking, courageous, gracious ambassadors for Christ. As I reflect during this time of year, I think about all that’s happened in my personal life and in the life of Stand to Reason. I’m thrilled to watch my daughters grow spiritually. I’m thrilled to see STR continue to have an amazing impact—especially among youth—changing lives in a way that you have had a hand in.
All human beings are made in the image of God and are therefore valuable ends in themselves, not just instrumental means to other ends that are valuable. I was taught an important lesson while doing a debate on relativism at the University of Washington in Seattle. My opponent was Clive, an M.A. Philosophy grad and former punk-rocker who worked on campus as a residence director. He was steeped in postmodernism. He was also an atheist.
A simple way to invest spiritually in the lives of your kids Here’s a clever drill I’ve stumbled upon that’s got to be the simplest, most efficient way to make a spiritual investment in the lives of your kids. I picked it up at my daughters’ classical Christian school where they use it to great effect.
If you’ve been to Starbucks lately, you might have noticed a new campaign to lift the consciousness of caffeinated patrons. Quotes from intellectual and spiritual virtuosi now grace their talls, ventis, and grandes “to get people talking,” their website says. Starbucks’ moments of truth might become one of yours, a pretext for friendly, thoughtful conversation that might turn into a divine appointment of sorts.
Challenge Gift Opportunity: Help STR equip even more Christian Ambassadors December 1, 2014 Sometimes innocuous, seemingly inconsequential things have the power to change the course of history. Did you know, for example, that for 150 years Christmas celebrations were banned in New England? And in the mid-17th century, Oliver Cromwell outlawed Christmas festivities in the British Isles? Violators were arrested, fined, and jailed.
You can answer the harshest critic you’ll ever face. October 1, 2014 Let me tell you why every church needs to care about apologetics—about defending the faith—other than that Scripture commands it, Jesus and the apostles practiced it, and it works. (I’ll set those points aside for now.)
The key is to get out of the hot seat, but still stay engaged, deftly shifting control of the conversation back to you while shifting the spotlight—and the pressure—back on him. By now you’re probably aware of the virtues of an STR approach named after the infamous Lieutenant Columbo. This bumbling and seemingly inept TV detective’s remarkable success was based on an innocent query: “Do you mind if I ask you a question?”
Devotion (in the sense I’m using the word) is different from “devotions.” My goal isn’t to squeeze a sense of well-being out of the encounter, but to focus entirely on Him, worshipping Him, thanking Him and devoting myself to His purposes for the day. I know that nourishing our relationship with God is an important part of guarding the treasure entrusted to us. But one way of pursuing that—having a daily “quiet time”—has always been difficult for me. Maybe it’s been hard for you, too.