As the drama starts to subside, Phillip talks about how fortunate Trump and Hillary are to have each other!
In this episode, we take a step back and discuss an article written by Jonathan Merritt. Merritt discusses in the Atlantic what is extremism, what is Christian extremism, and what it means for the American church.
Phillip's quick convo. Post Indiana analysis and the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump.
Outraged! This seems to be the language of the day. An outrageous event sparks, the news media sets the kindling, and social media fans the flame. Anger is an emotion that we have been given by God. There are times for righteous anger. But at what point does our outrage become problematic?
Phillip's solo quick convo segment where he breaks down the latest Super Tuesday election analysis. Trump clean sweeps, and Hillary claims the title of "Presumptive Nominee".
The American Church has produced the phenomena of the celebrity pastor. Some are travesties such as Creflo Dollar and the rest televangelist prosperity gospel movement. Some have experienced moral failures. Some are just a passing failure. What they all have in common is that they placed something else in front of Jesus as the most important thing. Ryan and Phillip discuss the important lessons to be learned from the celebu-pastor.
Introducting Phillip Larsen's Political Analysis. This is the inaugural episode.
In this episode: Ryan and Phillip Feel the BERN!
More accurately, they discuss the Bernie Sanders phenomena, discuss the growing divide in the Democratic Party, discuss the misconceptions about Bernie’s policies, and try to explain why Bernie is still a viable contender for the nomination.
Moreover, they discuss why this matters. Are Bernie’s policies addressing issues that the church should already been involved in? What are the lessons of the “Feel the Bern” movement.
Ryan and Phillip discuss the Georgia, North Carolina, and other RFRA laws.
As the culture becomes apathetic to the gospel message, and the threat directed at religious liberty becomes more pronounced, what response can Christians take that ultimately honors the gospel.
Opening day of Baseball.
Analytics and Episode 1 revisit:
I have a podcast, so I get to wish my wife a happy birthday in public. She turns 26 again.
The evolution of Paul Ryan.
Phill: the first time I heard of Paul Ryan was in early 2010.
“But in a confident America, we aren’t afraid to disagree with each other. We don’t lock ourselves in an echo chamber, where we take comfort in the dogmas and opinions we already hold. We don’t shut down on people — and we don’t shut people down. If someone has a bad idea, we tell them why our idea is better. We don’t insult them into agreeing with us. We try to persuade them. We test their assumptions. And while we’re at it, we test our own assumptions too.
I’m certainly not going to stand here and tell you I have always met this standard.
There was a time when I would talk about a difference between “makers” and “takers” in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong. “Takers” wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent. And to label a whole group of Americans that way was wrong. I shouldn’t castigate a large group of Americans to make a point.
So I stopped thinking about it that way — and talking about it that way. But I didn’t come out and say all this to be politically correct. I was just wrong. And of course, there are still going to be times when I say things I wish I hadn’t. There are still going to be times when I follow the wrong impulse.”
Millennials and generational studies.
Apple and the FBI
Libel Laws and Trump
Declaration of Genocide, Just War, Refugees, Radicals, and the Christian response