Last week Memphis commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. Alongside the city's commemoration, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission alongside the Gospel Coalition hosted a conference to consider King's legacy among faith communities. This gave us a unique opportunity to consider, alongside some friends, how faith in Jesus speaks to our current cultural climate around racial issues. 

Enjoy this panel discussion between Benjie Shaw, the campus minister at the UTHSC BCM, Jason Thomas, the BCM Director at Southern University in Baton Rouge, and Jonathan L'Hoste, a pastor in rural Minnesota.

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February 1, 2018

Jesus and #MeToo

Welcome back to the podcast! On this episode, we begin a conversation on Jesus and the #MeToo movement. We're especially considering our personal response to victims of abuse and harassment as followers of Christ. Specifically, how does our faith influence our response to the allegations of victims? How do we as people of faith play a part in reversing the culture of abuse that seems so prevalent in our society?

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We often time psyche ourselves out when it comes to looking for opportunities to talk about faith with other people. We find all the reasons why we can't do something and lock into a position of doubt. But what if it didn't have to be that hard?

On a special summer episode of Sacred Space, I chat with my friend Kate Huff who has started doing something pretty simple and remarkable at a local Waffle House. 

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The Old Testament contains prohibitions against things like adultery and homosexuality, but also prohibits the eating of pork and wearing clothes made from two different types of fabric. So why do Christians observe some of these rules but ignore others? Isn't that inconsistent and evidence that we're just picking and choosing the rules we like while ignoring those we don't? 

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In a world that includes ISIS, childhood cancer, famine, war, and all sorts of other evils, how can Christians affirm believe in an all-good, all-knowing, all-powerful God? In this week's episode, we consider why the problem of evil is such a difficult philosophical concept for believing in God and consider how Christianity's understanding of evil compares with other belief and thought systems' understandings.

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On the Thursday before Easter, we consider how we can know Jesus actually, physically, and bodily rose from the dead and what that means for us.

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Dr. Fred Shackelford, pastor of Ellendale Baptist Church, interacts with student questions on last week's topic. Specifically, Fred addresses the following:

  • Why God is necessary for morality
  • If God could have acted differently than to command the destruction of cultures
  • Addresses the use and interpretation of hyberbolic statements in the accounts in question
  • Suggests how we can understand the actions of those who commit acts of violence in God's name today
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Dr. Fred Shackelford, pastor of Ellendale Baptist Church, addresses the charge that God commanded the Israelites to commit genocide in the Old Testament. Spoiler alert: we don't think He did.

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What does Genesis have to say about how the world came into existence? What does Genesis leave open for debate? How can we reconcile faith with the findings of fossil records and carbon dating? We address these questions and more in this edition of Sacred Space!

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March 23, 2017

Science and Faith

Today's episode introduces a subject that hits home for many of our students: the perception that faith and science are necessarily contradictory. We discuss the historical background for this claim, as well as the cultural setting in which it originated, then begin exploring the subject where this tension is mostly seen: evolution vs. creationism.

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