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What is Christian nationalism? How can we balance a healthy love for our country while remembering we belong to the Kingdom of God first? It's easy to think there are only two options: blind patriotism or complete apathy toward our country. But for Christians, there has to be another way. Tune in as CCC Leadership tackles this complex topic, pointing us toward the way of Jesus.
If you have spent time in a church, you have probably heard the word “discipleship” a time or two. Tune in as CCC staff discuss why discipleship means more than attending Bible studies.
It's been about nine months since our lives changed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and many have faced immense suffering. Whether it's from losing a loved one or the loneliness of social isolation – all pain is valid. Tune in as our Leadership Team shares their thoughts on the current state of things and offer some encouragement on what is to come.
If we're being honest, sharing our faith does not come easy to most of us. What is it that makes it so difficult? Tune in to this episode of Church Unplugged as our leadership team discusses some of the issues that make evangelism difficult and how to overcome them.
As we gear up to officially launch CCC's new vision, Reimagine, our Leadership Team talks about how the idea came to be. Tune in as they discuss what lead to this change, how others contributed, what they're most excited about and more!
How does CCC approach staffing? With a large team, we know there might be some questions about how we operate. Tune in to this episode of Church Unplugged to learn how we hire, fire, evaluate, and care for our staff.
Spoiler Alert: This podcast was recorded before Election Day. Why? Because we believe that regardless of who wins or loses, we are not hopeless. We know that whoever is elected will bring both good and bad things. Our hope is in God, who is still in charge and is advancing his unshakeable kingdom. Join us as CCC staff shares some thoughts and encouragement for people at all points on the political spectrum.
As followers of Jesus, we're called to forgive as Jesus forgave us. But in all reality, that is easier said than done. Forgiveness will always cost something–either we will hold onto what hurt us, or we will extend to others the same grace we have received. Tune in for an encouraging and honest podcast about forgiveness. CCC staff shares about the why behind forgiveness and how it practically works in relationships.
How do we respond to sin like Jesus? When we look at the life of Jesus, we see him responding to sinners with both love and truth. Tune into this episode of Church Unplugged as CCC pastors discuss the heart behind confrontation and share some practical examples.
Tune in as Pastor Joe continues his conversation with Pastor Calvin Brown and Louis Holmes on how Christians should respond to racism. In this episode, they discuss the relationship between communities and the police force, and the importance of both preaching the gospel and being actively involved in caring for the vulnerable.
Our culture feels divisive lately. What if the problem isn't that everyone disagrees, but that not many people know how to disagree well? If you're tired of disagreements that end in people trying to shout their opinion louder than someone else, this week's episode of Church Unplugged is for you. Tune in as CCC pastors discuss the importance of disagreement, the value of listening, and how you can see people as more than just their opinions.
In July, Pastor Joe Coffey of CCC and Pastor Calvin Brown of Destiny Church in Twinsburg, Ohio co-hosted a forum on racial issues in modern society and how Christians should respond to those issues. It was such a fruitful discussion that we didn't get to all the questions we hoped to cover. We invited Pastor Calvin and Louis Holmes, a CCC member who participated in the forum, to rejoin Pastor Joe on Church Unplugged to continue the discussion. This is part one of a two-part series on Christianity and racial justice in America.
In the book of Genesis, the Bible tells us that sin entered the world soon after humans did, corrupting God's perfect creation. If God is omnipotent, knowing everything, then he knew sin would enter the world, and it did not take him by surprise. And if God is all-powerful, he could have prevented this from happening, but he allowed sin to occur. The question we are left with is, "Why?" In this episode, Pastor Joe and Pastor Zach give us their perspective based on what they know about God and the evidence we have about his plan for creation.
When we are saved by believing in the divinity of Jesus and confessing that he is Lord, we understand that we will spend an eternity in heaven with him. But can we mess up and lose that salvation once we’ve attained it? How much of our salvation is ultimately in God’s hands, and how much do we control? And how do we know if we are saved in the first place? Listen to this week’s episode as Pastor Joe and Pastor Zach unpack what it means to be adopted into God’s family, how wandering in your faith affects that, and what it all means for eternal salvation.
Understanding what it means to have a relationship with God is best understood when we consider what it means to have a relationship with anyone. Spending time and conversation with those we love is a joy. In the same way, spending time with God is less about checking a box and more about genuine connection. In this week's episode of Church Unplugged, the leadership team shares about what is gained when we move from checking a box to making a real connection with God.
Jesus said, "Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." If he lived on earth now, perhaps he might have said, "Out of the overflow of the heart, the person tweets." Regardless of the platform, what we say is invariably connected to our hearts. In the same way that our spoken words can be used to bring healing or division, love or hate, so can our social media posts. So, how can Christians use social media to bring healing and love? Listen in to today's episode as our leadership team tackles the topic, "Christians, the gospel, and social media."
Our first inclination can be to think that if God were truly loving, he would not send people to hell, let alone have created it in the first place. But, in order to be a God of love, he must also be a God of justice. What if hell is actually a manifestation of God's love for people, reflected in his perfect justice? In this episode of Church Unplugged, our leadership team discusses what hell really is and why Jesus taught about it more than anyone else in the Bible.
Did you know it wasn’t until the Protestant Reformation when the public could freely access the Bible that various denominations and sects began within Christianity? The benefits of getting God’s Word into people’s hands were endless, but consequently it led to the formation of many interpretations and opinions of what the Bible was really saying. In this episode of Church Unplugged, our leadership team discusses what really matters when it comes to denominational differences, and how at the end of the day, even if we disagree on certain issues, what matters most is loving Jesus and realizing there can be great beauty in the variety of ways churches worship him.
As we grieve the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we know that some of our white brothers and sisters might not know how to think or talk about racism. We believe that as Christians, God calls us to be a voice to the voiceless and carry each other’s burdens. So how can we, as white Christians, be there for the black community? Tune in for an honest conversation between Richard White and Paul Turner on how they’ve been processing recent events, what it’s like to be black in America, and how their white friends can care for them in this time.
Have you thought about how you’ll be spending your time in eternity? Do images of sitting on clouds, playing harps, and wearing white robes cross your mind? In this episode of Church Unplugged, our leadership team chats about common misconceptions and focuses on the reality that heaven will be much less about being in some distant picture-perfect place and more about being present with God enjoying his original and wonderful design for our world. The Bible may not give us all the details of our eternal home, but tune in to learn about how Heaven’s plans include a perfectly redeemed and restored version of you.
God didn’t give you a whole bunch of rules in the Bible to keep you away from anything good. Rather, every command God declares stems from his infinite love and great design for you – including his command for you to not have sex outside of marriage. But sometimes rules can be hard to understand or accept when the they seem to be keeping you from something so seemingly great like pleasure or fun, right? In this episode of Church Unplugged, our pastors are digging into this topic to help us reflect on how our willingness to obey God is actually based on how much we trust him and value others.
There’s only so much our pastors can cover during 30 minutes in a weekend message, so we’ve created this special 2-part episode to give Pastor Joe, Pastor Zach, and Pastor Todd more time to dive deeper into each of the 10 Commandments you learned about in our recent message series. Tune in to hear them expound upon each commandment and address some of the questions they received during the message series.
There’s only so much our pastors can cover during 30 minutes in a weekend message, so we’ve created this special 2-part episode to give Pastor Joe, Pastor Zach, and Pastor Todd more time to dive deeper into each of the 10 Commandments you’ve been learning about in our current message series. Tune in to hear them expound upon each commandment and address some of the questions they received during the message series.
COVID-19. It’s overturning life as we know it. But even if the world seems to be spiraling out of control, as Christians, we must remember that God did not give us a spirit of fear. It’s in times like these that we should focus our hearts and minds on following Jesus well and loving our neighbors in powerful ways. Tune into this episode of Church Unplugged to hear our leadership discuss how this coronavirus crisis actually presents an opportunity for us as Christians to be used by God to minister to people who are searching for hope, security, and love in the midst of this unprecedented situation.
In Christianity, it’s common to hear that our faith is all about a personal relationship with Jesus. But if that’s all we believe to be true, then why does the Bible make such a big deal about church, too? God’s word contains entire books written to churches, commandments for how to gather as a church, serve each other in the church, and grow the church. Clearly, God loves his church and wants you to love it, too. Tune into this episode of Church Unplugged where we discuss how your faith shouldn’t just start and end with Jesus – it’s actually much more than that. By following him, you are immediately made part of his family, the church, who he calls you to go to, be with, and love.
How does the Bible define what it means to be a man? In a world that has a million opposing opinions on how men should behave, it’s important to have a clear understanding of how God determines what it truly means to be a man. Tune into this episode of Church Unplugged to learn how Jesus is our perfect example of masculinity through the ways he demonstrated strength, sensitivity, compassion, and vulnerability. It’s only through a relationship with the one who lived a perfect life can a man learn how to properly use everything from his strength to his softness to serve others and love God.
Have you ever considered that God designed dating as a way to sanctify you? This notion is quite at odds with our cultural ideas of dating that are self-centered and focused on finding someone who makes you happy. Instead, take a look at what the Bible says about romantic relationships and you'll discover the primary purpose of being with someone is to help them follow Jesus. Are you ready and equipped for that task? Tune into this episode of Church Unplugged to hear our leadership team discuss how you can think about Christian dating, even though this topic isn't technically found anywhere in scripture.
Women in ministry, gender roles, and purity culture. We know these hot topic issues are ones that cause tension and have not always been handled well by the church. The reality is that a lot of confusion is caused by a misunderstanding of what the Bible actually says, and in the end, a misunderstanding of God’s true character. Tune in to hear CCC staff share what God’s Word actually says about women, the vital role they play in the church, and how you can have well rounded conversations over tough topics like modesty.
What do Kanye West and Tim Keller have in common? They are both celebrities that have publicly proclaimed faith in Jesus Christ. Does seeing their names in the same sentence make you uncomfortable? Then tune into this week’s episode of Church Unplugged as CCC staff discuss how to think about and respond to Christians in the spotlight.
What do you think about when the offering plate passes you during a weekend service? Do you feel compelled to give? Or maybe you feel like the church has enough, and there's no need for you to give? In the New Testament, Jesus makes it clear that Christians are called to live a life marked by generosity. Join CCC pastors as they talk about what that looks like.