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Christian Celebrities

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 is tithing?

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.

Should Christians care about the environment?

You’ve heard conversations about environmentalism in the news, politics, and most likely your Facebook feed— but how are Christians called to think about it? In a political climate where both sides of the argument seem too extreme, where should the church stand? Join us for Church Unplugged as CCC pastors think through this topic in light of Scripture and the Gospel.

Is pornography harmless?

Pornography is not just an “out there” problem— it is an issue that plagues the men and women of the church. And in a day and age where the porn industry takes in more money than all major sports leagues combined, we have to talk about it. Join us as we discuss the difference between lust and love, the danger of consumerism, and the importance of aligning every aspect of our sexuality with God’s character.

How does capitalism align with the values of Christianity?

Living in America, capitalism is our reality and there’s not much we can do about it. As Christians, we have to figure out which parts of it line up with the gospel and which points do not. Tune in as we talk about the good and bad of capitalism alongside what it means to love both God and our neighbors, even when it does not make economic sense.

What does the Bible say about mental health?

We know that because of sin, brokenness can manifest itself in every aspect of our spiritual and physical health. But why does it seem hard for Christians to address the very real struggles of mental health, too? Listen in to this week’s Church Unplugged episode as our pastors discuss how the church should respond to those battling mental health struggles, why some people should seek medical help, and what Scripture has to say about our brokenness.

Listener Questions

This week's podcast is a little different than the rest! Tune in as we discuss listener questions on topics such as tattoos and the existence of aliens. As always, these questions aren't as simple to answer as we may want, but listen as our pastors discuss how to appropriately apply the Gospel and Scripture to issues we face today.

Do we choose God or does he choose us?

Obviously we both play a part, but who initiates the process by which we are saved? It has to start somewhere! The theological terms often used for this conversation are "predestination" and "election." Join our CCC pastors as they breakdown this debate in terms of free will, human nature, God's grace, and Scripture.

Is the death penalty a good or bad thing?

The death penalty has long been debated in the West, with some asserting it's clear sense of justice and others questioning how it could line up with a pro-life stance. So what is the appropriate way to think about just punishment while still remembering that criminals are made in the image of God and therefore have undeniable value? Listen in as our pastors discuss as we consider how race, socio-economic class, and the Gospel can inform our thinking.

Can I be a gay Christian?

Everybody's sexuality is broken, whether straight, bisexual, gay, or any other orientation. So the next question becomes, as disciples of Christ how do we allow Scripture to shape our sexuality? Join CCC pastors as they discuss identity, truth, and how the church should respond to both.

Why do we pray?

Or in other words, why should we talk to God? In a culture that is constantly encouraging us to hustle until we get what we want, prayer allows us to slow down and get to know God. Join us for this episode of Church Unplugged as our pastors discuss how prayer changes us, how to react when God seems silent, and more.

Do Miracles Still Happen?

Every new life in Christ is a miracle. The Browns winning a championship would also be a miracle. So how do we define a miracle? And how do we make sense of the miraculous acts seen in Scripture that aren't seen as much today? Tune in to find out!

How should Christians think about Marijuana?

Short answer? It's a more complicated, nuanced topic than we want it to be. But before you jump to any conclusions, listen in on the conversation as we discuss medical vs. recreational marijuana use, being sober-minded, gateway drugs, and even how this topic has been understood and experienced differently in the African American community. Join us!

Can I be a Christian and a Trump supporter at the same time?

Join us on this weeks installment of Church Unplugged as CCC pastors discuss what it means to support politicians without defending them and how we can remember our identity in Christ before we identify with a political party.

How do I figure out God's will for my life?

Whether it is deciding who to date or finding a new job, how are we supposed to know God's plan for us? How important are our seemingly big decisions in the grand scheme of things? Check out this episode of Church Unplugged as pastors discuss how God's grace and our freedom interact as we face all of life's choices.

What should I watch?

Game of Thrones, The Bachelor, HGTV. Pick your poison! Whatever you choose to watch, is it realistic to think our entertainment has no effect on us? Do the shows we watch glorify sin or show the consequences? Tune in the Church Unplugged as we talk about how our love for God influences what we watch.

Is there evidence to believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

Almost all historians, whether Christian, Atheist, or Jewish, can agree that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Yet it's what happened after that is often debated. Did Jesus rise from the dead and walk out of the tomb or not? Tune into this installment of Church Unplugged as CCC pastors share how we can have confidence that Jesus defeated death, and why that is so important to our faith.

What’s so special about the Bible?

What's so special about the Bible? Or better yet, how do we know that the Bible we have today hasn't been changed or edited over time? Can it still be trustworthy and culturally applicable in 2019? Well... those are a lot of great questions that a short podcast description will fail to answer. Instead, listen to CCC pastors discuss how we can honestly answer these questions and then continue to faithfully follow God's Word.

Do I really need Jesus?

In the Bible, Jesus was very clear about who he is, yet we often have a hard time believing it. We often resort to the idea that Jesus was just a good, moral example for how we should all live, but can anyone really live up to his standard? Or are we missing the point? Check out this episode of Church Unplugged as CCC staff discussed who Jesus really is and why we need him.

Why does Christianity exclude other religions?

Why does Christianity exclude other religions? In a society that views tolerance as agreeing and affirming every belief someone holds, how do we make sense of the exclusive claims of Jesus? Listen in on our first episode of the That's A Great Question series, as we talk about the need for Christianity to be exclusive and what it truly means to love others.

What does it mean to be an Evangelical?

What do you think of when you hear the term "evangelical"? Historically, Christians have used this label to identify themselves as people who believe that the Bible is true and that we are saved by faith through Jesus Christ. But today it seems that the term has lost its original meaning and tends to carry political or racial assumptions. So should we continue to label ourselves as evangelical if it can be more divisive than unifying? Tune in as CCC pastor discuss a relevant, yet complex subject.

What does the Bible say about cohabitation?

Should Christians live together before they’re married? Is there really any place at all for testing the waters at that level of a relationship before saying "I Do" forever? Lastly, and most importantly, what does the Bible say about cohabitation and if it says we shouldn’t live together before our wedding day, what’s so bad about it anyway? Before digging into what God’s Word says, we discuss why so many live together before tying the knot and just how prevalent cohabitation is for people today.

Should Christians cuss?

Go lick a duck. Son of a motherless goat. Mothertrucker. Mothersmucker. Judas Priest. If you grew up in the church, you've probably tried to replace a cuss word with a creative alternative. But is cussing really such a big deal? Who decides what are "bad words," and which words are okay? It might not be as simple as we want it to be. Join CCC pastors as they discuss the purpose of language and how we can make Jesus famous with our words.

How should Christians respond to the refugee crisis?

A 2018 survey found that 68% of white, evangelical Christians believe the U.S. has no responsibility to take in refugees. In contrast, Jesus calls us to invite the stranger in (Matthew 25:40-45) and to help the oppressed (Isaiah 1:17). But how do we reconcile a desire to protect our country with the teachings of Jesus? Tune in to Church Unplugged as we discuss what it means to follow Jesus before a political party and how we can practice faith informed politics.

What are the pros and cons of live streaming?

Picture this: It's Sunday morning, you just brewed a fresh pot of coffee, fed your goldfish Tammy, and read the newspaper. You look at the clock and see it's time for church, so you plop on your Lazy Boy and log on to CCC's website to live stream a service. It's a great message, but is this the way church was meant to be experienced? What is the value in regularly engaging in the local church? Join the Church Unplugged crew as we discuss how live streaming can be helpful for some people yet dangerous for others.

Why do we need the Old Testament?

Have you ever wondered why we need the Old Testament? If we have so much information on the life of Jesus in the New Testament, why do we also need a book full of seemingly bizarre laws such as not wearing clothing with mixed fabric? Join CCC pastors as they discuss the relevance of the Old Testament, and how Scripture points to Jesus.

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