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Listen in as Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

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Listen in as Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

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one of my favorite podcasts!

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132 Ratings
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108
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4
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Great

By Jon3191 - Jan 08 2019
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I’m grateful for this podcast, and I always enjoy it. Thank you

thank you for pleasing God & not people

By Bjoifdstjhdtu - Apr 14 2018
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one of my favorite podcasts!

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Signposts with Russell Moore

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Listen in as Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

Questions & Ethics: Should I Get My 12 Year Old a Smartphone?

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Should parents give their preteen and teenage children electronic devices, like smartphones and tablets, that have unrestricted internet access? In this episode I think through the wisdom of not giving our children over to the cyber wilderness.

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Oct 16 2015

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Questions & Ethics: My Daughter Is Having a Same-Sex Wedding–Now What?

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What should be the response of a Christian parent whose child is having a same-sex wedding? Here’s my explanation of what the Bible teaches about separating from sin and loving sinners.

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Sep 08 2015

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Signposts: A Conversation With Rosaria Butterfield

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In this special episode of Signposts I sit down with professor and author Rosaria Butterfield to talk about her conversion to Christ, her previous life in the LGBT community, and what Christians need to remember when reaching out to the world around them.

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Nov 25 2016

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Russell Moore & Tim Keller: A Conversation

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In this episode of Signposts, I sit down with Pastor Tim Keller, Chairman of Redeemer City to City and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. We talk about his ministry, his work reaching out to an increasingly secular American culture, and spiritual formation for Christians.

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Mar 01 2019

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Signposts: Senator Ben Sasse and Russell Moore talk about how perpetual adolescence hurts the church

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In this episode of Signposts I sit down with Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. We talk how perpetual adolescence hurts the church and about his new book, The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.

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Jun 02 2017

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Signposts: “Too Dumb to Fail: A Conversation with Matt K. Lewis On Election 2016”

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The 2016 presidential election cycle has been a bizarre and at times infuriating spectacle. Particularly for conservatives, it feels like this election has featured at least as much of the vulgar showmanship of reality TV as a principled conservative worldview. How did we ever get to this point?

In this episode of Signposts I talk to Matt K. Lewis, author of the new book Too Dumb to Fail. Lewis discusses why conservative political discourse has sunk to the lows we see now, and what we can do about it.

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Feb 19 2016

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Signposts: What Christians Should Look For in a Political Candidate

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In election seasons like the one we’re in right now, many Christians wonder what exactly makes a candidate worthy–or unworthy–of their vote. When the political climate gets as crazy as it is right now, this can be an especially urgent question.

In this episode of Signposts I talk about what Christians ought to look for, and look out for, in a political candidate, and how Christians can best weigh a candidate’s positions against their character.

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Mar 04 2016

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The Gospel and Social Injustice – Part 1

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Does the gospel have implications for social justice?

Is social justice a distraction from the gospel?

I have had many people ask me recently about the issue of social justice. As Christians, we are called to live as a gospel people, and in light of recent cultural conversations on this topic some have wondered about the connection between the gospel and justice.

In this episode of Signposts, I discuss this issue and consider the Bible’s instruction for Christians seeking to live faithfully in the world and in obedience to the gospel.

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Sep 07 2018

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Signposts: Why is church attendance declining? A conversation with Skye Jethani

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In this episode of Signposts, I sat down with Skye Jethani to talk about why church attendance is declining. From a conversation that began on Twitter, we explore changes in culture, supply and demand, and the state of the local church.

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Jun 23 2017

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Signposts: How I Do My Personal Devotions

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A daily personal devotion time is something that most Christians would say is vital to their walk with Christ. But often it’s a spiritual discipline wrapped in frustration and confusion.

In this episode of Signposts I talk about my own personal methods for private devotions, and reflect on what I’ve learned about the priority of spending time in meditation and prayer.

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Apr 29 2016

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How I Write

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In this episode of Signposts, I talk about my approach to writing. From keeping track of ideas, to writing books and articles, this podcast offers you a look at the whole process. You can find the full transcript and links to subscribe below.

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We’re about to take a little break here in the summer here on Signposts. I’m going to take a few weeks as I’m writing a book to really concentrate and give my attention to this book. As I was thinking about that, one of my colleagues said, “You should talk about on Signposts how it is that you write.” And I have to be honest, I’m really reluctant to do that because I said “Nobody cares how I write, first of all, and second of all I certainly don’t commend to anybody else my particular way of writing.” But he said, “There may be some people who can benefit from that as they’re thinking about how to write for themselves.” And maybe so.

Because you are probably going to be called upon to write something at some point in your life. It may not be that you’re a writer, but you may have to write a loved one’s obituary. Or you may have to write a letter to a child or a family member. All of us are going to have to put down on paper or on the screen our thoughts at some point. Some people just do it much more extensively than other people do it.

So here’s kind of the process I go through. And again, I don’t commend it to anybody at all. This is just the way that I work. What I wish I could say to you is that I sit down and make out an elaborate outline, and then have note cards in front of me, and I go through each of note cards. That’s not how I work. What I have to do is spend a lot of time, first of all, reading in whatever area I’m going to be writing in, and then a lot of time just processing that. So just thinking. A lot of the most important writing time for me actually is not in front of the screen, it’s walking in the woods. Because that’s when I’m thinking through “Okay but what about this, and what about that, what about this idea, and what about that idea,” and sort of churning as I’m thinking through this. And for me, exercising – especially sort of meandering free exercising – is what helps to put all of that together for me.

I also like to keep with me a little notebook because there will always be those moments where something will just flash. I’ll be reading in Scripture devotionally and something will hit me – “I haven’t considered that, that’s important for whatever this thing is I’m writing.” Or I may be sitting in a wedding somewhere and something hits me. So I want to have something that I can quickly jot something down about whatever it is that I’m thinking. Then just continue to churn and continue to think about these things. Then when I sit down to write what I typically want to do is to spend some time balancing writing what’s down on the page, usually these days in my study at home, with sort of pacing around the floor. So if you watched me – I would never want any one watching me. I have a couple of friends who will sit there and write while they’ve got people around them. That would be disastrous for me, because I just jump up and pace around the room, sit down and write a little bit more, jump up and pace around the room some more. It’s a really sort of neurotic thing to watch that I wouldn’t want anybody to see.

But as I’m writing things down, I have to have huge periods of solitude interrupted by short bursts of community. So what I need to do is to talk about what it is that I’m writing about, not all the way through, but in certain little bursts. So I’ll gather a group of friends together and just say “Hey, this is what I’m thinking about. Does this make sense?” Or I’ll call my friend David Prince on the phone and say “Hey, what do you think about…” and just start talking about what it is that I’m writing. Or my wife and I might go for a walk and I might talk to her about what I’m thinking through. That helps me to break out a little bit of the solitude in order to test out ideas. But I have to have this solitude.

So, often when I was at Southern Seminary I would drive down to Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky, the place where Thomas Merton was a monk, and I would go there because I could just wander in the woods completely silent and quiet there. I could think things through, and then I could come back into the Abbey and write down the sorts of outlines of things that I thought about. I may be there all day and then get in the car and drive back and I’ve got the time driving also then. So usually it is better for me, it’s better time spent if I would take however long it took to drive to Gethsemane Abby, all day there, and however much time it took to come back. Even if I didn’t put anything on the page that whole day, that’s not a day lost because it’s all then uploading. And then I come home and I’m able to write.

It’s also true for me that I can’t write little dribbling out amounts in any sort of continuous way. So if I’m writing a book, I just can’t write a paragraph on a plane and then another paragraph in between meetings. I’ve got to write continuously and the flow of thought really can’t be broken away or interrupted. Now, you may be different. And it may be that the way that you write is best in terms of just planning out “I’m going to write a paragraph every morning” or whatever. If so, good for you. I wish I could do that but that’s not the way that I operate. That’s not the way that I do things.

That’s different when I’m writing a book from when I’m writing a short article like a blog post or something. In that case, what I need is a dose of adrenaline. So what I need is for something to either make me angry or make me really, really happy where I just simply have to express it. I was telling that to a friend one time and he said “Really? Angry? Because almost none of your writing seems angry to me.” And I said “Well, that’s because the anger for me is a sense of provocation. It’s not what I then use to actually write the article.” So I may become really angry or grieved about something, but then I’m going to work through “Yeah, but why would somebody do this? Why would somebody hold to that view?” And then when the adrenaline hits I usually just sit down and just write the blog post altogether, in sometimes just a few minutes. But because it’s all there – whatever’s in the background has been fueled up with the adrenaline and then there it is.

The other kind of writing though that I find really beneficial is something that you’ll never see. It’s something that actually I heard recommended by a podcast host, Brian Koppelman, who is a filmwriter and producer and he hosts a podcast that I love called “The Moment.” And he recommended something called morning pages. As a matter of fact, he just mentioned “morning pages” one time on the program. And I didn’t even know what it was, so I Googled it. And I found out that morning pages is something recommended by this book “The Artist’s Way” which I then ordered and read. I don’t endorse everything or even most of what’s in that book. A lot of it is really New Age-y and sort of spiritually therapeutic sort of stuff. But there’s some really helpful stuff in there too that you can sieve out.

And one of those things was the idea of morning pages. And basically what it is that you get up first thing in the morning and you write 3 pages that no one is ever going to see, that you’re not going to look at at least for a long period of time. Where you can make all the mistakes and errors and you can just “stream-of-consciousness” write. And at first I thought, “That is going to be a total waste of time.” But I did it, and it was really helpful to me. Because when I would sit down first thing after waking up and just start writing, and not know where I’m going to go, I could find out some of the things that were actually burdening me at the time. Maybe some of the things that God was working on in my life. And so in doing that, I’ve kind of been able to find things to have more gratitude about. I’ve found some some sins to repent of. There are some things that I thought that I had forgiven, that when I’m doing these morning pages I realize “Wait a minute, if I’m still talking about this in this stream of consciousness way, then maybe I haven’t forgiven this.” All sorts of things have sort of come out of that, and it just kind of primes my brain to be able to think through other things during the day.

Again, what’s key to me is the idea that nobody is going to see this, I’m not going to look at this, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Because perfection or the idea of perfection is what scares me from writing. And I think that’s true for a lot of people. It causes you to procrastinate because you think “I should wait until I can write this perfectly.” You’re not going to write this perfectly, there’s no way to write this perfectly, and you’re not even going to go back and look at it again. That’s important for me.

And then also, no one’s going to see it. You know, sometimes when I’m keeping a journal I’ve always got in the back of my mind “My kids are going to one day be reading this,” and I want to sort of put my best foot forward for my kids. This does away with the temptation toward that kind of performance or that kind of mask. Now obviously, I’ve got the notebook on my desk, and I could drop dead of a heart attack today and my kids could read the morning pages. But that’s not what’s in your mind as you’re doing it. So that’s helpful for me, and may be something that you enjoy or something that you don’t, but it has proven to be a source and a catalyst for a lot of things that I have later written about or preached about or talked about later on.

We’re going to take a few weeks off here on Signposts, and then we’ll be back coming into the fall with many new episodes of Signposts, including some things I’m really excited about right now that I’ll tell you about later. So have a good time, have a good summer, and we’ll reconnect afterwards.

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Jul 07 2017

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Signposts: What Fathers Need to Tell Their Children

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One of the most important things that we as Christians can know is what fathers need to say to their children. The Scriptures give us wisdom on this, and help us to see what it is that every human yearns to hear from their earthly, and heavenly, father.

In this episode of Signposts I reflect on what the Bible says about fathers and children, and how the gospel leads and forms Dads to model the fatherhood of God.

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Jun 17 2016

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Signposts: A Conversation with Jen Wilkin

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In this episode of Signposts I talk with author and speaker Jen Wilkin about the local church, men and women in ministry, and how to build a strong culture of teaching for women in the church. Listen below, and subscribe to Signposts to get new episodes when they publish.

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RUSSELL MOORE: I have with me today nationally known author and teacher Jen Wilkin. She’s the author of several books, including Women of the Word, None Like Him: 10 Ways God’s Different Than Us and Why That’s a Good Thing, and a book about the Sermon on the Mount. Everything I read by Jen Wilkin not only equips me better but provokes me to think and to pray. She has a column in Christianity Today and I commend the stuff she does to you, and if you’re not familiar with it, find it and you will benefit from it. Jen, thanks for being here today.

JEN WILKIN: Thanks for having me on!

RM: You know sometimes I feel guilty because I feel I’m the only one in ministry who hasn’t used the phrase “I really married up.” And I haven’t used the phrase, not because it’s not true, but because it’s always felt to me kind of condescending. I’ve never heard a woman say this about her husband, but have heard husbands say this about their wives. I can think of all kinds of times where there’s been a panel at a conference, with one woman and a group of men, and somebody will make a comment about “the rose among the thorns.” Do you think that it’s the case that often in our churches there are some subtly condescending ways of talking about women?

JW: I think it’s well-intentioned. When I hear something like that, I never think that person woke up that morning and said, “How can I keep the woman down?” I do think that we can sometimes speak in ways that intend to honor but end up sounding like overcompensating, but I do always assume it’s well intended.

RM: You know, it seems to me in many ways that women, in conservative evangelical churches, don’t seem to be as mobilized as in previous times in church history. When we think about, even when women didn’t have as high a place in society as they do now, we had women who were leading mission movements and all sorts of things. But it seems at least in my corner of the world that we don’t have as much of that anymore. If that’s the case, how can we correct it?

JW: Well I’m in your corner of the world so I would say that’s an accurate statement. Probably what’s driving that is that often in the church, in the last 20 years, we’ve adopted a sort of backlash position when it comes to talking about women. We’ve developed a sort of fear of anything that sounds or looks vaguely like feminism, and become extremely cautious about roles we’ve put women in and developed some narrow definitions of leadership and who can and should lead. So I think we’re dealing with fallout from that, and in some cases men outside the church have been more open handed toward women in leadership than those inside the church. What I’m hoping to see, and what I see happening in many places is that we’d recapture a vision for men and women partnering in ministry together. The language that the New Testament applies to the church is familial language; the church, like a family, has brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. I would love for the church to begin to look more like a family that has both parents in the home, functioning in roles of leadership and nurturing.

RM: One thing I’ve been convinced of, all my ministry but increasingly so, is that whenever there’s a truth that God gives us, there are least two errors that we deviate toward, on either side of that truth. I think that you’re right that when it comes to biblical ideals and pictures of manhood and womanhood, on the one hand, you have the sort of feminism that erases those good, creational differences. But on the other hand, we can have a hyper complementarianism. I say this as a convinced complementarian. But we can say, “In order to make sure we don’t fall into feminism, we’re going to put all sorts of hedges and protections around so we won’t even come close to a problem.” I think you’re right about that sense of backlash, and you’ve written about this in terms of the “ghosts”, the sorts of ideas of women that can be scary to men who are in leadership in the church. What do you mean by that?

JW: Well, I’ve even heard from seminary graduates that they were told in seminary to be leery of contact with women. I grew up with four brothers, a Dad that loved me and now a husband that loves me and sees me as a peer. It was strange to encounter that attitude because I hadn’t encountered it in my relationships with men. I was used to being treated like I wasn’t a threat. I have an outspoken personality, so maybe I am perceived as “Here comes trouble.” But it was a surprise to me though because what was valued in the workplace wasn’t what was valued in the church. It’s a belief system that has been cultivated and rewarded often, that women in ministry were something to be cautious around. And it did result in many ministry structures that were built on erring on the side of caution at every turn.

And when we consistently err on the side of caution, we consistently err. We are operating from a paradigm of fear instead of one of brotherly-sisterly partnership. And fear doesn’t tend to be a good recipe for ministry. There’s been a lot of interesting stuff written on male and female relationships in ministry settings, and the fact that the more forbidden you make them, the more you heighten the tension around those relationships. And I think of it in terms of, the way we dealt with sibling relationship in my homes. If you were not getting along with a sibling, we didn’t separate you, we put you together and gave you a task to do. In the church, we tend to keep people separate, and I think in the church we’ve tended to have a greater fear of adultery than we’ve had fear of men and women not fulfilling the cultural mandate given to them.

RM: What would you say to someone who responds, “Yes, but, we have had just tremendous problems within the church, and we know there is good, created longing for marriage that the devil distorts.” So there are real dangers and many times when we’ve seen these sorts of falls, they typically happen in the context of doing ministry together that has gone awry. So how would you say, don’t err on the side of fear, but do recognize the dynamic that can be dangerous.

JW: Absolutely. If you recognize one problem, what you don’t wanna do is over-correct. We don’t want to be foolish we want to be wise. But I think one thing we’ve done is made one rule fit all relationships, when in reality relationships are different because it’s two different individuals in that relationship. So when you’re trying to gauge what is my ability to have friendships with people of the opposite sex that I’m in ministry with, you have to say first, how healthy is my marriage? And then you need to say, this person who I’m working with, how strong is their marriage and how vulnerable do they and I seem to be? You’ve got to have a great deal of honesty with yourself about how safe it is to move into even low level friendship with them, depending on who the person is.

But as the friendships between two of the same gender, you learn over time which friendships you can trust and which you can’t trust, and I would say the same is true of male-female interaction. But again obviously, you’re going to be cautious because there can be a sexual component–though honestly there can be a sexual component in same-gender friendships as well. And secondly, we cannot live as though we exist in vacuum. There are cultural pressures around us and sub cultural pressures that dictate how we behave wisely in this relationship. Just because I could go have coffee with a person who wasn’t my spouse, in a highly  public place that wouldn’t be questioned, doesn’t mean I should do that.

RM: You know, I get a lot of books sent to me from publishers. One thing that I notice is that books geared toward men or toward generic readers, tend to be very different than the books I get that are geared toward women. And I can even just tell by looking at the cover. Maybe I’m wrong, but usually, with key exceptions including you and others, a lot of the material directed toward women is relational and has to do with one or two aspects of life, but it’s not usually geared toward theology, or Bible, for the most part. Why?

JW: Well I would argue that its a symptom of this “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” mentality that we’ve had within the church. So if you’ve had the courage to crack open one of these book that looks like they painted the front cover with estrogen, you will look at that and say this is incomprehensible. And you’re going to draw one of two conclusions from that: you’re either going to think this is just what women want, the way they’re wired, or you may think this is all women can handle. But the command for us to love God with heart, soul, mind and and strength is not gender specific. It’s not “Hey brother, you love God with your mind and I will love God with my feelings, and these are the gifts we bring the church.”

I will stand and given an account to God for how well I have loved him with my mind. Not Dr. Moore’s mind, not Matt Chandler’s mind, not Beth Moore’s mind–my mind. I need to have a thinking faith as a woman who is a follower of Christ. And what has happened over time is that we have resourced women almost entirely at the feelings level, for the past 20 years. And so women when they are faced with a thought level challenge to their faith, it throws them into complete crisis. They’re not equipped to deal with it. Not only that, but because there’s so much polarization even within church subculture, we think we are straight ticket voters with one teacher vs another. So [according to this mentality] I have to agree with every single thing Matt Chandler says or else he’s a false teacher.

So women in particular are ill-equipped to discern what is a first level doctrine vs a second level doctrine, and to know whether it’s ok to agree with some things and disagree with others. You combine that with a tendency in women to seek consensus and to collaborate, and so anyone who critiques something that has a woman has written can be perceived to be “outside the herd.” So even within women’s circles, there is a danger to any woman who says I need to raise my voice in critique against what another woman has written. So some of the resources that are written at a level that doesn’t honor the intellectual capacity of women sort of never meets with a critique that would help us see more clearly toward other things.

RM: I think you’re about the “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” dynamic. When I look at the material that is directly oriented toward men–I think it is starting to change–but for a long time it’s been hyper warrior-spirit, hyper-competitive, which I think feeds into the sort of masculinity-as-velocity mentality that is ending up with a lot of people burned out and devastated at the middle of their lives.

When you think about the local church level–maybe someone is listening to this and belongs to a church where there just hasn’t been any emphasis on Bible teaching for and by women, what can someone do to see that change? Would you say just go find another church, or what would you say to that?

JW: I would not say go and find another church. To me that is a last resort. I would say if you are someone who feels drawn to lead something like that, you should first approach the leadership of the church and say this is something I’d like to do. Often in churches where they say everything is topical or feelings-related, the first thought is: “Let’s stop that, and do hardcore inductive Bible study all the time.” I would say that’s probably not the best response. Instead, it’s better to lay a different foundation and let the other things continue. Getting women to invest in this foundational piece of learning line by line takes time. It starts with one or two women, and then they catch fire and invite their friends, and then those women catch fire. It’s a slow boil, and that’s OK.  It needs to be seen as something you’re going to build into your church over the long term.

And it can be difficult if you’re in a church that overall does not value that kind of study. And it can also be difficult because as church structure has become more and more organic and decentralized, it’s harder and harder to find environments that are dedicated just to the learning of Scripture. So there may be some mechanical difficulty in terms of implementing that. We’re trying to create structures where this kind of learning can take place, and it’s not likely to take place in a home group setting. Home group is great community but it’s not the most structured place for a thought level engagement with the text. So I would urge women in the local church to talk to their leadership but in many cases they might get a blank stare. If that’s the case, gather some women in your home, get some good resources, and trust the Lord to make a harvest out of that.

RM: One thing I’ve noticed, whether it applies to orphan care ministry or any number of things, when you have people who come to church leadership and say “This is a deficiency, you fix it,” there’s typically not a good response. But if you come forward and say “God has laid this on our heart, and we’re not exactly sure what it’s going to look like, but will you support us as we attempt to be faithful,” there’s usually a very good response.

JW: A willingness to partner, yes.

RM: Well thank you for Jen Wilkin for being here today, and I recommend to all of you if you’re not familiar with Jen’s stuff, Google her and get it. And what I appreciate about Jen’s work is that we talked about overreaction here, and I think sometimes when someone is a pioneer and moving in directions that have been deficient for a while, one of the things that you can easily do is say “I want to be super cerebral, so I’m just going to present the omniscience of God in the most arid and abstract way.” But what Jen does is talk about the omniscience of God in a way that is applicable to every day lives as well. That’s a good model for all of us, men and women, to follow.

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Mar 24 2017

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Signposts: A Conversation With Rod Dreher

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How should Christians respond to cultural transformations, many of which actively threaten the beliefs and practices of the church? Journalist Rod Dreher offers a provocative answer in his new book “The Benedict Option,” which encourages believers and churches to abandon the popular models of cultural engagement and focus instead on shoring up our own theological foundations and communities.

In this episode of Signposts I talk to Rod about the Benedict Option and what he hopes Christians take away from his book. Listen below and subscribe to Signposts to get new episodes automatically when they publish.

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Mar 10 2017

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Signposts: Reflections On My Conversation With Andy Stanley

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At our recent ERLC national conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with pastor Andy Stanley. Andy and I have a lot of significant disagreements about ministry, but our conversation was fascinating and helped me and everyone at the conference think through some important issues.

In this episode of Signposts I reflect on my time with Andy Stanley, and how our dialogue about ministry and theology sharpened my own thinking about Scripture and the church.

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Sep 02 2016

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Signposts: My Favorite Podcasts

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I’m often asked about which podcasts I listen to. With all the time I spend traveling, I listen to quite a few podcasts, and there are a few in particular that are especially helpful to me in keeping up with what’s being talked about in broader culture.

In this episode of Signposts I talk about which podcasts I frequently return to, and what makes them specifically useful to me in my life and ministry.

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Sep 23 2016

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Signposts: How Can You Help a Friend Struggling With Sexual Immorality?

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Not long ago I received an email from a new Christian. This person wanted to know how she could help a friend realize that her lifestyle was sinful and destructive, without being too harsh, judgmental, or overbearing. This is a question that all Christians have to wrestle with if we seek to live faithfully as believers.

In this episode of Signposts I talk about how Christians can help those close to them who are struggling in the fight for purity, and why this struggle matters for the church.

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Jun 10 2016

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Signposts: How Can You Guard Yourself Against Moral Failure?

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In the past few years, many of us have watched as well-known, respected ministers have fallen morally. This can lead us to ask: If these men didn’t resist temptation, how can I?

In this episode of Signposts I talk about why it matters to think strategically about how you will fight temptation in your life and ministry, and what practical things can help.

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May 06 2016

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Will Complementarianism Survive After the #MeToo Movement?

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What does the Bible say about the gifts and callings of men and women?

Does complementarianism have a viable future?

I have had many people ask me over the last several months about the future of complementarianism. In recent months, our society has faced a reckoning over the toxic culture of sexual assault and abuse. And as we’ve seen, the church has not been spared in this upheaval. This has left many to wonder if complementarianism itself will survive.

In this episode of Signposts, I offer my answer to questions about the future of the church concerning sexuality and gender in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

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Aug 03 2018

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Signposts: Should Christians Boycott?

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One question I am asked frequently is, “Should Christians boycott?” Over the past few years there have been several calls within evangelical communities for boycotts of corporations like Starbucks and Target. Is this kind of activism effective and wise?

In this episode of Signposts I talk about evangelical conscience and boycotts, and what the Scriptures can teach us about human nature and real change.

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Jun 24 2016

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Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Governor Bill Lee

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Earlier this week, I had the privilege of hosting Governor Bill Lee in our ERLC offices in downtown Nashville. Governor Lee serves as the 50th and current governor of Tennessee. During our time together, we sat down for a live interview in which we talked about his faith in Christ, the role of suffering in his life, his motivations for running for office, criminal justice, and a host of other issues. It was a really meaningful conversation to me, and I wanted to share it with all of you.

From my conversation with Governor Lee

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Dec 06 2019

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A Conversation with George F. Will

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by New York Times bestselling author and political commentator, George F. Will. A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Will writes a twice-weekly syndicated column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for the Washington Post. In this episode, we discuss his new book, The Conservative Sensibility, as well as a number of other topics.

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Dec 04 2019

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A Conversation with Ben Shapiro

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by NYT best-selling author and political commentator, Ben Shapiro. One of the most well-known conservative commentators in the United States, Shapiro serves as editor in chief of dailywire.com. In this episode, we discuss his new book, “The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great” as well as a number of other topics.

Signposts with Ben Shapiro

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Nov 20 2019

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A Conversation with Michael Card

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by my good friend, Michael Card. Michael is an award-winning musician and performing artist. His many books include Scribbling in the SandA Fragile Stone, and the Biblical Imagination Series on the four Gospels. In this episode, we discuss his latest book, Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness.

Signposts with Michael Card

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Oct 17 2019

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A Conversation with Rosaria Butterfield

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by Rosaria Butterfield for a conversation about the gospel and hospitality in Christian community. A former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, Rosaria converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. In this conversation, we also discuss her memoir, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, which chronicles that difficult journey. She is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker. You can learn more about Rosaria here.

Signposts with Rosaria Butterfield

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Oct 02 2019

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A Conversation with Thomas S. Kidd

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by Thomas S. Kidd. Dr. Kidd serves as Distinguished Professor of History, James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History, and Associate Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. A prolific author, he blogs regularly on evangelical history for The Gospel Coalition in collaboration with Justin Taylor, and has written numerous biographies and works on religious history including Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father, Baptists in America: A History, and God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution. I deeply enjoyed this conversation with Dr. Kidd, especially our discussion of his most recent book, Who Is an Evangelical?

You can find the full list of Dr. Kidd’s books here. Be sure to subscribe to Signposts to get new episodes as they are released.

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Sep 18 2019

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A Conversation with Jackie Hill Perry

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by author and poet Jackie Hill Perry for a conversation about her book: Gay Girl, Good God. We also discuss how to talk to your children about LGBTQ issues, the power of creativity and art in the life of Christians, and the requirement of Christians to pursue Christ no matter our temptations. I hope that this conversation can help you as you think through these complex issues.

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Sep 04 2019

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A Conversation with Ronald J. Sider

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by Palmer Theological Seminary professor Ron J. Sider, Founder and President Emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action. In this conversation we talk about the importance of integrity for starting, maintaining, and ending a ministry. We also discuss the danger in viewing people based on what they can do for us, rather than through the lens of the Gospel.

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Aug 21 2019

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A Conversation with Kay Warren

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by author and advocate Kay Warren, who is the co-founder with her husband Rick of Saddleback Church in Irvine, California. She has been a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV & Aids, as well as orphans and vulnerable children. In this conversation, we talk about mental illness, loss, and the way that Kay processed the grief of losing her son, Matthew, to suicide. I hope that our conversation can be an encouragement to those in the midst of loss or those ministering to the grieving.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sites

Beauty Will Rise CD by Steven Curtis Chapman

Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew Stanford

Grievin g a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers, and Hope by Albert Y. Hsu

Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow by Nancy Guthrie

Hidden in My Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture CD (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3)

Holding On to Hope: A pathway through suffering to the heart of God by Nancy Guthrie

Hope Box

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through (Sermon CD) by Pastor Rick and Kay Warren

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One by Carla Fine

Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems

When Your Family’s Lost a Loved One by David and Nancy Guthrie 

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR CHILDRENS & TEENS 

Children, Teens, and Suicide Loss by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (Free Download , Booklet, & Spanish Translation)

Does My Child Have PTSD?: What to Do When Your Child Is Hurting from the Inside Out by Jolene Philo

Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them by Doreen Cammarata 

Sometimes Life is Just Not Fair: Hope for Kids Through Grief and Loss by Fr. Joe Kempf

What Happens When Someone Dies?: A Child’s Guide to Death and Funderals by Michaelene Mundy

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing by Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D.

When Mom or Dad Dies: A Book of Comfort for Kids by Daniel Grippo

When Someone Dies: A Child-Caregiver Activity Book by National Alliance for Grieving Children

FREE DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide Loss

A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide Loss – Spanish Version

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department 

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts

The Child’s Loss: Death, Grief and Mourning 

How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor: 10 Helpful Tips by AFSP

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: After an Attempt

Suicide Fact Sheet by NAMI

Suicide and Social Media: A Tipsheet for Parents and Providers by American Association of Suicidology 

ORGANIZATIONS

Compassionate Friends

Camp Erin

BOOKS BY KAY

Say Yes to God

Choose Joy

Sacred Privilege

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Aug 07 2019

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A Conversation with Jonah Goldberg

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by Jonah Goldberg, formerly a senior editor at National Review. Jonah is a nationally recognized author and syndicated columnist. He is also the host of The Remnant podcast. You can follow him on Twitter: @JonahNRO

In this conversation we talk about Jonah’s most recent book, Suicide of the West, and also discuss socialism, capitalism, and the dangers of illiberalism.

I really enjoyed this conversation and hope it’s beneficial for you. Be sure to subscribe to Signposts to get new episodes as they are released.

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Jul 17 2019

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A Conversation with Ligon Duncan

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In this episode of Signposts, I am joined by my long-time friend Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary. He has served the church as a pastor and theologian for over 35 years and in various ministry positions in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

In this conversation we talk about denominational differences, personal evangelism, and so much more.

I really enjoyed this conversation and hope beneficial for you. Be sure to subscribe to Signposts to get new episodes as they are released.

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Jul 01 2019

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A Conversation with Jamie Ivey

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My guest on this episode of Signposts is Jamie Ivey. Jamie is an author, a sought-after speaker, and perhaps she is best known as a podcaster. Jamie is the creator and host of The Happy Hour podcast, which is a fantastic podcast for women that my wife, Maria, absolutely loves. In addition to all of this, Jamie is a wife and mom. Her husband, Aaron, is a worship leader at The Austin Stone Church, in Austin, Texas. And Jamie and Aaron are parents of four children, including three by adoption.

In this episode, Jamie and I had a great conversation about adoption, life in ministry, parenting, and many other things. If you’re not familiar with Jamie, I encourage you to visit her website: jamieivey.com.

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Jun 19 2019

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A Conversation with David Brooks

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In this first episode of the new season of Signposts, I am joined by David Brooks, who, among countless other things, is an Op-Ed columnist at the New York Times. An incisive thinker and cultural observer, David is someone I have respected and admired for a long time now, and I was thrilled that he could join me for this conversation.

In this episode, we begin our discussion by talking about his latest book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, which I would certainly encourage you to read. (Bonus: You can check out the video version of this episode on YouTube.)

I really enjoyed this conversation and hope it is both entertaining and beneficial for you. Be sure to subscribe to Signposts to get new episodes as they are released.

I look forward to sharing the next episode with you on Wednesday, June 19.

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Jun 05 2019

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Signposts Update!

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I’m excited to announce that we are relaunching Signposts next week. In the new format, we’ll be releasing new episodes (at least) twice a month. These episodes will feature conversations that I’ll be hosting with leaders and thinkers from all areas of culture including politics, religion, academia, and journalism. We’ve already recorded several episodes, and we have many more to record over the next several months.

You can look for the first episode of the new format next Wednesday, June 5th. I cannot wait for you to hear from my first guest. We had a really interesting and important conversation that I look forward to sharing with all of you next week.

Thank you so much for listening to Signposts. Be sure to subscribe to receive these new episodes as they are released.

And if you haven’t had a chance to see the new projects we’ve been posting over at YouTube, please be sure to check out my new series On the Issues & One Thing You Missed.

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May 31 2019

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Russell Moore & Tim Keller: A Conversation

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In this episode of Signposts, I sit down with Pastor Tim Keller, Chairman of Redeemer City to City and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. We talk about his ministry, his work reaching out to an increasingly secular American culture, and spiritual formation for Christians.

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Mar 01 2019

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How I Write Sermons

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How do you prepare a sermon?

How do you preach to different groups at the same time?

I am often asked how I write a sermon or prepare lessons for any number of groups. In this episode of Signposts, I take some time to talk through how I preach, write sermons, and make a lesson applicable to everyone in the audience. These are some of the practices that I have found helpful in my ministry over the years.

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Dec 20 2018

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How I Read

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How do you read?

What do you choose to read?

I am often asked how I choose the books I read, or how I read the books I choose. In this episode of Signposts I give an answer to those questions. I also offer a few tips that I have found helpful as I engage with the books I read.

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Also, you can find a copy of my favorite books for 2018 here.

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Dec 07 2018

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What should pastors do if a Christian is afraid of baptism?

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Is immersion the only form for baptism?

What is signified in baptism?

Because I am a Baptist, I often receive questions about the particulars of baptism and its practice.

In this episode of Signposts, I offer my perspective on baptism and the significance of this sign given to the church of our union with Christ.

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Nov 16 2018

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On 25 Years of Albert Mohler at Southern Seminary

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of R. Albert Mohler Jr.’s service as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. For many decades, Dr. Mohler has been an influential figure in my life. Through his visionary leadership, he has shaped the course of the Southern Baptist Convention and, more broadly, evangelicalism.  I have served with Dr. Mohler as a research assistant, faculty member, Dean, and Provost. In each of these roles, I have witnessed, first-hand, his heart for the church and passion for God’s Word.

In this episode of Signposts, I reflect on Dr. Mohler’s influence, life, and leadership, which the Lord has used in so many ways–not least of which is the successful equipping of generations of pastors, scholars, missionaries, and ministry leaders to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints as they confront the greatest challenges of our times.

I invite you to listen, and be sure to subscribe to receive future episodes of Signposts.

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Nov 02 2018

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What should Christians do about our differences on spiritual gifts?

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Are the gifts still active today?

Can members within a local church disagree on this issue?

I receive questions all the time about spiritual gifts in the church. This is an important topic because the gifts were given to edify and build up the church, but often they become a source of contention and division.

In this episode of Signposts, I offer my perspective on the gifts and discuss ways that Christians might think about these issues, especially as they partner together in ministry.

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Oct 19 2018

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