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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

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Excellent but wishing there were more episodes!

By smfinchmd - Jul 27 2019
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Really excellent podcast. Please put out more. Solid content, like all the other RZIM material

Intellectual

By E hailey - Jul 04 2018
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Great intelligent and spiritual coverage

iTunes Ratings

195 Ratings
Average Ratings
179
2
9
1
4

Excellent but wishing there were more episodes!

By smfinchmd - Jul 27 2019
Read more
Really excellent podcast. Please put out more. Solid content, like all the other RZIM material

Intellectual

By E hailey - Jul 04 2018
Read more
Great intelligent and spiritual coverage
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RZIM: Vital Signs Broadcasts

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Hosted by RZIM apologist Cameron McAllister, Vital Signs is an exploration of the major cultural ideas, issues, and works of art that are shaping current conversations. It's not just a place to learn how to be culturally informed; it's a place to learn what's worth celebrating in contemporary life. If guarding what you pay attention to is a way of guarding the integrity of your thought, then Vital Signs aims to show you what's worth your attention, as well as what's worth talking about.

Rank #1: The Challenge of Hypocrisy Part 1: Confronting the Hypocrite in the Mirror

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Mar 07 2016

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Rank #2: Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 1

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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Mar 12 2019

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Rank #3: Are Christians Afraid of Science? Part 1

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Mar 23 2017

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Rank #4: The Hiddenness of God, Part 1

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #5: Talking About What Matters Part 1: Confronting the Challenge of Apathy

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Aug 15 2016

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Rank #6: Doubt in the Life of the Christian, Part 1

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Jun 05 2018

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Rank #7: Confronting Our Culture of Fear, Pt. I

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The novelist Marilynne Robinson argues, "Fear operates as an appetite or an addiction. You can never have enough." From the alarming uptick in mental illness to the increasingly hostile culture wars, ours is a culture shot through with fear and anxiety, much of it fed by a 24/7 news cycle that caters to our hunger for sensationalism. In this atmosphere, how do we avoid falling prey to constant fear and anxiety? Though it may come as a surprise, Christianity has a great deal to say about fear, and in this series we're going to explore a holistic alternative to the constant sense of dread. In this episode, we look at the ways in which fear distorts our sense of reality.

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@CamMcAllister7

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #8: Identity in the 21st Century: The Immense Pressure of "Being Yourself"

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May 17 2016

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Rank #9: What is Vital Signs?

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Aug 13 2015

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Rank #10: Love and Acceptance Part 1: Me Without

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Mar 07 2017

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Rank #11: Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 2

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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Mar 19 2019

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Rank #12: Doubt in the Life of the Christian, Part 2: The Apostle Peter

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Jun 13 2018

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Rank #13: Is Culture Dead? Part 1

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Sep 15 2015

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Rank #14: Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 2

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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles most with God's mercy—not his judgment. In this two-part series, we'll explore the surprising hope that comes from resting in the God whose mercy never comes as the expense of his justice.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Apr 16 2019

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Rank #15: The Consequences of Self-Expression at Any Cost, Part 1

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May 16 2018

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Rank #16: Recovering Rest, Part 1

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While church leaders often point to the crucial need for rest, it's a luxury that many of us simply don't have. So what do we do? In Matthew 18:28-30, Jesus makes an important distinction between physical rest and soul rest. This two-part series explores that distinction. It's my hope that you'll find encouragement here, even if your life doesn't currently allow you the physical rest you need.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Oct 08 2019

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Rank #17: "Safe Spaces" and the Longing for Privacy, Part 1

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Jun 26 2018

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Rank #18: Searching for the Hidden Wholeness

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May 09 2016

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Rank #19: Why We Get Happiness Wrong Part 1: The Ancient View

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Dec 09 2017

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Rank #20: The Prestige of Doubt, Part 1

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Apr 24 2018

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Communal Sin in the 21st Century, Pt. 2

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Though we struggle mightily with the concept of communal sin in our 21st century context, it's vital that we recover a basic understanding of wrongdoing that takes us beyond narrow individualism. How else can we account for grave systemic injustice in all of our institutions? Trying to lay the blame at a single person's feet is not only naïve, it vastly oversimplifies the problem. In this six-part series, we'll take a close look at some of our nation's abiding communal sins, taking into account systemic racism, communal sin in politics, the church, the entertainment industry, and the workplace. Having traced these destructive patterns in our cultural moment, we'll then turn to the biblical account of communal sin and see how it both makes sense of our dilemma and offers the only feasible hope. This episode considers the communal sin of corruption in politics, entertainment, and the workplace.

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Mar 03 2020

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Communal Sin in the 21st Century, Pt. 1

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Though we struggle mightily with the concept of communal sin in our 21st century context, it's vital that we recover a basic understanding of wrongdoing that takes us beyond narrow individualism. How else can we account for grave systemic injustice in all of our institutions? Trying to lay the blame at a single person's feet is not only naïve, it vastly oversimplifies the problem. In this six-part series, we'll take a close look at some of our nation's abiding communal sins, taking into account systemic racism, communal sin in politics, the church, the entertainment industry, and the workplace. Having traced these destructive patterns in our cultural moment, we'll then turn to the biblical account of communal sin and see how it both makes sense of our dilemma and offers the only feasible hope. This episode considers the communal sin of systemic racism.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Feb 19 2020

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How Do We Forgive the Unforgivable? Pt. 3

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From racial hatred and ethnic "cleansing" to gross exploitation and rampant sexual abuse, we inhabit a world filled with atrocities and punctuated by unforgivable acts. Consequently, many of us experience unimaginable suffering at the hands of others. At the same time, many of us will also recognize that no healing can take place without forgiveness. But is forgiveness even possible in such circumstances? Where can we find the strength to forgive the unforgiveable? In this 3-part series, we'll explore this harrowing topic. This final episode explores how we can practically forgive the unforgivable in our day-to-day lives.

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Feb 11 2020

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How Do We Forgive the Unforgivable? Pt. 2

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From racial hatred and ethnic "cleansing" to gross exploitation and rampant sexual abuse, we inhabit a world filled with atrocities and punctuated by unforgivable acts. Consequently, many of us experience unimaginable suffering at the hands of others. At the same time, many of us will also recognize that no healing can take place without forgiveness. But is forgiveness even possible in such circumstances? Where can we find the strength to forgive the unforgiveable? In this 3-part series, we'll explore this harrowing topic. Drawing from Christ's parable of the merciless servant in Matthew 18:23-25, this episode considers how our status as "debtors" before God reframes the discussion on forgiveness.

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Follow Cameron on Twitter:
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Feb 04 2020

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How Do We Forgive the Unforgivable? Pt. 1

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From racial hatred and ethnic "cleansing" to gross exploitation and rampant sexual abuse, we inhabit a world filled with atrocities and punctuated by unforgivable acts. Consequently, many of us experience unimaginable suffering at the hands of others. At the same time, many of us will also recognize that no healing can take place without forgiveness. But is forgiveness even possible in such circumstances? Where can we find the strength to forgive the unforgiveable? In this 3-part series, we'll explore this harrowing topic. Episode 1 considers the practical ramifications of Romans 5, where Paul informs us that Christ died for us while we were his "enemies."

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Jan 30 2020

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Confronting Our Culture of Fear, Pt. 3

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From the alarming uptick in mental illness to the increasingly hostile culture wars, ours is a culture shot through with fear and anxiety, much of it fed by a 24/7 news cycle that caters to our hunger for sensationalism. In this atmosphere, how do we avoid falling prey to constant fear and anxiety? Though it may come as a surprise, Christianity has a great deal to say about fear, and in this series we're going to explore a holistic alternative to the constant sense of dread. In this final episode, we talk about the practical implications of the "fear of the Lord."

Listen to Part 2

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Jan 21 2020

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Confronting Our Culture of Fear, Pt. 2

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From the alarming uptick in mental illness to the increasingly hostile culture wars, ours is a culture shot through with fear and anxiety, much of it fed by a 24/7 news cycle that caters to our hunger for sensationalism. In this atmosphere, how do we avoid falling prey to constant fear and anxiety? Though it may come as a surprise, Christianity has a great deal to say about fear, and in this series we're going to explore a holistic alternative to the constant sense of dread. This episode considers our fear of humanity.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Jan 14 2020

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Confronting Our Culture of Fear, Pt. I

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The novelist Marilynne Robinson argues, "Fear operates as an appetite or an addiction. You can never have enough." From the alarming uptick in mental illness to the increasingly hostile culture wars, ours is a culture shot through with fear and anxiety, much of it fed by a 24/7 news cycle that caters to our hunger for sensationalism. In this atmosphere, how do we avoid falling prey to constant fear and anxiety? Though it may come as a surprise, Christianity has a great deal to say about fear, and in this series we're going to explore a holistic alternative to the constant sense of dread. In this episode, we look at the ways in which fear distorts our sense of reality.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Jan 07 2020

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 3

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

Listen to Part 2

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Nov 19 2019

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 2

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Nov 12 2019

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 1

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The hiddenness of God is a perennial question, particularly in apologetics circles. Though the issue is frequently explored in philosophical terms, Scripture has a great deal to say on the matter but it frames it in surprising ways. In this series, we'll explore God's hiddenness under three headings: mystery, foolishness, and expectation. This episode focuses on the category of mystery and argues for a more holistic understanding of the word.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Nov 06 2019

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Recovering Rest, Part 2

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While church leaders often point to the crucial need for rest, it's a luxury that many of us simply don't have. So what do we do? In Matthew 18:28-30, Jesus makes an important distinction between physical rest and soul rest. This two-part series explores that distinction. It's my hope that you'll find encouragement here, even if your life doesn't currently allow you the physical rest you need.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Oct 15 2019

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Recovering Rest, Part 1

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While church leaders often point to the crucial need for rest, it's a luxury that many of us simply don't have. So what do we do? In Matthew 18:28-30, Jesus makes an important distinction between physical rest and soul rest. This two-part series explores that distinction. It's my hope that you'll find encouragement here, even if your life doesn't currently allow you the physical rest you need.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Oct 08 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 3

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In John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 3 argues that Christ is our author, whether we acknowledge him or not, and that our salvation depends on following him.

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Sep 10 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 2

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In John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 2 considers the consequences of making humanity one's source of authority.

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Follow Cameron on Twitter:
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Sep 03 2019

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Under Whose Authority Are You? Part 1

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n John 2:13-22, we encounter what appears to be a fairly aggressive display of authority as Christ "cleanses" the temple, driving out the livestock and overturning the tables of the money changers. Naturally, the temple authorities want to know what gives him the right to call these shots, and they demand a spiritual sign to verify his authority. Despite their indignation, the question of Christ's authority gets to the heart of his identity, and his magnificent response testifies to this truth. With this in mind, this 3-part series will examine the role of authority in each of our lives and ask the critical question, "Under whose authority are you?" Part 1 considers the consequences of making religion one's source of authority.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Aug 27 2019

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Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 2

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To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles most with God's mercy—not his judgment. In this two-part series, we'll explore the surprising hope that comes from resting in the God whose mercy never comes as the expense of his justice.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Apr 16 2019

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Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 1

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Read more

To say that our cultural moment is judgmental is to make a point so obvious that it verges on being inane. The engine of our public discourse seems to be equal parts vindictiveness and character assassination. In this charged environment, Christians are often accused of being especially judgmental, and Scripture (the Old Testament in particular) is often singled out as depicting a capricious and judgmental God. However, when we press into scripture, we find that humanity always struggles most with God's mercy—not his judgment. In this two-part series, we'll explore the surprising hope that comes from resting in the God whose mercy never comes as the expense of his justice.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Apr 09 2019

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Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 2

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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people.

Listen to Part 1

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Mar 19 2019

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Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 1

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From Richard Dawkins to Bill Maher, the widespread hostility toward Christianity in popular culture often causes us to overlook a much prevalent and insidious challenge to the church—namely, the growing sense of apathy about Christ and his kingdom. In the U.S. in particular, many people feel that we've simply outgrown Christianity. In this two-part series, we'll explore the vital task of recovering the significance of Christianity for contemporary people.

Follow Cameron on Twitter:
@CamMcAllister7

Mar 12 2019

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iTunes Ratings

195 Ratings
Average Ratings
179
2
9
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4

Excellent but wishing there were more episodes!

By smfinchmd - Jul 27 2019
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Really excellent podcast. Please put out more. Solid content, like all the other RZIM material

Intellectual

By E hailey - Jul 04 2018
Read more
Great intelligent and spiritual coverage