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RZIM: Vital Signs Broadcasts

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

7 Mar 2016

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Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 1

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

12 Mar 2019

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Are Christians Afraid of Science? Part 1

23 Mar 2017

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The Hiddenness of God, Part 1

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

6 Nov 2019

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

15 Aug 2016

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Doubt in the Life of the Christian, Part 1

5 Jun 2018

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

17 May 2016

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What is Vital Signs?

13 Aug 2015

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Confronting Our Culture of Fear, Pt. I

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

7 Jan 2020

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Love and Acceptance Part 1: Me Without

7 Mar 2017

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Why Does Christianity Matter? Part 2

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 1Follow Cameron on Twitter:@CamMcAllister7

19 Mar 2019

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

13 Jun 2018

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Is Culture Dead? Part 1

15 Sep 2015

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Kneeling Before the Impartial Judge, Part 2

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 1Follow Cameron on Twitter:@CamMcAllister7

16 Apr 2019

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The Consequences of Self-Expression at Any Cost, Part 1

16 May 2018

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Recovering Rest, Part 1

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

8 Oct 2019

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"Safe Spaces" and the Longing for Privacy, Part 1

26 Jun 2018

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Searching for the Hidden Wholeness

9 May 2016

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Why We Get Happiness Wrong Part 1: The Ancient View

9 Dec 2017

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The Prestige of Doubt, Part 1

24 Apr 2018

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