Remember Occupy Wall Street? That movement from the early 2000’s caused a stir after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. They demanded that the people responsible for the crash be punished for their actions. We in the Christian church often struggle with the rich– how to treat them, how to see ourselves. In this episode we take a look at some statistics that will make us rethink our view of the wealthy.
This episode was produced by Nick Staron. When Nick isn’t busy with the podcast, he’s working as a stand-up comedian. He’s the perfect guy for your church picnic, youth night, or college gathering. Find more about Nick at www.nickstaron.com.
Transcript (may be slightly inaccurate. We published here an early script that may not contain the edits of the full show. Sorry! This is one of the things we hope to change if we can afford to do this full time)
John D. Rockefeller was a shrewd businessman. Even to the point of breaking the law to get what he wanted. His Standard Oil company was eventually broken up using the Sherman Antitrust act. But his money kept influencing society. On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we take a field trip to the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park to see how one wealthy family strong-armed Congress into declaring federal land. And we see how this kind of leverage is used in the modern Christian church.
Are Christians supposed to tithe? It’s a big question, one that many pastors disagree on. A tithe literally means 10%. A bunch of people in the Old Testament were commanded to give 10%… are we supposed to continue that tradition today?
This is the first part in our series about money in the church — how it gets there, where it’s used, and how it can be used to gain power. Special thanks to our friends who gathered around the campfire with us.
Topics discussed in this episode:
Does the 10% tithe still apply to modern Christians?
What is a tithe?
What is the verse in Malachi that talks about giving?
Reaching Muslims via the Internet. Can it be done? Our special guest today uses Google Ads, videos, and messaging apps to reach out in Muslim countries. We can’t give any specifics about who he is or which organization he works for. But we think you’ll find this episode inspiriing.
How can we reach out to Muslims using the Intenet?
What questions to Muslims have about Christianity?
Where are the greatest numbers of Muslims turning to Christ?
Where should I start reading in the Bible?
How do I share my faith with Muslims?
Is Islam as dangerous as mainstream media says it is?
The Pew Research Center released a study stating that there will be more Muslims in the world than Christians by the year 2050. That study terrified many Christians! Because we’re so used to being the dominant religion on Earth. So there seemed to be only one solution — have more babies.
On this episode of the Truce Podcast, we press pause on the would-be baby boom and ask, “is there a better way?”. This episode is the third in a series on reaching out to Muslims.
What do you think? Should Christians have more babies? Are there mandates in the Bible on the subject? Do you think, “be fruitful and multiply” still applies? Leave us a comment to let us know!
How many children should Christians have?
Does the Old Testament command to “be fruitful and multiply” still apply?
If Muslims are having more children than Christians, what should we do about it?