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S2:E34 Leverage: How Wealthy Christians Use Money to Change the Church

S2:E34 Leverage: How Wealthy Christians Use Money to Change the Church

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.

The Bible verse used in this episode was excerpted from the Streetlights Audio Bible. https://www.streetlightsbible.com/

Helpful links:
National Park Stats
Washington Post Article – Founding of Grand Teton
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
National Elk Refuge
Grand Teton National Park

S2:E33 John D. Rockefeller: Money in the Church

S2:E33 John D. Rockefeller: Money in the Church

John D. Rockefeller was the richest man… maybe ever. His Standard Oil Company swallowed up the competition and broke the law. Yet, this man claimed the name of Christ.

We’re in the middle of a series about money in the church. How does it get to the church? Does it matter where the money comes from and where it goes?

This episode of the Truce Podcast was written and produced by Nick Staron: https://www.nickstaron.com/

This is the final Blokus board mentioned in the episode. Chris was yellow. See how he was able to cut across the board to keep 1/3 of it to himself?

TRANSCRIPT:

S2:32 Are Christians Supposed to Tithe?

S2:32 Are Christians Supposed to Tithe?

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?
  • How much money should a pastor make?
  • Do we have to pay our pastor?
  • Should a pastor wear expensive clothes?
  • What does Jerry Savelle think about tithing?
Bonus: Using the Internet to Reach Muslims

Bonus: Using the Internet to Reach Muslims

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.

Topics explored:

  • 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?
  • How can I be praying for the Muslim world?
S2:E31 Population Scare!

S2:E31 Population Scare!

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.

Here is an example (that is not in the show) of how excited Christians get when talking about their desire for Christians to have babies.
Here is the video of Dale and Veronica Partridge talking about how many kids they think Christians should have. This one did end up in the episode.

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!

Topics discussed:

  • 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?
  • How many babies are Muslims having?
  • Should Christians fear Islam?
  • How do I share the gospel with my Muslim friends?