Breakpoint: Fur Babies… Pet’s, Children, and the Triumph of Autonomy

I’m gonna get a lot of email about this commentary, so let me say this up front: I like animals. And pets are wonderful things. But. . . [display_podcast]In her 1992 novel, “The Children of Men,” P. D. James told the story of a world where it has been 25 years since the last child was born. In this dying world, kittens and puppies are pushed around in prams and receive the treatment previously afforded to human infants.Twenty-five years later, it seems that life is imitating art, though … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Is It Sinful to Seek Fame Online?

With a New Year comes a lot of new resolve and new goals and renewed life purpose — all a good thing. In the vein of this discussion, we have an email question over social media platforms and the pursuit of Christian fame (if we can call it that). Daniel writes in to ask this: “Pastor John, is it a sin to desire to be famous? In this day of blogging, Instagram stories, and all the social media outlets out there, I feel like I’m seeing this growing desire to be famous, even ‘Christian famous’ — … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Shared Grief

Grief over death is a tricky thing. It is different for everyone. It moves in a unique way in each of our lives. But we all know one thing for sure: our loved one is simply not here anymore.What consoles us? Logic? Logic says everyone dies. Culture? Culture says many things, sometimes conflicting things. Time? Time dulls. Religion? Religion gives us advice. But what does God do? God gives us good news. Jesus died the death we should have died, rose again, and conquered death forever. And … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Will I Be Single for the Rest of My Life?

Based on the inbox, Pastor John, there are a lot of Christians listening to the podcast who did not expect to be single entering 2017. Ashley, one of our listeners, is among them. She writes in to ask this: “Pastor John, my struggle is singleness. I’m 28, an elementary teacher, and that’s not really a profession to meet single men. I know that with the age of Tinder and hookups, casual sex will leave me empty inside, and it’s not a lifestyle that I’m seeking. At the same time I feel alone as a Ch … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 159: Ron Pearson

[display_podcast]This week, I’m joined by my great buddy, world class comedian, amazing juggler and just all-round superfluous person, Ron Pearson.Ron just had to get something off his chest this week: today’s young people – the Millennials – are so entitled, it’s unbelievable. He recently performed at Arizona State University and noticed that surf and turf – steak and seafood – is served at the dorm cafeteria each week. These kids are dining better than their parents do!When we were … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 136: Elevator Hero, Matt Falk & Sonny Shroyer

[display_podcast]A while back, I was in Fresno. I was in an elevator just as the doors were closing. At the last second, I saw this guy sprinting across the lobby trying to make it in before the doors closed, so I politely tapped the door, causing it to open again so he could get in the elevator with me. As he boarded, he looked at me with a surprised expression and said, “Thank you. Cheers, mate!” in his Australian accent.Now, if he were from Toledo, I wouldn’t have a second thought abou … [Read more...]