Watch this episode on YouTube. The first Thanksgiving story begins in the North of England with a congregation. In it, we see people who desire to be a stepping stone to the light of Christ. They’re also credited with writing one of the first civil compacts in history. “We sailed for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith,” wrote the Pilgrims in the Mayflower Compact during that frigid transatlantic journey. In this episode, Stephen shares the cherished story of their experience, highlighting truths often overlooked in many contemporary retellings. Next week on the podcast… the attempt to undermine our history.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been declared the winners of the presidential election. Donald Trump claims the election has been stolen. In this episode, Stephen shares what he’s learned from friends in D.C. How true are the allegations of fraud? How valid are the recounts and lawsuits? If there is corruption, let it be exposed. And if there is none, may our systems of justice validate the results. The tension between left and right serves us well for safer and better elections. So, in the meantime, stay at peace, pray, and trust that what’s happening now will increase respect for our institutions.
I’m proud of my country this morning. During a pandemic, and with 400 million opinions to consider, most election results are in, there is no major violence, and by nearly all accounts there is no corruption and no system breakdown. Our politics are divided, but our system works. In this morning’s episode, we’ll cover the “Blue Wave,” President Trump’s late night announcement, polling, and more. Above all, I urge you to be peacemakers in the hours and days ahead.
This past week, eminent pastor and Christian writer John Piper wrote an article titled: “Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin: Pondering the Implications of the 2020 Election.” Piper explains how he could never vote for Biden or the Democrats because of a number of moral issues. And though Trump may align more closely with the moral views of many Christians, his character is undeniably destructive to our nation. In this episode, Stephen references Piper’s essay as a jumping off point for musing, “What does all this say about America?” Why is our nation under such torment? Even in spite of COVID-19, we have great wealth, technology, and power. And yet our cities are burning. Another Supreme Court Justice will be appointed with an asterisk appended to the name in the minds of many Americans. Are we, as a nation, being dealt with by God? Why are we in the Slough of Despond, as is written in Pilgrim’s Progress? What does this season mean for America, what she’s meant to be, and how she relates to God and her history?
After a couple weeks off celebrating his son’s wedding, Stephen is back, answering your questions about the election and Amy Coney Barrett hearings. Earlier this year, Stephen had predicted that Donald Trump might win this election. In this episode, Stephen updates his analysis of the Biden/Trump race, analyzes the strategies behind each man’s campaign, and shares insights about the role of a Supreme Court Justice – as a nominee in hearings and as a member of the court.
During the race riots in Charlottesville and Boston, white supremacists repeatedly described themselves as “Christian” and “Conservative.” As Stephen contends in this podcast, nothing could be further from white supremacist philosophy than true Christianity and true Conservatism. Since Stephen considers himself both a Christian and a Conservative, he pushes back against racists kidnapping these two terms for themselves and shows how these world views are actually the opposite of what the KKK and similar demonstrators have claimed. This episode was originally published on August 23, 2017.
Though this episode originally aired in July 2018, our age of crass, malicious, and vile politics has only intensified. It’s not one-sided. Both Trump and the left have contributed to this. In this episode, Stephen urges listeners to be on guard. Don’t allow the coarseness in public debate to make you coarse, too. Think rationally. Find common ground. Support good, judicious leaders.
Stephen has recorded this podcast on the eve of the first Presidential debate. We’ve had fresh revelations via the New York Times regarding Donald Trump’s taxes. And soon Judge Amy Coney Barrett will undergo hearings. We stand at an unbelievably dramatic moment in American history. Stephen predicts that the Democrats are likely to use her faith as a weapon against her. For listeners unfamiliar with Judge Barrett’s faith, Stephen explains the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition from which she comes. While we can hope for a Senate hearing that is high and elevated with conversation focusing on her jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and personal character, watch for the tone of religious bigotry.
The recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led to a major collision in American politics between Democrats and Republicans. In this episode, Stephen untangles the various precedents involved, going back to the 1992 “Biden Rule.” Tune in to find out what Stephen thinks President Trump should do in the days and weeks ahead.
In a recent episode, Stephen stated that the appointment of Kamala Harris as vice-presidential nominee was a smart move. As usual, the podcast was posted on social media. If you listen regularly, you know that Stephen says he can’t vote for Joe Biden and that he’s deeply opposed to many of Kamala Harris’s policies. Yet many people on social media were quick to make assumptions that by praising the Democratic Party’s political strategy Stephen is also endorsing their policies. Not the case. In this day and age, more than ever, we owe it to ourselves to read beyond the headlines but not be easily deceived by clickbait.