Tag: Faith

The Importance of Family and Family Time… DTH Episode 124

The importance of family and family time cannot be overstated. I spoke last week about taking a little time for myself and the family. We enjoyed our little weekend camping trip. I am so grateful for the memories. As I was thinking about the importance of family and family time, I began thinking about an early DTH conversation I had with my friend Kendall Qualls. I’ve pulled that conversation from the DTH archives for this week’s episode.

The Truth and Trust Project… Part 2 with Dr. Francis Collins

Do you trust that our public health officials are telling you the truth? This question, for me, lead to the Truth and Trust Project. I for one find myself very skeptical these days. As many who’ve listened to the DTH podcast for long know, I’ve been highly critical of the government’s response to the pandemic from the very beginning. How does someone like me have a conversation with someone who had direct influence on the government’s response to the pandemic? Not so long ago, I would say that the conversation would never happen, because my attitude would not have allowed it.

The Truth and Trust Project may be one of the most important endeavors of my life. Several times over the past several months, I asked the question, “if you could ask Dr. Francis Collins or Dr. Tony Fauci a question, what would that question be?”. For that question, I received nothing but negative responses. The most common response was some variation of, “I wouldn’t waste my time, they wouldn’t listen anyway”… I asked the question because I am currently involved in a Braver Angels initiative called the “Truth and Trust Project” with Dr. Francis Collins and myself as partners.

The only way we can expect as a country to rebuild Truth and Trust is to have conversations with those whom we disagree. The only way to get results from those conversations is to actually LISTEN to those with whom we disagree and look for the humility and humanity in their position. In this episode, Part 2 of 2, Francis and I continue our discussion on the loss of Truth and Trust during the age of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Episode 116: Drawing Closer to the Creator and the Kingdom of God… with Paul Rakowicz

I recently read that a Gallup poll revealed that a record low number of Americans now believe in God. As I look around at all those that seem to be drifting through life like a ship without a rudder, it really comes as no surprise. It is very disheartening, but comes as no surprise. Is there answers to this age of outrage we’re living through in the reality that people are losing their faith?

How does loss of faith relate to Hate and Anger?
I have often heard it said that those who are strong in their faith in God are happier than those who are not. This may be an answer as to why we are seeing acts of outrage increasing while the number of Americans who believe in God are decreasing.

How do we draw closer to God the creator?
This week’s guest, Paul Rakowicz, provided some great insight into his thoughts on this topic. Paul is a fellow podcaster (The Created Order Podcast), pastor, author and Spiritual Fitness Christian Life Coach.
Topics of discussion:

Is there salvation through faith alone?What is our duty to God?What is the importance of Free Will?What is Poverty of Spirit?What is “dispassion” and the logical falacy?What does the Bible say about Government?

Episode 87: Helping Others Obtain Destiny… with Pastor Corey Brooks of Project H.O.O.D.

Can you imagine spending a cold winter’s night on a rooftop, in the windy city of Chicago? How about spending 100 cold winter nights on a rooftop in one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods? What if the cause was so great that you felt called to do so? Well Pastor Corey Brooks felt that calling, and he is doing just that, for the second time!

Who is Pastor Corey Brooks and what is Project H.O.O.D.?
Pastor Corey B. Brooks, founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and founder and CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Communities Development Corporation has become a leading voice and presence in the fight against the violence gripping Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods. 
Don’t miss this conversation where Pastor Brooks and I discuss his second go round on the rooftop in a cold Chicago winter, encouraging CEOs and others to join him on the roof to raise funds for an incredible community activity and learning center. We talk about his inspiring vision of providing hope, rehabilitation, revitalization and a path towards dignity and independence for those who have all but thrown in the towel.