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Kitsch Caught on YouTube

Does Paul Spears irrationally hate decorative plates? Does John Mark Reynolds irrationally love them? Is kitsch more than just tacky? Can value be found in bad culture? In a time when even the most candid moments can end up on YouTube, can professors afford to

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Fixing Everything

There are a lot of messes in the world (poverty, disease, oil spills, etc.) and a lot of different ways to try to clean them up. How should Christians think about this process? Whose responsibility is this job of “fixing everything”? Join Dr. John Mark

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Sinning on Facebook

Facebook is pervasive in society today – for some students, it has usurped cell phones as the primary means of communication. What are the implications of this new means of social intercourse? Does Facebook help us know people more fully? Or does it give us

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The Immediate Future

As students graduate and enter the job market, what are their prospects? Are hopeful college graduates destined for disappointment, or is there a light at the end of the recession-shaped tunnel? Are there jobs out there? How can a graduate find them? Join Dr. John

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Buddhism Repackaged: More Thoughts On The "New New Age"

This podcast continues last week’s discussion on the “visualization” trend in modern spiritual circles. How did “pop religion” develop such a following, and how can the Church avoid its nicely packaged seductions? Why are so many people convinced that they are transmission towers for positive

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Oprah-Style Religion: Choosing The Truth Over "The Secret"

One of the most popular trends in modern spirituality is the “visualization” approach, which claims that health, wealth, and happiness are only a positive thought away. These principles seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial for everyday life–but are there dangers below the surface? What’s in store

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How Now Shall We Listen?: Determining What Makes Music "Good"

In a culture inundated with iTunes, media players, and songs-on-demand, have we lost sight of music’s intended purpose? What is its real use? What should take precedence in determining our musical choices–the melody or the lyrics? Should Christians feel remorse over some of the songs

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Flourishing in Singleness

In an overly-sexualized society in which about 97% of people will be married at some point, how should a Christian (and the church in general) think about the devout single life, in comparison to the devout married life? What does a whole and meaningful life

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The End of the World: Why Christians are Culturally Defensive

“If your child wants bread, give them bread and not stone.” Why is most of the Christian subculture perceived as ‘cheesy,’ derivative, and defensive? Why are few Christians, especially youth, convinced of Christianity’s meaningfulness, cultural force, and complexity? Join John Mark Reynolds from the Torrey

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Tweets and Possibility Junkies: The Online "Conversation"

Since human communication is only 15% verbal, what are the benefits and deficiencies of online communication? Is it a conversation? Or merely information distribution? Does it promote discussion and deep thinking or is it just “aphoristic” and “attention-getting?” Join John Mark Reynolds and Paul Spears

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Why Are They Leaving?

Over 50% of Christian students graduate college outside of the faith. Join John Mark Reynolds as he, Rebecca Fort (Executive Director of Wheatstone Academy) and Alishia Fry (Wheatstone Academy alumni and student at Torrey Honors Institute) discuss this phenomenon, its causes, and the ways Wheatstone