Episode 81: Do We Need A Bigger Tent?

What exactly do people mean when they say a group need a bigger tent? How do we solve the problem of people feeling alienated?

From the sealed portion:

Flavors of Persecution

This is our 80th Episode. And with this we’re now officially starting our new release schedule. We’re going to post episodes on the 1st and the 15th of every month. Of course, this being the first of the new schedule, it had to be a day late.

In this episode, we discuss the types of persecution that Christians now face (hint: not lions) and speculate on what might be coming. Remind me to put a link to the conference talk here.

And whoops, I forgot to edit in some music.

Also we are introducing the new segment of our show, which I’m calling the “Sealed Portion.” It is sealed, because there is no discussion. It is a short list of items of interest to JP or me, whichever did not choose that week’s topic.

So here’s what’s in the first sealed portion.

  • Gill Fullbright – the honest politician
  • David J. West – Excellent Author
  • Hamilton – I was apparently the last person on earth to discover this, so you probably don’t need a link.

Should I, a Christian man, be involved in politics?

JP asks the question: how much should a Christian man care about the world of politics? And then we discuss it.

Here is the quote JP used and a link to the whole talk:

The Church will always stand for that which is honest, virtuous, true and praiseworthy. Such a pronounced stand for righteousness constitutes a repudiation against every evil and all false philosophies. The First Presidency and the Twelve are not oblivious to false philosophies and evils and will continue to warn the world and the Saints as the Lord directs.

Yes, there is a conspiracy of evil. The source of it all is Satan and his hosts. He has a great power over men to “lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken” to the voice of the Lord. (Moses 4:4.) His evil influence may be manifest through governments; through false educational, political, economic, religious, and social philosophies; through secret societies and organizations; and through myriads of other forms. His power and influence are so great that, if possible, he would deceive the very elect. As the second coming of the Lord approaches, Satan’s work will intensify through numerous insidious deceptions.

Parents also need to take a stand for all that is honest, virtuous, and praiseworthy. It is the responsibility of heads of families to support wholesome influences for their children in government, schools, in the home, in the neighborhoods, in stores, in local theaters. Parents have responsibility to see that freedom is preserved for their children, and that the present generation does not burden future generations with debt and wasteful extravagance. The gospel, the kingdom of God, can prosper only in an atmosphere of freedom. Every adult has responsibility in selecting government leadership, for as the Lord has said, “I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; … Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently.” (D&C 98:8–10.)

There is an urgent need for the development of a more firm and virtuous influence in the public affairs of each community, each state or province, and nations as a whole. A force for positive good is needed in every facet of public life.

April 1978 Conference

You can tell how into politics Bryce is by the insane political ranting on his blog. This episode has none of that.

Addiction (Part 1?)

JP & I discuss addiction, its causes and its dangers. Especially pornography addictions. There’s a whole lot to cover here, and I’ve studied and learned a lot since we recorded this 2 months ago. Still, I think this is one of the most important topics for men in our day. It is just everywhere.

I may add more later, but here are a couple of resources:

  • Overcoming Pornography – A site built by the LDS church to help fight this addiction from a religious standpoint.
  • NoFap.com – Attacks the problem from a more secular angle, but has tons of resources and forums and such.

A Peculiar Podcast

After my spectacular fail in sound mixing last time, I realized far too late that I had things not set up well in the recording of this episode. Either I forgot to turn on my microphone or I was standing in a deep hole. Sigh. Please forgive me.

This time we talk about being a peculiar people. Does that just mean Mormons are weird? Should we try to be different?