Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 16, 2017
4:00 – Charlottesville Through the Eyes of an Ex-Supremacist
All of us were shocked and horrified by the events in Charlottesville this weekend. For Joe Pearce, though, it has a deeper meaning. In his youth he was a part of a white supremacist party in England and did all he could to incite racial hatred. He’s experienced the sense of outrage and alienation that led to the violence in Virginia. We’ll talk with Joseph about the lessons we can learn from this tragedy.
4:20 – Adoption as a Sacrament of Belonging
The idea of adoption is deeply rooted in Scripture. Moses was adopted by the Pharaoh’s family and Jesus himself was adopted by his foster father, Joseph. Kelley Nikondeha is very familiar with the concept; she was adopted as a child and is now an adoptive mother. She joins us with a reflection on adoption and the mystery of belonging to God’s family.
5:00 – When Eugenics is Celebrated
A CBS special report this week looked at Iceland, which is on track to virtually eliminate Down syndrome within its borders. Tragically, this is happening not through therapy or research but through prenatal screening and abortion. Nearly 100% of Icelandic women whose babies are diagnosed with Down syndrome choose abortion, and rates in other countries are rising as well. In the words of Elizabeth Schlitz, this signals a clear erosion of society’s responsibility to care for and protect the vulnerable. Elizabeth joins us.
5:20 – The Life and Legacy of America’s Spiritual Founding Father
George Whitefield was one of the most famous and influential men in Colonial America, but most people today have never heard of him. He was a leading evangelical figure of the age and his writings continue to influence American Evangelical Christianity. Thomas Kidd joins us with a look at America’s Spiritual Founding Father.