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Kingdom Culture Conversations

Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative from Northwest Christian School

What would happen if we all came together to truly pray "Thy Kingdom come"? What would the world look like? How different would the culture be from the culture of the world today? Northwest Christian School in Phoenix, Arizona is pleased to present "Kingdom Culture Conversations" as part of Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative launched by the school. Northwest Christian uses God's word to address the issues that are confounding the culture in which our students are living: gender, race, the sanctity of life, sexuality, and more. Within each episode, recognized experts on these issues discuss the ramifications of holding to a Christian worldview during a time of cultural upheaval and work to equip students to understand and address the issues. Subscribe now! Upcoming episodes will feature crucial conversations with religious liberty attorney Erik Stanley, Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy, Arizona gubernatorial candidate and current state treasurer Kimberly Yee, Matt Beienburg of The Goldwater Institute, and many others...
Kimberly Yee, Arizona State Treasurer:  Whether a Small Business at 7th Ave. and Buckeye or $40B at the State Capitol, Financial Wisdom is Crucial
Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee's career is a career of "firsts".  Yee is the first Asian American woman elected to the Arizona State Legislature.   She is also the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in the history of the United States.  But the "first" that Kimberly Yee prefers to talk about is the prudent reality that sound financial stewardship needs to be a first priority in our homes and in educating our children.In today's first of two episodes featuring State Treasurer Yee, she explains how that priority became personal to her.  As part of a family that understands that legal immigration and hard work can make the American Dream a reality, she has moved from a corner market established shortly after our state was founded to managing a $40 billion cache of state savings...and growing the state's savings account by $23 billion.For more information on Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, please visit:  https://www.aztreasury.gov/treasurer-kimberly-yeeTo learn about the role and responsiblities of a state treasurer, click on the following link:  https://www.aztreasury.gov/To learn about the upcoming Frameworks course, "Dave Ramsey's Foundations of Personal Finance", please visit the Frameworks website."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
2d ago
14 mins
Hillorie Schrock, Northwest Christian American Sign Language Instructor:  Why is the Deaf Community the World's Largest Unreached People Group?
Mrs. Hillorie Schrock is the Northwest Christian high school American Sign Language instructor.   Her love for Jesus, her students, and ASL have wonderfully fused into an immersive classroom environment in which students are learning so much more than a second or third language.   Hillorie does an amazing job of conveying her love and compassion for the deaf community--a group that some of called the world's largest, unreached people group.What is it that has worked to make this group so difficult to evangelize?  Why are they so much more vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse?Answers to these questions lead into a Kingdom Culture Conversation in which Hillorie explains an innovative initiative in which she is facilitating a sign language-based video exchange between her Northwest Christian classes and deaf students at a school in Rwanda, HVP Gatagara.The effort is part of Northwest Christian's growing partnership with Rwanda's City of Joy Christian School.  For more on City of Joy, click here.To learn more about HVP Gatagara, please follow this link.To watch the first video that Northwest Christian students sent to Rwanda, click here.To see the first video that the Rwanda Gatagara students sent to NCS, click here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Nov 22 2021
25 mins
Russ Miller of CreationMinistries.org:  Does the Bible Really Tell Us that the World is Less than 10,000 Years Old?[Veterans Day Episode] Hollie Koenigsberg:  An Iraqi War Vet and Purple Heart Recipient Recounts Her Journey from Hurt to HopeDr. Amy Yoder of Northwest Christian:   Should We  Completely Avoid Literature, Movies, and Music that Do Not Agree with Biblical Worldview?
Dr. Amy Yoder is a cornerstone in the Northwest Christian English department.  Beloved by students although she pushes them hard, engaging in the classroom, and creative within her lessons, her courses (Honors Junior English and Honors Senior English) earn her Northwest Christian students college credit at both Grand Canyon University and Colorado Christian University.   Her research into effective spiritual formation strategies within high school students has been professionally published and she has been invited to speak on the subject at different conferences.  In short, she is the perfect person to ask the question, "Should we completely avoid literature, art, and music if it conflicts with a Biblical worldview?"  As an extension of the question, should be only engage artistic expression if it is created by those in a right-standing relationship with their Creator?  Will you agree with her answer?For information on Dr. Yoder's research, please click here.Within this episode, mention is made of a book by Dr. Roger Erdvig:  "Beyond Biblical Integration" from Summit Ministries.  For more info on the book or to read it yourself, please click here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Nov 10 2021
30 mins
Russ Miller of CreationMinistries.org:  In Creationism, Does "Young Earth vs. Old Earth" Really Matter?Matt Davidson of Timothy Christian Schools:  Can We Still Call it "Freedom" if We Are Given Just One Choice?Marcia Montenegro with Christian Answers for the New Age:  Is the Enneagram Safe for Christians?
After spending years as a certified, professional psychic, Christ rescued Marcia Montenegro out of darkness and revealed to her His marvelous light.  Now, standing in that light, she is bringing forward two salient messages.  The first is an evangelical message through her missions organization, Christian Answers for the New Age, directed towards those trapped in the occult like she was.  The second is a message to the evangelical church:  are we growing too comfortable with the rising tide of occultic influences in our homes?As an extension of this second emphasis, Marcia has spent a great deal of time with the Enneagram, a "personality" tool that is growing in popularity with Evangelicals and within the church.  In today's episode, we ask Marcia, "Is the Enneagram spiritually sound?"  "Is it rooted in truth?"  No doubt about it, the Kingdom Culture Conversation we kick off today will resonate with many, polarize some, and, hopefully, send us all to God's word as we reach conclusions on these pivotal questions on our own.For more information on Marcia's work, to read/hear more from her, and learn about Christian Answers for the New Age, please visit:  http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Nov 1 2021
43 mins
[Special Episode] Update from Northwest Christian School's Rezoning Opposition Committee
Where most Kingdom Culture Conversation episodes are intended for the communities of Northwest Christian School, our Frameworks students and families, and the various church communities that both of these ministries are pleased to serve, today's special Saturday episode is primarily directed to the students and families that Northwest Christian serves on-the-ground.Northwest Christian is attempting to intervene in a rezoning request that is going in front of the Phoenix City Council.  (If you missed those earlier communications, they are available here and also available here.)  The issue is a request before the city of Phoenix (Z-66-20-1), in which Asura Healthcare, LLC is seeking to rezone the 3.12 acres located at the southeast corner of 43rd Ave. and Juniper from C-O (Commercial Office) to C-1 (Neighborhood Retail), allowing the space to be used as a 54-bed "Community Residence Center" for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.On Thursday evening, October 28th, Northwest Christian's Rezoning Opposition Committee updated the Crusader community on the substantive reasons that the school needs your help in opposing a local rezoning application.  In this unique episode, we have taken the audio from the video recording of that virtual meeting and uploaded it here.If you prefer to watch the video, simply click here.Once you have listened/watched, if you agree that the risks in this situation are greater than the potential gains, please click here to learn about three ways in which you could help.If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts, please don't hesitate to reach out to Geoff Brown directly at either his personal cell phone, (623)225-5573, via email:  gbrown@ncsaz.org.
Oct 30 2021
48 mins
Roger Munchian of "Rescued, Not Arrested":  Moving From Trafficking Drugs to Trafficking Bibles
Roger Munchian survived death row and today serves as the head of one of the largest prison ministries in the United States, "Rescued, not Arrested".   As a young man, in southern California and Arizona, Roger was a significant player within drug trafficking.  Eventually, his lifestyle caught up to him and he faced charges that could have resulted in capital punishment.Instead, the Lord used that moment to change Roger's heart.  From a prison cell, he began studying God's word--the Holy Spirit used this pursuit to grab hold of his heart, transform his mind, and, eventually, completely change his circumstances.In chapel at Northwest Christian School on Wednesday, October 27th, Roger used his story of how God's word transformed his life to help Mr. Brown launch the 2021 Red Letter Challenge.  The Red Letter Challenge is an annual campaign in which students are encouraged to read through the four gospels, one chapter per day, over the course of three months.For more information on the Red Letter Challenge, click here.To download the Red Letter Challenge Bible reading plan, click here.To watch the summer 2021 Kingdom Culture Conversations video that featured Roger Munchian, click here.To work through Roger's biographraphical book, "Rescued, Not Arrested", with Roger himself, check out another Frameworks podcast, the "Off the Page Book Club" podcast.To learn more about Rescued, Not Arrested, please click here.To read the biographical book that captures Roger's compelling testimony, click here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Oct 27 2021
19 mins
Willow Humes of Mission Haiti:  Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Assasinations, Abductions--Are We Called to Comfort?
When Chuck Norris grows up, he wants to be Willow Humes.  In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, you will have the opportunity to meet a young lady who will likely be one of the toughest, bravest people you will meet.  Willow grew up living within Deep Within Rehab in Peoria, Arizona, a center for recovering addicts and ex-cons operated by her parents Lee and Cindy Humes.  At an early age, she was providing meals to the homeless population in downtown Phoenix.  From there, she launched into the mission field, often serving in the Kids Kingdom orphanage in Imuris, Sonora and other needy areas around the world.  Since graduating from both Northwest Christian and Grand Canyon University, she has been teaching gradeschool students at Jean Alexis Kuislin Christian Academy in Haiti through Mission-Haiti.  During her time in Haiti, the island nation has been ravaged by earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, assasinations, and numerous abductions of foreign nationals--so much so that the U.S. State Department now urges Americans to avoid travel to the country.  Having recently been evacuated from Haiti due to civil unrest and gang violence in the village where she was posted, in a Kingdom Culture Conversation with Mr. G, Willow opens up about what motivates her to stay on mission and refuse the comforts that so many commonly seek.  In the process, we are left to ponder, "As Christ followers, are we meant to live comfortable lives?"To be inspired by the work of Deep Within Rehab, click here.For more information on Mission Haiti, please click here.You can learn more about Jean Alexis Kuislin Christian Academy by clicking here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Oct 26 2021
25 mins
Marcia Montenegro with Christian Answers for the New Age:  A Professional Psychic Finds Christ and Fears for the Growing Influence of New Age Thinking in the ChurchScott Brownson of Clydehurst Christian Ranch:  How Do We Eliminate Worry and Hurry?Erik Stanley of the Provident Law Group:  Why Do Some Consider the Equality Act to be an Affront to Religious Liberty?Dr. Randy Martinez of J.B. Sutton Elementary School:  A Title I Principal Works Hard to Create Community and Provide Learning Amidst Challenges
For twelve years, Northwest Christian School has been involved in an annual, school-wide "Missions Learning" effort:  providing Hope to families in what is arguably the neediest public school district in the state, the Isaac School District.  All those years ago, it started with J.B. Sutton Elementary and a campaign to provide several dozen Thanksgiving meal food boxes for Sutton families that needed it most.  Over time, the effort has grown to envelope twelve different schools within a campaign that encompasses 1,500 Thanksgiving meals valuing $60K, Christmas gifts for students in three different schools, and countless volunteer hours in which Northwest Christian students are serving Sutton students, families, and teachers.The effort has grown to include dynamic partnerships as well.  The Legacy Foundation is the largest non-profit foundation in Arizona and they have worked closely with Crusader student leaders to write grant proposals that have yielded financial grants as well as access to the Working Poor Tax Credit--both of which complement the generosity of Crusader families.  This year, the campaign will be coupled with the Avondale campus of Christ's Church of the Valley--pointing the families on the receiving end  of the Sutton Project blessings to CCV Avondale as an avenue to find true hope in Christ.Our guest within this episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations is Dr. Randy Martinez who has served as the principal for Sutton for the last four years.  Martinez is a charismatic catalyst who refuses to acknowledge the many challenges in his community--poverty, language barriers, COVID-19--as anything more than the opportunity to dig deeper and work harder to create family-like community with staff and students and provide authentic learning during a time characterized by pandemic-driven learning loss.In today's episode, Mr. Brown and Dr. Martinez address all of these things and talk about the enduring relationship between Northwest Christian School and J.B. Sutton Elementary School.To support this effort financially, including the opportunity to take advantage of the Working Poor Tax Credit, please visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/giving/sutton-projectFor more information on Dr. Martinez, please visit:  https://www.isaacschools.org/o/jbbes/page/meet-the-principalTo learn about J.B. Sutton Elementary, visit:  https://www.isaacschools.org/o/jbbesFor more information on the Isaac School District, visit:  https://www.isaacschools.org/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Oct 16 2021
22 mins
Chelsi Johnson of WorldVenture:  An American Female Prepares for Mission Work in the Patriarchal Culture of IslamRyan Brown of Food for the Hungry:  Why Does God Allow Babies to Starve?Adam Brooks:  Is "Inclusivity" a Good Thing or a Bad Thing? How Do I Manage Friendships with Those that have Opposing Worldivews?Adam Brooks:  Practical Steps to Manage our Digital Lives and Social Media with Wisdom
Adam Brooks serves as a popular consultant to schools, corporations, and churches regarding managing the digital dimension of our lives.  A native of Phoenix, his clients include SRP, Arizona State University, the Scottsdale Unified School District...and, most recently, Northwest Christian School.  His NCS Parent University sessions are popular and, as a result, many requests were made at Adam's most recent PU to record/stream his session.  Unfortunately, as you will hear today, we botched that task and the recording was lost.  Generously, Adam volunteered to come back and record a Kingdom Culture Conversation with us so that the same information could be distributed to students and parents in this form.In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, Brooks tackles the issue of how best to manage our digital lives.  Helping us to understand that social media is not the root of all evil and digital devices can be effective tools, Brooks walks us through healthy, God-honoring strategies.Adam Brooks is the best-selling author of "The Social Media Handbook:  an Adult's Guide to the Digital Life of a Teen".  You can find that book here.Within the episode, Adam mentions a useful tool to start healthy conversations in your family:  Drive-a-Logue.  To get more information, click here:   https://drivealogue.com/For more info on Adam, visit https://www.adamleebrooks.com/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Sep 27 2021
33 mins
Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy: Educational Freedom and Transgender Confusion in Schools (Part Two)

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