Full Proof Theology

Chase Davis

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136 - Tom Thiessen on Communion, Wine, and the Western Slope
1w ago
136 - Tom Thiessen on Communion, Wine, and the Western Slope
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisLord of the Feast - https://amzn.to/3ybeuqwGospel Church Durango - https://www.gospelchurchdurango.com/SummaryIn this episode of Full Proof Theology, Chase Davis interviews Tom Thiessen, the pastor at Gospel Church Durango. They discuss Tom's journey into ministry and the unique cultural dynamics of the Western slope of Colorado. They also delve into the importance of feasting and festivals in the Christian faith, and how it can be a form of worship. Tom shares his insights on the church calendar and the significance of monthly feasts in building community. The conversation explores the practice of corporate communion and the use of wine in the Lord's Supper. The guests discuss the importance of unity and fellowship in communion, as well as the biblical support for the spiritual presence of Christ in the sacrament. They also address the issue of alcohol in church, emphasizing the freedom to use wine in communion while accommodating those with a conscience issue. The conversation concludes with a discussion of Resurrection Fest, a worship festival that celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ.TakeawaysTom Thiessen shares his journey into ministry and the challenges of church planting in Durango, Colorado.Feasting and festivals are an important part of the Christian faith and can be a form of worship.The Western slope of Colorado has its own unique cultural dynamics, including a mix of cowboy and new age cultures.Building a culture of feasting and festivals in the church can help create a sense of rootedness and tradition. Corporate communion emphasizes unity and fellowship in the Lord's Supper.The spiritual presence of Christ is believed to be in communion.The use of wine in communion is biblically supported and can enhance the celebratory nature of the sacrament.Accommodating the conscience of those with a concern about alcohol while promoting the biblical view of wine in communion is important.Resurrection Fest is a worship festival that celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:04 The Journey into Ministry and Church Planting in Durango08:57 The Significance of Feasting and Festivals in the Christian Faith16:25 The Cultural Dynamics of the Western Slope of Colorado25:49 Emphasizing Unity and Fellowship in Corporate Communion27:03 The Spiritual Presence of Christ in Communion28:31 The Use of Wine in Communion and Accommodating Conscience44:48 Resurrection Fest: A Celebration of the Death and Resurrection of ChristSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
135 - Auron MacIntrye on How to Defeat the Total State
May 6 2024
135 - Auron MacIntrye on How to Defeat the Total State
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisThe Total State - https://amzn.to/4aYlEwQAuron MacIntyre - https://www.theblaze.com/u/auronmacintyreTwitter - https://twitter.com/AuronMacintyreSummaryAuron MacIntyre discusses his book 'Total State' and his journey from being a journalist to questioning the political system. He shares his observations of the media's manipulation and bias during the Trump era and the erosion of constitutional principles. McIntyre emphasizes the importance of understanding power and the role of the managerial elite in shaping society. He challenges the misconception of individual liberty and highlights the need for order and virtue. MacIntyre also addresses the idea of Christians and power, debunking the notion that Christians should give up power and emphasizing the importance of power in effecting positive change. The conversation explores the concept of the managerial elite structure and its impact on society. It discusses how the large bureaucratic structure of social institutions has led to a lack of organic community and bonds. The commodification of religion, particularly in evangelicalism, is also examined. The conversation then delves into the inevitability of the fall of the total state, highlighting the unsustainability of the current managerial structure. The failure of conservative and non-woke liberal strategies to oppose the total state is discussed. The conversation concludes with a focus on the need for smaller, communal communities and the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their communities.TakeawaysThe media's manipulation and bias during the Trump era highlighted the need to question the political system and understand power dynamics.The erosion of constitutional principles and the misconception of individual liberty have led to a loss of order and virtue in society.The managerial elite, operating through bureaucratic systems, shape and control society, often at the expense of individual freedoms.Christians should not shy away from power but should use it to effect positive change and uphold Christian values.The managerial elite structure has led to a lack of organic community and bonds in society.The commodification of religion in evangelicalism can be dehumanizing and perpetuate individualism.The total state is unsustainable and will eventually fall due to the limitations of the current managerial structure.Conservative and non-woke liberal strategies are insufficient to oppose the total state.Creating smaller, communal communities and taking individual responsibility for one's community is crucial for societal change.Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
134 - Brad Vermurlen - Looking Back on the Reformed Resurgence
Apr 29 2024
134 - Brad Vermurlen - Looking Back on the Reformed Resurgence
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisReformed Resurgence - https://amzn.to/3VMnhZNhttps://bradvermurlen.com/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Brad Vermurlen, author of the book 'Reformed Resurgence,' to discuss the origins and impact of the Reformed Resurgence movement within American evangelicalism. They explore the sociological aspects of the movement, including field theory and the strategies and tactics employed by its leaders. They also discuss the generational gap in leadership and the perception of influence within the movement. The conversation concludes with a reflection on current conversations and movements within evangelicalism and the potential future directions of the field.TakeawaysThe Reformed Resurgence movement within American evangelicalism emerged as a response to the emerging church conversation and the need to reclaim a more traditional, Calvinistic theology.The movement was largely led by baby boomers and Gen X leaders, but it attracted a significant following among millennials.The movement, while influential within its own circles, constituted a relatively small percentage of the broader evangelical landscape.The movement employed various strategies and tactics, such as focusing on urban centers, promoting complementarian gender beliefs, and positioning themselves as gatekeepers of true evangelicalism.The current conversation within evangelicalism revolves around political theology and a reevaluation of the apolitical posture of the past.Chapters00:00 Introduction00:39 Background of the Book03:06 Personal Background and Interest05:01 Involvement in the Reformed Resurgence06:27 Origins of the Reformed Resurgence09:40 Generational Gap in Leadership10:21 Age Range of Leaders11:02 Perception of Influence12:01 Inflated Sense of Importance15:30 Field Theory and its Application25:58 Current Conversations and Movements40:10 Future Assessment of Current Movements45:12 ConclusionSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
133 - Doug Wilson on Christianity and Anti-Semitism
Apr 22 2024
133 - Doug Wilson on Christianity and Anti-Semitism
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisAmerican Milk and Honey - https://amzn.to/43XRYNWMartyrMade Twitter Post - https://twitter.com/martyrmade/status/1772032037534437851SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Douglas Wilson, author of 'American Milk and Honey,' about his book and the topic of anti-Semitism. They discuss the importance of understanding the relationship between Christians and Jews, the different views on supersessionism, and the role of Old Testament figures in salvation. They also explore eschatological positions, such as postmillennialism and amillennialism, and the mixed bag nature of religious texts like the Talmud. The conversation delves into the definition of anti-Semitism and the need to acknowledge both the positive and negative contributions of Jews throughout history. They also discuss the strategy outlined by Paul in Romans for winning the Jews through Gentiles living under God's blessings. The conversation explores the complex relationship between Christians and Jews, addressing topics such as historical persecution, criticism of Israel, and the influence of Jewish individuals in various industries. It distinguishes between legitimate criticism and anti-Semitism, emphasizing the importance of fair and honest discussions. The conversation also highlights the need for Christians to engage in cultural and political spheres rather than retreating from them. Overall, it encourages open dialogue while cautioning against resentment and bigotry.TakeawaysUnderstanding the relationship between Christians and Jews is important in addressing issues of anti-Semitism.Different views on supersessionism exist, ranging from hard supersessionism to soft supersessionism.Old Testament figures were saved by looking forward in faith to Christ, while Christians are saved by looking back to Christ.Eschatological positions like postmillennialism and amillennialism have different perspectives on the course of human history.Religious texts, such as the Talmud, should be approached with discernment, recognizing both positive and negative aspects.Anti-Semitism is the notion that Jews are uniquely malevolent, but it is important to acknowledge the mixed bag nature of Jewish contributions throughout history.Paul's strategy in Romans involves Gentiles living under God's blessings, which can provoke Jews to envy and lead to their salvation. The relationship between Christians and Jews has been complex throughout history, with instances of both persecution and protection.Legitimate criticism of Israel's actions or policies is not inherently anti-Semitic, but it is important to distinguish between criticism and unfounded accusations.Ethno-religious loyalty and influence in various industries should be evaluated on an individual basis rather than making sweeping generalizations.Engaging in fair and honest discussions about sensitive topics is crucial, but it is equally important to avoid resentment and bigotry.Christians should actively participate in cultural and political spheres rather than retreating, allowing for meaningful dialogue and understanding.Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
132 - William Wolfe on Fighting the Liberal Drift in the SBC
Apr 15 2024
132 - William Wolfe on Fighting the Liberal Drift in the SBC
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisCenter for Baptist Leadership - https://centerforbaptistleadership.org/Standing for Freedom - https://www.standingforfreedom.com/Christ Over All - https://christoverall.com/American Reformer - https://americanreformer.org/Founders Ministries - https://founders.org/Conservative Baptist Network - https://conservativebaptistnetwork.com/SummaryIn this episode of Full Proof Theology, Chase Davis interviews William Wolfe, the executive director of the Center for Baptist Leadership and Organization. They discuss the importance of the Southern Baptist Convention and its impact on American life. They also delve into the role of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and its failure to defend conservative Southern Baptist interests. They highlight the need for a conservative president in the Southern Baptist Convention to appoint the right people to committees and trustees. They also address the issue of sexual abuse within the convention and emphasize the importance of biblical justice and due process. In this conversation, William Wolfe and Chase Davis discuss the need for reform within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). They highlight the importance of upholding biblical standards of justice and rejecting the crisis narrative that has been used to weaken the SBC. They also discuss the upcoming SBC presidential election and the qualities that conservatives should look for in a candidate. They emphasize the need for a president who supports the law amendment, financial transparency, conservative reform-minded trustees, and strengthening the boundaries of SBC cooperation. They also address concerns about the law amendment and the importance of passing it to maintain the SBC's commitment to complementarianism.TakeawaysThe Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant Christian denomination in America and its health and theological purity are crucial not only for Southern Baptists but for all Christians.The Center for Baptist Leadership aims to revitalize the Southern Baptist Convention, defend it from external threats, and provide a better Baptist voice in the public square.The Southern Baptist Convention can be reformed by electing a conservative president who appoints the right people to committees and trustees, leading to a change in direction.The issue of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention should be addressed with biblical justice, ensuring care for potential victims and protection for potential falsely accused individuals. The Southern Baptist Convention needs to reject the crisis narrative and focus on upholding biblical standards of justice.Conservatives should look for a presidential candidate who supports the law amendment, financial transparency, conservative reform-minded trustees, and strengthening the boundaries of SBC cooperation.Passing the law amendment is crucial to maintaining the SBC's commitment to complementarianism and preventing the slide into theological liberalism.Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
131 - Timon Cline & Clifford Humphrey - BUILD A FORTRESS
Apr 8 2024
131 - Timon Cline & Clifford Humphrey - BUILD A FORTRESS
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavishttps://americanreformer.org/2024/03/build-a-fortress/https://americanreformer.org/2024/03/restore-baptist-churches-to-save-the-west/SummaryIn this episode, the hosts discuss the concept of fortresses in the context of Christianity in today's world. They explore the differences between culture warriors and cultural engagement, highlighting the flaws in both approaches. They introduce the concept of cultural insurgency as a strategy for Christians in the current negative world. The hosts delve into the importance of shifting loyalties and owning space, emphasizing the need for Christians to understand the distinction between the ruling regime and the nation. They also discuss the significance of fortresses as a metaphor for strengthening the Christian position and launching from a place of strength. The conversation explores the concept of fortresses as a strategy for Christians in a negative world. Fortresses are tangible, martial in spirit, and serve as defensive structures that can be a base for launching forward. The progression in building fortresses is similar to the progression in strategy games, starting with small settlements and advancing to defensive structures. Fortresses are cultural spaces that provide a necessary area of life for Christians. Examples of fortresses include American Reformer and classical education. Churches owning their own space is crucial in a negative world. Screening is important to attract the right people and protect the integrity of the fortress. Normies can be won over by offering a better and higher life.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Guest Introductions03:44 Culture Warriors vs Cultural Engagement09:18 Cultural Insurgency13:56 Shifting Loyalties26:00 The Importance of Fortresses28:50 Introduction to the Concept of Fortresses29:19 The Importance of Tangibility and Martial Spirit30:14 Progression in Building Fortresses31:09 Fortresses as Cultural Spaces32:08 Building a Network of Fortresses33:07 Examples of Fortresses: American Reformer and Classical Education36:43 The Importance of Churches Owning Space39:29 Screening and the Importance of Attracting the Right People44:16 The Controversy of Screening and Ruffling Feathers45:38 The Concept of Normies and Acquiring Their LoyaltySupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
130 - Joe Rigney Responds to Ligon Duncan and the “Moscow Mood”
Apr 3 2024
130 - Joe Rigney Responds to Ligon Duncan and the “Moscow Mood”
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFull interview with Ligon Duncan on “Room for Nuance” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=548rPIIBdlUClip re: Moscow Mood - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXnwKgzXy8o“Leadership and Emotional Sabotage” - https://amzn.to/4avC7s0Joe Rigney on Twitter - https://twitter.com/joe_rigney“Jesus Has AIDS” - https://www.russellmoore.com/2009/12/01/jesus-has-aids/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis and Joe Rigney discuss the interview with Ligon Duncan and the concept of the Moscow Mood. They explore the contrasting attitudes towards different opponents and the use of mockery and caricature. They also delve into the inner circle dynamics and the exclusionary nature of Big Eva. The conversation highlights the attraction to inner rings and the prevention of face-to-face interaction. They conclude by examining the motive behind the slapdown and the refusal to engage in meaningful conversation. The conversation explores the importance of inviting different voices and engaging with different perspectives, even if there is a lack of reciprocity. It highlights the dangers of dignifying every error and the need for clarity over nuance. The conversation also discusses the currency of credibility and the transition from a neutral to a negative world. It emphasizes the importance of courage and the recognition that leaders will make mistakes. Ultimately, the conversation encourages trust in the Lord and Jesus as the ultimate source of guidance.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background01:00 Discussing Ligon Duncan and the Moscow Mood03:47 The Use of Mockery and Caricature06:09 The Irony of Criticizing Moscow Mood07:11 The Inner Circle and Exclusion09:21 The Duplicity of Big Eva11:28 The Attraction to Inner Rings21:12 The Evangelical Industrial Complex25:17 The Inner Ring and Human Nature28:24 The Motive Behind the Slapdown34:35 Refusing Face-to-Face Conversation35:18 Inviting Different Voices36:08 The Lack of Reciprocity36:59 Engaging with Different Perspectives37:26 The Importance of Engagement38:21 The Dangers of Dignifying Every Error39:20 Paul's Response to Mistaken Identity40:19 The Number of Times in Acts41:16 The Mistaken Identity of Paul and the Apostles41:45 The Currency of Credibility45:08 The Inconsistency of Criticism46:23 The Ritual Denunciation Strategy48:23 Transitioning from Neutral to Negative World49:48 The Incentive Structure of Ritual Denunciation50:47 The Importance of Courage in Negative World52:36 The Importance of Clarity over Nuance54:31 The Apprehension of Trusting Leaders57:10 Different Approaches Based on Community Context59:05 Learning from Mistakes and Developing Faithfulness01:03:48 Trust in the Lord and JesusSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
129 - Ryan Visconti on War Time Ministry
Apr 1 2024
129 - Ryan Visconti on War Time Ministry
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisGeneration Church - https://generation.church/Ryan on Twitter - https://twitter.com/ryanviscontiSummaryRyan Visconti, a pastor from the Assemblies of God (AG) background, shares his journey and the shifts in his ministry approach. He discusses his early years as a pastor's kid and his initial reluctance to enter ministry. Ryan's encounter with God in Iraq led him to embrace his calling and become a pastor. He talks about the shift in his ministry approach in 2020, where he started addressing controversial cultural issues and taking a stand against progressive ideologies. Ryan also shares his experience of speaking out against Andy Stanley and the challenges he faced within the AG culture. The conversation explores topics such as avoiding the perception of marketing strategy, adapting to the times and leading boldly, post-denominationalism and denominational distinctives, theological distinctives in the Assemblies of God, the role of charismatic gifting in the church, women in ministry and complementarianism, navigating the tension between charismatic and complementarian views, understanding the Assemblies of God's view on women in ministry, navigating differences in church practices, and linking arms despite theological differences.TakeawaysMinistry approaches can evolve and shift over time based on personal experiences and convictions.Addressing controversial cultural issues can lead to growth and unity within the church.Speaking out against false teachings and ideologies requires courage and a commitment to biblical truth.Categorizing people based on their commitment to biblical truth rather than denominational affiliation can foster unity and collaboration. It is important to avoid the perception of using marketing strategies or being a 'weathervane Christian' while adapting to the times and reaching people with the gospel.Leading boldly and remaining convictional is crucial in avoiding the mistakes of previous generations and effectively reaching the lost.While there is a move towards post-denominationalism, denominational distinctives can provide grounding and stability for individuals in a transient culture.The Assemblies of God has a mix of theological positions, including both Arminian and Calvinist perspectives, and a range of views on women in ministry.Charismatic gifting can bring life and vibrancy to a church, but it is important to maintain order and focus on the primary goal of salvation.Navigating the tension between charismatic and complementarian views requires understanding and respect for different theological perspectives.The Assemblies of God has a cooperative fellowship that supports and credentials women in ministry, but the number of female lead pastors is still relatively low.It is important to differentiate between churches that embrace women in ministry due to feminist ideology and those that do so based on their interpretation of scripture.Despite theological differences, it is important for churches to link arms and work together for the greater cause of the gospel.To learn more about Generations Church and Ryan Visconti's ministry, visit generation.church or follow him on social media.Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
128 - Jordan Bush on Why Christians Should Care About Bitcoin
Mar 25 2024
128 - Jordan Bush on Why Christians Should Care About Bitcoin
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisThank God for Bitcoin - https://tgfb.com/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Jordan Bush about the topic of Bitcoin. They discuss the background of money production, the role of central banks and fiat currency, and the introduction of Bitcoin as a decentralized digital currency. They also explore the concept of Bitcoin mining and how it relates to the creation of new Bitcoin. This conversation explores various aspects of Bitcoin, including its open-source nature, governing rules, and differentiation from other cryptocurrencies. It also discusses the durability of Bitcoin in crisis situations and its potential as a tool for mitigating threat models. The conversation delves into the cost of mining Bitcoin, finding cheap energy sources, and the role of Bitcoin in fixing the energy industry. It emphasizes Bitcoin as a long-term savings strategy and provides insights into where to buy Bitcoin. The conversation concludes with a discussion on Bitcoin and taxes.TakeawaysThe ethics of money production have a significant impact on individuals and societies.Central banks and fiat currency allow governments to manipulate the dynamics of sowing and reaping in the economy.Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that operates outside the control of central banks.Bitcoin mining involves the use of dedicated computers to solve complex mathematical problems and earn new Bitcoin. Bitcoin is an open-source project that operates on a set of governing rules and parameters.Bitcoin differentiates itself from other cryptocurrencies by its decentralized nature and resistance to large-scale changes.Bitcoin can serve as a durable resource in crisis situations, but its usability depends on the availability of the internet and power supply.Bitcoin can be a tool for mitigating threat models, such as debanking and censorship.Mining Bitcoin requires finding cheap energy sources, and the cost of entry varies depending on the type of mining equipment.Bitcoin can be purchased as a long-term savings strategy, and it is advisable to buy small amounts regularly rather than attempting to swing trade.Bitcoin can be bought from platforms that specialize in Bitcoin transactions.Bitcoin is taxed when it is sold, and accepting Bitcoin as payment can be a way to accumulate it without triggering immediate tax liabilities.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background09:37 The Ethics of Money Production32:12 Central Banks and Fiat Currency35:58 Introduction to Bitcoin40:39 Bitcoin Mining42:44 Introduction to Bitcoin and its Open Source Nature44:09 Bitcoin's Governing Rules and Parameters46:19 Differentiating Bitcoin from Other Cryptocurrencies47:40 Currencies vs. Stocks and the Desirability of Bitcoin50:09 The Durability of Bitcoin in Crisis Situations51:08 Bitcoin as a Tool for Mitigating Threat Models52:39 Bitcoin and the Control of Central Banks56:06 Bitcoin as a Solution for Debanking57:19 Mining Bitcoin and the Cost of Entry59:03 Different Types of Bitcoin Miners01:00:01 Bitcoin's Role in Fixing the Energy Industry01:03:15 The Cost of Mining Bitcoin and Finding Cheap Energy Sources01:06:18 Bitcoin as a Long-Term Savings Strategy01:07:00 Where to Buy BitcoinSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
127 - Joe Rigney on Leadership and Emotional Sabotage (Also Baptism)
Mar 11 2024
127 - Joe Rigney on Leadership and Emotional Sabotage (Also Baptism)
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavishttps://emotionalsabotage.com/“Leadership and Emotional Sabotage” - https://amzn.to/3TdlIkCJoe Rigney Twitter - https://twitter.com/joe_rigneySummaryIn this conversation, Joe Rigney discusses his book on leadership and emotional sabotage. He explores the concept of institutions as shock absorbers and the importance of non-anxious presence in leadership. Rigney also delves into the role of passions in leadership and the dangers of highly empathetic communities. He emphasizes the need for boundaries and sober-mindedness in order to navigate emotional dynamics effectively. In this conversation, Joe Rigney discusses the importance of recognizing and resisting the steering wheel of slander. He emphasizes the need to be aware of when slander is being used to manipulate and steer others, and to have clarity on the purpose and mission of the institution. Joe also addresses the issue of cowardice and its contagious nature, highlighting the importance of courage in standing firm on God's Word. He encourages Christians to be winsome by being courageous and faithful in their speech and actions.TakeawaysInstitutions can serve as shock absorbers in times of crisis, providing stability and a sense of calm.Non-anxious presence is not about making others feel comfortable, but about being steady and steadfast in the face of turmoil.Passions, or instinctive and impulsive reactions, can either be a blessing or a destructive force when they run the show.Highly empathetic communities can be prone to enmeshment and lack of boundaries, leading to emotional volatility.Sober-mindedness is the ability to govern and shepherd one's own passions, avoiding being controlled by them or by the passions of others. Recognize when slander is being used to manipulate and steer others.Have clarity on the purpose and mission of the institution to resist being derailed by emotional pressures.Be willing to be slandered for the sake of faithfulness, but also ensure that the slander is false.Respond to slander with curiosity and clarity, seeking to understand the motivations behind it.Courage is contagious and can be a powerful witness to the world.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Book Discussion13:04 Institutions as Shock Absorbers18:13 Understanding Non-Anxious Presence25:30 The Role of Passions in Leadership29:39 The Dangers of Highly Empathetic Communities35:36 The Importance of Boundaries and Sober-Mindedness38:01 Recognizing and Resisting the Steering Wheel of Slander47:19 Dealing with Slander and False Accusations51:31 Responding to Accusations with Courage and Clarity59:42 The Pitfalls of Winsomeness and Cowardice01:07:09 The Contagious Nature of Cowardice and the Power of CourageSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
126 - Uri Brito on "The War of the Priesthood"
Mar 4 2024
126 - Uri Brito on "The War of the Priesthood"
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavis“The War of the Priesthood” - https://amzn.to/3P7OqCl“The War of the Priesthood” - https://nogginnose.com/war-of-the-priesthood/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Uri Brito about his book 'War of the Priesthood' and challenges common misconceptions about the armor of God in Ephesians 6. They discuss the importance of interpreting the armor of God in light of redemptive history and the role of priests in warfare. They also emphasize the need for discernment and highlight the significance of the helmet of salvation and the breastplate of righteousness. Additionally, they explore the role of music in worship as warfare and the importance of the church as the priesthood of all believers.TakeawaysThe armor of God in Ephesians 6 should be interpreted in light of redemptive history and the Old Testament priesthood.The Christian life is a constant spiritual warfare against principalities and powers.Discernment is crucial in navigating the negative world and protecting the church from false teachings.Worship is a form of warfare, and music plays a significant role in expressing and engaging in spiritual battle.The church is the priesthood of all believers, and the body of Christ must function together in warfare.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background00:54 Challenging Misconceptions about the Armor of God03:08 Interpreting the Armor of God in Light of Redemptive History06:11 The Role of Priests in Warfare10:42 The Importance of Discernment in the Christian Life11:18 The Helmet of Salvation and the Breastplate of Righteousness15:47 The Role of Music in Worship as Warfare19:13 The Church as the Priesthood of All Believers22:19 Conclusion and Book RecommendationSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
125 - Raymond Ibrahim on “Defenders of the West”
Feb 26 2024
125 - Raymond Ibrahim on “Defenders of the West”
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavis"Defenders of the West" - https://amzn.to/49uMUCshttps://www.raymondibrahim.com/about/https://pjmedia.com/author/raymond-ibrahimSummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Raymond Ibrahim, author of 'Defenders of the West.' They discuss topics such as Raymond's lifting routine, the misunderstandings about the Crusades, the motivations of Muslim migrants, and the challenges faced by Christians in the West. Raymond emphasizes the importance of understanding the historical context of the Crusades and the ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity. He also highlights the need for Christians to assert their faith and heritage in the face of secularism and cultural relativism. Despite the challenges, Raymond sees hope in the resilience of Eastern European nations and the potential for change through grassroots movements.TakeawaysUnderstanding the historical context of the Crusades is crucial to dispelling misconceptions and appreciating the motivations of the Crusaders.The ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity is rooted in centuries of violence and conquest, and it is important to acknowledge the historical realities.Western societies have become disconnected from their Christian heritage, which has led to a lack of understanding and a reluctance to defend their faith and values.The motivations of Muslim migrants vary, but it is important to recognize that there are both economic and ideological factors at play.There is hope for the future through grassroots movements and a renewed commitment to Christian principles and values.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background01:02 Raymond Ibrahim's Lifting Routine02:00 Bodybuilding and Competitive Lifting03:26 Misunderstandings about the Crusades07:11 The Background of the Crusades09:21 Raymond Ibrahim's Interest in Historical Figures11:25 Favorite Figure in 'Defenders of the West'16:12 Assessing the Piety of Historical Figures19:27 Assessing Islam and the Notion of a Religion of Peace21:35 Perceptions of America and Western Civilization22:34 The Motivations of Muslim Migrants25:07 The Challenges of Christians in the West30:29 The Future of Europe and Signs of HopeSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
124 - Honest Youth Pastor on Social Media, Youth Ministry, and Andy Stanley
Feb 19 2024
124 - Honest Youth Pastor on Social Media, Youth Ministry, and Andy Stanley
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavishttps://www.youtube.com/@HonestYouthPastorhttps://www.instagram.com/honestyouthpastor/https://thehonestyouthpastor.com/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Michael Moore, also known as Honest Youth Pastor, about his background in youth ministry and his journey on social media. They discuss the challenges and opportunities in youth ministry, the role of social media in engaging with different ideas, and the accusations of tearing down other Christians. They also delve into the documentary Michael created on Andy Stanley and the lessons learned from studying his approach to ministry. The conversation discusses Alistair Begg's advice to a grandmother and the common logic between Alistair Begg and Andy Stanley. It also explores the tension between compassion and conviction, the idol of evangelism, and the need for humility in the face of human limitations. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the positives in the church today.TakeawaysYouth ministry should focus on teaching young people how to read and understand the Bible, rather than relying solely on attractional methods.Engaging with different ideas and questioning the status quo is essential for personal growth and discernment.Critiques and challenges should be approached with the intent of promoting dialogue and understanding, rather than causing division.The local church's response to Honest Youth Pastor has been generally positive, with an understanding of his heart and intentions. Maintaining relationships should not compromise biblical convictions.Compassion and conviction are not mutually exclusive.The church is a vital community for growth and accountability.Cynicism should not lead to a rejection of the local church.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:57 Challenges and Opportunities in Youth Ministry08:01 Segmenting Different Population Groups in Church11:06 Changing Questions and Challenges in Youth Ministry15:13 Engaging in Social Media and Dealing with Criticism20:40 The Role of Trolling and Discernment Blogging24:46 Handling Critiques and Accusations of Tearing Down31:30 Response of Local Church to Honest Youth Pastor34:12 Documentary on Andy Stanley and Lessons Learned38:51 Alistair Begg's Advice to a Grandmother41:18 Common Logic between Alistair Begg and Andy Stanley43:41 Compassion vs Conviction44:48 The Idol of Evangelism47:27 Cynicism and Humility48:15 Positives in the Church TodaySupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
123 - “He Gets Us” vs. “He Saves Us” with Jamie Bambrick
Feb 15 2024
123 - “He Gets Us” vs. “He Saves Us” with Jamie Bambrick
"He Saves Us" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV3AnTUPiDYJamie's Twitter - https://twitter.com/j_bambrickJamie's Channel - https://www.youtube.com/@jamie.bambrick"The Biblical Case Against Mass Immigration" - https://youtu.be/WQP3PEHIAvA?si=mUmpxuk6nueywY-U"Why the Gospel-Centered Movement COLLAPSED" - https://youtu.be/CwSdbSKIju4?si=X87NfMfeFtCxE8fwSupport Jamie - https://www.patreon.com/jamiebyoutubeSummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Jamie Bambrick, a pastor and YouTuber from Northern Ireland, about his response video to the controversial 'He Gets Us' commercial. They discuss Jamie's background, the issues surrounding immigration in Ireland, and the problematic message of the commercial. Jamie shares his inspiration for creating a response video and the overwhelming positive reception it received. They also address the notion that making both the left and the right upset is a measure of success, emphasizing the importance of proclaiming the true gospel message. In this conversation, Jamie Bambrick discusses the impact of a controversial video that slanders Bible-believing Christians. He highlights the negative consequences of such portrayals and emphasizes the need for reconsideration. The conversation also explores the concept of pre-evangelism and how actions like this video can actually harden the ground for sharing the Gospel. Finally, Jamie shares where listeners can find and support his ministry.TakeawaysThe 'He Gets Us' commercial promotes a distorted and potentially false gospel message, endorsing societal values and sins rather than calling for repentance.The notion that making both the left and the right upset is a measure of success is not a biblical standard and should not be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a message.The true gospel message may challenge the values and lifestyles of both the left and the right, but it is essential to stand for the kingdom of God and proclaim the truth.The impact of the 'He Gets Us' commercial makes it harder for Christians to stand for Christian truth in the public square, as it portrays them as haters according to the world's standards.Proclaiming the true gospel message and sharing stories of life transformation are powerful ways to promote the cause of Christ and make an impact. Controversial videos that slander Bible-believing Christians can have a detrimental impact on their reputation.Actions that are intended as pre-evangelism can actually make it harder to share the Gospel by creating a negative perception of Christians.Support Jamie Bambrick's ministry by subscribing to his YouTube channel and following him on Twitter.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background04:01 Discussion on Northern Ireland and Immigration08:58 Analysis of the 'He Gets Us' Commercial22:18 Inspiration to Create a Response Video26:26 Reception and Impact of the Response Video34:28 Criticism of the 'Both Sides' Approach41:20 Evaluation of the 'He Gets Us' Commercial44:00 Impact on Christians and the Gospel Message44:34 Slander on Bible-believing Christians46:06 Pre-evangelism or Hardening the Ground?Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
122 - Charles Jacobi Reexamining "Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner"
Feb 13 2024
122 - Charles Jacobi Reexamining "Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner"
https://americanreformer.org/2023/12/hatred-holy/Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavishttps://www.moonshinemagnolias.com/Follow Charles - https://twitter.com/cholinergikSummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Charles Jacoby about the topic of 'love the sinner, hate the sin' and modern emotional pietism in evangelicalism. Charles shares his background and theological journey, highlighting his interest in emotions and their role in decision-making. They discuss the problem with the common phrase 'love the sinner, hate the sin' and how it can lead to an unnatural and incomplete understanding of emotions. They explore John Calvin's view on hatred and love, emphasizing the distinction between hating the sin and hating the sinner. Charles also delves into the concept of hating the wicked as haters of God while still extending benevolence to their personhood. The conversation concludes with a discussion on how Christians can approach their desire for justice and revenge, seeking God's justice and appealing to heaven.TakeawaysModern evangelicalism often promotes an unnatural and incomplete understanding of emotions, particularly through the phrase 'love the sinner, hate the sin.'John Calvin's view on hatred and love provides a helpful perspective, distinguishing between hating the sin and hating the sinner.It is possible to hate the wicked as haters of God while still extending benevolence to their personhood.Christians should approach their desire for justice and revenge by seeking God's justice and appealing to heaven.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:05 Conversion and Theological Journey05:27 The Role of Emotions in Christianity09:48 Modern Emotional Pietism15:21 The Problem with 'Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin'18:14 Calvin's View on Hatred and Love21:38 Distinguishing Hatred for the Wicked and Love for Their Personhood29:12 Dealing with the Desire for Justice and Revenge37:43 Reserving Hatred for Moral Injustice and Seeking God's Justice41:03 The Importance of Having Categories for Justice and ResentmentSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
121 - Rich Lusk on the Measures of the Mission, Culture Warring, and Political Theology
Feb 5 2024
121 - Rich Lusk on the Measures of the Mission, Culture Warring, and Political Theology
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavis“Measures of the Mission” - https://amzn.to/4bfpl1S“Measures of the Mission” (Athanasius Press) - https://athanasiuspress.org/products/measures-of-the-mission-a-survey-of-the-bible-church-and-familySummaryRich Lusk discusses the importance of recapturing the gospel of the kingdom and the need for Christians to engage in the culture war. He emphasizes the role of the church in discipling all spheres of life and the importance of a biblical worldview. Lusk highlights the impact of living under Christ's lordship and the positive effects it has on individuals and society. He also discusses the evangelistic opportunities in the culture war and the need for Christians to be a witness in their families, communities, and nations. Lusk concludes by discussing the potential impact of Christian magistrates ruling according to God's word. The conversation explores the role of the state as a ministry of justice and the benefits of having Christian rulers. It also discusses the differences with Stephen Wolfe's book and the importance of pastors engaging in political theology. The limitations of social media and the need to correct false teachers are also addressed. The conversation concludes with a promotion of the book and its purpose in sparking further exploration of related topics.TakeawaysThe gospel of the kingdom encompasses more than just individual salvation and includes the transformation of all aspects of life and society.The church plays a central role in discipling all spheres of life and should provide a biblical framework for understanding vocation, politics, economics, and other areas.Engaging in the culture war is necessary for Christians to uphold biblical values and bring transformation to society.Living under Christ's lordship brings order, beauty, and flourishing to individuals and society.Christian magistrates have the opportunity to rule for the common good according to God's word and be a blessing to their people. The state is a ministry of justice and should reflect God's design for governance.Christian rulers can be a blessing to all, promoting the common good.Pastors should engage in political theology and discuss political matters from the pulpit.Social media has limitations and can often lead to unproductive and divisive conversations.False teachers and compromised teachers need to be corrected within the church.The book serves as an introduction to the church's relationship with culture and encourages further exploration of related topics.Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
120 - Michael Foster on Church Planting (But Not Ghey)
Jan 22 2024
120 - Michael Foster on Church Planting (But Not Ghey)
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisThis Is Foster Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-is-foster/id1511566280Michael Foster on X - https://twitter.com/thisisfosterIt’s Good to be a Man - https://itsgoodtobeaman.com/This is Foster - https://www.thisisfoster.com/Ezra Institute - https://www.ezrainstitute.com/training-programs/runneracademy/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Michael Foster, a pastor and church planter, about various topics related to church planting and masculinity. They discuss the cool factor in church planting, the importance of authenticity and tradition, and the pitfalls of the pastor as entrepreneur model. They also explore the need for a masculine church culture and the balance between imitation and individuality in pastoral leadership. Overall, the conversation highlights the challenges and opportunities in church planting and offers insights for future church planters. In this conversation, Michael Foster discusses various topics related to masculinity and the church. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the times and interacting with ideas. The success of his book, 'It's Good to Be a Man,' is attributed to its sincerity and compassionate approach to men's issues. Foster also addresses the tendency in evangelicalism to squash men's desires and the need for a doctrine of desires. He introduces his new podcast, 'This Is Foster,' which focuses on practical topics for men. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of embracing biblical masculinity and encouraging men to pursue godly ambitions.TakeawaysChurch planting should focus on reaching the people in the community and making disciples in a way that is accessible and relevant to them.Authenticity and tradition are important in creating a masculine church culture that appeals to men and addresses their needs.The pastor as entrepreneur model can lead to a constant need for innovation and can distract from the core mission of the church.Church planters should prioritize building a strong church planting team and focus on the substance of ministry rather than imitating a specific pastor or model.Balancing imitation and individuality in pastoral leadership is crucial, as men naturally want to imitate older men but also desire authenticity and personal growth.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background01:11 The Cool Factor in Church Planting06:31 Michael Foster's Church Planting Journey14:21 The Need for Authenticity in Church Planting19:22 Creating a Masculine Church Culture24:03 The Pitfalls of the Pastor as Entrepreneur30:52 The Importance of Tradition in Church Planting32:01 The Franchise and Boutique Models of Church Planting42:16 The Future of Church Planting44:12 Balancing Imitation and Individuality in Pastoral Leadership45:09 Understanding the Times and Interacting with Ideas49:01 The Success of 'It's Good to Be a Man'57:12 The Pietistic Impulse in Evangelicalism58:07 Squashing Men's Desires in American Evangelicalism01:05:22 The Practical Side of 'It's Good to Be a Man'Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
119 - Tim Harmon on The City of God and Confronting Pagan Philosophies
Jan 15 2024
119 - Tim Harmon on The City of God and Confronting Pagan Philosophies
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisTim Harmon at NSA - https://nsa.edu/authors/timothy-harmonEzra Institute - https://www.ezrainstitute.com/training-programs/worldview-leadership-academy/SummaryIn this episode, Dr. Timothy Harmon discusses Augustine's City of God and its relevance for Christians today. He provides background information on Augustine's life and the context in which City of God was written. Dr. Harmon explains Augustine's vision of history and the distinction between the City of God and the City of Man. He emphasizes the importance of ordered loves and how they lead to true happiness. Dr. Harmon also addresses the challenges of living as Christians in a pagan culture and the tension between pietism and obedience. He concludes by discussing Augustine's eschatology and the kingdom of God.TakeawaysAugustine's City of God provides a framework for understanding history and the Christian's role in the world.Ordered loves, rooted in the love of God, lead to true happiness and fulfillment.Living as Christians in a pagan culture requires discernment and a commitment to the values of the City of God.Augustine's eschatology offers hope and confidence in God's sovereign plan for the world.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Background03:04 Who is Augustine?06:44 Writing City of God10:49 Augustine's Vision of History12:44 The City of God and the City of Man15:52 Ordered Loves and Happiness18:26 Plato's Conception of the Real20:20 Living Differently as Christians22:22 The Vision of Love in a Pagan Culture28:47 Augustine's Eschatology and the Kingdom of God33:21 Addressing Modern Pagan Philosophies36:26 The Tension Between Pietism and ObedienceSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
118 - Josh Robinson - Aliens, Demons, and the Moon Landing
Jan 8 2024
118 - Josh Robinson - Aliens, Demons, and the Moon Landing
Support the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisRe-enchanting the Unseen - https://amzn.to/3Rwu6MuRe-enchanting Time - https://amzn.to/3RiiXh0https://substack.com/@joshrobinsonEzra Institute - https://www.ezrainstitute.com/training-programs/worldview-leadership-academy/SummaryIn this episode, Chase Davis interviews Josh Robinson, an expert on topics such as Christian timekeeping, liturgical seasons, and the unseen realm. They discuss the importance of viewing time from a Christian standpoint and honoring the church calendar. They also explore the concept of interdimensional beings and how Christians should approach topics like aliens and UFOs. The conversation delves into the existence of giants and the Nephilim, as well as the possibility of entertaining demons unaware. They address the need for caution and discernment in engaging with speculative topics and online forums. The episode concludes with a discussion on the credibility of the moon landing.TakeawaysChristian timekeeping is an important aspect of faith that can help believers view their lives from a different perspective.Honoring the church calendar and celebrating liturgical seasons can deepen one's spiritual journey and connection to the historic church.Engaging with the unseen realm requires discernment and a biblical understanding of angels, demons, and spiritual forces.When exploring speculative topics like aliens and UFOs, Christians should approach them with caution and seek to discern the truth based on biblical principles.Chapters00:00 Introduction and Overview01:09 The Importance of Christian Timekeeping03:23 Viewing Time from a Christian Standpoint05:55 Honoring the Church Calendar08:49 The Significance of Celebrating Lent12:04 Exploring the Unseen Realm15:26 Differentiating from Other Authors on Similar Topics16:24 Engaging with Extra-Biblical Literature19:29 Approaching Unusual Topics like Aliens and UFOs24:28 Apprehending Interdimensional Beings28:27 Jesus' Rule and Reign in the Nations31:01 Eschatological Questions and Jesus' Authority36:23 Discerning Demonic Teachings and Wickedness37:23 Understanding the Nephilim42:25 Explaining the Existence of Giants After the Flood46:13 Considering the Possibility of Demonic Teachings47:11 Addressing Speculation and Caution in Conversations50:07 The Unreliability of Online Forums and Conspiracies50:58 Questioning the Moon Landing54:00 Conclusion and Closing RemarksSupport the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/
117 - Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz on the Californiacation of Colorado and What To Do About It
Jan 1 2024
117 - Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz on the Californiacation of Colorado and What To Do About It
https://www.trinitylutherandenver.com/A Brief History of Power - “Cities of the Mountains and Plains” - https://abriefhistoryofpower.com/bhop168-cities-of-the-mountains-and-plains/Family Bible Commentary - https://www.adcrucem.com/products/five-volume-bible-commentary-adam-koontzSupport the show!! - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisIn this episode, Chase Davis and Reverend Dr. Adam Koontz discuss the history and culture of Colorado, focusing on its transient nature, the gold rush, individualism, and the influence of California. They explore the challenges of building churches in a transitory culture and the need for a long-term perspective. They also discuss the influence of universities and education and highlight opportunities for change and faithful presence in Colorado. In this conversation, Adam Koontz and Chase discuss strategies for Christians to navigate a hostile culture. They explore the options of working within the system or outside of it, with Adam expressing skepticism about the effectiveness of the inside approach. They also discuss the importance of starting with schools as a way to make an impact and the need to understand where power is generated in order to effectively challenge it. Adam shares the motivation behind his podcast, 'A Brief History of Power,' and the importance of equipping Christians with wisdom in the face of cultural challenges. They also touch on the concept of power and how it has been misunderstood in the evangelical church.TakeawaysColorado has a transient culture due to its history and population growth, which poses challenges for building churches and creating a sense of community.The influence of individualism and libertarianism in Colorado contributes to a live-and-let-live attitude and a resistance to authority and institutions.The California influence in Colorado has brought secularism and a focus on personal choice and immediate experiences.Building churches in a transitory culture requires a long-term perspective and a commitment to high levels of commitment and doctrinal standards.Opportunities for change and faithful presence in Colorado include recognizing the influence of universities and education and actively engaging in cultural transformation. Navigating a hostile culture can be approached from within the system or outside of it, but the inside approach may be less successful and require compromising one's beliefs.Starting with schools is a strategic way for Christians to make an impact in a hostile culture, as education plays a significant role in shaping future generations.Understanding where power is generated in a culture is crucial for effectively challenging it. Identifying the nodes and sources of power allows for targeted efforts.The evangelical church has often misunderstood and downplayed the concept of power, leading to a lack of wisdom and equipping in navigating cultural challenges.Support the Show.Sign up for the Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/chasedavisFollow Full Proof Theology on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fullprooftheology/Follow Full Proof Theology on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fullprooftheology/