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The so-called Respect for Marriage Act threatens the perfectly designed beauty of marriage by putting into law a radically harmful definition that misleads people about the transcendent nature of marriage. In contrast to the harmful consequences that become manifest when something as essential and foundational to society as marriage is redefined, s…
 
Find out what it means to use art to shape culture in God-honoring ways with Jeremiah and Mona Enna, whose artistic endeavors in dance and theatre have profoundly influenced Kansas City, Missouri, and beyond for God’s Kingdom. Jeremiah and Mona Enna focus not just on creating "Christian" art but doing art for the broader community with excellence. …
 
We all know we are supposed to love our neighbors, but how can we do that well? Ena Richards, a speaker at the recent DNA Global Forum, breaks down what it means to work for someone’s good and how we can love people into thriving. Ena Richards is the founder of Work 4 A Living, a ministry that has labored to get the unemployed to recognize the sign…
 
Listen in to our interview with Jessie Gistand, lead pastor of Grace Bible Church in Hayward, California near San Francisco. Pastor Jessie shares his powerful insights about growing up as a young African American during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 60s. Today, he is a leading voice against Critical Race Theory and Cultural Marx…
 
We talk about discipling nations a lot—it is in our name! But what does a discipled nation look like? What makes it different from other countries, communities, and cultures? This week, we discuss real-world examples of discipled nations, and how biblical principles have impacted people for generations after they were first brought into the culture…
 
We understand the concept of discipling people, but what does it mean to disciple nations? God created not just individual people but families and nations as well, and He works in history to bless all the nations of this world. As followers of Jesus, we all have an important part to plan in this providential plan of God. Join us as we begin a serie…
 
Marxism sees the world as defined by a struggle between oppressors and oppressed. In Marx's case, he saw the disparity between the rich and the poor and blamed capitalism. Marxism misses the point because its solution does not recognize that evil is in the hearts of every human. Because without God, there is and will never be any good in our world.…
 
Is there room for artists in the Kingdom of God? Today, many Christians only value the arts to the degree that they serve as a means for evangelism. In “A Call for Balladeers,” Darrow Miller argues that artists play an essential role in the church’s mission of discipling the nations. He issues a call to Christian artists everywhere to become “balla…
 
As “Wokeness” becomes more and more prominent in today’s culture, it becomes harder and harder to know how to respond. Many react by joining in and advocating for “social justice,” failing to understand how that phrase has been redefined in recent years to reflect the postmodern and neo-Marxist “spirit of the age.” Dr. Owen Strachan, author of Chri…
 
The word “love” is everywhere in society—in the news, movies, and social media. Even t-shirts proudly declare “love not hate.” But what does the word “love” really mean? Is it just a fuzzy feeling? How can we love biblically? Special guest Bob Moffitt, co-founder of Discipling Nations Alliance, joins us this week to discuss love and what it means t…
 
How can music shape the way we see the world? How can a passion for the arts connect to a passion for God? We talk this week with special guest Jenny Jee-El Park to discuss Darrow’s upcoming book, A Call for Balladeers. As a professional musician, Jenny’s love and knowledge of music provide the lens through which she understands the world and stren…
 
The art we consume, including music, films, and literature, changes us in profound ways. Where are the artists who speak Godly truth through their art, the balladeers that disciple the nations through their respective mediums? In this episode, we discuss Darrow’s upcoming book, A Call for Balladeers: Pursuing Art and Beauty for the Discipling of Na…
 
Today, our good friend Vishal Mangalwadi joins us. Christianity Today named Vishal, India's foremost Christian intellectual. He is the author of many books, including "The Book that Made Your World" and "This Book Changed Everything." Vishal's prophetic way of communicating biblical truth has impacted many people worldwide, including, most recently…
 
Beauty can be associated with skin-deep attractiveness, but God's beauty, the beauty of love, humility, and forgiveness, is far more powerful and can never be exhausted. Creation is saturated with God's character and His beauty. This should affect our worship, but does it? Do we have a theology of beauty? Zach Dasher, media producer and nephew of D…
 
Tragically, much of the evangelical church is beset by a false and destructive way of thinking called “the sacred-secular divide,” which sees reality as divided between two realms: The sacred and secular. The “sacred” deals with topics like church, salvation, heaven, and personal holiness. The “secular” covers basically everything else. According t…
 
The pressure to affirm transgenderism grows daily, and refusal to positively affirm the LGBTQ movement opens people up to being smeared as bigots who promote violence. This is what Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri recently discovered in his questioning of a professor from The University of California, Berkley in a July hearing in the U.S. Capitol. T…
 
Attending a local “church” is a part of the Christian routine. During the week, we work; and on Sundays, we go to church, sing songs, and listen to a sermon. But the church is supposed to be more than that. It is not a place, but a people. It is a community, the family of God. It is not just “church” that we attend on Sunday; we are still the churc…
 
Liberty is one of the most important values in the United States and now in many countries around the world. But it has come under threat from both internal and external sources. Freedom has been redefined to be choice without limit—and especially without reference to God, His created order, or moral law. Not only must our choices be unlimited, but…
 
The world we live in is becoming increasingly hostile to Christianity. Some Christians resolve this tension by trying to be “nice” to the world. They want the gospel to look attractive and to keep relationships with nonbelievers peaceful so they can share Jesus’ love. While these are important ideals; in practice, prioritizing our reputation often …
 
We all want to be against racism and injustice. Leading voices in the culture today tell us that to be "antiracist" and to work for social justice, we need to embrace a neo-Marxist ideology called "Critical Theory." This theory hides under the attractive label "antiracism," but beneath that hides a whole list of interconnected causes, including but…
 
Click here for everything you need to know about this episode! Join us as we reflect on the overruling of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and celebrate the restoration of the rule of law in the United States, in this area. For the past 50 years, the legality of abortion gave many in popular culture the misconception that abortion was acceptable. Now,…
 
We, as believers, are called to be God's agents to advance His Kingdom on earth. In order to do that we must extricate the sacred-secular dualism in our minds and understand that Jesus is Lord of all areas of life. We are to live out God's Word in our lives and vocations. When work-related problems arise, do we lean on conventional wisdom, or do we…
 
In this episode, we react to the recent Jordan Peterson interview of long-time DNA friend Vishal Mangalwadi. Their powerful discussion sheds light on the power of the biblical worldview to transform cultures. The Bible is the source of human dignity, equality, and basic human rights. It is the source of the rule of law, economic prosperity, and so …
 
The Bible contains a multitude of practical principles that shape how we ought to think and act in our work, relate to our friends and in our marriages, steward creation, organize our institutions, govern our nations, and much more. These principles can be organized into a handful of basic, or foundational principles. In this episode, we discuss so…
 
God created everything with order and purpose, designed to flourish within its boundaries. This includes the human body and sexuality. The LGBTQIA+ revolution denies this order and design and, in so doing, denigrates both the human body and sexuality, leading to moral and social chaos. To see our nations flourish, the church needs to courageously c…
 
Darwin’s theory of evolution has essentially become the “creation” story of our postmodern, secular culture. It is taught as a scientifically proven fact in public schools, universities, and in the media. This poses a challenge to Christians because Darwin’s theory stands in direct conflict with the biblical creation account. How should we as Chris…
 
In the last ten years, we have seen a digression in race relations in many western nations with the rise of the woke social justice ideology. Tragically, many evangelicals are drawn to this unbiblical ideology, and as a result, our churches and Christian organizations are experiencing conflict and division. We explore some of the reasons why evange…
 
In this episode, we unpack the unending debate over these two social and economic systems. We define them and examine the ideas and principles behind them, as well as how they are expressed in the contemporary world. We end by offering a biblical worldview analysis and critique of how these systems typically function today and call Christians to bi…
 
Destructive ideas have deadly consequences. The clearest example of this today is a set of interlocking lies around the issues of sexuality, human life, and what it means to live a fulfilled life. These lies fuel abortion, which has claimed over 60 million victims since it was legalized in the U.S. in 1973 with the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decisio…
 
The church in the West lives in the wake of the sexual revolution and we see the devastation all around us. Millions of unborn children are killed through legalized abortion, skyrocketing rates of pornographic addiction, sex trafficking, and the LGBTQ+ gender revolution, leaving many uncertain if there even is such a thing as male and female. This …
 
Christianity + Secularism = Liberalism while Secularism - Christianity = Woke Tyranny. Where do our freedoms come from? From God, He created us to be free. But in our fallen world, free societies are the exception, not the norm. Historically, free societies are the fruit of the Judeo-Christian worldview, which establishes our liberties as God-given…
 
If you are a Christian, you have a vital role to play in fulfilling The Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” While this most certainly includes cross-cultu…
 
"The church as an organization will never transform society. The church as a people will transform a nation; they have that power. The Holy Spirit is on the people, not on the organization." -- Luis Sena In honor of our dear friend and biblical worldview champion, Luis Sena, we dedicated this episode to reflecting on some of his key messages and te…
 
As believers, we need to remember that Christ’s redeeming work extends to all of His creation. As followers of Jesus, we are rescued from the dominion of darkness and empowered by Christ’s spirit to fulfill our original task given in Genesis chapter one. To be vice-regents who rightly rule over creation. We are to care for creation and use our God-…
 
Mother Teresa, who spent years ministering to the dying and homeless in Calcutta, India, once said that New York City was the most impoverished place she had ever been. Why would she say that? She clearly saw poverty as more than a lack of money. She was using a broader biblical definition. In this episode, we examine the question: What is poverty?…
 
Freedom is under attack in the West as never before. Many have redefined freedom to mean “doing whatever you want.” In this episode, we explain why this is not freedom at all and explore what true freedom is, and what it will take to defend and sustain it. As Christians, we need to understand the critical importance of freedom to fully understand w…
 
Narratives, propaganda, fake news, misinformation... you have all heard these terms thrown around continuously. The question is, in a storm of confusion, how do we find the truth about what's going on? J.I. Packer once said, "The Evangelical is not afraid of facts, for he knows that all facts are God's facts; nor is he afraid of thinking, for he kn…
 
God created all people and cultures equal in terms of their inherent, God-given value, but clearly, not all cultures are the same. Some have higher levels of freedom, justice, and prosperity, while others have far less and, instead, higher levels of poverty, crime, and corruption. How do we account for these differences? At the root, all cultural d…
 
This is a short debrief discussion we had after recording episode 10, "Public Practical Theology: with Bob Osburn." We invite you to join us as we wrestle with a few practical questions that seem to be overlooked in this day and age. Questions such as, why are we focused on spirituality when the Bible is focused on our life? Or, do you have to evan…
 
Why, during this time of rapid church growth around the world, do evangelical Christians have so little influence on their surrounding culture? In this episode, we discuss an important new book, "Developing Redemptive Change Agents: Discipleship that Helps Nations Flourish Rather than Flounder" by Bob Osburn. Bob is the founder of Wilberforce Acade…
 
Nations, nationalism, and Christian nationalism "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19). "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you..." (Gen. 12:2). Nations are a key concept throughout the Bible. Nations represent a middle ground between tribalism on one side, and empire, on the other. Given this, why is ther…
 
“All social engineering is preceded by verbal engineering,” wrote William Smith. In other words, if you want to change a culture, you must first change its language. Today, this “verbal engineering” is happening in the West with increasing rapidity and force. Powerful words, such as justice, freedom, truth, marriage, and many more, have been intent…
 
Whether you are a long-time friend of the Disciple Nations Alliance or have recently heard about us, you have probably noticed we talk a lot about worldview. That is because our worldviews shape our ideas and beliefs, and these, in turn, determine how we live our lives. This is true not only for individuals but for whole cultures. There is nothing …
 
For part three of this series on biblical authority, we cover the role of the state's authority in a society. "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established..." (Rom 13). In this episode, we unpack the God-given description and boundaries for civic authority. Let us advocate fo…
 
God has all authority in heaven and earth, hallelujah! However, because we are made in His image, we also have been given areas of authority. These areas are given to us to steward and ultimately account for. In this episode, we narrow in on three of the primary areas of authority in any society and their God-given descriptions and boundaries: the …
 
Authority is a word and concept we interact with daily, especially here in 2022. But do we truly know the Bible's countercultural template for authority? We all know power and authority are used for evil too often. However, today we want to look at how the biblical idea of authority is the only view that brings about good consequences.…
 
There seems to be a church at every corner. However, the church hardly appears to impact the cultures we live in. Why is it that 90% of the population claim to be believers in some nations, yet the culture remains unaffected by the gospel? In this episode, we address one of the primary reasons the church fails to be a relevant influence in culture.…
 
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