Help Bo Harris Create a Worship Album on Kickstarter TODAY!

If you are a regular listener to our program, then you've heard the amazing musical gifts of Bo Harris - we play one of his songs at the end of most of our messages.   Well he is getting ready to produce a new Worship album called "Worthy - Volume 1" and he has stated a Kickstarter to be able to get it recorded.   The details are here, but we're excited that he has almost reached his goal!   You can help him get over the top and achieve his Kickstart campaign - BUT YOU MUST ACT BY FRIDAY MAY 18!

Go here to learn more:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1160796597/worthy-vol-1

Listen to Bo Harris for free on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/artist/0z9g3LpjuNjbxl40SnfBu5

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New Series - Cultivating Wisdom - Begins April 8!

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New Series Begins This Sunday!

Our new series called "Cultivating Wisdom" begins this Sunday, April 8!  Cultivating Wisdom is a look through the book of Proverbs as we seek true wisdom for our lives.   In fact, is about becoming a person who is wise, and Proverbs gives us the path.  

Tune in Sundays at 10:00am on AM 1210 KPRZ or subscribe to our podcast by clicking here.

April Fools, Easter, and the Babylon Bee

On our Easter program, we talk a bit about how this year's Resurrection Sunday is also April Fool's Day.   So, we talked a bit about the trend today of fake news, and even fake fake news, with satire sites like The Onion and the new Christian satire site, The Babylon Bee.   

The Babylon Bee has become the best Christian satire site on the web, it's as good as any satire site of any genre, if you get the jokes anyway.   You need to be well churched to understand much of it.   It's worth a good laugh and it also makes a very good point about several issues that we are challenged with in church ministry.

For any satire site, one of the best things that can happen to you is when a legitimate news outlet, famous person, or fact-checking organization quotes your story as if it were serious.   This crowning achievement happened recently for The Babylon Bee when Snopes fact-checked a Babylon Bee article suggesting that CNN bought a large washing machine to help "spin" news stories toward their agenda.   Snopes took the time to inform it's readers that this story was false.  Here are the links we mention on our program today.

Original Babylon Bee Story:  http://babylonbee.com/news/cnn-purchases-industrial-sized-washing-machine-spin-news-publication/

Snopes Fack Check:  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/cnn-washing-machine/

Congratulations Babylon Bee!

With all of that, we encourage you to know the truth that you need to know this Easter.   Our Easter show sermon is called "What is Truth?"   You can listen here:

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Overwhelmed by the idea of sharing your faith?  Discipleship?   It's easier than you think.   We want to help you uncomplicate it.

Your relational world, the people in your everyday life - family, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors - this is your Oikos.   Oikos is a greek word meaning household, and in the New Testament, it is usually referring to the people you are doing life with.   

Jesus calls us to make disciples which is an inherently relational activity.   The people in our oikos are the people we are called to serve, by demonstrating and announcing the Gospel.   When we do this, change happens.  For them, for us, for our entire relational world.  World change starts here.

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Interview - Stephen Holechek with The Navigators at UCSD

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Today we are pleased to welcome Stephen Holechek to the Cultivatng Ethos program.  Stephen, along with his wife Tess are the lead staff people for the Navigators at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) campus just a mile away from our studios.   

In our interview with Stephen, we discuss how the local church can be involved with their local campus ministries and how God is doing amazing things during a challenging time for Christians at the University.  

This interview appears on the February 25, 2018 show, available in it's entirety on our Podcast page.   Also, we have posted the interview portion as a show clip just below.

To learn more about the Navigators and specifically, to learn more or support Stephen and Tess, check out these links:

About Stephen and Tess Holechek

About the UCSD Navigators

Learn more about The Navigators ministry

New Series - THE FIVE - Begins February 18!

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New Series Begins This Sunday!

Our new series called The Five begins this Sunday, February 18!   The Five gives us a practical look at 5 core beliefs of Christianity and what they mean for our life.  Tune in Sundays at 10:00am on AM 1210 KPRZ or listen to our podcast on our podcast page.

The Five is a series loosely based on the 5 Solas from the Reformation.   These are core beliefs for the Christian church.    Listen live on Sunday, February 18 at 10:00am on K-Priase, AM 1210 in San Diego.   The Cultivating Ethos program. 

Martin Luther King Jr. and Non-Violent Principles

A thought behind the idea of Cultivating Ethos is that to change the social environment, the tangible and intangible ethos of a household, a dorm, a business, a community, a church, a city, even a country, is that intentional, thoughtful work is involved.   We must cultivate.   When Jesus asks us to make disciples, is not a passive order.   We must cultivate.   To do this, we need tools, knowledge and most importantly, wisdom; wisdom to navigate the reality of the complexities of the human heart and human relatioships.

There is no simple solution to racism or poverty or abortion or violence or other actions that destroy community.   Laws can be passed, but they don't change hearts.  They merely alter the behavior of the oppressor, sometimes inadvertently for the worse, and they tend to give only limited help to those who are oppressed, and only to those with the power or personal strength to pursue a legal path.  

However, we are not without guidance, there is a light on the right path.  There are principles we are given in the scriptures to help us.   Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’  But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. 
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Much extrapolation can be done with all of this.   But for the Martin Luther King Holliday, I think it's worth posting his Six Principles of Non-Violence.  The reason we remember him today in our nation is rooted in these principles, which were not merely written about in a book or spoken in a sermon.  He put them into practice and led others to do so.   It's worth noting that many if not most of the movements on the left and the right today are not embracing these principles in practice, and often not even in word.   This is to say that many "non-violent" demonstrations are actually quite violent.   Just because nobody gets physically harmed, it does not mean an event was "non-violent."

What do you think?

SIX PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE:   Fundamental tenets of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence described in his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. The six principles include:

  1. PRINCIPLE ONE: Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.  It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.  It is assertive spiritually, mentally and emotionally.  It is always persuading the opponent of the justice of your cause.

  2. PRINCIPLE TWO: Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.  The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.   The purpose of nonviolence is the creation of the Beloved Community.                                                                                         

  3. PRINCIPLE THREE: Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice not people.  Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims and are not evil people.   The nonviolent resister seeks to defeat evil not people.

  4. PRINCIPLE FOUR: Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.  Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences of its acts.  Nonviolence accepts suffering without retaliation.   Nonviolence accepts violence if necessary, but will never inflict it.    Unearned suffering is redemptive and has tremendous educational and transforming possibilities.   Suffering can have the power to convert the enemy when reason fails.

  5. PRINCIPLE FIVE: Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.  Nonviolence resists violence of the spirit as well as the body.  Nonviolent love gives willingly, knowing that the return might be hostility.  Nonviolent love is active, not passive.  Nonviolent love does not sink to the level of the hater.  Love for the enemy is how we demonstrate love for ourselves.  Love restores community and resists injustice.  Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.

  6. PRINCIPLE SIX: Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.  The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.  Non-violence believes that God is a God of justice. 

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Interview with Marc Kitsko, Founder and CEO of City Gate Ministries

 Scott Furrow, Cultivating Ethos Host, interviewing Marc Kitsko, Founder of City Gate Ministries.

Scott Furrow, Cultivating Ethos Host, interviewing Marc Kitsko, Founder of City Gate Ministries.

This past week, on our December 3rd program, we interviewed Marc Kitsko, Founder and CEO of City Gate Ministries.   Below is a clip of the interview portion of the Cultivating Ethos Program for December 3rd, 2017.   

To learn more about City Gate Ministries, please visit www.CityGateMinistries.org.   You can take advantage of their free 30 minute strategy session right there on their website.  It's perfect for pastors and other people in ministry or organizational leadership.

Scott Furrow and Marc Kitsko