Interview - Stephen Holechek with The Navigators at UCSD

Stephen and Tess Holechek and family from the UCSD Navigators.

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

New Podcast Page

Hey - we're making some changes to our webpage, and helping you have better access to the Cultivating Ethos Podcast is at top priority.   So, we're turning this page into a regular blog type page for ministry updates and various profundities for your enrichment and a few absurdities just for fun.   Stay tuned!

Of course, the best way to keep up with our podcast is to subscribe on iTunes.  Go to your iTunes store and search for "Cultivating Ethos" or simply click here:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cultivating-ethos-pastor-scott/id1195492047

But you can also go download each week here:  https://www.cultivatingethos.org/podcast/

The Beginning of The Story - The Story Week 1

Today is the Beginning of The Story!   This series is one of the best ways to go through the Bible.   We'll be focusing on the events through history that make up God's story - the story told in the Bible by over 40 writers inspired by God to write down what they have learned for us so that we know what God has done, what he is doing, and where he is taking us.   Wouldn't you like to know what the God of the universe is up to?  Wouldn't you like to know how history, philosophy and religion all resolve?  You can know this, it's what the Bible tells us, from Genesis to Revelation.  You know what else?  You are invited to play a part of that story!

This series is based on a Bible reading plan called "The Story" and you can follow along with your own Bible or use the curriculum called the story.   The curriculum is excellent, so especially if you are new to reading the Bible, it's a great way to do it.  Most of it is just the NIV translation put in novel form so you can read it easily.   You can find it and more related curriculum on our resources page.

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Also, the reading plan is available on the free YouVersion Bible App by LifeChurch.tv or at Bible.com.   In the app or that website, you can subscribe for free to a "reading plan" called "Engaging God's Story" - that is the reading plan for The Story.   It will help you keep up every day.

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We Have A Story - Everything We Need, Part 6

Our series concludes today with a final look through 2nd Peter - it's called "Everything We Need." Today's message is called "We Have A Story"  Are you sure you have everything?  Peter tells us we do.  The main passage used in this message 2 Peter 3:14-18.

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