Life in the Kingdom Podcast
By The Edifi Podcast Network
How should Christians view everything that’s happening in this world? The Life in the Kingdom Podcast aims to tackle that question by addressing not only the what, but also the how, why and where do we go from here. We want to come alongside you and discuss the issues you’re discussing, ask the questions you’re asking, interview the persons you’re interested in, and highlight stories that get you thinking. In so doing, we hope you’ll gain a biblical perspective and a deeper understanding of today’s events and life’s questions, big and small.
A Brewing Sexual Reformation? Author Aimee Byrd Dives Deep into the Song of Songs and the Dignity and Personhood of Man and Woman
Author Aimee Byrd explores the riches of the Song of Songs as its lyrics reveal a typology in God's design of man and woman, one that unfolds throughout the whole of Scripture. The meaning of man and woman extends beyond biology, nature, and culture; it gives us a glimpse of what is to come. In the book The Sexual Reformation: Restoring the Dignity and Personhood of Man and Woman she explains how and why our bodies themselves are theological.
March 15, 2022
Unraveling Gender Ideology: Catholic Scholar Details What's at Stake and How Christians Can Respond
The world is increasingly saturated with a proliferating number of so-called "gender identities" and it's undergirded by a nefarious ideology that is an assault on the image of God, specifically how human beings are male and female. How can and how should Christians engage this and what is the bigger picture as described in Scripture? Catholic University of America moral theology professor John Grabowski unpacks that and more in his new book "Unraveling Gender: The Battle Over Sexual Difference."
March 04, 2022
Filmmaker Details How a Generation 'Raised on Porn' has Hijacked Society, Damaged Relationships
A new documentary unpacks how pornography is one of the most nefarious social experiments that has ever been unleashed on society and how it has hijacked and damaged countless lives and relationships, urging people to rethink the supposed harmlessness of online porn.
December 02, 2021
Tackling Abuse in Christian Marriages: Author Cindy Burrell Explains How Churches Can Help Victims
How should Christians respond to the thorny and increasingly visible problem of spousal abuse in Christian marriages? Hurtbylove.com founder Cindy Burrell, author of "Reformulating the Christian Marriage Counseling Model Where Abuse Is Involved," unpacks the dynamics of abuse in relationships and how the Church can help extend the hope of the Gospel to victims and not enable further harm.
October 22, 2021
What is 'Violent' Faith? Author Kim Maas Unpacks What it Means to Live in the Way of God's Kingdom
Author and speaker Kim Maas explains that the ways of God's Kingdom that Jesus inaugurated are actually violent: violent love, violent forgiveness, violent healing, violent deliverance, violent peace. What does this mean and what does it look like? It's spiritual warfare, learning to do battle against evil like Jesus did.
October 01, 2021
Are Miraculous Healings Real? Filmmaker Elijah Stephens Bridges the Gap Between Science and the Supernatural
Filmmaker Elijah Stephens bridges the gap between science and the supernatural, medical testing and claims of divine, miraculous healing in a new documentary film called "Send Proof." He engages the best arguments for and against miracles of healing and investigates if these instances can be backed up with scientific evidence, engaging a wide variety of biblical scholars and Pentecostal ministers in addition to skeptic and atheist thought leaders and authors.
September 13, 2021
Why Revival Is America's Only Hope
Pastor Shane Idleman weighs in on the current state of affairs and why a genuine revival, a spiritual awakening is the only hope for the United States, the main theme in his recent book, "Oh Would You Rend The Heavens."
August 27, 2021
What to Do When Ministry Becomes Misery
Pastor Scott Distler endured the searing pain of betrayal in a ministry setting. Yet drawing on the experiences of the prophet Elijah and Joseph, two Old Testament characters who also knew great despair, he emerged victoriously. He explains this and much more in his book "The Cave: When Ministry Becomes Misery."
August 06, 2021
How Parents Can Confront the Pornography Scourge With Boldness When It Affects Their Family
Navigating the digital, porn-saturated world is challenging and painful for parents but it is essential that they engage it, especially as it pertains to their kids, with courage. Authors Daniel Weiss and Josh Glaser provide a roadmap for moms and dads in their new book, "Treading Boldly through a Pornographic World" articulating how they can be empowered to resist the destructive forces in the culture that corrupt children in this way while instilling in their families the truths and redeeming power of the Gospel.
July 16, 2021
Filmmaker Unpacks the Driving Forces Rushing Kids Into Hormonal, Surgical Gender-Transition
Filmmaker Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics & Culture Network details what is fueling the rapid push to set children, teens, and young adults on a pathway of experimental transgender medicalization such as puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and body-disfiguring gender surgeries, and the journey of making her latest documentary called "Trans Mission: What's the Rush to Reassign Gender?"
June 29, 2021
Christian Baker Reveals Details of His Religious Liberty Battle — and How God Sustained Him
Jack Phillips and his attorney join Life in the Kingdom and open up about what it has been like fighting ongoing religious liberty battles in American courts, including the United States Supreme Court and how he relied on God during one of the most crucial First Amendment battles in history — themes he elaborates on in his memoir "The Cost of My Faith: How a Decision in My Cake Shot Tood Me to the Supreme Court."
June 22, 2021
A Fresh Look at the 'Deconstruction' Trend
In this episode of Life in the Kingdom, Tommy Hinson, who was interviewed in The Christian Post's award-winning article series called "Leaving Christianity" in 2019, unpacks what is behind the increasingly visible presence of Christians who have deconstructed their faith, how it can be a good thing when pursued with honest motives, and what is driving this phenomenon. Hinson is an Anglican pastor who leads Church of the Advent just outside of Washington, DC.
June 04, 2021
'Brave and Bold': Empowering Men to Walk With God
In this episode of "Life in the Kingdom," pastor Marty Machowski explains how real strength comes from following Jesus and reflecting him to a watching world, unpacking the truth that becoming a real man means trusting God in every area of life.
May 14, 2021
Untwisting Scriptures: Author Rebecca Davis Breaks Down Where People Go Wrong on the Bible
Author Rebecca Davis breaks down where people go wrong on the Bible, and how we can all take the proper approach to scripture.
April 09, 2021
As Biblical Prophecies Unfold, Is the Jewish Temple's Real Location Hiding in Plain Sight?
Brandon Showalter sits down with Dr. Christian Widener, author of the new book, "The Temple Revealed: The True Location of the Jewish Temple Hidden in Plain Sight," to discuss Widener's fascinating belief that the real location of the Jewish temple might be hiding in plain sight.
March 26, 2021
Seeing God's Plans in the Midst of Our Circumstances: Pastor Keion Henderson's Inspiring Story
Keion Henderson, pastor of The Lighthouse Church in Houston, Texas, has a powerful and compelling personal story. And through it, he's been able to see God's plans in the midst of chaos. Henderson discusses how to handle transitions and how to cope. Listen to him share his incredible story and the lessons he teaches in his book, "The Shift: Courageously Moving from Season to Season."
March 12, 2021
Debunking myths about how children are affected when adults pursue ‘happiness’
Author Katy Faust of Them Before Us says it’s time to respect the rights of children as she discusses how adults often make decisions at the expense of children as well as the devastating consequences of divorce and reproductive technology, among other issues.
February 12, 2021
Why Christian men can’t find an inspiring example of manhood in churches
Many churches tend to present a "nice" and convenient Jesus, offering little in the way of manhood. But Parker Green, author of Way of the Violent, wants Christian men to see who Jesus truly is and how He exemplified strength and power through humility and sacrifice.
January 29, 2021
Teens are being shaped by the digital world; here’s what you can do about it
It’s the smartphone generation where youths are constantly connected to the digital world and their identities are largely being shaped through it. Jason and Lisa Frost, authors of The Glass Between Us, discuss how to tackle the challenges that come with “digital natives” and how to help youths journey through adolescence without being exploited.
January 15, 2021
Mental illness and helping the Church not to overspiritualize it
The Church doesn't like to talk about mental illness and has long overspiritualized it. Ryan Casey Waller, author of Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things We Don't Want to Talk About, says it's time to engage in more nuanced discussions that doesn't involve shaming or simplifying it as a faith issue.
January 01, 2021
A pastor encounters Jesus amid grief losing 37-year-old son
Pastor Bruce Boria, who lost his son in a kayak accident this year, discusses grief, the endurance of faith and how the Holy Spirit comforted him in a surprising vision.
December 18, 2020
Former drug addict finds God’s promises on the yellow brick road
A former drug addict who was incarcerated for 10 years, Pastor Juan Martinez details how the Holy Spirit revealed biblical truths through one of the most popular children's stories, The Wizard of Oz, and how God transformed his life to now reach people with the truth of Christ.
December 04, 2020
The misunderstood gift of prophecy and what God really intends it for
Prophecy is an often misunderstood gift of the Holy Spirit largely due to abuses, bad teaching or lack of teaching altogether. Wanda Alger, a recognized fivefold prophet through DOVE USA, addresses this and specifies the purpose the gifts of the Spirit serve.
November 20, 2020
Why is the Church so afraid to confront demons, radical evil?
Billy Hallowell, author of Playing With Fire, tackles the often-avoided topic of demons, exorcism and ghosts and explores why churches in the U.S. tend to be afraid to address it.
September 25, 2020
How one Bible passage changed the way this ‘dying’ worship leader has led
Jordan Abina felt like a "dying" worship leader as he fell into a routine. That is until an Old Testament passage changed everything he thought about leading worship.
September 11, 2020
How girls are being irreversibly damaged by the transgender contagion
There's been an explosion in young girls identifying as transgender over the last decade. Abigail Shrier explains the sudden rise, what's contributing to it, and the irreversible harm that many are being rushed into.
August 28, 2020
‘And they lived happily ever after’ and other lies that will destroy your marriage
July 31, 2020
Hope amid a pandemic: Hearing God in crazy times
May 08, 2020
Spiritually hungry: From astrology, tarot cards to life with Christ
In her search to find answers about the world and herself, Marcia Montenegro studied astrology, tarot cards and psychic powers before becoming a certified astrologer for nearly 10 years. She abandoned all of that when God opened her eyes to Jesus.
April 17, 2020
Exiting the Watchtower: 2 former Jehovah's Witnesses meet the living God
Two ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses — Gus Astacio and Alan Marshall — describe their experiences in the religious sect, what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe about the end times, how they came to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and why apologetics may not always be the best way to reach them with the Gospel.
March 20, 2020
Former Mormon on the burden to live the ‘perfect’ ‘Christian’ life
March 06, 2020
Leaving the occult: From New Age to Jesus
February 21, 2020
2020 revival? Young people are joining the call to fast in droves
January 31, 2020
How one pastor and church were bad at prayer and now can’t stop praying
November 08, 2019
Crisis of male loneliness: Why men need close friends
With male loneliness getting worse, David Smith discusses why it's so difficult for men to have close friends and why it's important to change that.
September 20, 2019
Did the sexual revolution launch identity politics?
Mary Eberstadt argues in her book Primal Screams that the unintended fallout of the sexual revolution is Americans not knowing who they are, and this has spawned identity politics.
September 06, 2019
Is the Church in America really dying?
While the common narrative today is that Christianity in America is on the decline, Glenn Stanton cites research in his book, The Myth of the Dying Church, to say genuine Christianity is actually thriving in America.
August 23, 2019
Christians called to be empowered by Holy Spirit, not shackled in dead religion
How is the Holy Spirit working today and how can Christians create a culture of Holy Spirit empowerment rather than dead religion? In part 3 of this series on the Holy Spirit, Pastor James Levesque of Engaging Heaven Church in Connecticut addresses these questions and believes it’s time to prepare for the next great Holy Spirit outpouring.
August 09, 2019
Pastor addresses misuse of the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts
July 26, 2019
Unpacking the mystery of the Holy Spirit
What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit and why is there such a mystery surrounding this third person of the Trinity? In part one of a three-part series on the Holy Spirit, DeLonn Rance of Evangel University discusses how the Holy Spirit works in Christians' lives and why many in the West deny His active role today.
July 12, 2019
Out of homosexuality: How these men discovered the truth of who they are in Christ
Daren Mehl and Derek Paul identified as homosexuals for many years until they found wholeness in Christ. In this episode, they get raw about their journeys, respond to critics who say they're still in the closet, and testify to the power of Christ, through whom they feel more secure than ever.
June 14, 2019
Calif. pastor tackles increasing Bible illiteracy, a generation that doesn't know Jesus
Dan Kimball, founding pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, finds the level of biblical illiteracy today shocking. But what he finds even more horrifying is how so many people believe in a Jesus who's very different from the savior in the Bible. He's hoping to help change that through the ReGeneration Project.
May 31, 2019
How a Wall St executive lost everything but felt more satisfied than ever
Stuart Fuhlendorf was worth millions after taking three companies public. He was living the high life until it all came crashing down. Now a pastor, Fuhlendorf describes his journey in Wall Street to the Well and sees how everything he had accomplished was ultimately meaningless.
May 17, 2019
Shannon Bream of Fox News talks faith amid hardships, bad news
Shannon Bream, host of Fox News @ Night, talks about her church upbringing and how she's able to find the bright side amid challenges and a deluge of bad news. Her new book, Finding the Bright Side: The Art of Chasing What Matters, is out in May.
May 03, 2019
End times: Authors reject pre-tribulation rapture
Belief in the pre-tribulation rapture became popular among Christians in recent decades. But two Bible scholars, Michael Brown and Craig Keener, read the Bible many times over and could not find any evidence of that particular end times belief. They explain what the Bible really says about the rapture and the tribulation in their new book, Not Afraid of the Antichrist: Why we don't believe in a pre-tribulation rapture.
April 19, 2019
How forgiveness brought Rwandans together after the genocide
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. Christian Post reporter Samuel Smith describes the amazing stories of forgiveness he heard and scenes he saw in Rwanda earlier this year. Aimable Nsengiyumva of World Vision also explains how the church and faith helped strengthen and unite the people after the mass killings.
April 05, 2019
'Unplanned': Doug Johnson details his journey, moment he watched wife realize horror of abortion
Doug Johnson has stood by his wife Abby's side from her days as a Planned Parenthood clinic director and abortion advocate to the time she did a complete about-face and became an outspoken pro-lifer. With "Unplanned," the story of his wife's journey, now out in theaters, Doug went into detail about his faith, what his thoughts were when his wife was participating in abortion work, and how he supported Abby during her transformation.
March 29, 2019
A deeper look at why many millennials think evangelism is wrong
Is it wrong to share your beliefs with someone of another faith in hopes that they will become a Christian? Craig Springer of Alpha USA reflects on recent survey findings that show almost half of millennials, more than any other generation, think evangelism is wrong. Why?
March 22, 2019
What the Bible really says about angels
Michael Heiser explains what the Bible really says about angels and what their role is.
March 15, 2019