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What would happen if we all came together to truly pray "Thy Kingdom come"? What would the world look like? How different would the culture be from the culture of the world today? Northwest Christian School in Phoenix, Arizona is pleased to present "Kingdom Culture Conversations" as part of Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative launched by the school. Northwest Christian uses God's word to address the issues that are confounding the culture in which our students are living: gender, race, the sanctity of life, sexuality, and more. Within each episode, recognized experts on these issues discuss the ramifications of holding to a Christian worldview during a time of cultural upheaval and work to equip students to understand and address the issues. Subscribe now! Upcoming episodes will feature crucial conversations with religious liberty attorney Erik Stanley, Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy, Arizona gubernatorial candidate and current state treasurer Kimberly Yee, Matt Beienburg of The Goldwater Institute, and many others...
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Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee's career is a career of "firsts".  Yee is the first Asian American woman elected to the Arizona State Legislature.   She is also the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in the history of the United States.  But the "first" that Kimberly Yee prefers to talk about is the prudent reality that sound financial stewardship needs to be a first priority in our homes and in educating our children.In today's second of two episodes featuring State Treasurer Yee, she gets candid and talks openly about the stories within her own life which served as the foundation for her deeply held positions on the sanctity of life, school choice, and financial literacy.  For Yee, these are not simply position statements within a political platform.  Rather, she understands, from personal experience, why Biblical worldview within in these areas is vital.For more information on Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, please visit:  https://www.aztreasury.gov/treasurer-kimberly-yeeTo learn about the role and responsiblities of a state treasurer, click on the following link:  https://www.aztreasury.gov/To learn about the upcoming Frameworks course, "Dave Ramsey's Foundations of Personal Finance", please visit the Frameworks website."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee's career is a career of "firsts".  Yee is the first Asian American woman elected to the Arizona State Legislature.   She is also the first Chinese American Republican woman to win a major statewide office in the history of the United States.  But the "first" that Kimberly Yee prefers to talk about is the prudent reality that sound financial stewardship needs to be a first priority in our homes and in educating our children.In today's first of two episodes featuring State Treasurer Yee, she explains how that priority became personal to her.  As part of a family that understands that legal immigration and hard work can make the American Dream a reality, she has moved from a corner market established shortly after our state was founded to managing a $40 billion cache of state savings...and growing the state's savings account by $23 billion.For more information on Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, please visit:  https://www.aztreasury.gov/treasurer-kimberly-yeeTo learn about the role and responsiblities of a state treasurer, click on the following link:  https://www.aztreasury.gov/To learn about the upcoming Frameworks course, "Dave Ramsey's Foundations of Personal Finance", please visit the Frameworks website."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Russ Miller pulls no punches.  He's direct.  He knows God's word.  He knows the science.  He has years of experience in the field.  But, is he right?  Today's Kingdom Culture Conversation is the second interview in two weeks with Russ and we invite you to decide!Russ is a recognized voice in the field of Biblical creationism, a powerful presenter who routinely presents creationism in churches across the country, and an accomplished authority within the science that supports a Biblical worldview of origins.  But, more to the point, he is adamant in his belief that a "young earth" perspective of creation is critical theologically and culturally.Will you agree?"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
"Jesus loves me at the bottom of my garbage can."  An inescapable, inevitable truth that Hollie Koeningsberg came to realize along a long, perilous road.  An Iraqi war vet who worked in very difficult combat operations.  A Purple Heart recipient.  A former cop.  A survivor who saw her family devastated by cancer.  Hollie's story inspired the families, students, and veterans that came together on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 for Northwest Christian School's all-school Veterans Day Chapel and still has everyone talking.  You will not soon forget her story as she reflects upon her life of service to the country, her insights regarding contemporary America, the lengths that our Savior will go to in order to win our hearts, and how deeply we are loved by Him.Hollie serves as a Director at Clydehurst Christian Ranch in Montana.  To learn more about her ministry at Clydehurst, please visit:  https://www.clydehurst.com/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Dr. Amy Yoder is a cornerstone in the Northwest Christian English department.  Beloved by students although she pushes them hard, engaging in the classroom, and creative within her lessons, her courses (Honors Junior English and Honors Senior English) earn her Northwest Christian students college credit at both Grand Canyon University and Colorado Christian University.   Her research into effective spiritual formation strategies within high school students has been professionally published and she has been invited to speak on the subject at different conferences.  In short, she is the perfect person to ask the question, "Should we completely avoid literature, art, and music if it conflicts with a Biblical worldview?"  As an extension of the question, should be only engage artistic expression if it is created by those in a right-standing relationship with their Creator?  Will you agree with her answer?For information on Dr. Yoder's research, please click here.Within this episode, mention is made of a book by Dr. Roger Erdvig:  "Beyond Biblical Integration" from Summit Ministries.  For more info on the book or to read it yourself, please click here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Russ Miller pulls no punches.  He's direct.  He knows God's word.  He knows the science.  He has years of experience in the field.  But, is he right?  Today's Kingdom Culture Conversation invites you to decide.Russ is a recognized voice in the field of Biblical creationism, a powerful presenter who routinely presents creationism in churches across the country, and an accomplished authority within the science that supports a Biblical worldview of origins.  But, more to the point, he is adamant in his belief that a "young earth" perspective of creation is critical theologically and culturally.Will you agree?"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
After serving the community of Northwest Christian School as superintendent, Matt Davidson has served as superintendent of Timothy Christian Schools in the Chicago area for nearly a dozen years.  In today's episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations, past and present superintendents of Northwest Christian come together to talk through the fleeting nature of religious liberty, organizational autonomy, and personal freedoms within an increasingly secularized culture.  This year, the Timothy Christian school year kicked off with a debacle that illuminated the increasing pressure being placed upon autonomous organizations like Timothy Christian.For more information on Matt's role at Timothy Christian Schools, please click here.For more information on Timothy Christian, please click here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
After spending years as a certified, professional psychic, Christ rescued Marcia Montenegro out of darkness and revealed to her His marvelous light.  Now, standing in that light, she is bringing forward two salient messages.  The first is an evangelical message through her missions organization, Christian Answers for the New Age, directed towards those trapped in the occult like she was.  The second is a message to the evangelical church:  are we growing too comfortable with the rising tide of occultic influences in our homes?As an extension of this second emphasis, Marcia has spent a great deal of time with the Enneagram, a "personality" tool that is growing in popularity with Evangelicals and within the church.  In today's episode, we ask Marcia, "Is the Enneagram spiritually sound?"  "Is it rooted in truth?"  No doubt about it, the Kingdom Culture Conversation we kick off today will resonate with many, polarize some, and, hopefully, send us all to God's word as we reach conclusions on these pivotal questions on our own.For more information on Marcia's work, to read/hear more from her, and learn about Christian Answers for the New Age, please visit:  http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Where most Kingdom Culture Conversation episodes are intended for the communities of Northwest Christian School, our Frameworks students and families, and the various church communities that both of these ministries are pleased to serve, today's special Saturday episode is primarily directed to the students and families that Northwest Christian serves on-the-ground.Northwest Christian is attempting to intervene in a rezoning request that is going in front of the Phoenix City Council.  (If you missed those earlier communications, they are available here and also available here.)  The issue is a request before the city of Phoenix (Z-66-20-1), in which Asura Healthcare, LLC is seeking to rezone the 3.12 acres located at the southeast corner of 43rd Ave. and Juniper from C-O (Commercial Office) to C-1 (Neighborhood Retail), allowing the space to be used as a 54-bed "Community Residence Center" for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.On Thursday evening, October 28th, Northwest Christian's Rezoning Opposition Committee updated the Crusader community on the substantive reasons that the school needs your help in opposing a local rezoning application.  In this unique episode, we have taken the audio from the video recording of that virtual meeting and uploaded it here.If you prefer to watch the video, simply click here.Once you have listened/watched, if you agree that the risks in this situation are greater than the potential gains, please click here to learn about three ways in which you could help.If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts, please don't hesitate to reach out to Geoff Brown directly at either his personal cell phone, (623)225-5573, via email:  gbrown@ncsaz.org.
Roger Munchian survived death row and today serves as the head of one of the largest prison ministries in the United States, "Rescued, not Arrested".   As a young man, in southern California and Arizona, Roger was a significant player within drug trafficking.  Eventually, his lifestyle caught up to him and he faced charges that could have resulted in capital punishment.Instead, the Lord used that moment to change Roger's heart.  From a prison cell, he began studying God's word--the Holy Spirit used this pursuit to grab hold of his heart, transform his mind, and, eventually, completely change his circumstances.In chapel at Northwest Christian School on Wednesday, October 27th, Roger used his story of how God's word transformed his life to help Mr. Brown launch the 2021 Red Letter Challenge.  The Red Letter Challenge is an annual campaign in which students are encouraged to read through the four gospels, one chapter per day, over the course of three months.For more information on the Red Letter Challenge, click here.To download the Red Letter Challenge Bible reading plan, click here.To watch the summer 2021 Kingdom Culture Conversations video that featured Roger Munchian, click here.To work through Roger's biographraphical book, "Rescued, Not Arrested", with Roger himself, check out another Frameworks podcast, the "Off the Page Book Club" podcast.To learn more about Rescued, Not Arrested, please click here.To read the biographical book that captures Roger's compelling testimony, click here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
When Chuck Norris grows up, he wants to be Willow Humes.  In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, you will have the opportunity to meet a young lady who will likely be one of the toughest, bravest people you will meet.  Willow grew up living within Deep Within Rehab in Peoria, Arizona, a center for recovering addicts and ex-cons operated by her parents Lee and Cindy Humes.  At an early age, she was providing meals to the homeless population in downtown Phoenix.  From there, she launched into the mission field, often serving in the Kids Kingdom orphanage in Imuris, Sonora and other needy areas around the world.  Since graduating from both Northwest Christian and Grand Canyon University, she has been teaching gradeschool students at Jean Alexis Kuislin Christian Academy in Haiti through Mission-Haiti.  During her time in Haiti, the island nation has been ravaged by earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, assasinations, and numerous abductions of foreign nationals--so much so that the U.S. State Department now urges Americans to avoid travel to the country.  Having recently been evacuated from Haiti due to civil unrest and gang violence in the village where she was posted, in a Kingdom Culture Conversation with Mr. G, Willow opens up about what motivates her to stay on mission and refuse the comforts that so many commonly seek.  In the process, we are left to ponder, "As Christ followers, are we meant to live comfortable lives?"To be inspired by the work of Deep Within Rehab, click here.For more information on Mission Haiti, please click here.You can learn more about Jean Alexis Kuislin Christian Academy by clicking here."Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/To reach out to Geoff Brown, please email gbrown@ncsaz.org or you can reach him by cell phone:  (623)225-5573.
Scott Brownson is a director at Clydehurst Christian Ranch in Montana--a pristine and rustic camp set in the epically beautiful Boulder River Valley, a wondrous space made popular in the Robert Redford film, "A River Runs Through It".  The camp is primed to be the perfect escape from the work-a-day world--no cell phone reception, few demands pressing upon our time.  For seventy-six years, the camp has been a place of respite and solace for many families.But as Scott shares with us today, even here, within this earthly paradise, the tyranny of the urgent can supplant the peace of God.How does that happen?  What forces are at work in our culture that rob us of rest and peace?  How do we overcome them?  What is the difference between the solitude that recharges and the isolation the drains us?  Today's Kingdom Culture Conversation hits each of these questions squarely on the nose!For more information on Clydehurst Christian Ranch, please visit:  https://www.clydehurst.com/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Erik Stanley is a Crusader dad.  He's also a nationally recognized champion of religious liberty and a formidable player in what has been called the "culture wars".  As an attorney with the Provident Law Group and formerly with the Alliance Defending Freedom, he has twice argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, Erik helps us to understand the nature and agenda of "The Equality Act".   Does it truly grant the "equality" that it promises?  Why do so many consider it to be an affront to religious liberty?  If it passes into law, is there truly harm done to religious institutions or does opposition to the Equality Act really just represent a new form of bigotry? For more information on the Equality Act, please visit:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5For more information on Erik Stanley, please visit:  https://providentlawyers.com/attorneys/erik-stanley/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
For twelve years, Northwest Christian School has been involved in an annual, school-wide "Missions Learning" effort:  providing Hope to families in what is arguably the neediest public school district in the state, the Isaac School District.  All those years ago, it started with J.B. Sutton Elementary and a campaign to provide several dozen Thanksgiving meal food boxes for Sutton families that needed it most.  Over time, the effort has grown to envelope twelve different schools within a campaign that encompasses 1,500 Thanksgiving meals valuing $60K, Christmas gifts for students in three different schools, and countless volunteer hours in which Northwest Christian students are serving Sutton students, families, and teachers.The effort has grown to include dynamic partnerships as well.  The Legacy Foundation is the largest non-profit foundation in Arizona and they have worked closely with Crusader student leaders to write grant proposals that have yielded financial grants as well as access to the Working Poor Tax Credit--both of which complement the generosity of Crusader families.  This year, the campaign will be coupled with the Avondale campus of Christ's Church of the Valley--pointing the families on the receiving end  of the Sutton Project blessings to CCV Avondale as an avenue to find true hope in Christ.Our guest within this episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations is Dr. Randy Martinez who has served as the principal for Sutton for the last four years.  Martinez is a charismatic catalyst who refuses to acknowledge the many challenges in his community--poverty, language barriers, COVID-19--as anything more than the opportunity to dig deeper and work harder to create family-like community with staff and students and provide authentic learning during a time characterized by pandemic-driven learning loss.In today's episode, Mr. Brown and Dr. Martinez address all of these things and talk about the enduring relationship between Northwest Christian School and J.B. Sutton Elementary School.To support this effort financially, including the opportunity to take advantage of the Working Poor Tax Credit, please visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/giving/sutton-projectFor more information on Dr. Martinez, please visit:  https://www.isaacschools.org/o/jbbes/page/meet-the-principalTo learn about J.B. Sutton Elementary, visit:  https://www.isaacschools.org/o/jbbesFor more information on the Isaac School District, visit:  https://www.isaacschools.org/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Chelsi Johnson cannot tell us where she is going.  Why?  For her safety and the safety of those with whom she is working.  After three years of working with Northwest Christian School and helping to launch Frameworks and NCS Online, she is leaving for a Muslim-dominated country in Europe.Given that she is a Christian, white, American female, how doese she hope to make a difference in the patriarchal culture of Islam?  These questions and more dominate today's special episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations.To learn more about WorldVenture, please visit:  https://worldventure.com/To learn how you can financially support Chelsi on the mission field and stay up-to-date on her upcoming adventures, please visit:  https://worldventure.com/pworker/4000-115-johnson-chelsi/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Ryan Brown serves as the Chief Development Officer for Food for the Hungry, an international relief and development agency based in Phoenix, Arizona.  For five decades, FH has invested itself into needy communities around the globe and experienced remarkable success in getting these impoverished areas established and sustainable.  To do so, FH looks beyond financial poverty and sees that true community transformation requires addressing the root issues which give rise to multiple forms of poverty.  Today's Kingdom Culture Conversation is an unflinching discussion which addresses the reality that sometimes our compassion can do more harm than good.To learn more about Food for the Hungry, please visit https://www.fh.org/For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, please visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
In Matthew 11:16-19, Jesus is accused of being a "friend of sinners".   If I am meant to follow His example, does that mean that I should also have sincere friendships with individuals who have opposing worldviews?Adam Brooks serves as a popular consultant to schools, corporations, and churches regarding a number of cultural issues.  A native of Phoenix, his clients have included SRP, Arizona State University, and the Scottsdale Unified School District. In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, we tackle the issue of "inclusitivity", recognizing that Christians are often accused of being "exclusive".  In fact, the phrase "lack of inclusivity" has been used as an accusation against churches and Christian organizations.  Is that a fair perception?  How did Jesus handle being "full of grace and truth" in His "friendships with sinners"?For more info on Adam, visit https://www.adamleebrooks.com/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Adam Brooks serves as a popular consultant to schools, corporations, and churches regarding managing the digital dimension of our lives.  A native of Phoenix, his clients include SRP, Arizona State University, the Scottsdale Unified School District...and, most recently, Northwest Christian School.  His NCS Parent University sessions are popular and, as a result, many requests were made at Adam's most recent PU to record/stream his session.  Unfortunately, as you will hear today, we botched that task and the recording was lost.  Generously, Adam volunteered to come back and record a Kingdom Culture Conversation with us so that the same information could be distributed to students and parents in this form.In today's Kingdom Culture Conversation, Brooks tackles the issue of how best to manage our digital lives.  Helping us to understand that social media is not the root of all evil and digital devices can be effective tools, Brooks walks us through healthy, God-honoring strategies.Adam Brooks is the best-selling author of "The Social Media Handbook:  an Adult's Guide to the Digital Life of a Teen".  You can find that book here.Within the episode, Adam mentions a useful tool to start healthy conversations in your family:  Drive-a-Logue.  To get more information, click here:   https://drivealogue.com/For more info on Adam, visit https://www.adamleebrooks.com/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
Does God love transgender students?  More than we can ever begin to understand!  His love includes both a template and design whereby they can grow and thrive--a template found in Scripture--and He offers unconditional reconciliation for those that get confused along the way. Today's Kingdom Culture Conversation features Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy once more as she and Geoff Brown finish the second part of a discussion about educational freedom, the power of educational choice, transgenderism in athletics, and how to get involved in an effort to be a difference-maker.To learn more about Cathi Herrod, click here.To better understand the Center for Arizona Policy, click here.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/
What would the world look like today if each us truly believed that God was madly in love with us?  That's the question that Mr. G and national Christian recording artist Tim Timmons ask in today's first-ever-Saturday episode of Kingdom Culture Conversations.  After two decades of ministry and a lifetime of looking for Jesus, Timmons is no stranger to pain, cancer, sorrow, failure, joy and hope. “For most of my life,” Timmons shares, “I found myself working FOR God, and not WITH Him, which lead to my tired soul desperately searching for more. Saying, ‘Jesus, is this all there is?’” Get ready for a powerful conversation! As you will hear within this Kingdom Culture Conversation, Tim is the host of a podcast called "The 10,000 Minute Experiment"...for more information, visit:  https://www.10000minutes.com/To learn more about Tim Timmons, visit:  https://www.timtimmonsmusic.com/"Kingdom Culture Conversations" is a podcast created through Frameworks, a Biblical worldview initiative of Northwest Christian School.For more information on Frameworks, please visit:  https://frameworks.ncsaz.org/For more information on Northwest Christian School, visit:  https://www.ncsaz.org/
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