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March 2015
March 28, 2015

Since the advent of the birth control pill, the hookup culture has proliferated and divorce has skyrocketed, causing many Christians to rethink contraception. Yet, some Christians are not only embracing contraception, but promoting it, saying it’s a way to save lives in developing countries. This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys tackles this sensitive topic with a popular Catholic theologian who opposes contraception—and an evangelical leader who supports it. Listen and join the discussion, this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! Should Christians Embrace and Promote Contraception?

Featured: Christopher West, Jenell Paris
Host: Julie Roys


March 21, 2015

What’s the best way for Christians to oppose abortion? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore this challenging issue with two pastors who passionately want to protect the unborn, but advocate two very different ways of doing that. R.C. Sproul, Jr., says Christians need to name the sin of abortion and call women to repentance. Scott Sauls says Christians should empathize with women in crisis pregnancies and offer help, not judgment. Listen and offer your thoughts this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! How Should Christians Oppose Abortion?

Featured: RC Sproul Jr., Scott Sauls
Host: Julie Roys


March 14, 2015

Lent—it’s not just for Catholics anymore. Increasingly, Protestants are observing this sober season, as well. But should they? This Saturday on Up for Debate, host Julie Roys will discuss that question with author and Professor Carl Trueman, who says observing Lent makes as much sense to Protestants as observing the Fourth of July does to the English. However, challenging his perspective is Moody Professor Bryan Litfin, who says Lent can be a helpful spiritual exercise. Listen and add your thoughts this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! Should Protestants Observe Lent?

Featured: Bryan Litfin, Carl Trueman
Host: Julie Roys


March 7, 2015

Is attending church really necessary—or, is it okay for Christians to find other ways of worshipping and connecting with other believers? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with author Wayne Jacobsen, who says attending organized church is optional—and Jonathan Leeman, who believes it’s mandatory. Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! Is Attending Church Mandatory?

Featured: Wayne Jacobsen, Jonathan Leeman
Host: Julie Roys


February 2015
February 28, 2015

Do Christians have a moral obligation to vaccinate their children? Or, as some claim, do vaccines pose serious health risks—and do some contain tissue from aborted fetuses? Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! How Should Christians View Vaccines?

Featured: Dr. Dave Wheldon, Dr. Reginald Finger
Host: Julie Roys


February 21, 2015

Should Christians hail American Sniper, Chris Kyle, as a hero for killing terrorists and protecting Americans? Or, should they denounce his actions since Jesus taught His followers to love their enemies and turn the other cheek? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss this hot-button issue with both a Christian pacifist and a retired marine. Listen to the fascinating discussion and call in with your thoughts this Saturday at 11 am Central Time on Up for DebateWhat Should Christians Think of American Sniper?

Featured: Benjamin Corey, Keith Pavlischek
Host: Julie Roys


February 14, 2015

Does dating always have to have marriage as its goal? Do men have to initiate—or can women ask men out? What boundaries are appropriate in Christian dating? This Saturday is Valentine’s Day. And, on Up for Debate, host Julie Roys will tackle these and other dating questions with two Christian leaders with different views of Christian dating. One takes a more traditional and intentional approach, but the other says casual dating can actually be helpful. Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! How Should Christians Date?

Featured: Lisa Anderson, Nicole Unice
Host: Julie Roys


February 7, 2015

Contemporary Christian Music, or CCM, is wildly popular in America, with about 23-million album sales each year. Some say the music inspires and encourages Christian audiences. But, critics say it teaches shallow theology and is musically challenged. This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore the pros and cons of CCM with Jonny Diaz, a popular Christian recording artist—and John Thompson, an executive with Capitol CMG Publishing who at times has been critical of the industry’s shortcomings. Adding a third perspective will be Dr. T. David Gordon, a professor of religion who strongly objects to the use of Contemporary Christian Music in worship. Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! Should Christians Listen to CCM?

Featured: Jonny Diaz, John J. Thompson, T. David Gordon
Host: Julie Roys


January 2015
January 31, 2015

It’s violent, sexist and rife with materialism. So, why are so many Christians watching the Superbowl? That’s how some Christians feel about “America’s Game.” And, this Saturday, Julie Roys will explore our infatuation with football with Dr. Owen Strachan, a critic of the sport—and former NFL Cornerback-turned-preacher, Ray McElroy. Listen and join the lively discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! Should Christians Support the NFL?

Featured: Ray McElroy, Owen Strachan
Host: Julie Roys


January 24, 2015

Should women with young children work outside the home? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with authors Candice Watters and Leslie Leyland Fields. Watters believes being a mom of young kids is a full-time job and can’t be done well while juggling a career. Yet, Fields disagrees. She says women can successfully navigate a career while simultaneously raising young, thriving kids. Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! Should Women with Young Children Work Outside the Home?

Featured: Leslie Leyland Fields, Candice Watters
Host: Julie Roys


January 17, 2015

Are Christians obligated to tithe 10-percent of their income? Some say no because Christians are no longer under the Old Testament Law, but under grace. Others say yes because grace doesn’t negate the law, but actually fills it with meaning. Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. on Up for Debate! Are Christians Obligated to Tithe?

Featured: Dr. David Croteau, Dr. Kenneth Hemphill
Host: Julie Roys


January 10, 2015

Can someone be evangelical and Catholic? In the past 50 years, a growing number of Christians say they can. But, can these two seemingly very different streams of Christendom truly be blended? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys explores this issue with a so-called “evangelical Catholic” who converted to Catholicism from a Baptist background. Also joining her will be an evangelical theologian who maintains that evangelicalism and Catholicism can’t mix. Don’t miss the discussion this Saturday on Up for DebateCan Catholics Be Evangelical?

Featured: Devin Rose, Greg Quiggle
Host: Julie Roys


January 3, 2015

What was the best Up for Debate program last year? Was it the gay debate between Matthew Vines and Dr. Michael Brown? Or, the show on whether women should be pastors—or whether Christians should send their kids to public school? This Saturday on Up for Debate, you’re the featured guest! And, host Julie Roys will be taking your calls and re-living the best Up for Debate moments of 2014. Don’t miss the lively discussion this Saturday at 8 a.m. Central Time on Up for Debate! What Was the Best Up for Debate Show of 2014?


Host: Julie Roys