It’s important to think critically and live compassionately so we can effectively communicate the hope we have in Christ! Pastor and culture watcher, Dr. Jim Denison joins Chris to discuss the value of little lives like Down’s babies and disabled children. They’ll also take on the tough topic of grown-up kids who blame their parents for ruining their lives! It’s going to be a rousing conversation from a Biblical perspective. Join us with your questions and comments, too – next time on Equipped with Chris Brooks.
Artificial intelligence is all around us, from the simplest calculator to the smart car down the block! Futurists and scientists think there will come a day when robots will run our lives rather than the other way around! Artificial intelligence raises important questions about humanity and God and the relationship between the two. John Dyer writes and teaches on technology and faith at Dallas Seminary. He and Chris will raise some compelling issues we all need to ponder as we look to the future – and at the smartphone on our hand!
Christianity has increasingly been relegated to the margins of society – but maybe that’s a good thing! History testifies that the more people try to destroy Christianity, the more it grows. Pastor Matt Chandler says we are entering an exciting time because we are back at the place there Christ’s church can thrive! Don’t miss this conversation and the big dose of encouragement Matt brings – to live with compassion and conviction and confidently reach out to a world that needs the love of Jesus in us!
What role do children play in the lives of 'liberated' women? One report criticized Barbara Bush as not being a true feminist because she put her children above her career. Women, children and the role of a godly mother in focus today on Equipped!
Check out the Equipped interview with Penny Nance about her book Feisty & Feminine from June 7, 2017.
Chris Brooks is on the road in Moline, Illinois for a weekend of preparing Christians to give a reason for the faith we hold so dear. He will talk with Rick McGough a pastor with a passion for the local church to embrace apologetics as part of the discipleship process. Together, Chris and Rick will answer some of the tough questions our secular culture is asking. Grab a notepad and learn to effectively engage those who challenge our beliefs. It’s all ahead on Equipped with Chris Brooks!
Reading the Bible isn’t about accumulating knowledge or checking off some sort of checklist. It’s about connecting with God. Is that how you read it? It can be! Bill Hendricks has spent a lifetime reading the Bible and leading people to know God through His Word. He will share simple principles for understanding what you read so that the Scriptures can come alive for you! If you long for a deeper walk with the Lord and a fresh approach to His Word, don’t miss the next edition of Equipped with Chris Brooks.
You know the old saying – if you don’t want to offend people, never talk about religion or politics but Chris Brooks is going to talk about both subjects, hopefully without offending anyone! Political theologian Jonathan Leeman says it’s time to re-start the conversation on faith and politics by allowing the life of Christ in and through us to make a difference in the world around us. We will learn more - next time on Equipped!
Racial tensions are still making headlines. More than ever the world needs the Church to lead. Next time on Equipped, we will hear from one of our heroes of the faith and a pioneer of the civil rights movement, Dr. John Perkins. He says there is something even more important than racial reconciliation and, at 87 years of age, he wants to share words of wisdom we need to hear while there is still time. Join us for an exceptional conversation with Dr. John Perkins!
How well are you discerning Biblical truth from error? Even something as "spiritual" as the Netflix movie "Come Sunday" requires us to think critically and compassionately about the doctrine of Hell. We will examine how to discern heresy from truth. The bottom line is being IN the Word and studying sound doctrine.
When we come to Christ, He saves us and begins to show us the work He has designed for us to do. We need to be prepared for that work, whether we are sharing our faith with our family and friends or serving in full-time ministry. Do you wonder what your place is in God’s great plan or do you want more training for ministry but aren’t sure what options to pursue? Pastor and professor Dr. Winfred Neely joins Chris Brooks to delve into these questions and more!
Being ‘busy’ has become a status symbol in American life but for many of us, it seems there is no way to avoid it. Between jobs, family responsibilities, church work, house work and a little time for fun, our lives are packed and we are exhausted! Social researcher Shaunti Feldhan has combined Biblical truth with scientific research and found some overlooked elements in finding rest. If your body and soul long for peace and stillness, she will bring you the keys to quietness – next time on Equipped with Chris Brooks.
Can a case be made for God’s supernatural intervention in our lives? Investigative reporter and award-winning author Lee Strobel joins Chris to examine the evidence for miracles. He confronts the issue head-on by addressing questions like - Does science disprove the miraculous? and If He can do miracles, why does God seem to look the other way when we really need Him?
You are welcome to weigh in with your own questions as we take a hard look at the case for miracles!
The need for adoptive and foster families is a growing worldwide. Have you ever considered that caring for orphans is a Biblical mandate? Jedd Medefind of the Christian Alliance for Orphans will take us into the Scriptures for a clear understanding of God’s heart for the orphan and His commands for their provision. These children are precious – learn how you can align yourself with God’s purposes in meeting their needs.
God is at work in surprising ways around the world. We’ll hear stories of people whose acts of love and justice are bringing hope and transformation in places of misery and hopelessness. Luis Bush has traveled the globe and has seen what happens when ordinary people say yes to God. He’ll challenge us to see what can happen when we step out in faith with God and live for something bigger than ourselves!
How is the emotional health of your church? If that question seems strange, consider how well your congregation loves each other and resolves conflicts. As we grow in Christ, our ability to love others well also matures but that’s not always easy to do! Pastor Pete Scazzero joins Chris to introduce practical skills that will help your church breakthrough relational roadblocks and experience fresh joy in serving Jesus!
Chris Brooks is the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. Chris is also a Dean at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah and Sophia.