Nobody’s road to faith in Jesus is debris free. Most of us can recount stories of mistakes, missteps and misunderstandings along the way. Our guest today shares his story of growing up with agnostic parents but wondering about the faith of the people he saw attending the Catholic church on one end of his street and the Baptist church on the other end. His search to understand the God they worshiped has turned into a lifelong pursuit of the grace and mystery of God. He will help us understand the fundamental questions and struggles that both spiritual seekers and mature believer struggle with in their pursuit of a real and lasting relationship with God.
For many decades the freedom to practice your Christian faith in our nation was a given and nobody questioned it or even raised an eyebrow about it. But those days are gone. Now religious liberty and freedom are under attack from every corner. And many of those battles are being fought in the courtrooms of our nation. Join us today as our guest shares his stories from the front lines of those battles. He will share stories of victory and the battles that have yet to be won. And in the process he will remind us all that there was a cost to secure those freedoms and there is STILL a cost to ensure that they are not lost.
Dr. John Koessler is faculty emeritus of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he served as professor of applied theology and church ministry for 25 years. He is the author of several books, including All Together Different (with J. Brian Tucker), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment, A Stranger in the House of God, and True Discipleship: The Art of Following Jesus. He is a contributing author to the Moody Bible Commentary and also serves as a contributing editor for Moody Bible Institute's publication Today in the Word, where you can read his monthly "Theology Matters" column. Prior to joining the Moody faculty, John served as a pastor of Valley Chapel in Green Valley, Illinois, for nine years.
Mat Staver is the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family. Mat has over 230 published legal opinions. He has authored eight scholarly law review publications and books, including Faith & Freedom: A Complete Handbook for Defending Your Religious Rights, Same-Sex Marriage; Putting Every Household at Risk, and Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom.