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August 13, 2016

Should Christians Forgive No Matter What?

Should Christians forgive someone even if he's not sorry?  Or does true forgiveness require repentance and a desire to reconcile?  This Saturday, on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Chris Brauns, a pastor who believes forgiveness requires repentance, and Remy Diederich who believes it does not. Listen and join this challenging discussion, this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time, on Up For Debate!

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Chris Brauns
Chris Brauns

Chris Brauns

Chris Brauns is the pastor at The Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL. Chris has also written several books, including "Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds." Chris received a BA in chemistry from Central College in Pella, IA and an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa. Before pastoring, Chris worked in product development in medical diagnostics for Bayer. After leaving the corporate world, Chris graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jamie, have four children.
Remy Diederich
Remy Diederich

Remy Diederich

Remy Diederich is the founding and lead pastor of Cedarbrook Church in western Wisconsin. He is the author of three books: Healing the Hurts of Your Past, STUCK, and Out of Exile. Remy is also the spirituality consultant at Arbor Place Treatment Center. He hold a Masters of Theology from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

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Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”