Is The Shack an inspirational movie that will lead people to Christ – or a "theological disaster"? Christians are divided about the movie and this Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore the issue. Joining her will be Rene Couture, a Christian leader who was skeptical at first but loved the film – and Norm Geisler and Bill Roach, Christian apologetics leaders who says the movie is heretical! Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time on Up For Debate!
Wayne Jacobsen is a speaker, former pastor and host of Lifestream. Wayne travels the world helping people sort out what Jesus really taught, helping them find a freedom from performance-based religion to embrace a relationship with God deeply rooted in the Father's affection.
Dr. Norman Geisler is the author or coauthor of more than 68 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught at the university and graduate level for nearly 50 years and has spoken or debated in all 50 states and in 25 countries. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Loyola University and is a former president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
Dr. William Roach is editor of the Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. Dr. Roach currently teaches adjunctively at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a worldview trainer for Focus on the Family’s Truth Project. He is also the co-author of Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation. Lastly, he has contributed to the work, The Jesus Quest: The Danger From Within, a revealing book on the contemporary drift of many evangelicals from the complete historicity and total inerrancy of the New Testament. He holds a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Theology and Philosophy of Religion and a graduate degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Rene Couture is co-host of The Annica Thomas Show, a weekly radio show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also gives tours of the East Coast, teaching about the Christian history of the United States. She also blogs about the influence the Bible and Biblical Christianity has had on America. She believes that God has a unique plan for America and that to whom much is given, much is required. Rene challenges her audiences to use their influence and giftings to impact the world.
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, Up For Debate invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. 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, we 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.”