The issue of modesty has become controversial. Every time a new fashion craze hits, Christians debate whether they should be able to wear something more revealing or cover up. This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss the issue of modesty. Joining her will be a Christian leader who believes modesty highlights women’s value in Christ -- and another who believes modesty is often code for shaming women.
Elrena Evans curates the blog for Evangelicals for Social Action. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Penn State, and has written extensively for Christianity Today and American Bible Society. She is the author of a short story collection, This Crowded Night, and co-author of the essay collection Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life. She enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, and making spreadsheets.
Kristen Clark launched GirlDefined Ministries in 2014 with her sister, Bethany Baird. Their goal was to help modern girls understand and live out God’s timeless truth for womanhood. In a day and age when girls and women receive so many conflicting messages about their value, purpose, and identity, they want to help point them to the One who created them. Through the GirlDefined blogs, videos, conferences, and online webinars, they hope to challenge, encourage, and open girls' eyes to God’s incredible design for womanhood.
Luke Gilkerson served for eight years as Covenant Eyes' Educational Resource Manager. Luke has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com
Sheila Wray Gregoire is a popular speaker, marriage blogger, and the author of eight books, including 9 Thoughts That Can Change Your Marriage. Sheila mixes humor and real-life stories to help women deal with the messy problems many of us face. She loves encouraging women in their relationships, both with God and with their husbands, children, and friends. Her passion is for marriage, and she and her husband Keith speak together at marriage outreaches and at FamilyLife Canada marriage conferences. You can usually find her in Belleville, Ontario, where she’s constantly texting her two young adult daughters.
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.”