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July 15, 2017

Should Christian Parents Circumcise their Sons?

Should Christian parents circumcise their sons? Certainly, it’s not required for salvation, but is it still a good practice? This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss this important issue with Jewish believer and host of "Open Line", Dr. Michael Rydelnik. Also joining her will be a doctor with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations who supports circumcision – and another Christian leader who does not. Listen and join the discussion this Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time, on Up For Debate!​​

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Dr. Michael Rydelnik
Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Dr. Michael Rydelnik is professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute and the Bible teacher on Moody Radio's Open Line, answering listener Bible questions on over 200 stations nationwide across Moody Radio. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home in Brooklyn, N.Y., and became a follower of Jesus the Messiah during his high school years. He is the author of several books, co-editor of The Moody Bible Commentary and contributor to many Bible teaching programs.

Dr. Rosemary Stein
Dr. Rosemary Stein

Dr. Rosemary Stein

Dr. Rosemary Stein is the owner and founder of IFC Pediatrics. A native of New York, Rosemary completed her high school as an exchange student in Montreal, Canada where she became fluent in French. She attended medical school in the Dominican Republic, and completed her pediatric residency in New Jersey. Rosemary has nearly twenty years of experience in the practice of pediatrics. She founded the Mustard Seed Club of Alamance to help children with tutoring and basic religious instruction. She also founded the Soccer in Scouting clinic pack that trains 15 -20 boys each year in scouting and soccer. Rosemary has written the book, "Who Needs a Village? It's a Mom Thing". She's a staunch advocate for improving parenting across the nation. She speaks on several syndicated shows on the topic of parenting.

Sylvia Zakusilov
Sylvia Zakusilov

Sylvia Zakusilov

Sylvia Zakusilov is an ER nurse at Elkhart General Hospital. Sylvia is against circumcision because she believes God created every body part with a purpose and a function. She's a mom of three with a baby on the way. Her grandfather, Franklin Swan taught at Moody Bible Institute and her uncle, Joel Swan works for Moody Radio. Sylvia received her Bachelor of Science from Bethel College and her Master's in Nursing from the University of Saint Francis.

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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.

Up for Debate

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.”