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May 27, 2017

What Should Christians Think of Modesty?

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.  

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May 20, 2017

Should Churches Abandon Boy/Girl Scouts

The Boy Scouts are allowing gay adult leaders and transgender scouts.  Meanwhile, the Girls Scouts are passing out sex-ed literature by Planned Parenthood.  This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss whether churches should cut ties with these long-standing all-American groups. Joining her will be Ted Spangenberg, President of the Association of Baptists for Scouting who believes churches should continue their affiliation with scouts -- and Patti Garibay, Founder of American Heritage Girls, which is an alternative to the Girl Scouts. 

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May 13, 2017

Is the Language of White Privilege Helpful?

Should Christians use the language of white privilege to address racial injustice – or does focusing on white privilege simply divide?  This Saturday, on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Lisa Sharon Harper, who believes discussing white privilege is crucial – and Deidra Riggs, who believes the term is unhelpful.

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May 06, 2017

Should Christians Follow the Graham Rule?

Should Christians follow the so-called Graham Rule – and avoid spending time alone with someone other than their spouse?  Vice President Mike Pence recently sparked controversy when he divulged that he follows the rule.  And this Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will discuss the issue with both critics and supporters.  Joining her will be Jon Micah Sumrall, lead singer for the band Kutless, who follows the Graham Rule – and author Wendy Alsup who argues that the rule is sexist.  

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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.”