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March 25, 2017

Should Christians See "The Shack"?

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!

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March 18, 2017

Should Christians Support School Choice?

With Betsy DeVos heading the Department of Education, the issue of school choice has taken center stage.  Some say Christians should oppose school choice because it will weaken the public schools.  Others say Christians should support it because it enables parents to escape the indoctrination offered in public schools. This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore the issue with EdChoice Friedman Fellow Greg Forster, who supports school choice and All Our Children Founder Lallie Lloyd, who opposes it.

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March 11, 2017

Should Christian Parents Allow Their Children to use Social Media?

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat?  Should Christian children and teens be using them?  This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Dr. Kathy Koch who believes that teens should only use social media with specific limits and Youth Minister Justin Cox who embraces the platform.  Listen and join the discussion on this episode of Up For Debate!​​

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March 04, 2017

Do Christian Women Have to Submit to Their Husbands?

​Do Christian wives have to submit to their husbands?  It's a question that roils many marriages and families.  And, this Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore this issue with Mary Kassian, who believes that wives should submit to their husbands and Jamin Hubner, who believes in mutual submission.  Listen and join the discussion on this episode of Up For Debate!​​

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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.”