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November 18, 2017

Is Church Discipline a Good Idea?

Protestant Reformers recognized church discipline as a primary mark of a true church. Yet today, very few churches actually practice church discipline. And, many say church discipline simply opens the door to spiritual abuse. This Saturday on Up For Debate, Julie Roys explores the case for and against this practice – and why it’s largely ignored today.

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November 11, 2017

Should Christians Embrace a Young- or Old-Earth Model of Creation?

​​Is the earth billions of years old, or only several thousand?  Christians are sharply divided on the issue.  And this Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore the issue with Thomas Purifoy, the director of a new film that advances the young-earth view. Challenging his perspective will be Hugh Ross, founder of Reasons to Believe and proponent of an old-earth view.  

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November 04, 2017

Can Christian Fellowship Include Alcohol?

The majority of Christians used to oppose alcohol.  But times are changing, and now some churches and Bible study groups actually meet in bars or bring the brew into their church halls!  This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss this trend with the Reverend John Donnelly who started a "Beer, Bible and Brotherhood" group – Randy Jaeggli of Bob Jones University who says Christians should abstain from all alcohol.   

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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.”