The Common Good Podcast

The Common Good Podcast

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The idea of “the common good” has a rich history within the Christian church. It’s the notion that, as we pursue Jesus in our lives and in the lives of others, we are fulfilling God’s purposes for His creation. This pursuit can be messy. It means rolling up our sleeves and creating space for hard conversations about real issues that impact our lives. Things like parenting, marriage, finances, politics, art, and culture. On The Common Good, Brian From and Ian Simkins create space to have these conversations, to sit with the big questions that we all have, to sometimes disagree, but to always look for the chance to create common good, by following after Jesus. Brian and Ian welcome listeners to join them in these conversations, to bring their own questions, hopes, and struggles, and to ultimately share in a journey to see God’s design for all of us fulfilled. (00:00-09:47): In the headlines: Trump leaves the hospital to pay a visit to patriots outside of Walter Reed Hospital. Will contracting COVID-19 change Trump? PLUS, There is no getting ‘back to normal,’ experts say. The sooner we accept that, the better. (09:47-28:08): We were joined by senior news editor at Christianity Today, Kate Shellnut. She gives us the latest on the presidential election coming up, and how the demographics of voters has altered since the last election. She discusses how “This Election, Evangelical Supporters Have More Faith in Trump” and much more. She also touches on the response from people on Trump contracting COVID-19. While there were some people who were abrasive and vulgar, there were Christian leaders, and even critics of him, calling for prayer for the President. (28:08-36:58): Ed Yong writes, “America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral” As the U.S. heads toward the winter, the country is going round in circles, making the same conceptual errors that have plagued it since spring.” (36:58-46:52): Latest from the Vatican and James Martin “Pope Francis closes the door on the death penalty in ‘Fratelli Tutti’”. Brian and Ian discuss this to kick off the second hour about this. (46:52-56:22): Marisa Franco in Psyche writes “How to make friends as an adult”. Friendships give us so much. Be bold, take the initiative, and you’ll be surprised how many people are pleased to connect. (56:22-1:05:45): Charlie Peacock writes “Why We Get Up in the Morning Shouldn’t Differ from Sunday to Monday” in Christianity Today. Steven Garber envisions lives marked by greater coherence between our deepest commitments and our everyday cares. (1:05:45-1:15:17): Oliver Burkeman writes “The Eight Secrets To A (Fairly) Fulfilled Life”. After more than a decade of writing life-changing advice, I know when to move on. Here’s what else I learned. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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