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.

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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.

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September 20, 2019

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(00:00-08:56): The New York Times Still Doesn’t Understand What It Did. In the era of fake news, what sources can we trust? Brian dissects this National Review article by David French on the Times’ reports on Brett Kavanaugh. 

(08:56-18:20): Brian is flying solo today, so he gets to talk about his favorite sports teams. This time around, he discusses the New York Giants benching long-time QB Eli Manning and how he may very well be the most underrated hall of famer ever. 

(18:20-27:18): Boy, 16, Stabbed in Fight Lay Dying as Eyewitnesses, Friends Videotaped His Death. Brian touches on the seemingly barbaric state of society. It’s as if the people who watched him die only wanted to profit off of the situation. 

(27:18-35:59): Brian touches on some tweets from Jeff Vanderstelt and Tim Keller. Vanderstelt quotes Keller, “The Resurrection is a giant receipt stamped across history saying your debt has been paid for and you don't have to pay it ever again.” and The Keller Tweet concurs that statement by saying “The strongest Christians are the ones most willing to repent.”

(39:59-46:39): Brian refers to a couple more tweets talking about atheism and truth rejection. The first tweet was a simple question: “Ex-theists, I’d love to know if you miss anything about being religious? #atheist” and the second was from Union Seminary, they confessed their sins to plants

(46:39-57:02): We are joined in the studio by our friend Dan Ehrman to talk about the Lift Conference. He expresses the vitality of the upcoming conference because of how Christian leadership is in crisis today. 

(57:02-1:07:06): Dan sticks around to talk about his leadership roles and how his show “Leading the Church” instills a positive and in-depth perspective on the church leaders of Chicago. He also discusses good leadership qualities that he has seen in pastors he interviews and knows. 

(1:07:06-1:13:49): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Amish folks are running ravage in the streets while Nessie isn’t made in China. A woman in Rhode Island is feeling a tad blue, while Canada will fine you if you protect yourself. Meanwhile, Dogs are smarter than we think, and have a wicked sense of humor. 

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September 19, 2019

The Common Good - 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:10): American fashion brand sparks outrage over school shooting-themed hoodies. Brian and Ian respond to the appalling nature of profiting off of tragedy, and address how the models could imprint themselves on it.

(09:10-18:23): Young Life Voted Off Campus at Duke due to the group’s sexuality policy. The school has a non-discrimination clause for all groups and, as a result, took it away. Brian and Ian discuss how private universities have the rights to do whatever they want. 

(18:23-27:59): What grinds our gears? Of course, Brian has a problem with everything; even cheeseburgers. Ian is a little more positive with stuff, or just tired. Brian continues with his grinding. He does not like auto updates on computers, or old-man sleep patterns...you read that right.

(27:59-37:20): Simon Sinek spoke on servant leadership and how leaders take necessary risks to be an example first. Brian and Ian relate this to leading a church and how talking isn’t enough. Leaders need to step out and set the way by example. 

(37:20-47:26): Baby boomers’ wealth is 12 times greater compared to millennials. Brian and Ian touch on the drastic differences between generational income and the reasons why. Savings, 401k, etc., there are ways to build wealth, but are we doing enough?

(47:26-57:24): We are pleased to be joined by Dr. Greg Smalley to talk about, you guessed it, marriage. He is the Vice President of Marriage at Focus on the Family, and has written numerous books on how marriage should be. He provides us with tips and references his book “Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage.''

(57:24-1:07:33): Friend of the show, and theological professor at Ozark College, Chad Ragsdale, posted a blog called #holocaust. It is his response to people posing and taking selfies at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. He touches on the purpose of remembrance, as well as the sanctity of mourning and memorials. 

(1:07:33-1:14:27): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Kentucky women was involved in the opposite of a kidnapping, while a mummy robs a bank. No remorse from the horse of course, and the cow jumped over...a school? Meanwhile, Disney has enough money, don’t they?

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September 18, 2019

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(00:00-09:38): Scot McKnight writes in Patheos, “Willow Creek, What’s a Pastor?” McKnight assesses the Willow Creek job description for the pastor vacancy they are trying to fill, and finds some issues. Brian and Ian talk about the dangers of hiring a CEO rather than a pastor. 

(09:38-19:11): Georgia Fans showed support of rival coach’s wife who passed away from cancer by wearing pink. Coach Blake Anderson expressed his overwhelming joy that he felt and said it was “the classiest thing he’s ever witnessed”. Brian and Ian talk about this amazing story and how sports rivalries can sometimes bring us together. 

(19:11-30:01): Dr. Michael Youssef joins Brian and Ian to talk about his extensive, half-century long mission work. How has God blessed his ministry journey all over the world? He also talks about his book “Counting the Stars”. 

(30:01-39:47): “‘Love God, Love People’ Is More Than Your Instagram Bio” writes Carter Heminger. Brian and Ian touch on the points he makes as well as how to act out this simple phrase. How you behave as a Christian is every bit a reflection of your faith.

(39:47-50:02): “Baptist College Handbook Authorizes ‘Full Access’ to Students’ Social Media Accounts” writes David Roach in Christianity Today. Brian and Ian reflect on their college careers. Even though they did not have to worry about this thing as a student, they feel strongly against it. 

(50:02-1:00:20): Close friend of Ian Aaron Niequist tweeted his thoughts on over-stimulus at churches. Are we willing to take time to shut everything off and sit in silence and listen? Ian talks about a moment at his church where they sat in the quiet and wait on the Lord. 

(1:00:20-1:10:13): If churches can’t satisfy people’s hunger for truth, they can expect more Christians leaving the faith. In an article by Mark Vernon in Christian Today, Marty Sampson and reasons behind his situation are addressed, and the church’s attention to truth and hypocrisy are in the light. 

(1:10:13-1:16:39): Brian and Ian “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Women in Missouri can talk with monkeys, and the new requirement for Empire State Building security is swords. We are talking about the YAKshank redemption, while Col. Sanders is officiating weddings. Meanwhile, get these snakes out of these mother loving hotels.

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September 17, 2019

The Common Good - 9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:27): What is up with our obsession with Apple products? Is brand loyalty a bad thing? Brian and Ian touch on the obsession with the iPhone and other luxurious things. 

(09:27-18:39): New Way Counseling posted a picture that says “Tired of explaining that “I don’t have the time” doesn’t mean “literally every second of my schedule is accounted for”, but rather “I’m giving as much of myself as I’m currently able to give”. Brian and Ian talk about the importance of self-care and balancing time. 

(18:39-28:00): What are common indicators of power-hungry pastors? Brian and Ian go over a list of possible ones and touch on how to keep yourself accountable as leaders in order to avoid getting a big head. 

(28:00-37:38): 15-Year-Old Takes Care Of His Elderly Neighbors. Brian and Ian talk about this story about a boy who regularly checks in on his neighbors by cutting their lawn, getting groceries, etc. 

(37:38-48:01): One of the newest SNL cast members was scratched after clips of racial slurs arose this week. Brian and Ian talk about the offensive nature of the remarks, as well as touch on Andrew Yang’s response to them. 

(48:01-58:06): God's will is not a mystery to be solved but a road to be traveled, writes Chandler Vannoy in Relevant Magazine. Brian and Ian talk about how as long as we follow God, there is no veil or mystery to be revealed, but it may take time to understand. 

(58:06-1:08:46): What are eight idols church leaders still worship today? Brian and Ian touch on this article by Carey Nieuwhof discussing possible distractions and obsessions pastors can get preoccupied about. 

(1:08:46-1:15:46): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Florida couple gets a spoonful of literary irony, while another Florida man has the worst getaway car ever. The Area 51 raid is next week people...get it right. Man in New Zealand gets fired while “clowning around”. Meanwhile, a new radar gun doubles as a hair dryer.

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September 16, 2019

The Common Good - 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:23): Rookie Bears Kicker Eddy Pineiro came in clutch on Sunday against the Denver Broncos with a 53-yard game winning field goal. Brian and Ian touch on the pressure he overcame to do his job. They also touch on Kirk Cameron’s new show to talk with celebrity friends.

(09:23-19:05): Evangelicals Who Distrust Muslims Likely Don’t Know Muslims. Brian and Ian touch on the stigma of Muslim’s as Christians, but believe it’s largely linked to misinformation and not knowing them personally. 

(19:05-28:30): What did we preach? Brian and Ian touch on what they preached on Sunday. Ian started a series called “This Changes Everything”. It is about how we are desperate to change things in our lives to make things easier or ideal. Brian talked on being passionate of entering into the Kingdom of God. Does God still act in immeasurably powerful ways?

(28:30-38:03): Brian and Ian touch on 14 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Engaging in Tough Conversations. Karina Philip from Relevant magazine on how to address tough topics as Christians. They address how listeners engage with each other on topics and articles they post on their Facebook page. 

(38:03-48:40): Celebrities such as Chance the Rapper and Kanye West are more outspoken about their faith now more than ever. Brian and Ian talk about how hard it can be to speak out and defend your faith while in the spotlight. Hollywood can be a hostile place for people of faith. 

(48:40-59:16): One thing to change: Anecdotes aren’t data. Stephen Pinker in the Harvard Gazette addresses the lack of solid data and fact-based conversations. How often do we see comments beneath posted articles denouncing said article’s credibility? Brian and Ian touch on this.

(59:16-1:09:58): Trygve Johnson writes “Gen Z Is Making Me a Better Preacher” in Christianity Today. There are new ways pastors and preachers address the younger generation in sermons. Brian and Ian reflect on this and relate to their own congregations. 

(1:09:58-1:16:32): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Apparently a giant lives in the clouds in the skies above Jersey. A new skydiving attraction features dodging a fighter jet. Florida article offers fun activities and history of biscuits. SoMa is so scary with biting folks on the streets. Meanwhile, show-and-tell in Sweden is being blown out of proportion.

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September 13, 2019

The Common Good - 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:37): The prestigious Jimmy V award was given to a paraplegic football coach named Rob Mendez at this year's ESPY's. Brian and Ian reflect on his speech and how he overcame adversity and pushed it aside to follow his dreams. 

(09:37-18:38): We are pleased to be joined by pianist Huntley Brown. He goes into his background on how he began to play piano as well as playing for Billy Graham in his home. He describes how God gave him this gift of worship.

(18:38-28:33): Huntley treats us to a piece “Lord You Are So Holy” and talks about the “Concert for Peace” in Ireland of which he was the featured artist. After he plays, Brian and Ian acknowledge how God’s anointing is evident in his playing.

(28:33-36:54): Huntley talks about his book “Keys to Avoiding Deception” a practical guide to Biblical discernment in a contradictory world. He said he had a conversation with himself on why he believes what he believes, which, in and of itself, is doubt. He simply wanted to confirm his faith in God when writing this book. 

(36:54-45:38): How do we converse as Christians? Brian and Ian talk about an article from Open Culture that references Daniel Dennett. The article discusses arguing with care and having critical conversations with the purpose of listening, rather than being right.

(45:38-56:15): Boomers, Take It from Woody or Iron Man: It’s Time to Pass the Torch. Kutter Callaway in Christianity Today writes about transferring knowledge from generation to generation. Brian discusses the importance of passing down mentorship and leading by example. 

(56:15-1:05:57): Iraq’s Christians are close to extinction. The members of one of the oldest churches in the world are dwindling and “Must prepare for martyrdom.” Brian and Ian touch on the dangers and fears of Christians in perilous nations. How often are we praying for the martyred churches around the world?

(1:05:57-1:15:04): Christian artist Aaron Shust joins the show to talk about his current projects. He is best known for his hits “My Hope is in You” and “Ever Be”. He will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tinley Park on September 27th. He says it will be a stripped down, acoustic style setup but feature all new songs. Tickets are available here.

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September 12, 2019

The Common Good - 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-10:11): Buttigieg: ‘Life Begins with Breath,’ Bible Backs Late-Term Abortion writes Michael Foust in Christian Headlines. Brian and Ian touch on the persistent and polarized debate of abortion and the rights to life. 

(10:11-20:29): Just seven people help lost kid in town centre during social experiment. A social experiment in Australia revealed just how little people care about children, when just seven people offered to help. Brian and Ian talk about the bystander effect and helping others. 

(20:29-30:19): Dancing with Milton’s Satan: The Joker and a Fascination with Evil writes K.B. Hoyle in Christ Pop Culture. Brian and Ian reflect on why we are interested in evil and violence as a culture.

(30:19-38:49): There are pros and cons to napping, it all depends on when you do it, according to Erika Edwards in NBC News. Too much napping can cause heart health issues, and doing it just enough could help your heart. Brian and Ian say they aren’t avid nappers themselves. 

(38:49-48:48): We are pleased to talk with Joel Hamernick of Sunshine Ministries to hear about Chicago Fellowship. Members include Chicago-land businessmen and ministry leaders who gather throughout the year in the Loop. They will be getting together this Friday from 9AM-3PM at Christ Church in Oakbrook. 

(48:48-57:29): We are joined by Dr. Robert Jeffress to discuss his book “A Place Called Heaven”. It is a children’s book he wrote to speak to kids about their “forever home”. He hosts Pathway to Victory on AM1160 every weekday 8:30-9AM

(57:29-1:06:38): The Famous “Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis are coming to life through the direction of Max McLean. He joins Brian and Ian to talk about his theater adaptation of the letters at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on September 14.

(1:06:38-1:13:46): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: There’s a chimp on the loose in Texas! The creepy Taylor Swift fan who made an appearance last week is now in the news again. Curses are expensive...yeesh. The hottest item in New York is a peanut butter cup. Meanwhile, a meteor shower in Great Britain causes stress among locals. 

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September 11, 2019

The Common Good - 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:27): Today marks the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attack in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. Brian and Ian reflect on where they were on that tragic day. 

(09:27-18:47): Sarah Palin's husband files for divorce after 31 years of marriage. Todd Palin says in a filed statement that it is “such that they find it impossible to continue to live together as husband and wife.” Brian and Ian touch on the difficulties of marriage. 

(18:47-28:27): Vegetarian’s meager Subway order gets ridiculed by social media. Brian and Ian touch on cyber bullying and opinions of people. They think if you are bothered by something that you see online from someone, don’t say anything publicly. 

(28:27-37:26): Eberhard Arnold, gave a speech in a small mining town in 1924 in Saxony, Germany, to a working-class audience. This article is based on that talk. Brian and Ian talk about following God versus following money. 

(37:26-48:04): Jerrid Wilson, leader of Anthem of Hope Ministries and mental health advocate died by suicide. Ian and Brian react to this and discuss how pastors are very susceptible to anxiety and depression because they often don’t have anywhere to turn to. 

(48:04-58:11): Ministry leader and writer Stef Coleman joins the show to discuss women in leadership and getting over the stigma of it. She discusses how she has been treated differently in leadership settings.

(58:11-1:08:37): Stef Sticks around to discuss how we can all be allies in Christ; both men and women. She touches on how leaders around her affect how she is heard. In group settings, she describes how other women respond to important points from them to emphasize the legitimacy of their leadership. 

(1:08:37-1:15:28): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Florida Popeye's saw some “fowl” play. In the meantime, McDonald's is serving up chilled food, but at what cost? The couple of the year in Wisconsin are very good actors, and trivial pranks are now felonies. Meanwhile, Keith Urban is arrested in Nebraska for impersonating a cop...you read that right.

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September 10, 2019

The Common Good - 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:20): A doctor and medical ethicist argues life after 75 is not worth living. The brother of former Chicago mayor Ezekiel Emanuel proposes objective truth to his arguments, Brian and Ian respond. They also read comments from listeners who chime in on both ends of the spectrum. 

(09:20-18:39): Darryl Dash writes in the Gospel Coalition, “Thank you, Ray Ortlund”. Brian and Ian touch on this piece as well as “finishing well”. They discuss what their final sermons would be. 

(18:39-27:44): Starbucks to offer mental health services as new employee benefit. Brian and Ian touch on the important topic of mental health and how the stigma of it needs to stop. 

(27:44-36:58): Dan White tweeted talking about the social see-saw in which people go back and forth between conservatism and progressivism. Brian and Ian discuss how both have their benefits, and flaws. 

(36:58-47:39): Jerry Fallwell Jr. is in the hot seat as a Politico Magazine article was published. It exposed his behavior around staff and colleagues as fear-mongering and sexually explicit. Brian and Ian discuss their reactions to the new information.

(47:39-57:58): Today is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day. Brian and Ian touch on this tough topic and offer options of help. They emphasize that if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, loneliness, or any of the sort, that you are not alone. Ian talks about an organization called Anthem of Hope and their mission to fight causes of suicide. 

(57:58-1:08:05): Brewers fan with Cubs fan’s heart meets donor’s family at Miller Park. We love these stories of hope at The Common Good. The icing on the cake is that from a tragedy, came a life-giving experience. As a result, created an everlasting bond between two families. 

(1:08:05-1:15:14): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: I swear to drunk I’m not a raccoon! I promise, just as pythons are not allowed in Wisconsin schools. Apparently boats are worthless in California, and banjo stocks are plummeting. Meanwhile, Sweden is proposing cannibalism...no seriously, that’s what they want.

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September 9, 2019

The Common Good - 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:45): New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees is facing backlash after posting a video endorsing “Bring Your Bible to School” day. People were commenting on how Focus on the Family is “anti-gay” and how Brees works through them. Brian and Ian discuss the situation. 

(09:45-19:01): After boy bullied for homemade Tennessee shirt, college adopts it as official design. Brian and Ian are not ones to shy away from amazing stories such as this. They discuss their own bullying experiences and express how they sometimes wish some people would have stuck up for them. 

(19:01-28:31): What did we preach? Brian and Ian take time to talk about their sermons from Sunday. Ian touched on the last letter of B.L.E.S.S.: “Share your Story”. He dove into John 9 and the story of the blind man who shared his story. Brian talked about the concept of last words. If you knew you had one more day to live, what would you say?

(28:31-37:53): Amazing story out of the MLB, Nationals pitcher Aaron Barrett thought he’d never pitch again, but he made an amazing come back and pitched a shutout inning. Brian and Ian reflect on the emotions of Barrett, and how his perseverance and will enabled him to climb back to this level. 

(37:53-47:53): Tullian Tchividjian Is Back. So Is Scrutiny About His Past Infidelity. Brian and Ian assess the former megachurch pastor’s resurgence into ministry. Is it too soon? Is he disqualified to lead a church? 

(47:53-58:18): Jackie Hill Perry After Bethel Controversy: ‘I Don’t Agree With Everyone I Do Ministry With’. Hill Perry posted a video with Bethel Worship founder Jenn Johnson, of a different background and started hearing negative responses from followers. Brian and Ian discuss that no matter your background, as long as Jesus is at the center, it does not matter. 

(58:18-1:09:00): Pennywise, Bozo, Krusty, Ronald, what do they all have in common? The bigger question is, why do clowns freak us out? Brian and Ian discuss a CNN piece by Frank T. McAndrew on the possible answers. 

(1:09:00-1:15:39): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: When a bank accidentally gives you $100K, why would you not spend it? Oh, because it’s a crime. Breaking news, alcohol is flammable. Apple releases its newest product: The iSoap. Oh snap, make sure your getaway car runs. Meanwhile, Pepe Le Pew was escorted from an aircraft. 

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September 6, 2019

The Common Good - 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:34): In a Tweet by The Daily Wire, Bernie Sanders answers a question at a town hall meeting essentially correlating abortions with population control and climate change. Brian and Ian discuss not only Sanders’ answer, but the response and cheers from the audience.

(09:34-19:02):  Music Therapy In NICUs Can Help Babies Get Home Sooner. Music therapy has been a pioneering method of treatment for brain trauma, dementia, and more. Ian share stories of the NICU and express their love for the nurses who took care of his son. 

(19:02-28:28): Some schools and teachers are implementing designated rest periods for students. We know a certain professor at a certain local institution, Marsha Vaughn, who is strongly advocating this method. 

(28:28-37:35): YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS?? Brian and Ian continue this weekly rant about bothersome situations in their lives. Ian shared a story about a dishonest host at a restaurant, and Brian apparently hates pampered dogs. This is a heated segment, be warned. 

(37:35-47:42): This School Gives Students PE Credit For Doing Yard Work For The Elderly And People With Disabilities. Brian and Ian strongly endorse this and wonder how this isn’t more common in schools? They think it’s a win-win situation: burning calories and staying fit while helping others and serving the community. 

(47:42-58:10): Dave Chappelle’s new special, Sticks and Stones, takes aim at the power of outrage mobs. He is a comedian that has been in and out of the mainstream, but never seemed to lose his stride. Brian and Ian touch on the issues Chappelle jokes about and how comedy is a powerful tool for tackling tough topics. 

(58:10-1:08:04): These Glasses Will Physically ‘Nudge’ You If You Stop Paying Attention in Class. Brian and Ian talk about how we use technology in our lives and whether or not it owns us, or we own it. 

(1:08:04-1:14:38): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: A man in DC wasn’t happy with Subway’s service, so he took care of it himself. All the legends of the Loch Ness Monster are true...sort of. Holding charges are frustrating, but this one was the straw that broke this woman’s back, and OH THE HUGE MANATEE! Meanwhile, Taylor Swift fans are creepy.

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September 5, 2019

The Common Good - 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:33): Billionaire says his wealth can’t replace Jesus, reiterates every human is broken. Brian and Ian touch on the love of money and how people ought to be content with God alone and not money. 

(09:33-18:47): Benny Hinn Is Rejecting the Prosperity Gospel: ‘I’m Correcting My Theology’ in Relevant Magazine. He was one of the pioneers of this skewed theology, and Brian and Ian touch on it. They also express caution to making fun of televangelists, what if someone came to legitimate faith?

(18:47-28:00): Gary Sinise Flies 1000 Children Of Fallen US Soldiers To Disney World. Brian and Ian touch on the simplicity of serving, but express accolades to Sinise for using his resources to help kids. They also touch on other selfless news stories.

(28:00-37:05): Brian and Ian touch on this MissioAlliance article about “Radical Hospitality”. Glenn Pakiam dives into the issue of inviting the stranger or foreigner into the church and how the modern church is not making enough of an effort.

(37:05-47:19): Google is fined $170 million for violating children’s privacy. Brian and Ian discuss privacy and their experiences with data mining. Ian shares the story of talking about pretzels with his wife, and a few minutes later seeing an ad for pretzels pop up. 

(47:19-57:48): “Why do people hate religion?” Timothy Egan writes in the New York Times. Is it the people? Is it God? Brian and Ian discuss the complications with how religion is depicted in culture and how maybe a refrain of religious tendencies could be good for the gospel. 

(57:48-1:07:57): He pointed a finger gun at his neighbor. It’s a crime, Pennsylvania court rules. Brian and Ian discuss this story and how the sensitivity of society may be getting out of hand. 

(1:07:57-1:14:21): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: A new fad in Florida is emerging: Kitchen Cars. The elusive Kansas Monkey is spotted, in Kansas, and why is China against romance? A kid in South Carolina is a better person than most people. Meanwhile, New York is known for its pizza, yet folks think Little Caesar’s is worth more.

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September 4, 2019

The Common Good - 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:25): Ian says that comedians are our modern day prophets. John Crist is not an exception. He posted a satirical video advertisement about the new app “GetOffended”. He is pressing on how people overreact to things that push their buttons. 

(09:25-18:56): Derek Rishmawy writes “Praying With Fire” in Christianity Today. Brian and Ian touch on the sanctity of prayer and how we must not flippantly approach God in prayer. Instead, take your moments of prayer seriously and recognize how powerful and present God is. 

(18:56-28:33): “America’s Microwave Christianity—The Heart of the Present-Day Church Must Change” writes Shane Idleman in Christian Headlines. Brian and Ian touch on how modern churches may or may not be drifting from centralizing the seeking of God.

(28:33-37:59): Scott Sauls Tweeted, “If Christians redirected their energy away from complaining about political leaders toward praying for the flourishing of society instead, I’ll bet you five dollars it will make a much bigger and better difference.” Brian and Ian talk about it and react to Facebook comments from listeners

(37:59-47:16): We are joined by Matt Soerens, an author and director from World Relief. He is here to talk about the narrative of what Christians and Americans think of immigrants and refugees. 

(47:16-56:20): Matt touches deeper on what the Bible says about immigrants. What do we as Christians do about those immigrating here unlawfully. Does that mean we should keep them from the church and not care for them? Matt says no. 

(56:20-1:05:40): What is the fear surrounding immigration? Matt talks to us about how the media depicts immigrants and the information provided to listeners. He urges people to look at the facts. 

(1:05:40-1:15:11): Matt finishes out the hour with us to touch on his books and how he feels the climate of this topic will change. You can visit World Relief’s website here to support their needs as well as learn more about their mission.

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September 3, 2019

The Common Good - 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-10:31): The boys are back and discuss their Labor Day Weekend. Hurricane Dorian kills at least 5 in Bahamas, remains 'extremely dangerous'. Brian and Ian talk about this dangerous storm as it approaches the southeast coast of the US. 

(10:31-19:51): Lose Your Faith at an Evangelical College? That’s Part of the Process. Research shows that students at CCCU schools are more likely to face a religious crisis than their secular counterparts. Brian and Ian talk about how crisis comes before growth and how we are supposed to experience doubt to become better followers of Christ. 

(19:51-28:55): 27-year-old who died of cancer left behind final advice that has the internet in tears. Brian and Ian discuss her 16 points of how to enjoy life and live like tomorrow is your last. 

(28:55-37:15): SBC Organization Gifts 2,100 Backpacks, 35,000 School Supplies Items to Refugees. Brian and Ian touch on the perception of refugees in the United States. We are called to love first and help people who need help.

(37:15-47:20): There's now evidence some women go on dates for free meals, and they have some disturbing personality traits in common. Brian and Ian touch on the meaningfulness of dates and relationships. Then they discuss how expensive dates are in different states.

(47:20-57:26): There is a family that travels the world in order to ‘school’ their children. Brian and Ian touch on how it is possible to travel and enjoy yourself with your kids, as well as how experiencing the world is vital to understanding the world. 

(57:26-1:07:27): Going to all of your children’s sporting events means more than you think. Brian and Ian talk about the importance of being present for your kids and share experiences. They say that their kids notice when they are and aren’t present in their lives.

(1:07:27-1:14:23): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: New Jersey saw the calmest car-jacking in history, and we found the coolest Christmas gift idea. Utah police had a stand-off with a ghost and flight instructors are trying out a new technique: passing out. Meanwhile, a Tennessee man can’t get happy.

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September 2, 2019

The Common Good - 9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-36:25) Patrick O'Connell, director of New Things, has a mission to spread the Gospel of Christ and unify churches everywhere. With Brian and Ian, he shares the story of conversion and how he came to be a church planter and love of the Lord. They dive into Patrick's hopes for the Church both abroad and locally, to come together further in the work of spreading Christ, the significance of collaboration between various denominations and planting churches in Chicago. 

(36:25-46:24): Entitled millennials aren’t killing the church, entitled churches are. This provocative statement comes from a Baptist News Global article. Brian and Ian discuss the idea of entitlement and reflect on how we are all entitled to God’s love and grace.

(46:24-56:27): Leadership isn’t about winning, it is about bringing people with you to the finish line. Brian and Ian mull over this quote from John Maxwell and how they, as leaders, view the successes of leadership. How do you lead without winning in America? 

(56:27-1:06:52): Don’t miss those parenting moments. Brian and Ian reflect, as fathers, on how important quality time with your family and your kids is. They express the joys they have when just experiencing small, seemingly insignificant moments. 

(1:06:52-1:15:52): Church Buys School Supplies for Every Student at Their Local Elementary School. Brian and Ian discuss this amazing story of a church practicing what they preach. They also talk about how easy it is to make a substantial difference in a community.

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August 30, 2019

The Common Good - 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:49): Comcast silent on Lawrence O’Donnell’s retracted report that bypassed MSNBC’s verification process. Brian and Ian touch on honesty in the media. How do we determine if something is true?

(09:49-18:47): Horrible story out of Cameroon, Bible translator butchered to death, wife's arm chopped off. Brian and Ian touch on this story and try to get some perspective on persecution. They also discuss the differences of persecution between countries like Cameroon and America.

(18:47-27:30): What really grinds my gears? Brian and Ian gripe and groan about experiences and circumstances in their lives. From tupperware to talking too loud, they take time to lament about their issues. 

(27:30-37:02): Coach of No. 1 Clemson: My Purpose Is ‘to Glorify God’.  The head coach of the top-ranked college football team and the defending national champions says life isn’t all about sports. Brian and Ian talk about how important it is to keep God at the center of everything. 

(37:02-47:34): Skye Jethani responded to a Tweet by Albert Mohler saying “...we universalize one calling for all & diminish the value of those who do not conform. Not everyone is called to marriage/parenting.” Brian and Ian respond to it as well. 

(47:34-58:03): “In an Epidemic of Isolation, ‘Relational Ministry’ Isn't Enough” writes Dan Colwin in Christianity Today. He calls in to the show and discusses the importance of including young Christians in relational activities. 

(58:03-1:08:28): Jeff Christopherson writes in Christianity Today, “Four Investments that Lead to Missional Power”. Jesus gives us a masterclass on missionary living through his own example in John 4. Brian and Ian discuss the importance of investing your time and self. 

(1:08:28-1:15:13): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: The nudists are taking over in California...and dudes in Florida are burning the gnar. A new species of bee burrows itself in your head, because nature. Bears in Colorado are training to become cage fighters. Meanwhile, Wisconsin gas stations are the nicest places in the country.

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August 29, 2019

The Common Good - 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:23): Beto O’Rourke Again Endorses Unlimited Abortion until Birth. Alexandra Desanctis writes in National Review. He initially dodged the question relating to the topic, but he remarked, “I don’t question the decisions that a woman makes,” he added. “Only a woman knows what she knows, and I want to trust her with that.”

(09:23-17:59): Carol Roth writes, “Barack and Michelle Obama's $15 million house of hypocrisy”. Roth talks about how the Obamas have benefited from the presidency by acquiring a substantial amount of money.

(17:59-27:19): According to the Boston School of Medicine, Optimistic people live longer. Brian and Ian talk about the biblical evidence that says worrying does not glorify God, and how expressing the joy and love of Jesus is both missional and healthy. 

(27:19-36:35): Brian went MIA, so Ian took the reins to follow up about optimism and shares a story of Hindu friends of his. They designated a room to their deity and even removed their shoes. He touches on the childlike wonder and joy of beauty in the word.

(36:35-45:41): Ministry leader and minister from the Reformed Church of America, John Armstrong joins Ian for the remainder of the show. He talks about how Christians from different denominations do not talk on a common level. Do they have different goals other than following Christ?

(45:41-55:07): John and Ian continue the topic of fellowship in an interdenominational manner and dive deeper into “ecclesial” friendships. Jesus expresses friendship and love as a vital part of being a follower. 

(55:07-1:05:15): Apart from friendship and being kind, we must set aside differences to find a common ground. John started a community called The Initiative that brings people from all over the theological and social spectrum to a common space to talk. 

(1:05:15-1:14:11): John closes out the show to talk about the “Theology of Politics”. He believes it is important to discuss political implications and conflicts with the gospel in mind. He implores people to read Luke Brotherton’s “Christ and the Common Life: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy.

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August 28, 2019

The Common Good - 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-10:11):  'All you can see is death.' The regions reeling from the Amazon rain forest fires. Brian and Ian touch on the damage of the Amazon thus far, and compare the efforts to save the rain forest to the efforts of Notre Dame. Why is the narrative of protecting the planet overlooked?

(10:11-19:44): Tim Keller shared this on his Instagram: “...Rather it [the Bible] is a record of God’s intervening grace in the lives of people who don’t seek it…” Brian and Ian touch on this notion that God does not use people who don’t seek him out, which is completely untrue.

(19:44-29:21): “We don’t need to go big for God to have an eternal impact. In fact, that may be what’s getting in the way,” writes Scott Sauls in In Touch. He touches on how devotions in local communities can be more powerful than massive outreach. Greatness only comes when God is involved.

(29:21-39:01): We cover the 3 Ways to Spoil the Gospel. Thabiti Anyabwile writes in the Gospel Coalition. He called John MacArthur’s comments an assessment that dials up the issue to first-order dispute insofar as we’re talking about the nature of the gospel itself. 

(39:01-49:36): Danny McBride writes and directs an HBO show called “Righteous Gemstones” about a corrupt megachurch pastor and his family. McBride in an interview with Dax Shepard explains his painful experience with the church and roots those situations into the show. 

(49:36-1:00:04): Carlos Rodriguez Tweeted, “...So have hope, but don't deny your emotions. Pay attention to them. Feel what you feel. And enjoy the coming resurrection.” Brian and Ian touch on how God endorses and emphasizes the goodness of emotions because he made us to express Love and understand it. 

(1:00:04-1:10:26): Importance of patriotism, God, and children plummets among young people is a Poll from NBC. It looks at the difference in political outlook between generations, ranging from religion, patriotism, and other things. 

(1:10:26-1:17:02): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Oklahoma criminal justice is serving up a healthy dose of IRONY. No, cars cannot be killed by arrows, and towels are causing major outrage in California. Uber? Vape pens? How millennial can we get? Meanwhile, Texas has rootin’, tootin’ store owners.

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August 27, 2019

The Common Good - 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-08:55): “A Federal Court Strikes a Powerful Blow for Free Speech and Religious Freedom” writes David French in National Review. Brian and Ian touch on this story about religious freedom for a videographer who refused to work on a same-sex wedding. 

(08:55-17:56): We are pleased to be joined by pianist Huntley Brown. He goes into his background on how he began to play piano as well as playing for Billy Graham in his home. He describes how God gave him this gift of worship.

(17:56-27:51): Huntley treats us to a piece “Lord You Are So Holy” and talks about the “Concert for Peace” in Ireland of which he was the featured artist. After he plays, Brian and Ian acknowledge how God’s anointing is evident in his playing. 

(27:51-36:12): Huntley talks about his book “Keys to Avoiding Deception” a practical guide to Biblical discernment in a contradictory world. He said he had a conversation with himself on why he believes what he believes, which, in and of itself, is doubt. He simply wanted to confirm his faith in God when writing this book. 

(36:12-46:44): Pete Buttigieg is attempting to appeal to Christian Conservatives as he eloquently quotes and references the scriptures. Friend of the show, Chad Ragsdale Tweeted in response criticizing Buttigieg’s attempt and focuses on his actions. 

(46:44-56:27): “Screens Are Changing the Way We Read Scripture” writes Karen Swallow Prior in Christianity Today. As digital reading habits rewire our brains, how will we process the Bible differently? Brian and Ian discuss why or why not it makes a difference in what format we read the scriptures. 

(56:27-1:06:31): Couple get married again after husband with dementia forgot first wedding. While the memories of his first marriage are gone, this man’s tenderness and raw love for his wife remain. Brian and Ian talk about this amazing story. 

(1:06:31-1:13:19): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Web”: Surrey folks scared by slithery serpent sneaking sneakily. Is John Hinkley making a comeback, and is he responsible for cheese thefts in Canada? Also, Indiana still hasn’t lowered the drinking age, people. Meanwhile, Canadian cops reinforce their armor with nose plugs.

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August 26, 2019

The Common Good - 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:12): After announcing his retirement, Andrew Luck is potentially walking away from $500M. Brian and Ian touch on the emotional decision by the young QB and how he is looking out for his future and how he didn’t let the job take him over. 

(09:12-18:33): EFCA Now Considers Premillennialism a Non-Essential. Members of the EV free still believe Jesus will return to earth to reign as king for 1,000 years, but the denomination no longer considers that doctrine essential to the gospel. 

(18:33-28:13): What did we preach? Brian and Ian touch on their sermons from Sunday. Brian spoke on 1 John 4:1-6, honing in on how not to trust man over Jesus. Ian is on letter E in B.L.E.S.S., which is Eat. He touched on eating in the spirit and ‘missional eating’. 

(28:13-37:17): Adam Ford tweeted a quote from JC Ryles warning Christians of fashioning a god who adheres to your own principles. Brian and Ian touch on this and reflect on how God is not just a loving God, but a just and Holy God too. 

(37:17-47:23): Pink issues online challenge: 'Go ONE day without criticizing someone'. The singer posted a picture of her daughter with the caption entailing this call to action, and her husband, Carey Hart, did the same. However, in the light of not criticizing people, her husband posted a picture of a man at a gym that commenters allege was hypocritical to his call to action. 

(47:23-56:50): We are joined by Bekah TenHaken, curator of Enneagram Magazine. The Enneagram has been a gift to her, and has been used by God to bring freedom, healing and restoration of her true self. She is truly honored to be a small part of your journey! Kickstarter link here.

(56:50-1:07:19): Bekah sticks around for another segment to talk more about what Enneagram identity means. It isn’t a personality test, it is a way to identify different coping mechanisms we tend to resort to. She also discusses its ancient roots and how the characteristics can resonate in today’s culture. 

(1:07:19-1:14:22): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: If you ever read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, spiders inside body cavities is not a strange concept. Up part two is being filmed in New Hampshire, while Jersey folks care less about kids than strollers. If your name is Steel, you’d better live up to the name. Meanwhile, someone’s identity is LOST IN SPACE!

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